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Liam Marsden  says:

Phillip Island MotoGP: Lorenzo wins with masterclass

Jorge Lornezo put on a riding masterclass to take victory at Phillip Island and keep his hopes of a third MotoGP title alive. The race was shortened to 21 laps, with the riders forced to pit no later than 10 laps. Dani Pedrosa was the first to enter the pits with Lorenzo coming in a lap later and Marc Marquez a...

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Dec 09

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supermario says:

I see you're continuing to make friends

with that winning personality of yours benny.


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Dec 09

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supermario says:



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Jul 05

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pogo_it says:

Jerry, nowhere in the rule did it say racing laps, it said no rider shall complete more than 10 laps on any slick or wet tyre. Seeing as everyone completed more than 10 is what makes the whole thing a farce. we all know they meant racing laps, but they didn't write that in the rule.

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Apr 13

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You're wrong Pogo

To avoid any manipulation of the rules, race direction added this, very clear instruction:

Every rider will be required to enter the pits and change to his second machine with fresh tyres at least once during the race. In normal circumstances this means that the rider must change machine only at the end of lap 9 or lap 10

At the end of lap 9 or 10. When the lights go out, that's lap one. Marc continued on and started his 11th lap.

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Mar 08

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vmax4steve says:

If you can't count up to ten then it's a bad job. Marquez knew he had to come in when Lorenzo did but he stayed out and paid the correct penalty. What I didn't like was the fact that the bike to bike rule was used but amended to suit the tv schedules. The rule clearly states that the second bike must have either rain tyres fitted if the first has slicks and vice versa if the first bike has rain tyres fitted.

I would like to have seen the teams being forced to change the rear tyres on a pit stop within a window of four laps in a twenty lap race, after all they can do it pretty quickly during qualifying so why not during a racing pit stop. This would have given us a better race between Lorenzo and Pedrosa, who for the latter dropped back because his second bike felt very different to his first.

This could also have been implemented for the Moto2 race.

Marquez btw was dangerous when re-entering the race and going straight for the racing line when not up to speed. He clearly looked to his right, must have seen the two bikes coming but did it anyway. And yes his team should have turned his second bike off as soon as he went past to do his eleventh lap as they knew the rules for the race. If Marquez now has a problem with his right arm that effects his performances in the last two races then it is down to him and them.

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