Date of publication: 2018-06-05 01:37
Valentino Rossi is ‘positive’ about upcoming contract talks will evaluate performance during preseason and “maybe” first three races before deciding whether to race beyond 2518.
“But we are quite ready and I don't think we need to discuss a lot about the contract. So we are positive and optimistic. We are not in a rush. And I think we will say something after the first races.”
"I think Carmelo was very clear and he is very clever," the Pramac Ducati told us after qualifying. "I - I don’t know the word – I enjoy very much Carmelo, because from the first moment we went into this room, we all started to say 'No, you did this!' and 'No, you did this!' And Carmelo said, 'Please stop. Now from this moment the past is past, for the future the penalization will be more strict'. And then we discussed about some accidents of the past but Carmelo repeat, 'we cannot change the past but we can make the future better'."
On the face of it, it’s hard to bet against reigning Champion Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team). The rider from Cervera is now a six-time World Champion and he’s taken four premier class crowns in five years. Qatar is usually a more difficult venue for Marquez and Honda, although both will want to begin another title defence on the offensive and at the front.
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“We used both sessions to collect as much information as possible, trying various set-ups and tyre specifications. Ultimately, when we put on the soft tyre to do the time-attack, our expectations were not met. We have to improve the speed and the pace - the latter is the most important for the race. We only have two sessions to do it, but I'm confident that our engineers will come up with a good solution.”
And with a strong result last time out for Viñales in Austin, the Spaniard agrees with his teammate that this round (and the subsequent Monday test) could be crucial for them.
Andrea Dovizioso has complained that Yamaha’s new fairing is “much more dangerous” than Ducati's previous winglet which was banned. He also claims that the decision was to “limit Ducati’s progress". - Sumberbola
Márquez should be much more concerned with the pace of Viñales during FP9, however. The Repsol Honda rider was running 2', while the Movistar Yamaha man was setting 2'. Viñales only needs a minor tweak to get right on the pace with Márquez, and perhaps keep him from making it ten victories on US soil.
A very bad decision that will make things even worse. Race Direction is proving its profound incompetence and trying to save face with a very dumb decision. And i bet that Marquez will come out of it thinking that he was unjustly penalized and thus behaving even worse.
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