Jump to content

MotoGP Silly Season


chrisolson

Recommended Posts

chrisolson

Well, its summer break and with Vinales quitting Yamaha its definitely going to make  2022 a different season.

 

This graphic below (courtesy of MotoGP web site) shows the current outlook for next year .... lots of interesting possibilities... will Franco move to the factory team to replace Vinales or just move to Rossi's factory bike within Petronas if Rossi retires ?

 

Either way who will be the second rider at Petronas  ?  ... given Rossi's pretty sure retirement

 

Or, if Franco stays with Petronas with Rossi's Factory bike, who will slot in beside Quartararo in the Yamaha Factory Team ?

 

Will Vinales actually go to Aprilia ?  What about Lorenzo ?  Who fills both slots on Rossi's new team (outside of Luca or is Luca actually a given) ?  

 

Who slots along site Remy at Tech3 KTM?

 

For the remainder of this year, will Marquez regain his old domination?

 

So many questions ... so few answers .... :90:

 

879286828_ScreenShot2021-07-01at7_26_06PM.thumb.png.b3f31118ff3928ef747a0e59eb433339.png

Link to comment
Bill_Walker

It wouldn't be at all surprising if Raul Fernandez joined Gardner at Tech3, given his performance in Moto2, albeit as a rookie.

 

And speaking of stellar rookies, has anybody signed Acosta for Moto2 next year?  Given the colors on his bike, I could see him getting Gardner's ride.  Otherwise, I suppose he might be stuck under contract.  Or perhaps they feel he needs further seasoning, despite his amazing performance.

  • Like 1
Link to comment
chrisolson
2 hours ago, Bill_Walker said:

And speaking of stellar rookies, has anybody signed Acosta for Moto2 next year? 

 

The one thing he needs is to consistently qualify better ... don't think he can count on coming through the pack in  Moto2 or eventually MotoGP like he has in  Moto3  ....

 

Or maybe he IS that good :14: ... he seems to be able to push and control the front tire like Marquez of old

Link to comment
Bill_Walker
On 7/4/2021 at 9:44 PM, chrisolson said:

The one thing he needs is to consistently qualify better ... don't think he can count on coming through the pack in  Moto2 or eventually MotoGP like he has in  Moto3  ....

 

True.  Although there are some in both classes known as "Sunday men", who always do better on Sunday than they did in qualifying.

 

I still can't believe Acosta won a race he started from the pit lane.

 

I noticed, especially in the last race, that it's clear he's starting to think more about winning the championship than winning the race.  Being just that little bit more conservative, especially toward the end of the race, and maybe being willing to settle for less than a podium.  In any event, he's clearly one to watch!

I just noticed some schedule changes.  Australia's been dropped, Malaysia's been moved up a week, and another race at Algarve has been tacked on before Valencia.

  • Like 1
Link to comment
chrisolson
20 minutes ago, Bill_Walker said:

I just noticed some schedule changes.  Australia's been dropped, Malaysia's been moved up a week, and another race at Algarve has been tacked on before Valencia.

 

Yep ... although the US (mostly) has put the pandemic on the back burner ... its still a major concern internationally causing the schedule balancing.

Link to comment
Yeeha Stephen
20 hours ago, chrisolson said:

 

Yep ... although the US (mostly) has put the pandemic on the back burner ... 

Sort of. Just announced that the American GP will have no General Admission tickets this year. Gotta buy a reserved seat ticket. 

I guess that COVID limits the # of people they are letting in.

 

Upgrade Your Viewing Experience! General Admission tickets will not be offered this year, but fans will still be able to explore the Circuit and enjoy their favorite GA areas by purchasing a reserved seat ticket at a comparable price.

  • Sad 1
Link to comment
Skywagon

Glad I have my reserve tickets since pre-pandemic.  Honestly I hope it keeps the crowd down some as it has become overcrowded and hard to get around....I've been to everyone since they started in Austin.

Link to comment
Yeeha Stephen

And for those that already had GA tickets.... This email just came out.

.

MotoGP Rides Again

Important Ticket Information

Saddle up! The MotoGP Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas returns to Circuit of The Americas on October 1-3, 2021, and you're all set with your existing ticket package.
We appreciate your flexibility over the past year, so we've upgraded your General Admission tickets to Reserved Seat tickets! You'll now have the chance to explore your favorite GA areas or watch the race from your designated seat.

To access and manage your tickets, log into your Ticketmaster Account Manager. Once you're logged in, you'll see your tickets and designated bleacher and seat number.

We look forward to seeing you at #AmericasGP this fall!

Link to comment
Skywagon

Well that’s good and bad. Those of us who paid a lot for reserve seTs 18 months ago aren’t thrilled…hmm reminds me of student loan forgiveness. 

Link to comment
chrisolson
1 hour ago, Whip said:

What about Dovi?

 

Yamaha?

