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by Fingernails
Sun Apr 18, 2021 9:43 am
Forum: MotoGP Class
Topic: Grande Prémio 888 de Portugal - Rd 3
Replies: 23
Views: 13238

Re: Grande Prémio 888 de Portugal - Rd 3

It's going to be an interesting race. In a normal situation 6th would give Marc a crack at the win. However, we'll see whether there are still fitness issues or residual weakness which may tell over a race distance. Or something else entirely. FQ seems well placed for a win here if he can break out ...
by Fingernails
Fri Apr 16, 2021 5:24 pm
Forum: MotoGP Class
Topic: Grande Prémio 888 de Portugal - Rd 3
Replies: 23
Views: 13238

Re: Grande Prémio 888 de Portugal - Rd 3

And, sixth in FP2. However, Bagnaia has a 0.34s gap on second place. M.Marquez is only 0.143 behind second place.

I interpret this as Bagnaia going for a fast run that nobody else did, and Marc being there or thereabouts at the front. I would no longer be surprised to see him on pole.
by Fingernails
Fri Apr 16, 2021 11:47 am
Forum: MotoGP Class
Topic: Grande Prémio 888 de Portugal - Rd 3
Replies: 23
Views: 13238

Re: Grande Prémio 888 de Portugal - Rd 3

I'm making no predictions. But, because of a certain MM93, I'm much more interested to see the results of the early practice sessions than I usually am.

Heads off to crash.net ... EDIT: MM93 third fastest in FP1. Already (relatively) quicker than I expected he'd get for the entire weekend.
by Fingernails
Thu Apr 15, 2021 1:01 pm
Forum: MotoGP Class
Topic: Marquez 2021
Replies: 44
Views: 18899

Re: Marquez 2021

Mikesbytes wrote:
Thu Apr 15, 2021 12:08 pm
I agree but will the red mist kick in?
Entirely possible. But, he has been out of action for probably longer than he will have been ever in his career. This may have sunken in.
by Fingernails
Wed Apr 14, 2021 10:16 am
Forum: MotoGP Class
Topic: Marquez 2021
Replies: 44
Views: 18899

Re: Marquez 2021

I'm wondering if he will risk falling off in free practice, which has previously been a technique he used to find the limit I predict he will be much more careful about falling off in general, and this will affect his performance going forward. Predictions can easily be wrong. How much of an effect...
by Fingernails
Sat Apr 10, 2021 1:20 am
Forum: Moto2, 250s, 125s, Red Bull Rookies
Topic: Jake Dixon
Replies: 21
Views: 27585

Re: Jake Dixon

Was the first one not a decent ride? Struggled last week but let's not forget how serious that wrist injury was last year I thought he got knocked off. Not his fault, but not a good result in the end. I didn't say the results were entirely his fault. EDIT: No, he finished 7th. My memory has failed ...
by Fingernails
Fri Apr 09, 2021 5:54 pm
Forum: Moto2, 250s, 125s, Red Bull Rookies
Topic: Jake Dixon
Replies: 21
Views: 27585

Re: Jake Dixon

Sadly the first two races haven't been good for Jake. Hopefully he'll do better in the rest of the season.
by Fingernails
Fri Apr 09, 2021 2:05 pm
Forum: MotoGP Class
Topic: MotoGP WC prediction 2021
Replies: 5
Views: 5344

Re: MotoGP WC prediction 2021

I'm too late to post pre-season. So, here is my prediction after the first two races.

1. Quartararo
2. Vinales
3. Zarco
4. M Marquez
5. Miller

Unfair to Mir, Morbidelli, Bagnaia, etc. But, I have to pick 5.

Oh, and sadly:

12. Rossi
by Fingernails
Fri Apr 09, 2021 1:58 pm
Forum: MotoGP Class
Topic: Marquez 2021
Replies: 44
Views: 18899

Re: Marquez 2021

I really think that nobody knows how competitive Marquez would be on return - probably including Marquez himself.
by Fingernails
Fri Apr 09, 2021 1:28 pm
Forum: MotoGP Class
Topic: TISSOT Grand Prix of Doha - Rd.2
Replies: 33
Views: 14849

Re: TISSOT Grand Prix of Doha - Rd.2

What a Moto3 race. We may have a new Marquez in the mix. Congratulations Pedro Acosta, one of the best rides I have seen in 45 years of following this sport. Acosta is a revelation. Particularly in this race, after his great performance last week, I was watching him carefully. Not only is he fast -...
by Fingernails
Tue Jan 19, 2021 8:42 pm
Forum: National Series
Topic: BSB 2021
Replies: 22
Views: 4306

Re: BSB 2021

I've read a bit on the new riders and returners. Hopefully we'll see them in the mix. But, my main interest is whether Glenn Irwin can do what he failed to do last year.
by Fingernails
Sat Jan 02, 2021 4:46 pm
Forum: MotoGP Class
Topic: Fausto Gresini - Get Well Soon
Replies: 3
Views: 547

Fausto Gresini - Get Well Soon

I know this won't be read by anyone near him, but I would like to publicly send my best wishes for a full recovery to Fausto Gresini.
by Fingernails
Fri Dec 18, 2020 5:23 pm
Forum: MotoGP Class
Topic: Silly Season
Replies: 1929
Views: 149320

