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Honda tested a prototype "aerodynamic package".

After all that complaining from two wears ago warning of the dangers and urgent need to ban them they might start to use this more aggressive design. What they really meant to say is that wings are only dangerous when OTHER teams use them. lol.
Well yes, they said the reason it was unsafe is because of the turbulent air it creates at a certain distance behind the bike, so it's unsafe for the rider behind. Nobody said anything about being unsafe for the rider that's on the bike lol...so as long as Marquez is in the front, they don't give a shit if it's unsafe for whoever's behind lol

Calling it, Lorenzo is winning the 18 championship... if Marquez makes a mistake lol.
Key words right there lol
 

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I don't think he's switching until the Thailand test.

Zarco to revert to 2016 Yamaha chassis for Thailand test
Tech 3 Yamaha rider Johann Zarco returned to his chassis from last year for the final day of the Sepang MotoGP test, and confirmed that he will also use it for the subsequent Thailand test.
Ok it was day 3 not day 2 that he switched. So he'll be on the very reliable 2016 chassis with the better 2017 motor. That's championship material right there.
 

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Ok it was day 3 not day 2 that he switched. So he'll be on the very reliable 2016 chassis with the better 2017 motor. That's championship material right there.
Hopefully, but Yamaha doesn't look like they have a clue what's causing their terrible inconsistent grip.

Looking at the test times this year I'd say J Miller is going to be better than people expect this year.
 

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Looks like the Fish is getting the Tech 3 seat... Hafizh Syahrin moves up from Moto 2, can’t say I saw that one coming but considering SEA is the largest motorcycle market in the world pretty smart move by Herve.
 

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Plot twist: JLo, Marc, and Mav all get injured... Rossi just barely pips and Dovi and Zarco for the title :devious
Fixed/ :D

Looking at the test times this year I'd say J Miller is going to be better than people expect this year.
I've been saying it for a couple of years. Kid's goin' places...
 

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Looks like the Fish is getting the Tech 3 seat... Hafizh Syahrin moves up from Moto 2, can’t say I saw that one coming but considering SEA is the largest motorcycle market in the world pretty smart move by Herve.
I don't think Herve had a lot of options...

I wonder how they worked that out with his contract?
 

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Really Stoner? Really? :lol: whatever bro.

Stoner: MotoGP's level hasn't risen since my day
Yeah I saw that yesterday lol...I like the guy, but that statement was pretty full with arrogance. Can't say I agree with him. A higher level doesn't imply 1 lap. It implies being constantly faster than the competition. Not to mention that I'm not really sure what he's talking about. I didn't see his name anywhere on the results of the 3-day test at Sepang from the other week. So how can he claim that he ran just as fast?? If he's talking about the time from last year or the year before where he did a 2:01 or something like that at Sepang, that means nothing. That was a long time ago, and now Jorge was in the high 1:58s. At MotoGP level, that is a BIG difference. That's the difference between first row and last row usually! lol
 

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Ouch! Pretty harsh for a boss to say that about their best rider to date.

Ducati: Petrucci would be "smart" to join alternative factory

“The goal of Ducati is to keep our current official riders," Ciabatti told Motorsport.com. "We’ve made an investment with Andrea and Jorge and we have to try to renew with both of them.

“Danilo should be smart and go and find an [alternative] factory team. His programme with Pramac finishes this year and I think he’s a rider suitable for an official structure.
 

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Ouch! Pretty harsh for a boss to say that about their best rider to date.

Ducati: Petrucci would be "smart" to join alternative factory

“The goal of Ducati is to keep our current official riders," Ciabatti told Motorsport.com. "We’ve made an investment with Andrea and Jorge and we have to try to renew with both of them.

“Danilo should be smart and go and find an [alternative] factory team. His programme with Pramac finishes this year and I think he’s a rider suitable for an official structure.
Umm...best?? What are you smoking?
 

