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#1 Risil

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Posted 03 June 2021 - 17:24

After a very brief period of downtime -- though long enough for Alex Rins to break his arm -- Grand Prix motorcycles will be fired up again Friday to take opening practice at the technical and challenging Circuit de Catalunya. Last Sunday's races in Italy proceeded under a cloud, following as they did the announcement of the young KTM rider Jason Dupasquier's death after an accident in Moto3 qualifying. We all had a half-hearted argument about track limits, Oliveira and Mir, and the minor podium placings, but the main story was that Bagnaia fell off from the lead and so-hot-right-now Fabio Quartararo got victory number three after Johann Zarco dropped back. In the absence of any major discoveries, the championship is shaping up to be Fabio vs the Ducati riders and it's a battle that Fabio looks equipped to win.

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Any news? As I mentioned above, the headline is that Suzuki tweedledum Alex Rins won't be taking part in the weekend after he broke his arm falling off a pushbike while riding the track on Thursday morning. Coming off the back of four crashing-related retirements in 2021, that really is an extraordinary continuation, not to say escalation, of form. So, Suzuki tweedledee Joan Mir will be the sole Hamamatsu representative this weekend. Jorge Martin is back having recovered from crashing-related surgery, and Maverick Vinales has a new crew chief after his old one, Esteban Garcia, was subjected to a slowness-related firing. Garcia turned spanners for Vinales in the halcyon days of 2013, when Maverick headed three other Spaniards -- Rins, the late Luis Salom and Alex Marquez -- at the top of the championship table. He rejoined Yamaha factory rider in 2019 but has been unable to cure him of Maverick Vinales syndrome. Next up is someone who used to work with a doctor, as Valentino Rossi's old chief mechanic Silvano Galbusera takes over responsibilities. At the end of 2013 (that year again) Galbusera replaced the legendary Jeremy Burgess on Team Rossi and is credited with Valentino's Yamaha resurgence after the difficult years at Ducati. Do this again, please.

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Oh! And Ducati have decided that they've seen enough and have re-hired Pramac riders Johann Zarco and Jorge Martin for 2022, to go with the re-hired Jack Miller and Pecco Bagnaia in big team. With that degree of confidence anyone would think they were leading the championship. Perhaps this is all mind games with Andrea Dovizioso. KTM have also announced that Moto2 scion Remy Gardner will be promoted to the top class for 2022: with Binder and Oliveira also under contract and the possibility of Raul Fernandez joining Gardner on the way up, it looks like Tech 3's Danilo Petrucci and Iker Lecuona will be the proverbial bald men fighting over a comb.

 

The schedule is worth paying attention to as this is an F1 weekend so the order of things on Sunday has been monkeyed with. All times local, so subtract an hour if you're in the UK. That means the MotoGP starts one hour before the F1 gets underway in Baku.

 

Friday, 4 June

9am: Moto3 practice 1

9.55: MotoGP practice 1

10.55: Moto2 practice 1

11.50: MotoE practice 1

1.15pm: Moto3 practice 2

2.10: MotoGP practice 2

3.10: Moto2 practice 2

4.05: MotoE practice 2

 

Saturday, 5 June

9am: Moto3 practice 3

9.55: MotoGP practice 3

10.55: Moto2 practice 3

11.50: MotoE practice 1

12.35pm: Moto3 qualifying

1.30: MotoGP practice 4

2.10: MotoGP qualifying

3.10: Moto 2 qualifying

4.10: MotoE qualifying e-pole

 

Sunday, 6 June

9am: Moto3 warm-up

9.30: MotoGP warm-up

10: Moto2 warm-up

11.20: Moto3 race

1pm: MotoGP race

2.30: Moto2 race

4: MotoE race

 

Cool. Let's go!



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#2 Zoe

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Posted 03 June 2021 - 17:43

Wasn't it that circuit where Luis Salom lost his life? RIP Luis, gone way too early.



