Wednesday, April 04, 2018

Are The Riders Ready for Motogp at Argentina Read What They Have to Say

Hi Folks, Are the riders ready for Motogp at Argentina read what they have to say and more news from around the web. Well, Qatar was great wasn't it for the first Motogp of the season, now we have Argentina to look forward to and me for one just can't wait to see what happens. Hope you all had a really nice Easter and plenty of eggs to munch on. Me, well mine was very relaxing due to the cold weather and not being warm enough for me to ride our motorbike. I did get up the lottie though and finished all the digging of the beds ready for the seeds to go in so that's a plus. I have found myself pondering on moving to France again and it's really doing my head in at the moment, I really have to let it go for a while because it is stopping me from concentrating on more important things! Since the new series 'A new life in the sun' started I have been obsessed with watching the programme and how Brits manage to set up new lives and make it work for them. I know we could do it I just have to persuade the other half who is so set in his ways and not as adventurous as I am and who will not budge. Ah well, as the old saying goes good things come to those who wait or patience is a virtue of which I have loads of! Anyway moving on and back to the subject in hand let's see what is being said around the web by the riders shall we..
Rossi:- 'For me the riders to beat are Dovizioso and Marquez, maybe more Dovizioso, but I put them on the same level because Marquez always has the ability to be strong. I'm happy with my own first race, but we're not at their level yet'. Quote Valentino Rossi Blog
Marquez:- 'We started the season with a great race and a close podium finish in Qatar, and we had a positive test in Jerez last week - he states - I feel good at the moment, happy with my bike and with how my team is working, but we're just at the beginning of what will surely be a tough season'. Quote GPONE
Dovizioso:- 'I am very happy with this victory because we have confirmed the improvements we have made this winter and managed to manage the race well, even though I did a really bad start. At the start I had to close the gas,otherwise I would have collided with Rins, but then I started to recover positions on positions trying not to ruin the tires. Towards the end, after passing Zarco, I tried to create a gap on Marquez and Rossi but I had no grip and I could not increase my advantage. In the last corner I tried to be very careful because I knew that Marquez would try to pass me, and in fact it went like this. He close the door even more than in Austria and Japan, but I passed on the inner curb and then I exploited the power of my Desmosedici to stay ahead'. Quote
Zarco:- 'Everything was OK with tyre consumption, I would even say that I would have used my front tyre more if I had been behind and not in front. I would do the same again. Everything was in control. At one point, I was waiting. I said to myself, if no one is passing me, it means that I'm still quite fast, so let's see what happens. I feel like when you race behind another rider, you push more and in the end doing my own line may have helped me to hold the lead until five laps to the end and go down only to eighth'. 'At the beginning, without having started the weekend, you need to aim for the win. That's the ambition. Then, according to the practice and if you face some difficulties - set up problems or maybe a lack of ease on the bike - then you have to revise this aim downwards. But when you come strong from a Qatar Grand Prix as I do, there is no other option than aiming for the win. You need a little bit of luck. You need to fight and play your cards. This time, luck wasn't on my side, so wait until Argentina, go with the win in mind and understand the situation as the weekend goes'. Quote Autosport
Lorenzo:- 'What happened today in the race? Interesting question, I was losing the front lever, and I was trying to brake less because I thought the front brake was overheating. Then when I was feeling better and better and going faster thant the rider leading the race, trying to catch Iannone, at Turn 4 I lost the brakes. I had to jump to avoid hitting the wall. I was really lucky because it didn't happen at the first corner at 300km/h, because that would have been a different story. Luckily I'm ok, because it happened at 180 and not 30 kilometers an hour. I think I could have fought, If I didn't have that brake problem, I think I could have fought to stay with the lead group. Anything was possible - winning, finishing fifth, who knows. But for the first time I was better in the second half of the race than the first half'. Quote
Crutchlow:- 'I'm happy. Obviously, the aim was the podium today, but then again the aim was also to finish in the points which we haven't done here for the past two years. It's a long championship and I want to thank my LCR Honda CASTROL team who have done a great job over the winter. As have Honda as a manufacturer, they've done a fantastic job with the engine and it means that were a bit more competitive - especially on the straight. All credit to the guys on the podium, they did a great race, and it was good fun. That 'elastic band' just snapped when I got behind Zarco. The front three got away and when I got past him, I was at the same pace as them. I couldn't gain on them, but I wasn't losing either, and that's when I just decided to bring it home and collect the 13 points. We now look forward to Argentina, where we've had good results in the past'. Quote CalCrutchlow Website
Vinales:- 'We found a set-up that works by going in the opposite direction from the test and found something I really like. It's something I've asked my times for, and when we finally did I recovered a lot of feeling. I feel now like I did a long time ago, and my strengths are the same as they were last year now. Looking back, it's like I lost three months, and the bike is totally different from the test. The chassis is the same but the set-up isn't. The strong point of last year, the fast corners, is back, and that helps so much with my motivation. But now that the race pace is there, we need to see what happens in the next races. In testing, we sometimes fixed problems for a few laps, with no fuel, new tyres and a crazy lap. But for the rhythm I never felt like I did in the race. Now all I need is laps, laps, laps and to recover again the feeling I had last year'. Quote Motorcycle News
Pedrosa:- I cannot wait to get on track in Argentina to continue working with my team and prepare for the race on Sunday, but in Qatar we have not achieved the result we expected, but we know that the potential is there, which gives us confidence. We will continue to work with this positive attitude, the conditions of the Hot Springs track could be challenging at the begining of the weekend, but they will be the same for everyone and will usually improve over the weekend. We will work on our bike to be prepared for any conditions we have for the race, and we will give one hundred percent when the lights go out'. Quote TUTTOSPORT.COM
Iannone:- 'In Qatar I closed to 12 seconds behind the leader, It's not a lot, but it's a lot in MotoGP. Alex stayed in front of me and was very close to the first group, and in the end he crashed because always you want to push at the limit, you risk a lot. I think I have a little bit more maturity at the moment; when I think the situation is not at 100% I try to manage the situation, to finish the race and get some points. It's different. In any case, we have one year in front of us and we will work hard to improve. Quote Autosport Are the riders ready for Motogp at Argentina, well they certainly all seem to be looking forward to getting started don't they! I'm really excited to see what happens next! So our Triumph freinds went for a spin to Arundel at the weekend, unfortunately for me it was to cold and my knee would have suffered to much. Jackie managed to take a few piccies though and I have added them here for you all to see.
Made me feel cold looking at them!!! Next up for the club is Lord Mayor of Havant Classic Vehicle Run on the 15th April 2018 (see previous blogs for full information). You can find lots more biking events on my facebook page Motorbikes and me that are taking place in the very near future. I'm having problems with my website at the moment and I hope that when this gets sent out to you all that it is readable and that you can see the piccies, it's my own fault cause I keep playing around with it trying to get the layout better etc, etc until finally I have messed it up! Honestly why I can't just leave things alone I do not know... Anyway, let's have a quick look at some of the pictures that you have all shared with me via facebook and twitter shall we....
Before I go I just want to mention British Superbikes at Donington Park at the weekend. What a great race, the weather was awful and the track was wet in some places but this didn't stop all of the riders giving us the fans a show. Bradley Ray took the first victory, well done to him. O.k, so that's it from me today, let's hope when I am sat here catching up with the riders and finding out what they have to say from around the web next week that the weather has changed it's tuned hey... So for now folks, ride safe, take care of each other, until next time, please share if you like.

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