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May 3rd, 2019, 05:21 AM   #21
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The track's newly resurfaced and very grippy. Lap records waiting to be broken. Expecting MM to be the quickest to adjust as usual.

Very cool to see Bradl on the HRC bike done up in old school traditional HRC red, white blue.

Not expecting a lot from Dovi who's never been on the podium here. Last Ducati to win here was ridden by Capi.

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I know its only day 1 but the Duc's are leading
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I know its only day 1 but the Duc's are leading

Yeah on the soft
Their pace is not good! Advantage Marc, Lorenzo pace from FP1 is also good.
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Pre Jerez Interviews & Marquez on COTA CRASH

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Anyone remember me saying the M1 is the best bike on the grid?

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Yep - two satellite Yamahas in first and second with Vinales back a ways and Rossi not making it into Q2 - but there's miles of difference between a hot lap and being on the podium. How much do you want to bet neither Petronas riders ends up on the podium? You can bet the house that Marquez is playing it safe and not overmuch risking an arm injury just so he can add an 83rd pole position - all the previous ones having been accomplished on Hondas. Dovi has rarely put all his energy into going for poles: being less flashy, he focuses on set-up and race pace.

Pole position is a great shot in the arm confidence-wise, confers prestige on the team and looks great on your resume - but it ain't winning the race. Look at how many riders have started from pole and ended up 4th or 5th (or worse) at the end of the race.
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I wouldn't bet anything when Marc is involved, but then again, I'm not British and betting is not in my blood.
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The only thing MM can hope is that both Quatararo and Morbidelli stay in front of Dovi and Cal can get up there as well.
What beats me is that Vinales and Rossi on factory bikes are so far from the front, could it be their engineers aren't as good?
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Vinales was two tenths slower than pole position, how this is "so far from the front"?
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Vinales was two tenths slower than pole position, how this is "so far from the front"?
Multiply two tenths a second by 21 laps and you get . . .

Remember that's two tenth while on a soft tire that doesn't need to be conserved for the length of the race.
Given Marquez's and Dovi's ability to be insanely competitive on a worn tire, that gap will increase by end of day.

BTW Mate - if you're going to debate me - quote me accurately please. I said back aways - which doesn't connote horribly far away.
It just means what it says.
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