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KTM is very stupid to let Oliveira go. He’s a multiple race winner for them. The bike isn’t consistent. Aprilia’s gain there. On par with Miller leaving Ducati.



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What a race. So close. Enea and Bags put on a show right until the very end. Pecco bagging 4 in a row is incredible. That amount of pressure, yet again, and he sticks it until the end. Beast showed why he got the factory contract over Martin. If he had the latest spec machinery he wins this race.

And Maverick. Podiums in 3 of the last 4 races. Any doubters, it’s over. The Aprilia is excellent but the Ducati is the best bike on the grid.



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It was a fun race to watch. The Beast had to ease up to keep from tangling with Bagnaia and still finished so close that Bags could smell what he had for breakfast! Mav was smart not to push with those 2 while settling for 3rd. Another good race for Luca. I thought Fabio was gonna get him at the finish line but somehow he held him off.

Enea will be a handful on the factory bike next season. He's putting everyone on notice now.


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Marc is all set to race this weekend. I’m not sure he’ll actually start or just get on the bike to get some practice in before pulling out at the last minute. Not quite sure they need to have him back yet but someone is ready for him to make a dollar for the team. Hope he holds together, physically that is. Mentally, I think he’s bonkers!


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Stupid. He goes down on that arm, at this stage, he could end his career. He should honestly chalk it until the first post season test. He probably thinks he can acclimate by riding just a little bit each session depending on how he feels. But qualifying in the back and starting the race back there..well that’s where the carnage comes in the first laps. Good luck to him though even though I can’t stand the sob.



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Marc involved in not one, but two incidents at the beginning of the race. First one, racing incident, 2nd? I don’t know. Marc throwing elbows out on Nakagami, it just didn’t look good, at all.

Beast made some mistakes, but pulled it off in the end. Finally a last lap duel for the win.

Ducati claim constructors championship this early. HRC must be boiling red. 3rd year in a row too.

Fabio’s lead in the championship is fucked. Fabio could still win, Pecco looks the best, but even Aleix has a shot at the 2022 title.

Off to Japan.



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Both incidents with Marc are strictly due to him not being ready to get back on a big boy bike and it showed. Off throttle mid straight because the rear let go? I think it was all about him not being in control of the bike and Fabio paid the price for it….then Nakagami. Fuck Marc and HRC and Dorna for letting him back on circuit before he should have been. I hope he doesn’t cause any serious injuries with his dumbassery.

Championship is completely up in the air between Fabio, Aleix, and Pecco (dark horse being a small little BEAST)—ha ha, see what I did there.

4 races over the next 5 weeks and it’s heating up. We’ll see which nut cracks first.

One last thought: Fabio is probably just as pissed at Yamaha as he is at Marc. They’re the ones that gave him a shit bike to ride. Hopefully they can find him some speed for next season because the turd he’s on now is likely to get him really hurt


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Yamaha hired a F1 guy to “help” them with their engine. I know Iwata pretty damn well, and it is not like them to do this and hire people outside the company. In 25 years I only saw them “poach” once before and that was Magneti Marelli engineers in 2007/2008 as the electronics, etc, well Ducati busted their ass.

Honda has done the same, recently. HRC has a brand new Kalex made swingarm. Unheard of for HRC. They are partnering with the German firm to make swingarms for the RCV?

It’s clear both factories are so desperate to move ahead they’ll damn well do anything. And root cause, Gigi.

Both incidents with Marc were him writing checks on that bike his ass could not cash. Technically, racing incidents, but just the same old bullshit from him not giving a fuck about anyone but himself and not giving a flying fuck about his competitors. Nakagami and Fabio did not walk away from that shit unhurt. They’ll be sore as shit all week, at the bare minimum, paying for Marc racing again.

Valentino would bust your ass last lap, last corner, and elbow for that W. This is no different than many champions before him. But you ride that way on the first corner, with full fuel tanks, tires that aren’t fully warmed up, before riders have spaced out some, you are an ass hole.

And a sprint race and all the changes for next year are stupid as fuck too. MotoGP getting gen z’d. Never thought I see this bullshit.



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Ouch. Fabio got a bit of road rash. Eek

Marquez’s stunt made the points situation very interesting. #93 ruined what could have been a good race for Fabio, Taka and Rins who had great pace.



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Thrilla’ Milla’. Ride of his life. Phenomenal. To do it at Honda’s track and stick it up their ass, oh my.



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Petrucci to Deputize Mir for Thailand

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Mir, the 2020 MotoGP world champion, has been out of action since breaking his ankle in a lap one crash at the Austrian Grand Prix in August.

Sitting out the Misano round, Mir attempted to ride at Aragon but withdrew after Saturday and sat out last weekend’s Japanese GP too.

