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March 10th, 2019, 11:40 AM   #41
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And the sh!t could hit the fan> https://www.motorsport.com/motogp/ne...laint/4350438/
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But MM has always been the real deal, I don't get into this theory of "this year he is already good in Qatar, let alone the rest... bla bla", last year he had trouble and still fought with Dovi until last meters, indeed he got second place by 0.027, this year by 0.023...
He still walked with the championship last year though..

What you say is correct, i think what people mean and certainly what i meant is that Dovi will become a serious contender or a favourite when Duc is miles ahead of Honda, as you said MM is on another level.
So I think it's pretty much the fact that they were so close in Qatar, that we are getting deja vus from last year.

Note: I'm not saying it was his easiest title, but when you look in retrospective, it's still 80 points apart with MM just playing around in the last three races. personally I was confident he would grab the title even in the mid season.
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I had constant problems with my Videopass last year so I didn't bother renewing it for this season, I'll just stick to the highlights show on Quest on a Monday night.

I watched the Indy Car race instead.
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Great race. Looks like HRC have improved - but not vastly so. Dovi's bike was so planted and Marquez was much more frequently out-of-shape.

Love how totally unflappable Dovi is. Not the least bit discouraged when getting passed by Marquez, which pretty apparently - was a good thing in that it gifted him the knowledge of how badly Marquez's rear end was moving around. Marquez on-the-other-hand, sat behind Dovi for all those laps and couldn't find a chink in his armor.

Crutchlow over the last season has finally really grown on me. It helps that he's become a much more seasoned and mature rider. Good on him for that podium.

Yamaha it would seem - have not "found" anything new since last year.

Rossi, old as he is, continues to exhibit the necessary race craft and tactical skills to take up a lot of the slack due to his age and Yamaha's lack of improvement.

Rins has got big potential. Here's hoping he realizes it a few times this year.

Vinales - same ole - same ole.

Can't wait to see what Quataro can do when not starting from pit lane.
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March 10th, 2019, 02:05 PM   #46
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Problem for Ducati they have always exploited the rules in both SBK & Motogp.
Best tweet I have ever read from David Emmet (moto matters)

"I disagree. The rules are clear. If other factories can't read the rules, that's their problem.

The key to any rulebook is not what is written, but what is not written. Those are the gaps which give the factories freedom"


Could not agree more.
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But the "problem" is Ducati always working around the rulez...

No my friend, that is called trying to innovate, that's the purpose of prototype racing. For me, the problem is Honda always wanting to win the game using money power.

Let's remeber another case. When MM joined the premier class, he get direct access in the factory Honda, despite the rules not allowing that a year before. But Honda is Honda, and tired of losing to Yamaha champion duo (46 & 99), they changed the rules. You know, if you can't win, change the rules of the game.

This is Honda. I'm not complaining about Honda, as I make my money entirely from their off-road bikes, but one appointing Ducati as cheating the rules is hilarious.
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Notice how Yamaha isn't one of the factories complaining. They seem the potential maybe for their own version.
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History has taught them & us when they piss Honda off they lose.
Yeah, because when Honda is pissed off, they find a way to change the rules through Dorna. You know, the japanese factory bosses are super, super honest, so, in order to not infringe any rule, they make the rule fit their will. Much more elegant.

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If HRC was to employ all those little trickery bits they would be in big trouble.
HRC is never in trouble with the rulebook because as I said, they are the ones who write it anytime they want. Keep the rules in check.

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They really need to learn how to make a proper bike. They won this race but got schooled by Suzuki on how a bike works in a corner.
LoL... what? It seems to many people of the paddock that the Ducati is just a proper bike. Circuits and tracks are not made only of curves and corners. Racing is a compromise. Don't think for a second that you can just find a magical solution to make a bike turn, brake, get into the corner, save tire, accelerates, and keep super-speedy in the corner, all perfect at the same time in any circuit.

Suzuki's strength is mid-corner speed, we know that, but at the expense of another things. For example, to have more speed in straight they need more HP's, and the extra power will cause another problems in the bike as tire consumption, turning, engine braking, corner entry, etc. This is not Playstation my friend... Remember, real racing is a short blanket, a compromisse. There is no such thing like "best bike on the grid", since it depends on the circuit characteristics, the rider style, and so on. It could be named "most balanced bike on the grid" but never the "best".

I saw a lot of people talking about new Honda engine, but mark my words: it's just a different engine, more approached to the former screamer, some kind of intermediate. You can hear the engine, it's not the same firing order. That brings more revs and more speed at straight, but will cause more threats to traction and for tire consumption.

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From an interview w Dovi on Motosport.com

"We finished the test with a really bad feeling with the bike," he admitted. "We wanted to test a lot of things during the tests in Malaysia and here, but in the end we understood it didn’t work in this track.

"We wanted to study a lot during the week before the race, and it was right. I’m so happy with the way we worked in this practice [this weekend], we improved a lot our speed, and this is what we need to save the tyre and be on top in the race."

He added: "I don’t know what we can expect for the race, but I’m so happy for the first row. I really didn’t expect to have that speed, and I’m happy about the work we did.

"I’m happy in the way I approached the weekend, because the speed wasn’t there. I stayed calm, worked, [the team and I] know very well each other, that helps a lot to be in this situation now."

While many believed Dovizioso's muted test pace was a result of the him not showing his hand, the Italian insisted that the solutions Ducati had tried out in Qatar testing simply did not work as hoped.

"I think the characteristics of this track are quite strange," he continued. "Also it’s not the best track to make a lot of tests, because every day is a different story – humidity, wind, sand. It’s very difficult.
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