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Old 04-07-2013, 09:13 AM
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Default MotoGP - First race of the season starts today. Yay!

Who else is anxious about the first race of the season? Qatar.

It's on SPEED Channel at noon here.

Qualifying
1. Jorge Lorenzo 1:54.714 Spain 99 Yamaha
2. Cal Crutchlow 1:54.916 Great Britain 35 Yamaha
3. Dani Pedrosa 1:55.151 Spain 26 Honda
4. Andrea Dovizioso 1:55.160 Italy 04 Ducati
5. Stefan Bradl 1:55.477 Germany 6 Honda
6. Marc Marquez 1:55.645 Spain 93 Honda
7. Valentino Rossi 1:55.711 Italy 46 Yamaha
8. Alvaro Bautista 1:55.870 Spain 19 Honda
9. Bradley Smith 1:56.315 Great Britain 38 Yamaha
10. Andrea Lannone 1:56.523 Italy 29 Ducati
11. Nicky Hayden 1:56.667 USA 69 Ducati
12. Aleix Espargaro 1:57.064 Spain 41 ART
13. Ben Spies 1:57.440 USA 11 Ducati
14. Randy de Puniet 1:57.551 France 14 ART
15. Lukas Pesek 1:57.926 Czech 52 Ioda-Suter
16. Yonny Hernandez 1:58.058 Columbia 68 ART
17. Hiroshi Aoyama 1:58.263 Japan 7 FTR
18. Karel Abraham 1:58.271 Czech 17 ART
19. Colin Edwards 1:58.361 USA 5 FTR Kawasaki
20. Danilo Petrucci 1:58.486 Italy 9 Ioda-Suter
21. Claudio Corti 1:58.755 Italy 71 FTR Kawasaki
22. Hector Barbera 1:58.806 Spain 8 FTR
23. Bryan Staring 1:58.912 Australia 67 FTR Honda
24. Michael Laverty 1:59.572 Great Britain 70 PBM

Was watching qualifying and Cal Crutchlow had a tow out of the last corner and sat behind someone's slip stream setting a blazing lap time for first position. I just said to myself, "Great. No one's gonna be able to top that."

Then Lorenzo was a hundredth below at the 1st section. Then a few more hundredth at the 2nd and 3rd. And BAM! 2/10th quicker than Crutchlow!

Was totally surprised that Dovi got a Duck so far up!

And Marc got **** blocked by Pedrosa when he stood up and rammed Marquez, jacking up with flying lap. But I could see why. Pedrosa probably knew that his teammate was on his ***, tailing his lines so he had to drop anchor. I wanted to see some elbow down action!

Kinda surprised that Rossi was so far off pace. The camera didn't really follow him so I'm hoping that he was weaving through traffic. Damn CRT bikes! He had better get his **** together for the race and dice it up front with the big boys! If I know Rossi, he'll get a great start and "brake" off a few before the first corner. Hope his laps are good enough to stay with the break aways.

My predictions in no order.
Lorenzo
Pedrosa
Crutchlow
Marquez
and maybe Rossi up front in the battle.

Winners
Lorenzo
Pedrosa
Marquez because Crutchlow always seem to have shitty luck. Except when he snatched his pretty gf.
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Old 04-07-2013, 09:18 AM
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Originally Posted by blue8g View Post
I'm going to watch, but my MotoGP knowledge is incredibly out of date so we'll see if my brain can keep up.
As you probably know, Casey Stoner, the most dominant man in the 800cc era, bitched out and retired.

Marco Simoncelli, the most exciting person on two wheels died in Oct 2011.

Valentino Rossi, a racing GOD, sucked ***** on Ducati so he switched to Yamaha again this year to reunite with his teammate Lorenzo. Which they peaced it out and share data now. And who is probably his biggest rival.

Marc Marquez stepped up to the big bikes this year and is kicking *** and taking names with his elbows on the ground.

Bikes are back to 1000cc!!!!
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Moto3 results....

