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MotoGP 2021 Round 16: Gran Premio dell'Emilia-Romagna (that is, Misano 2)


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#1 Risil

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Posted 21 October 2021 - 20:16

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Hello again! MotoGP is back in sunny(?) seaside city of Rimini for a second round at the twisty, park-y Misano circuit. Exciting! I think. What's happened since the last Grand Prix, which was three whole weeks ago at a bumpy Austin circuit and dominated by the exciting and very much not finished with all this Marc Marquez? I'm not totally sure, as three weeks is a long time and I haven't been keeping track of the news, but what I can tell you is that just today, Moto3's Brad Bro Darryn Binder has signed for the satellite Yamaha team, said satellite Yamaha team has rebranded as WithU RNF Racing and signed with IRTA for five more years of this madness, and Ducati have announced a deal to build the electric bikes for the electric MotoE series starting 2023. The future of MotoGP, at least to the extent that it contains WithU RNF Racing, a Ducati electric bike and Darryn Binder, is bright. One rider that the future won't contain, of course, is Valentino Rossi, who embarks this weekend on his last race on Italian soil. If you've been following this year you'll know that he's unlikely to crack the top 10, but sentimentalists will shed a sentimental tear at the Italians who turn up in the grandstands sentimentally wearing yellow in support of MotoGP's only(?) quartogenarian. Because sports stars never really leave, he'll be back next year running Ducati customer bikes and attracting envy, but for now, let's pretend it's goodbye. Catharsis feels good!

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Championship? Fabio Quartararo stood one podium step above Pecco Bagnaia at Austin, which yielded a yeoman's 52 point lead with three races to go. A victory being 25 points, he just needs to finish ahead of Bagnaia at Misano, or even just behind him should they both finish sufficiently badly, to clinch a strangely long-awaited first title. As for Bagnaia, MotoGP.com has resorted to describing his aim as "keep[ing] his title dream alive", and you don't need to be chair of reading between the lines at Subtext University to see where that's going. In the minor placings, Joan Mir looks pretty secure in third but Marc Marquez, currently 7th, has an outside chance of o'erleaping Ducati riders Miller and Zarco and finishing fourth. I know, not thrilling. Moto2? In the words of Richard Ayoade, it's nether done, nor dusted. The gap between KTM teammates and, er, 2022 KTM teammates Remy Gardner and Raul Fernandez has shrunk to 9 points, and given that they've pretty much won all the races this year, that is not very much gap. After his fall in Austin Gardner no longer has the luxury of three second-places being enough for the championship, so expect excitement. Moto3? Hopefully they don't end up in the mortuary, which is where Andrea Migno, Pedro Acosta and Jeremy Alcoba could've ended up after Deniz Oncu's chop triggered a very fast pile-up from which all the teenagers with vulnerable heads, necks and thoraces walked away. Next time, who knows?

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But, enough moralizing. Hot practice action begins on Friday, as usual, with MotoGP qualifying getting underway at 2.10pm CEST / 1.10pm BST, as usual. Race times are Moto3 11am/10am, Moto2 12.20pm/11.20am, MotoGP 2pm/1pm. Then you're free to salivate over Max and Lewis in Austin, or whatever else you've got planned for the rest of your Sunday, instead. Rain is forecast at Misano for Friday and Saturday, but Sunday looks clear if a little chilly. Enjoy!



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#2 sportyskells

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Posted 21 October 2021 - 20:40

Is it the same rain that just batted the South of the UK yesterday? That might cause issues

#3 Risil

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Posted 22 October 2021 - 09:27

Tricky conditions for the MotoGP riders this morning. Zarco on top in FP1, 1.5 seconds quicker than Marc Marquez who was second. This may give you an idea of how representative these times will be for Sunday.

 

More significantly, Bagnaia was fast but crashed (uninjured) and Quartararo lagged back in 18th.



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Posted 22 October 2021 - 09:36

Rain should be heavy tomorrow too, but Sunday is expected to be sunny & dry.



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Posted 22 October 2021 - 15:13

For the record, I'm not in the "they should run Misano in its original direction again" crowd.

 

But also, enjoy it folks. With Rossi retired, I can easily see Misano quietly leaving the calendar a few years from now.



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Posted 23 October 2021 - 07:46

Hoe is the weather looking for today?

#7 thegamer23

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Posted 23 October 2021 - 07:55

Hoe is the weather looking for today?

 

Foggy, with light rain.

 

Could make for a dramatic quali! 

 

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Posted 23 October 2021 - 08:42

Drama: both Bagnaia & Quartararo out of Top 10 in FP3

 

They will have to go through Q1



#9 Risil

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Posted 23 October 2021 - 08:54

Foggy, with light rain.

Could make for a dramatic quali!

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Would you look at the state of that. Remind me not to visit Rimini in late October.

#10 Risil

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Posted 23 October 2021 - 08:54

Isn't it FP4 later today that determines Q1 participants, not FP3?

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Posted 23 October 2021 - 08:57

Isn't it FP4 later today that determines Q1 participants, not FP3?

 

Nope, FP4 is basically just a warmup to quali, FP1/2/3 times matters


Edited by thegamer23, 23 October 2021 - 08:58.


#12 Risil

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Posted 23 October 2021 - 09:13

Thx! I don't think I've ever tried to understand MotoGP's qualifying rules.

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Posted 23 October 2021 - 11:45

A lot of crashes in FP4!

Bastianini, Marquez, Lecuona, Pirro all down!

