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May 14th, 2021, 03:22 AM   #1
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This always seems to be the track/event fans are least excited about.
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Yamaha's all looked pretty solid in FP2...and Zarco had a good run.

I think this race will favor the Yamaha's well. They have gone around here pretty well the past several years, so I think it'll be a question of which ones will be at or near the front. Rossi will be somewhere in the midfield per usual.
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The weather always seems to be shitty there this time of year. I went there once for Moto GP in 2003 and it was mostly raining. Still worth it for one of the great high speed corners in racing. Bayliss described the experience well.
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If it’s wet, Rins may be able to redeem himself, although time is passing him by. There will surely be some of the young guns who will turn out to be wet weather specialists. Perhaps we shall see who they are tomorrow.
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If itís wet, Rins may be able to redeem himself, although time is passing him by. There will surely be some of the young guns who will turn out to be wet weather specialists. Perhaps we shall see who they are tomorrow.
Be interesting that's for sure.
The Ducati is normally really strong in the wet so I expect Pecco, Jack and Zarco to be up there. Not sure how the Yamaha boys will go in the wet. I wouldn't be surprised if Rossi gets his best result of the year though.

A wet race could be an advantage to Marquez who does have a good wet race record but more importantly the slower speeds and softer braking etc during a wet race *could* help his fitness or lack there of. On the flip side he might not be willing to risk it in the wet and cruise home to a top 10 instead.

One thing I love about wet races though is they often shake up the championship with championship leaders going down, 'also rans' getting excellent results etc.
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Good on Jack. Silences a few naysayers, including myself. At least for now.
Good for Fabio too, he seems to be able to maintain his confidence now even with some adverse developments. Arm pump taken care of?
Zarco, a measured and careful ride. Seems like a great improvement in his approach.
So much for Marquez being careful.
Rins’ star on the way down with that under performance for a wet weather guy.
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Awesome season so far! Mugello coming up!
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Got to say winning with a fall, a run off and 2 long lap penalties is a new one isn't it?
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LOL - only 4 people moved to discuss this race. Like I said, this always seems to be the one nobody much cares about.
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Great race from Jack obviously.
Fabio was impressive I thought. Hitting the 60km/h limit early and stopping at the wrong garage were probably the only mistakes he made.
Johann rode great as did Pecco.
So far in the season the Ducati's and Yamaha's look to be head and shoulders the two best packages on the track. I don't think Suzuki has lost ground, more that the others have improved slightly more and at the early stage in the season Mir's consistency is not 'holding down the fort' while the others haven't had much time to be inconsistent yet. I would have bet the house on Rins chucking it down the road.

I haven't read it in too much depth but it sounds like some of the riders are complaining about the front tyres being shit again? No surprise I guess.

Signs were positive IMO for Marquez, it's the first time he has shown real speed since his injury. He had an almost day. I wonder how much not having as much seat time as he usually would have had at this time in the year played a part in the two crashes? I think the crash has put him out of title contention. It's still a long season to play out though so who knows. I wouldn't be surprised if he goes on a string of 5+ wins this season either.

Conditions looked pretty difficult out there and were constantly changing. Finishing was probably a victory in itself.
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LOL - only 4 people moved to discuss this race. Like I said, this always seems to be the one nobody much cares about.
Finally caught the race after spending weekend interstate with family. Was so good to see my mother and siblings, nieces nephews again after so long. The race was strange, made me anxious watching. Jack obviously had speed, after the wet bike swap, but was never foregone, was hoping he didn't do a dry bike swap as it was drying, because he couldn't guarantee quartararo or zarco would follow, in hindsight, with a hometown win on cards, neither would have. Marc looked good for a bit, the softer race conditions definitely helped in that regard.

Miller has probably sealed next year's contract after last two races, a massive turnaround and much pressure off his back. Pecco still looking the most consistent, my favourite for the title. Rins, bins it again.
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