Re: Silly Season

Ah that's interesting! I suppose the issue for Aprilia is that everyone else has improved as well; most notably KTM who managed 3 race wins and multiple podiums, which makes the Aprilia effort seem worse by comparison. Maybe that's why they want to go with a full factory effort, after they have see...
by Fingernails
Thu Dec 10, 2020 9:28 pm
Forum: MotoGP Class
Topic: Marquez 2021
Replies: 44
Views: 18899

Re: Marquez 2021

Marquez is placing blame on doctors, this article says. https://www.crash.net/motogp/news/950046/1/marc-marquez-admits-hasty-motogp-return-was-mistake-points-finger-doctors Though: "Marc Marquez concedes he shouldn't have attempted a return to action just days after major surgery but says it was up ...
by Fingernails
Mon Dec 07, 2020 5:19 pm
Forum: MotoGP Class
Topic: KTM in 2021
Replies: 6
Views: 1055

Re: KTM in 2021

Isn't there an entire engine freeze ruling for 2021, for all of the manufacturers? A concession to costs and other problems caused by Covid I thought (and partly why Yamaha were potentially in such a pickle) Only for the teams that didn't enter 2020 with concessions, I believe. The articles I found...
by Fingernails
Mon Dec 07, 2020 12:42 pm
Forum: MotoGP Class
Topic: Marquez 2021
Replies: 44
Views: 18899

Re: Marquez 2021

I think this might be a case of 'Less haste, more speed'.

As you say, they tried to rush Marc's return to attempt to salvage the 2020 championship.

What the long term costs of that will be ... we will find out.
by Fingernails
Mon Dec 07, 2020 10:41 am
Forum: MotoGP Class
Topic: KTM in 2021
Replies: 6
Views: 1055

Re: KTM in 2021

I believe they have lost their concessions They have lost their concessions in general, but I thought that the ability to bring a new engine next year wasn't affected. E.g. see discussion here: MotoGP teams wary of KTM building “super engine” for 2021 season and here. https://www.crash.net/motogp/f...
by Fingernails
Sun Dec 06, 2020 11:53 am
Forum: MotoGP Class
Topic: KTM in 2021
Replies: 6
Views: 1055

KTM in 2021

Will KTM be allowed to introduce a new engine in 2021 and have other advantages against the other factories minus Aprilia?

I seem to recall reading/discussing that, but I don't know if things have changed. Or maybe that wasn't right in the first place.
by Fingernails
Fri Dec 04, 2020 4:14 pm
Forum: MotoGP Class
Topic: Marquez 2021
Replies: 44
Views: 18899

Re: Marquez 2021

MiniNinjaMk5 wrote:
Fri Dec 04, 2020 1:37 pm

- HRC may be lining up Dovi to ride until Marc is in a position to return.
If Dovi is leading the championship in May/June, what do they do then?
by Fingernails
Mon Nov 30, 2020 11:30 pm
Forum: MotoGP Class
Topic: Will Marquez become the greatest racer of all Time?
Replies: 251
Views: 19906

Re: Will Marquez become the greatest racer of all Time?

Is it unthinkable that next year or a year later we could see Marquez retiring before Rossi does?
by Fingernails
Wed Nov 25, 2020 1:43 am
Forum: Moto2, 250s, 125s, Red Bull Rookies
Topic: Sam lowes
Replies: 3
Views: 3636

Re: Sam lowes

I agree. At one point he looked as if he was fading, and then he came back with a FL.

He should be a contender next year as well.
by Fingernails
Tue Nov 24, 2020 11:27 pm
Forum: MotoGP Class
Topic: What is happening Aprilia
Replies: 10
Views: 952

Re: What is happening Aprilia

I'm honestly at a loss to think which factory is the worst managed. I might need to make a separate thread. Aprilia is up there but a big part of it is a lack of commitment from the mothership, which begs the question "what's the point?" I suspect they're getting the publicity/status that they need...
by Fingernails
Tue Nov 24, 2020 10:54 am
Forum: MotoGP Class
Topic: What is happening Aprilia
Replies: 10
Views: 952

Re: What is happening Aprilia

I'm guessing they don't have any money to pay for riders and also Aprilia isn't being seen as a path to greatness by the Moto2 riders, so better off to get a great result in Moto2 and then move to a team that can put you on the podium. https://www.mcnews.com.au/aprilia-motogp-rider-line-up-finally-...
by Fingernails
Mon Nov 23, 2020 9:16 pm
Forum: MotoGP Class
Topic: Racing circuit pantheon
Replies: 194
Views: 67462

Re: Racing circuit pantheon

MiniNinjaMk5 wrote:
Mon Nov 23, 2020 2:02 pm
Really hoping Portimao gets added to the GP calendar regularly!
I bet Olivera is hoping that too!
by Fingernails
Sat Nov 21, 2020 1:30 pm
Forum: MotoGP Class
Topic: R15 - Grande Prémio MEO de Portugal Algarve International Circuit PORTUGAL
Replies: 8
Views: 667

Re: R15 - Grande Prémio MEO de Portugal Algarve International Circuit PORTUGAL

I think this race will be a good opportunity for someone to mark their claim for next year. Of course, a fully fit Marc would automatically be favourite, but we don't know if he will be fully fit. Personally I hope that someone like Vinales or Dovi who have been disappointing this year claw somethin...