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Old 6th Apr 2014, 12:44   #1 (permalink)
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MotoGP

Thought it might be useful to at least set up a thread where MotoGP fans could share views, agree, disagree, sling nasty insults, threaten to kill each other using horrible methods etc.

Available to BT internet or BT Sport subscribers, but highlights currently available to anyone who tunes in to Freeview ITV4 Monday evenings after the race weekend.

If you're accustomed to Formula 1, many (though not all) of the MotoGP races are likely to be a shock: there's genuine (not artificial) overtaking, close fighting and clearly visible, unbelievable, very physical riding skills.

The 2014 regulations look like they're going to shake things up in qualifying. In that respect, some worrying shades of Formula 1 'rigging' for entertainment purposes, rather than fairness, seem to be creeping in.

Top stars (IMHO, I guess) are Marquez (young genius), Rossi (oldish legend), Lorenzo (Mr Consistency, but also very quick) and Pedrosa (becoming something of a 'nearly' man, though). A decent Brit contingent if that's your thing.

Moto2 and Moto3 are lesser categories (engine capacity), but the racing is no less exciting and sometimes and/or in some ways moreso.



Next race (2nd of the season) is The Grand Prix of the Americas at The Circuit of the Americas, Austin, USA, 13th April 2014 (but please verify the venue, date etc yourself and don't blame me if it turns out to be Brands Hatch car park next Tuesday morning).

Championship top five riders after first race (Qatar Grand Prix)

1 Marc Marquez - Repsol Honda Team. 25 points
2 Valentino Rossi - Movistar Yamaha MotoGP. 20 points
3 Dani Pedrosa - Repsol Honda Team. 16 points
4 Aleix Espargaro - NGM Forward Racing. 13 points
5 Andrea Dovizioso - Ducati Team. 11 points


Google 'motogp' for more.


It's all yours. Make of this thread what you wish. (You don't think I'm going to type this much on a regular basis, do you?).
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Old 6th Apr 2014, 12:50   #2 (permalink)
 
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ing BT.

That is all.
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Old 6th Apr 2014, 13:00   #3 (permalink)
 
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I agree LSM I'm not going to pay extra I already cough up 32 a month for Sky it used to be brilliant on Eurosport but enough is enough
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If you're in the UK I believe BBC shows MotoGP live... for free.

Looks like it could be an interesting year (although I still miss Simoncelli and always wonder how much more interesting it would be with him in the mix...)
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I believe BBC shows MotoGP live... for free.

Used to, up until this year

Another reason for me to stay as an ex licence fee payer.

Is it not available somewhere on t' net?
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Old 6th Apr 2014, 17:17   #6 (permalink)
 
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Bah, MotoGP is crap. Watch F1 instead, far more thrilling and a million times faster round the bends.

(Come back is fair, no?)
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Comeback is fair but only when it bears some resemblance to reality... let's face it, your average F1 race is about as exhilarating as watching someone filing their nails.

MotoGP races aren't as good as SBK ones perhaps, but a good race will have you jumping up and down on the couch or catching your breath.
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Old 6th Apr 2014, 19:52   #8 (permalink)
 
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Watch F1 instead, far more thrilling

I must have mistaken all those thrills for the creeping boredom of the past few years. You might get one good race in a season, and from the sound of it you've just had it.

Only MotoGP has made me forget to breathe on occasion.
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Gentlemen,

Could I suggest you visit the following site:

Wiziwig.tv | Motorsports schedules, watch live and free Motorsports streams

Should be able to watch irrespective of location - site also covers most other sports too.

Good viewing
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Old 6th Apr 2014, 22:49   #10 (permalink)
 
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Pah F1 or as my mate calls it caravan racing!
Moto GP, bunch of big girls blouses!
There hasn't been any proper racing since they stopped the Pro Am Yamaha 350 series!

Having got that off my chest, looks like it will be good season this year for motor GP! and hopefully that minor event in Brazil won't interfere with the TT coverage.
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Old 8th Apr 2014, 00:10   #11 (permalink)
 
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Ah, the TT... the one event whose participants can consider MotoGP racers to be wusses indeed. I still remember V. Rossi's face when he came to watch a few years ago.

