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Matthew Birt  says:

Crutchlow a title dark horse, say Rossi and Lorenzo

Cal Crutchlow’s outstanding early 2013 performances mean the British rider can be a dark horse for this year's MotoGP world championship. That’s the view of factory Yamaha duo Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi, who were split by the Monster Tech 3 satellite rider in the top three in tonight’s opening practice session in Qatar. Crutchlow finished the opening 45-minute practice in second...

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CHRainmaker

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CHRainmaker says:

HurdyGurdy..

..you're a twat.

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saturn392

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saturn392 says:

Benny

I suspect the Ducati is anything but last years GP12 !!!

Qatar What is the point of a floodlit night race is the middle of the desert ?  Does it really add anything to the series ?  Can't practice or race if there's a couple of spots of rain because of reflections and glare from the lights.

Dice350 - nice fuckin' command of the English fuckin' language.

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Bultoboy

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Bultoboy says:

Saturn

Are you now going to tell us it's a new bike, not the one they finished last season on?

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saturn392

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saturn392 says:

No Bulto

Obviously not  - but Gobmeier will be trying new things. Last year Rossi tried a different (for Ducati) fuel injection which the Honda's and Yamaha's run as normal.  This was not taken forward by the Ducati engineers for whatever reason. Gobmeier has resurrected that system and is running it. They have also re-jigged the weight distribution and have tried different swing-arms.    Softly, Softly - it will take time - I hope they get there.

The Honda v. Yamaha championship badly needs a shake-up.

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Bultoboy

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Bultoboy says:

This is what's been said before, that a lot of new items were manufactured but weren't tried thoroughly enough or discarded too quickly by Rossi as he was probably trying to look for big and immediate improvements by that stage, rather than smaller steady steps forward. You say the second injector was not taken forward by Ducati engineers but how can you know that was the case, or whether Rossi didn't feel it a benefit so didn't want to pursue it?

When Gobmeier said they would begin with the bike they finished last year with as there was still more to learn about it, he was scoffed loudly and the existance of the 'untried parts lot' was dismissed as Ducati lies deflecting blame onto Rossi for the season's failings.

Seems the parts do exist and at the moment, you'd have to say they are making tangible progress, no matter how slowly. Interesting that Dovi hasn't spoken of front end problems at all this weekend (that I've heard at least)

0.3s behind fastest time and only 0.01s behind a factory M1 is a good showing by any account.

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saturn392

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saturn392 says:

Bulto

re: the injectors this (like  the rest of us) is hearsay picked up from commentators and paddock insiders.   I have and acquaintance who is an employee of IRTA and is present at every MotoGP in his working capacity I don't see him very often because he's always away but he does divulge little snippets from time to time.

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Bob Buttamasangy

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The cleverest toilet cleaner you ever knew eh Saturn? Nothin' like bragging about the credentials of your 'professional' friends! Hahaha...

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stonerd

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stonerd says:

pfft

is crutch is too low and he's too slow

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BennytheRev

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BennytheRev says:

Bulto - Dovi was in fact just 0.001 secs behind a factory M1, but that was yesterday. Nobody knows what the race-pace will be and how the GP12 will go on worn rubber, but a top-six race finish would be a very good result at this stage - can't wait for the new bike.

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pannyderosa

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pannyderosa says:

yes

hate to tell you guys but Rossi did not have a clear run on his last fast lap.
Still good from dovi though.
Dani is creepin up slowly but surely.

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