MotoGP: Down Under (Spoilers, Mite!)

Discussion in 'Racing' started by yooperbikemike, Oct 22, 2012.

  1. BOOTLACE

    BOOTLACE Bikie Scum.

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    Starting to look like the weathers Gunna be so bad as to make photography a major drama........
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  2. yooperbikemike

    yooperbikemike high, wide and handsome

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  3. stevie88

    stevie88 That's gotta hurt

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    Dude, PI looks like a limp dick there.:huh
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  4. BOOTLACE

    BOOTLACE Bikie Scum.

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    Nah!
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  5. dirt_bloke

    dirt_bloke Triumph Tiger. Because Resistance is Useless.

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    Trackside now (2575km ride). Camp set up with Boots crew, signed on walked around, had a yarn with some people.

    Wind is blow gail force from the WSW, the sun has been out most of the day, clouding over and cooling down now.

    Alex Briggs says he's back to Yamaha next year (we all knew that anyway).

    Interesting people watching, who talks to who, sort of like watching all the wheeling and dealing! You would have to be a part of the circus to know if there was anything to raise an eyebrow over. Lucio Cechenello (?sp) seems to get a huge amount of respect.
    Anyway nothing that you all don't ready know.

    Shit load of people here already, I think it's going to be a big weekend.

    More later...

    Update, clouds & rain rolling on, big temp drop, the joys of camping at a GP!
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  6. Skowinski

    Skowinski Eukaryote

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    Philip Island is just in a place that is going to have some nasty weather, sitting right there on the ocean at, what is it, almost 40 degrees south latitude or so? I spent a weekend camping there about 20 years ago for a world superbike race and remember watching a lot of racing wearing my rainsuit. :lol3
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  7. nry

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    Normal for the island, great weather for curing hangovers though :D
    When the supers used to run in march years ago (gp too from memory 96 ish) the weather used to be good more often than not but getting up with a sore head and then getting burnt in the sun was terrible so the organisers mover it to the current time of the year so the Aussies could "can on" harder and longer. :rofl
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  8. mdubya

    mdubya Right Brigade

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    Stoner goes .9 faster than anyone in FP1 and Marquez fails to set a time in Moto 2 FP1 with mechanical issues on the bike.

    Moto GP

    1 1 Casey STONER AUS Repsol Honda Team Honda 332.1 1'30.374
    2 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 332.4 1'31.279 0.905 / 0.905
    3 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 334.4 1'31.533 1.159 / 0.254
    4 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 335.7 1'31.968 1.594 / 0.435
    5 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 332.8 1'32.039 1.665 / 0.071
    6 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 336.0 1'32.199 1.825 / 0.160
    7 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 332.5 1'32.312 1.938 / 0.113
    8 6 Stefan BRADL GER LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 338.0 1'32.356 1.982 / 0.044
    9 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Ducati Team Ducati 335.0 1'32.655 2.281 / 0.299
    10 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Power Electronics Aspar ART 317.3 1'33.266 2.892 / 0.611
    11 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Ducati 339.4 1'33.376 3.002 / 0.110
    12 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 335.0 1'33.671 3.297 / 0.295
    13 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Power Electronics Aspar ART 313.5 1'33.727 3.353 / 0.056
    14 84 Roberto ROLFO ITA Speed Master ART 305.1 1'35.170 4.796 / 1.443
    15 51 Michele PIRRO ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini FTR 315.8 1'35.200 4.826 / 0.030
    16 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Came IodaRacing Project Ioda-Suter 315.0 1'35.411 5.037 / 0.211
    17 77 James ELLISON GBR Paul Bird Motorsport ART 316.7 1'35.427 5.053 / 0.016
    18 5 Colin EDWARDS USA NGM Mobile Forward Racing Suter 314.9 1'35.715 5.341 / 0.288
    22 Ivan SILVA SPA Avintia Blusens BQR 313.1 1'37.352 6.978 / 1.637
    43 Kris McLAREN AUS Avintia Blusens BQR 305.2 1'40.657 10.283 / 3.30
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  9. mdubya

