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Old 24 Mar 2024, 14:50 (Ref:4202543)   #51
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Brands battle gives: Ducati, Ducati, KTM, KTM and KTM. If only Viñales… Lets see the "excuse room" comments.
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Old 24 Mar 2024, 16:33 (Ref:4202561)   #52
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Old 24 Mar 2024, 16:34 (Ref:4202562)   #53
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If only Viñales… Lets see the "excuse room" comments.
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Old 24 Mar 2024, 16:40 (Ref:4202567)   #54
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Bad luck then. This gives a break to Bibendum boys. Did you have a look to the Hondas results? Did they relocate the racing bikes built in China?
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Old 24 Mar 2024, 16:47 (Ref:4202570)   #55
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Acosta has "ce petit je ne sais quoi" in him the same as MM had when joining the batch. Still, I think the real MM will be back sooner or later.
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Old 24 Mar 2024, 19:09 (Ref:4202610)   #56
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Bagnaia keeps his record of being on the podium every time he doesn't crash since Valencia 2022.
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Old 25 Mar 2024, 04:34 (Ref:4202642)   #57
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WOW What a race !!!!!!!

The pressure is on this year for sure.
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Old 25 Mar 2024, 22:43 (Ref:4202781)   #58
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I can honestly say that I don't watch F1, but I have followed Moto GP for years and having the opportunity to see off season testing is a bonus.
It's such a pity that the UK doesn't get behind top level motorcycle racing like they do in Spain !
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Old 27 Mar 2024, 18:29 (Ref:4203040)   #59
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There is nothing wrong with what the Brits do. Our bike racing is bred on Superbikes and we have dominated that series for many years recently with riders raised in BSB. GP racing left Britain behind in the 70's pretty much and never really returned but for the odd rider talented enough to break through.

I dont know if you know this Gordon but Spain and Dorna basically BOUGHT MotoGP many years ago.

Back in the early 00's there was MotoGP, WSBK the European series and a few other championships. All run by different people.

Dorna now own MotoGP, WSBK, the European series and a few others they have a monopoly.

Meaning they can invest hugely in Spanish riders who start in their early teens riding for GP teams in Spanish series, and the only way Brits can do this is by living there which is basically what guys like Bradley Smith did back then.

Spain have bought top level bike racing and run it the way they want to, the only person who really pushes back is Rossi who has tried to fill the grid with talented Italians, one of which is now a double world champion, without Rossi's efforts the grid would be largely Spanish AS it was in the 2010's with a smattering of foreign riders there mainly to ensure national tv companies buy tv rights and host GP#s and give Dorna money to do so.

it is a business in every sense of the world,
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Old 27 Mar 2024, 20:07 (Ref:4203047)   #60
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Yes its a business. From what we can see, French are struggling in this field too…
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Old 27 Mar 2024, 22:43 (Ref:4203064)   #61
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France has not been a forerunner in GP racing since the late 70's really, the odd rider has been a hinging light like Ruggia, Sarron, jacques, but most like the UK guts are Superbike and 4 stroke based and endurance racing is the big thing in FGrance not really normal bike racing much like Germany. Both has fairly decent Superbike series in the 00s but they both died a death. German pro Superbike was very big series in the early 90's lots of great teams and riders.
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Old 29 Mar 2024, 07:16 (Ref:4203240)   #62
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Liberty Media to buy Moto GP?

I wonder what they will do with it? I hope it wont get turned into a social media circus like F1. The tribalism on social media now over F1 is genuinely terrifying.

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Old 29 Mar 2024, 08:43 (Ref:4203246)   #63
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There is nothing wrong with what the Brits do.
Absolutely agree, I'm a firm supporter of the BSB championship with its' simplistic approach, we have had some fantastic close racing without the need for traction control and all the weird and wonderful(and expensive) gizmos. The current trend in Motogp with all these ridiculous looking aero aids and sophisticated suspension adjustments has made the machinery look plain ugly.
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Old 29 Mar 2024, 09:21 (Ref:4203252)   #64
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I am not racing I do not like the Dorna series, they do OK, but thee does seem to be a huge Ducati love in right now, the SBK rules have not really stopped Bautista blasting past every bike about halfway down any straight, and in GP nobody wants to be on anything else,

As for why certain countries do not engage with GP series, well nobody really can, your only choice as a kid as to go to Spain as a young teenager, or be in the Far East where there are well backed academies.

IN reality there is no real feeder series that will get you into GP racing, countless very quick young Brits have tried and failed.
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I thought this was an April Fool’s Day joke.
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Old 2 Apr 2024, 18:12 (Ref:4203624)   #67
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I thought this was an April Fool’s Day joke.
I wish its was. They own almost everything now or at least are main share holders. Really no good news imo.
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The British invasion has begun in Navarra, JP's new circuit in northern Spain.
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Old 3 Apr 2024, 10:01 (Ref:4203709)   #69
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A lot of money involved there including resurfacing, new communication and security tools. Sounds positive.
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I find it a real joke that the opening round of a British series is in Spain, when there are numerous tracks that series could visit in the UK.

OK Palmer owns the venue, but still, this is like BTCC having its first round in Dijon or something, a bit of a joke sorry.
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I find it a real joke that the opening round of a British series is in Spain, when there are numerous tracks that series could visit in the UK.

OK Palmer owns the venue, but still, this is like BTCC having its first round in Dijon or something, a bit of a joke sorry.
They race at most of the best UK circuits anyway, I could be wrong but I think the teams and riders will relish the opportunity of kicking off somewhere with a(hopefully) reasonable climate. It's no different to other series utilizing Spa Francorchamps.
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Old 3 Apr 2024, 19:19 (Ref:4203765)   #72
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I think the teams and riders will relish the opportunity of kicking off somewhere with a(hopefully) reasonable climate.
Indeed.
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Money talks at Yamaha it seems.
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Correct, money power more than engine power. Two more years for Fabio including a major increase in salary and now they are talking about two satellite teams. First, they have to find a co-rider which might be J Martin and or E Bastianini depending on negociations between Ducati and Yamaha. The more we go the more it sounds like a mercato with puzzling decisisons to say the least.
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