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#51 ch103

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Posted 06 February 2019 - 12:15

I know its early but Suzuki may have delivered a bike that can fight for victories regularly.  Hoping Rins can continue the success he ended the season with.  



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#52 messy

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Posted 06 February 2019 - 12:17

If Rins can slightly improve his qualifying, he'll be a real force. I'm looking forward to seeing it. 



#53 Reinmuster

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Posted 06 February 2019 - 19:07

New number for Viñales?

 

Yes, he announced it last year.

 

https://www.autospor...number-for-2019



#54 DS27

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Posted 06 February 2019 - 19:55

Not being fully fit after his op sure hasn't slowed Marquez down much.



#55 ch103

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Posted 06 February 2019 - 21:52

Not being fully fit after his op sure hasn't slowed Marquez down much.

 

True but he has said long runs are impossible in his current condition.  While I want to see someone else win the title, I want whoever it is to win against a 100% MM93.



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Posted 06 February 2019 - 23:25

True but he has said long runs are impossible in his current condition.  While I want to see someone else win the title, I want whoever it is to win against a 100% MM93.

 

Agreed, that is a serious operation he's had and one he may never fully recover from, although I really hope he does !! It maybe a battle for the rest of his time in MotoGP, he's a young man, time is on his side. 

 

Just have to watch and enjoy how good this kid is for as long as it lasts because this is an extremely abrasive sport and the very best can and will get dropped quickly

 

Fingers crossed recovery puts him back to 100%   



#57 paulstevens56

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Posted 07 February 2019 - 00:29

Marquez bounces better than any rider I have ever known, and it seems he was winning last year with half a shoulder, it popped out so often.

 

But, what we all think is him bouncing well, is actually him just smiling through it, he has this I cant be hurt aura.

 

Hopefully this slows hi down a bit, but I doubt it



#58 DS27

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Posted 08 February 2019 - 19:43

Well, that's some Ducati Domination on the final day of testing. P1 to P4 locked out.



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Posted 09 February 2019 - 00:32

Well, that's some Ducati Domination on the final day of testing. P1 to P4 locked out.

 

Bear in mind both Honda riders are injured, Yamaha is getting to grips with their new bike and I'm hopeful that Rins focused on long runs with used tires :)  

 

Still a month until the lights go out in Qatar.  Really excited to get this season started!



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#60 paulstevens56

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Posted 09 February 2019 - 13:48

A fit Marquez will disappear as usual.

 

If Vinales can get the bike right every week, he could be there, Ducati will have their good times as will Suzuki, but if you think anyone but a now fully fit Marquez can win, then you ain't been watching this series for the past few years.



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Posted 09 February 2019 - 14:06

A fit Marquez will disappear as usual.

 

If Vinales can get the bike right every week, he could be there, Ducati will have their good times as will Suzuki, but if you think anyone but a now fully fit Marquez can win, then you ain't been watching this series for the past few years.

 

A healthy MM93 is the benchmark and will undoubtedly be the favorite.  However, everyone's run comes to an end at some point or another and based on the number of times he dislocated his shoulder last year, I wouldn't be surprised if this injury is worse than he is letting on.  This is a golden era for MotoGP, super happy for it.



#62 DutchQuicksilver

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Posted 09 February 2019 - 16:36

I also believe Marquez is still the firm favourite. However, Honda has lost Pedrosa and I believe he has always been a major asset in bike development?

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Posted 09 February 2019 - 21:14

I am not so sure about that, the bike has been developed largely around Marquez, I would say Cal is highly valued by Honda, he pushes them and has won races on a sort of private bike, so I think Cal is probably more lose to the setups and things, what he can't do is lead the philosophy, that is all down to MM, and if you don't ride like him,  well.

 

Dani had his chance to be that man, was that man but injury and early 990 era poor overtaking cost him.



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Posted 11 February 2019 - 00:48

I know I'm late to this, but I don't think that Yamaha livery works at all. It looks like the bike has been crashed and they'd had to rummage in the spare parts bin, and ended up using bits from last year's Tech 3 machine. Too much black and not enough blue. 

 

But if it's a lot more competitive than last year's bike than I can forgive the livery. I know it's easy to read too much into testing, but hopefully everyone can step up and give Marquez a much harder time of it this year.



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Posted 11 February 2019 - 14:07

I dont know what Sepang really tells us. Yamaha looks good and so does everyone else. Yamaha was incredibly strong and was a match for Honda. I dare say a younger Rossi would have won a few months ago on a bike that was poor for most of the season. Dovi won the year before as well. It would have been better to see what things are like at Jerez, or Austria that have unique characteristics. Marc is the favorite no doubt.

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Posted 11 February 2019 - 14:59

[...] Marc is the favorite no doubt.


A little too injured, to my mind, in order to say that Márquez is the favourite.

And Lorenzo is no Pedrosa. Not that Lorenzo is overall better than Márquez but Lorenzo is not someone, who, although his champion teammate has more bad luck than him can not convert those circumstances into the title (like Webber in 2010). He is more like those teammate competitors who can convert the mishaps of his champion teammate into the title (like Prost and Rosberg did in 1989 and 2016 respectively).

It won't be easy for Márquez.

#67 messy

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Posted 11 February 2019 - 17:05

If this injury does peg Marquez back longer term (not that I think it will), then that would be massively sad for MotoGP. Yes he wins all the time, but seeing him go about his business you know you're watching something special.

