MotoGP '13 Qatar- Desert in the dark (spoilers!)

Discussion in 'Racing' started by DC2wheels, Mar 29, 2013.

  1. RedRocket

    RedRocket Yeah! I want Cheesy Poofs

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    So far these two are looking much better than Ducatis past.
  2. HoneyBunz

    HoneyBunz Long timer

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    Dovi has Ducati back into the hunt. He's riding even with Rossi and ahead of Pedrosa.

    Though MM is fastest, he had many aborted runs. He's bound to fade over race distance and drop back into Dovi's sights. Don't we know Dovi would love to send Honda a message.
    Dovi has a chance to finish the race ahead of both Hondas on the red headed stepchild, Ducati.:lol3

    Wouldn't that be special!
  3. Skowinski

    Skowinski Eukaryote

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    Yes indeed. I for one would love to see Ducati put that bike back in the top 5 consistently.
  4. ErikY.

    ErikY. Here, Now.

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    With that big track I'm not surprised with the big HP the Ducs reportedly have. I don't know what they've run there the last few years though.
    In any case I've said all along that Dovi has been underrated. Maybe he's got the skill to ride that thing harder than Rossi did?
    But this is a big track and the Duc would shine there if anywhere.
    Wouldn't that cause some stir with the Rossi fanzine if #4 got a few podiums on that bike. :eek1
  5. HoneyBunz

    HoneyBunz Long timer

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    I really like the new qualifying format. It brings more competition into the FP sessions.
    More importantly, it assures Hector won't be in the way when the big boys are qualifying. I wonder if that wasn't one of the key drivers for the new format? :lol3
  6. swimmer

    swimmer armchair asshole

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    Standing out are Smith and Dovi. I worry that the Ducs can't keep a race pace that close to the front but nonetheless, they aren't a million miles away from the front. Tomorrow should be interesting.
  7. HoneyBunz

    HoneyBunz Long timer

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    Dovi has had many opportunities to observe and decode Stoner's techniques, plus Dovi is a strong rider in his own right.
    He's keen to dice it with Crutchlow and both Hondas.
    Most people don't consider him to be one of the aliens, but don't tell him that. In fact, the aliens are a relic of the past, as there won't be any big gaps between the front and the rest.
  8. ErikY.

    ErikY. Here, Now.

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    Oh, tow-ropes are banned now?
    :lol3
  9. joef

    joef Been here awhile

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    The Ducati won't have any race distance pace I'm afraid, I hope I'm wrong
  10. swimmer

    swimmer armchair asshole

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    Never thought of that. Poor guy probably had to have counseling when he found out about the new format.
  11. snowhawk jockey

    snowhawk jockey Slack Jaw Gaper

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    Only seven tenths separating the top ten??
    Moto2 QP was on fire. Espargaro on pole binned it hard early and got dropped to 14th. He came back and spooled it up to seventh, then fourth then on the last minute of the sesssion, blasted it to the top of the chart on a:norton rebuilt bike. He used a tow or two in some sections of the hottest laps, but he was on a mission. Nakagami was clearly smooth enough to hold the pole if Espargaro didn't get it back together. Love the sliding the Moto2 bikes throw down, corner after corner of backing it in and blasting it out.


    ETA like I cant type this morn
  12. ErikY.

    ErikY. Here, Now.

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    Spies fall down. :eek1

    My faith wanes. All the hopes for the guy, but I think the writing's on the wall. I hope I'm wrong.
  13. tonto

    tonto Son of a preacher man

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    Ouch, Ben Spies is going to have a very sore left shoulder for qualifying, that was a heavy fall.
  14. DLRider

    DLRider Been here awhile

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    Looks like B.Spies will be starting 13th... What has happened to this guy???
  15. okiegtrider

    okiegtrider Long timer

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    What didnt happen to him last season? It looks like it's still going on. :cry
  16. Moronic

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    Well who'd have thought it: Dovizioso, working hard on his retirement plan with Ducati, qualifies half a second ahead of Rossi, who has just stepped off that Ducati and taken (we guess) a big pay cut for a ride on the love of his life, the M1. :cry

    Of course, there are no points for qualifying and the Duc will eat its rear tyre. Valentino still has a chance for the race, but he is a full second (give or take a few thousandths) behind pole-man Lorenzo, which is roughly where he was last year on the Duc. Gulp. :huh

    Meanwhile, Marquez gets in the way of Pedrosa. And Crutchlow takes another step up.

    Lots to look forward to. But Rossi fans (and I'm one) will be getting that sinking feeling they've got used to at last.
  17. tinhead

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    Dovi onna Ducati!
    Bradl
    Marky Marq

    Rossi
    Bautista
    Smith

    Crazy Joe
    Nicky
    Espargaro

    My only real surprises are Rossi and Nicky being further from the front than I thought they would be.
  18. Skowinski

    Skowinski Eukaryote

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    Absolutely not what I expected from Rossi. What a kick in the gut, to be outqualified by Dovi on the bike he abandoned for the better Yamaha.

    I expected to see Marquez further up, but that is not as surprising.
  19. cogitate

    cogitate What Marcellus Wallace Looks Like

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    Don't worry about it, it's only qualifying. The duc will do what it always does. I am more concerned that if Jorge gets away, we are destined to another procession:deal
  20. Motodisiac

    Motodisiac Moto Terrorist

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    I'm also a little bummed about Rossi's performance. Can't wait to hear what went wrong there.

    Did you guys notice how they only showed Rossi ONCE during qualifying, when he was crossing checkers. This is quite unusual, cameras were always on Vale even when he was in the back.

    MM touching with Pedrosa is just a preview of things to come. The kid is blindingly fast but doesn't know how to pace himself yet.

    I really hope Spies did not hurt his shoulder in that nasty fall. At this moment he looks like a guy who lost passion for motorcycle racing.

    And Dovi :clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap