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PAULPAUL    2,290 posts
The 2018 MotoGP season begins Monday morning (WST time). 

19 races this season with the addition of the Thai GP in early October. 

SCHEDULE
Mar 18 - Losail, Qatar 
Apr 8 - Santiago, Argentina 
Apr 22 - Austin, USA 
May 6 - Jerez, Spain 
May 20 - Le Mans, France 
Jun 3 - Mugello, Italy 
Jun 17 - Catalunya, Spain 
Jul 1 - Assen, The Netherlands 
Jul 15 - Sachsenring, Germany 
Aug 5 - Brno, Czech Republic 
Aug 12 - Red Bull Ring, Austria 
Aug 26 - Silverstone, Great Britain 
Sep 9 - Misano, San Marino 
Sep 23 - Aragon, Spain 
Oct 7 - Buriram, Thailand 
Oct 21 - Motegi, Japan 
Oct 28 - Phillip Island, Australia 
Nov 4 - Sepang, Malaysia 
Nov 18 - Valencia, Spain 

RIDERS/TEAMS 
New combinations for this year are highlighted. 

APRILIA (Team Gresini) 
#41 Aleix Espargaro, #45 Redding 
DUCATI (Ducati Team) 
#04 Dovizioso, #99 Lorenzo 
DUCATI (Alma Pramac) 
#9 Petrucci, #43 Miller ('17 Ducati) 
DUCATI (Reale Avintia) 
#10 Simeon ('16 Ducati), #53 Rabat ('17 Ducati) 
DUCATI (Angel Nieto Team) 
#17 Abraham ('16 Ducati), #19 Bautista ('17 Ducati) 
HONDA (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS) 
#12 Luthi, #21 Morbidelli 
HONDA (Repsol Honda) 
#26 Pedrosa, #93 Marquez 
HONDA (LCR Honda) 
#30 Nakagami ('17 Honda), #35 Crutchlow 
KTM (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) 
#38 Smith, #44 Pol Espargaro 
SUZUKI (Team Suzuki Ecstar) 
#29 Iannone, #42 Rins 
YAHAMA (Monster Yahama Tech 3) 
#5 Zarco, #55 Syahrin ('17 Yahama) 
YAHAMA (Movistar Yahama MotoGP) 
#25 Vinales, #46 Rossi

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  • TiversTivers    6,542 posts
    Big watch on JackASS
  • PAULPAUL    2,290 posts
    Rossi has signed on with Movistar Yahama for another two years (till the end of 2020).

    http://www.motogp.com/en/news/2018/03/15/rossi-signs-new-two-year-deal-with-movistar-yamaha/251856
  • TiversTivers    6,542 posts
    Takes him to age 53

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  • PAULPAUL    2,290 posts
    Top 10 in Qatar
    DOV, MAQ, ROS, CRU, PET, VIN, PED, ZAR, IAN, MIL.

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  • ThunderstruckThunderstruck    1,687 posts
    Cracking 1st race Dovi beat Marquez by literally 1 bike length...Rossi less than a secind back in third.That Zarco can sure ride, led for a long time and with good pace on an inferior bike.


  • PAULPAUL    2,290 posts
    edited March 19

    That Zarco can sure ride, led for a long time and with good pace on an inferior bike.

    Absolutely agree with you there, especially when you consider he was riding the 2016 Yahama (with some upgrades). It will be interesting to see where Zarco goes in 2019, considering that the Tech 3 team will be switching to KTMs next season.

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  • paraleticparaletic    2,727 posts
    Fell asleep in front of tv but woke up with 3 laps to go. Hopefully the competition stays like that all season! Great racing.
  • PAULPAUL    2,290 posts
    edited March 20
    Tivers said:

    Big watch on JackASS

    Absolutely. With a good season this year, there could be plenty of good rides available in 2019. In fact, only six riders have rides locked away for 2019, Vinales and Rossi (Movistar Yahama, both till 2020); Marquez (Repsol Honda, till 2020); Crutchlow (LCR Honda, till 2019); Simeon (Avintia Racing, till 2019) and current Moto2 points leader, Francesco Bagnaia (Pramac, till 2020). Add to that list, Dovizioso, as I doubt he'll be going anywhere (Ducati). Also, with news that Miller's teammate Petrucci won't be riding for Pramac next year, he should at least have that ride as "backup" for 2019.
  • PAULPAUL    2,290 posts
    A first career MotoGP pole for Jack Miller in a wet/dry qualifying session in Argentina. Race is on at 2am Monday morning (WST).

