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Well the time is finally upon us, season opener is right around the corner:banger: this will be an epic season im sure of that, lots of changes took place over the last few months incl the intro of Factory 2 class, to recap

The FIM (Fédération Internationale de Motorcyclisme) and Dorna have proposed to the Grand Prix Commission the introduction of ‘Factory 2’ entries in the premier class of MotoGP™ to compliment the ‘Factory’ and ‘Open’ entries. Javier Alonso comments "The proposal would see Factory Honda and Yamaha bikes competing with a 20 litre fuel capacity limit, five engines sealed at the beginning of the season and without the Extra-Soft tyre. The Open entries have 24 litres of fuel, 12 non-sealed engines and a softer tyre option. There would then be an additional Factory 2 class as explained by Alonso.

“The proposal which has been made relates to Open entry manufacturers achieving podium results, specifically three third positions, two second places or one victory, in dry race conditions. They would then have certain limitations applied relating to the Open class (22.5 litres of fuel reduced from 24) and less engines available (the total reduced from 12 to 9),” states Alonso, Dorna Managing Director and Race Direction member."


VR46- Rossi seems eager to be back on the podium and looks to be in fine form with his new crew chief. Time will tell how things work out for him, im hoping well.

MM93- Marquez is the champ, he will no doubt have his hands full trying to repeat, this should be entertaining to watch! he looks to be good to go following his unfortunate accident and broken leg.

DP26- What can i say about Dani, this may very well be his LAST shot at a title, although some say last year was his last? can he stay healthy?

JL99- Lorenzo came within 4 points of winning the title last year, keep in mind the black flag and crash for MM, without those 2 the gap would have been sig higher, that being said the courage and straight out BALLS JL showed last season racing just after his surgery, much respect for him, he will be determined more than ever to regain his title

NH69- Nicky now back with Honda, is more than determined to prove he's still got what it takes, early testing werent quite what he was hoping for, im sure he will be battling it out this year, i wish him well

CC35- What can we expect from Cal this year? the move to Factory Ducati saw a surprise to everyone, they went OPEN, "Ducati believe the ‘Open’ option gives them more freedom for evolution during 2014 and state that they will keep developing their bikes during the championship to improve competitiveness. While in 2014 all bikes in the championship – Factory and Open - use exactly the same Magneti Marelli ECU, the ‘Open’ option also includes the use of standard software". imo its what they need to do in order to try and be a top contending team. Lots of challenges ahead for him and AD4.

SB6- Bradl has always been a fav rider of mine, this guy can race! should be interesting to see him battle it out for a pod spot

CE5- This may be Colins last year who knows? i hope not, enjoy watching him compete out there, with new team mate AEspargaro this team should make things interesting

AB19 and BS38- these guys can race, not sure if AB will be mixing it up with VR46 like he did last year but who knows? Smith has also shown he can be very fast another one to watch.

The new comers to premier class SR45, PE44 have shown us they are certainly ready to roll with the big boys, early times by Pol esp were impressive to say the least



Well enough talk, LETS GO RACING!!!
 

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2014 Team Entry List

Avintia Racing
Hector Barbera
Mike Di Meglio

Cardion AB Motoracing
Karel Abraham

Drive M7 Aspar
Hiroshi Aoyama
Nicky Hayden

Ducati Team
Andrea Dovizioso
Cal Crutchlow

GO&FUN Honda Gresini
Alvaro Bautista
Scott Redding

IodaRacing Project
Danilo Petrucci

LCR Honda
Stefan Bradl

Monster Yamaha Tech 3
Bradley Smith
Pol Espargaro

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP
Valentino Rossi
Jorge Lorenzo

NGM Forward Racing
Colin Edwards
Aleix Espargaro

Paul Bird Motorsport
Broc Parkes
Michael Laverty

Pramac Racing
Andrea Iannone
Yonny Hernandez

Repsol Honda Team
Dani Pedrosa
Marc Marquez

2014 Schedule
Updates made to 2014 Moto GP calendar

In comparison with the earlier version of the provisional 2014 calendar, the Grande Prêmio do Brasil has been removed from the schedule and the Gran Premio de Aragón has moved to the weekend of 26th-28th September
The 2014 calendar is therefore as follows:

