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Post by kals » 2 months ago

Time for a 2018 banter thread then? Why do I ask? Jack Miller will replace Scott Redding at Pramac next year, riding a 2017 Ducati alongside Danilo Petrucci who will have a 2018 machine. Redding could go back to Marc VDS.

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Time for a 2018 banter thread then? Why do I ask? Jack Miller will replace Scott Redding at Pramac next year, riding a 2017 Ducati alongside Danilo Petrucci who will have a 2018 machine. Redding could go back to Marc VDS.
I'm not at all impressed by Miller this season, despite of the fact that he seems to stay upright more this year. Where are the top Moto2-boys headed?
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Time for a 2018 banter thread then? Why do I ask? Jack Miller will replace Scott Redding at Pramac next year, riding a 2017 Ducati alongside Danilo Petrucci who will have a 2018 machine. Redding could go back to Marc VDS.
I'm not at all impressed by Miller this season, despite of the fact that he seems to stay upright more this year. Where are the top Moto2-boys headed?
I've never been impressed with Jack Miller, even before he joined MotoGP.

Morbidelli will be on the MotoGP grid in 2018. I can't remember who he's signed with though.

EDIT - Morbidelli will be staying with MarcVDS for his graduation to MotoGP. Tito Rabat is expected to join Avintia Ducati for 2018.

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Post by kals » 2 months ago

I'm not sure how we missed this news but Barcelona was at threat from losing its place on the 2018 calendar following the chicane debacle during this year's race weekend and complaints from riders about the grip of the tarmac. Barcelona will retain its place on the calendar after agreeing to the following updates:

- a complete resurfacing of the track (brought forward by 1-2 years, first resurfacing since 2007)
- extension of run-off at turn 12 (where Salom had his accident) including moving the grandstand and replacing tarmac apron with gravel
- going back to the original track layout, not using the chicane before the final corner

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Post by MonteCristo » 2 months ago

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- going back to the original track layout, not using the chicane before the final corner
Can we have that for F1, please?
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Post by John » 2 months ago

kals wrote:
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I'm not sure how we missed this news but Barcelona was at threat from losing its place on the 2018 calendar following the chicane debacle during this year's race weekend and complaints from riders about the grip of the tarmac. Barcelona will retain its place on the calendar after agreeing to the following updates:

- a complete resurfacing of the track (brought forward by 1-2 years, first resurfacing since 2007)
- extension of run-off at turn 12 (where Salom had his accident) including moving the grandstand and replacing tarmac apron with gravel
- going back to the original track layout, not using the chicane before the final corner
Well done by Dorna for putting the necessary pressure on Barcelona and making them (finally) agree to these much needed updates.
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Post by kals » 2 months ago

I agree with you both. And interestingly enough, I think it was one of Mat Oxley's recent articles that suggested the expense of the new motogp chicane could have been better spent on expanding and improving the run off at turn 12... so basically what they'll be doing now!

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I agree with you both. And interestingly enough, I think it was one of Mat Oxley's recent articles that suggested the expense of the new motogp chicane could have been better spent on expanding and improving the run off at turn 12... so basically what they'll be doing now!
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Post by kals » 2 months ago

For sure, look at the facts. Circuit de Catalunya is built into the top of a hill. A hill is effectively a triangle. The circuit is the eye in the triangle. This = illuminati

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Post by kals » 2 months ago

Alvaro Bautista has re-signed with Aspar Ducati for 2018. Apparently he had an offer to go back to Aprilia for next season. That doesn't sound good for Sam Lowes.

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Post by kals » 1 month ago

It appears time is running out for both Sam Lowes and Scott Redding's plans for the 2018 MotoGP season. Redding has been offered a customer Ducati WSBK while there is still a possibility of him rejoining MarcVDS. He is sarying that the final decision appears out of his hands. Lowes has been given firm instruction by Aprilia to prove himself over the next two rounds, although there appears to be no competition from other riders for the second Aprilia seat for 2018.

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Post by John » 1 month ago

I do hope Lowes shapes up. I really do think he has the talent to be on the Aprilia next year as well. But he has to stop being a one-man wrecking crew. His problem right now is that he can't seem to get his head around the bike. He can't get it working so he over-drives it and wrecks it.

Redding has an off year. But he's more deserving than say Karel Abraham.
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Post by Everso Biggyballies » 1 month ago

Sam Lowes did his cause no good at Brno today when he crashed in practice and has had stitches in a foot injury. To add insult to injury (literally) as he finished FP2 22nd /23 and team-mate, Aleix Espargaró, finished FP2 in ninth position.
Sam Lowes was given stitches in his foot after crashing out of second practice for the Czech Grand Prix, but does not expect it to cause a "big problem".

Lowes, under pressure to keep his Aprilia ride, went off at Turn 10 with around a minute left on the clock, initially appearing to escape injury as he walked away from the scene unaided.

However, after the session, Lowes visited the paddock-based Clinica Mobile, where his right foot was stitched up, after it struck the footpeg during the incident.

Lowes was 17th fastest in a rain-affected first practice, and ended up 22nd out of 23 runners in the second session, having crashed while pushing to improve on the Soft tyre.

"When I crashed I hit the footpeg with the outside of my right foot," said Lowes, who shook his head in frustration as he left his damaged bike and headed behind the barriers.

"They gave me stitches in the Clinica, but it won't be a big problem for the weekend.

"Besides the fall, I am really pleased with the way we started. I was fast in both sessions. The team did a great job during the break [and] the package we have here is really a step forward.

"Only having done one session on the dry track, we still have room to improve. I did my best time with the Medium tyre, but I crashed with the Soft, so I can't wait to get back on the track."

Lowes' team-mate, Aleix Espargaró, finished FP2 in ninth position.
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Post by Everso Biggyballies » 1 month ago

Looks like Phillip Island is likely to lose its popular pre season MotoGP/2/3 testing slot for 2018 in favour of Thailand’s Buriram circuit
Phillip Island is set to lose its place on MotoGP’s pre-season test schedule to Thailand’s Buriram circuit.
Thailand is widely expected to be added to what would become a 19-race MotoGP calendar in 2018, taking up a late season slot during the flyaway rounds in Australia, Japan, and Malaysia.
However, teams have suggested that Buriram, which is already a World Superbikes venue, will also take up the winter testing slot currently held by Phillip Island.
Sepang is set to remain as the first test of the year, currently pencilled in for January 28-30, before teams head on to Buriram for the second test on February 16-18.
The third and final test will take place in Qatar on March 1-3 ahead of the opening round of the season at the Losail track on March 18, a week earlier than this year.
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Post by kals » 1 month ago

I don't mind the Buriram circuit, it is quite nice compared to some of the other newfangled circuits out there. This is probably a commercial decision though. The circuit offering a better commercial package than PI.

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