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Old 11-17-2012, 04:02 PM   #196
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Yeah, love that stuff to. The author and I get together for supper with the ladies once in a while, pretty neat to get first hand the details that don't get published.
Honda usually plays things very close; that was an interesting read.
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Old 11-18-2012, 12:31 PM   #197
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I get almost all my MotoGP news from this thread, so I'm glad to have all the rumors, opinions and BS I can get.

Tell ya what, the MM fellow might make for some exciting racing in the GP class.
High hopes for Rossi making the front of the GP races interesting.
Would be nice to see competitive Ducs (especially with Hayden)
Hope Spies gets a fair shake the season (fewer mechanical problems)
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Old 11-19-2012, 06:17 AM   #198
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So I watched the CoTA F1 race yesterday. And all I could think about was "wow, that's going to be an AWESOME MotoGP track."
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Old 11-19-2012, 06:31 AM   #199
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So I watched the CoTA F1 race yesterday. And all I could think about was "wow, that's going to be an AWESOME MotoGP track."
T1 off the start is going to be a clusterfuck.
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Old 11-19-2012, 06:31 AM   #200
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Old 11-19-2012, 06:57 AM   #201
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RDP + Suzuki, anyone got more info?
Was hoping Spies would join Suzuki 2014.
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Old 11-19-2012, 07:29 AM   #202
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So I watched the CoTA F1 race yesterday. And all I could think about was "wow, that's going to be an AWESOME MotoGP track."
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T1 off the start is going to be a clusterfuck.
Oh yeah. riders trying to stay tight and drifting wide, riders starting wide and coming in tight. riders actually holding a tight line. Going to be very interesting. Imagine if it is wet. Coming into that corner, getting light and trying to turn? Those fast sweepers the bikes are going to be very fast through, I suspect. Got my tickets and can't wait.
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Old 11-19-2012, 07:36 AM   #203
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T1 off the start is going to be a clusterfuck.
What could possibly go wrong?
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Old 11-19-2012, 07:59 AM   #204
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Old 11-19-2012, 09:27 AM   #205
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T1 off the start is going to be a clusterfuck.
Depends on where Bautista qualifies.
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Old 11-19-2012, 09:34 AM   #206
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Not sure how far back the grid will sit, but with the "valley" I could imagine Moto3 bikes starting further up the hill which would mean that they could have significantly higher speeds than the guys who start at the front on level ground and then get going up a hill.
I do not think it will matter much with the MotoGP bikes with all of their power, but Moto3...
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Old 11-19-2012, 09:34 AM   #207
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What could possibly go wrong?
I'm just wondering what they were thinking with those wide approaches with the pavement narrowing in the corner. Might work for F1 cars, but it's going to be scary on the bikes.
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Old 11-19-2012, 10:28 AM   #208
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I did not like the layout of COTA. I thought it looked VERY contrived.

I like the V shaped corners, but the S section and some of the rest of it looks terrible to me.
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Old 11-19-2012, 10:37 AM   #209
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I did not like the layout of COTA. I thought it looked VERY contrived.

I like the V shaped corners, but the S section and some of the rest of it looks terrible to me.

I read in Speed that the drivers liked it. I guess there are parts of several tracks linked together to make this one.; places like Silverstone etc.
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Old 11-19-2012, 10:51 AM   #210
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I did not like the layout of COTA. I thought it looked VERY contrived.
Well, yes, it's contrived. It's the product of a template created and refined by the one firm allowed to design Bernie's playgrounds. Unlike some others from their recent portfolio, it has the advantage of elevation change. Just like the rest, it has all the charm of a shipping yard. Perfect for F1 . . .

From the television footage it looks like a terrible place for spectating--my kind of spectating, anyway, the kind that involves a GA ticket and lots of walking. Maybe someone who was there can chime in on that.

I don't think I have a problem with the v corners--every corner has an apex, no?--but we'll have to see the bikes in action to say for sure.
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