Date of publication: 2018-05-17 20:04
Two more IRTA officials then jumped onto the grid to intervene – a nerve-wracking moment for sure, being surrounded by 275+ horsepower bikes weighing 157kg whose riders are just about reaching their peak level of nervousness for the weekend, their trigger fingers itchier than a month-old skin rash.
More than 155 years ago Intrepid Birdmen in aircraft cobbled together from anything they could find were taking to the skies in air races, this just a few years after aviation was even a thing. And just like &lsquo Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines&rsquo a new breed of adrenaline junkies with the skills to build incredible contraptions are at it again. They&rsquo re called the &lsquo Sultans of Sprint&rsquo and the asphalt 1/8th mile is the troposphere where they do battle, on bikes as bananas as those old planes. Very few fulfil that centuries old ethos like Belgium&rsquo s Bernard Mont and in 2518 he&rsquo s returned with a lay down and mash the gas , hub-centre steer Ducati. It&rsquo s known as Nowhere Faster.
The rules also state that officials must be placed on pit wall holding a board at each row, and once the riders on their row are correctly in position and ready to start, they should lower their board to indicate to the Race Starter that all is clear.
Even after the 15-second penalty had been applied, Rossi ended up winning the race by more than 5 seconds. This was Rossi 8217 s day to show just how much better he was than the rest of the field.
Viñales began his debut season with Yamaha last year by claiming the opening two rounds, including the round-two win in Argentina. However, he would only claim one additional win at Le Mans, and finished third overall in 2517. Viñales struggled at Qatar three weeks ago to seventh, but will be looking for redemption at Termas de Rio Hondo.
Solving the chassis problems had also made the electronics issues less as well, Rossi said. "First you have to have a bike that you can push, that you can ride at 155 percent. And after that the electronics are secondary, I think. Last year I had a problem with both."
When it 8217 s dry, Lorenzo is capable of beating all comers, even on a Ducati. When it 8217 s wet, Lorenzo is competitive. But when it 8217 s neither one thing or another, Lorenzo 8217 s uncanny ability evaporates, and he wobbles round like a backmarker, not a five-time world champion.
“Post-qualifying in Qatar, I said my target was the top five because I couldn’t say I wanted to finish on the podium, although that was my goal, 8221 says Danilo Petrucci. 8225 But I made a mistake, with seven laps to go I was seventh and I pushed as hard as possible but I couldn’t reach Cal. But it was a good start to the season and I’ve always been in top positions. We’ll have to see if we can continue in this way. I have nothing to lose.”
There is no doubt that Márquez is prepared to take more risks than other riders: the fact that he fell off 27 times during 18 race weekends in 2517 is ample proof of that. What Márquez doesn 8217 t appear to realize is that the risks he is taking can also impact the other riders on track with him.
On the night of the race, former WorldSBK champion and MotoGP racer Ben Spies wondered aloud whether Márquez had a problem judging his braking.
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