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2017 MotoGP Rider Line-up :D

Repsol Honda
Marc Marquez (End of 2018)
Dani Pedrosa (End of 2018)

Movistar Yamaha
Valentino Rossi (End of 2018)
Maverick Vinales (End of 2018)


Ducati Team
Jorge Lorenzo (End of 2018)
Andrea Dovizioso (End of 2018)

Suzuki
Andrea Iannone (End of 2018)
Alex Rins (End of 2018)*

KTM
Bradley Smith (End of 2018)
Pol Espargaro (End of 2018)

Aprilia Gresini
Sam Lowes (End of 2018)*
Aleix Espargaro (End of 2018)

LCR Honda
Cal Crutchlow (End of 2017)

Marc VDS Honda
Jack Miller (End of 2017)
Tito Rabat (End of 2017)

Monster Yamaha Tech 3
Jonas Folger (End of 2017, Option 2018)*
Johann Zarco (End of 2017, Option 2018)*


Avintia Ducati
Hector Barbera (End of 2017)
Loris Baz (End of 2017)
Barbera will ride a GP16 and Baz a GP15.

Pramac Ducati
Scott Redding GP16
Danilo Petrucci
Danilo will ride a GP16 and Redding a GP15.

Aspar Ducati
Alvaro Bautista (End of 2017)
Karel Abraham (End of 2017)

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Was just gonna come and start this thread but you beat me to it. Looking for another strong season from my dude MM93. Glad he won in 2016 and finished strong. Lots of changes for 2017 so should be exciting. Wondering if we have more than the 9 winners we had in 2016.

EDIT: Freakin EPIC recap of 2016:

 

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Testing in Valencia starts in two days and I can't wait to see it!

MOTOGP 2017 PRE-SEASON TESTS

Sepang, January 30-February 1
Phillip Island, February 15-17
Losail, March 10-12
 

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Although the testing times are pretty meaningless I can't wait to see JLo on the Ducati and Iaonne on the Suzuki :D

I have a feeling Lowes is going to crash :(
 

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Although the testing times are pretty meaningless I can't wait to see JLo on the Ducati and Iaonne on the Suzuki :D

I have a feeling Lowes is going to crash :(
Looks like Iannone got right in the groove with that suzuki. Only 0.2 seconds off the leader so far. Although everyone is going well over a second slower than qualifying times...so running race pace.

I think Lorenzo will be fast on the Ducati as well next year. I'll be fighting with myself in every race as far as who to cheer for. Hate Lorenzo...love Ducati...it'll be tough :D

I'm curious to see how the guys that moved up from Moto 2 will do. I don't expect to see great results in this test, but we'll see if they get up to pace by the Qatar race.
 

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FACK!! My subscription ended this morning. Poop.

Guess I'll have to re-up soon. Think I better go halves with Dad this time. lol
 

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I love testing just for the new liveries etc...

Iannone with livery of the day... Vinales close second.

Pol Espargaro with suit of the day...
 

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Valencia MotoGP test times - Tuesday

1. Viñales, Maverick SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 30.930s
2. Rossi, Valentino ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 30.950s +0.020s
3. Lorenzo, Jorge SPA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP16/17) 1m 31.052s +0.122s
4. Marquez, Marc SPA Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 31.102s +0.172s
5. Dovizioso, Andrea ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP16/17) 1m 31.131s +0.201s
6. Crutchlow, Cal GBR LCR Honda (RC213V) 1m 31.156s +0.226s
7. Iannone, Andrea ITA Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 1m 31.165s +0.235s
8. Redding, Scott GBR Octo Pramac Yakhnich (Desmosedici GP15/16) 1m 31.242s +0.312s
9. Barbera, Hector SPA Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2/16) 1m 31.286s +0.356s
10. Pedrosa, Dani SPA Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 31.306s +0.376s
11. Miller, Jack AUS Estrella Galica 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 1m 31.477s +0.547s
12. Bautista, Alvaro SPA Aspar Ducati (Desmosedici GP16) 1m 31.674s +0.744s
13. Pirro, Michele ITA Octo Pramac Yakhnich (Desmosedici GP16/17) 1m 32.068s +1.138s
14. Espargaro, Aleix SPA Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 32.177s +1.247s
15. Baz, Loris FRA Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP15) 1m 32.315s +1.385s
16. Folger, Jonas GER Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m 32.450s +1.520s
17. Zarco, Johann FRA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m 32.462s +1.532s
18. Rabat, Tito GBR Estrella Galica 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 1m 32.578s +1.648s
19. Espargaro, Pol SPA KTM MotoGP Factory Racing (RC16) 1m 32.613s +1.683s
20. Smith, Bradley GBR KTM MotoGP Factory Racing (RC16) 1m 32.806s +1.876s
21. Rins, Alex SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 1m 32.811s +1.881s
22. Laverty, Eugene IRL Aprilia Test Rider (RS-GP) 1m 32.935s +2.005s
23. Abraham, Karel CZE Aspar Ducati (Desmosedici GP14.2/15) 1m 33.231s +2.301s
24. Lowes, Sam GBR Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 33.359s +2.429s
25. Tsuda, Takuya JPN Suzuki Test Rider (GSX-RR) 1m 34.110s +3.180s
26. Bagnaia, Francesco ITA Aspar Ducati (Desmosedici GP14.2) 1m 36.940s +6.010s
 

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Ouch...not only he crashed, but Abraham is faster! lol
 
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I'm wondering what's up with the winglets? Didn't they say no more winglets in 2017?? Why are they all testing with them still?
 
