MotoGP: 2014 Race 07 - Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya (SPOILER

Posted at 6/12/2014 7:16:33 AM

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MotoGP: 2014 Race 07 - Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya (SPOILER

This one is for bragging rights



Circuit info

Length
: 4.727 m / 2.937 miles

Width: 12m

Left corners: 5

Right corners: 8

Longest straight: 1.047 m / 0.651 miles

Constructed: 1991

Modified: 1995

Repsol Honda



Marc Marquez #1 - The Baby Faced Assasin

Blah blah, "... it will be challenge." Blah blah, "... competition." Blah blah, "... decided on Sunday."

Sure, Marquez is claiming extra motivation for the home race but really, do any of us believe that that? More to the point, does anyone believe that he needs it? To summarize the season thus far, Marquez has raced from pole to finish, flag to flag; he's been punted, shoved, and coerced off track and then raced to the win; he's be pushed, shoved and bullied back to tenth and raced to the win; he's.... Well you get the picture. Suffice it to say that the only motivation that hash-tag number one hash-tag untouchable hash-tag why do the rest bother seems to need is the promise of a checkered flag at some point in the future and a ribbon of tarmac. Or at least that's what the rest of the field had better be hoping, because if he can drop behind every other factory bike on the grid (and a couple of open bikes to boot), hang out for a while and then hit the front for a win then the world collectively shudders to think what he's capable of with "extra motivation".

2013 - Factory Honda RC213V - 3rd
2012 - Repsol Moto2 - 3rd
2011 - Repsol Moto2 - 2nd

Prediction
A little known fact about the town of Cervera in Spain where Marc Marquez was born is that "performance" is a regional colloquialism for the act of visiting with one's close friends and family after a period of protracted absence. Under the false assumption that Marquez will ride with extra abandon for (one of) his home Grand Prix, the motorcycling world is shocked when when he elects to start from pit lane. The jumbo screens are filled with images of the reigning world champion jovially cavorting with his family in the pit garage, sipping on sangria and San Miguel beer while wearing the uniforms of the Spanish FIFA team. After several minutes Marc pulls himself from the party under a barrage of heckling and dons his Repsol leathers. He then races to victory in time to catch the closing minutes of the match.

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Valentino Rossi #46 - The Iceman

There's a lot going just right for Valentino Rossi right now. Sure he hasn't won a race since... well it's been a while. Which, ipso facto, means he's winless for 2014. But then again, Nobody's won in 2014 so he's in good company.

Little known fact: in the small town of Cervera, Spain, "Marc" is an often substituted nickname for the longer and wildly popular name of "Nobody".

So while Rossi goes into one of his winningest tracks on the calendar without a win, he's at least in good company. On paper he really has Nobody to worry about (see what I did there?) but just to play along we'll say that he should probably look out for his teammate. The #99 was rather impressive on Rossi's home turf in Italy last time out, and this could be Rossi's chance for payback. However last season Lorenzo used Catalunya as a springboard to get his title challenge back on track. While he fell short in the end, he certainly made a go of it. For Rossi to really keep his '14 momentum going he'll have to keep the other Yamahas behind him first and foremost.

Keeping the factory Hondas behind him wouldn't hurt either.

2013 - Factory Yamaha YZRM1 - 4th
2012 - Ducati GP13 - 7th
2011 - Ducati GP12 - 5th

Prediction
The top 5 get a lightning start but Marquez makes an early break. Still hampered by injury Pedrosa falls back in the pack and has to fight his way forward. Lorenzo attempts to make a run at Marquez but is hampered by the fact that he refuses to switch to the new Yamaha equipment, muttering something about sloppy seconds. Meanwhile Rossi and the M1 form like Voltron and take it to the man as payback for Italy.

Posted at 6/12/2014 8:20:17 PM

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I do love this track, or as Marky Marc would say, "I loov thees circwit"! :lol: The fact that this is a home track for him, he's gonna really kick @ss this weekend, so I do not give anyone else on the grid much of a chance to challenge. Yada-yada-yada...

But wait! I see a bad moon arisin'. The racing Gods have decided to make things interesting. As such, the weather is going to make yet another dramatic entry and Scattered T-Storms are going to hit the scene all through free practice and quali. So lightning could literally strike here and throw up a surprise that no one will see coming. If this is the only way to slow Marquez down, well, we got it! And come Sunday, all should be calm for race day. But what damage will be done in the run-up? Who will weather the storm and stand tall on the first row? For now, only the racing Gods know for sure. And who knows; maybe even they are guessing!

I say Lorenzo takes this one, Marquez falls down early on, Dovi gets on the podium as Rossi and Pedrobot both fall fighting for second late and A. Espargaro takes the third spot on the rostrum as a result.




NAH, Marquez takes this one too! That is if he makes it through quali. :lol:

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Posted at 6/16/2014 9:01:57 PM

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Well, you were close. MM did taste the asphalt, just earlier than you thought.

That was a good race, a really good race. Edge of the seat stuff right up to the very last corners. If only Yamaha could pull just a little more grunt out of the M1. Rossi and Lorenzo were getting slaughtered on the straights and out of corners.

Good to see Dani put up a fight, but still a click behind. Could he have done better with a bit more healing after the surgery?

Posted at 6/17/2014 10:33:04 AM

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Yessir, it certainly was! The weather that was supposed to dog the proceedings thoughout the weekend never really materialized except for a breif but violent outbreak the night before the race and then a threat on race day which left the crews scrambling to get wets on the second bikes and get them ready in case they needed to be pressed into service. But the track stayed dry and the race was carried out in spectacular fashion. Rossi was in rare form on Sunday and was clearly ready or a good old fashioned fight. Unfortunately the Yamaha was just not up to the task and the outcome, though exciting was inevitable. Lorenzo tried his best to stay in it but by lap 9 he was unable to keep pace on acceleration coming out of the turns and settled in for a lonely 4th place finish.

Young Marquez put on yet another classic racing clinic, starting a bit more conservatively for the first stint of the race, measuring his opponents and choosing the perfect times to attack. He did show signs of mortatlity at times this time out, having a minor spill in Q2 and then running wide a few times during the race. At one time he actually ran off track altogether and had to rejoin whist giving a few positions back to his rivals, and it still didn't matter. His ability to massage and then manhandle this machine at will and always at the proper time is simply uncanny. And I agree, it was great to see Dani fight the way he did. Even though that last attack on the final lap didn't work out, it showed a willngness to take the fight to this young titan, to take the risk needed to win. It was truly wonderful to watch, and I hope we can look forward to this kind of dicing the rest of the season. his is what top-level racing is supposed to be, and withthe second group drawing ever closer, it could get even better as the season progresses.

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