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What a circus of events we saw in Argentina, Tire drama at it's finest..
Very close call for Scott Redding! glad he was ok, could have been much worse! Marc looking very strong esp on his second bike, the Ducs both going down wow just wow... Vale and Dani lucky to get on the podium, will we see another MM vs VR battle? Jorge will be strong i'm sure esp after zero points.. No doubt Marc is a fav here, the guy hasn't lost at this track ever lol. Love the back to back races, should be good!!!

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The Circuit Of The Americas is the first purpose-built Grand Prix facility in the U.S. near Austin, Texas, with a 5.513km track and a capacity for 120,000 fans. Construction of the impressive 1000-acre facility was completed late in 2012, with MotoGP lining up at the track for the first time in 2013. One of its more distinctive features is near 41m-elevation change with an impressive incline at the end of the home-straight followed by a sharp left. The circuit is one of the most varied on the GP circuit, with a mix of fast straights and tight hairpins, with most sections mirroring at least some part of a famous track around the world. It was designed by well-known German architect and circuit designer Hermann Tilke. The driving direction is counter clockwise and has a total of 20 corners with 9 right turns and 11 left turns.

2015 Podium: MM,AD,VR

Circuit Records
Fastest Lap 2015 Marc MARQUEZ 2'02.135
Circuit Record 2014 Marc MARQUEZ 2'03.575
Best Pole 2015 Marc MARQUEZ 2'02.135
Top Speed 2015 Hiroshi AOYAMA
AB Motoracing Speed 344.2

Current Points
1 Marc MARQUEZ Honda SPA 41
2 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha ITA 33
3 Dani PEDROSA Honda SPA 27
4 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha SPA 25
5 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati ITA 23
6 Pol ESPARGARO Yamaha SPA 19
7 Hector BARBERA Ducati SPA 18
8 Eugene LAVERTY Ducati IRL 17
9 Bradley SMITH Yamaha GBR 16
10 Maverick VIÑALES Suzuki SPA 10
11 Aleix ESPARGARO Suzuki SPA 10
12 Alvaro BAUTISTA Aprilia SPA 9
13 Stefan BRADL Aprilia GER 9
14 Tito RABAT Honda SPA 8
15 Scott REDDING Ducati GBR 6
16 Michele PIRRO Ducati ITA 4
17 Jack MILLER Honda AUS 2
18 Andrea IANNONE ITA
19 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR
20 Loris BAZ FRA
21 Yonny HERNANDEZ COL


 

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Schedule , All Times are Eastern Standard Time

Press Conf Thurs Apr 7 1300
Practice , Friday Apr 8

1000-1040 Moto 3 FP1
1055-1140 Moto GP FP1
1155-1240 Moto 2 FP1
1410-1450 Moto 3 FP2
1505-1550 Moto GP FP2
1605-1650 Moto 2 FP2

Practice/Qual , Sat Apr 9
1000-1040 Moto 3 FP3
1055-1140 Moto GP FP3
1155-1240 Moto 2 FP3
1335-1415 Moto 3 QP
1430-1500 Moto GP FP4
1510-1525 Moto GP Q1
1535-1550 Moto GP Q2
1605-1650 Moto 2 QP

Sun Apr 10 RACE
0940-1000 Moto 3 WUP
1010-1030 Moto 2 WUP
1040-1100 Moto GP WUP
1200 Moto 3 RACE
1320 Moto 2 RACE
1500 Moto GP RACE
 

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MotoGP: Ducati: No secret Marquez, Lorenzo out of contract… 5 April 2016
“Everyone is talking like we have already made our decision and signed a contract but this is not the case” – Paolo Ciabatti, Ducati.
Rumours that MotoGP world champion Jorge Lorenzo could move from Yamaha to Ducati next season ramped up a level in Argentina.

Indeed, some say a deal has already been done.

But speaking in the paddock on Sunday evening, Ducati Corse Sporting Director Paolo Ciabatti insisted it was too early to decide on the team's 2017 riders - while admitting 'everyone is talking' and pointing out that Lorenzo is not the only MotoGP champion still available...

“We make no secret about knowing that both Marquez and Lorenzo have contracts that expire at the end of this season,” Ciabatti stated. “We have been looking into the possibilities and talking to our riders. Other teams are also talking to our riders. It's quite normal at the moment. Obviously we wouldn't be doing our job properly if we didn't look into the possibilities.

“This doesn't mean there is any contract signed. Everyone is talking like we have already made our decision and signed a contract but this is not the case. It's still a little early. Not early to discuss, but early to decide. We are not in a super hurry. It's only the second race. Let's say that exploring the possibilities.”

