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Post by Jeff Navarro Mon 22 Mar 2021, 3:17 pm

The 2021 season kicks off in Qatar with a double header. 6 time world champion Marc Marquez will miss both races in Qatar.

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Post by rapidringsroad Mon 29 Mar 2021, 3:19 am

Well who would have picked that for a result. It looked like Ducati were going to have all three podium spots until Vinales got his act together. Felt sorry for Mir after all the work he did to drop two places on the dash for the flag.

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Post by Jeff Navarro Mon 05 Apr 2021, 1:27 am

Fabio Quartararo won the Doha GP, almost mirroring what Maverick Vinales did last week. The Frenchman worked his way up the pack after a poor start and passed both Zarco and Martin to ease to victory.
Pramac seem to be ahead of the factory Ducati team which is surprising. But Ducati will be gutted that on a track they usually dominate they couldn’t win either race. The red missiles seem very weak in the corners...
One noteworthy flashpoint was world champion Joan Mir and Jack Miller hitting each on the main straight at over 200kph. I’d say both lucky to finish the race and avoid major injuries.

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Post by Jeff Navarro Sun 18 Apr 2021, 2:10 pm

El Diablo Fabio Quartararo won the Portuguese GP ahead of Pramac’s Pecco Bagnaia and reigning world champion Joan Mir.
Rins and Zarco both crashed out trying to keep up with Quartararo.
Marc Marquez made his long awaited return with 7th place.

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Post by rapidringsroad Tue 20 Apr 2021, 11:40 pm

Well, three races and already we have three different winners. Felt sorry for Zarco who looked like he was going to finish on the podium again and would possibly have taken top spot in the title race. Marquez must be happy with his 7th spot even though it was because front runners came unstuck. It's going to be an exciting season.

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Post by No name Bertie Wed 21 Apr 2021, 7:41 am

Three races two winners (Vinales, Quartararo, Quartararo).  Interesting surname Quartararo (four syllables?).  And Yamaha (monster energy) have won all three.  I see there is a "constructor's standings" as well as a "team standings" - so there appears to be three "championships".

I see that MotoGP has a more gradual decline in points from 25 for winning and 1 for 15th place - and no points for fastest lap - compared to F1.  Also MotoGP 2021 has 23 competitors and F1 20.  Spanish (9) and Italian (7) nationals dominate.

I have a question: when there is a "crash" - how easy is it to restart the bike?

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Post by Jeff Navarro Wed 21 Apr 2021, 9:42 am

Hi Bertie, in general when you bin it and the engine is still running, the rider will remount. But there’s always the risk of broken foot pegs or handlebar damage. Which essentially compromises the rider massively. Also it’s often difficult to remount a fallen bike as they are pretty heavy, compared to the riders natural weight.

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Post by Jeff Navarro Wed 21 Apr 2021, 9:49 am

Just a few nuggets of general news.
2020 championship runner up Franco Morbidelli is ‘irate’ that Yamaha opted not to give him full factory support. As such Morbidelli is still using the 2019 version. Morbidelli rightfully is unhappy as his former teammate Fabio Quartararo is leading the championship on the 2021 version M1 Yamaha.
As such Morbidelli is speaking to other manufacturers to leave the Yamaha stable.
Marc Marquez according to reports suggesting that his brother Marc and Nakagami have hindered the bikes development in his absence.
Suzuki desperately on the hunt to get more speed out of their bikes. Rather surprisingly their bikes don’t seem as stable as last year.

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Post by Jeff Navarro Sun 02 May 2021, 2:30 pm

Jack Miller won the Spanish GP after Fabio Quartararo appeared to suffer arm pump whilst seemingly cruising to victory. Miller’s first time in 5 years and Ducati’s first win at Jerez in 15 years. Pecco Bagnaia completed a Ducati 1-2. Franco Morbidelli rounded out the podium on his 2019 M1 Yamaha.
Big concerns over Quartararo after this injury today.

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Post by Jeff Navarro Sun 16 May 2021, 2:02 pm

A truly crazy and magnificent French GP at Le Mans. Heavy rain after 4 laps. Lead to total mayhem.
Marc Marquez was leading and looking like sealing an incredible victory but the Spaniard binned it pushing a little too hard.
Ducati’s Jack Miller then hunted down Fabio Quartararo to win back to back for the first time in his MotoGP career. Miller’s pace was incredible winning easily despite a double long lap penalty. Johann Zarco claimed second and was incredibly quick in the second half of the race. Fabio Quartararo third and reclaimed the championship lead. A really good result for Quartararo as Yamaha struggle in the rain and the Frenchman had arm pump surgery after the Jerez nightmare.
World champion Joan Mir and Suzuki teammate Alex Rins both crashed out.
Next up is the Italian GP at Mugello, Thriller Miller must be a good bet to win three straight.

