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Old 05-06-2013, 08:16 AM   #2266
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Why it doesn't suck to be an ex-MotoGP World Champion

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Old 05-06-2013, 08:35 AM   #2267
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Nice place, I love the trophy room.
Hot bod on the wife too.

Good for him, he sure paid a price for it.
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Old 05-06-2013, 08:37 AM   #2268
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Reports are starting to filter in that Ben Spies is a scratch for LeMans and will be replaced by Ducati test rider Michele Pirro.
Aww, shit.
I do know somewhat how he feels, I have a pinched nerve in my shoulder right now, and I don't think I could ride a race bike with it going on.
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Old 05-06-2013, 09:54 AM   #2269
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Jerez MotoGP test times - Monday 5pm

1. Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 38.824s (Lap 27/63)
2. Cal Crutchlow GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m 38.916s (30/55)
3. Jorge Lorenzo ESP Yamaha Factory Racing (YZR-M1) 1m 38.958s (30/71)
4. Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 38.979s (4/56)
5. Valentino Rossi ITA Yamaha Factory Racing (YZR-M1) 1m 39.397s (37/61)
6. Alvaro Bautista ESP Go&Fun Honda Gresini (RC213V) 1m 39.457s (31/50)
7. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (GP13) 1m 39.524s (15/47)
8. Nicky Hayden USA Ducati Team (GP13) 1m 39.643s (21/35)
9. Stefan Bradl GER LCR Honda MotoGP (RC213V) 1m 39.894s (22/64)
10. Bradley Smith GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m 40.009s (42/50)
11. Hector Barbera ESP Avintia Blusens (FTR-Kawasaki CRT) 1m 40.197s (3/21)
12. Hiroshi Aoyama JPN Avintia Blusens (FTR-Kawasaki CRT)* 1m 40.730s (10/45)
13. Claudio Corti ITA NGM Forward Racing (FTR-Kawasaki CRT)* 1m 40.958s (50/57)
14. Danilo Petrucci ITA Came IodaRacing Project (Suter-BMW CRT)* 1m 41.029s (52/57)
15. Bryan Staring AUS Go&Fun Honda Gresini (FTR-Honda CRT)* 1m 41.181s (18/46)
16. Michael Laverty GBR Paul Bird Motorsport (PBM-ART CRT)* 1m 41.330s (14/49)
17. Colin Edwards USA NGM Forward Racing (FTR-Kawasaki CRT)* 1m 41.591s (14/42)
18. Yonny Hernandez COL Paul Bird Motorsport (ART CRT) 1m 41.763s (14/55)
19. Lukas Pesek CZE Came IodaRacing Project (Suter-BMW CRT)* 1m 43.017s (15/20)
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Old 05-06-2013, 10:44 AM   #2270
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Love him or hate him, Marquez is the guy to watch.
Qatar was all about Rossi vs Marquez
COTA was all about Pedrosa vs Marquez
Jerez was all about Lorenzo vs Marquez

Now that things have gotten more physical up front, it will be interesting to see if anyone starts pushing back.
Perhaps Rossi or Crutchlow will?
As much as Lorenzo might want some payback, I don't think that's his style these days.
Could we see Pedrosa and Marquez trading paint? One can only hope.
Watching the pre-race footage and coverage of the Jerez race I was reminded of Marco Simoncelli in the outright ZEAL with which Marquez rides. There was a bit of pre-race film showing him low-siding the bike and hanging on through it that was eerily familiar to Marco's last ride. I hope he can temper the zeal and ride fast safely without hurting himself or others. He has phenomenal skill and such an appealing energy; he obviously LOVES his sport. It's too bad Pedrosa's win was overshadowed by the drama, he rode a fantastic race.

I thought Lorenzo's response to Marquez's attempted apology after the race was very classy - wag the finger and shake the head, but no harsh words. Lorenzo has matured greatly - I remember him riding like a scud missile at times earlier in his career. He's got the long view, winning the championship doesn't mean winning every race. I'm certain he's already plotting an upgrade to his tactics, and he'll certainly pay more attention to his back next race!

I still really enjoy watching Valentino Rossi ride. I think he has done an amazing job coming off Ducati and the awful experience there to pulling off the finishes he's had so far this season. He's still adjusting, give him time. The competition is fierce, though, so I hope he can step up his game as he gains confidence on the Yamaha. It's great to see Hayden doing as well as he is on the Ducati and I hope they can get more competitive under the new ownership.

All in all, it looks like it's going to be an exciting season. At the end of last season I had my doubts.

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Old 05-06-2013, 10:49 AM   #2271
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No talk of Espargoro's great ride? He was giving Dovi fits for most of the race. Very impressive for a CRT.
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Old 05-06-2013, 10:58 AM   #2272
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No talk of Espargoro's great ride? He was giving Dovi fits for most of the race. Very impressive for a CRT.
Agreed! Aleix did very well. I wonder what he would do if he had...say...Smith's Tech3 ride??
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Old 05-06-2013, 10:58 AM   #2273
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Reports are starting to filter in that Ben Spies is a scratch for LeMans and will be replaced by Ducati test rider Michele Pirro.
Yeah, I believe this is the case. It's been widely tweeted.
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Old 05-06-2013, 11:01 AM   #2274
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Agreed! Aleix did very well. I wonder what he would do if he had...say...Smith's Tech3 ride??
Interestingly it's rumoured that young brother Pol will be getting Cal's ride next season (not Bradleys!)
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Old 05-06-2013, 11:28 AM   #2275
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Why it doesn't suck to be an ex-MotoGP World Champion

He's got all of his championship bikes in there......with a full bar.


HOLY FUCKING SHED OF THE GODS


Can you imagine how much go fast is parked in that trophy room
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Old 05-06-2013, 05:44 PM   #2276
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No talk of Espargoro's great ride? He was giving Dovi fits for most of the race. Very impressive for a CRT.
There was a lot of good racing going on, but it's hard to tell sometimes because of the film editor's selections. I wish I could control the cameras sometimes. I'd really rather watch ALL the bikes cross the line than the team members slapping each other on the back after the winner crosses...

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He's got all of his championship bikes in there......with a full bar.


HOLY FUCKING SHED OF THE GODS


Can you imagine how much go fast is parked in that trophy room
And Holy Mother-F'ing Shed of the Gods () that "man-cave" he's got out back of the house was frigging awesome - your own helicopter in there with all the other toys and another wet bar?!?!? Whoa..... that sets a whole new standard.

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Old 05-06-2013, 06:25 PM   #2277
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... another wet bar?!?!? ...
Doohan still looks like a very, very intense dude. Probably needs a lot of self-medication. "Hold the painkillers, give me double highball."
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Old 05-06-2013, 08:54 PM   #2278
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Imagine the reaction if Ben Spies takes a podium this year.
After all he's been through, that would bring the house down.
It's about time fate smiled upon the guy just a wee bit.
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Doohan still looks like a very, very intense dude. Probably needs a lot of self-medication. "Hold the painkillers, give me double highball."

Aussies don't have the aversion to getting wrecked that Americans do. Its rather refreshing.
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No comments about the Harley in Doohan's garage?
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