Moto GP 2017
Woo hoo! A thread about proper motorsport 😉
Only been keeping half an eye on testing but could be an interesting year. Interesting to see if Maverick’s times are real, whether Marcquez can wring enough out of the Honda again, whether Lorenzo can master a Ducati. And whether it’s time for Rossi to think about retiring or not….Posted 11 months ago
Vinales has pretty much dominated pre season testing and looks to be a lot quicker than everyone else already this weekend although it’s still early days. I think it will between him and MM although if Pedrosa can stay fit then hopefully he’ll be in with a chance. Can’t see Rossi winning the championship again unfortunately. I’ll be watching on BT again with the volume down as I can’t stand Keith Heuwen. I reckon he could post on this forum – chewkw?!Posted 11 months ago
Think he’s trying to adjust to the new Michelin medium tyre which is supposed to be the tyre they will race on.
I’m sure he’ll find a decent setting for the race.
The Tech3 rookies went surprisingly well too.
Ducati aren’t using that hideous hammerhead fairing either. They had a good thing going with the wings but HRC helped get them banned on safety grounds, yeah right.Posted 11 months agojim25Member
I’m as excited as a kid in a sweet shop!
This is going to be an amazing season I think.
My opinion is Maverick will take the championship. Marquez will put up one hell of an (entertaining) fight. Rossi will struggle with practice/qualifying but pull it out of the bag come race time for podium finishes, unfortunately as much as I would like to see it I don’t think he can win in this year.
Shock prediction – lorenzo to win this weekend…..Posted 11 months ago
Ducati were losing more time from a compromised top end (long straights) than they were from reduced acceleration (wings keep the front end down).Posted 11 months ago
Rossi has squeaked directly into Q2.George has’nt.
Crazy Joe can wring the Suzukis neck for a single lap but I don’t think he’ll have a similar race pace.
Sterling work from Redding,Folger and Zarco (Herve must be happy as a pig in poo!)
Rossi will struggle with practice/qualifying but pull it out of the bag come race time for podium finishes, unfortunately as much as I would like to see it I don’t think he can win in this year.
For me, the ideal situation is for Vinales to take care of the title and for Rossi to derail Marc’s title challenge. It’s not against the rules, after all. Rossi hasn’t forgotten about 2015 and I’m sure he’d love to return the favour.
I can’t see Jorge beating Dovi, on the same bike, just yet. The Desmo is a tricky bike to ride, at the best of times, and Dovi is used to trying to nurse the bike home when the grip levels drop.Posted 11 months ago
Marc will take the title…… ironically by being the old hand, riding conservatively and taking the points.I’d never thought I’d say that about him 😯Posted 11 months ago
Mav will have a season where he wins a lot but it will be a ‘if he had’nt lost points at <insert tracks>’ (bit like Eli is doing now in SX).
Rossi will have GOAT moments but they won’t be enough 😥
George will lose his head completely 😆BustaspokeSubscriber
I can’t see Jorge beating Dovi, on the same bike
I always preferred the 250 class.Some of the races there were epic & the only time I ever wanted a Honda to win was when Dovi was racing against Jorge on the Aprila.It was fascinating to watch.The Honda was way down on top end compared to the Aprila & Dovi had to do the proper ‘racecraft’ stuff to get the result.You also got some fantastic Italy v Spain battles on the 250’s. Notably at Misano. Anyone else remember Barberra wiping out the local hero Pasini? More drama in one lap than the usual Moto GP race! 😀Posted 11 months ago
Rorschach – Member
Marc will take the title…… ironically by being the old hand, riding conservatively and taking the points.I’d never thought I’d say that about him
I agree with this, up to a point, but he will lose his s*** if someone takes him out again, like Rossi did in Argentina. (50-50 IMO BTW, but Marc believed it was deliberate and took his revenge once he was out of contention for the title)
Popcorn at the ready…
Front wheel vs. rear wheel, rear wheel wins every time. 😆Posted 11 months ago
George will be in the mix if they can make the Duke work for him
It’s more if Lorenzo can change his style for the Ducati.His 250esque high corner speed style is the exact opposite of how the Ducati works.He will be on the pace at some tracks and hopelessly adrift at others.If he can adapt (seems unlikely given his history) he still won’t be as quick as Maverick!!Posted 11 months ago
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