#3 thegamer23

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Posted 03 June 2021 - 17:45

MotoGP + F1?

One hell of a weekend

#4 Risil

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Posted 03 June 2021 - 20:22

Your weather forecast, courtesy of Spain's national meteorological service:

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Oooooooh

#5 Yamamoto

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Posted 03 June 2021 - 20:42

Pecco Bagnaia will win this bike race.



#6 dissident

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Posted 04 June 2021 - 11:49

Still an 80% chance of rain on Sunday morning, with the weather expected to clear up in the afternoon.

 

The race could very well start on a drying track.



#7 Bleu

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Posted 04 June 2021 - 12:51

Wasn't it that circuit where Luis Salom lost his life? RIP Luis, gone way too early.

 

Yes, penultimate corner.



#8 manmower

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Posted 05 June 2021 - 11:34

Rossi straight through to Q2, just.

 

Bit weird seeing the riders wave at spectators again. :)



#9 manmower

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Posted 05 June 2021 - 12:12

Looking for a tow is now 'fun and games' and an artform.

 

Anyone remember when Barbera or Iannone used to do it?

 

The commentators can be such trash sometimes.


Edited by manmower, 05 June 2021 - 12:12.


#10 OvDrone

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Posted 05 June 2021 - 12:20

*opens official MotoGP stream from a nice Saturday noon walk*

 

*sees Miller in Q1*

 

What



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Posted 05 June 2021 - 12:46

Yamaha wanting to confuse Maverick?

#12 manmower

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Posted 05 June 2021 - 12:51

It was always going to be a tough stretch to Austria for Ducati. And Quartararo seems to have the form to capitalize on it.



#13 krapmeister

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Posted 05 June 2021 - 12:55

*opens official MotoGP stream from a nice Saturday noon walk*

*sees Miller in Q1*

What


Miller ends up on the front row in P2 👍

#14 OvDrone

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Posted 05 June 2021 - 12:55

What more can you say about Fabio other than fabulous ?



#15 greenman

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Posted 05 June 2021 - 13:03

*opens official MotoGP stream from a nice Saturday noon walk*

 

*sees Miller in Q1*

 

What

Rossi's crew celebrated that like they won a race.



#16 realracer200

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Posted 05 June 2021 - 13:49

I don't understand Honda's strategy very well, what's the point of Espargaro knocking Marquez out of Q3?



#17 manmower

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Posted 05 June 2021 - 18:06

I don't understand Honda's strategy very well, what's the point of Espargaro knocking Marquez out of Q3?

Pol is 11th in the championship and Marc is 18th.  ;)



#18 Atreiu

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Posted 05 June 2021 - 19:58

I'm not a fan of this track.

I just hope Franco has a good race.



#19 Atreiu

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Posted 05 June 2021 - 19:59

What more can you say about Fabio other than fabulous ?

 

Quartarotastic!



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Posted 05 June 2021 - 20:23

Now that KTM stepped up, Honda really does have the worst bike....

 

It looked horrible braking into T1, yuck.



#21 Pete_f1

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Posted 05 June 2021 - 23:26

Dont forget the race is on at 12 UK & Portugal time/ 1 Central European Time.

#22 dissident

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Posted 06 June 2021 - 08:21

Watching Moto 2 warm-up, bone dry but with dark skies at the moment.



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Posted 06 June 2021 - 08:43

Watching Moto 2 warm-up, bone dry but with dark skies at the moment.

Wondering what lap Sam Lowes will retire.



#24 Disgrace

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Posted 06 June 2021 - 09:40

Nasty crash for McPhee, so lucky nobody ran over his bike. McPhee really not making much of a claim for a Moto2 seat.



#25 manmower

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Posted 06 June 2021 - 09:58

Nobody wanting to lead into the final lap. :rotfl:



#26 Disgrace

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Posted 06 June 2021 - 10:01

That was very borderline. Looks like there's been a nasty crash further back. Will the results go back another lap?