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Posted 23 October 2021 - 12:26

Bagnaia leads Q1!

Quartararo eliminated!!
He will start 13th

Championship drama! 😳

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Edited by thegamer23, 23 October 2021 - 12:30.


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Posted 23 October 2021 - 12:35

Even more drama, Quartararo will start 15th!

His last lap was cancelled due to Yellow Flags

Now Q2

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Posted 23 October 2021 - 12:53

Bagnaia in POLE! :up: :up:
Again!

Miller the Thriller 2nd
Rookie Marini 3rd

Quartararo....15th!

HYPE

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#17 Yamamoto

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Posted 23 October 2021 - 13:01

Morbidelli is the true 2021 World Champion.



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Posted 23 October 2021 - 13:48

Do they give bonuses for crashing or what?

#19 thegamer23

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Posted 23 October 2021 - 13:50

14 riders down so far in Moto 2, with some scary wipeouts

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#20 DS27

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Posted 23 October 2021 - 19:01

Will be dry tomorrow - Fabio will be fine if he stays out of trouble early on. 

 

Moto 2 will be fascinating with the two championship protagonists qualifying well down.



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Posted 23 October 2021 - 19:14

Do they give bonuses for crashing or what?


Dont feed the trolls

#22 dissident

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Posted 23 October 2021 - 20:22

Bagnaia is finally looking like himself (the version that became a Moto2 champion, that is).

 

Nothing against Fabio, but him not scoring points tomorrow would certainly spice up the next couple of races. 



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Posted 24 October 2021 - 08:42

- 20 min to Moto 3!



#24 Risil

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Posted 24 October 2021 - 09:47

I'm impressed with how Dennis Foggia has developed and risen to the challenge this year. Acosta moves a step closer to a rookie world title though.

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Posted 24 October 2021 - 09:48

Acosta has become less & less impressive as the season went on.

 

Still a super rookie year, but it's going to be veeery close with Foggia in the next two rounds



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Posted 24 October 2021 - 10:26

Why take the long lap penalty so early? Fernandez and the team could have decided to wait for a bit more field spread, no?



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Posted 24 October 2021 - 10:38

Why take the long lap penalty so early? Fernandez and the team could have decided to wait for a bit more field spread, no?

 

Three laps to take penalty announced before the race.



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Posted 24 October 2021 - 10:45

Raul drops it! What a break for Gardner.  :eek:



#29 Risil

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Posted 24 October 2021 - 10:46

Championship drama!!! Looks like Fernandez lost it on the white line under braking. Glad he walked away, the bike was destroyed.

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Posted 24 October 2021 - 10:46

Remy isn't taking a lot of points either, but at least he's still in the race.



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Posted 24 October 2021 - 10:46


Moto2 has been good all year but now the championship is really turning into a classic. Both protagonists should be worthy additions to the MotoGP grid, too.

 

:drunk:



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Posted 24 October 2021 - 10:47

HUGE wipeout for Fernandez while leading the race!  :eek: 

 


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Posted 24 October 2021 - 10:48

:drunk:

 

Should've gone for Lowes.   ;)



#34 Risil

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Posted 24 October 2021 - 10:49

I like Bezzecchi's Rossi tribute livery. Very yellow.

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Posted 24 October 2021 - 11:07

Well that was a lucky break for Remy... sucks for Raul though. Was a massive crash so glad he at least walked away unscathed  :up:

 

Wonder if that was a genuine error or some kind of brake issue?



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Posted 24 October 2021 - 11:09

Allright allright.

- 50 minutes to the Big Boys.



#37 Risil

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Posted 24 October 2021 - 11:14

Well that was a lucky break for Remy... sucks for Raul though. Was a massive crash so glad he at least walked away unscathed :up:

Wonder if that was a genuine error or some kind of brake issue?


Guess we'll have to wait for the media reports but purely from the context of the race, that kind of crash isn't unheard-of when a rider is trying to make a break in the closing stages having just taken the lead.

#38 thegamer23

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Posted 24 October 2021 - 11:59

Here we are..

#39 Bleu

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Posted 24 October 2021 - 11:59

Binder crashed on installation lap and will start last.



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#40 thegamer23

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Posted 24 October 2021 - 12:05

Marquez looking racy

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Posted 24 October 2021 - 12:06

Can you have a worse first two laps than Mir? Jump start, losing massive amount of places and crashing :D

#42 thegamer23

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Posted 24 October 2021 - 12:06

You had one job jack...

#43 Risil

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Posted 24 October 2021 - 12:07

No change of heart rate for Davide Tardozzi. He's seen it all!

#44 Risil

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Posted 24 October 2021 - 12:08

Quartararo is making slow progress. Great to see Morbidelli hanging around in the top 5.

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Posted 24 October 2021 - 12:08

That's Jack 'finish in front of Fabio' Miller

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Posted 24 October 2021 - 12:10

Is this going to be an Aragon 2.0?

Bagnaia & Marquez lapping much faster than anybody else

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Posted 24 October 2021 - 12:12

Why are my faves absolute rubbish in 90% of the series right now ? Lol.

I feel such conflicting emotions with Miller. I'll wait for the pre-season.



#48 Disgrace

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Posted 24 October 2021 - 12:13

I think reasonable money is on the decision having already been made to replace Miller with Martin as soon as the contracts allow.



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Posted 24 October 2021 - 12:13

Oliveira 4th and Franco 5th is gifting me light.



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Posted 24 October 2021 - 12:13

Let's see how hard Martin will race Fabio