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by MiniNinjaMk5
Thu Jun 24, 2021 10:40 am
Forum: MotoGP Class
Topic: Round 9 Dutch TT (Assen)
Replies: 4
Views: 95

Re: Round 9 Dutch TT (Assen)

I think it definitely used to be regarded as a special win. With riders saying if you win one race that's the place to do it. I don't know why! :)
by MiniNinjaMk5
Thu Jun 24, 2021 10:39 am
Forum: MotoGP Class
Topic: Silly Season
Replies: 1890
Views: 123836

Re: Silly Season

Ah yes ofc - Rabat had to be bought out of his contract didn't he for Marini to get brought into GP this year.
by MiniNinjaMk5
Wed Jun 23, 2021 11:07 am
Forum: MotoGP Class
Topic: Round 9 Dutch TT (Assen)
Replies: 4
Views: 95

Re: Round 9 Dutch TT (Assen)

Yes I would be surprised if Vinales even podiums, things look really dark there at the moment. Conversely Quartararo is looking very good, he loves the track and the Yamaha goes well here. I think between him and Oliviera for the win, Miguel has got such a good run of form at the moment, the KTM is ...
by MiniNinjaMk5
Tue Jun 22, 2021 5:53 pm
Forum: MotoGP Class
Topic: Petronas
Replies: 3
Views: 108

Re: Petronas

I agree, McPhee has shown he can race at the front of a grand prix and win. He's had a few unforced errors this year but you would like to think that most teams could see the potential there. I think it's probably a bit of a toxic atmosphere now in his pit too which won't be helping, he could do wit...
by MiniNinjaMk5
Tue Jun 22, 2021 12:21 pm
Forum: MotoGP Class
Topic: So what happens with Honda if Marc never recovers?
Replies: 21
Views: 529

Re: So what happens with Honda if Marc never recovers?

I don't either.. there is an interesting article on the front page from David about the win being both the best and worst thing to happen to HRC, which kind of makes sense. You have to look at where the other Hondas were during the race. Pol has definitely been a disappointment, I expected him to ge...
by MiniNinjaMk5
Tue Jun 22, 2021 12:18 pm
Forum: MotoGP Class
Topic: Silly Season
Replies: 1890
Views: 123836

Re: Silly Season

You're right, I remember even Suzuki still honouring Iannone's contract even when he quite obviously couldn't be bothered. I guess it might be the situation like Zarco at KTM - if it's quite obvious for both parties that they are not happy they can choose to part ways (but I think as in that case bo...
by MiniNinjaMk5
Tue Jun 22, 2021 12:15 pm
Forum: MotoGP Class
Topic: Round 8 - German GP (Sachsenring)
Replies: 31
Views: 612

Re: Round 8 - German GP (Sachsenring)

Think Aleix is probably a tremendous test/development rider at this point and would be a good benchmark for anyone else in the team. As it stands every rider that has come into the team has gone (and finished the GP career of at least a couple) so you can't say he is doing too badly! It will be inte...
by MiniNinjaMk5
Tue Jun 22, 2021 12:10 pm
Forum: MotoGP Class
Topic: Petronas
Replies: 3
Views: 108

Re: Petronas

Yes the world feed guys were saying the same thing. Apparently two guys in the running for the GP bike are Toprak from WSBK and Jake Dixon. Dorna really want a Brit in MotoGP and it sounds like the personnel move in Petronas is an attempt to kick-start his season, because without a few good results ...
by MiniNinjaMk5
Mon Jun 21, 2021 2:57 pm
Forum: MotoGP Class
Topic: Silly Season
Replies: 1890
Views: 123836

Re: Silly Season

I'm not sure! It was mentioned a few times over the weekend that they think its imminent. I would guess he will have his own press conference for that (as Lorenzo and Pedrosa did from recent memory)
by MiniNinjaMk5
Mon Jun 21, 2021 1:19 pm
Forum: MotoGP Class
Topic: Round 8 - German GP (Sachsenring)
Replies: 31
Views: 612

Re: Round 8 - German GP (Sachsenring)

Wow. I am not ashamed to say this is the 3rd time watching a race that has put a lump into my throat. The first was Sete Gibernau taking the win in South Africa in 2003, riding Daijiro Kato's bike after his death a few weeks before. The second was a bit pathetic - again in South Africa, the opening ...
by MiniNinjaMk5
Mon Jun 21, 2021 1:11 pm
Forum: MotoGP Class
Topic: Silly Season
Replies: 1890
Views: 123836

Re: Silly Season

Apparently Rossi is going to be part of the media interviews coming up in the Netherlands on Thursday, with a few journos expecting it to be an announcement of his new team.

Odds of it being Ducati are at 99%..
by MiniNinjaMk5
Fri Jun 18, 2021 1:57 pm
Forum: MotoGP Class
Topic: Round 8 - German GP (Sachsenring)
Replies: 31
Views: 612

Re: Round 8 - German GP (Sachsenring)

Yep definitely - Pol was looking really positive throughout FP in Catalunya, then had a shocker of a race.
So will be interesting to see if they keep the momentum.

