Yooperbikemike's 2013 MotoGP Thread

Discussion in 'Racing' started by yooperbikemike, Nov 11, 2012.

  1. Kropotkin

    Kropotkin Big Girl's Blouse

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    2007 was an 18-race season. 2011 was an 18-race season which saw only 17 races contested, after Simoncelli was killed at Sepang and the race was canceled.

    In 2007, Stoner scored 367 points from 18 races, an average of 20.4 points per race. In 2011, Stoner scored 350 points from 17 races, an average of 20.6 points per race.

    I won't bother mentioning the other factors, like the fact that Stoner's only real competition in 2007 was Rossi, whereas he was up against Lorenzo and Pedrosa in 2011.
  2. spezjag

    spezjag Long timer

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    Cabin fever is setting in. I'm thinking this thread easily goes to 100 pages before the first race weekend.



    :lol3
  3. PeteN95

    PeteN95 Long timer

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    Top end may be over rated, but I don't ever remember seeing a disparity of speeds like I saw at Qatar in '07. I remember Rossi chasing down Stoner lap after lap and passing him near the end of the lap, only to have Stoner motor by him down the straight, no drafting required, and lead by 8 bike lengths into T1!?! Lap after lap! :huh It looked like Rossi "dropped a cylinder", as they would say in NASCAR.
  4. Kropotkin

    Kropotkin Big Girl's Blouse

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    By Barcelona, that speed differential was almost gone.

    It is worth checking the MotoGP.com website's results page, which has full stats on all races. The speed differential was not as large as it looked after Qatar:

    http://www.motogp.com/en/Results+Statistics
  5. brents347

    brents347 Trusting my Cape...

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    I actually remember the Ducati being faster than it was. At Qatar it was 7kmh faster than the Honda but 15kmh faster than the Yamaha.

    By round 12 (Brno) the Honda had a faster top speed.
  6. bikerfish

    bikerfish flyfishandride

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    Stoner quit, fuck him, he's gone. it's looking like a great season ahead of us, with 4 and possibly more guys fighting for it.
  7. Old fart

    Old fart Keen AG100 rider

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    Interesting that in an interview just lately his comment was something like he hasn't ruled out a comeback to MotoGP. Mebe he's watching how Rossi goes? If he see's Rossi winning then maybe he thinks he can be in the top five?
  8. Kropotkin

    Kropotkin Big Girl's Blouse

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    This. Stoner has left the sport, he's racing cars. He has no relevance to MotoGP any longer. There are two established favorites, a returning champion, and one of the most exciting youngsters to join the class for many years. Let's talk about them.
  9. RedRocket

    RedRocket Yeah! I want Cheesy Poofs

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    So with new frames having been tried, in what way did Ducati ignore Rossi, other than maybe dragging their feet on it?
  10. Mr Head

    Mr Head PowerPoint ADV

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    From last season Pedrosa came good at the last half. Lorenzo was stead throughout. One bobble, if I remember.

    Marques is looking very good early on. I like the quote in Soup from Lawson in reference to Wayne's debute. Yes, Marquez has slid off into the kitty litter. Let's see how things go as we begin racing and Q-times need to be set. and maybe there's one of those moments.
    Remember Rossi's rookie season? That massive tankslapper flick from video quoted in "Faster".

    I'm thinking this is going to be a good racing season. As has been stated Lorenzo returns healthy and fast. The Yamaha is working. (hope that slick-shifter shows up soon), Rossi is back so we've got that.

    That makes four guys on top stuff already on their game.

    Cal will likely be close to pick up when/if anybody bumps and slides. He won't have all the go fast bits but he has bags of determination and grit.

    And for some of us we'll never give up on the red bikes.
    Go Nicky!
    Go Ben!
    Go Crazy Joe!

    ... and who else?

    Oh, the other Italian,
    Go Dovi!

    For my subscription dollar four guys potentially fighting for the front is way better than one clearing off into the distance. Lots of fighting at the front might not bode so well for the CRT's airtime, or Ducati for that matter. 2 seconds back from the front is going to suck if it stays that way.
    I don't see Audi solving anything other than firehosing the garage with money and I don't see the Germans doing that. All those single year contracts in those garages might be the key. Though you never know.


    Now, if I can get a hotel with reasonable WiFi.
  11. Pecha72

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    On paper, this really looks to be a very interesting season. Jorge & Dani are the men to beat, but does Rossi still have the outright speed to hang on with them until the closing laps, or does MM already have the maturity to keep rubberside down the whole race distance, week in week out? Add at least Crutchlow and Bradl into that mix occasionally, and yeah, there should be some edge-of-your-seat stuff coming up.
  12. DC2wheels

    DC2wheels Castle Anthrax troll

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    Even watching motocross is becoming interesting compared to this Rossi/Stoner/Ducati/Yamaha/Honda/GOAT bickering


    BUT WAIT! WSBK in less than 2 weeks, right?
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    :lol3
  14. advNZer?

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    bautista will have a few chances too hopefully
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    BOOTLACE Bikie Scum.

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    This bloke could go OK....

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    BOOTLACE Bikie Scum.

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    RIGHT! Will start by waving flags on Friday at PI for private testing, and again on Monday Tuesday, for the official WSBK test.

    And it's interesting how everyone forgets about the one on one battle between #46 &#27 at PI in 2009.....no excuses :wink:
  17. bikerfish

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    I agree that Crutchlow and Bradl will be up there at times, Bradl was quietly impressive last year, he could very well step it up a notch, and there is no question his bike isn't up to it. And Crutchlow is just plain nuts! I think he'll see the podium a few times as well.
  18. kyns

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    Dani is having hard luck with team mates. First Stoner and now this...
  19. Tripped1

    Tripped1 Bitch called me a feminist.

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    Remains to be seen

    Testing and raceday are two different mosters. If he starts pulling podiums right off the bat, then I'd agree. Until I see him off the grid and not on a time sheet, I'm not counting Dani out yet.

    Particularly if he picks up where he left off last year.
  20. RichBeBe

    RichBeBe All Hail Seitan!!!

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    Got my flights to Austin so I guess we will see how MM and Rossi go this year. As Krop said it is going to be a banner year, with a lot of interesting stuff. I am also interested in the Cal/Bradl battle. I expect some good tight racing for 5-6 when there are no issues with the probable front four.