Andrea Dovizioso and Andrea Iannone have formed the Ducati line-up for the past two seasons, each claiming podiums and poles although the factory's win drought dating back to 2010 continues.

Ducati were on the verge of a double podium in Sunday's race, only for Iannone to fall while trying to snatch second from his team-mate at the penultimate turn, wiping them both out.

“We are happy with the performance of our two riders even if we would like them not to try too hard if there is not at least a clear possibility to pass,” Ciabatti said.

Dovizioso has said his future will be decided by results, while Iannone is rumoured to have received an offer from Suzuki.

Lorenzo already has an offer on the table to stay at Yamaha but, unlike team-mate Valentino Rossi, is yet to accept.

Suzuki's Maverick Vinales is thought to be Yamaha's main target should Lorenzo leave. Repsol Honda are also likely to be interested in the impressive young Spaniard, who fell from a podium place late in Sunday's race..
 

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MotoGP Americas: Marquez out to defend perfect record in USA 5 April 2016
'It's a track that I like, where I feel strong, and where I've always had good races and good fun' - Marc Marquez.


Marc Marquez is aiming to maintain his unblemished MotoGP record in America as the Repsol Honda rider bids for a fourth successive premier class win in Austin, Texas this weekend.

Marquez was victorious in the incident-strewn Argentina round and moved to the top of the championship standings ahead of Yamaha's Valentino Rossi and has an excellent chance to enhance his position on Sunday at the Circuit of the Americas, where he has scaled the top step each year since 2013.

The 23-year-old has also started all three races in Texas from pole and is unbeaten on America soil since he moved up to MotoGP, clinching three victories at Indianapolis and one at Laguna Seca.

However, Marquez has sounded a note of caution as he weighs up his prospects, pointing out that his current lack of acceleration with the factory RC213V could prove a significant disadvantage this weekend.

“We'll see how we manage in Austin this year. It's a track that I like, where I feel strong, and where I've always had good races and good fun,” he said.

“That said, the track rewards strong acceleration, which hasn't been one of our strongest points so far this year, so we'll have to wait and see how we can manage the situation.

“We'll keep working hard, as we did in Argentina, and we'll try to find the best pace for the Sunday race.”
 

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if you look very very closely in the first post, the birds eye view pic, you can see TheX's shiny head :poke: :crackup:

hopefully these stupid tire problems, and bike problems go away so we can get some awesome racing from start to end!!!
 

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Would love see Vin and Dovi on the podium, felt so bad for both of them ,,


MotoGP Argentina: 'I was going to finish 2nd' - heartbreak for Vinales
6 April 2016

"We were doing an incredible race. I was riding the bike over the limit in all the corners" - Maverick Vinales.

Through all the tears and emotion, Maverick Viñales came to reflect that, despite missing out on his debut podium in the class, he had finally ridden a MotoGP machine to its full potential during the Grand Prix of Argentina.

The 21-year was in inspired form on Sunday, catching and passing Valentino Rossi to sit second in the closing laps, a debut podium and Suzuki's first since 2008 within his grasp.

That was until Viñales hit a wet patch at turn one – also the scene of Jorge Lorenzo, Aleix Espargaro and Cal Crutchlow's crashes – three laps from the flag. “I take the wet part with the brake,” he explained, “as I was pushing to get away from Valentino.”

Although initially devastated by the incident – cameras caught Suzuki team members consoling the emotional Catalan as he returned to the garage – Viñales was pleased to prove that he is now ready and capable of running at the front among MotoGP's finest.

“For sure I'm disappointed in one way because the podium was mine,” said Viñales. “I was going to finish second. But I'm really happy because we showed to everyone which potential we have. Also we show that in Qatar we got one tyre that was not really good. We couldn't be on the podium.

“Anyway, we did a really good job. Into the top six for us was perfect. We were doing an incredible race. I was riding the bike over the limit in all the corners. I was doing my best and I am really satisfied that I could take out all my potential on the bike because in the 19 races [before] it was impossible.”

Viñales had been perplexed by not having the speed to remain with the race leaders in Qatar but now feels an issue with his tyre may have been the issue.

Looking ahead to Austin, the scene of his debut Moto2 triumph, the Suzuki rider believes he can continue to show strongly at the front of the class.

“I think in Qatar it was the tyre because [here] we were able to make the step. What I'm happy about in Argentina is that we didn't test and we had enough strategies to be there.

“I'm really positive for Austin. I think Austin is a really good track for me. With my riding style it has always been really good. We will take profit. We need to keep calm and continue of working like this.”

