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Only a week to go till the first test Grin

I guess we're fairly sure who 4 or 5 of the main protagonists will be but will there be other unexpected front runners?
Which teams will have a sorted bike from the off?
Will the Ducatti stretch its legs on long straights and sorted their mid?? or entry?? corner issue?
Will MM be using a 2 year old chassis design & MV regained what I think was partial confidence loss mid to end of last season?
Have Yamaha found something that was missing mid-season 2017 onwards?
Will will Suzuki, KTM and Aprilia be any closer to the front?

Exciting times ahead Thumbs Up

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Re: MotoGP 2018 [message #298931 is a reply to message #298871] Sat, 27 January 2018 12:55 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Really looking forward to it.
Could only watch the highlights last year on ITV - don't have sky or anything like that
Who's got the TV rights this year?
Re: MotoGP 2018 [message #298934 is a reply to message #298931] Sat, 27 January 2018 18:54 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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For the first time in I don't know how many years, I never watched a single race live.

Pay for view can kiss my arse still for this sort of thing, £200 odd quid to watch something that used to be free with adverts, I think not.
I'm not that desperate. smile

Everything is becoming pay for view I know, but some of it is a licence to print money. Thumb Down
Re: MotoGP 2018 [message #298935 is a reply to message #298934] Sat, 27 January 2018 21:16 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Its BT Sport again this year. I'm lucky as I already subscribe the TV XL (or Big whatever) package with Virgin and while I don't bother with extras like Sky Sports or any Movie channels, BT Sports has been included with my package for a few years and hope it continues. Eurosport also included although don't really watch that even though I'm aware WSBK is on that.

I'd have to think long and hard if they make it a premium addon at some point although I dare say I'd forgo the XL TV package for the M TV package then use the money saved to pay for a BT addon...net gain to VM would be FA.

At least Murdoch wouldn't get a penny Grin

just found this
....we should also in the first half of 2018 find out which UK broadcaster will air MotoGP from 2019 onwards. BT Sport's contract expires at the end of 2018
I hope Sky don't bid as thats a guaranteed £30/month which they won't get from me.

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Re: MotoGP 2018 [message #298936 is a reply to message #298935] Sat, 27 January 2018 21:19 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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"Firestick" i'll leave it here think think
Re: MotoGP 2018 [message #298937 is a reply to message #298936] Sat, 27 January 2018 21:21 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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work does it as there's been lots of court enforced blocking of popular streaming sites going on?
Re: MotoGP 2018 [message #299052 is a reply to message #298937] Wed, 21 February 2018 22:22 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Excellent news at least if you currently have BT Sport with BT or via VM Thumbs Up

http://www.crash.net/motogp/news/889898/1/bt-sport-extends-m otogp-deal-signs-laverty

Its a shame Julian Ryder is retiring though as together with Toby Moody they make a good team. Michael Laverty taking his place. Might be confused though as article says Keith Huewen is commentating....eitherway I'm sure they'll be good.

Suzi Perry (she's ok), Craig Doyle (I like this guy), Colin Edwards (who doesn't like this guy?), Neil Hodgson (like a British Colin Edwards), James Toseland (boring), Keith Huewen (he's fine) and Gavin Emmett (growing on me year on head although doesn't the most of out rider interviews like Hodgson does)

All in all, I'm happy so long as BT Sport continues to be free with my VM package.

and for those without BT Sport "Race highlights are also shown free-too-air on Channel 5 the following evening" so stay away from the Sport results on Sunday.

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Re: MotoGP 2018 [message #299099 is a reply to message #299052] Sat, 03 March 2018 09:14 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Not sure how to read the testing info. Seems to be all over the place, but Qatar is interesting. The Suzukis are going well as is Dovi's Ducati. Zarco is also fast.
Think the first race could throw up a few surprises
Re: MotoGP 2018 [message #299106 is a reply to message #299099] Sun, 04 March 2018 22:50 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Well ... to get back to the question..

I don't see Marquez not dominating again and no time soon.

He's a Rossi and probably even better albeit never ridden the breadth of engines in the top tier.

Zarco is an incredible rider, hard as nails, clever, don't give a fuck .... he will give it to them for sure.
Re: MotoGP 2018 [message #299109 is a reply to message #299106] Mon, 05 March 2018 21:50 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Agree with GB, testing times seem to indicate no clear rider or bike (or combination) will have a clear advantage at any two differing tracks which bodes well for the season.

Pipe's possibly right although suspect as with three quarters of last season it'll will be down to consistency taking at least 1 win out of 3 or 4 and at least 5th places and regular podiums 90% of time and MM is the man most likely to be able to manage that allowing the 10% were his sheer brilliance at keeping what often looks like an out of control bike sunny side up, fails even him which might be were the opportunities for the others are.

