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Moto GP 2022 Season



  • Registered Users Posts: 8,215 ✭✭✭funkey_monkey

    Great wsb there. Absolutely fantastic racing and swapping of lead.

    Going to be another epic season by the looks of it.

  • Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators, Regional West Moderators Posts: 60,158 Mod ✭✭✭✭Gremlinertia

    Motogp Qualifying full of thrills and spills 😉

  • Registered Users Posts: 680 ✭✭✭legrand

    I figured MM would be lucky to make the top 10 - well that was a load of sh1te. Extraordinary stuff.

    Looking like the makings of a classic season. Great race and supper top 3 places.

  • Registered Users Posts: 537 ✭✭✭Speedline

    Rins done me proud. I have him in my fantasy motogp. I got double points for him today. I'm up to 8 in the irish league.

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,652 ✭✭✭Infoanon

    Best racing at COTA since MotoGP starred coming, thrilling Moto GP race with great battles between Fabio & Marc , skillful overtaking from Rins and the Beast proving , if it was ever on doubt , that he is the real deal.

    Rins has been the most consistent racer so far while pee season favourite Bagnia hasn'tbeen on podium yet !

    Moto 3 was a thriller as well and thankfully no big crashes despite some scary moments.

    Scott Ogden again impressing.

    The real season starts now with the European rounds - any advantage the Ducati GP21 has should now fade and Fabio and Marc should be regular podium contenders - though in the current season anything is possible.

    Teams delaying signing riders for 22 adds to the fun !

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  • Registered Users Posts: 3,772 ✭✭✭Scotty #

    Started watching that 'MotoGP Unlimited' series on Amazon. First episode is poor but it starts getting quite good from the second. I'm surprised at how candid some of it is.

    I know I said here at the time that SRT never wanted Rossi on the team but jeez, Razlan Razali really doesn't like him at all (because Rossi blanked him years before when he asked for an autograph)!

    The insight into the Vinales Vrs Yamaha saga is interesting. I'm surprised Vinales is still in the paddock to be honest.

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,652 ✭✭✭Infoanon

    John Mc Phee ruled out of Portimao and out for at least another 3 weeks.

    Adrian Fernández also out after crashing in wet practice this morning.

    On the rider front Jack Miller looks to be Pramac bound while rumours of Jake Dixon replacing Dovi seem way off the mark.

    Interestingly Aprilla are looking for a satellite partner , so.could we see RNF switching over and Yamaha getting their wish of VR46 as their satellite team ?

  • Registered Users Posts: 8,215 ✭✭✭funkey_monkey

    Does any championship have as good quality of racing as wsb?

    Another epic race. Shaping up well with the fight between the 3 of them.

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,652 ✭✭✭Infoanon

    An amazing Moto GP qualifying today on a drying track sees Johann Zarco on his Pramac Ducati capturing pole ahead of Joan Mir getting his best ever qualifying position. Aleix Espagaro who was no where all weekend joins them.on the front row !

    Strong qualifying for the Marquez brothers ,Fabio and VR46 boys but big dissapointment for Alex Rins , Jorge Martin, Bastinini and Bagnia bothof whom suffered big offs.

    Pecco in particular had a heavy fall but hospital scans have confirmed no broken bones and Pecco will undergo a medical before warm up tomorrow.

    A special mention to Scott Ogden in Moto 3 who would have been on the front row but for losing a number of laps due to yellow flags - Sergio Garcia falling 3 times in the 15 minute session.

    On the rider front ,Alex Marquez looks to be replaced by Jack Miller at LCR in 2023 according to latest rumours....

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,772 ✭✭✭Scotty #

    Yellow flags are ruining qualifying. I don't know what the solution is but at a minimum, I think the time lost to yellow flags should be added on to the session. Riders sitting down punching the ground for 30-40 seconds when they should be getting themselves behind the barrier is not on either.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 680 ✭✭✭legrand

    Curses - no MotoGP on video-pass. Moto 2 and 3 available alright. Can only assume some technical issues preventing upload/recording.

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,652 ✭✭✭Infoanon

    It's there now - under the first of the Sunday banners .

    Portimao delivering good racing across all classes today.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,040 ✭✭✭GavPJ

    Got back from Portimao yesterday evening. I can't believe how small the crowd was.

    Grandstand was barely quarter full! Great event though.

  • Registered Users Posts: 550 ✭✭✭Manzoor14

    Same, I couldn't believe how quiet it was. I enjoyed the weekend after a few years without a live race, but it was easily the worst event i've been to of the seven. The Moto3 race was incredible live.

