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March 30th, 2019, 03:21 PM   #21
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They should get rid of the single tyre too, who knows a KTM could be a missile on a pair of Dunlops.
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March 30th, 2019, 05:34 PM   #22
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Aldridge is the loser here. His stubbornness has allowed Honda to paint him in a corner with nowhere to go. He looks more the fool every time he opens his mouth.
Maybe he is playing a deeper game, because Honda are certainly playing games as well. David Emmett who admittedly is not infallible contends that Aldridge is in a cleft stick since the MSMA are actually responsible for the current tech regs which all agreed upon, and Aldridge has no alternative but to interpret them as he has ie believe what a manufacturer says about the purpose of a bike part.

Honda certainly seem to have a position against aerodynamics on bikes, for whatever reason, perhaps because they think it bad for bike racing which might be correct, but also possibly because they think an innovative engineer like Gigi might be able to steal a march on them. The smaller/newer manufacturers doubtless think this is another area where they can be out engineered or outspent by better resourced factories.

I am opposed to major aerodynamics on bikes, maybe even the winglets were a bridge too far particularly if there was a safety issue, but this small device with no apparent safety implications and which Gigi can apparently demonstrate does have the cooling effect claimed for it doesn't fuss me overly. Are they going to have a rule that you can only have such devices if they have a negative effect aerodynamically?. Also, while admitting I am something of a Ducati partisan, I believe people need to differentiate between the treatment Ducati have received in WSBK, obviously quite favourable at times particularly under the previous ownership of the fabulous flying Flammini brothers, and motogp where they have often been screwed.

Yamaha looking good btw and Valentino remarkable at age 40, fair chance of a podium finish I would have thought.
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March 30th, 2019, 07:34 PM   #23
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If it’s dry, Marquez wins by whatever margin he sees fit. If it’s mixed, same thing. I think Dovi needs to score consistent points the next 3 races as Marquez will be the overwhelming favorite to win all three. He can’t give away 25 points and find himself down 30 -40 points after 5 races. Marquez is to good and can control the championship if you let him jump on you early in the season. If it is wet, Marquez can take more chances as he is capable of making up 30-40 points , I’m not sure Dovi is.
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March 30th, 2019, 09:08 PM   #24
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As I've said all along just ban all aero devices fitted to a bike, problem solved.
Your "simple solution" would ban fairings.
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March 31st, 2019, 03:00 AM   #25
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Your "simple solution" would ban fairings.
Naked bikes, why not, certainly save some money spent on plastics.
However for as long as I can remember bikes have had fairings in racing (professional that is), its the appendages that need eradicating.

BTW have you seen how these wings can actually help make a bike faster as well as gripier when they can be affected by speed, ie they alter shape according to speed.

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You can't win a championship this early in the season, but you censure damage your chances if you make mistake... So its going to be interesting to see what kind of pace the leaders set, especially with riders like Miller and Quartararo who will be riding aggressive trying to win a race.
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Bit of a snorer. Gutted for Cal. Vinales continues to disappoint. Rossi continues to retain his racecraft and picks the perfect place to pass Dovi where there was zero grip at the edge of the track, whilst riding an underperforming Yamaha. Dovi, with his "magic rear spoiler" looking hang-dog at race's end (but then again he almost always does). Morbidelli completely fucks up - looks forward to being reamed by Yamaha. Rins once again waiting too long to get aggressive. Lorenzo does fuck-all.

Moto 2 was a much better race.
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March 31st, 2019, 11:01 AM   #28
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Mastercraft from Marquez.
Great old guy.
Hilarious dancing....

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Strange that Rossi’s pass on Dovi at turn 13 was never shown....

Half a second per lap, with such parity is unbelievable. As already said total masterclass.
Good ride from Rossi, outsmarted Dovi in the end.
Maybe Yamaha should use one of Mavericks test days having him do race starts.

Not sure that Crutchlow jumped the start there. If he did it looked like everyone else may have as well.
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It will be this way from here now. Nobody will stop MM, even more riding a very balanced bike (for him).

Now I ask: what's the difference from nowadays with all that stupid rules prohibiting everything compared to 2006-2012? The field is more packed, but so what? The races are disappointing even more IMHO, riders keep riding carefully inline, one behind another til the end to preserve the tire, where we see one fucking pass at most with 1 lap remaining.

Dorna is so stupid as the people who keeps claiming more and more constraints in a vain attempt to make racing more funny. It has never, never worked. It's not funny, and will not be anymore funny. The only thing, in my honest opinion, that can make racing cool, is the freedom to develop the bike and to choose your tire.

6 years, 5 of which got won by only one rider. Now we are heading to one more to the same rider. Congratulations to those in charge.
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