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SOOOO Excited:rocker: Testing @ Qatar currently underway, MM93 leading with about 2.5hrs left. Just wanted to let everyone know I will be starting my usual Race threads very soon. Ducs and Suzuki looking good. I dont know about you guys, but thx god racing is back:thumbup::bigclap: 1st Race (Qatar) is March 29th under the lights of course
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1 93 M. MARQUEZ 1:55.554
2 29 A. IANNONE +0.224
3 4 A. DOVIZIOSO +0.344
4 41 A. ESPARGARO +0.344
5 99 J. LORENZO +0.495
6 26 D. PEDROSA +0.722
7 25 M. VIÑALES +0.762
8 68 Y. HERNANDEZ +1.114
9 63 M. DI MEGLIO +1.165
10 9 D. PETRUCCI +1.225
 

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Can't wait! Although, I don't have cable so I've gotta figure out a way to watch the races.
 

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Hey Gio, where do you typically stream from? I've never been successful in finding a reliable source.
 

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Let's go Team Midget! I really hope he rides the wheels of the Repsol and gets a title before he retires.
 

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You gotta wonder what Pedrosa knows that's allowing him to stay on the team...like who did he walk in on banging the boss???


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1hr 20 to go
1 29 A. IANNONE 1:55.265
2 4 A. DOVIZIOSO +0.098
3 93 M. MARQUEZ +0.289
4 41 A. ESPARGARO +0.433
5 35 C. CRUTCHLOW +0.572
6 99 J. LORENZO +0.639
7 46 V. ROSSI +0.673
8 45 S. REDDING +0.847
9 26 D. PEDROSA +0.950
10 38 B. SMITH +1.000
 

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Marquez brothers both riding Repsol would be amazing publicity for the sport...although so would a rivalry between them on different bikes.


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You gotta wonder what Pedrosa knows that's allowing him to stay on the team...like who did he walk in on banging the boss???


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To be honest, he's always been in the top 4. Never the first in points at the end of the year but he's much better than a lot of people give him credit for. If he can get his act together to have decent starts and be in the top 3 after the first lap, he may have a better chance at finishing with more wins this year.

Marquez brothers both riding Repsol would be amazing publicity for the sport...although so would a rivalry between them on different bikes.


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Either way would be awesome. IIRC, both of the Marquez brothers have been sponsored by Repsol their entire career in all of the GP classes. I don't see a reason why that would change unless another factory team decides to throw absurd amount of money at either of the Marquez brothers.
 

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To be honest, he's always been in the top 4. Never the first in points at the end of the year but he's much better than a lot of people give him credit for. If he can get his act together to have decent starts and be in the top 3 after the first lap, he may have a better chance at finishing with more wins this year.



Either way would be awesome. IIRC, both of the Marquez brothers have been sponsored by Repsol their entire career in all of the GP classes. I don't see a reason why that would change unless another factory team decides to throw absurd amount of money at either of the Marquez brothers.

Completely agree with everything, Dani needs to get his stuff together and get more aggressive. I don't see any reason why both brothers won't be on Repsol either, highly doubt that any other factory will give them that much money.


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The factory Ducati Team dominated proceedings under the floodlights of the first day of the final preseason test at Qatar.
With most teams waiting until at least 6pm before heading out on track an effort to wait for the conditions to be more reflective of when they will race here in two weeks time, it took a while for the action to heat up at the 5.4 km circuit.

Ducati said they were bringing a significant update to Qatar, and the GP15 seemed to like the Losail circuit, as Factory riders Andrea Iannone and Andrea Dovizioso led the way from early on. Iannone topping the timesheet’s with a 1’55.265, 0.7s off Lorenzo’s pole time from 2015, after being one of the most active riders of the day completing a total of 50 laps. His teammate Dovizioso was less than a tenth of a second behind in 2nd, making it a one-two for the Italian manufacturer.

Even the Repsol Honda of Marc Marquez could not match the pace of the Ducati’s as he ended the day in 3rd (+0.289s), with teammate Dani Pedrosa putting in a late flying lap to finish in fifth as he tried out some different front fork settings on his RC213V.

Team Suzuki Ecstar would have been encouraged by the competitive of Aleix Espargaro who finished 4th fastest (+0.433) as they will look to test some updates to the GSX-RR tomorrow. His teammate Maverick Viñales was a further 0.4s back in 11th having ended the days testing early after damaging both of his bikes in crashes, luckily without injury.

For the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team it was a case of continuing to develop their seamless shift gearbox having officially announced they will use it during the season. Jorge Lorenzo finished in 6th (+0.563s) just one-tenth ahead of teammate Valentino Rossi in 8th, with the 9 times World Champion the first rider to crash earlier on in the day, managing to walk away unhurt.