    Saw one journalist post the Sunday attendance at 45,000 (and around 15k each on Friday and Saturday), which is less that half the 100k capacity. It was probably a good thing where we were sitting (Sud 1), as the facilities/general fan experience was a disgrace. It would have been mayhem with full capacity. The queue for food, coffee etc were always between 30-60 mins long, probably a result of everything being confiscated at entry.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,040 ✭✭✭GavPJ

    I was there for the WSB in 2011 and the facilities were worse would you believe!

    We would definitely go back though. Cheap flight, cheap accomodation and food in Alvor was

    very reasonable.

  • Registered Users Posts: 550 ✭✭✭Manzoor14

    Yeah to be fair the location and ease of getting to/from etc is great, even the non existent traffic leaving the place, easily the best track we've visited for that. Its down the list for a revisit though. Finland next year hopefully :)

  • Registered Users Posts: 537 ✭✭✭Speedline

    Silverstone lets you bring in a bag of cans. No queuing for gargle at all. 😁

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,652 ✭✭✭Infoanon

    Breaking story from.reliable sources :

    Suzuki to quit moto gp at the end of the season ! Official confirmation due within hours after team personnel were told today at Jerez testing.

    Mir to Honda is the other strong rumour.

    'Bombshell' is an understatement

  • Registered Users Posts: 537 ✭✭✭Speedline

    That's unexpected. That's the end of their season so. Why would they put any more development into the bikes if they're pulling out? A year ago they were champions.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,454 ✭✭✭XsApollo

    Crazy, such a nice bike too.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 6,467 ✭✭✭h3000

    It really is some bombshell news.

    While Rins can be super fast I’d say his inconsistency and tendency to drop it could play against him in finding another seat. The ink on Livio Suppo’s team boss contract must still be wet too.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 3,772 ✭✭✭Scotty #

    Rain and thunder forecast for Le Mans on Sunday. That should suit Jack who won here last year though if Marc is back to full form, who knows. Fingers crossed for another good result for Aleix!

    Suzuki have issued a short statment regarding their future in MotoGP...

    Suzuki Motor Corporation is in discussions with Dorna regarding the possibility of ending Suzuki’s participation in MotoGP™ at the end of 2022.

    Unfortunately, the current economic situation and the need to concentrate its effort on the big changes that the Automotive world is facing in these years, are forcing Suzuki to drastically decrease racing related costs and to use all its economical and human resources in developing new technologies.

    We would like to express our deepest gratitude to our Suzuki Ecstar Team, to all those who have supported Suzuki's motorcycle racing activities for many years and to all Suzuki fans who have given us their enthusiastic support.

    PS: Nortwest200 live on BBC Sport tonight if you have a VPN (or live in NI).

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,772 ✭✭✭Scotty #

    Onboard cameras are nothing new but this 'shoulder cam' is brilliant.

  • Registered Users Posts: 680 ✭✭✭legrand


  • Registered Users Posts: 12,765 ✭✭✭✭The Nal

    Gives you a much better idea of how fast theyre going!

  • Registered Users Posts: 680 ✭✭✭legrand

    Its looking like competition for seats in 2023 will be fierce. It Toprak goes to GP - Franco Morbidelli I assume will be out (not long ago touted as future world champ). With Suzuki [probably] leaving Rins and Mir will be looking for new rides. Not to mention Moto2 lads looking for GP seats. Huge pressure on this years rookies to retain seats for next year.

    A lot of disruption - not sure if good or bad thing.

    Whatcha think?

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,652 ✭✭✭Infoanon

    Why would Toprak move to Yamaha ?, only Fabio can make the bike work a la Marquez at Honda.

    Lin Jarvis is also on record as saying that if Toprak was to move to Moto GP it would be at a satellite team....

    Of course all has changed with Suzukis announcement and reading between the lines there will only be 22.bikes next year.

    Fabio will almost certainly stay at Yamaha but despite having.a contract Morbidelli maybe out for 2023. Rins in ? Or more likely Raul Fernández

    RNF look likely to run Aprillas next year , and Dovi almost certain to retire.D.Binder and ??

    Mir to Honda to replace Pol and Miller to KTM appear done deals ,

    Bastinini has given Ducati a headache but Jorge Martins recent form has perhaps given them an out - either way 'the beast' will have a GP23 next year.

    Talking of headaches what to do with Maverick ? another possible home for Rins.

    And then there is.VR46 - Yamaha want ed them as a satellite team but they chose Ducati.

    Moto 2 riders - Ogura to LCR to replace Taka.

    This is going to be the silliest of silly seasons.

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,652 ✭✭✭Infoanon

    'Exceptional' press conference announced by Aprilla for 12.30 Irish time.

    Confirmation that Aleix and Maverick have been signed for 2023 is expected !

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  • Registered Users Posts: 700 ✭✭✭Magown3

    And possibly that they might be running a second team with RNF.??

    UPDATE. Watching it right now, Both Maverick and Aleix have resigned for 2 years.

    Maverick looks skinny. Like surprisingly so.

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