Brno MotoGP Sunday Subscriber Notes: Remarkable Rookie, KTM & Concessions, Yamaha's Engines, A Direction For Ducati, And Honda's Many Mistakes

If there was any doubt 2020 was going to be a historic season for MotoGP, the Czech round at Brno erased the last of them. It has been a weird year, the COVID-19 pandemic throwing the calendar out of kilter, then the resumption of racing bringing excitement, drama, and a whole boatload of surprises.

There was Marc Márquez breaking his arm one week, and trying to ride the next. There was Fabio Quartararo dominating both races. There was Valentino Rossi looking lost on the first Sunday, and finishing on the podium seven days later. And that was just the tip of the iceberg of weirdness.

After the topsy-turvy events of the two Jerez races, Brno turned the MotoGP world even more upside down. In these subscriber notes, an attempt to make sense of the madness, to filter some signal from the noise. There is a lot of signal, but also plenty of noise. Here's the signals we have picked up so far:

  • The rookie who finally lived up to expectations
  • The new best bike on the grid?
  • The consequences for the championship
  • Concessions explained
  • Petronas Yamaha's other rider gets what he deserves
  • Yamaha's engine situation
  • The Zarco vs Espargaro smackdown
  • Are Ducati really as lost as they seem?
  • Honda's litany of errors

Lots to get through. But there is only one place to start: with the winner.

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Not entirely unthinkable. I certainly had thoughts that way at times ūüėČ

I hear you and will snug it up. 

Funny thing? Before reading David's articles or anything elsewhere I jot them in my phone as a note to myself. Then paste here, read/watch everything I can find everywhere (starting with the article), and do a revision/addendum. MotoGP is my very favorite thing, and this is my very favorite epicenter connection. Brevity looks appealing, count me in.

 

Shrink, yours is a different voice and the world needs difference, it's a better place for it. All of us sometimes make interesting observations, sometimes less so and there's clearly diversity in areas and topics of interests within this community. As has been said elsewhere, the scroll down bar is handily placed to the right for when a comment isn't of interest.

Sometimes i like the long posts, sometimes i dont. If i like it then i read it, if i don't then i skip it.

Don't be pressured into doing things you don't want to do.

 

P.S.  I also liked the "Like" button.

I'd like to suggest you just keep going as you are doing now, I did not ask for change. Variety is the spice of  live and it'd be difficult for you, and subjective, to sort waht might be important to others and what not. I know how to scroll but sill read everyones comment, and generally I like yours, insightful and always another snippet of previously unknown information for me.

Loooking forward to reading more from you!!

Well said, my friend. Never miss your posts.  I’ll work with you and I hope others will too. Let’s confine the competition to the track.

I was pleased to read these latest comments from David and others. Firstly, the heartwarming news on what appears to be the sustainability of this site. I also agree that brevity would enable us to understand the point being made and not to lose it amongst a lot of personalised prose. That's not to say it's wrong, but maybe limit it to a few thousand words a year.

Lastly, a suggestion - when controversial events occur a vote button might allow us to make feelings known as a means of feedback (I'm sure many insiders follow MM) and measurement.

I'm not a fan of the word count allotment. Because that would mean that I can't type another word for the rest of the season. And I've got too much to say. If you don't like it, you do not have to read it, friend. Until Mr. Emmett tells me to chill, I'm going to keep expressing myself as I see fit. I believe we are equal here, don't you?

Cheers

I was pleased to read these latest comments from David and others. Firstly, the heartwarming news on what appears to be the sustainability of this site. I also agree that brevity would enable us to understand the point being made and not to lose it amongst a lot of personalised prose. That's not to say it's wrong, but maybe limit it to a few thousand words a year.

Lastly, a suggestion - when controversial events occur a vote button might allow us to make feelings known as a means of feedback (I'm sure many insiders follow MM) and measurement.

... thread ever? I don't think it was even this long following the Sepang fracas a few years back? And for what it's worth, last weekends drama was a minnow by comparison as far as I'm concerned. The most shocking thing about it was that amazing long lap by Zarco. Extraordinary skill.