#68 paulstevens56

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Posted 11 February 2019 - 21:08

He is playing the mind game, he will be fine for the season start, he was riding with almost with a dislocated shoulder of a kind most of last year



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Posted 11 February 2019 - 21:19

If this injury does peg Marquez back longer term (not that I think it will), then that would be massively sad for MotoGP. Yes he wins all the time, but seeing him go about his business you know you're watching something special.


22 crashes or so last year?

If he keeps this up, he will be done riding in 2-3 years.

#70 JHSingo

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Posted 11 February 2019 - 22:53

22 crashes or so last year?

If he keeps this up, he will be done riding in 2-3 years.

 

As he gets older, I think he'll start crashing less anyway. He already crashes out of far fewer races than he used to.



#71 Lazy Prodigy

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Posted 15 February 2019 - 14:37

As he gets older, I think he'll start crashing less anyway. He already crashes out of far fewer races than he used to.


He still crashes regularly in practice though.

#72 DS27

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Posted 16 February 2019 - 17:09

I stopped watching for most of last year, but WSBK kicks off next weekend for anyone who is suffering from the lack of two wheeled action recently. Phillip Island is always good to watch regardless.

 

Recently, riders stepping over from Moto GP haven't done well, but that has often been down to the bike, and there is a real chance that Bautista could do very well on the Ducati and shake this series up. It needs it.



#73 Danyy

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Posted 16 February 2019 - 19:18

If this injury does peg Marquez back longer term (not that I think it will), then that would be massively sad for MotoGP. Yes he wins all the time, but seeing him go about his business you know you're watching something special.


He should be fine, my biggest interest is seeing a fully fit Marquez going against a fully fit Lorenzo so fingers crossed!

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Posted 17 February 2019 - 11:35

Hate watching Honda linger around 10 place in WSBK, best rider 12 last year, don't expect it to change much even with their new team. The bike is not good enough.

 

https://www.crash.ne...inally-unveiled



#75 paulstevens56

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Posted 17 February 2019 - 11:47

Let's face it sticking a man who was not good enough for BSB even 2 years ago is hardly a step into the future.

 

They managed to lose Red Bull within 2 years and Ten Kate, it might work this new team, but I doubt it.

 

I feel most sorry for Camier, he never seems to be in the right place at the right time, Aprilia with Biaggi, Suzuki when it was awful, MV when it broke down all the time, such a shame



#76 Ncedi

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Posted 19 February 2019 - 14:14

Bautista for a debut triple at PI this weekend? Has anyone before had a debut double in WSBK?

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Posted 19 February 2019 - 14:45

Spies was on pole in his first WSBK race. Finished 16th. He won Race 2.

 

He did win both races of the 2nd round in Losail. 2009.

 

 

I dig Philip Island. 



#78 Nova

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Posted 19 February 2019 - 15:26

BMW in seccond, Honda 11th. For ..... sake Honda. Go all in or pull out.



#79 DS27

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Posted 19 February 2019 - 15:30

Bautista looks like he could do a lot of winning at the weekend and the rest of the year for that matter. There's a chance he could realign some thoughts around the talent gap between GP and WSBK and just how good Rea is. Rea's records are great, but who has he beat? His teammate Sykes, and Chaz on the Ducati. Chaz has had his backside handed to him on a plate so far in testing by Bautista, routinely being a second and a half off him (granted he is always stronger in the races, but that's a big gap). It could turn out that if Bautista had been on the Ducati for the last few years then Rea's record would not be anywhere near as impressive.

 

I guess we need to bear in mind that Bautista generally goes well around PI. Wasn't he running near the front there last year in GP? He ultimately DNF'd I think, but seem to remember him being strong there.



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Posted 19 February 2019 - 15:36

Bautista for a debut triple at PI this weekend? Has anyone before had a debut double in WSBK?

 

John Kocinski did it in 1996 when Anthony Gobert was stripped of his race 2 win, and Max Biaggi missed out by less than a second in 2007.



#81 paulstevens56

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Posted 19 February 2019 - 22:09

The point being missed is that perhaps this new bike is staggeringly good!  It just be to be this quick already, plus I would think Dorna have not yet worked out how to effectively penalise the thing, that will come if they dominate.



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Posted 19 February 2019 - 22:12

Philip Island is usually highly misleading in terms of competitive hierarchies.  It's why it's also the best weekend on the calendar every year.  

 

Certainly wouldn't go by anything just from the results here, much less just testing/practice before the actual race weekend. 



#83 messy

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Posted 20 February 2019 - 16:56

Bautista was an underrated MotoGP rider for a long time, under the radar totally but always seemed to beat his team-mates and the other riders on older bikes, sometimes getting himself right in the mix with fourths and fifths on merit. Can't recall anybody else doing that, at least not as consistently. So it doesn't shock me that he's looking so strong in WSBK.

To be honest, it'll just be nice to see Rea not having everything going his way. He had Davies and particularly Sykes covered. It got boring.

#84 Jambo

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Posted Today, 00:20

Ducati seem to have a 6 or 7kmh over anyone in a straight line in Superbikes. Will be a pretty big advantage.

#85 GSiebert

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Posted Today, 09:55

I'm a bit surprised to see Haslam so close to Rea.



#86 Ncedi

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Posted Today, 14:12

Loving the Aprilia livery!

#87 Ncedi

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Posted Today, 14:16

I'm a bit surprised to see Haslam so close to Rea.


Equally so, if he can do it consistently that'll make things interesting

#88 DS27

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Posted Today, 14:50

For anyone who plans on watching, don't forget WSBK is now 3 races per weekend; 1 on Saturday and two on Sunday.