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Matthew Birt  says:

First five races pivotal, says Jorge Lorenzo’s boss

Jorge Lorenzo’s factory Yamaha boss Wilco Zeelenberg believes the first five races of 2013 are going to be pivotal to understand who the main contenders will be for this year’s MotoGP world championship. Lorenzo made the perfect start to the defence of his world title in Qatar last weekend when he dominated the season opening clash at the Losail International...

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Jan 13

Posts: 204

DogBert says:


So does this put to bed the myth that Jorge was settling for points in the second half of last year?

First half he was fine 'cause the Hondas were struggling but once they got it together Jorge couldn't live with them, which explains all those out of the seat moments he had trying to stay with Dani.

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Mar 09

Posts: 5394

Nostrodamus says:

Stating the bleedin' obvious

One race is not a trend, we need to get into the guts of the season to ultimately see who's standing and who's falling away. Our two plus one Aliens are almost dead cert's.  Is there anyone else the will be able to stand the furnace like blast of speed from the Spanish triumvirate?

Cannot fault Lorenzo and crews approach either. He really is becoming more meticulous and polished with each passing season. In reality though if the others are not doing this type of testing then they're letting themselves down. That said every rider and team will have their moments where they struggle to find a set-up that works and 'waste' valuble practice time searching for one. A machine as well sorted as the M1 can give a little more grace time to fine tune the race set-up, whereas perhaps the RCV's are a little more fickle, and the D16 very fickle!

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Apr 13

Posts: 193

BennytheRev says:

Excellent point Nostro

Question: Who else did a full-race simulation? 

Answer: No-one.
Question: Why not? 
Answer: Because they were too busy chasing the limelight of a fast time (Crutchlow springs to mind here). 
Question: Did Lorenzo run out of fuel (like Rossi on the slow-down lap) or have to back-off the power in the race (like Crutchlow)? 
Answer: No. 
Question: Why not? 
Answer: Because he had tested and prepared thoroughly.

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Nov 03

Posts: 2232

saturn392 says:

Exactly Benny

As some of us have said before - testing is exactly that - it's not a qualifying session to see who's  fastest (although we can get a fair indication who is going to be fast)  in reality it is to set the bike in preparation for the coming season.  Jorge is the master at that - and that's the way to do it.   Dani springs to mind going home early saying ''nothing more to be gained by staying on''    Pardon me ?   Who gained most from testing ?

However, we've had 1 race out of 18  - it's a long season and at the risk of repeating myself  - anything can and does happen in MotoGp

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Jul 11

Posts: 1894

CHRainmaker says:


..surely that's laid out by the crew chief. Danielle Romagnoli has got to take some responsibility in Crutchlow's Rev?

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Jul 12

Posts: 3199

wosihound says:


If anyone has flattered to deceive by banging in short, fast runs during testing and's Dovizioso. He was slower than Hayden on Sunday ffs.

Four lap runs over the winter on soft tyres..factory glory boy.

I have a good I don't, make me a new on..we have improved the set-up with the weight distribution changes, but I knew it wouldn't last in the race so we need more than just settings to close the gap?

How many here were rubbing cocks on Saturday after QP?

Dovi's cured the Ducat!..Rossi is fkin shite!

Short term memory loss forgetting how Hayden and Barbera managed to qualify the bike front row last what end? 


Lorenzo learnt all he knows as understudy to one of the greatest racers of alll there any wonder he goes about the job properly? 

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Apr 13

Posts: 193

BennytheRev says:

Certainly CHR ...

... I'm not suggesting for one moment that the blame lies just with Cal - he's part of a team. The fact is though, Lorenzo has done full-race simulations at every single test. Cal hasn't done any. Cal finally gets a top-spec 2013 motor, but has to turn the power down in the race because they're not sure if it'll run the distance. Great stuff.

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Oct 07

Posts: 1306

hugelean says:

I beg to differ, neither Rossi nor Dani do full race sims, Rossi has won way more than twice as much as Jorge and out of the last nine races it's 6 - 3 to Dani. Stoner barely did a race full of laps all weekend(often including the race...;-)), It's worth mentioning that jorge did race simulations in all those 6 he lost as well and in the 12 races he came up short last year. As with any rider his prep looks better when he wins when he doesn't it doesn't.

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Dec 08

Posts: 81

Lets see Jorge on the Ducati - we will see how good he is then

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Apr 13

Posts: 193

BennytheRev says:

Fair enough Hugey ...

... we'll look at it your way. Cal says that he's on old equipment and has got nothing to test. Fine. So what were they up to in pre-season testing with this tried and tested equipment? Exploring how to make a Tech3 go as fast as possible over a race distance, or just making it a qualifying missile that was in danger of running out of fuel again - like Motegi?

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