Vinales is tipped as Yamaha's main target should Jorge Lorenzo depart for Ducati next season.
 

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Lorenzo on edge of move ...... looks more and more like a done deal with 99.. announcement likely after COTA - Pre Jerez
British weekly newspaper, MCN, have written revealed details about Jorge Lorenzo’s rumoured move to Ducati. While they say there is no official deal signed, it’s a “verbally done deal and there will be an official announcement of the tie up between the three-time MotoGP champion and the Italian manufacturer when the championship returns to Europe’. MCN are not the first to speculate about a move by Lorenzo, Giacomo Agostini discussed details of the move in late March.

Paolo Ciabatti, Ducati’s Sporting Director, is quoted in the article as having said “We’ve made no secret about it – we know both Marquez and Lorenzo have contracts are expiring at the end of the season. We’ve been talking to the riders.”

When asked about his future plans during the pre-race press conference, Lorenzo remained cagey on his plans, “I want to keep it private with my people and make a decision in the coming weeks.”
 

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A Rossi / Vinales team would be fantastic.

Lorenzo on Ducati would be fun to watch. The excuses would be endless :)
 

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Press Conf just ended, nothing new to the awkwardness with the press questions... basically they asked Jorge about Ducati he said nothing, they asked Vale about their relationship and Ducati again nothing, they even asked Vale why he said "it takes balls to ride the Duc etc etc" again nothing to say ... David had good questions as usual, one to Vale about tires the other to Laverty about software comparisons...
 

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Two rounds of the MotoGP™ have produced five different podium finishers, now the Championship arrives in Austin where Marquez has never lost

"After an exciting two part race in Argentina, the MotoGP™ World Championship arrives in Austin for the first back-to-back races of 2016. There’s no rest for the best in the world as they prepare for round three of the 2016 season. Argentina race winner and championship leader Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) was joined in the pre-race press conference by Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) and Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) who are both looking to turn their fortunes around in Austin, a track they’ve classically had troubles at. Andrea Iannone (Ducati Team) and Maverick Viñales (Team Suzuki Ecstar) both arrive in Austin looking to make up for their DNFs in Argentina whereas Eugene Laverty (Aspar Team MotoGP) is eager to carry on as in Argentina.

Marc Marquez leads the championship with 41 points and arrives at one of his favourite tracks on the calendar. On each of his three visits to the Circuit of The Americas, Marquez has won from pole position: “Yeah Austin is a circuit that in the past has been really good for me. We’ll see this year, honestly the other years we arrived here with a really strong feeling. The feeling is really good now on the bike but here we have many accelerations and at the moment it’s where we lose the most. We’re trying to find the best way to improve the acceleration. Honda and my team are working a lot so I believe that step by step we will improve in that point and I’m really happy to be here. It looks like the US is a good country for me!”

Few expected neither Marquez nor Repsol Honda to be leading the championship after their troubled pre-season and difficult start to the Qatar GP. But hard work has seen Marquez as the only rider able to finish on the podium in both races: “The pre-season has been really really hard. The feeling wasn’t there and we were losing a lot and in the positions we were far from the top guys. In Qatar in FP1 we were eighth or ninth I don’t remember. But always we believe in our potential and we worked hard to find a good base, it looks like that base was working in Argentina. I hope that it will work here so we will see.”

Argentina saw Valentino Rossi take to the second step of the podium for the 50th time in the premier class, highlighting his long and proud career in MotoGP™. Free Practice 1 in Austin will also mark exactly 15 years since Rossi won the opening race of the 2001 500cc championship: “In Qatar, was a quite good race but I arrived just fourth. In Argentina was a difficult race for everyone, especially because there are a lot of problems with the rear tyre during the weekend and they decided to make the race in two parts. I feel very good on the first part but unfortunately with the second bike I wasn’t strong enough and I was lucky to arrive on the podium.”

Tyres will as ever play a major role in the weekend and Rossi is waiting for Friday to determine if the new Michelins will solve his historic front end problems at the track: “This track is very difficult, so long and so technical and you have all different things from the beginning to the end In the last years it wasn’t the best track for us. Usually we suffered a lot with the front here but now we have to understand if we’ll have the same problem with these tyres. We have to try to be ready and see what happens during practice.”