    mdubya Right Brigade

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    Moto 2

    1 40 Pol ESPARGARO SPA Tuenti Movil HP 40 Kalex 287.0 1'34.795
    2 45 Scott REDDING GBR Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex 278.6 1'35.359 0.564 / 0.564
    3 12 Thomas LUTHI SWI Interwetten-Paddock Suter 283.3 1'35.391 0.596 / 0.032
    4 36 Mika KALLIO FIN Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex 285.7 1'35.484 0.689 / 0.093
    5 63 Mike DI MEGLIO FRA Kiefer Racing Kalex 280.1 1'35.686 0.891 / 0.202
    6 95 Anthony WEST AUS QMMF Racing Team Speed Up 282.0 1'35.756 0.961 / 0.070
    7 29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Speed Master Speed Up 285.0 1'35.873 1.078 / 0.117
    8 3 Simone CORSI ITA Came IodaRacing Project FTR 279.7 1'35.950 1.155 / 0.077
    9 4 Randy KRUMMENACHER SWI GP Team Switzerland Kalex 289.3 1'36.070 1.275 / 0.120
    10 15 Alex DE ANGELIS RSM NGM Mobile Forward Racing FTR 278.3 1'36.101 1.306 / 0.031
    11 5 Johann ZARCO FRA JIR Moto2 Motobi 274.7 1'36.321 1.526 / 0.220
    12 80 Esteve RABAT SPA Tuenti Movil HP 40 Kalex 281.1 1'36.322 1.527 / 0.001
    13 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Tech 3 Racing Tech 3 276.4 1'36.447 1.652 / 0.125
    14 24 Toni ELIAS SPA Italtrans Racing Team Kalex 287.8 1'36.498 1.703 / 0.051
    15 77 Dominique AEGERTER SWI Technomag-CIP Suter 278.0 1'36.554 1.759 / 0.056
    16 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI JPN Italtrans Racing Team Kalex 279.0 1'36.580 1.785 / 0.026
    17 49 Axel PONS SPA Tuenti Movil HP 40 Kalex 279.3 1'36.921 2.126 / 0.341
    18 60 Julian SIMON SPA Blusens Avintia Suter 277.0 1'36.958 2.163 / 0.037
    19 18 Nicolas TEROL SPA Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2 Suter 280.3 1'37.088 2.293 / 0.130
    20 81 Jordi TORRES SPA Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2 Suter 276.9 1'37.141 2.346 / 0.053
    21 72 Yuki TAKAHASHI JPN NGM Mobile Forward Racing FTR 280.1 1'37.230 2.435 / 0.089
    22 19 Xavier SIMEON BEL Tech 3 Racing Tech 3 272.5 1'37.395 2.600 / 0.165
    23 8 Gino REA GBR Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 Suter 279.8 1'37.621 2.826 / 0.226
    24 23 Marcel SCHROTTER GER Desguaces La Torre SAG Bimota 277.6 1'38.159 3.364 / 0.538
    25 88 Ricard CARDUS SPA ArguiƱano Racing Team AJR 271.6 1'38.420 3.625 / 0.261
    26 14 Ratthapark WILAIROT THA Thai Honda PTT Gresini Moto2 Suter 274.4 1'39.174 4.379 / 0.754
    27 75 Tomoyoshi KOYAMA JPN Technomag-CIP Suter 278.3 1'39.220 4.425 / 0.046
    28 10 Marco COLANDREA SWI SAG Team FTR 272.1 1'39.904 5.109 / 0.684
    29 22 Alessandro ANDREOZZI ITA S/Master Speed Up Speed Up 276.9 1'40.586 5.791 / 0.682
    57 Eric GRANADO BRA JIR Moto2 Motobi 268.8 1'42.142 7.347 / 1.556
    82 Elena ROSELL SPA QMMF Racing Team Speed Up 277.5 1'43.332 8.537 / 1.190
    93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Team Catalunya Caixa Repsol Suter
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  10. sprocketjock

    sprocketjock Long timer

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    Quite a moment for Dani :eek1
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  11. K0m4

    K0m4 Been here awhile

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    Stoner keeps at it in fp2, with a 1,29.999 almost a second ahead of his teammate. He's looking hard to beat so far.
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  12. Moronic

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    Wet-and-dry conditions apparently. It is a lot about confidence anywhere on a drying track but particularly down there I imagine, with the strong winds and high speeds.

    Great report on the first day's riding (MotoGP only, Stoner focus) here.
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  13. dirt_bloke

    dirt_bloke Triumph Tiger. Because Resistance is Useless.

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    Both motoGP sessions were dry, lots of wind. I'm flagging at 2.6, that riders right coming out of southern loop (at the end of the gravel trap) On the run down to the newly named Casey curve (or whatever they called it)
    Observations; Casey has that section wired, nobody is close. Dani is smooth and deceptively quick, all the Yamaha's look good but not as fast. All the Ducatis are having rear suspension problems, the arse squats then loads up and they are having trouble getting the power down. Nicky is really trying but the thing is such a pig, they must be loosing a shit load of time there.
    More later, typing on an ipod touch is rather tedious!

    Pete
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  14. Pecha72

    Pecha72 Long timer

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    what a brilliant display from Stoner... but any guesses, will he be able to keep that up the whole race distance?

    He says the leg is not so much of a worry on this track, but he'll need to do many quick laps to win. Maybe he's able to open a huge gap, so he's got room to fade a little towards the end.
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  15. Moronic

    Moronic Long timer

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    I love this about the net, the stuff you really want to know from the bloke on the ground. Thanks for the comments, makes me feel like I'm there.

    The Ducati rear-end behaviour has looked dodgy for yonks, what the hell is going on with those bikes? And yet that aspect seemed to work fine under Stoner. Weird.
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  16. Kropotkin

    Kropotkin Big Girl's Blouse

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    Both Rossi and Hayden have been complaining of the rear pumping (every time I use that expression, Crutchlow cracks a fart joke) all year long. One of the reasons to go to the revised weight distribution and the new swingarm is to try to find something to solve that.
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  17. HarveyMushman

    HarveyMushman Tire Squarerer

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    Edited to reflect the sad reality.
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  18. kyns

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    RDP and Espargaro seem to be giving hard time for barbera and abraham on weekend basis.

    CRT bikes might be giving lot more trouble next season. CRT bikes used to be about 4 to 5 second slower per lap than MGP bikes, not so much any more.
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  19. swimmer

    swimmer armchair asshole

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    Pedrosa
    Stoner (fades at end)
    JLo
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  20. azkiwi

    azkiwi message in a bottle

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    The flowing nature of PI means less moving around on the bike - this is a gift that will keep on giving. Obviously, if there is any race this year Stoner really wants, its this one.

    Home race, and the only rider with any incentive to attempt to head him is Pedrosa. Shoo-in.
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