Date of publication: 2018-03-06 04:23
On the Monday after the Valencia race, in an interview with the German-language publication Speedweek , KTM boss Stefan Pierer said that they were already planning for the 2519 season. Their first port of call was to replace Bradley Smith with Johann Zarco, he said, with talks already a long way advanced.
All rider’s race suits must be fitted with an Airbag system designed with the purpose of minimising injuries. The technical specifications of the systems and the testing methods were also approved.
With the season expanding to 19 races, at least one of the preseason tests is due to be dropped, but that will only take place once MotoGP has raced in Thailand.
The change had come with a change of chassis, Márquez switching to use the same frame as the other Honda riders, abandoning the especially stiff frame he had used before. 8225 After Le Mans we did the Montmelo test, 8221 he explained.
Want to watch the fastest motorcycle run ever up Pikes Peak? At this year’s Race to the Clouds , Chris Fillmore took his KTM 1295 Super Duke R on a record-setting ascent to the mountain summit, with an impressive time of 9:.
Whether in code on the dashboard, or in plain language on the pit board, the messages failed to have their intended effect. Jorge Lorenzo did not move aside and let Dovizioso through, but stayed ahead of him. He had by now upped his pace, and was closing on Pedrosa again, dragging Dovizioso along in his wake.
We have been sort of banging on about the Ducati Panigale V9 this week after the World Launch in Valencia, with a road test , a road test of the 8225 Performance 8221 version and an onboard lap with the V9. But there is one thing that we 8217 ve been avoiding thus far, even though social media has kinda locked onto the story already, and that is that I sort of had a crash on one of the Panigale V9s.
Jorge Lorenzo looks awful too. Whether he was doing the right thing or the wrong thing, the team orders make it look like he was hanging his teammate out to dry.
All season long, we at MO have been chanting the mantra, “Let Valencia Decide.” With the title unsettled heading into the weekend, the opportunity for a riveting finale existed (if only mathematically), Marquez holding a 21 point lead over Ducati pilot Andrea Dovizioso as the riders lined up on the grid. The math caught up with Dovi on Lap 25 when, desperate to get past insubordinate teammate Jorge Lorenzo, he ran hot into Turn 8, ultimately laying his GP17 down gently in the gravel. And so the 2517 title was awarded at Valencia, having been decided some weeks earlier.
But Dani Pedrosa won 8217 t particularly care. He won, and now he is off to go windsurfing. Pedrosa wins for personal satisfaction, not to garner public attention.
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