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March 7th, 2019, 11:40 AM   #11
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Is the first round earlier this year? Seems to have sneaked up on me and the winter break didn't feel as long this year.
16 days earlier to be exact for the race.
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Mav gets pressured into a mistake.
VR beats on Lorenzo until they both screw-up.
Then Cal Slips through for a shot with Petrucci.
Dovi and Marc do their usual thing, but MM out grunts the Duc on the last lap to take the win.
You heard it all here, first!
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Marquez tops FP2, Rossi 17th and both he and Lorenzo are likely into Q1

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Pos. # Rider Bike Time Gap
1 93 Spain Marc Marquez Honda 1'53.380
2 12 Spain Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'53.854 0.474
3 43 Australia Jack Miller Ducati 1'53.908 0.528
4 9 Italy Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1'54.053 0.673
5 20 France Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'54.154 0.774
6 4 Italy Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1'54.256 0.876
7 21 Italy Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'54.275 0.895
8 42 Spain Alex Rins Suzuki 1'54.320 0.940
9 41 Spain Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'54.367 0.987
10 36 Spain Joan Mir Suzuki 1'54.402 1.022
11 99 Spain Jorge Lorenzo Honda 1'54.428 1.048
12 30 Japan Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'54.444 1.064
13 35 United Kingdom Cal Crutchlow Honda 1'54.452 1.072
14 63 Italy Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'54.801 1.421
15 53 Spain Tito Rabat Ducati 1'55.032 1.652
16 44 Spain Pol Espargaro KTM 1'55.053 1.673
17 46 Italy Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'55.137 1.757
18 5 France Johann Zarco KTM 1'55.412 2.032
19 29 Italy Andrea Iannone Aprilia 1'55.432 2.052
20 88 Portugal Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'55.635 2.255
21 17 Czech Republic Karel Abraham Ducati 1'55.654 2.274
22 55 Malaysia Hafizh Syahrin KTM 1'56.437 3.057
23 38 United Kingdom Bradley Smith Aprilia 1'56.834 3.454
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So what happened to "The Doctor" he looks more like a patient
All those fast rookies, whats the betting most bin it on race day?

I think Vinales will win, Marquez 2nd, Rins 3rd.
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Dorna seem fucked. Hours have gone by and they still haven't posted the FP2 video. Their web design gets more convoluted and inept every year.
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As per usual Dorna is unmoved by racers concerns for track safety.


The start time for the MotoGP season opener had been moved an hour later compared to 2018, but many riders have called for this to be reversed, as experiences from pre-season testing had left them concerned about late-evening track conditions.

After an initial push to bring the race start back forward was resisted before the weekend, top riders again lobbied for the change and vowed to bring it up in Friday's Safety Commission meeting.

Yet despite what appeared to be widespread support for a 7pm start, it has now been confirmed that the race will kick off at 8pm local time as scheduled.

Friday's second practice had kicked off at 8.05 pm after a small delay and saw few dramas, with only Franco Morbidelli suffering a fast crash at Turn 1 – while Marc Marquez set the fastest-ever lap of the circuit.

Speaking before the Safety Commission, LCR Honda rider Cal Crutchlow said the conditions had been “perfect” in FP2, yet stressed that even light rainfall during the weekend could cause dew to build up, which would lead to higher humidity while track temperatures

“Track temperature, as we saw in the Moto2 test last week, 17-18 degrees [Celsius] at 8,” he said.

“In our test there was I don't know how many, 12 crashes, after 7.30. You can imagine our feeling about it.

“I love this race, I love Qatar, the way that they do it.

“It makes a good race, but if the dew on the track is like sometimes it can be, they won't have any finishers.

“No matter how fast or slow you ride, there would be no finishers. If it is really, really bad like we've seen.”
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Rossi is so full of shit, claims he had degradation problems , wasn’t able to make a time attack.
The Monster Yamaha rider says he made no major setup changes between the two sessions but suffered front tyre wear issues throughout FP2, run at the same time as Sunday’s race, which left him out of options for a late time attack.

A quick glance at analysis shows he put the soft soft combo on at the same time as everyone else and improved his time by a considerable amount, just not enough to be within 1.2 seconds of his teammate and almost 1.7 from Marquez. I wonder how he is going to sabotage Yamaha this time. They have a rule in place so 2017 can’t happen again with the tires , they have to stay the same construction as what they start testing with.
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Rossi is so full of shit, claims he had degradation problems , wasn’t able to make a time attack.
The Monster Yamaha rider says he made no major setup changes between the two sessions but suffered front tyre wear issues throughout FP2, run at the same time as Sunday’s race, which left him out of options for a late time attack.

A quick glance at analysis shows he put the soft soft combo on at the same time as everyone else and improved his time by a considerable amount, just not enough to be within 1.2 seconds of his teammate and almost 1.7 from Marquez. I wonder how he is going to sabotage Yamaha this time. They have a rule in place so 2017 can’t happen again with the tires , they have to stay the same construction as what they start testing with.
More than likely nobble Vinales bike, so he doesn't look so crap.
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Lorenzo - The High-Side Kid crashes big time in FP3 and is off for X-Rays.
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I love Lorenzo’s spirit and love watching him race when he is on it. But this endless crashing has to stop, especially when he is not 100% fit. He needs to do a personal reset, kind of like he did after his early period in MotoGP when he was also crashing a lot. We all know you can’t win the race at the first corner or even the third practice, he needs to remember this too.
It just won’t do for him to crash as much as Crutchlow!
Ok, on with it. I hope he is ok.
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