Yooperbikemike's 2017 MotoGP Thread (No Spoilers, you should know the routine by now)

Discussion in 'Racing' started by yooperbikemike, Nov 13, 2016.

  1. sprocketjock

    sprocketjock Long timer

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    Good on KTM for keeping him, Aprilia should take notes on how to look like a well run team.
  2. Pecha72

    Pecha72 Long timer

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    Nothing at all against Smith, but it is a fact, that Kallio has scored 11 points from 3 starts, while Smith has 14 points from 13 starts (he missed 1 start). And Kallio wanted to go racing. Bizarre how this did not work out.
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  3. Gone Troppo

    Gone Troppo Somewhat bemused observer

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    Yes...very strange....more than meets the eye, as per normal....
  4. Pecha72

    Pecha72 Long timer

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    Well it appears that surprising as this may sound, Smith´s contract does not have a performance clause, that would allow KTM to replace him (from racing).. and they want to respect their contracts (which even Kallio says he fully understands, although he is frustrated at the situation in general)... and then KTM even offered Kallio a chance to participate in every 2018 race as wild-card, and Dorna would have given green light to this, but other teams did not. He should get 6 wild card appearances, though.
  5. DC2wheels

    DC2wheels Castle Anthrax troll

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    Given how DORNA is looking for factories to support satellite teams and that KTM offered the resources for a full season, wouldn't it be possible to run Kallio as a "satellite", similar to what HRC is doing for CC next year? Or maybe there isn't an available grid slot?
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  6. Bleemus

    Bleemus Long timer

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    Considering the number of bikes on a Moto3 start I doubt grid slots are the main issue in the top class.
  7. yooperbikemike

    yooperbikemike high, wide and handsome

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    DogBoy Not a Gnarly Adventurer

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  9. Drif10

    Drif10 Accredited Jackass

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    Read Krop's interview with Smith, there's insight there, which might explain the situation with KTM.
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  10. swimmer

    swimmer armchair asshole

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  11. Gone Troppo

    Gone Troppo Somewhat bemused observer

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    Thanks - very interesting. He is a genuinely nice bloke.
  12. slowbike smallpenis

    slowbike smallpenis Tester of Tooheys Old

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    Extending to 4 days May increase logistical nightmares ATM and going forward. Maybe not but lots to be said for 4 day GP

    2018 will see a packed asian pacific calander with Japan Thailand Australia and Malaysia all in 28 days. 16 days non racing to pack up airfreight reassemble teams etc may cut back any cushion they have . Not like driving transport round Europe
  13. Simosez

    Simosez go ride your bike.

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    perhaps a Husqvarna team?
  14. DC2wheels

    DC2wheels Castle Anthrax troll

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    Might it come down to Euros? Is that why having Kalio wild card at all the 2018 races was turned down (by DORNA? by IRTA? by other teams?)

    Don't I remember that each annual grid slot costs a considerable amount of money? Would it have been less expensive to "wild card" the entire season than to have a third KTM rider, even if Kalio was called a satellite rider?

    Maybe Krop has some answers. David, you around?
  15. azkiwi

    azkiwi message in a bottle

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    There's been a fair amount of Bradley bashing going on in some other fora. Is it possible he really has been the test mule, and Pol has reaped more of the benefits?

    OTOH he might make a good race commentator in a couple of years. :D
  16. stk0308

    stk0308 Long timer

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    MotoGP and Moto3 are different leagues.
    MotoGP grid is capped at 24 slots.
  17. RememberTheFallen

    RememberTheFallen Been here awhile

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    I suspected the same and his interview seems to indicate just that. He was focusing on developing the bike and not going for all out speed.

    He had a long run of DNFs a couple years ago at tech 3 before getting resigned. He was like a whole new rider after that. Let's see if the confidence KTM had in him shows up this weekend with some performance increases.


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  18. DC2wheels

    DC2wheels Castle Anthrax troll

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    Which could always be changed, eh?
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