    http://www.motogp.com/en/news/2018/04/07/last-tango-on-slicks-miller-takes-pole-in-crazy-qualifying/254429
  • PAULPAUL    2,290 posts
    Top 10 in Argentina
    CRU, ZAR, RIN, MIL, VIN, DOV, RAB, IAN, SYA, PET.

    MAQ crossed the line 5th but was given a 30-second post-race penalty for taking ROS out, relegating him back to 18th.

    CRU now leads the championship by 3 points.

    Championship
    CRU 38, DOV 35, ZAR 28, VIN 21, MAQ 20, MIL 19.

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  • PAULPAUL    2,290 posts
    edited April 22
    Marquez won his sixth consecutive Grand Prix of the Americas and his tenth consecutive MotoGP in USA.

    MARQUEZ - 10 CONSECUTIVE MotoGPs WINS IN USA
    • GP of the Americas (Austin) - 2013-18
    • Indianapolis MotoGP (Indianapolis) - 2013-15
    • US MotoGP (Laguna Seca) - 2013

    Also, a third consecutive top-10 finish for Jack Miller, after starting 18th on the grid.

    Top 10 in Austin
    MAQ, VIN, IAN, ROS, DOV, ZAR, PED, RAB, MIL, ESA.

    Championship
    DOV 46, MAQ 45, VIN 41, CRU 38, ZAR 38, IAN 31, ROS 29.

    All the remaining MotoGPs this season will be on at a more "viewer friendly" time, either on Sunday afternoons (AUS, MAL, THA and JPN MotoGPs) or on Sunday nights (around 8pm or 9pm WST).

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  • PAULPAUL    2,290 posts
    edited April 23
    PAUL said:

    Marquez won his sixth consecutive Grand Prix of the Americas and his tenth consecutive MotoGP in USA.

    MARQUEZ 10 MotoGP WINS IN USA
    • GP of the Americas (Austin) - 2013-18
    • Indianapolis MotoGP (Indianapolis) - 2013-15
    • US MotoGP (Laguna Seca) - 2013

    Throw in the three wins by Stoner (Indianapolis 2011, Laguna Seca 2011-12) and a couple by Pedrosa (Indianapolis 2010 and 2012) and Honda have now won the last 15 MotoGPs in USA. Lorenzo was the last non-Honda rider to win a MotoGP in US (2010 Laguna Seca, Yahama).

    In regards to the most consecutive 500cc/MotoGPs wins at the same venue, Giacomo Agostini won 9 500cc races in a row at Imatra, Finland (1965-73), 8 500cc races in a row at Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium (1966-73) and 6 500cc races in a row at Sachsenring, Germany (1967-72). He also won 6 500cc races in a row in West Germany (1967-72), but they alternated each year between Hockenheim and Nurburgring.

    Valentino Rossi won 7 MotoGPs in a row at Mugello, Italy (2002-08). Mick Doohan won 6 500cc races in a row at Mugello (1993-98). Casey Stoner won 6 MotoGPs in a row at Phillip Island (2007-12). Marc Marquez has now won all six MotoGPs at Austin (2013-18) and has won all five MotoGPs he has raced at the Sachsenring (2013-17).

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  • PAULPAUL    2,290 posts
    PAUL said:

    That Zarco can sure ride, led for a long time and with good pace on an inferior bike.

    Absolutely agree with you there, especially when you consider he was riding the 2016 Yahama (with some upgrades). It will be interesting to see where Zarco goes in 2019, considering that the Tech 3 team will be switching to KTMs next season.
    Signed up with the factory KTM team for 2019 and 2020, along with Pol Espargaro.

    http://www.motogp.com/en/news/2018/05/03/zarco-joins-ktm-for-2019-and-2020-seasons/256955
  • PAULPAUL    2,290 posts
    edited May 7
    Top 10 in Jerez
    MAQ, ZAR, IAN, PET, ROS, MIL, VIN, BAU, MOR, Kallio.