Jorge Lorenzo suffered his first DNF since the 2015 San Marino GP in Argentina, his opening two rounds of the season offering the highest of highs in Qatar and the lowest of lows in Argentina. The Majorcan now arrives at COTA looking to make up lost ground: “For sure normally I’m a quite safe rider. Obviously in Argentina the conditions of the track were really complicated for everyone but some of them stayed on their bike and I made a mistake. I didn’t feel great on the bike in the first laps and I lost a lot of meters with the first group and instead of having patience to improve the feeling little by little and wait for the second bike, maybe I could have been faster on the second bike. I just pushed too much in this first corner, which had a lot of wet patches and I crashed. Nobody is perfect and I made this mistake and I try to learn from it in the future. I try to forget this race and I think we have a good potential in normal conditions with normal tarmac and normal conditions.”

As was the case in the previous two rounds, Lorenzo’s future was a hot topic of conversation but he remained as tight lipped as ever: “I cannot tell you anything more than in Argentina. When my decision is made in the future you will all know.”

It was a thrilling weekend for Eugene Laverty who achieved his best ever MotoGP™ finish with a stellar fourth place. The Irishman is in the midst of an intense battle to secure the spot of top Independent Team rider in the standing, currently eighth overall and three points shy of Pol Espargaro (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) in sixth: “Yeah, it was a bit of a crazy race let’s say. When we started 17th on the grid I didn’t expect to end up fourth, not even at the start of the race nor at the start of the last lap when I was in eighth place. I crossed the line and I had no idea where I was, it wasn’t until I rounded Turn 1 and I looked up on the tower and saw ‘Lav’ next to P4 that was a great moment!”

Much like Marquez, Laverty and his team struggled throughout pre-season testing, crashes and injuries limiting his progress significantly: “It was one of the roughest pre-seasons I’ve had. I finished the last test in hospital and I came back and Day 1, then the throttle stuck. I though OK ‘I’ve survived that’ and then an hour later the brakes didn’t work so it was really a crazy period and I wondered when my lucky was gonna change and finally I was in the right place at the right time. It looks like the luck of the Irish has worked out this time!”



Despite also crashing out of the race, there was no regret for Maverick Viñales. The young Suzuki rider proved to both himself and the world that he has podium potential: “For sure it was disappointing as I was there. I had the podium in my hand and I made a mistake and I can’t accept that I made this mistake when I had the podium there. Always it would have been great to bring Suzuki to the podium because it has been a lot of years that the bike isn’t at the top. But anyway, I feel confident that I can try to do it again. For sure I learned a lot. When I was riding behind Vale, Iannone and Dovi I learned a lot what our bike needs so for sure it will be helpful.”

Austin has always been a special track for Viñales who took his first Moto2™win at the track: “For sure, always when I come to Austin it’s a really good track. I like it a lot; it’s one of the special tracks for me where I can use my riding style better. Last year was difficult, it was only the second race of the first year in MotoGP and the bike still wasn’t like now. I’m quite confident for this Grand Prix and for sure we will work hard and for sure we’ll try to repeat as we were doing in Argentina.”

The Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas offers a chance of redemption for Andrea Iannone too, the Italian having ended the race in Argentina with an overly ambitious pass on his teammate. Due to the move, Race Direction awarded him a three-place grid penalty for Austin and a penalty point: “Yes, it’s a very bad start to the season. The first race was so bad it’s incredible. I think the best way is to look forward and focus at 100% to improve the situation. It’s very important for us after the second race as it’s my mistake and it’s difficult because it’s my teammate and we went down. It’s difficult for me especially. But OK.”

He also explained the incident in more depth, revealing that he was not attempting to overtake his teammate: “For me it’s very important to stay on the podium and I had the position and after the first race this would have been really good. But I know I had Vale on the rear and I thought Vale would try to pass me on the last corner so I tried to stay more inside on the corner but I touched the dirty part of the track so it’s difficult because I closed the front then I crashed. Unfortunately also Dovi. A very difficult moment for us but for sure we want to improve."
 

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I was planning to go to COTA, but I had to make a choice between MotoGP or going to Chicago to see David Gilmour. Since I'm an old fart and a guitar player, I chose Gilmour, but next year, I'll be in Austin for sure.
 

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I was planning to go to COTA, but I had to make a choice between MotoGP or going to Chicago to see David Gilmour. Since I'm an old fart and a guitar player, I chose Gilmour, but next year, I'll be in Austin for sure.
I've seen Floyd 11 times since '73.
 

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I've seen Floyd 11 times since '73.
My very first concert was Pink Floyd's The Wall in 1980, in LA. It has been the measuring stick for every concert I've been to since then. I hate missing MotoGP, but they'll be back next year. Probably can't say the same for Gilmour.
 

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Haha nice

I was planning to go this year but unfortunately can't anymore. It's too bad no more Indy as it's a lot closer for me. Maybe next year. Whoever's going take some good pics!
 
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