I also see a lot of enthusiasm for the excitement of the race. A rookie dispatches with motogp regulars like a veteran in just his third race. This was after he told KTM boss Pit Beirer that he believed he had the best bike in Jerez. The guy might be Marquez kryptonite. That creates anticipation. And yes, Zarco's long lap was awesome. I loved it. Today's paddock pass podcast has more info about the inner workings at KTM. In case you have not already listened to it.

it's been the 5 toughest months of my already long life hence my silence. But seeing this flood of comments (yes Lilyvani, arguably more than Sepang 2015... though, I think David had to close the comment section at the time...) and after seeing that extremely enjoyable race I felt like adding my two humble cents to the conversation. 

First, the 95% : it's great that good journalism can still find revenues outside the realm of advertising. Thank you David, for your great work and all the features you're constantly adding.

second, who cares about the lenght of a contribution? as long as it's not offensive, let's all be free to write and read, or not, at our own peril.

last, but certainly not least : the exciting race. It was thrilling to see Binder on fire. crazy and great. although , and this is in no way meant to diminish his victory, how many days did KTM test there? let's be frank, in a competition where tire nursing and its conservation   has become more than crucial, whoever can test beforehand has an advantage. how many times we've seen a race recently where the pace drops 2 seconds ? Again, all the merit and praise to Binder, his victory is great.

as for the incident, i'm team Espargaro : Zarco pulled a Zarco on him. yes, as a racer you see the slightest opening and you just want to get in, but! you're either fast enough to pull it through and be in front when the other bike reels back in or you're wrong. Espargaro wasn't doing some motocross in the fields he just went a little bit wide.  Race Direction was right to hand the penalty. And this is not a  first for zarco... 

Impressed by and happy for Morbidelli : it must be so tough to have such a sensational team mate and not lose it... is this a decisive podium for Morbido? 

One more thing, i know i sound like a broken record, as i've been saying this for a long time: will the people at Ducati ever learn? the way they treat people - specifically Dovi-  is unbelievable and despeakable. I rest my case. 

Has anyone addressed the windowgate? in such sad times a little bit of humor is welcome.

one last question: how many days did KTM test for in Austria? 

Trying to understand exactly what quality is put Robert M. Pirsig in the casa de locos.

KTM shows that the consessions rule works. The amount of ground they made up on the "regulars" is nothing short of phenomenal. Let's see if they can repeat it. We all know the late Nicky Hayden's words about lining up on the grid. 

Zarco wasn't surprised by the penalty because he has been penalized for a similar infraction before. At Silverstone in 2016 in Moto2 he took out Sam Lowes going for the inside and that time his bike was only a few inches behind Lowes' bike, rather than a complete wheel like last Sunday at Brno. He did try to escape by riding up on the curbing at Silverstone. Penalty was 30 seconds. This type of move is in Zarco's nature and that may be why RD gave a penalty. I like the guy (my wife is French, kids have dual citizenship and I've lived in France in the past so that kinda makes me a bit of a Francophile) but he keeps sneaking up the inside and not showing a wheel. Last Saturday's incident did look like a racing incident from the helicopter view, but not so much from the cornerworkers view. But, he's done this before and been penalized and warned about it. This is his fourth time at least according to the fuzzy memory. That's why the long lap penalty is just in my book. Just the way I see it and don't want to argue. 

My understanding about the comment section of this wonderful website, and please correct me if I am wrong Mr. Emmett, is that people in the paddock occasionally remark how interesting and thoughtful the comments are. That means that even the comments contribute in a small way to the reader's interest in this site. Reader's interest in all that motomatters.com comprises, equates to more memberships. More memberships keeps the site alive so that we can all enjoy it. So, in this way we, the members, are all equal in this because the "quality" of the comments is determined by the observer. 

Ciao

I'll say it once, and I'll keep saying it again.  Binder is Stoner 2.0  We're witnessing another remarkable talent in the same mold and let's say with more mass appeal too.

The "Go Show" gets Zarco'd by Crafar!!!!!!

Yes! Crafar knew exactly what he was talking about!

There is just too much evidence out there...My only concern is that I will have to answer for all of my transgressions when I pass over to the other side.

I even vaguely remember this race. Not sure which is more classic - the race or your comment.

Thanks!

Yeah I couldn't believe that I randomly found that on Monday morning while surfing Youtube. Whoops, Simon :D

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