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February 23rd, 2019, 05:35 PM   #11
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This sprint race is different, tire wear is not an issue, they race flat out. Pretty cool for spectators.
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Race 2. We saw Kawasakis racing. We saw Yamahas racing. There was a red thing but it disappeared from TV screens. Ducati management must have a serious talk with this Bautista fella. You can't ride away like that, the bike must be seen to keep sponsors happy.
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February 23rd, 2019, 10:33 PM   #13
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I've seen a few posts on social media basically going "Ha ha! Look at how much faster MotoGP riders are" because obviously being an ex-MotoGP rider has helped Melandri completely dominate superbikes hasn't it?
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Regarding the comment about normal tracks, PI isn't generally an indicator of how the season is going to pan out, so I think what Rea means is see what happens at the tighter twistier tracks.

Fair play to Bautista though, he never got a chance on decent machinery in MotoGP.
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February 24th, 2019, 12:32 AM   #15
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delighted for Alvaro
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I saw comments Davies improved for second race. He was seventh alright, but no closer to Bautista. I believe Bautista paraded during last lap and lost about 6 seconds? Even so Davies finished 27 seconds behind.
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How much is Alvaro and how much is the bike? The commentators were saying that the Ducati is superior in all aspects: revs, speed, horsepower; and the Duc is very easy on the tires too. I`m so glad for Ducati and for the show, finally somebody who could challenge Rea.

Another topic: how lame for Honda to end partnership with TenKate in such fashion, at the end of october, last year? And does anybody know why? I really liked the dutch guys, they were very dedicated and now are gone. Shame Honda
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February 24th, 2019, 12:47 PM   #18
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Race 2. We saw Kawasakis racing. We saw Yamahas racing. There was a red thing but it disappeared from TV screens. Ducati management must have a serious talk with this Bautista fella. You can't ride away like that, the bike must be seen to keep sponsors happy.
Blame the tv crews for the lack of winner pictures, they just follow the also rans in the race like a certain Mr Rea, (whose good enough for motogp now?).
Bautista blitzed them, can't wait for Thailand

BTW Rea looked a bit pissed off after the race, guess he doesn't like competition. Shame as well about Leon, I think after a few races he will give his teammate a few worries!
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If Cal can get podiums and wins I think Rea could too, JR's GP ship has sailed though, 32 years old now and spent too long being loyal to Honda who gave him nothing in return.

His stand in rides on Casey's bike in 2012 were no disgrace given the circumstances(never ridden a GP bike, bike was tailored for Stoner, never ridden on Bridgestones).
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If Cal can get podiums and wins I think Rea could too, JR's GP ship has sailed though, 32 years old now and spent too long being loyal to Honda who gave him nothing in return.

His stand in rides on Casey's bike in 2012 were no disgrace given the circumstances(never ridden a GP bike, bike was tailored for Stoner, never ridden on Bridgestones).
I think he'd be pushing it at 32, Cal's been around since what 2011?
Had 3 wins 1st in 2016, so on that score Rea would be 37, hardly likely is it, even if he was offered another chance on a good bike.
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