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Liam Marsden  says:

Qatar MotoGP: Marquez storms to victory

Reigning champion Marc Marquez battled through the pain barrier of a broken leg to take victory at the Losail circuit. The Repsol Honda rider started from pole position and had to battle with Stefan Bradl and Valentino Rossi to take 25 points. Rossi made Marquez fight right to the wire, with the pair swapping places several times on the penultimate lap. Rossi...

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Jul 06

Posts: 2049

buelligan272 says:

Great race...

Shame about all the pointless comments.
The cream rose to the top eh.... rev nev you childish clown.

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Bob Buttamasangy


Jul 08

Posts: 1513

No comments about the fuel Flo was saving specially for the slow down lap or the 15mph defecit the M1 displayed down the straights?

Only one advantage Honda have and it's the one they usually have... the rider. The little twerp can certainly throw a bike around.

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Aug 13

Posts: 3513

DeGrasse says:

hello4646 Blah...

Whot? You're still here talking BS instead of M-C? What a surprise, this remark was for geezers like yourself, obviously you proved it right.


Galbusera on Marquez, Lorenzo and Rossi:

"I firmly believe that Rossi is still competitive. It will require a leap of two to three tenths per lap, but that is hoping Lorenzo and Marquez don’t make a further step forward. On paper, it would seem that Marc can only improve whereas Jorge is already giving it his maximum. To date, Valentino has never felt completely comfortable on this bike and that prevents you from giving it that extra mile."

And there are those who still try to imply that things are as simple as X rider skills, fanboyism at its best of the type that doesn't know their head from their butts when it comes to setting up a bike, keep it simple eh? M-C are like skateboards obviously.

The Honda has the chassis advantage over the Yamaha since  2010, even the previous Yamaha chassis designer said the 2010 was a mistake.

The limit is not that of the tyre adherence but passed that and it makes tenth of difference at most tracks, the M1 was better  at the apex but this is only one third of the distance from braking to acceleration. On the two other thirds, the RC has the advantage and last year's partials on most tracks shows just that.

With a guy capable of sliding it, the RC was always faster than the 2010/13 M1, and this is why Yamaha have reversed the trend for 2014.


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Mar 14

Posts: 59

NanoNano says:

More trout Sir?

Just thankful that Stoner wasn't there to be on the receiving end of that pass by Marquez otherwise there'd be big bottom lips pouting all over the place. 

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Nov 12

Posts: 23

Same here, Luckofthewelsh

I agree. MM will be pretty much fully fit by then, and there appears to be no rerason why he cannot continue where he left off.

I would be surprised if the GOAT gets a podium though - he did benefit from two other riders in front of him going AWOL yesterday.

Let's see waht Gigi does with the data from Dovi and Cal's run. Hopefully they will have time to bring new parts to the next race... especially a new transponder for Cal's machine... but somehow I think the Ducatis were flattered by the attrition rate ahead of them.

And Bradders could be up there with the Aliens yet...


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Mar 08

Posts: 315

vmax4steve says:

Let's see what the next race brings as Losail is a bit of a micky mouse track that shouldn't really be on the calender. Only one line because of the sand blowing on to the track, condensation due to cooling too rapidly when the sun goes down makes it all a bit hit and miss. Good race though but then again Rossi came 2nd last year but couldn't follow it up. Hope he does though as we need more bikes at the front running the same pace.

Would like to see HRC give the proddie a bit more of a kick after Scotts ride, 7th but 35 seconds behind a rider that he gave some serious stick to at times in Moto2 . I think he's got it in him.

Ge Grasse,  The Ladybird Book On Motorcycles for Boys is no basis for your insights to the grand prix machines of today. No you can tell me to fcuk off as well.

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Aug 13

Posts: 3513

DeGrasse says:


Perhaps Stoner wouldn't have liked it, but he was fast enough on the RC to prevent Marquez to try.

Rossi is stil riding a bike which was designed for Lorenzo with only some slight chassis modification, not "his" M1, it still is not as good on the brakes or gas as his bike used to be and if you remember his best on "his" bike, he used to slide it in and out of corners even so a little less on the gas that what his RC allowed him. A Yamaha never is a honda.

Marquez had the advantage of the bike still in this spot and even so he comes back from injury he was able to pass him there because the RC could let him, Rossi was limit with his M1 at the end of the race.


Trident900rider: You're spot-on, he is going to be hard to beat plus this track suits the Yasmaha well generally, we still don't know how much the changes they made to it will work on tracks where the Yamaha chassis is not at its best. Wait and see.

In my opinion, if Marquez stays in one piece all season he's got a back-to-back title in the pocket.

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Oct 09

Posts: 199

ThePornstar says:

 Interesting race, considering the Honda was clearly the fastest thing out there it was quite a feat to take the fight to the last lap. Shame Alex had a shite grid position or reckon all of them would have had their arse's served to 'em.



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Aug 02

Posts: 2321

Hedgehog5 says:

Good race...

Marquez - stunning.

Rossi - another brilliant ride just as I was saying this time last year... this year his qualifying let him down, last year it was a mistake in the opening laps, but he certainly found more speed down that home straight in the 2nd part of both races. Will he keep it up or will it head the way of last year?... we shall see.

Pedrosa - points are better than binning it. He can build from this... but will he build enough to grasp the title?

Smith - needs to keep on trying... good performance... don't get disheartened & head towards the back of the grid.

Overall - on this evidence the new formula seems to be working but it's an odd circuit & we had several fallers who could have effected its outcome. The next round will reveal a more realistic picture.

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May 12

Posts: 183

rocketri17 says:


Will dominate this year and win at a canter -simple. JL will fight hard, 46 there or thereabouts, SB and AB to figure regularly on the podium... Ducatis close by the end of the year... 2015 the year for them? 

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