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Well hello fellow fans, i dont know about you but it's been a long ass winter, can't believe we are finally HERE :banger:
With final testing complete just a week ago, its time to ROLL!!!

Lots of changes for this year, lets start with our 2015 Moto GP Rider Line Up including contracts and salaries. source was

1 Valentino Rossi (Yamaha)2 Year deal (2015-16) $10m
2 Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda)2 year deal (2015-17) $10m
3 Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) 2 years deal (2015-16) $6.5m
4 Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda) 2 year deal (2015-16)$2.5m
5 Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati) Till 2015 $1m
6 Andrea Iannone (Ducati) $500,000
7 Aleix Espargaro (Suzuki) $900,000
8 Maverick Vinales (Suzuki) $300,000
9 Alvaro Bautista (Aprilia Gresini) $900,000
10 Marco Melandri (Aprilia Gresini) $300,000
11 Scott Redding (VDS Honda) $650,000
12 Pol Espargaro (Monster Yamaha) $300,000
13 Bradley Smith (Monster Yamaha) Till 2015
14 Danilo Petrucci (Pramac)
15 Yonny Hernandez (Pramac)
16 Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) $1.5m
17 Jack Miller (LCR Honda)
18 Stefan Bradl (NGM Forward) $1m
19 Loris Baz (NGM Forward)
20 Nicky Hayden (Aspar Honda) $900,000
21 Eugene Laverty (Aspar Honda)
22 Hector Barbera (Avintia Ducati)
23 Mike di Meglio (Avintia Ducati)
24 Karel Abraham (Cardion AB)
25 Alex de Angelis (Iodaracing)

2015 MotoGP Provisional Entry List Including Number

Estrella Galicia 0, 0 Marc VDS
Scott Redding 45

Pramac Racing
Danilo Petrucci 9
Yonny Hernandez 68

Drive M7 Aspar
Nicky Hayden 69
Eugene Laverty 50

Forward Racing
Stefan Bradl 6
Loris Baz 76

Avintia Racing
Hector Barbera 8
Mike Di Meglio 63

AB Motoracing
Karel Abraham 17

Octo IodaRacing Team
Alex De Angelis 15

Repsol Honda
Marc Marquez 93
Dani Pedrosa 26

Movistar Yamaha
Valentino Rossi 46
Jorge Lorenzo 93

Ducati Team
Andrea Dovizioso 4
Andrea Iannone 29

Team Suzuki MotoGP
Aleix Espargaro 41
Mavrick Vinales 25

Aprilia Racing Team Gresini
Marco Melandri 33
Alvaro Bautista 19

Monster Yamaha Tech 3
Pol Espargaro 44
Bradley Smith 38

Cal Crutchlow 35
Jack Miller 43

About the circuit
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.

Circuit Record2008
Casey STONERDucati Marlboro Teamunknown_rider1Time1'55.153Speed168.1
Best Pole2008
Jorge LORENZOFiat Yamaha Teamunknown_rider48Time1'53.927Speed170.0

2014 Podium:

1 Marc MARQUEZ Honda SPA 362
2 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha ITA 295
3 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha SPA 263
4 Dani PEDROSA Honda SPA 246
5 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati ITA 187
6 Pol ESPARGARO Yamaha SPA 136
7 Aleix ESPARGARO Forward Yamaha SPA 126
8 Bradley SMITH Yamaha GBR 121
9 Stefan BRADL Honda GER 117
10 Andrea IANNONE Ducati ITA 102
11 Alvaro BAUTISTA Honda SPA 89
12 Scott REDDING Honda GBR 81
13 Cal CRUTCHLOW Ducati GBR 74
14 Hiroshi AOYAMA Honda JPN 68
15 Yonny HERNANDEZ Ducati COL 53
16 Nicky HAYDEN Honda USA 47
17 Karel ABRAHAM Honda CZE 33
18 Hector BARBERA Ducati SPA 26
19 Michele PIRRO Ducati ITA 18
21 Alex DE ANGELIS Forward Yamaha RSM 14
22 Colin EDWARDS Forward Yamaha USA 11
24 Michael LAVERTY PBM GBR 9
25 Mike DI MEGLIO Avintia FRA 9
26 Katsuyuki NAKASUGA Yamaha JPN 4
27 Leon CAMIER Honda GBR 1

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Who will take poll, who will take the win, and who will be 2015 Champ? Time wil tell, i just hope for a safe season for all the riders, and some good fights!! Marc will be looking to threepeat, Vale wants 1 more championship badly which would give him #10. I'm a huge MM and VR fan, that being said id love nothing more than to see Vale take it this year, even better for it to come down to the last race!! Jorge will also be anxious to get back on top. Dani, well he will have his hands full thats for sure. Then theres the Ducs, will they be on the podium, can they fight with the Rep and Yam boys?? dont know just dont know?