23 Mar – Qatar* – Doha/Losail

13 Apr – Americas – Austin

27 Apr – Argentina – Termas de Rio Hondo

04 May – Spain – Jerez de la Frontera

18 May – France – Le Mans

01 Jun – Italy – Mugello

15 Jun – Catalunya – Barcelona-Catalunya

28 Jun – Netherlands** – TT Assen

13 Jul – Germany – Sachsenring

10 Aug – Indianapolis GP – Indianapolis

17 Aug – Czech Republic – Brno

31 Aug – Great Britain – Silverstone

14 Sep – San Marino & Riviera di Rimini – Marco Simoncelli Misano

28 Sep – Aragon – MotorLand Aragon

12 Oct – Japan – Motegi

19 Oct – Australia – Phillip Island

26 Oct – Malaysia – Sepang

09 Nov – Valencia – Ricardo Tormo-Valencia

* Evening Race

** Saturday Race
 

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Qatar (Losil Circuit)

Circuit info
Length: 5.380 m / 3.343 miles
Width: 12m
Left corners: 6
Right corners: 10
Longest straight: 1.068 m / 0.664 miles
Constructed: 2004

Introduction:
The fabulous Losail International Circuit lies on the outskirts of Doha, the capital city of Qatar. Built in little over a year, the track cost $58 million USD and required round-the-clock dedication from almost 1,000 workers in order to get it ready for the inaugural event - the Marlboro Grand Prix of Qatar on the 2nd October 2004.
The track itself is a flowing layout of 5.4 kilometres, surrounded by artificial grass designed to prevent sand from the neighbouring desert from blowing onto the circuit. The main straight is over a kilometre in length and there is a good mix of medium and high-speed corners, including a couple of quick left-handers which has proved particularly popular with the riders.
In 2008 Qatar celebrated the first night time Grand Prix in history, following the construction of permanent outdoor lighting. The switch to night time racing was a success and has continued to be so, with the Qatar event now established as one of the most spectacular on the MotoGP calendar.

Records
Fastest Lap 2008 Jorge LORENZO (SPA) Yamaha 1'53.927 170.0 km/h
Circuit Record 2008 Casey STONER (AUS) Ducati 1'55.153 168.1 km/h
Best Pole 2008 Jorge LORENZO (SPA) Yamaha 1'53.927 170.0 km/h
Top Speed 2012 Hector BARBERA (SPA) Ducati 342.3 km/h




 

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A family affair in the premier class

Aleix and Pol Espargaro will be racing in MotoGP™ in 2014, but they will not be the first brothers to line up on the same premier class grid.

There are a number of milestones with respect to brothers racing together in the premier-class - which the Espargaros can measure themselves against:

- The last time that two brothers competed together in a MotoGP race was at the USA GP in 2010 at Laguna Seca, with Nicky Hayden on the factory Ducati and Roger Lee Hayden riding as a replacement for Randy de Puniet on the LCR Honda. Both riders scored points: Nicky finishing 5th and Roger Lee 11th.

- The last time that brothers were on the full-time entry list for the MotoGP class was in 2004, when Kenny Roberts was riding the Suzuki and Kurtis Roberts was on the Proton KR.

- In addition to the Roberts brothers in 2004, other sets of brothers have competed together full-time in the premier-class in the same season; Nobuatsu and Takuma Aoki in 1997, Nobuatsu and Haruchika Aoki in 1999, Bernard and Marc Garcia (1994 & 95), Dominique and Christian Sarron (1989).

- The last time that brothers finished together on the podium in the premier-class was at the Imola Grand Prix in 1997, when Nobuatsu Aoki finished second and Takuma Aoki finished third.

- The only other occasion that brothers have finished together on the podium in the premier-class was at the Argentine GP of 1962, when Juan Salatino finished second and Eduardo was third.
 

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Can't help you on Dish's schedule, but here are the times for practices, qualifying, and races.

All times are US/Eastern:
Thursday, 20 March 2014
Moto3FP1
11:00 - 11:40
Moto2FP1
11:55 - 12:40
MotoGPFP1
12:55 - 13:40
Moto3FP2
13:55 - 14:35
Moto2FP2
14:50 - 15:35

Friday, 21 March 2014
MotoGPFP2
11:00 - 11:45
Moto3FP3
12:00 - 12:40
Moto2FP3
12:55 - 13:40
MotoGPFP3
13:55 - 14:40

Saturday, 22 March 2014
Moto3QP
11:00 - 11:40
Moto2QP
11:55 - 12:40
MotoGPFP4
12:55 - 13:25
MotoGPQ1
13:35 - 13:50
MotoGPQ2
14:00 - 14:15

Sunday, 23 March 2014
Moto3WUP
09:50 - 10:10
Moto2WUP
10:25 - 10:45
MotoGPWUP
11:00 - 11:20
Moto3RAC
12:00
Moto2RAC
13:20
MotoGPRAC
15:00
 

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I don't know if they got a deal with FS1 or not. It may not be broadcast this year in the US.


**EDIT***
Just looked and FS1 does have a deal with Dorna. Check CH150 on Dish, as that appears to be what used to be Speed.
 
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