Is Ducati the danger for marquez this year

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Fri, 02/09/2018 - 11:55
av's picture
Is Ducati the danger for marquez this year

we all saw and know about that fast lap time by jorge at sepang onboard GP 18,Stoner also said bike has improved corner entry.i think marquez will repeat 2015 performance by pushing so much to fight ducati this year

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 21:13
Sutton19's picture
It's motogp Rabat and Luthi

It's motogp Rabat and Luthi could be his biggest threat. But most likely Lorenzo Dovi and Vinales in my opinion.

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 23:33
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iamzombie's picture
Don't kid yourself, Rabat

Don't kid yourself, Rabat could never be his biggest threat, unless he crashes into Marquez during practice and ruins his season/career.

Sat, 02/10/2018 - 20:14
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Sutton19's picture
I hope you know I was joking

I hope you know I was joking :(

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 18:14
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Sutton19's picture
Rabat is doing well In pre

Rabat is doing well In pre season on his beloved Avintia so he could surprise a thew this year.


Tue, 02/13/2018 - 19:56
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Sat, 02/10/2018 - 13:40
Steveo99's picture
I have a funny feeling we are

I have a funny feeling we are going to see 3 Spaniards on 3 different makes of bike fighting for it this year with the odd interloper here and there 

Sun, 02/11/2018 - 07:05
AR9327's picture
50/50...But Marc knows how to

50/50...But Marc knows how to handle...Don't whether Jorge can perform to top of the podium...Marc is independent and he does't mind the rest of the field...


Sun, 02/11/2018 - 19:03
oldschoolrom's picture
We can give you a chance after some races who have the best moto

We can give you a chance after some races who have the best motorcycles.

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 01:14
p6x's picture
One swallow does not make a

One swallow does not make a summer...

I give you that Jorge Lorenzo on the right machine is a force to be reckoned with. As Nick Harris would put it, it is still early days!

I am not a big fan of Jorge Lorenzo as a person, but as a racer, he has never stopped to astonish me. He has a way with trajectories that I have not seen with any other pilote, if maybe excepted with Zarco. The difference being, Jorge Lorenzo is able to stay neat and pure from lap one to the end. Once he got that confidence built up with his machine, he is simply unstoppable.

I sure really don't mind to have as many contenders to the tittle this year. Every year seems to be better than the previous one.

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 14:56
BobKelso's picture
Is Ducati a Danger?  Most

Is Ducati a Danger?  Most definitely.  For me though Dovi is a more complete rider AND he has already proved that he's a serious threat to Marquez having beaten him fair and square a number of times last year. 

Jorge is pretty terrible on a drying track (or whatever the opposite of that is? A wetting track?).  Anyway you can keep all your pre-season lap times because the fact is the entire season won't be run in perfect conditions, and you've got to be up at the pointy end every weekend if you want to challenge the likes of Marquez, regardless of the conditions.

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 15:35
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p6x's picture
I will tell you that I am

I will tell you that I am completely unable to categorize Dovi. Last year's performance was a total discovery of his talent, not only as a pilot, but also as a mastermind. He is a very laid back guy, and that may have contributed to the general underevaluation, Dovi, the "underdog".

I am thinking that both Ducati riders are going to be riding well. And even better, they are totally complementary of one another. There will be times when Jorge Lorenzo will be far beyond the reach of anybody, but there will be others when Dovi will be the man to beat. I do not see that idiosyncratic representation in the other factory teams. Or at least, not that much. Possibly Honda, with Dani Pedrosa being underestimated because of Mark's out of this world talent. But Dani Pedrosa has shown that he can be incredibly fast and constant. His small frame can either be an advantage or an inconvenient. I am still sort of waiting for HIS year, and hopeful that it will come; this guy deserves more!

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 09:49
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BobKelso's picture
I'm quite prepared to write

I'm quite prepared to write off Dani this year as a title contender. He's pretty much a constant, so whilst I don't doubt he'll do well and get a few podiums I also don't see him challenging for the title. Just my opinion. I wouldn't mind if he won it though.

Also, I don't get your comment about last year being a total discovery of Dovi's talent?  For you maybe, but he's been around in MotoGP for what, 10 years or so?  I can remember him winning in the rain at Donny in 2009 on a Honda.  I reckon he must have finished top six in the championship half a dozen times?  It may be more, I don't know exactly.

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 13:56
Navelgazer's picture
Forever optimistically

Forever optimistically waiting for it to be Dani's year, but realistically have to agree more likely that another Honda title will go to Marquez instead.

Are Ducati the main threat?  yes.  Are Ducati the only threat?  no.  I believe Yamaha will come back strong after the disappointment of their 2017 bike, although whether it will be enough to beat Marc is another matter.

Would love to see Dovi take the title after coming so close last year and being so underrated for so long, but I suspect we'll see Marc vs Jorge vs Maverick predominantly.

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 17:07
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BobKelso's picture
You don't think Dovi will be

You don't think Dovi will be up there too then?  I kinda think he (Dovi) has the momentum, and he doesn't appear to be as flakey as some of the other riders, mentally I mean.  He just goes out there and gets on with it.  He has the confidence now too.

In contrast, Maverick had a bit of a disaster last year, given what everyone (including him) knows he's capable of.  I wouldn't be at all surprised if this year was kind of the same as last year.

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 13:10
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I'd love to see Dovi up there, taking wins and the title, believe me, but I just feel perhaps Ducati will want Jorge to be the one who brings home the bacon - I really, really want to be wrong about that.  You're absolutely right about Dovi growing mentally though - i bet he doesn't park the "family man estate car" in the car park anymore!

I think the Mav issue last year was based on the changes to the bike from mid-way through the season and the lack of feel from the tyres.  I'd like to see if Yamaha can improve with the 2018 bike enough to give him a fairer shot at a title challenge.

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 20:21
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Sutton19's picture
If you look at ducati's team

If you look at ducati's team launch all the pictures show Dovizioso positiond in front of Lorenzo so that might be a sign, but I don't know.

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 19:03
griffblade's picture
Marquez will win it again.

Marquez will win it again. Will not win every race but will do what needs to be done. Maverick will finish runner up.

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 14:29
Sutton19's picture
Tito Rabat is going to be his

Tito Rabat is going to be his biggest challenger another good performance from him today.

Sun, 02/18/2018 - 00:08
patxilek's picture
Es pronto para hablar. El año

Es pronto para hablar. El año pasado se vio que en pretemporada y 4 primeras carreras MV25 estaba ganador. Luego Honda, siempre remonta y MM93 ha dado la vuelta. Veremos alguna sorpresa !!!

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 10:50
Motohead07's picture
I hope I'm wrong but the last

I hope I'm wrong but the last time we've seew Marquez look this good in pre season was in 2014 and we all know what happened that year......