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Post by rapidringsroad Wed 19 May 2021, 12:09 am

Yes, I didn't catch why Miller got the two long lap penalty but he proved that dry or wet he and the Ducati are going to be a force to be reckoned with. Bad luck for Marquez, it would have been a great result if he had managed to get a podium finish. Rossi must be feeling a bit concerned starting from 9th on the grid and finishing 14th with quite a few DNFs in front of him.

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Post by Jeff Navarro Wed 19 May 2021, 11:02 am

Rapid - both Miller and Bagnaia got the double long lap penalty for pit lane speeding. Miller was caught 10kph over the limit. Bagnaia was 3kph over the limit. Miller said he assumed it was a red flag as it was raining so heavy.

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Post by Jeff Navarro Sun 30 May 2021, 11:47 am

Tragic news from Mugello where Swiss Moto3 rider Jason Dupasquier has died after suffering a big accident yesterday. He was 19. RIP

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Post by Jeff Navarro Sun 30 May 2021, 1:54 pm

Fabio Quartararo dominates the Italian GP to win at Mugello for first time. Joan Mir brings his Suzuki home and Miguel Oliveira took third on his KTM, Oliveira was demoted from 2nd to 3rd for track limits breach on last lap.
P.4 Zarco
P.5 Binder
P.6 Miller
P.7 A Espargaro
P.8 Vinales
P.9 Pettrucci
P. 10 Rossi

Quartararo starting to open up a solid lead at the top of the standings, nearly a full win ahead of Zarco.

Marc Marquez, Pecco Bagnaia and Alex Rins all crashed out. Pretty lacklustre weekend for Ducati, the poor handling in the corners was exposed.

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Post by Jeff Navarro Sun 06 Jun 2021, 4:24 pm

Miguel Oliveira won the Catalan GP in an enthralling race at Barcelona. Oliveira fended off Pramac’s Zarco on a thrilling final lap. Quartararo finished third bit was demoted to fourth for track limits - Miller promoted to third.
Quartararo suffered a surreal moment when his overalls burst open towards the end of the race. The Frenchman had to discard his chest protector. I’ve never seen anything like this before. Quartararo obviously not very amused.
Marc Marquez with another crash. It’s very sad to see his demise.

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Post by No name Bertie Sun 06 Jun 2021, 6:00 pm

Has Marc Marquez now fully recovered from his arm injury? This was only his third race back so another question would be is he fully race weekend fit?

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Post by Jeff Navarro Sun 06 Jun 2021, 6:09 pm

Well he’s been cleared to race but after any major injury it takes time to rebuild the strength. Marquez’s issue is he’s had to change his riding style to protect that right arm. It’s massively compromised his right shoulder whereby he’s now lost strength in the shoulder.
He’ll probably need shoulder soon but if the right arm doesn’t heal it’s strength he’ll never get back to his previous level.

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Post by Jeff Navarro Sun 06 Jun 2021, 7:40 pm

Fabio Quartararo received a 3 second time penalty for racing the last five laps with his leathers open. He drops from 4th to 6th.

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Post by rapidringsroad Mon 07 Jun 2021, 11:22 pm

I think the three second penalty inflicted on Quartararo was a bit harsh. He'd already been slowed with having to struggle with his gear. In the end though I don't think it will make a lot of difference as he and Yamaha seem to have got their act together and should be able to get the top spot back again. Good to see Oliveira and KTM giving the big guns a run for their money.

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Post by Jeff Navarro Yesterday at 10:26 am

Some big team news for 2022.
Gresini Racing have ended association with Aprilia. Gresini will become a satellite Ducati team. They will run 2021 spec Ducati bikes. Gresini rejected offers from Aprilia and Suzuki to run their satellite bikes.

Aprilia are to run their own factory project.

Petronas Yamaha team will continue partnership with the Japanese manufacture. Rumours suggesting Rossi will retire and Morbidelli will get full factory support.

Avintia are leaving the premier class and team VR46 will takeover that team. They will also use Ducati bikes in 2022.

Rather crazy to see 8 Bologna Bullets lining up in 2022.

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