MotoGP 2018 Season Looks To Be Epic (as always)

Discussion in 'Motorcycle Racing' started by LewTheShoe, Mar 17, 2018.

  1. LewTheShoe

    LewTheShoe Team Owner

    I dunno, maybe part of the deal is... DP26 has to give that 2015 championship trophy to MM93 for "services rendered".. :oops:

    Lorenzo in talks with Honda to replace Pedrosa

    The Repsol Honda outfit has begun talks with three-time MotoGP world champion Jorge Lorenzo as a potential replacement for the outgoing Dani Pedrosa for 2019, has learned.

    Honda announced on Tuesday that it would part ways with Pedrosa, who has raced for the Repsol-backed factory outfit since 2006, “by mutual consent” at the end of the current campaign.

    It has subsequently emerged that Honda is keen on placing Lorenzo alongside reigning champion Marc Marquez for 2019 – and that it has already held preliminary talks with the 31-year-old.

    Lorenzo, who won MotoGP titles with Yamaha in 2010, 2012 and 2015, had struggled since joining Ducati last year, but took a breakthrough maiden win in dominant style last weekend at Mugello.

    Shortly after his victory, he told Spanish media: “"My story with Ducati is over.

    “A part of me is sad because I know that with this bike I could have fought to be world champion, which is why I came here. Now it’s too late. There is nothing to be done.”

    When it became clear he could leave Ducati at the end of his current contract, Lorenzo emerged as a prime target for Suzuki – but the Hamamatsu marque has since elected to pursue Moto2 ace Joan Mir instead.

    Consequently, Lorenzo has been working on a return to the Yamaha fold with what is believed to be a Petronas-backed satellite ride alongside current Marc VDS Honda rookie Franco Morbidelli.
    (More here.)
  2. donthaveanickname

    donthaveanickname Team Owner

    Pedrosa is likely going to announce his retirement at Sachsenring next week.
    It also seems likely that next year's German GP is going to be held at the Nürburgring, because the idiots that "organized" the Sachsenring event in the last 6 years have debts of over a Million Euros, which is no big surprise when a normal Sunday Grandstand ticket is €156.
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  3. LewTheShoe

    LewTheShoe Team Owner

    Those who think "tough" means big and mean and prone to fisticuffs ought to have a look at Dani Pedrosa...

    Dani Pedrosa Injuries.jpg

    Dani Pedrosa - A Look At His Career, And His Retirement
    After weeks of speculation, Dani Pedrosa has announced that he will end his active racing career at the end of the 2018 season. The Spaniard had been mulling his future for some time, after it had become clear that there was no place for him left in the Repsol Honda MotoGP team, and after discussions with other teams throughout the first part of the year, Pedrosa made his decision some time after Assen, and announced it at a special press conference held ahead of the German round of MotoGP at the Sachsenring.

    "Next year, I will not compete in the championship, this means I will finish my career this season in MotoGP," Pedrosa told a packed press conference room at the Sachsenring. "This is a decision I've been thinking about for a long time, and it's a very hard decision because this is the sport I love. But despite having good opportunities to keep racing, I feel like I don’t live racing with such an intensity as before and I now have different priorities in my life."

    "I would like to express how fortunate I feel to have had this opportunity," he said. "It's been an amazing life to be racing for such an important team and in front of all the fans. So I can say I achieved way more than I expected and I'm very proud of everything I've done in the sport. I fulfilled my dream of becoming a racer and this is something I didn't expect as a kid watching on TV." It was an emotional press conference, the normally taciturn Pedrosa fighting to control his emotions.

    The announcement had not come as a surprise. It had become clear in the week heading into the Sachsenring that Pedrosa had decided to retire. He had come close to announcing his retirement at Barcelona, four weeks ago, but the approach from the Petronas Yamaha Team due to race next year had forced him to consider his choice carefully. "In Barcelona I had the feeling and a more or less clear idea of what would be my decision, but an opportunity showed up, and you never have to close the door to opportunities in that way," Pedrosa said. "Finally, I considered the options, and with a bit more time, it's always better to take these decisions with more time and with your people and with your family, and think about it a little bit longer. But finally, the feeling is the feeling."

    It was the intensity levels needed to be competitive which had been a major factor in his decision. "You have to live the races to the limit and I had to give everything that I had," Pedrosa told the Spanish media. "Looking at the project and being realistic this is the direction I have to take. I gave everything I had on the track as well as off it and it’s simply this; I’m a rider that gave my best." That was a reason to turn down Petronas Yamaha. "Like I said it was something already coming for a long time and the opportunity I had was a great chance and nothing to say about. It's just my feeling, my way of approaching life and racing and being honest with myself… This was the decision."
    [ Link to much more about Dani's career and accomplishments. ]
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  4. Hotrod

    Hotrod Team Owner

    I don't get beIN Sports on my cable package. I cant remember ever going this long with out seeing a
    Moto GP or World Bike race. I use to always watch these. Starting to miss them. I guess I will
    go figure out what youtube has to offer.
  5. donthaveanickname

    donthaveanickname Team Owner

    MotoGP always shuts down YouTube live streams.
    This channel does upload some races in re-live, but they don't really have the best quality.
    You may however find a live stream on Twitch.
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  6. LewTheShoe

    LewTheShoe Team Owner

    The video pass at is about $100 per year IIRC, which includes every session of every race live plus a very complete archive. Probably half-price now for the second half of the year. Not free, but worth it to me.

    For those who love skill-based racing with hardcore on-track competition, MotoGP is the best racing on the planet, IMO, followed by Nascar Cup racing and World of Outlaws. The best English-language MotoGP coverage for in-depth info is (but no pics, no video).
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  7. Hotrod

    Hotrod Team Owner

    I have felt that way for a long time. Looking back on the thousands of races I have seen , MotoGP has consistently been at the top for thrilling racing.
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