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April 16th, 2019, 12:01 AM   #51
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is that Julian D'assange with Miller ?
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Just when we thought it was going to be a sedate race the rug gets pulled from under Marc (by his own doing no less) making Wayne and Kenny feel all the much wiser for picking what looked like Rossi's garage to watch the Race from. What's this though? A Suzuki closing the gap. Surely he won't be able to threaten ye almighty sacred one?!?!. Not only did Rins rinse Rossi with a clean pass, he somehow managed to fend off an attack using a Dovi-esque eyes in the back of his head "I saw you coming in way too hot" counter move. What a cracking end to a race that from it's history, had odds of being a lot more predictable.

Seriously though, outstanding race-craft from Rins. I would have loved to have known his heart rate going through that final lap. It was great to see Rossi at the pointy end to make things interesting, otherwise it could have been another snore fest. Good to see Marc only injur his pride. He will only be more determined now. As for Jojo WTF? Talk about a string of bad luck. Such a shame because having him at the pointy end as well could have spiced things up even more.
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Just when we thought it was going to be a sedate race the rug gets pulled from under Marc (by his own doing no less) making Wayne and Kenny feel all the much wiser for picking what looked like Rossi's garage to watch the Race from. What's this though? A Suzuki closing the gap. Surely he won't be able to threaten ye almighty sacred one?!?!. Not only did Rins rinse Rossi with a clean pass, he somehow managed to fend off an attack using a Dovi-esque eyes in the back of his head "I saw you coming in way too hot" counter move. What a cracking end to a race that from it's history, had odds of being a lot more predictable.

Seriously though, outstanding race-craft from Rins. I would have loved to have known his heart rate going through that final lap. It was great to see Rossi at the pointy end to make things interesting, otherwise it could have been another snore fest. Good to see Marc only injur his pride. He will only be more determined now. As for Jojo WTF? Talk about a string of bad luck. Such a shame because having him at the pointy end as well could have spiced things up even more.
I don't want to pretend to omniscience - but I just knew Rins would pass him. Someone here said the Suzuki would do well at COTA - but honestly I wasn't on that bandwagon. Too bad about Lorenzo - but I think it will make him even more determined. He is one tenacious motherfucker. I'm surprised he hasn't made any disparaging remarks about Honda to the press. He's learning.
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Safe to say - Marquez will win.

Questions are:

How many seconds will 2nd place be behind him?

Will Ducati pick up the pace? Dovi was 5th last year behind Vinales, Iaanone and Rossi.

Will Lorenzo start to show some promise - or will we have to wait till mid-season for that?
Maybe people will start to refer to him as Sleeping Beauty?
Safe to say; crashquez did not win.

Dovi and Rossi will rough him up the more the season keeps going. 3 man battle between them.
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Safe to say; crashquez did not win.

Dovi and Rossi will rough him up the more the season keeps going. 3 man battle between them.
I don't buy that, its still Maquez's championship to loose...

I dont think the Yamaha has the power for some of the tracks to come on the calendar.

as for Dovi, I think the team let him down a bit in Austin, from the very first practice they had no sense to make sure they were able to get into Q2, even though they knew FP3 was going to be wet. then they sat around in Q1 with their thumb in their asses thinking they could get through on a drying track with just one lap.
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I don't buy that, its still Maquez's championship to loose...

I dont think the Yamaha has the power for some of the tracks to come on the calendar.

as for Dovi, I think the team let him down a bit in Austin, from the very first practice they had no sense to make sure they were able to get into Q2, even though they knew FP3 was going to be wet. then they sat around in Q1 with their thumb in their asses thinking they could get through on a drying track with just one lap.
Yeah . . . thought it curious that Miller's guys got the set-up and Dovi's crew couldn't get it. Hopefully this'll be just a blip and they will be more consistent for the rest of the season. It's not that unusual for a team to flounder when they're putting all their energy into set up for rain and there's no rain and vice versa. How many times have we seen teams that put all their eggs in one basket set-up-wise only to fail miserably.
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Yeah . . . thought it curious that Miller's guys got the set-up and Dovi's crew couldn't get it. Hopefully this'll be just a blip and they will be more consistent for the rest of the season. It's not that unusual for a team to flounder when they're putting all their energy into set up for rain and there's no rain and vice versa. How many times have we seen teams that put all their eggs in one basket set-up-wise only to fail miserably.
I can recall this has happened to Dovi a couple times now, Petrucci did not have this problem, so I would suspect its more less on Dovi and his crew chief.
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Just when we thought it was going to be a sedate race the rug gets pulled from under Marc (by his own doing no less) making Wayne and Kenny feel all the much wiser for picking what looked like Rossi's garage to watch the Race from. What's this though? A Suzuki closing the gap. Surely he won't be able to threaten ye almighty sacred one?!?!. Not only did Rins rinse Rossi with a clean pass, he somehow managed to fend off an attack using a Dovi-esque eyes in the back of his head "I saw you coming in way too hot" counter move. What a cracking end to a race that from it's history, had odds of being a lot more predictable.

Seriously though, outstanding race-craft from Rins. I would have loved to have known his heart rate going through that final lap. It was great to see Rossi at the pointy end to make things interesting, otherwise it could have been another snore fest. Good to see Marc only injur his pride. He will only be more determined now. As for Jojo WTF? Talk about a string of bad luck. Such a shame because having him at the pointy end as well could have spiced things up even more.
They were there as guests of Yamaha who I'm pretty sure fly them in and comp their expenses for the race. At Laguna in 2011 I saw them several times in the garage; Rainey, Lawson and Roberts and they were all get up in Yamaha gear. I have a picture somewhere of Roberts and Lawson in immaculate Yamaha leathers that had clearly never been worn before. Roberts went out and did a few laps on his old YZR500 and fans went nuts.
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I don't buy that, its still Maquez's championship to loose...

I dont think the Yamaha has the power for some of the tracks to come on the calendar.

as for Dovi, I think the team let him down a bit in Austin, from the very first practice they had no sense to make sure they were able to get into Q2, even though they knew FP3 was going to be wet. then they sat around in Q1 with their thumb in their asses thinking they could get through on a drying track with just one lap.
Taking a look at where some of the bikes wound up, ie MM not finishing, same with Cal and Dovi 4th, I think the next race will show how poor the Yamaha's are, Rossi was only on the podium because 3 riders went AWOL.
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Safe to say; crashquez did not win.

Dovi and Rossi will rough him up the more the season keeps going. 3 man battle between them.
No way Jose. The occasional Marquez dnf will keep it closer than it might otherwise be is all. It takes about 6 dnfs for him to actually lose the title, cf 2015 motogp world championship.
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