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Liam Marsden  says:

Qatar MotoGP: Lorenzo starts title defence with pole position

Factory Yamaha rider Jorge Lorenzo will start the first race of 2013 from pole position after seeing off Brit Cal Crutchlow in Q2. Crutchlow again set the fastest lap on his first run in Q2, but after a tyre change Lorenzo set a fastest time of 1:54.714 to beat Crutchlow by 0.202s. Repsol Honda rider Dani Pedrosa set the third fastest time...

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Jan 12

Posts: 1810

doohanfan says:

to be fair

Weskit, qualifying times were not among the criteria, variable though they were, wosi employed to "prove" rossi's superiority over Stoner on a ducati (advisedly so).

I will be very surprised if dovi finishes ahead of rossi in the race. Looking at QP 4, which presumably particularly in this new qualifying format is more reflective of race pace, rossi has  consistent and very competitive pace.

Props to dovi though, since extracting even 1 lap pace on a ducati in recent years has involved laying everything on the line. His post qualifying comments about having a good feeling on the bike also don't resemble any made by a ducati rider in the last 3 years, so perhaps there is some promise.

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Jan 13

Posts: 98

Farnarkle says:

Leave 'em wanting more

Willie - thanks for the compliment, but it's only funny once.

Anyway, absolutely nothing I could dream up would be as funny as Dovi being faster than Rossi on Rossi's old, unrideable bike.. now that's comedy gold...

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Bob Buttamasangy


Jul 08

Posts: 1513

Apt comment from another site -

"Give the '46' bike to gingernuts Smith...

Cal doesn't need it and Flossi clearly can't fuckin' use it!"

Hahahaha haha hahahahaha ha hahahahahaha hahahahaha haha...


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May 12

Posts: 183

rocketri17 says:

Race pace

Not had a moment to check out race pace -this is going to be good. I'm a Rossi fan, but bloody well done (and v interesting!) to dovi. Cal also, good stuff. Pedrosa -seems to have his head about him, not been messing around looking for a fastest lap much, but has sorted himself a fr start. Keen!

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Aug 02

Posts: 39

meccano says:


Looking at the other end of the timesheet, I'm surprised Paul Abramovich Bird hasn't sacked Laverty already.

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Jun 12

Posts: 18

ghostmikey says:

Rossi 7th

might I add that in 2008 the front row at Qatar was Lorenzo and toseland- both in their first race. Rossi qualified 7th, 1.2 off pole, as opposed to the .9 last night. rossi also finished that race 5th. Rossi won the 2008 championship. also, dovi qualifying 4th is nothing, Hayden whacked his duke on the front row in Jerez last year. you lot need to stop jumping to such massive conclusions. it's 18 races and there's no points for quali.

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Mar 13

Posts: 130

AussieInSUI says:


Rossi is ok where he is. The qualifying showed his knowledge of the Yamaha. Solid at cruising speed but crank it up and Rossi is not there yet.

And always someone says...  never count him out. So we'll see. I think Rossi will finish 4th.

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Apr 13

Posts: 5

ChicoMarx says:


Who knows? Has Dovi got the newish bike with the slimmer fairing, shortened tank, and altered weight distribution, and is Hayden on last years?

Anyone else think that last 15 minutes is just a little too frenetic?

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Apr 13

Posts: 193

BennytheRev says:

The Rossi v Marquez battle should be entertaining. Rossi should have a decent race pace but he's made it a lot harder for himself with his cock-up in qualifying. Lorenzo, Crutchlow and Pedrosa will be out of sight by the time Rossi manages to pass Dovi - if he can that is.

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Apr 11

Posts: 3456

Bultoboy says:


There isn't a 'this year's' bike yet, they're all on the GP12, Dovi just has a smaller fairing.

Lots of mention of race pace and how Dovi won't sustain that position over a race distance. Maybe that's how it will turn out, but truth is we haven't really a clue what anyone's race pace will be. Not sure what looking at analysis of FP 'long runs' of 5 or 6 laps tells us for a race of 20 odd laps - it's never clear what fuel loads they're on or whether they're on new or used tyres, engine maps, anything. Lorenzo ran half a dozen low 1.56 in FP3 lat year but they only ran that pace in the first few laps in the race, before dropping into 57, then 58.

Be nice to see a flash of red somewhere near the finish line again, but hopefully it will be a black streak that crosses it first...


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