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MotoGP 2019
« on: February 04, 2019, 12:28:04 AM »
The first testing session of the new season has just concluded, and things are looking up a bit for KTM and Aprillia as they are getting very close to the sharp end of the pack.

First race of the new season is in about a month.  Lots of healing and recovery going on as everyone is trying to be as well conditioned as possible, both mentally and physically.
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« Reply #1 on: February 04, 2019, 08:16:10 AM »
Well, they now have competitive riders. Will the bikes measure up?
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« Reply #2 on: February 09, 2019, 12:48:20 AM »
It looks like there will be heavy traffic near the sharp end.  At least that's the way I see the season shaping up.  Suzuki's motor is really good, but so are the Ducati and Honda this season, plus Yamaha has also made improvement with their motor.  This makes for very close (exciting) competition on the track.  If all goes well it should be a thoroughly entertaining season with a few surprises along the way.
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« Reply #3 on: February 22, 2019, 12:59:42 AM »
Two weeks from now there will be some buzzing from the first MotoGP race of the new season as it all gets under way.  All reports I see say it looks like a very interesting year coming.
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« Reply #4 on: March 10, 2019, 01:53:02 PM »
The first race is in the books. Thankfully it was not the predicted crash fest. I won't play spoiler for those who might be watching on delay but it was a good race.
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« Reply #5 on: March 13, 2019, 03:47:50 PM »
Read all about it on motomatters.com.  Usually a couple days after the initial reporting of the race results there appears a more in depth assessment of the race and the dynamics within the pits.
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« Reply #6 on: March 13, 2019, 05:57:30 PM »
Since my cable company dropped beIn I just follow on MotoGp so I know a little about the race and finishing order. Nothing like watching it live though. My favorite scene was last year,  I think, from Lorenzo's rear camera when he slowed and Rossi hit him! Great shot.
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« Reply #7 on: April 01, 2019, 07:55:39 AM »
Race two is in the books,  glad I didn't waste money on the season pass. This could be a yawner unless Marquez develops narcolepsy.
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« Reply #8 on: April 02, 2019, 02:16:05 AM »
Well, if you only look at who won the race I can see your point Walt, but there was quite a bit of activity sorting out the order for the podium and even farther back.  Some races in the 60s and 70s were often won by a large lead.  Agostini, Hailwood, Read, Roberts, etc. and racing was quite popular with the spectators.

I get sucked in by the technology, and realizing just how fast the bikes are going, how far over they can lean and still have control, how hard the tires are worked and still finish a race.  And now the aerodynamic "war" is beginning to escalate.  Racing is a violent activity, it may not look that way from the side lines but from the 'pilot's' seat it is full on battle. 
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« Reply #9 on: April 03, 2019, 06:23:52 PM »
Wait until COTA. Marquez has owned the place. If he wins like he did in Argentina,  turn out the lights, the party's over.
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Re: MotoGP 2019
« Reply #10 on: April 04, 2019, 12:33:27 AM »
I agree Marquez will probably win at Austin, but anything can happen, ya know.  I see his shoulder is working pretty well now.  I hope Lorenzo can find the handle for the RC213V pretty soon.

In the World Super Bike (WSBK) series Ducati is going very well so far, at least for Alvaro Bautista.  Chaz Davies is a bit disappointing so far.  I thought he would take it to Jonathan Rea with the new Panigale v4, but so far Mr. Davies can't keep up with Mr. Rea or Mr. Bautista. 
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Re: MotoGP 2019
« Reply #11 on: April 12, 2019, 12:11:25 AM »
The US round of MotoGP will happen this Sunday at the Austin TX Circuit Of The Americas (COTA).  I wonder how many stories this race will generate. 8)
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« Reply #12 on: April 14, 2019, 07:04:15 PM »
At least 3!
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« Reply #13 on: April 14, 2019, 07:12:51 PM »
Yeah, a lot of "anything can happen" did!  Marquez crashed out, so did Crutchlow, and Lorenzo had a mechanical problem that put him out.  And surprise surprise, Rins on the Suzuki won the race!  All in all it was a disappointing race for Honda.
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