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June 14th, 2019, 05:18 AM   #51
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Wonder what's the deal with those tires. Not rain tires. ???

those are rarely-seen slicks with a few "holes" that are good for the slight-rain conditions. They do not have the shape nor the hardness of the actual rain tires.

I guess they mounted them as it was raining between the end of the moto3 and the beginning of the motoGP FPs but due to the very high asphalt temperature (over 50 degrees celsius) the track was basically dry as the rain was evaporating almost immediately.

I am however pretty sure that JL rode the FPs with normal slicks.
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Honda have confirmed that they're not making significant changes to the bike with MM winning with the current iteration. Lorenzo will have to make do with the simple ergo changes to make him more comfortable.
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I don't think Honda would be that narrowly focused on his worth to the team. I believe they thought he was the best qualified rider to fill the spot. He's mature and not likely to start any inter-team rivalry nonsense. He's realistic enough to know he's not going to be challenging Marquez for the championship. And, it's pretty clear that he quietly went about his business of making the Ducati more rider friendly - something HRC really need, because they can't afford to put all their eggs in one basket. If he can work with HRC to make the bike easier to ride for future riders, that will make him a very valuable asset. I know it's a case of 20/20 hindsight, but I've said it before; Dovi could have done for Honda what he's done with Ducati. They were very short-sighted when they let him go.
Can you put a few breaks in your sentences...
Made me bloody dizzy reading that .
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Can you put a few breaks in your sentences...
Made me bloody dizzy reading that .
There are periods, em-dashes and commas all throughout the paragraph mate. Perhaps what with you living in a socialist paradise, posh folks can afford to learn to use such flash punctuation.

BTW - don't ever try reading Finnegan's Wake!

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New tank and seat unit, post motegi visit.
Tyres look like Pirellis.
Unfortunately it doesn't seeem to make much difference.

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I wonder what is really going on there. Did Honda really contract Lorenzo only to get rid of potential Ducati title winner? In Jerez he should have been on podium at least, and he was nowhere.
He's got a damn good management team behind him that got him the job in my eyes....
I saw it happening donkey's years ago when Roger (hairnet) Burnett stopped racing and went into rider management.
You only have to look at football players who are bloody useless but secure lucrative deals through their representatives.
Moto GP will change for the better me thinks in the future as talent will prevail rather than some Mr tin pot 10% bullshiiting manager, the rookie talent this year is proof of the pudding
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Lorenzo had enough of a track record to make Honda interested in my opinion. The curiosity of his signing had more to do with him signing with a team that was clearly already focused on the already hugely successful MM, rather than his potential for delivering.

I think we all expected a struggle at first, but not to the extent that we're currently witnessing.
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I think we all expected a struggle at first, but not to the extent that we're currently witnessing.
Considering it took a whole season and then some to see anything out of him on the Ducati, I didn't think his swap to the Honda was going to be hugely different timing wise before results begin to come.

The Honda may share the Ducati engine layout but they are essentially two completely different motorcycles, so for Jorge an entirely new motorcycle to learn. If anything Id say the Marcsentric Honda is going to be the harder of the two beasts too tame.
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I think we all expected a struggle at first, but not to the extent that we're currently witnessing.
Take me out of that. I never thought it. And I let this clear since the contract signing.
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Considering it took a whole season and then some to see anything out of him on the Ducati, I didn't think his swap to the Honda was going to be hugely different timing wise before results begin to come.

The Honda may share the Ducati engine layout but they are essentially two completely different motorcycles, so for Jorge an entirely new motorcycle to learn. If anything Id say the Marcsentric Honda is going to be the harder of the two beasts too tame.
Correct me if I'm wrong (yes . . . it's happened before) but isn't the Honda a V-4 and the Ducati L-4? My understanding is the L-shape is what's held the Ducati back since forever because it makes it so freakin' hard to figure out the right place for the weight to rest and also it's made it the wheelbase over long being the chief reason why it doesn't turn as well as the Yamaha and Suzuki.

As to Lorenzo - aside from the obvious reasons, his crash bummed me out because, while I'm not crazy about him as a human,
I admire the fuck out of him as a rider, and my eyes were out of my head this morning seeing him up front, in 4th position
and pushing toward the front - with his new seat and new tank. I want to believe in miracles, and besides how great would it
be to have him up at the front for the rest of the season?

I'm not wishing any DNFs on Marquez for the sake of keeping the championship interesting . . . but I'm not thinking
it wouldn't help. Having said that - I've probably ruled out a jinx.
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