1. Luis Salom SPA Red Bull KTM Ajo (KTM) 38m 26.859s
2. Maverick Viñales SPA Team Calvo (KTM) 38m 27.276s
3. Alex Rins SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 (KTM) 38m 27.282s
4. Alex Marquez SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 (KTM) 38m 27.560s
5. Jonas Folger GER Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3 (Kalex KTM) 38m 27.775s
6. Zulfahmi Khairuddin MAL Red Bull KTM Ajo (KTM) 38m 44.348s
7. Miguel Oliveira POR Mahindra Racing (Mahindra) 38m 44.425s
8. Arthur Sissis AUS Red Bull KTM Ajo (KTM) 38m 46.214s
9. Niklas Ajo FIN Avant Tecno (KTM) 38m 55.825s
10. Efren Vazquez SPA Mahindra Racing (Mahindra) 38m 55.854s
11. Danny Webb GBR Ambrogio Racing (Suter Honda) 38m 56.299s
12. Brad Binder RSA Ambrogio Racing (Suter Honda) 38m 56.358s
13. Jasper Iwema NED RW Racing GP (Kalex KTM) 39m 6.075s
14. Alexis Masbou FRA Ongetta-Rivacold (FTR Honda) 39m 6.274s
15. Romano Fenati ITA San Carlo Team Italia (FTR Honda) 39m 6.310s
16. Jack Miller AUS Caretta Technology - RTG (FTR Honda) 39m 6.656s
17. Philipp Oettl GER Paddock TT Motion Events (Kalex KTM) 39m 17.705s
18. Alessandro Tonucci ITA La Fonte Tascaracing (Honda) 39m 17.952s
19. Toni Finsterbusch GER Kiefer Racing (Kalex KTM) 39m 18.077s
20. Ana Carrasco SPA Team Calvo (KTM) 39m 18.125s
21. Juanfran Guevara SPA CIP Moto3 (TSR Honda) 39m 18.188s
22. Jakub Kornfeil CZE Redox RW Racing GP (Kalex KTM) 39m 20.604s
23. Francesco Bagnaia ITA San Carlo Team Italia (FTR Honda) 39m 21.550s
24. Matteo Ferrari ITA Ongetta-Centro Seta (FTR Honda) 39m 21.807s
25. Florian Alt GER Kiefer Racing (Kalex KTM) 39m 22.095s
26. Eric Granado BRA Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3 (Kalex KTM) 39m 30.460s
27. Hyuga Watanabe JPN La Fonte Tascaracing (Honda) 39m 49.899s
28. Lorenzo Baldassarri ITA GO&FUN Gresini Moto3 (FTR Honda) 39m 50.037s
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Moto2 on trrack now....Scott Redding winning, with Pol in 2, and Nakagomi in 3rd.
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Pol takes first, 2nd Scott redding, 3 Nakagomi.....

Great race, last 3 laps were breathtaking...
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OMG Rossi got so lucky to keep it on track on turn 1 of the 2nd!!!
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Crutchlow almost took out Dani!
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Rossi is going crazy.
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Rossi is going crazy.
My heart is just POUNDING!!! I can't believe that he caught up! With Crutchlow in Rossi's sights, he's a deadman walking!
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Rossi park his bike on gravel like a boss and get a ride from other rider. lol
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Damn.. RCV is focking fast! It's gonna be an awesome last lap corner exit to the finish!
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Rossi.. taking fools out old skool!
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Rossi know how to race fun and make people exciting.
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Rossi know how to race fun and make people exciting.
He keeps the sport exciting because from watching his career, as long as his bike is somewhat competitive, he puts it up inside places like a **** star. Have you seen the Laguna Seca race when he's dog fighting Casey Stoner?

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The last time I watched MotoGP Hayden was still with Honda
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i feel like dani just went from being #1 seat at repsol to #2 in a matter of a few laps. i think dani is easily intimidated and it showed today

rossi hasnt lost it. he showed everyone today that he is back, but he has a mountain of a man to climb in jorge lorenzo (nohomo), and holy crap! lorenzo! he needs to change his nickname from mantequilla to máquina because he is some sort of machine. a smooth, buttery machine.

dovi beat hayden and ianone beat spies, so not a good day for usa riders, although they werent far behind. you could tell hayden has way more experience with the duc because he conserved his tires well. dovi went ***** out from the beginning, but they both ended up finishing next to each other.

lol at rossi spooking cal into running it wide in the first corner. even though lorenzo has pace and consistency, and is most likely the favorite for the WC repeat, rossi is still the bigger story. you would think jorge might be butthurt by that, but he seems to be cool and calm. i dont expect to see the yamahas fighting it out for the top spot at cota, so maybe we can see jorge and vale get some passes on each other.

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i feel like dani just went from being #1 seat at repsol to #2 in a matter of a few laps. i think dani is easily intimidated and it showed today

rossi hasnt lost it. he showed everyone today that he is back, but he has a mountain of a man to climb in jorge lorenzo (nohomo), and holy crap! lorenzo! he needs to change his nickname from mantequilla to máquina because he is some sort of machine. a smooth, buttery machine.

dovi beat hayden and ianone beat spies, so not a good day for usa riders, although they werent far behind. you could tell hayden has way more experience with the duc because he conserved his tires well. dovi went ***** out from the beginning, but they both ended up finishing next to each other.

lol at rossi spooking cal into running it wide in the first corner. even though lorenzo has pace and consistency, and is most likely the favorite for the WC repeat, rossi is still the bigger story. you would think jorge might be butthurt by that, but he seems to be cool and calm. i dont expect to see the yamahas fighting it out for the top spot at cota, so maybe we can see jorge and vale get some passes on each other.

Honda gonna own in Texas. Hope the other boys come up with a few more ponies before the race.
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yea the hondas murdered the yamahas at cota testing, but race pace and practice laps have little to do with each other.
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yea the hondas murdered the yamahas at cota testing, but race pace and practice laps have little to do with each other.
Cota with all the elevation changes, one of the longest straights on the calendar and Honda's horsepower (as you saw in todays race), they gon rape.
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i dont think its that hondas are faster per se, its just that they get the power down so ******* well.

the yamahas need long, flowing sweepers with clean air in front of them to be quick. the hondas seem to want to get all the turning done early so they can pop up and accelerate. a lot of that has to do with the electronics.

this year, i think the question is going to come down to what tracks suit what bikes. all the riders are really close in terms of talent.
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