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After a successful debut of a new MotoGP™ slick tyre marking system in 2014, Bridgestone has introduced new colours to its tyres for 2015.
The revision to the tyre marking system has been the result of more options of slick tyre being offered by Bridgestone this season, as the Official Tyre Supplier to MotoGP™ continues to pursue development of race tyres that offer enhanced safety, durability and performance.

Alongside the four coloured markings used last year, two new slick tyre colours are added to this year’s classification scheme. A new extra-hard compound rear slick will make its debut at the Argentina round of the championship due to the severe nature of the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit, and this new development will be distinguished by a yellow stripe.

Bridgestone has continued development of its asymmetric front slick that was introduced in the closing stages of the 2014 season, and this year will offer this option at more circuits in various compound combinations. As only a maximum of one type of asymmetric front slick will be offered at a given round, these will be marked with a light blue stripe to help distinguish this option against the symmetric front slicks on offer.

Here are the colours for slick tyres in 2015:

As per last season, in 2015 two options of wet tyre will be offered at each round, and will adopt a marking system where the plain, black tyre denotes the harder option, and a white stripe will mark the softer option.

Hiroshi Yamada – Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport Department:
“The coloured tyre marking scheme we implemented last year was designed to make it easier for fans to see which tyre options we deliver at each race, and we’ve listened to the feedback from both MotoGP fans and media around the world to improve this system for this year. This revised tyre marking system not only reflects Bridgestone’s commitment to continue developing new tyres through the 2015 MotoGP season by offering more options to riders, but also helps increase the appeal of the sport by helping fans more clearly understand the importance of tyre strategy during the race weekend.”

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Times (all EST Time Zone)
Practice Thursday March 26
Moto3 FP1 11:00 - 11:40
Moto2 FP1 11:55 - 12:40
MotoGP FP1 12:55 - 13:40
Moto3 FP2 13:55 - 14:35
Moto2 FP2 14:50 - 15:35

Practice Friday March 27
MotoGP FP2 11:00 - 11:45
Moto3 FP3 12:00 - 12:40
Moto2 FP3 12:55 - 13:40
MotoGP FP3 13:55 - 14:40

Qual Saturday March 28
Moto3 QP 11:00 - 11:40
Moto2 QP 11:55 - 12:40
MotoGP FP4 12:55 - 13:25
MotoGP Q1 13:35 - 13:50
MotoGP Q2 14:00 - 14:15

Race Sunday March 29
Moto3 WUP 08:50 - 09:10
Moto2 WUP 09:25 - 09:45
MotoGP WUP 10:00 - 10:20
Moto3 RAC 11:00
Moto2 RAC 12:20
MotoGP RAC 14:00

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Repsol Honda’s reigning MotoGP™ World Champion Marc Marquez cannot wait for the 2015 season to begin in Qatar.

The Losail International Circuit in Qatar once again hosts the opening round of the MotoGP World Championship this weekend. Defending champion Marquez will be looking to stake his claim for the title, in what is only his third season in MotoGP™, after winning at the Losail International Circuit in 2014.

Marc Marquez:
"I can’t wait for the season to begin! It’s been a long Winter and then testing was cut short in Qatar last week due to rain, which was very strange, but I’m confident going into this first race. This circuit isn’t one of my favourites but it’s still fun to ride and it marks the beginning of the Championship which is great. Let’s see how the conditions are after all the rain last week. As usual it will take a few sessions of the different classes on track to clear the racing line and then we will see how the grip level is. There are a lot of fast riders on fast bikes, as we saw during testing, so this first race weekend will be interesting for sure!"

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Nice thread, lots of good information here to bring people up to speed. I didn't realize Rossi was making more than Lorenzo. Looking forward to watching Marquez drop the hammer again. Go MM go!
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