honeslt,y aside from the mid race drama and the last corner, kinda meh to watch. but I'll take it
Yeah, Quartararo taking himself and Aleix out of the race win contention really put a damper on the action at the front. From that point on, we more or less just rallied around Aleix getting as good a result as possible, and he surprised me with just how much ground he gained back!
Next best Yamaha was a rookie 32 seconds back. I feel like Lorenzo never outperformed his stablemates quite like that. I simultaneously wonder what is getting in the way of the other Yamaha riders right now, and also what absolute magic Fabio is pulling out of his hat every single weekend.
It was heavily favoured for Pecco anyways based on the performance of Ducati and the circuit and his performance here until he crashed last year.
I had to pick everything before FP3 on Saturday so I basically got screwed on Fantasy for the rest of my picks when the track got damp.
Jack sort of got screwed on Q1 (by MM) and then he got a pretty decent start (up to 8 or 9) but ended up on the grass (again because of MM) before T1 and that put him in last at the end of Lap 1. He should have done decent here but it wasn't his weekend I guess.
Decent show by the Ducati Rookies and Zarco. Impressive races for Quartararo on a clearly inferior bike for Mugello, and Aleix on the Aprilia.
Maybe 6 of their bikes on the grid is what they need to make some substantial progress on their machine...
On one hand, KTM''s finally hit podium-worthy pace this year. On the other hand, this take of yours is still way more accurate than it should have any right to be, especially considering KTM came in just a year after Ecstar.
holy shit! never watched moto gp, but this is just sensational!
Flag to Flag races where they swap bikes because of rain are completely nuts. Le Mans also had a lot of drama because of it this year too (Marc crashed leading in the rain).
Unfortunately the subscription is a couple pretty pennies (and the times suck for me to watch most of the races live) but most races these days are just awesome at how close these guys are and the coverage is excellent.
I was 0.037s from guess the pole time. Man, that Tissot with Martin Sig would have been a hell of a gem.
@exage03040 Impressive feat by #93, for some reason he's always been completely dialed in at this track, regardless of any other circumstances.
Also impressive showing by #41. Although he finished in the usual spot, the fact that he did so well in Q and at the start is promising for the bike development. They have the speed for a podium, just need to maintain it for the entire race.
@exage03040 That new chassis is why I mentioned Pedrosa. I’ve got to believe that his testing has had a huge impact. Did you see all the attention he was getting from Oliveira and the rest of the team? Petrucci is a really good guy and seems well-liked in the paddock but I think his time has passed. He may be fast enough and bright enough to be a test rider but I don’t think he’s got the goods to operate at the pointy end of the field on race day.
Every class had at least 1 rider demoted due to exceeding track limits on the last lap on the same corner. Felt bad for Joe Roberts getting booted off the podium in Moto 2. Maybe they need an extra dab of white paint at the exit of that corner (don’t remember which corner #).
@exage03040 Welp at least Rossi is on the right side of the top 10 again.... Was beginning to think he lost it... Wait and see what he does tomorrow I guess
Anyways guess I'd better go find me the high lights to watch now
Yeah, those yellow flag rules are just such a nuisance to the riders. Like we get they're there for safety but it's just so disruptive, especially because sometimes they just don't notice them and it's almost always in the session while they're all on kill.
Not sure what's going on with Rossi. He was okay that first race but now there's really nothing he seems to have. All he can do is parade around at the back on the Petronas right now. He wasn't good here last year but Morbidelli was. Quartararo and Viñales have shown much improvement for this circuit so you wouldn't discount it being a bike issue.
Yeah, it really didn't look good in the replay and what was going on in the aftermath. Could tell in the session that he wasn't going to get up on his own. A real shame because he's probably the best rookie this year.
After the first race this year Rossi in interview said he hopes to stick around a couple more years but I guess we'll have to see. I think he wants to bow out with the stands full. It's a damn shame seeing where he was at Doha compared to the first race. This isn't shaping up to be better. He wasn't great here last year either. Neither was Quartararo or Viñales but they seem to look a bit better this go.
Hope so as well. It'll be interesting to see him against the progress everyone has made with their bikes and riding. At the end of FP he seemed to want to push that Honda and get loose that no one else seems to want to commit too apart from maybe Quartararo when he's really on it hard. I figure we might see some good late battles with him and Suzuki because they both have good tire life near the end usually. It'll be a change for him not battling Dovi.
Yes, and Miller is consistently good off the line as well with it. Those bikes seem to drag everything to the first corner. Those quali max power maps with the final gear have so much more acceleration and top speed past 160mph it's really stunning.
I will say that Marcs launch at the end of FP2 looked really good despite a bit of a fumble figuring it out to engage. I don't believe he was using the LC system before the accident.
