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Discussion in 'Motorsport' started by Adam_C, Dec 11, 2016.
Anyone else looking forward to this?
Hugely ! As always. SUCH a long winter without MotoGP. Whens the first race ?
Hate to say it - looking like a MM year again to me...........
Updated Provisional 2017 MotoGP calendar:
Round 1: 26 March Qatar* Doha/Losail
Round 2: 9 April Argentina Termas de Rio Hondo
Round 3: 23 April Americas COTA
Round 4: 7 May Spain Jerez de la Frontera
Round 5: 21 May France Le Mans
Round 6: 4 June Italy Mugello
Round 7: 11 June Catalunya Catalunya
Round 8: 25 June Netherlands TT Assen
Round 9: 2 July Germany Sachsenring
Round 10: 6 August Czech Republic Brno
Round 11: 13 August Austria Red Bull Ring
Round 12: 27 August Great Britain** Silverstone
Round 13: 10 September San Marino & Riviera di Rimini Misano
Round 14: 24 September Aragon MotorLand Aragon
Round 15: 15 October Japan Motegi
Round 16: 22 October Australia Phillip Island
Round 17: 29 October Malaysia** Sepang
Round 18: 12 November Valencia Ricardo Tormo-Valencia
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I think this year will be a good year due to all the new rides etc! Got my hopes up for Vinales on the Yam, dont think Rossi will be too happy.
Yam garage could be an interesting place to hang out this year.
Rossi (And im his biggest fan) will be all smiles. Until his team mates pace threatens his. The tactics will then begin and the tension will grow. Its his normal style.
Agree with you there, also looking forward to Lorenzo on this Ducati to see what he can do!
Some testing times here from 16th November 2016.
1. Maverick Viñales ESP Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 29.975s [Lap 66/76]
2. Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 30.171s +0.196s [58/78]
3. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP16/17) 1m 30.443s +0.468s [33/61]
4. Andrea Iannone ITA Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 1m 30.599s +0.624s [47/51]
5. Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 30.686s +0.711s [38/41]
6. Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda (RC213V) 1m 30.709s +0.734s [45/63]
7. Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 30.709s +0.734s [45/69]
8. Jorge Lorenzo ESP Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP16/17) 1m 30.744s +0.769s [41/66]
9. Aleix Espargaro ESP Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 30.885s +0.910s [45/61]
10. Jonas Folger GER Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1)* 1m 30.948s +0.973s [62/63]
11. Johann Zarco FRA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1)* 1m 31.015s +1.040s [55/61]
12. Jack Miller AUS Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 1m 31.069s +1.094s [40/59]
13. Scott Redding GBR Octo Pramac Yakhnich (Desmosedici GP15/16) 1m 31.118s +1.143s [42/48]
14. Alvaro Bautista ESP Aspar MotoGP Team (Desmosedici GP16) 1m 31.186s +1.211s [59/69]
15. Hector Barbera ESP Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP16) 1m 31.244s +1.269s [39/59]
16. Michele Pirro ITA Octo Pramac Yakhnich (Desmosedici GP16/17) 1m 31.816s +1.841s [37/40]
17. Pol Espargaro ESP Red Bull KTM Factory Racing (RC16) 1m 31.853s +1.878s [33/70]
18. Tito Rabat ESP Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 1m 31.918s +1.943s [36/61]
19. Loris Baz FRA Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP15) 1m 32.161s +2.186s [36/52]
20. Bradley Smith GBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing (RC16) 1m 32.538s +2.563s [34/59]
21. Eugene Laverty IRL Aprilia Test Rider (RS-GP) 1m 32.568s +2.593s [38/57]
22. Karel Abraham CZE Aspar MotoGP Team (Desmosedici GP15) 1m 32.699s +2.724s [31/41]
23. Takuya Tsuda JPN Suzuki Test Rider (GSX-RR) 1m 33.305s +3.330s [68/77]
24. Alex Rins ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)* 1m 33.761s +3.786s [4/5]
I know these can be irrelevant because you dont know what they are testing are what they are doing etc, but never the less always good to see.
Vinales proved he was quick on the Suzuki. Jorge and Ducati will either be a hit or a miss even though the bike is 100 times better than when Vale rode it.
Love it so looking forward to next season
I see Stoner is still up there in the Sepang testing, fastest in day one. I really wish he could make a comeback as he's obviously still got it.
Who's getting excited
I cant wait for the race !!!!
The pre-season testing was good, the practice sessions so far this week great - but nothing beats the flag dropping.
Hard to know how my man Valentino is going to fare. Cards are always close to his chest, he's renowned for working on 'race pace' and has looked mediocre so far.
Vinales is, has been and still looks astounding. Lorenzo looks good, Dovisioso will feature somewhere; sometime i'm sure and no fool would ever bet against '93'.....
So Vinales on pole but wouldn't write off VR on the podium from 10th.
Told you Shuv, let's see how this friendship turns out now! Great race felt sorry for Zarco and Iannone. Good to see a mix of manufactures fighting at the front.
I knew Vinales was quick last year but was expecting too much from him on a new bike! Well done Vinales 2 wins from 2 and keeping your team mate at bay can't be easy. Lorenzo looks like Rossi when he rode the Ducati.
You'll never know how much i loved seeing MM in the kitty-litter Colin !
Vinales has shown himself to be fast, smart and a true racer. If he continues to ride smart and collect solid points he's going to be a very-very tough man to beat. Impossible perhaps ?
Not a fan of Cal (He makes me wanna slit my wrists he's so depressive) - but big ups to him for a great race. Fast, thinking mans ride and settled for the podium as opposed to getting ideas above his station and situation when Rossi eventually got past.
Speaking of which - what can you say about the GOAT. Pile on whatever problems you like - but he's a Sunday man when the crunch comes. Another stunning ride. He may or may not really challenge for the title; but the drive, passion and enthusiasm for such a veteran is amazing. How he keeps on re-inventing himself (And how his style in terms of hanging off the bike more has changed and become much more 'modern' the last couple of seasons) is incredible.
However they did say - these arent his favourite tracks - and Rossi's points amassed in the first two races are as many as in recent years. A really good sign...... However the issue in my eyes facing Vale is a lack of other serious contenders to steal points from Vinales and help close the gap between him and Rossi on a regular basis.
And yes - Lorenzo had a terrible weekend. Sundays 'effort' was to be expected from the practice sessions he had.......
Yeah Shuv definitely a few egos bruised in Argentina.
As usual another boring Texas race. Not a fan of this circuit. Good to see the GOAT on the podium again.
Awful, awful news about Nicky Hayden. Thoughts and prayers are with his family. I've not been able to think straight today and have constantly been looking for updates. Sadly, the latest update looks very grave indeed.
Absolutely gutted. Love the bloke. Always smiling and happy and always gives it his all.
Wishing for a miracle.
I saw the early report / news on the MotoGP website last night. It didn't sound great then.
A quick bit of Googling just now straight-out found me a report which was accompanied by pictures of the car he presumably came into contact with. Looks like it had hit another vehicle - not a human body.
Good luck in the hardest fight of you life so far Nicky.
Absolutely tragic mate. All that time risking your life on track only to be randomly hit by a car while cycling. Really can't stop thinking about him. Positive vibes and collective hope is all we have right now. Hospitals in Italy are really cagey about giving info too so it's going to be an agonising wait for any news.
Just found out about this. Sad news indeed.