#27 manmower

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Posted 06 June 2021 - 10:01

Geniuses at work there... what's with this red flag?



#28 Jellyfishcake

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Posted 06 June 2021 - 10:02

So Red flag and Chequered flag, what happens with that 



#29 greenman

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Posted 06 June 2021 - 10:03

This is insanity. 15 riders in a pack cruising before the last corner on the penultimate lap because nobody wants to lead before the straight. Riders weaving across the straight, bumping into each other, going some 7-8 wide at some point. 

 

I know that Moto3 races are close, but I hope they're not usually like that, because it's a miracle that something serious doesn't happen more often. 



#30 Disgrace

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Posted 06 June 2021 - 10:03

Yeah it did seem that the red flag came out after the chequered flag. Surely they can't change the results. 



#31 manmower

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Posted 06 June 2021 - 10:05

I know that Moto3 races are close, but I hope they're not usually like that, because it's a miracle that something serious doesn't happen more often. 

They aren't, these are definitely new heights for the type of stupidity usually reserved for qualifying.



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Posted 06 June 2021 - 10:05

Safe to say Moto 3 is the most dangerous class at the moment.

Those groups are so tight & fights so hard that a single mistake can lead to disastrous consequences.

 

McPhee's crash & this last lap pile-up could have been a lot worse


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Posted 06 June 2021 - 10:07

Foggia just said he hit Sasaki pretty bad in that last lap crash.

 

Sasaki was knocked unconcious, hope for good news.



#34 Hrco42

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Posted 06 June 2021 - 10:09

They showed two riders after the red flag crash, what's with the third one? Is he ok? The crash looked kinda nasty, riders and bikes hitting the barriers pretty hard

#35 manmower

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Posted 06 June 2021 - 10:12

Think they are just being extremely circumspect about showing replays now. "All riders conscious".



#36 NixxxoN

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Posted 06 June 2021 - 10:20

What a nuts last lap of Moto3



#37 manmower

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Posted 06 June 2021 - 10:39

Now Martin highsides on the sighting lap.



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Posted 06 June 2021 - 10:41

Foggia just said he hit Sasaki pretty bad in that last lap crash.

 

Sasaki was knocked unconcious, hope for good news.

 

Wasn't Sasaki involved in Dupasquier's crash last weekend? Hope all is ok for him


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#39 thegamer23

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Posted 06 June 2021 - 10:44

Martin crashed in the sighting lap!

 

- 15 min


Edited by thegamer23, 06 June 2021 - 10:46.


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#40 thegamer23

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Posted 06 June 2021 - 10:56

Pretty cloudy out there.

Title Contender Miller is my pick for the win


Edited by thegamer23, 06 June 2021 - 10:56.


#41 NixxxoN

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Posted 06 June 2021 - 11:01

Pretty cloudy out there.

I'm from Catalunya and this June is being quite crazy in terms of weather so far, not exactly mediterranean summer yet, so many days raining

 

Dont be surprised to see a half wet race with some drops


Edited by NixxxoN, 06 June 2021 - 11:02.


#42 OvDrone

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Posted 06 June 2021 - 11:04

The intensity of these first laps...



#43 manmower

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Posted 06 June 2021 - 11:07

KTM progress confirmed.

#44 Disgrace

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Posted 06 June 2021 - 11:08

Oliveira is checking out!



#45 manmower

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Posted 06 June 2021 - 11:10

Keep your cool, Marc.

#46 Disgrace

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Posted 06 June 2021 - 11:11

That's Petrucci's MotoGP career there in the gravel.



#47 manmower

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Posted 06 June 2021 - 11:12

Mir-Miller clash coming up?

#48 Pete_f1

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Posted 06 June 2021 - 11:12

I'm glad KTM have gone back to their old colours, I didnt like the all orange

#49 manmower

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Posted 06 June 2021 - 11:14

Pecco not making any progress...

#50 manmower

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Posted 06 June 2021 - 11:14

Oh boy.