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Pramac's best rider to date that I'm aware of :O. I don't really remember seeing them in the podium before Petrux.
Oh I thought you meant Ducati overall, not just Pramac. I mean the Pramac bikes are factory bikes, they're just previous year models usually.
 

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I know its just testing but Roberts doesn't look to good at the moment. His best overall time was 1m 43.721s

MotoGP: Jerez Moto2 test times - Wednesday | Results | Crash

1. Alex Marquez SPA EG 0.0 Marc VDS (Kalex) 1m 40.926s [Session 3]
2. Francesco Bagnaia ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 (Kalex) 1m 41.260s [Session 3]
3. Brad Binder RSA Red Bull KTM Ajo (KTM) 1m 41.725s [Session 3]
4. Lorenzo Baldassari ITA Pons HP40 (Kalex) 1m 41.840s [Session 2]
5. Xavi Vierge SPA Dynavolt Intact GP (Kalex) 1m 41.960s [Session 3]
6. Miguel Oliveira POR Red Bull KTM Ajo (KTM) 1m 41.982s [Session 2]
7. Hector Barbera SPA Pons HP40 (Kalex) 1m 42.083s [Session 2]
8. Sam Lowes GBR Swiss Innovative Investors (KTM) 1m 42.130s [Session 3]
9. Isaac Vinales SPA SAG Team (Kalex) 1m 42.130s [Session 3]
10. Luca Marini ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 (Kalex) 1m 42.135s [Session 3]
11. Mattia Pasini ITA Italtrans Racing Team (Kalex) 1m 42.205s [Session 1]
12. Joan Mir SPA EG 0.0 Marc VDS (Kalex) 1m 42.209s [Session 2]
13. Marcel Schrotter GER Dynavolt Intact GP (Kalex) 1m 42.261s [Session 3]
14. Simone Corsi ITA Tasca Racing Scuderia Moto2 (Kalex) 1m 42.320s [Session 3]
15. Iker Lecuona SPA Swiss Innovative Investors (KTM) 1m 42.416s [Session 3]
16. Jorge Navarro SPA Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 (Kalex) 1m 42.435s [Session 2]
17. Fabio Quartararo FRA Beta Tools Speed Up Racing (Speed Up) 1m 42.475s [Session 3]
18. Bo Bendsneyder NED Tech 3 Racing (Tech 3) 1m 42.554s [Session 3]
19. Tetsuta Nagashima JPN IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia (Kalex) 1m 42.555s [Session 3]
20. Romano Fenati ITA Marinelli Snipers Team (Kalex) 1m 42.568s [Session 2]
21. Steven Odendaal RSA NTS RW Racing GP (NTS) 1m 42.687s [Session 3]
22. Remy Gardner AUS Tech 3 Racing (Tech 3) 1m 42.712s [Session 3]
23. Danny Kent GBR Beta Tools Speed Up Racing (Speed Up) 1m 42.817s [Session 1]
24. Andrea Locatelli ITA Italtrans Racing Team (Kalex) 1m 42.954s [Session 3]
25. Dominique Aegerter SWI Kiefer Racing (KTM) 1m 43.051s [Session 3]
26. Eric Granado BRA Forward Racing Team (Suter) 1m 43.220s [Session 3]
27. Jules Danilo FRA NASHI ARGAN SAG Team (Kalex) 1m 43.701s [Session 3]
28. Federico Fuligni ITA Tasca Racing Scuderia Moto2 (Kalex) 1m 43.966s [Session 3]
29. Joe Roberts USA NTS RW Racing GP (NTS) 1m 44.019s [Session 3]
30. Stefano Manzi ITA Forward Racing Team (Suter) 1m 44.645s [Session 3]
 

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Ouch! Pretty harsh for a boss to say that about their best rider to date.

Ducati: Petrucci would be "smart" to join alternative factory

“The goal of Ducati is to keep our current official riders," Ciabatti told Motorsport.com. "We’ve made an investment with Andrea and Jorge and we have to try to renew with both of them.

