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Old 04-29-2013, 08:19 PM   #31
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Old 04-30-2013, 01:49 AM   #32
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I thought I heard Steve Martin say during the second race that the opening in the restrictor plate would be 2mm larger for Monza and it sounded like that would be a "test" and not necessarily a change for the rest of the season.
Yeah, it'll be interesting to see if they 'sandbag' it, and try for more....
Not that they should have to. It's ridiculous.
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Old 04-30-2013, 05:33 AM   #33
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The Super Stock race was amazing. The series leader on the BMW appeared to intentionally ram the Ducati that passed him just in front of the finish line. Reminded me a lot of playing the video game Road Rash when I was a kid.
I thought the 1000STK was the best race, Eddie la Marra on a Panig and Sylvain Barrier on BMW bashing fairings just before the line, Niccola Canepa tried to do a backdoor and take the win but just didn't have enough.
La Marras sideburns were wider then the difference between them across the line
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Old 04-30-2013, 06:04 AM   #34
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I wasted more than a couple of minutes playing that game.

What's surprising about the Ducati lack of performance is how it does even against the Honda- which is probably the oldest package on the grid. Last year's 1198 was mostly on a "closer to the front" pace, so it surprising to see the Panigale apparently noncompetitive.

And Melandri/BMW have to be really wondering what the heck is going on.


On a more serious note- does Melandri still have the same girlfriend? If so, where is the camera time?

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Old 04-30-2013, 06:31 AM   #35
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I wasted more than a couple of minutes playing that game.

What's surprising about the Ducati lack of performance is how it does even against the Honda- which is probably the oldest package on the grid. Last year's 1198 was mostly on a "closer to the front" pace, so it surprising to see the Panigale apparently noncompetitive.

And Melandri/BMW have to be really wondering what the heck is going on.


On a more serious note- does Melandri still have the same girlfriend? If so, where is the camera time?
You weren't watching the same telecast as me? She's still there, acting like a devoted slave. Or something? (Seen betterer in the local supermarket...)
As for the BMW 'issues', you may note that the guy that was taking them to what should have been the championship last year, but for Melandri's meltdown, is now running the Ducati MGP effort.
Dunno who's running the Beemer SBK now, but it don't look too good...
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Old 04-30-2013, 07:16 AM   #36
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You weren't watching the same telecast as me? ...
Maybe not. I watched a recording that was from Brit TV. Purely track footage.
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Old 04-30-2013, 12:45 PM   #37
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The Panigale is brand new and Checa has knocked himself out at least once, slowing development.

Melandri has a broken shoulder which is still causing him considerable troubles, ala Spies.

Hey wpbarlow, did you ever get to watch all of those sbk videos you asked for?
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Old 04-30-2013, 12:59 PM   #38
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Checa had the Panigale on the pole at Phillip Island, until he rung his bell in race 1. I can't believe the bike is that far off the pace, but Checa could be for now.
Or perhaps Ducati is "playing possum" holding out for a 1299cc twins ruling!
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Old 04-30-2013, 02:48 PM   #39
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You weren't watching the same telecast as me? She's still there, acting like a devoted slave. Or something? (Seen betterer in the local supermarket...)...
I'm going to (re)paraphrase Jamie Whitham:

"Marco Melandri is a very nice man; he's also a great racer, and he's got lots of money. But he's still punching above his weight with that missus"

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Old 04-30-2013, 04:06 PM   #40
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The Panigale is brand new and Checa has knocked himself out at least once, slowing development.

Melandri has a broken shoulder which is still causing him considerable troubles, ala Spies.

Hey wpbarlow, did you ever get to watch all of those sbk videos you asked for?
The Panigale did have a "development" year of sorts last year. Though I'm sure the new layout poses setup challenges I think expectations were generally higher.

The BMW has also had some mechanical issues that you wouldn't normally expect. I was just pointing out that their year has not gone according to plan.


Yes, I did watch the videos-- pretty sure I thanked everyone; but if I missed anyone, thanks .
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Old 04-30-2013, 07:15 PM   #42
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I'm going to (re)paraphrase Jamie Whitham:

"Marco Melandri is a very nice man; he's also a great racer, and he's got lots of money. But he's still punching above his weight with that missus"


Whitham makes it worthwhile finding the Eurosport feed.
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Old 05-03-2013, 04:38 AM   #43
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Whitham makes it worthwhile finding the Eurosport feed.

Those Yorkies......can't beat em for dry(and mostly accurate...), humour. And that's coming from an Aussie!
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