@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.