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Moto GP 2014 Round 1 Qatar ***SPOILER***

Well the time is finally upon us, season opener is right around the corner 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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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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Who do you think will take it this year?? lets hear those wagers ;)
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I will take the same order but flip MM and JL :)
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Moto GP World Champion MM93 with his trophy lol, really is a nice trophy love the idea of pieces fitting together, love it
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Moto GP World Champion MM93 with his trophy lol, really is a nice trophy love the idea of pieces fitting together, love it
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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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Anybody know what channel on dish network this will be air on? Also a schedule of start times? Thanks

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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.


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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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Fox Sports 1 is showing live MotoGP coverage of Qatar, starting at 2:30 Eastern (race starts at 3pm Eastern).
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Since I prefer to make predictions after qualifying we might as well get in the predictions of who you think will be the top 3 in the championship at the end of the season.

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:) i think Vale will be all out this year, but he'll have his hands full with MM and JL big time!! MM may very well repeat who knows? We can never predict injuries, wish we could; they will again play a huge role in the standings imo
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Marquez: ‘I don’t expect to be at 100% in Qatar’


As he begins the defence of his MotoGP™ title, still continuing the recovery from his broken leg, the youngest ever premier class World Champion Marc Marquez acknowledges he is unlikely to be 100% fit in Qatar.

Preseason preparations were complicated for Marquez when he broke his right fibula during a dirt track training session in Spain in February, meaning he missed two crucial MotoGP™ tests ahead of his second campaign at the top level. Previously he had headed the timesheets on all three days of MotoGP’s first 2014 test in Sepang.

The 21 year-old has been working diligently since his injury, undertaking specific rehabilitation and physiotherapy, but his level of competitiveness for round once in Qatar will only become clear once he gets back on his Honda RC213V.

“Obviously it was very disappointing for me to miss two tests but the good news is that I’m getting better and the bone is mending,” Marquez comments. “I’ve been exercising more, so I’ll have to see how I am in Qatar - I don’t expect to be 100%, but I will try my hardest.”

“The important thing is to take some valuable points and then get up to 100% by round two in Austin. Arriving in Qatar as World Champion is something new to me - to defend the title - and I know that from the first session the eyes of the world will be on us. Taking my first MotoGP podium here last year was special and I have good memories.”

Indeed Marquez has featured the Qatar podium in all three classes, a third in MotoGP (2013), a win in Moto2 (2012) and another third place in 125cc (2010).

His teammate Dani Pedrosa has had a more straightforward preseason. “It’s been pretty positive and we completed a lot of laps in both Sepang and Phillip Island,” states Pedrosa. “We’ve made a lot of progress but as always there is room to improve. Since we finished in Australia, I’ve been concentrating on my fitness and focusing on the start of the season, my days are pretty hectic with the various training regimes.”

“The race weekend in Qatar is quite long - as it stretches over four days - and the grip level is always quite low the first practice. Now I’m looking forward to the start of the Championship.”
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Grand Prix Commission decision on updated regulations

The Grand Prix Commission, composed of Messrs. Carmelo Ezpeleta (Dorna, Chairman), Ignacio Verneda (FIM Executive Director, Sport), Herve Poncharal (IRTA) and Takanao Tsubouchi (MSMA), in a meeting held on 18th March 2014 in Qatar, unanimously approved the following matters concerning the MotoGP class.
1. The Championship ECU and software will be mandatory for all entries with effect from 2016.

All current and prospective participants in the MotoGP class will collaborate to assist with the design and development of the Championship ECU software.

During the development of the software a closed user web site will be set up to enable participants to monitor software development and to input their suggested modifications.

2. With immediate effect, a Manufacturer with entries under the factory option who has not achieved a win in dry conditions in the previous year, or new Manufacturer entering the Championship, is entitled to use 12 engines per rider per season (no design freezing), 24 litres of fuel and the same tyres allocation and testing opportunities as the Open category. This concession is valid until the start of the 2016 season.

3. The above concessions will be reduced under the following circumstances:

Should any rider, or combination of riders nominated by the same Manufacturer, participating under the conditions of described in clause 2 above, achieve a race win, two second places or three podium places in dry conditions during the 2014 season then for that Manufacturer the fuel tank capacity will be reduced to 22 litres. Furthermore, should the same Manufacturer achieve three race wins in the 2014 season the manufacturer would also lose the right to use the soft tyres available to Open category entries.

In each case the reduced concessions will apply to the remaining events of the 2014 season and the whole of the 2015 season.
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Grand Prix Commission decision on updated regulations

The Grand Prix Commission, composed of Messrs. Carmelo Ezpeleta (Dorna, Chairman), Ignacio Verneda (FIM Executive Director, Sport), Herve Poncharal (IRTA) and Takanao Tsubouchi (MSMA), in a meeting held on 18th March 2014 in Qatar, unanimously approved the following matters concerning the MotoGP class.
1. The Championship ECU and software will be mandatory for all entries with effect from 2016.

All current and prospective participants in the MotoGP class will collaborate to assist with the design and development of the Championship ECU software.

During the development of the software a closed user web site will be set up to enable participants to monitor software development and to input their suggested modifications.