Of course you need to be certifiably insane to even consider participating.

Anyway, back to thread; anyone care to predict this year's MotoGP championship winner? I will go out on a limb and say the old master may still have a surprise or two left up his sleeve...
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Old 8th Apr 2014, 06:29   #12 (permalink)
 
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I'm glad to see a Moto GP thread started!

I've been enjoying watching the sport for many years and look forward to yet another competitive season. I also like WSBK but it's not available through my cable provider unless I add yet another "tier" to my already exorbitant monthly bill. Maybe I'll try that wiziwig site for that.

Moto GP, WSBK and F1 all seem to be subject to the influence of technical rules that take away from the spirit of competition to some degree, but these are the top road racing series available to watch on TV. I will watch them and like it!

Unless Marquez runs into serious trouble, he will contend for the championship. (As will Lorenzo and Pedrosa) But I'd sure enjoy seeing the old master take another win or two and possibly compete seriously for the championship before he's done. I can't help it. Rossi is still a sentimental favorite of mine. (even though I also enjoyed seeing his buddy (NOT!) Max Biaggi take a couple of WSBK championships on the Aprilia)

I'm really looking forward to the race at COTA this weekend!

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Old 9th Apr 2014, 08:08   #13 (permalink)
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anyone care to predict this year's MotoGP championship winner?
In decreasing order of likelyhood:

Marquez
Lorenzo
Rossi
Pedrosa

A pity Lorenzo isn't much of a 'dicer'. Pedrosa isn't a dicer, full stop.

When Rossi gets onto Marques's tail, or visa versa, is when the fireworks will start (NB 'will', not 'might').
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Formula One - bollocks.
Get that leather clad knee down, right hand to warp speed and lean hard into the turn.
Lukey Heights at Phillip Island, over the top at full chat, and then hard into the MG corner right hander.
That'll put hairs on yer chest - fvckin terrifying.
Like flying a jet fighter - you and the machine are one.
Cars - for nancys.
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When Rossi gets onto Marques's tail, or visa versa, is when the fireworks will start
Those sorts of scraps are what motorcycle fans live for... and what I miss about SIC. I love the guys who relish a dogfight, like Marquez appears to be. Like Colin Edwards vs "lionheart" Bayliss during those last few years they spent in SBK. Like Frankie Chili or Noriyuki Haga. And of course Rossi, with his memorable battles with Biaggi/Capirossi/Gibernau/Stoner/Lorenzo...

Tartare, amen... can you say "corkscrew"?
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When it is on, and when the wife leaves me alone, gotta say I really enjoy watching it.

Like F1 too, though!
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Marquez seems to have been about a second faster than anyone else at Friday practice. And on the harder tires too. Looks the rest of the field needs to find some speed!

So far COTA seems to be owned by Marquez. Looking forward to seeing what the weekend brings...

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Old 12th Apr 2014, 08:14   #18 (permalink)
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Marquez won at Quatar (previous race) with a hard on (rear tyre, I mean). Everyone else was softer (rear tyre, I still mean).

Given that his leg was also still recovering from a break and not full strength (apparently his reason for the tyre choice 'to reduce load on the leg') his performance was remarkable. It's easy to forget from an armchair and 'down to the shops' everyday riding that high loading of the footpegs is vital for fast cornering.

Marquez is on another level at the moment. I think his riding style is fascinating: extreme, to put it mildly - I mean elbow sliders FFS!!!
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He's pretty skillful with the champagne, too.


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Road racing does seem to be the ultimate form of motorsports for insane levels of bravery in the face of obvious danger.

I visited Northern Ireland and went first to Ballymena to visit the late Joey Dunlop's pub, which turned out to be in Ballymoney. So I went there instead, to find a Honda race bike hanging from the rafters and a stonking great silver mug just sat there as if it were nothing special. Wow.

Then I wanted to know about the Northwest 200. I had got to somewhere or other on this narrow, humpy, bumpy country road, but where was the course? A grumpy local told me I had just ridden part of it! If I had needed one, that was a reality check. I knew those guys were brave, but I didn't know how brave: insanely brave!
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