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Also, this is just probably the cheapskate in me...but why do all these teams waste so much money on new bodywork, suits, and other livery changes just for a test? I can understand when testing the new 2017 bikes, because maybe they don't have the next year's livery done yet, so you might as well just paint it black or something simply, but why spend all that money on the suits and bodywork for the 2016 bikes??

Then again, wedding dressing are expensive and typically worn once only too so whatever...lol
 
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Also, this is just probably the cheapskate in me...but why do all these teams waste so much money on new bodywork, suits, and other livery changes just for a test? I can understand when testing the new 2017 bikes, because maybe they don't have the next year's livery done yet, so you might as well just paint it black or something simply, but why spend all that money on the suits and bodywork for the 2016 bikes??

Then again, wedding dressing are expensive and typically worn once only too so whatever...lol
Marketing my friend all marketing and the costs are relatively small, bodywork and some vinyl is a drop in the ocean that is their annual budget and the suits are not that big of a deal either... two additional suits per rider for companies like Dainese, Alpinestars is nothing not even 1% of their racing budget, now weight that vs the marketing benefit and you see it's quite a good deal actually. I've already started rolling up pennies to save up for the new D-air suit Pol Espargaro debuted...
 

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Valencia MotoGP test times - Wednesday

1. Viñales, Maverick SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 29.975s
2. Marquez, Marc SPA Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 30.171s +0.196s
3. Dovizioso, Andrea ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP16/17) 1m 30.443s +0.468s
4. Iannone, Andrea ITA Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 1m 30.599s +0.624s
5. Pedrosa, Dani SPA Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 30.686s +0.711s
6. Crutchlow, Cal GBR LCR Honda (RC213V) 1m 30.709s +0.734s
7. Rossi, Valentino ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 30.709s +0.734s
8. Lorenzo, Jorge SPA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP16/17) 1m 30.744s +0.769s
9. Espargaro, Aleix SPA Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 30.885s +0.910s
10. Folger, Jonas GER Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m 30.948s +0.973s
11. Zarco, Johann FRA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m 31.015s +1.040s
12. Miller, Jack AUS Estrella Galica 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 1m 31.069s +1.094s
13. Redding, Scott GBR Octo Pramac Yakhnich (Desmosedici GP15/16) 1m 31.118s +1.143s
14. Bautista, Alvaro SPA Aspar Ducati (Desmosedici GP16) 1m 31.186s +1.211s
15. Barbera, Hector SPA Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2/16) 1m 31.244s +1.269s
16. Pirro, Michele ITA Octo Pramac Yakhnich (Desmosedici GP16/17) 1m 31.816s +1.841s
17. Espargaro, Pol SPA KTM MotoGP Factory Racing (RC16) 1m 31.853s +1.878s
18. Rabat, Tito GBR Estrella Galica 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 1m 31.918s +1.943s
19. Baz, Loris FRA Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP15) 1m 32.161s +2.186s
20. Smith, Bradley GBR KTM MotoGP Factory Racing (RC16) 1m 32.538s +2.563s
21. Laverty, Eugene IRL Aprilia Test Rider (RS-GP) 1m 32.568s +2.593s
22. Abraham, Karel CZE Aspar Ducati (Desmosedici GP14.2/15) 1m 32.699s +2.724s
23. Tsuda, Takuya JPN Suzuki Test Rider (GSX-RR) 1m 33.305s +3.330s
24. Rins, Alex SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 1m 33.761s +3.786s
 

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Marketing my friend all marketing and the costs are relatively small, bodywork and some vinyl is a drop in the ocean that is their annual budget and the suits are not that big of a deal either... two additional suits per rider for companies like Dainese, Alpinestars is nothing not even 1% of their racing budget, now weight that vs the marketing benefit and you see it's quite a good deal actually. I've already started rolling up pennies to save up for the new D-air suit Pol Espargaro debuted...
But what are they marketing?? That bodywork and those suits typically don't have much on them, they're a lot more "plain" than the typical liveries. They usually don't have sponsor names, or very few.
 

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Vinales looks pretty impressive. But I'm also pretty impressed with Espargaro on the Aprilia and the Tech 3 newcomers all within 1 second of the leader.

I think Aprilia might see a lot more top 10 finishes in the season with Espargaro on the bike, and I think Zarco will used to the big bike pretty quickly and push for some top 6 finishes.
 

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I knew the thread would be here already!!

Liveries look sick. Iannone wins with the suit and the bike. Vinales' gloves win. I actually like the simple Red Bull KTM. I'd love to see podiums out of those two, probably not gonna happen. I would have liked to see Barbera or Redding on a Suzuki...I think one of them would do well. Perhaps the Ducati (even older versions) grunt is a false positive for their talent, but i've seen those guys run super fast. I have a lot of hope in Ianonne that he's gonna find a groove and steal lots of points this year. Excited to see what Lorenzo is made of. Something humbling seeing him in different colored gear. The Ducati is gonna be so fast this year, i wonder how much those little winglets actually helped. Game on!

129 days....
 
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