2. With immediate effect, a Manufacturer with entries under the factory option who has not achieved a win in dry conditions in the previous year, or new Manufacturer entering the Championship, is entitled to use 12 engines per rider per season (no design freezing), 24 litres of fuel and the same tyres allocation and testing opportunities as the Open category. This concession is valid until the start of the 2016 season.

3. The above concessions will be reduced under the following circumstances:

Should any rider, or combination of riders nominated by the same Manufacturer, participating under the conditions of described in clause 2 above, achieve a race win, two second places or three podium places in dry conditions during the 2014 season then for that Manufacturer the fuel tank capacity will be reduced to 22 litres. Furthermore, should the same Manufacturer achieve three race wins in the 2014 season the manufacturer would also lose the right to use the soft tyres available to Open category entries.

In each case the reduced concessions will apply to the remaining events of the 2014 season and the whole of the 2015 season.

This somewhat fixes the Ducati farce, while quieting down all the people saying a standard ECU isn't going to be forced until 2017.


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Grand Prix Commission decision on updated regulations

The Grand Prix Commission, composed of Messrs. Carmelo Ezpeleta (Dorna, Chairman), Ignacio Verneda (FIM Executive Director, Sport), Herve Poncharal (IRTA) and Takanao Tsubouchi (MSMA), in a meeting held on 18th March 2014 in Qatar, unanimously approved the following matters concerning the MotoGP class.
1. The Championship ECU and software will be mandatory for all entries with effect from 2016.

All current and prospective participants in the MotoGP class will collaborate to assist with the design and development of the Championship ECU software.

During the development of the software a closed user web site will be set up to enable participants to monitor software development and to input their suggested modifications.

2. With immediate effect, a Manufacturer with entries under the factory option who has not achieved a win in dry conditions in the previous year, or new Manufacturer entering the Championship, is entitled to use 12 engines per rider per season (no design freezing), 24 litres of fuel and the same tyres allocation and testing opportunities as the Open category. This concession is valid until the start of the 2016 season.

3. The above concessions will be reduced under the following circumstances:

Should any rider, or combination of riders nominated by the same Manufacturer, participating under the conditions of described in clause 2 above, achieve a race win, two second places or three podium places in dry conditions during the 2014 season then for that Manufacturer the fuel tank capacity will be reduced to 22 litres. Furthermore, should the same Manufacturer achieve three race wins in the 2014 season the manufacturer would also lose the right to use the soft tyres available to Open category entries.

In each case the reduced concessions will apply to the remaining events of the 2014 season and the whole of the 2015 season.
In a nutshell:

2014 onwards = Ducati in Factory class without a development freeze + soft tyres + 24litres of fuel.
If they win once, or get two twos, or three podiums, they lose the tow.
2016 = one class, same rules (24litres of fuel, 12 engines)

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Honda may very well be done who knows, i would like to see Aprilia in MotoGP though, question remains can you see Ducati getting on the podium this year? likely not, but at the same time def not impossible.


Crutchlow on verge of Ducati debut in desert

For Englishman Crutchlow who in 2013 finished fifth in the World Championship, in the last of three seasons on Yamaha machinery, the upcoming campaign is an exciting challenge as races his new Italian employees on their evolving GP14 package.

After winter testing in Malaysia and Australia and the presentation of the Ducati Team in Germany last week, the serious business now commences for Crutchlow and Dovizioso as racing commences in Qatar.

“I’m starting my fourth season in MotoGP and my first as a Ducati factory rider, so I’m really looking forward to getting on the bike and beginning this new chapter,” states Crutchlow.

“I think Qatar is going to be quite good for us. The team have been working fantastically hard, and I think we’ve progressed a lot since I first got on the bike in November, I think we will be at a little disadvantage because we never tested there, but we will still be at 100%.” he asserts.

Dovizioso and Crutchlow are reunited in the Ducati box having previously been teammates at Tech 3. The Italian previewed round one commenting, “I am very satisfied with how the winter tests went, because we managed to improve more than we expected. Now the GP14 is easier to handle and by making a few changes to the bike, we managed to set some interesting times.”

“The Losail circuit is very strange, because of the wind that often blows sand onto the track, and in addition it’s a night race. I’m sure I can be quick over one lap, especially because last year I managed to go well in qualifying. Maybe the race will be a bit more difficult than practice, but I think we can be quite competitive at Losail. For sure we have reduced the gap to the others we had last year.”
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I'm working on a Google calendar with all the practice, qualifying, and race times.

HTML for viewing web page: https://www.google.com/calendar/embe...Z29vZ2xlLmNvbQ

iCAL for adding to calendar program, such as Outlook: https://www.google.com/calendar/ical...blic/basic.ics

Dave, feel free to post those in any of your threads, and let me know if they work for you. I've tested opening up myself, but since I'm the author, of course they work.

I'm still working on the dates past Jerez, but there should be enough there to look at for now. I've created the calendar using US/Eastern timezone, but you should be able to choose whatever timezone you want, if you need to.
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Thats great man, appreciate it. I've been quite busy with work and home (buying a new one we hope) that being said ill try and post info/times asap, but as usual guys please feel free to add times when avail, cheers
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No worries. The calendar is public, so anyone should also be able to link it to their Google account, so you can see it in your phone or whatever, too.

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