MotoGP » Qatar MotoGP: Lorenzo leads opening night, Rossi stars


Jorge Lorenzo fastest during Thursday night's practice session for the Qatar MotoGP at Losail.

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Angus - Unregistered

April 04, 2013 9:38 PM

@Tuckey.
Haydon won a World Championship despite a young Pedrosa taking him out on one of the last races,his own team mate in 2006 I think it was. Honda then dropped Haydon after he did that for them and they based their entire project around Pedrosa for the Honda. What has Pedrosa done in return?? Couple of race wins. In my opinion Haydon was shat on from a great hight. Got my Motogp mojo back for this season. Go Vale. Most of the people on here seem to have just started watching motorcycle racing in the last 2 years. Have any of you ever ridden a big bike and know what it takes????

King Kenny - Unregistered

April 04, 2013 10:36 PM

I think the podium will be Lorenzo, Rossi and Pedrosa (not saying in what order). Marquez is fast but I think it's too soon for him to manage to keep his speed over race distance. The way he was braking and sliding the rear today at the end of the straight, he should have a hard time with his tyres towards the end of the race. Also, his riding doesn't seem consistent enough yet, looks a bit all over the place, like Crutchlow or Simoncelli looke in their first steps in MotoGP. That kind of riding may put you in the first row or even pole, but won't win you a race against the likes of 26, 46 and 99.

He'll get there soon enough, though.

Tetley

April 04, 2013 10:57 PM

It's far too early to be drawing conclusions as we don't know what the fuel strategies were or how much the different bikes used up their tyres. We also don't know who was chasing a qually set-up and who was chasing a race set-up, and which riders can maintain their pace over a full race distance.
The situation will be clearer after the next Practice session, when the times will determine who makes it into Q1 or Q2, and who is in the also-rans.
All we can say is that the track is not yet rubbered-in, and everyone is suffering from the lack of grip. When grip improves the Ducatis will find their understeer leaves them lower than todays listings.
Meanwhile, Pedrosa's Honda looks to have some turning-in problems.
The Yams appear to be sweet handling as expected, and I am left wondering if Cal's Tech 3 bike is a lot nearer factory spec than they are letting on. Duc are giving satelite teams factory bikes to speed development, so could Yam be secretly doing something similar ?

Chief_Thunder - Unregistered

April 04, 2013 11:45 PM

@slow Old46 - Unregistered
April 04, 2013 10:30 PM

VR will lucky to be 4th Behind Dani, Lorezo, Carl and Marq.

This clown can't even count! Clowns belong in a circus!! Go back where u came from!!

MG - Unregistered

April 05, 2013 12:37 AM

V a l e n t i n o ROSSI!

To all the ROSSI haters talkin smack when he was on Ducati now proving while at Yamaha that the DUKE was garbage.

Sorry Hayden...Should of caught the bus while you still could.

Rossi setting pace getting Jorge a sweat.

Next week...Stoner will talk rubbish. lol.

I love it when Rossi proves to haters he can still out perform all the crap talk people thrust on this site.

Go ROSSI GOOOOO

Angus - Unregistered

April 05, 2013 1:42 AM

73MACH3
Is that you saying I'm old?? Only 42 you know. Was at Donington in 2000 ish, can't remember, when a young Rossi started 11 or something and passed one rider per lap to win. Amazing!! Yes, I am old,ha ha!!

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