    Image from the back of Lorenzo's bike
    https://twitter.com/MotoGP/status/993111445557727232?s=20

    If you include the last three MotoGPs from last year, that's now seven consecutive top-10s for Jack Miller.

    Marquez now equals Mike Hailwood for equal sixth in MotoGP/500cc career wins.

    MOST CAREER MotoGP/500cc WINS
    1 Valentino Rossi 89
    2 Giacomo Agostini 68
    3 Mick Doohan 54
    4 Jorge Lorenzo 44
    5 Casey Stoner 38
    6 Mike Hailwood, Marc Marquez 37
    8 Eddie Lawson, Dani Pedrosa 31
    10 Kevin Schwantz 25

    Championship
    MAQ 70, ZAR 58, VIN 50, IAN 47, DOV 46, ROS 40, CRU 38, MIL 36, PET 34, RAB 24.
  • PAULPAUL    2,290 posts
    edited May 7
    PAUL said:

    Image from Lorenzo's bike (via MotoGP on Twitter)
    imagehttps://twitter.com/MotoGP/status/993111445557727232?s=20

    Those 360° cameras they use in MotoGP are top notch.

    Video link to that accident involving LOR, DOV and PED.
    https://twitter.com/BerrageizF1/status/993123071182729217?s=20

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  • PAULPAUL    2,290 posts
    PAUL said:

    Add to that list, Dovizioso, as I doubt he'll be going anywhere (Ducati).

    Dovizioso has signed on for another two years at Ducati. Aleix Espargaró (Aprilia) and Álex Rins (Suzuki) have also signed on for two more years. Miguel Oliveira, currently 3rd in Moto2, has signed with Tech 3 for next season.

    2019 RIDES CONFIRMED
    Ducati: Dovizioso, TBA
    Avintia (Ducati): Siméon, TBA
    Pramac (Ducati): Bagnaia, TBA
    Angel Nieto (Ducati): TBA, TBA
    Aprilia: A.Espargaró, TBA
    Honda: Márquez, TBA
    Marc VDS (Honda): TBA, TBA
    LCR (Honda): Crutchlow, TBA
    Suzuki: Rins, TBA
    Yahama: Viñales, Rossi
    KTM: Zarco, P.Espargaró
    Tech 3 (KTM): Oliveira, TBA
  • PAULPAUL    2,290 posts
    edited May 20
    Top 10 in Le Mans
    MAQ, PET, ROS, MIL, PED, LOR, VIÑ, CRU, ESA, RIN.
    IAN (crash), DOV (crash), ZAR (crash).

    Márquez is now tied with Casey Stoner (for fifth place) with 38 career MotoGP wins.

    Top 10 in Championship
    MAQ 95, VIÑ 59, ZAR 58, ROS 56, PET 54, MIL 49, IAN 47, CRU 46, DOV 46, PED 29.

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  • PAULPAUL    2,290 posts
    edited June 3
    Lorenzo finally wins on a Ducati.

    Top 10 in Mugello
    LOR, DOV, ROS, IAN, RIN, CRU, PET, VIÑ, BAU, ZAR.
    MAQ (16th, crash), MIL (crash), PED (crash)

    Top 10 in Championship
    MAQ 95, ROS 72, VIÑ 67, DOV 66, ZAR 64, PET 63, IAN 60, CRU 56, MIL 49, LOR 41.

    Also, Dovizioso set a MotoGP record for the quickest top speed in practice, 356.5km/h. Petrucci set the race record, clocking 355.8km/h. In comparison, the unofficial F1 record is 372.5 km/h by Bottas in a Williams-Mercedes in Mexico 2016.
  • PAULPAUL    2,290 posts
    PAUL said:

    Lorenzo finally wins on a Ducati.

    Becomes only the sixth rider in the MotoGP era (2002-onwards) to win a race for two different manufacturers (Yahama 44, Ducati 1).

