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Old 05-03-2013, 04:59 PM   #76
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I'm really impressed by Crutchlow. He is riding last year's satellite machine and he is consistently threatening top 3. I wonder what he could do on Rossi's Yamaha.
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Old 05-03-2013, 05:33 PM   #77
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Still confused...maybe David can give some insight.

I was under the impression that the Tech3 bikes are last year's factory machines, yes?

NOT last year's satellite bikes, NOT this year's factory bikes but a few updates behind the factory riders.

Have read many confusing opinions from several different websites.
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Old 05-03-2013, 06:07 PM   #78
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So far, there's no 'fast' guy, no rabbits. If that holds true after tomorrow, then it makes for a really interesting race.

Lorenzo and Pedrosa have the M.O.: Crank out the the quick, smooth, flawless laps, and just go away for the win. If they lack that chance, then just look at who's there to scrap with: Marquez got lots of practice doing that in M2, so did Iannone and he's quick this weekend. Crutchlow is a known pitbull too. Then there's 46, in my opinion the best at racing. That is; finding a way to make passes where you wouldn't think, and make them count.

If this race becomes a bar fight, my money is on Ianonne and Crutchlow early, then 46 for the win. MM will crash out, he's prone to mistakes in a scrap. 99 and 26 will take the long view and make sure they finish.


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Old 05-03-2013, 07:27 PM   #79
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Nicky's right wrist isn't very happy.

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Old 05-03-2013, 07:28 PM   #80
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Jeebus! I can't imagine trying to control a motoGP bike with a bum wrist! He is a trooper!
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Old 05-03-2013, 08:45 PM   #81
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I think it is pretty damn impressive of Barbera and Espargaro sticking themselves firmly into the top 10.
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Old 05-04-2013, 12:11 AM   #82
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Still confused...maybe David can give some insight.

I was under the impression that the Tech3 bikes are last year's factory machines, yes?

NOT last year's satellite bikes, NOT this year's factory bikes but a few updates behind the factory riders.

Have read many confusing opinions from several different websites.
Crutchlow says he is riding this year's engine in the chassis the factory team were using at Aragon last year, which is 2 or 3 iterations behind (minor changes in stiffness). Biggest difference are the electronics, which are controlled by a factory engineer anyhow. For all satellite teams, only the factory engineer controls the electronics.
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Old 05-04-2013, 12:23 AM   #83
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With Dovi out of his way, Crutchlow really seems to have stepped it up this year.
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Old 05-04-2013, 02:27 AM   #84
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With Dovi out of his way, Crutchlow really seems to have stepped it up this year.
yep, CC tops FP3 and combined practice timesheets. Top 4 (incl. DP, JLo, VR) are within 0.13 secs!

but hey, look at Dovi, though half a second from the top (well, that's actually pretty damn good on that Italian Harley!) - he beat Marquez for 5th!
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Old 05-04-2013, 03:48 AM   #85
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yep, CC tops FP3 and combined practice timesheets. Top 4 (incl. DP, JLo, VR) are within 0.13 secs!

but hey, look at Dovi, though half a second from the top (well, that's actually pretty damn good on that Italian Harley!) - he beat Marquez for 5th!
... with a tow from Rossi. Same as Iannone and Barbera.
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Old 05-04-2013, 04:26 AM   #86
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Please beat me over the head for going off topic/ranting but those pictures illustrate one mistake every damn motorcycle manufacture makes (that I am aware of) in that they all put their clip ons on at some ridiculous back swept and downward angle and many can’t be adjusted when nearly all racers run them much flatter and much straighter. If they are trying to make repli-racers at least get that part right and save everyone the hassle/expense having to get new bars.
Pretty sure each rider selects the position and angle of all his controls. These aren't street bikes.
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Old 05-04-2013, 05:40 AM   #87
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Pretty sure each rider selects the position and angle of all his controls. These aren't street bikes.
I think he's saying street bikes should have wider, flatter bars. His rant was a little hard to follow.
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Old 05-04-2013, 06:36 AM   #88
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Q2

1 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 288.2 1'38.673
2 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 290.8 1'38.920 0.247 / 0.247
3 93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 290.9 1'38.971 0.298 / 0.051
4 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 287.0 1'39.262 0.589 / 0.291
5 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 287.1 1'39.300 0.627 / 0.038
6 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA GO&FUN Honda Gresini Honda 290.6 1'39.509 0.836 / 0.209
7 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 285.8 1'39.654 0.981 / 0.145
8 6 Stefan BRADL GER LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 290.5 1'39.847 1.174 / 0.193
9 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team Ducati 286.4 1'39.848 1.175 / 0.001
10 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Avintia Blusens FTR 280.0 1'39.980 1.307 / 0.132
11 29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Ducati 285.2 1'40.087 1.414 / 0.107
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Old 05-04-2013, 07:10 AM   #89
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Pretty sure each rider selects the position and angle of all his controls. These aren't street bikes.
One of Nicky's complaints at Honda was they wouldn't let him adjust the controls the way he wanted. So maybe you get to select the position and angle within certain parameters depending on what the team thinks is best for you.
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Old 05-04-2013, 07:35 AM   #90
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Nicky, bum wrist and all, into 7th in Q2. Ahead of all the other Duck riders and the rest.

O.K. 7th may not figure in the podium, but , considering the negatives , it's still impressive.
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