MotoGP: Catalonia, not Catalunya (Spoilers)

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  1. Pecha72

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    Hey, that close-to-retirement Rosie dude just went top in FP2, followed by his team-mate (was only 0.049 behind)..​
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  2. erda

    erda Been here awhile

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    Did he take any one else out THIS time:lol3
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  3. stevie88

    stevie88 That's gotta hurt

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    Pos. Rider Team Bike Time
    1 Valentino Rossi Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 1:42.297
    2 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 1:42.346
    3 Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda Team Honda 1:42.557
    4 Alvaro Bautista Go&Fun Honda Gresini Honda 1:42.752
    5 Cal Crutchlow Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1:42.776
    6 Marc Marquez Repsol Honda Team Honda 1:42.857
    7 Nicky Hayden Ducati Team Ducati 1:42.890
    8 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Team Ducati 1:42.988
    9 Stefan Bradl LCR Honda Honda 1:43.005
    10 Aleix Espargaro Power Electronics Aspar ART 1:43.204
    11 Andrea Iannone Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Ducati 1:43.272
    12 Randy De Puniet Power Electronics Aspar ART 1:43.644
    13 Michele Pirro Ignite Pramac Racing Ducati 1:43.648
    14 Bradley Smith Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1:44.247
    15 Hector Barbera Avintia Blusens FTR 1:44.461
    16 Colin Edwards NGM Mobile Forward Racing FTR Kawasaki 1:44.586
    17 Karel Abraham Cardion AB Motoracing ART 1:44.599
    18 Danilo Petrucci Came Iodaracing Project Ioda-Suter 1:44.609
    19 Michael Laverty Paul Bird Motorsport PBM 1:45.337
    20 Claudio Corti NGM Mobile Forward Racing FTR Kawasaki 1:45.513

    Brief notes:

    Several riders were unable to improve their lap time over the first session, including Dani Pedrosa and Cal Crutchlow.

    Joy all the way around in the Italian side of the factory Yamaha garage with Rossi clocking the fastest lap time. He waved to the crowd and hugged his crew.

    Alvaro Bautista crashed in this session but was able to finish the session.

    MotoGP rookie Bradley Smith, who had a wire pulled out of his damaged finger before practice so he could bend it in order to ride, suffered another huge and fast crash in this session and was left hobbling in the gravel trap with corner workers motioning for a stretcher. He was later in the Tech 3 garage looking shaken and did not re-join the session.
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  4. 'Dicko'

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    Rossi fans are hardcore Rossi fans. That is all. I was at Misano in 07 when he had engine failure a few laps into the race. Half the crowd went home. There was a sea of yellow pouring out the gates...
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  5. RedRocket

    RedRocket Yeah! I want Cheesy Poofs

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    :clap
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  6. Lurky-Loo

    Lurky-Loo Been here awhile

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    Tweet from HRC said #26 and #93 were on hard tires. Were Rossi and Lorenzo on softs?

    To answer my own question after re-watching the vids of their fast laps, Rossi definitely on a soft rear, maybe Lorenzo also.
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  7. Moronic

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    If the lap charts are any guide, Rossi was very strong all session. Lorenzo seemed to do the times a little easier even if he missed quickest by a whisker. But Pedrosa, Crutchlow and the rest were playing catch-up.

    A lot can happen in 48 hours, though.

    [​IMG]

    Go Valentino!!!
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  8. Skowinski

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    Looking at pictures like that remind me why I love this sport, just fucking awesome, no better way to say it.

    I'm with you, go Rossi!
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  9. Moronic

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    Yes, crash.net is confirming Rossi on the soft rear, while Crutchlow too stuck with the harder option.

    Oh well. Quickest is quickest. May as well take the pleasure when I can. :lol3
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  10. Mr Head

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    FP2, QP will tell closer to the tale, the race though will write "The Rest Of The Story".

    Still fun to see.
    Pedrosa has been starting slow working up to the race. Lorenzo and Crutchlow have been on it from the time the doors opened.

    And now this?

    At least this is more interesting than speculating where Cal will end up once the music stops.

    Row 1
    Pole: Rossi, (Vale wants to be as far away from Bautista as he can get):evil
    2: Pedrosa by a hair
    3: Lorenzo

    Row 2
    4: Crutchlow
    5: Marquez
    6: Espargaro:lol3

    Row3
    7: Nicky
    8: Bradl
    9: Dovi

    ...Oops! dropped crystal ball... Turns out it was a snow globe.:lol3
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  11. Moronic

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    Yamaha's tyre choices in FP2, again from crash.

    'The Yamaha team-mates split tyre testing duties on Friday: Rossi spending much of the afternoon on the harder option, before setting his best lap on the softer rear.

    '“I did a lot of laps on the hard tyre this afternoon, then switched to the soft just at the end. Jorge did the opposite, did all the practice with the soft,” Rossi explained.'

    More ...

    That's sounding more promising. :D :D
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  12. mdubya

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    I think what we saw was Rossi's crew working on a qualifying lap set up. That is where he has been suffering, with the bike being upset when they fit soft tires for QP.

    It will be interesting to see how that translates to the race. I think he was sitting between 4th and 8th, otherwise.
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  13. Lurky-Loo

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    That's what it looked like to me too. I think there have been races where Yamaha was able to get the soft to go race distance; OTOH, can Lorenzo afford to gamble on the soft and have it crap out, handing a bunch of points to Pedrosa? Rossi doesn't have much to lose -- he'd probably go for it.
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  14. Mr Head

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    +1:lurk

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  15. mdubya

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    Nicky from MotoGP.com via motomatters:

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  16. mdubya

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    It looked like Lorenzo was working on the soft as a race tire option. Or maybe not. :wink:

    Still, I think Rossi and crew were pretty desperate to come up with a set up that will work in QP. It will be interesting to see how that translates tomorrow afternoon.

    Emmet and Harris were also talking about Rossi's race set up being balanced to come good in the second half of the race, a la Qatar.

    I think we might see more bumping and banging between Rossi and Bautista as Alvaro has pretty decent pace at Catalunya.
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  17. ErikY.

    ErikY. Here, Now.

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    Hopefully, but I think we might see Bautista being verrrry careful this round :evil
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  18. azkiwi

    azkiwi message in a bottle

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    My point exactly. MGP fans calling for Rossi's departure at the end of this year should be careful what they wish for.
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  19. Pecha72

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    I hope we won't see more "I don't see where I'm going, but I go anyway" type of maneuvers this time. They were lucky to walk away from it two weeks ago.
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  20. HoneyBunz

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    Rossi, MM and Crutchlow are the ones that can really make this race interesting for me.

    Things I would like to see: a Rossi podium, a Crutchlow podium, a Marquez victory, Lorenzo close the gap to DP, a Ducati near the front even if it's only for a couple of laps.
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