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philthewindsurfer



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 12, 2017 10:14 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote

Its looking very easy for Rea, all the hard work and prep is paying dividends (along with the advanced electronics it has). Nice to see Sykes mugging Melandri in the last corner.
Alex Lowes looking safe and steady this season, is he getting the maximum the Yamaha can deliver and not overriding it this year and crashing?
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Nice Guy Eddie



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 12, 2017 12:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, the grid mix up is really making things interesting isn't it?  Wasn't it BTCC when the full final weekend races were determined by reversing the entire field's previous race finishes?  The WSBK version seems to be making no meaningful difference at all.
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Mekon



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 12, 2017 1:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yep grid mixing is pointless when the eventual winner already pissed it home in the race before. BTCC is at least a bit closer run than WSB most times.

This was pretty boring bollocks TBH. As soon as Rea hit the front it went on fast forward for most of the races. Time for BSB engine/ecu rules or something as I can't take much more Kawasaki romps off nonsense.
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philthewindsurfer



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 12, 2017 4:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If Aragon results follow in a similar way, the "2.4.3.1 Balancing various motorcycle concepts" in the regulations will kick in.
http://www.fim-live.com/en/sport/regulations-and-documents/superbike/

This will mean the Ducatis will get a larger air restrictor, 2mm larger. This wont help the Aprilias, Yamahas and Hondas though.
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armie



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 12, 2017 9:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What happened to Eugene. I ony caught highlights which was so boring that they cut 50% of the restarted race so he went from chasing down lowes to almost last with no explaination.
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Norbs



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 13, 2017 6:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Eugene lowsided out of fifth place, got back on and finished fifteenth.
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masonmart



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 17, 2017 6:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Could JR be a decent MGP rider. He looks nailed on to me because of his smooth style.
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mysterio33



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 17, 2017 11:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

masonmart wrote:
Could JR be a decent MGP rider. He looks nailed on to me because of his smooth style.


To be fair i think you would only see him in GP if he was offered one of the top factory rides.
He should have been in GP's years ago but he stuck with Honda and that fucked him.  How he would have done, we will never know.  Wouldn't surprise me if he regrets a few of his career decisions after he has retired, a bit like Fogarty.
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armie



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 19, 2017 3:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

JR has more natural talent than Cal plus the smarts and work ethic required to make it in motogp. Like Hizzy before him his Motogp career got strangled at birth by Honda.
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Mekon



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 19, 2017 4:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hizzy didn't have a champion's mental game though. Too much hot and cold to win anything other than BSB.

I seem to remember he basically admitted as much in his biography. He'd have never withstood the pressures of Motogp.
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armie



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 19, 2017 6:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Agree on the metality thing. He was superb on a 250 though, possibly different pressures than full motogp and decent manager could have let him concentrate on what he did best.

My point though was how Honda pigeon hole their riders often to the detriment of their careers. Beware what you wish for. In Hizzy's case he was flying in '91 euro and British 250's. Even against Max on a full factory supported Aprilia. His 4th in the euros doesn't reflect how well he was going because after the TT Honda took the factory bike off him.  Brutal but in Honda's eyes, he'd done the job they had planned for him.

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