“Danilo should be smart and go and find an [alternative] factory team. His programme with Pramac finishes this year and I think he’s a rider suitable for an official structure.
It's the truth really. I'm sure the like and appreciate Petrucci, but a factory seat will not be opening up in Ducati any time soon. Therefore it would be smart of Petrucci to try to get in with another factory. KTM is probably going to poach Zarco, but in the event that they don't Danillo could be their second choice.
 

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I know its just testing but Roberts doesn't look to good at the moment. His best overall time was 1m 43.721s

MotoGP: Jerez Moto2 test times - Wednesday | Results | Crash

1. Alex Marquez SPA EG 0.0 Marc VDS (Kalex) 1m 40.926s [Session 3]
2. Francesco Bagnaia ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 (Kalex) 1m 41.260s [Session 3]
3. Brad Binder RSA Red Bull KTM Ajo (KTM) 1m 41.725s [Session 3]
4. Lorenzo Baldassari ITA Pons HP40 (Kalex) 1m 41.840s [Session 2]
5. Xavi Vierge SPA Dynavolt Intact GP (Kalex) 1m 41.960s [Session 3]
6. Miguel Oliveira POR Red Bull KTM Ajo (KTM) 1m 41.982s [Session 2]
7. Hector Barbera SPA Pons HP40 (Kalex) 1m 42.083s [Session 2]
8. Sam Lowes GBR Swiss Innovative Investors (KTM) 1m 42.130s [Session 3]
9. Isaac Vinales SPA SAG Team (Kalex) 1m 42.130s [Session 3]
10. Luca Marini ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 (Kalex) 1m 42.135s [Session 3]
11. Mattia Pasini ITA Italtrans Racing Team (Kalex) 1m 42.205s [Session 1]
12. Joan Mir SPA EG 0.0 Marc VDS (Kalex) 1m 42.209s [Session 2]
13. Marcel Schrotter GER Dynavolt Intact GP (Kalex) 1m 42.261s [Session 3]
14. Simone Corsi ITA Tasca Racing Scuderia Moto2 (Kalex) 1m 42.320s [Session 3]
15. Iker Lecuona SPA Swiss Innovative Investors (KTM) 1m 42.416s [Session 3]
16. Jorge Navarro SPA Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 (Kalex) 1m 42.435s [Session 2]
17. Fabio Quartararo FRA Beta Tools Speed Up Racing (Speed Up) 1m 42.475s [Session 3]
18. Bo Bendsneyder NED Tech 3 Racing (Tech 3) 1m 42.554s [Session 3]
19. Tetsuta Nagashima JPN IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia (Kalex) 1m 42.555s [Session 3]
20. Romano Fenati ITA Marinelli Snipers Team (Kalex) 1m 42.568s [Session 2]
21. Steven Odendaal RSA NTS RW Racing GP (NTS) 1m 42.687s [Session 3]
22. Remy Gardner AUS Tech 3 Racing (Tech 3) 1m 42.712s [Session 3]
23. Danny Kent GBR Beta Tools Speed Up Racing (Speed Up) 1m 42.817s [Session 1]
24. Andrea Locatelli ITA Italtrans Racing Team (Kalex) 1m 42.954s [Session 3]
25. Dominique Aegerter SWI Kiefer Racing (KTM) 1m 43.051s [Session 3]
26. Eric Granado BRA Forward Racing Team (Suter) 1m 43.220s [Session 3]
27. Jules Danilo FRA NASHI ARGAN SAG Team (Kalex) 1m 43.701s [Session 3]
28. Federico Fuligni ITA Tasca Racing Scuderia Moto2 (Kalex) 1m 43.966s [Session 3]
29. Joe Roberts USA NTS RW Racing GP (NTS) 1m 44.019s [Session 3]
30. Stefano Manzi ITA Forward Racing Team (Suter) 1m 44.645s [Session 3]
He was 13th in valencia testing in the combined days. Which puts him in the top 50%. I don't expect he'll be getting any podiums this year, but I think he'll do ok. I bet he gets a few top 10 finishes.
 
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