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  • Reply to: 2018 Le Mans Sunday Round Up: Crashes Shape The Championship, Yamaha's Woes, Ducati's Decision, And Moto3 Madness   3 hours 16 min ago

    That's what I was thinking as well. They prepared a bike to be fast alone ( and QP proved it ) but not a bike to fight in the race. they exploited all the corner speed they could and sacrificed braking and/or acceleration. This kind of setup works in QP and if Zarco could have ran away alone. But the bad start killed this strategy and he had to obviously override the bike . the crash was a logical end of the whole process in my opinion.  Quite frustrating (I was on the track to see him fall in the gravel at Garage Vert Corner) . I'm not sure the M front tyre was the ideal choice neither. Zarco ran the Soft front almost all the WE. 

    Surely he should have change his strategy and let Dovi and Marquez go and try to stay close. He could have been third or maybe fourth and would be a solid second in the championship but that kind of decision is more easy to take in a sofa in front of a TV. 

    Looks very much Tech3's M1 was a limiting factor in my opinion.  Zarco has no margin to play with during the race.

    But the sadest in this GP was to see Jorge Lorenzo so slow in the middle of the corner. It was obvious at "La Chapelle" corner. I mean... Jorge is the king of corner speed and to see him so slow is disheartening. Surely Ducati/Lorenzo relationship is kinda toxic for both. I'm not a Lorenzo fan but to see him disappear from the grid would be a total nonsense in my humble opinion. I hope he and his manager will understand they have to lower by much their expectancy in term of salary. Maybe to the point to ride for free as Rossi did for yamaha in 2013 as told us Manuel Pecino. 

  • Reply to: 2018 Le Mans Sunday Round Up: Crashes Shape The Championship, Yamaha's Woes, Ducati's Decision, And Moto3 Madness   3 hours 18 min ago

    I thought it was because he didn't rejoin correctly (i.e. dropped a place or two?)

  • Reply to: 2018 Le Mans Sunday Round Up: Crashes Shape The Championship, Yamaha's Woes, Ducati's Decision, And Moto3 Madness   3 hours 23 min ago

    Its a shame, Lorenzo is a brilliantly talented rider, but his sulky and truculant attitude hinders him when things aren't going well. It seems WSBK will have to expand the grid for all those riders getting the boot from MotoGP though. Pity Redding and Smith, WSBK is already packed with fast superbiking Brits.

  • Reply to: 2018 Le Mans Sunday Round Up: Crashes Shape The Championship, Yamaha's Woes, Ducati's Decision, And Moto3 Madness   4 hours 6 min ago

    1) Marc Marquez must be one of the physically strongest (for his size) MotoGP riders; his crash-saving appears to require a substantial amount muscular effort, and his style - when viewed in slow motion - obviously requires a huge amount of strength to maintain.

    2) Speculation: does Tech3 use different software compared to the factory Yamaha team?  I know myth-making is important, Zarco's wrist etc. - but we are long years from that being anything like reality.  Recall the huge advantage Honda had with the seamless gearbox.  I wonder if Tech3 is quietly using slightly different software.  I haven't looked closely enough to see.

  • Reply to: 2018 Le Mans Sunday Round Up: Crashes Shape The Championship, Yamaha's Woes, Ducati's Decision, And Moto3 Madness   5 hours 21 min ago

    3mm??? ... How did they even come up with the number? or for the fact how did they even think about this in the first place? to tweak his travel. This gives us an idea how good the communication needs to be between the rider and his crew and in turn his crew understanding his requirement.

    But still it just amazes me as to how they come up with these things, I remember in 2015 Vale's crew chief fiddled with something related to the wheels and Vale found his confidence back!!!

    with so many parameters in place they come up with this ... Just stunning !!!