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Old 10-15-2013, 02:04 AM   #16
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When did they resurface? Sometimes a new (green) surface doesn't enable fast laps.
Not 100% certain of when but if domestic bike and car lap times are an indication, the track is significantly faster so the record will go if the weather holds.




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Old 10-15-2013, 02:34 AM   #17
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Track was done late last year so plenty of rubber down.

World supers have been there since resurface
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Old 10-15-2013, 03:05 AM   #18
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Start heading to the Island tomorrow , will be there on thursday arvo
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Old 10-15-2013, 04:23 AM   #19
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When did they resurface? Sometimes a new (green) surface doesn't enable fast laps.
End of last year, beginning of this. WSBK ran on the new surface.
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Old 10-15-2013, 05:08 AM   #20
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Yes. Weather. Hmmmm.......

http://www.bom.gov.au/vic/forecasts/phillipisland.shtml.

Typical. Anything is possible.

Well, if memory serves, that forecast as it looks tonight seems very good.

It may rain a bit from time to time, but the winds will dry the track quickly. Yet won't be so strong as to cause serious issues on Sunday.

My guess is overnight light rain making morning practices and warm-up a bit dodgy. Possibly a morning shower. But dry track, moderate temperatures, afternoon sunlight.

In other words, about as good as Phillip Island gets. It's been brightish, cool and mainly dry this past week on the west coast if that's any guide (and often you guys get our weather about a week later).

Should be a fascinating race in the big class. Pedrosa can make Marquez wait if he wins, but if he's second to Marquez then the kid is the champ. Lorenzo can make Marquez wait by finishing second. Rossi can stuff things for everybody, although on current form he's not likely to feature.

PI is a circuit where it is (much!) easier to follow than to lead. Will be hard for Lorenzo or Pedrosa to do the runaway thing. It is also the site of Marquez's most serious and least excusable contact incident (IIRC).
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Old 10-15-2013, 05:33 AM   #21
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What the resurfacing has done, is effectively create a new track. All of the 'rough' bits are now very smooth, but there are new sections that have totally different characteristics. Like a small whoop going up Lukey Heights, (T9), for example, that have given me, and others, a big surprise.....
Having said that, turns 1,4 and 12, and the entry to 10, are just soooo much betterer...I'll be interested to hear what they have to say.

A couple of months ago it was still fairly abrasive as well.


We will see....
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Old 10-15-2013, 05:37 AM   #22
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Oh, and thanks for the link. You could have told us it was Doohan's preview of the event.
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[QUOTE=Moronic;22555624]Well, if memory serves, that forecast as it looks tonight seems very good.

It may rain a bit from time to time, but the winds will dry the track quickly. Yet won't be so strong as to cause serious issues on Sunday.

My guess is overnight light rain making morning practices and warm-up a bit dodgy. Possibly a morning shower. But dry track, moderate temperatures, afternoon sunlight.

In other words, about as good as Phillip Island gets. It's been brightish, cool and mainly dry this past week on the west coast if that's any guide (and often you guys get our weather about a week later).


GUESS. A perfect word. Will be taking everything as usual. The weather here has been utter shit for the last month or more, with the usual indications of the westerly coming over not really coming to fruition. I'd predict we could be standing with limp sodden flags, in horizontal hail, followed by burning sun, by horizontal rain......etc, etc...Hope not.
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Old 10-15-2013, 08:10 AM   #24
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First time for motogp on the resurfaced track too so will be interesting to see how much faster they are
"Shit ton" is the recognized unit of measure in these situations.
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Old 10-15-2013, 10:20 AM   #25
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Any news on Bradl?

EDIT: Yes, there are. Last sentence from Mick Doohan's article on Philip Island linked at the beginning of this thread:
"...Bradl is heading to the island and will seek a medical clearance on Friday following surgery to insert a screw in his fractured ankle."
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Old 10-15-2013, 10:37 AM   #26
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Motomatters comes through again......


Bradl will be at P.I. and be evaluated for fitness to possibly ride?

But he plans on being in Japan and racing.
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Old 10-15-2013, 11:09 AM   #27
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Stef doing physio on the busted ankle today.

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Old 10-15-2013, 04:03 PM   #28
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WooHoo! Off to The Island!

Gunna be shoutn for the Old Fella this weekend.....

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Looking forward to the photos and on the scene reporting!

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What the resurfacing has done, is effectively create a new track. All of the 'rough' bits are now very smooth, but there are new sections that have totally different characteristics. Like a small whoop going up Lukey Heights, (T9), for example, that have given me, and others, a big surprise.....
Having said that, turns 1,4 and 12, and the entry to 10, are just soooo much betterer...I'll be interested to hear what they have to say.

A couple of months ago it was still fairly abrasive as well.


We will see....
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