Sandwiched between them on the timesheet’s was Cal Crutchlow on the CWM-LCR Honda. The British rider made a big leap forward throughout the day, setting a 1’55.837 as he continued to try and solve the brake issue that was bothering him at the second Sepang test. His teammate Miller is making progress on his Open spec Honda and was less than 2 seconds slower than Iannone back in 19th place.

Monster Yamaha Tech 3 team’s Bradley Smith finished just 1 hundredth of a second behind Rossi in 9th while Pol Espargaro could not match his teammate’s pace and finished in 14th as he was another rider to complete 50 laps around the Losail track.

Scott Redding made seemingly made some big advances throughout the day as he managed to finish less than a second off the leaders, completing the top ten in the process on his Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Racing Team Honda.

Yonny Hernandez continued his encouraging return from his shoulder injury for Pramac Racing, showing good pace to finish in 13th, just under two-tenths behind his teammate Danilo Petrucci in 12th on the Factory class Ducati’s.

Karel Abraham was the leading Open class rider in 15th for his AB Motoracing team, just ahead of the Avintia Racing Ducati of Mike De Meglio.

Drive M7 Aspar Team’s Nicky Hayden finished in 17th place, 0.4 seconds ahead of rookie teammate Eugene Laverty in 22nd, as they looked to try and find a good base setup on their Open spec Honda’s.

Athiná Forward Racing brought a new fairing to Qatar in their bid to win the Open title this year with riders Loris Baz and Stefan Bradl 18th and 20th on the timesheet’s respectively.

Hector Barbera on the other Avintia Racing Ducati was in 21st place, with Alex De Angelis on the Octo Ioda Open ART machine finishing ahead of the factory Aprilia Racing Team Gresini RS-GP’s of Alvaro Bautista and Marco Melandri.

Testing resumes tomorrow at 16:00 local time, click here for the full results from day one.
 

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Sessin 2 (yesterday) combined times below. Session 3 (today) was cancelled (Rain) they will not run the bkes on a wet track under the lights, as you get the "mirror" effect ie cant see the track

1. = Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP15) 1m 54.907s [Lap 33/38]
2. = Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 55.091s +0.184s [27/54]
3. = Andrea Iannone ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP15) 1m 55.104s +0.197s [16/46]
4. = Jorge Lorenzo ESP Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 55.500s +0.593s [15/51]
5. ˄ Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 55.581s +0.674s [50/61]
6. ˅ Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 55.582s +0.675s [22/40]
7. ˄ Cal Crutchlow GBR CWM LCR Honda (RC213V) 1m 55.624s +0.717s [40/42]
8. ˅ Bradley Smith GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m 55.648s +0.741s [13/49]
9. ˅ Pol Espargaro ESP Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m 55.658s +0.751s [29/46]
10. ˅ Karel Abraham CZE Cardion AB Motoracing (RC213V-RS) 1m 55.765s +0.858s [38/41]
11. ˅ Yonny Hernandez COL Pramac Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2) 1m 55.772s +0.865s [13/33]
12. ˅ Aleix Espargaro ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 1m 55.795s +0.888s [22/33]
13. ˅ Scott Redding GBR Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 1m 55.803s +0.896s [50/60]
14. ˅ Maverick Viñales ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)* 1m 55.810s +0.903s [31/42]
15. = Hector Barbera ESP Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14 Open) 1m 56.058s +1.151s [20/50]
16. = Nicky Hayden USA Drive M7 Aspar (RC213V-RS) 1m 56.104s +1.197s [40/44]
17. ˄ Mike Di Meglio FRA Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14 Open) 1m 56.259s +1.352s [40/53]
18. ˅ Eugene Laverty IRL Drive M7 Aspar Honda (RC213V-RS)* 1m 56.342s +1.435s [25/54]
19. = Michele Pirro ITA Ducati Test Rider (Desmosedici) 1m 56.476s +1.569s [30/32]
20. = Stefan Bradl GER Athina Forward Racing (Forward Yamaha) 1m 56.724s +1.817s [4/17]
21. ˄ Jack Miller AUS CWM LCR Honda (RC213V-RS)* 1m 56.758s +1.851s [47/50]
22. ˅ Danilo Petrucci ITA Pramac Racing (Desmosedici GP14.1) 1m 56.762s +1.855s [9/32]
23. = Loris Baz FRA Athina Forward Racing (Forward Yamaha)* 1m 56.936s +2.029s [8/40]
24. = Alvaro Bautista ESP Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 57.273s +2.366s [36/46]
25. = Alex De Angelis RSM Octo IodaRacing (ART) 1m 57.390s +2.483s [25/45]
26. = Marco Melandri ITA Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 57.982s +3.075s [14/23]
 
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