    The other five are Valentino Rossi (Honda 33, Yahama 56), Max Biaggi (Yahama 8, Honda 5), Casey Stoner (Ducati 23, Honda 15), Andrea Dovizioso (Honda 1, Ducati 8) and Maverick Viñales (Suzuki 1, Yahama 3).
  • PAULPAUL    2,290 posts
    edited June 7
    Lorenzo signed a two-year deal with Repsol Honda, replacing Dani Pedrosa.

    http://www.motogp.com/en/news/2018/06/05/confirmed-lorenzo-to-ride-for-repsol-honda-in-2019-and-2020/261628

    Following Lorenzo's signing, Petrucci has signed a one-year deal with the factory Ducati team.

    http://www.motogp.com/en/news/2018/06/06/petrucci-joins-factory-ducati/261638

    Also, it has been confirmed that Morbidelli (Marc VDS) and Syahrin (Tech 3) will both retain their current rides for 2019.
    PAUL said:

    2019 RIDES CONFIRMED
    Ducati: Dovizioso, Petrucci
    Avintia (Ducati): Siméon, TBA
    Pramac (Ducati): Bagnaia, TBA
    Angel Nieto (Ducati): TBA, TBA
    Aprilia: A.Espargaró, TBA
    Honda: Márquez, Lorenzo
    Marc VDS (Honda): Morbidelli, TBA
    LCR (Honda): Crutchlow, TBA
    Suzuki: Rins, TBA
    Yahama: Viñales, Rossi
    KTM: Zarco, P.Espargaró
    Tech 3 (KTM): Oliveira, Syahrin

  • PAULPAUL    2,290 posts
    Back-to-back wins for Lorenzo, back-to-back DNFs for Miller.

    Top 10 in Catalunya
    LOR, MAQ, ROS, CRU, PED, VIÑ, ZAR, PET, BAU, IAN.
    DOV (crash), MIL (retired).

    Top 10 in Championship
    MAQ 115, ROS 88, VIÑ 77, ZAR 73, PET 71, CRU 69, LOR 66, DOV 66, IAN 66, MIL 49.

    Three more rides have confirmed in the past week for next year. Iannone moves to Aprilia from Suzuki. Joan Mir, currently sixth in Moto2, takes over Iannone's ride at Suzuki. Jack Miller stays at Pramac for a second season, but will get to ride the new GP19 Ducati.
    PAUL said:

    2019 RIDES CONFIRMED
    Ducati: Dovizioso, Petrucci
    Avintia (Ducati): Siméon, TBA
    Pramac (Ducati): Bagnaia, Miller
    Angel Nieto (Ducati): TBA, TBA
    Aprilia: A.Espargaró, Iannone
    Honda: Márquez, Lorenzo
    Marc VDS (Honda): Morbidelli, TBA
    LCR (Honda): Crutchlow, TBA
    Suzuki: Rins, Mir
    Yahama: Viñales, Rossi
    KTM: Zarco, P.Espargaró
    Tech 3 (KTM): Oliveira, Syahrin

  • PAULPAUL    2,290 posts
    edited July 14
    Marquez gets his ninth consecutive pole position at Sachsenring (sixth in MotoGP).

    In other news, Pedrosa announced during the week that he's retiring from MotoGP at the end of the season. Equal eighth all-time with 31 500cc/MotoGP wins (most wins by a rider not to win a 500cc/MotoGP championship) and equal seventh all-time with 54 Grand Prix wins (inc. 8 125cc and 15 250cc wins). Also holds the record as the only rider to win a Grand Prix in 16 consecutive seasons (2002-17).
    PAUL said:

    2019 RIDES/TEAMS CONFIRMED
    Ducati: Dovizioso, Petrucci
    Avintia (Ducati): Siméon, TBA
    Pramac (Ducati): Bagnaia, Miller
    Aprilia: A.Espargaró, Iannone
    Honda: Márquez, Lorenzo
    Marc VDS (Honda): Morbidelli, TBA
    LCR (Honda): Crutchlow, TBA
    Suzuki: Rins, Mir
    Yahama: Viñales, Rossi
    SIC Racing (Yahama): TBA, TBA
    KTM: Zarco, P.Espargaró
    Tech 3 (KTM): Oliveira, Syahrin

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