It was thought he would return for this weekend’s Thailand GP, but the recovery of his right ankle is taking longer than expected and he will now aim to be back on his Suzuki at the Australian GP in two weeks’ time. Instead, Suzuki has confirmed Mir will be replaced by ex-Ducati rider Petrucci.

“Needless to say, I’m so happy for the chance to race in Thailand with Team Suzuki Ecstar," Petrucci said. "I want to thank the team for giving me this fantastic opportunity.

"I also want to thank Ducati and my current team management for letting me take this stand-in ride. I’m really curious to jump on the GSX-RR and try it, it looks very fast and we know it’s a winning machine.

"I’m also eager to work with the Suzuki crew, that I’ve known for a long time now and we have a wonderful relationship. I know it won’t be easy, so I’m not putting any expectations on the experience, I just want to enjoy it.

"I’m also excited to be one of the few riders in history jumping from a MotoGP machine to a Dakar bike, a Superbike, then another factory MotoGP bike!”

Petrucci made his MotoGP debut in 2012 and rose from a back-of-the-grid seat at Ioda on a CRT-spec machine to the factory Ducati squad in 2019. The Italian won twice in his tenure with Ducati before moving to Tech3 KTM for 2021.

But a difficult season and desire from KTM to field its own up-and-coming riders in Remy Gardner and Raul Fernandez led to Petrucci losing his place on the MotoGP grid. He remained with KTM for a maiden assault on the Dakar Rally, which yielded a stage win despite carrying injury into the event.

Petrucci had expected to continue with KTM to embark on a full rally raid programme in 2022, but this fell through and the Italian linked up with Ducati again to move to the MotoAmerica Superbike championship. He won five races for the Warhorse Ducati squad aboard a Panigale V4 and took the championship battle down to the wire in his first season.

However, Petrucci came up just 20 points short of champion Jake Gagne on the Yamaha. Petrucci was asked by Suzuki to replace Mir at the San Marino Grand Prix earlier this month, but he elected to focus on his MotoAmerica title battle instead.

Suzuki brought in occasional Moto2 starter Kazuki Watanabe as Mir’s stand-in at Misano, while test rider Takuya Tsuda was upgraded from wildcard status to fill in for Mir last weekend at Motegi.

​​​​​​​Petrucci's outing with Suzuki in Thailand will mark the sixth different chassis he has ridden in his MotoGP career.




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Thrilla’ Milla’. Ride of his life. Phenomenal. To do it at Honda’s track and stick it up their ass, oh my.


Watched it last night.
Miller was on fire! Huge pace gap to everyone else.
The Suzuki fire was shocking, like the rider didn't realize the flames were licking at his hamstrings. Didn't hear if they gave a cause.
Bummer for Aleix, but he sure got the bike change done quickly.




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Kazakhstan round for 2023

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The calendar is set to extend well beyond its current run of 20 races after Dorna Sports recently announced plans for a grand prix in India last week.

This followed on from an announcement that it had entered into a memorandum of understanding to bring MotoGP to Saudi Arabia in the next few years.

MotoGP now hopes to race at the new Sokol Circuit near the country of Kazakhstan’s largest city Almaty after agreeing a five-year deal with organisers beginning in 2023.

A brief statement from MotoGP read: “The FIM MotoGP World Championship is coming to Kazakhstan!

“2023 marks the start of a new five-year deal that sees MotoGP touch down in a new region of the world as the stunning Sokol International Racetrack joins the calendar.

“Located just outside Kazakhstan’s largest city, Almaty, Sokol is a brand-new motorsport complex constructed in the heart of Central Asia.

“The region will be a new pitstop for MotoGP as the sport continues to expand around the world, engaging with new markets and fanbases.

“Kazakhstan will also become the 30th country to host a motorcycle Grand Prix since 1949, a perfect landmark number to celebrate the ever-expanding history of the world’s first motorsport World Championship, and Sokol International Racetrack will be the 74th venue to host a premier class Grand Prix.”

A full 2023 calendar is expected to be revealed in due course, with the new season starting on 26 March in Portugal.

The traditional season-opening venue in Qatar had to be moved to later in the year owing to the Losail Circuit receiving a major facilities upgrade.

From next year, MotoGP will have sprint races at every round of the calendar, which will run over half-distance of the main race and take place on Saturdays.

This year’s MotoGP calendar was meant to feature 21 events, but the return of the Finnish Grand Prix had to be cancelled due to the track still not being completed on time.

The circuit has since gone bankrupt and is not likely to feature on the 2023 schedule.







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20+ races, + 20+ sprint races. Yeah let’s jeopardize the riders health. Too many races. Should be capped at 18. And fuck those sprint races. What will happen is sandbagging for podiums to 5th to get a championship. Lame.



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I don't care for the sprints in F1, and they're capped at 6.
Having one with every race seems like a lot of extra stress on the riders. Make a mistake in the sprint & potentially ruin your Sunday.




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