Join Date: Jan 2016
Location: San Fran - East Bay
2017 MotoGP Season
Not sure if anyone else is interested in MotoGP so thought I’d try this thread and see if it gets any traction. I know there are far more F1 fans here, as am I, but my true love is with the bikes and think that over the last couple of years MotoGP is providing a far more exciting spectacle than F1. Unless something goes really wrong such as the weather F1 is a safe bet that it will be only one of six cars that will win and probably, in reality in dry conditions, only one of four. Whereas there were nine different winners of the 18 MotoGP races in 2016 and although young Maverick Vinales won the first 2017 races in Qatar and Argentina he threw himself down the road at COTA this w/e leaving Marquez to continue his American domination and leave Rossi heading the World Championship standings at 38 years old!! Some great rookies – Johan Zarco – on a satellite factory bike is pushing the top guys very hard and surely will take rookie of the year title. All very exciting stuff with Lorenzo moving to Ducati and struggling right now to get it going but I think the season is set up for a lot of excitement.
Interestingly at COTA this w/e the riders all complained how bumpy the track had become (over 10 crashes in FP3) and they believe it’s due to the extreme downforce of the F1 cars. How these guys at 170 lbs in leathers hang on to a 250HP machine for 45 minutes hitting 338 kph / 211mph is way, way beyond me!!! I know the F1 guys have fighter pilot reflexes and are very fit as well but trading paint on these bikes at the speeds they do is something else again.
PS - I put this in the “Lounge” rather than the McLaren Racing forum where the F1 thread is – if Admins think it should be moved please do. Txs.