It's probably a carryover from a frustrating year he had last year too. It seems like anytime he starts going for podium usually something happens. Last year on the Pramac it was Crashes, Quartararo Tear-Off, Engine Problem.
He was on course to probably take Rins on the straight for a Ducati 1-4 in 1 or 2 laps, he was pushing a little at that time with Bagnaia. Mir knew T10 is one of the few sports to make a pass on a Duc but he wasn't close enough to show Miller the wheel for a clean pass, but gambled anyways.
Mir has gotten very scrappy too at times. He rode like an idiot at the final race last year in Portugal. He torpedoed Bagnaia out with arm injury on lap 1. I think he also hit someone else and then had to retire because his contacts jittered the electronics.
The retaliation was a bit much, I wish Jack had just blitzed past him on the straight because Mir goofed T16. In the interview Miller said that Mir got off line on the exit and he didn't need to concede his drive to let him back, but I really believe he purposely made contact.
Maybe they need to get more strict and have Contact Warnings to go along with the Track Limit Warnings for Long Lap Penalty in races? Any combination of each is a loop...
Rossi, I just don't know what happened. He found speed but not nearly what everyone else did.
I think they we're still getting the lap crossing from Brad. Something weird happened with the sectors though.
Luca Marini must be just vibrating that he was only 0.008s from going to Q2.
Yes, they had that new fairing on as well and seemed like a good pace with the wind. I figure it died down just enough in that final minute and the time past checker. I could see quite a bit of dust on the track when they were exiting pits. It was why they all somehow picked up like 0.4s at their very last lap, starting with Viñales.
It's looking like another windy day and night for the race tomorrow judging by the weather. I'm curious to see if anyone will have managed to sort their tire life better from the last go. Seems like Rossi went the wrong way though.
I don't have either Suzuki for fantasy so I'm hoping that the other teams have sorted the tire wear on some of the bikes and they get bottled up dealing with Yamaha and Ducati for long enough in the last half of the race.
With Algarve next I'm planning to have to swap someone for Oliveira, he was just stupidly quick at that track last year, even if Marc is back.
Admittedly I have/had Morbidelli as a Silver rider in fantasy, I was so god damn choked right off the bat. Not as choked as his post race interview though, man he had some words about Yamaha, like they threw him under the bus for the other 3.
Yeah the commentate mention that the wind might cause havoc for Ducati, but the riders didn't mention it. The Duc still seems to have trouble with the tires at some circuits where they can't make them last, KTM as well. Suzuki and Honda do much better in that regard and Yamaha kind of splits them.
I think Viñales is still a loose cannon. He will have a really good race one week and then he'll qualify down, bork a start, crash, or be at a poor track for Yamaha. Always something. So, if he's able to repeat then it's worthy of applause. Precedent is not though. These double headers don't favour the race winners too much because nearly everyone gets a crap ton of data for the repeat.
No, not super big on the up and coming that much. I'm working this weekend so rundowns may be shorter and later.
@exage03040 222mph! They're going to have to slow these guys down before someone gets killed. That is a lot of kinetic energy. I'm going with Yamaha.
Just air barrier the whole track [flashbacks of Austria].
Yes they are looking strong but one thing to consider is that Thriller Miller is a consistent monster on the races starts and has demonstrated a domination of acceleration last season on the Pramac. Maverick Viñales is really hit or miss on race starts (which is why he was practising a bunch) and I saw Rossi have a squirrelly practice start too yesterday. I wouldn't be surprised if he gets one or two Yamahas before the first corner.
Ducati is such a difficult bike to get around because of blocking in the corners and the outright acceleration and speed. If the Duc is in the slipstream of the Yamaha on that straight, it's going to be a pass. It'll be for Yamaha to hold on and have better tire management for good passes into the corners.
Suzuki can't be discounted either if they get a good start and or riders drop in the first lap. A healthy Rins and Mir has Suzuki in a good spot if they maintain consistency this season.
They're doing the press conference right now and talking about the speed with regards to safety. Pecco, Quartararo and Viñales all sort of shrugged it off saying that the bike and tires seem up for it. Pecco said he's fine with even more speed hahah.
It was great, Circuit Ricardo Tormo seems difficult to find passing places unless the chaser has a distinct advantage in edge grip. It was a solid plan from Miller but Franco was fast.
Yeah, some nimrods are going on about how Mir wouldn't have won against Marc, but Marc isn't there so "Winnings, winning".
He was great for that first part of the seasons. I firmly believe the Yamaha was the quicker overall bike for those tracks until they went to Austria x2 . Half way through both the Suzukis found some sort of second wind against Yamaha and Ducati. It's actually very strange.
We all love Vale but I think the sun is really starting to set. Tough year for him.