Such a tight field time-wise, think Rossi was in 20th and only a second off of Marc's time!
by MiniNinjaMk5
Fri Jun 18, 2021 1:55 pm
Forum: MotoGP Class
Topic: Silly Season
Replies: 1890
Views: 123836

Re: Silly Season

I think (not 100%) that there were a spare two grid spaces for the past few years? I can't think of any other way - like you say if the Avintia bike spaces are going to Rossi's team, Gresini are taking Ducati's, then there has to be two more bikes on the grid for the Aprilias? Yes I would like to se...
by MiniNinjaMk5
Fri Jun 18, 2021 11:38 am
Forum: MotoGP Class
Topic: Silly Season
Replies: 1890
Views: 123836

Re: Silly Season

From what I have read Aprilia will be running their own factory team. I haven't heard anything about Morbidelli leaving Petronas TBH? I know there is some dissatisfaction with him not having a factory bike but it sounds like it's just a case of Petronas putting forward the money for the bike. Lin Ja...
by MiniNinjaMk5
Fri Jun 18, 2021 11:32 am
Forum: MotoGP Class
Topic: Round 8 - German GP (Sachsenring)
Replies: 31
Views: 612

Re: Round 8 - German GP (Sachsenring)

Yes right - was listening to a podcast about it and David Emmett was saying the circuit layout covers the bikes weakness of drive out of corners onto straights, as the bike is on its side so much. Also in the same way the Ducati can't really use its top end so they haven't got their usual advantage.
by MiniNinjaMk5
Fri Jun 18, 2021 10:56 am
Forum: MotoGP Class
Topic: So what happens with Honda if Marc never recovers?
Replies: 21
Views: 529

Re: So what happens with Honda if Marc never recovers?

Pretty timely, interesting article and interview with Livio Suppo here about their current travails
https://the-race.com/motogp/ex-boss-sup ... gp-plight/
by MiniNinjaMk5
Fri Jun 18, 2021 10:40 am
Forum: MotoGP Class
Topic: Round 8 - German GP (Sachsenring)
Replies: 31
Views: 612

Re: Round 8 - German GP (Sachsenring)

Well with 10 mins left in FP1 Marc is fastest and 3 Hondas in the top 4, which I think answers whether the Honda will still go well around this track! I'm almost tempted to look at betting odds on Marc for the race win, but I know that would have the same effect as Fingernails' profile pic and doom ...
by MiniNinjaMk5
Thu Jun 17, 2021 11:19 am
Forum: MotoGP Class
Topic: So what happens with Honda if Marc never recovers?
Replies: 21
Views: 529

Re: So what happens with Honda if Marc never recovers?

I think HRC are suffering right now from having a rider that was so dominant and so skilful that it papered over the cracks in the bike, and meant that it didn't develop at the same pace as some of the others (it didn't need to!) A similar thing happened to them when Doohan was injured in 99 and the...
by MiniNinjaMk5
Wed Jun 16, 2021 4:09 pm
Forum: MotoGP Class
Topic: Round 8 - German GP (Sachsenring)
Replies: 31
Views: 612

Re: Round 8 - German GP (Sachsenring)

Haha yes, well to be fair most of the pundits seem to be scratching their heads too so we are in good company. I think David Emmett is one of the few that has come out and said he thinks he will win. I agree though QP is going to play a big part of it. Overtaking isn't easy at the track and especial...
by MiniNinjaMk5
Wed Jun 16, 2021 11:23 am
Forum: MotoGP Class
Topic: Round 8 - German GP (Sachsenring)
Replies: 31
Views: 612

Re: Round 8 - German GP (Sachsenring)

So does anyone think Marc can do it? David Emmett on the front page thinks there is a strong possibility he will win. If this had been any other track I would have said no, as Marc is still recovering and the Honda has been in the doldrums. But, he has been so utterly dominant at the track in the pa...
by MiniNinjaMk5
Wed Jun 16, 2021 11:15 am
Forum: MotoGP Class
Topic: Round 7 - Barcelona
Replies: 32
Views: 980

Re: Round 7 - Barcelona

The frustrating thing with Rins is that you know he is so talented and fast. I think for anyone who followed him through from Moto3 and Moto2 knows that he quite often had the edge on his rivals in a lot of cases, but even back then there was always that problem with consistency. The guy can beat th...
by MiniNinjaMk5
Wed Jun 16, 2021 11:10 am
Forum: MotoGP Class
Topic: So what happens with Honda if Marc never recovers?
Replies: 21
Views: 529

Re: So what happens with Honda if Marc never recovers?

Yes right, even Doohan and his taming of the NSR500 big bang engine power delivery. Remember him lamenting the bike being made easier to ride with the 'screamer' engine and a smoother power delivery as it meant one of his advantages was removed. That 'just' is a big one though! We still don't know h...
by MiniNinjaMk5
Fri Jun 04, 2021 4:48 pm
Forum: MotoGP Class
Topic: Round 7 - Barcelona
Replies: 32
Views: 980

Re: Round 7 - Barcelona

Great to see the bikes back on track so soon! Couple of things stood out for me from FP1 and FP2 - KTM have a really good race pace on hard tyres, both Oliviera and Binder towards the top on hard-hard tyres for most of the session. - Ducati's finishing positions flattered to deceive. Think top Ducat...
by MiniNinjaMk5
Fri Jun 04, 2021 10:09 am
Forum: MotoGP Class
Topic: So what happens with Honda if Marc never recovers?
Replies: 21
Views: 529

Re: So what happens with Honda if Marc never recovers?

Reputations can certainly change, but Honda have a pedigree for success (and they throw the most money of any factory which is maybe the most important thing!) Or they'll just pay enough money to get the rules changed to their favour ;)
by MiniNinjaMk5
Thu Jun 03, 2021 6:34 pm
Forum: MotoGP Class
Topic: So what happens with Honda if Marc never recovers?
Replies: 21
Views: 529

Re: So what happens with Honda if Marc never recovers?

From what I have read about Pol, he said that part of signing for HRC was the 'legend' factor and that he always wanted to ride for that marque. Growing up he had pictures of Doohan, Criville etc on his bedroom wall and actually riding for the team is the realisation of a childhood dream for him. I ...