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Simon Patterson  says:

Qatar MotoGP: Espargaro holds off factory bikes to stay P1

Aleix Espargaro was top of the time sheets in yet another mixed up day at Qatar, with the top factory bike of Marc Marquez barely making an impression on the front end of the grid. Espargaro continued his domination of the grid to finish 0.413 ahead of privateer Ducati of Andrea Iannone, with Alvaro Bautista in third. Andrea Dovizioso was fourth,...

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hugelean

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hugelean says:

The factory sponsors must be going mental. Why are the motorcycle journos almost to a fault relying on the fact that bs have made a race tyre that won't go race distance?? Now satellites aside, is anyone else doing well or is it the rules?? I am horrocksed if I know..

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GlennEagle

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GlennEagle says:

 12th for Crutchlow - that's an improvement upon 13th.

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saturn392

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saturn392 says:

Shake Up

This is indeed the weirdest free practice in more than 10 years if ever.   Surely it must be a tyre thing, the new rules are too fresh to have made any difference at this stage.  Level playing field ??? At this moment it's a massive tilt.

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Ivebeenthehero

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 As you say Hugelean - the mega sponsors that back the best riders in the factory teams must be ecstatic at this!  Its a total mess. The only concelaion is that if the soft tyres only last three laps then they are effectively qualifiers and I can't see them ever using them in a race. 

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saturn392

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saturn392 says:

Apparently

The difference in lap time between the softer tyre and the race tyre is about 1 second - that's what I hear about Dovi's times.  The softer tyres are sure going to shake up the starting grid though - should be a very exciting first few laps.

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williewheelbreaker

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Is it possible .... ?

Is it possible a quality rider like Aleix Esp could qualify front row on those softies, of course! Also could (at this odd ball track / night race) Forward employ the soft tyre strategy to put some serious distance into the factory boys at the start and then try "manage" wasted tyres at the end hoping to hold off enough of the hounds to get some podium exposure.

The other potential result of him getting an early gap is it could force mistakes / crashes by one or two works riders (I know these guys rarely make let alone get forced into errors) as even the coolest of these cats may feel panicky if he disappears too far in the distance at the start. After all they just are not used to seeing that sort of thing happent nowadays.

Just sayin' ???????

Ciao Mama's!

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saturn392

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saturn392 says:

Matt Birt's Tweet tonight

http://tl.gd/n_1s131nk    Interview with Rossi.

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Druids

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Druids says:

Iannone 2nd, Bautista 3rd

  I'm loving it

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Druids

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Druids says:

The Yamaha riders are in real trouble with the new tyre

David Emmett just said Bridgestone will bring a new medium tyre for Le Mans.. But please someone tells Rossi Aleix's top speed is 11 km/h slower than his own.

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saturn392

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saturn392 says:

Druids

read my link (a couple of posts down)  Rossi explains it.

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