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    Well, Vinales' better handling Yammy prevails over Ducati's choice to run the softer rear tire after a heart-stopping rain delay. Most impressive were Il Dottore's brilliantcharge from 10th position to end third and Ducati's awesome high end horsepower in the straights. Glad that all riders came through safely and that night racing is behind us.

    What's with team Marquez running nearly a second per lap slower???
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    I think the Qatar race is just a bragging rights thing for the country. Last I checked there isn't nearly enough attendance to stop them losing their asses money wise every year.
    My finishing order guess was Vinales, Marques, Dovi, Zarco, Iannone, Rossi. So I got first place right. The "old" man pulled another surprise out of his butt on race day after being absolutely nowhere preseason. I wonder how depressed he's going to be at year's end when once again his teammate wins the championship.
    Will Iannone ever finish a race?
    Zarco will continue to surprise IMO. Two Moto2 championships prove he's the real deal.
    Honda still can't get the power down, and the KTM is even worse in that regard. For KTM this is mainly a learning year in MotoGP and Moto2 so they'll be happy just to get consistently in the points. More pressure on Honda obviously.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RocketEd View Post
    Will Iannone ever finish a race?
    Well, at least he did not take anybody with him this time

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    Zarco will continue to surprise IMO. Two Moto2 championships prove he's the real deal.
    Definitely someone to keep an eye on, did great till it lasted

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    Quote Originally Posted by flydive View Post
    Well, at least he did not take anybody with him this time


    Definitely someone to keep an eye on, did great till it lasted
    Yeah, about that. Iannone missed him by what, half an inch, while apparently trail braking to avoid hitting him? In his defense maybe the Suzuki is still far enough behind on a dry track that his win it or bin it style is the only way to keep it at the pointy end.

    Whenever you have a guy like Zarco who can consistently beat, and sometimes dominate (i.e. Malaysia) other riders on pretty much equal equipment two years in a row you definitely have a guy who has his fecal matter in a small space as a rider. I'll be surprised if he doesn't get a couple podiums this season.

    Brad Binder's struggle is something I didn't see happening though. Hope he doesn't end up being a small bike specialist, sort of like Sofogolu in Supersport.
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    I replayed Zarco's washout several times to look for an obvious rider error, but it was so minute as to be nonapparent.

    I guess if you dance on the razor's edge, you're going to get nicked from time to time.

    When and where is the next event, so I can set up my DVR?
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    Quote Originally Posted by RocketEd View Post
    Hope he doesn't end up being a small bike specialist, sort of like Sofogolu in Supersport.
    I find this a bit unfortunate.

    In the past there were specialists in various categories, 50, 125, 350, 500, sidecars, etc. Riders found what "size" fitted them better, with various champions.

    Now it seems that you are nobody unless you won the MotoGP.

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    I don't disagree, flydive. Now the rules are such you can age out of Moto3, not sure about Moto2. One would think that with Asia especially buying small bikes by the tens of thousands some of the small bike glory would return.
    I was impressed with Binder last year and would like to see him be able to move up to the big buck$$.

    Next MotoGP is April 9 in Argentina, Phil.
    World SBK is in Aragon this coming weekend to start their European rounds.
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    Well, I thought that was some pretty good racing, and somebody finally beat Rea. I think both Ducatis are going to continue pressuring for the wins, in part because Davies and Melandri are such great talents.

    PJ's starting to get it dialed in, his MV finished the race, and Sofogulu getting dumped on his butt really gives him a big challenge to repeat as champ. Everyone else in the world is proclaiming 600s dead and Yamaha is showing the class a lot of love. Do they know something the rest of us don't?

    The Video Pass also shows the new SS300 class races. They're running Yamaha and Kawi 300s alongside detuned 500 Honda twins and it resulted in the kind of racing you would expect. 34 bikes, most ridden by kids, headed for the first corner at the same time! Looked like a jail break! First 3 places finished within .10 seconds. The 300s were clocked at 122MPH on the back straight! It's going to be fun IMO.
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    Damp qualifying in Argentina. Marquez on pole, and believe it or not Karel Abraham somehow pulled 2nd out of his ass on the Ducati GP15. Which must slightly embarrass Ducati since the official team of Dovi and Lorenzo qualified 13th and 16th respectively on the GP17. Crutchlow finishes the front row, Vinales 6th, Rossi 7th.
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    Messy track, times down 8 seconds on lap record... seem to be conditions under which the usual also-rans can do unexpected things?

    Maybe they reckon they've got less to lose, so have more of a go than the aces? Tho MM is up there still....

    Be an interesting first five laps or so......while they get sorted......
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