 

Aprilia?

 

Is Zarco gonna get a full factory Duc ride?

 

 

 

All unknown so far . 

 

Gonna be interesting with both Dovi and Vinales being talked about for that seat at Aprillia.  Wonder if Aprillia will buy out Salvidori?

 

Will Yamaha still provide a factory spec bike to Petronas if/when Rossi retires.

 

 

Link to comment
  • 3 weeks later...
chrisolson

Not unexpected ... but still sad.  The end of an era ...always a threat until the last couple of years, he was/is genuinely respected by fans and competitors, a tireless and marvelous talent , with a flair for showmanship many tried to emulate, but could never really match the innovation and exuberance Rossi demonstrated.  A great spokesperson  for the sport.

 

Hope he's able to transfer some of that energy, fun and accumulated knowledge to his new MotoGP Team

  • Like 3
Link to comment
roadscholar

Well said Chris, when you're at the pinnacle of your sport for so long it's tough to know when to quit. Like Mario who was a rolling chicane and near hazard the last couple years he raced, and A.J. getting out of the car in the Indy 500 and throwing tools around : ) You can't stay young forever and some recognize it better than others, it's like there's a fight between the ego and the intellect, and if there's one thing Valentino's always been is smart.  

Link to comment
chrisolson

As a subscriber, I can't test this ... but according to MotoGP this should be a free link for anyone to view  the "top 10  victories of of Rossi's career" .

 

So, if your a Rossi / MotoGP fan, you might check it out.  These look to be full race replays, not just highlights.  You're in for a treat if it works :cool:

 

 

https://www.motogp.com/en/news/2021/08/05/free-top-10-victories-from-valentino-rossi-s-career/382377

Link to comment
chrisolson

So Viñales ' strange MotoGP journey continues.  After erratic performances, requesting release from his Yamaha contract with an unknown future, expressing displeasure with Yamaha management then walking it back  ..... he's been suspended from racing  in this weekend’s Austrian MotoGP™ ....  due to an "irregular operation of the motorcycle "

 

from MotoGP

 

Quote

Yamaha’s conclusion is that the rider’s actions could have potentially caused significant damage to the engine of his YZR-M1 bike which could have caused serious risks to the rider himself and possibly posed a danger to all other riders in the MotoGP™ race. 

 

Link to comment
chrisolson

Continuing the Yamaha drama, Viñales is confirmed now to Aprilia and Morbidelli is moved to the factory team.  

 

What of Petronas ? Its dropped support for the Sepang Racing Team ( no longer "Petronas SRT" ) for MotoGP ,  Moto2 and Moto3 and the two lesser teams will apparently fold. 

 

And now the SRT MotoGP team has no riders for 2022  as well as no sponsor ?  :dontknow:

 

So that leaves Yamaha with only the factory 2 bike team.  What a blow to Yamaha

 

And still no confirmation from Rossi as to who will be the two riders for his Aramco VR46 teaM.

Link to comment
Skywagon

I saw some of this on Crashnet  I'm a bit surprised Petronas 2-3 gone.  I thought Aprilla would sign Maverick even with his tantrums.  Too good a rider to let get away....if they can harness his personality.  I don't think his implosion is a a big mystery.  I think when Fabio proved to be better, he just couldn't handle.  After all he was supposed to be the Rossi replacement and all eyes on him.

Link to comment
On 8/12/2021 at 7:55 AM, chrisolson said:

"irregular operation of the motorcycle "

They posted on board from his last two laps on the factory Yam.......... huge temper taking it out on the bike......

Link to comment
  • 4 weeks later...

So while Morbidelli moves to the factory team with Fabio ... Dovi will finish out this year with Petronas on the 2019 bike ...

 

But has been guaranteed a 2022 factory spec bike next year. :5210:

 

The big question is what sponsor replaces Petronas and who will partner with Dovi on that team (who will most likely only have an older spec bike) ???  

 

Inquiring minds want to know ....  :cool:

Link to comment
Bill_Walker
20 hours ago, chrisolson said:

The big question is what sponsor replaces Petronas and who will partner with Dovi on that team (who will most likely only have an older spec bike) ???  

The speculation I've see is that it will be Darryn Binder, but jumping straight from Moto3 to MotoGP seems like a big jump to me.

Link to comment
chrisolson
27 minutes ago, Bill_Walker said:

The speculation I've see is that it will be Darryn Binder, but jumping straight from Moto3 to MotoGP seems like a big jump to me.

Yeah, Moto3 straight to MotoGP,  even on a satellite bike .... gotta be crazy or stupidly brave :16:and/or the team has to have a lot of patience to expect results as Dixon is proving even coming with  Superbike and Moto2 credentials .

Still no confirmation on the complete makeup of Rossi's team for 2021 either.

 

2021 should prove to be interesting

Link to comment

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
×
×
  • Create New...