Dovi & Ducatti looking good again and I think its safe to say 99% of fans are hoping he's right at the sharp end again vying for a title again along with Rossi, MV, DP and I think Zarco. I do wonder if the Tech3 switch to KTM in 2019 might hamper M1 factory upgrades trickling way down to Tech3 a bit slower unless Yahama have plans for Zarco (and KTM haven't bagged him) and therefore will need to keep him sweet.

Then there's the other 4 or 5 potential winners with any one or two with the right package and mindset turn out to be a regular winner/podium finisher like Dovi last year.

Can't wait Grin

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Re: MotoGP 2018 [message #299127 is a reply to message #299109] Thu, 15 March 2018 08:39 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Well it all starts tomorrow. 1st and 2nd practice sessions.
Often find this interesting to see how setup changes alter positions and times. think

Glad its back, justifies my BT Sport contribution. Confused
Re: MotoGP 2018 [message #299128 is a reply to message #299127] Thu, 15 March 2018 12:05 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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I don't know who's been doing what in practice but I bet it doesn't relate to the race result Grin
Re: MotoGP 2018 [message #299129 is a reply to message #299128] Thu, 15 March 2018 23:30 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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I've forgotten who did well and who didn't but think it was a mixed bag between the two testing sessions and all the main teams and riders up and down the field at times.

Rossi resigned for 2019/2020 season and while I'm a little suprised Yamaha signed so early, he does still get wins and regular podiums so its probably justified. I wonder if he's hoping to hang onto a ride till he's 46 Grin

Q: Whose the oldest GP rider to win and what age?
Re: MotoGP 2018 [message #299130 is a reply to message #299129] Fri, 16 March 2018 07:58 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Kermit wrote on Thu, 15 March 2018 23:30


Rossi resigned for 2019/2020 season and while I'm a little suprised Yamaha signed so early, he does still get wins and regular podiums so its probably justified. I wonder if he's hoping to hang onto a ride till he's 46 Grin

Q: Whose the oldest GP rider to win and what age?

By the power of Google:

1 Ferguson Anderson 44 years 237 days Spain / 1953 / Montjuic

Never heard of him myself and this is of course the premier class, not MotoGP

I read your post as Rossi had called it a day for 2019/20, then realised I should be reading it as re-signed Grin

Re: MotoGP 2018 [message #299131 is a reply to message #299130] Fri, 16 March 2018 08:02 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Here's the 10 oldest rider / winners according to the MotoGP web site.

1 Ferguson Anderson 44 years 237 days Spain / 1953 / Montjuic
2 Jack Findlay 42 years 85 days Austria / 1977 / Salzburgring
3 Les Graham 41 years 21 days Spain / 1952 / Montjuic
4 Jack Ahearn 39 years 327 days Finland/ 1964/ Imatra
5 Harold Daniell 39 years 240 days Isle of Man / 1949 / Tourist Trophy
6 Frantisek Stastny 38 years 247 days East Germany / 1966 / Sachsenring
7 Nello Pagani 37 years 328 days Italy/ 1949 / Monza
8 Troy Bayliss 37 years 213 days Valencia / 2006 / Ricardo Tormo
9 Valentino Rossi 37 years 68 days Spain / 2016 / Jerez
10 Phil Read 36 years 235 days Czech / 1975/ Brno
Re: MotoGP 2018 [message #299132 is a reply to message #299131] Fri, 16 March 2018 14:54 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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think #9 must be out of date as I'm sure Rossi won last year and must have moved upto perhaps #6?

Surprised Agostini isn't on that list, I thought he rode well into his 40s
Re: MotoGP 2018 [message #299133 is a reply to message #299132] Sat, 17 March 2018 09:12 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Not sure what age Ago rode to but he may not have won so wouldn't be on that list Thumbs Up
Re: MotoGP 2018 [message #299134 is a reply to message #299133] Sun, 18 March 2018 19:20 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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That was a good opener Thumbs Up
Re: MotoGP 2018 [message #299135 is a reply to message #299134] Sun, 18 March 2018 23:22 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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39 and still on a podium .... Thumbs Up

Amazing, truly amazing, and I know his number of championships will be trashed by Marquez but if Marquez is still on a podium at 39 ...... I will probably be turning in my grave by then Laugh

Lorenzo is having his 2 years at Ducati career on hold thing ... Looks like you need 5 years on one of those to be competitive Idea


Re: MotoGP 2018 [message #299136 is a reply to message #299135] Mon, 19 March 2018 12:56 Go to previous messageGo to previous message
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Your probably right on MM championships as my son (huge MM fan) keeps pointing out he's already on 6 to Rossi's 9 Smash

JL on the Ducati is just odd and while its probable weird his off during the race was bike rather than rider, he wasn't exactly doing much on it up to that point compated to Dovi and Daniel. I can only guess he's not able to adopt to the Ducati's characterisitcs after years on the Yahama even though it looks like last years bike and this years especially has moved to closer to the Japanese esque handling traits and not so much a diva anymore. think

The head shakes when entering pits say it all.

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