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Discussion in 'Racing' started by yooperbikemike, Nov 10, 2013.
IN ..looking forward to 2014...and SX racing to tide me over the winter.
1 MARQUEZ, Marc Repsol Honda Team 1:30.536 75 / 77
2 LORENZO, Jorge Yamaha Factory Racing 1:30.768 0.232 0.232 58 / 60
3 PEDROSA, Dani Repsol Honda Team 1:30.948 0.412 0.180 67 / 72
4 BRADL, Stefan LCR Honda MotoGP 1:30.990 0.454 0.042 57 / 60
5 BAUTISTA, Alvaro GO&FUN Honda Gresini 1:31.208 0.672 0.218 41 / 72
6 SMITH, Bradley Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1:31.397 0.861 0.189 77 / 78
7 ROSSI, Valentino Yamaha Factory Racing 1:31.414 0.878 0.017 56 / 57
8 DOVIZIOSO, Andrea Ducati Team 1:31.661 1.125 0.247 55 / 62
9 ESPARGARO, Pol Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1:31.836 1.300 0.175 66 / 72
10 IANNONE, Andrea Pramac Racing 1:31.844 1.308 0.008 61 / 68
11 CRUTCHLOW, Cal Ducati Team 1:32.114 1.578 0.270 53 / 53
12 PIRRO, Michele Ducati Test Team 1:32.473 1.937 0.359 47 / 65
13 HAYDEN, Nicky Power Electronics Aspar 1:32.576 2.040 0.103 76 / 76
14 HERNANDEZ, Yonny Pramac Racing 1:32.800 2.264 0.224 26 / 27
15 ESPARGARO, Aleix NGM Mobile Forward Racing 1:32.847 2.311 0.047 17 / 18
16 EDWARDS, Colin NGM Mobile Forward Racing 1:33.149 2.613 0.302 21 / 34
17 LAVERTY, Michael Paul Bird Motorsport 1:33.672 3.136 0.523 32 / 43
18 DE PUNIET, Randy Paul Bird Motorsport 1:33.833 3.297 0.161 22 / 37
19 REDDING, Scott GO&FUN Honda Gresini 1:34.541 4.005 0.708 22 / 23
20 DI MEGLIO, Mike Avintia Blusens 1:34.618 4.082 0.077 29 / 42
NC BAUER, Martin Remus Racing Team
NC AOYAMA, Hiroshi Power Electronics Aspar
Damn, I was hoping Nicky would be faster than the Ducatis. I know it's early days, but he's a full second off the Duc pace. Evidently, Nicky is still under Ducati contract until the end of the year, so no interviews until 2014.
Yamaha factory bikes will be more affected by the lower fuel limits for 2014. Perhaps that's the point of the rule change. The Yamahas barely made it across the finish line in a couple of races this year. Further restrictions are uncalled for.
The fuel limit Nazis need to be shown to the door.
He'll be showing the Ducs his tailpiece soon enough.
I doubt this, seriously. How many times have we heard riders say it's about the (factory) electronics?
He's about 6/10's off his Q4 pace from Saturday, not too bad for early days on a brand new bike. By way of comparison, Cal is 1 second off his Q4 pace.
Since tomorrow may be rainy, that's a bummer and lost time. Then we have to wait until February for more bikes on track.
Nick spent five years learning how to ride the Duc TT. Now he has to unlearn all that, and relearn how to ride a bike that operates the way it is supposed to. Patience grasshoppers.
You must remember Doug, most motorcycle racing fans are a fickle lot. One day of testing and Hayden's doomed to be behind the Ducatis all season.
Seeing how the factory Hondas like to be ridden, if this customer version is anything like that, it should suit Nicky well.
If anything, at least he's not riding a turnip truck no more.
He'll need to brush up on his style a bit...
Nick did not look comfortable on the bike. Both he and, even more so, Redding, look positively huge on the little RC, which always looks sizable with Pedrosa and MM on board.
All will play out. I hope Aspar is planning to do the Jerez test at the end of the month. Not sure HRC has enough bikes for them yet, though.
Jereny McGrath on Rossi. Very insightful.
Also good to see Amdrea Wilson working full time for Cycle News. She is churning out some good material.
Yep, he sums it up pretty well, father time is a bitch.
Seeing how quickly Pol (who I was not convinced has what it takes and I may still have some doubts ) has adapted to the pedestrian version of the M1, it makes me wonder what his performance might be like if he had been brought straight into the factory team?
Marquez's accelerated rise was facilitated by Casey Stoner retiring. Otherwise, MM would have been on the Gresini Team and would not now be WC, IMHO.
If I were Yamaha and Ducati, I would be developing my bikes to suit Pol and Iannone. They may never best Marquez, but we know they can bring it to him, given the chance.
If I were Honda, I would develop the Production Racer around Scott Redding for the same reasons.
It would have been the 'Gresini' team. With all HRC crew, full factory support, someone senior supporting Hernandez, and about twice as many people in the garage as Bautista has. It would have been as 'satellite' as Rossi's Nastro Azzurro team in 2000. And it would have made little difference to his championship position. The rookie rule was always a bit of a red herring.
If he does pretty well in 2014 I think Yamaha will definitely want get him up to the factory team rather than have Rossi stick around for more 4th place finishes.