MotoGP: The Big Sandbox (gritty spoilers!)

Discussion in 'Racing' started by yooperbikemike, Apr 4, 2012.

  1. Florin

    Florin Been here awhile

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    Got arrested for cheating on a test for his boat driving license last week.
  2. viajero

    viajero Too old to be a nOOb

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    Crutchlow (and Tech 3) has been a bit of a surprise, at least to me. 1/2 second over Spies, too.

    Only the top four are within a second, another surprise.

    Hayden taking 5th is another, but may not indicate race pace. Just look at where Rossi is, who was probably more concerned with getting it comfortable for race conditions.

    Should be a very entertaining race tomorrow. I wouldn't count out Pedrosa getting his bike (and himself) dialed in for the fight at the sharp end.

    We could even see a first time winner, if Cal can keep it together.
  3. Pantah

    Pantah PJ Fan from Boston

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    Despite some ADV member claims that Ben Spies is burned out, my complaint with him is that he's too hungry! He crashes a lot in practice trying to give something to his crew. He never crashed a lot before the world stage. As a result, he gets hurt.

    And so it goes today. :cry
  4. ysr612

    ysr612 Long timer

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    he crashed alot his first year with Ulrich, John said he wasn't putting any pressure on him to perform. He puts it on himself.
  5. Pantah

    Pantah PJ Fan from Boston

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    What? He was sixteen!

    Did he crash a lot in AMA Supers?

    Nah, this is a new thing.
  6. David_Moen

    David_Moen Long timer

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    He wasn't hanging on - on board video shows his hand was caught between the fairing and the bars. He did try to save it right to the bitter end though!
  7. Pecha72

    Pecha72 Long timer

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    Being 2.2 secs off the pace & the very last rider of non-CRT bikes(!) is not making VR comfortable, I can assure you. It is plain and simple bizarre, how he just ain´t getting it together at all the whole weekend, while his team-mate is showing the bike is not that slow.
  8. mdubya

    mdubya Right Brigade

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    I hear Troy Bayliss is available. :wink:

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  9. craigincali

    craigincali Just hanging around

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    Rossi is going to get desperate at the start and take some people out. Go Nicky !!!
  10. cogitate

    cogitate What Marcellus Wallace Looks Like

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    I will bet he rues the day he did not take the pay cut and stick with yamaha. His race craft is intact, i am sure that did not go away, but the ducati will go down in history as a career destroyer.

    I bet he has nightmares. No wonder Casey had an upset stomach:deal
  11. David_Moen

    David_Moen Long timer

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    Rossi seems uncomfortabe (strangley given his lurid slide-fests in the 990 days) steering with the rear wheel, which he says he has to do with the GP12. Nicky includes flat-track in his off season training and generally seems quite adaptable to a loose bike. Perhaps this is part of the difference in lap times?
  12. vonotto

    vonotto Been here awhile

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    Rossi has never been hurt like he was when he broke his leg. He hasent been the same rider since :huh
  13. Pecha72

    Pecha72 Long timer

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    May be so, but still does not explain, why he´s over a second behind Nicky. Granted that points will only be available tomorrow, and it might well be an unpredictable race, too........ but he sure looks to have a mountain to climb.
  14. cogitate

    cogitate What Marcellus Wallace Looks Like

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    Did you watch his comeback on the yamaha after his recovery? In 2009. The fairing banging race with Lorenzo in japan was epic, and sent jorge off crying to yamaha race management.

    I will bet his leg was way less than 100 percent then, and his leg is way better now.
  15. xtop20A

    xtop20A Banned

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    his hand was caught in the fairing,not on the throttle,that crash was eerrily similar to marco's :eek1

    i see i was beat to it,yeah, you could see his hand clearly tied up
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    xtop20A Banned

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    i think that nicky has steadily IMPROVED as a rider,while rossi has not learned to adapt and seemingly stagnant
  17. Pecha72

    Pecha72 Long timer

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    I'm not saying Rossi is over the hill.. but he's NOT where he wants to be, and it's the second year on the red bike, too, last year was excusable (well, sort of!) but now they cannot afford to be in the dark.

    Nicky's form could be an indication, that they're not totally screwed. But if tomorrow Vale races as bad as he qualified, then I wonder what the hell is up with him.
  18. onetravdown

    onetravdown I can't ride where?

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    Spies tweeted this pic saying "Here's what a jackass looks like" :lol3

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  19. dolomoto

    dolomoto Destroyer of Motorcycles

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    I was fortunate enough to get off base to attend the '10 MotoGP round. If you didn't already know, 95% of the people in Qatar are from somewhere else. The 5% that are from there represent the wealthiest nation in the World due to their natural gas reserves. Spectating sucks at the track. One grandstand (half empty, btw). Hardly any food (Pizza Hut and Dunkin Donuts IIRC). No vendors...well, except for these guys.

    Camel rides anyone?

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    The grandstand..

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    At least you're close to the track...

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    There was a stunt show...

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    LL MotoGP

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    This speaks for itself:

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    And, I busted curfew by 3 hours. It was worth it! :deal
  20. mdubya

    mdubya Right Brigade

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