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Peregrine 4903

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Does anyone on the forum watch MotoGP?

I started watching Formula 1 and MotoGP this year, and I have to say MotoGP has blown F1 out of the water in terms of entertainment. There have been 9 different winners in 12 races, Mir who looks set the word championship, hadn't won a race previsouly until the race today. 8 points seperate the riders placed 2nd to 6th, and I wouldn't be surprised if there are new race winners in the final 2 races of the season.

I have to admit most of this happened because Marc Marquez, the Lewish Hamilton of MotoGP crashed out of the first race of the season after almost pulling off one of the most ridiculous comebacks of the season, broke his arm and became out injured for the season. And what's more insane is that his replacement, Stephan Bradl only has 1 top 10 finish the entire season.

Its so much fun watching it, and was wondering if anyone else here on the Forum watches or is interested in MotoGP?
 
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Although I'm not a huge motorbike fan I think MotoGP is one of the best racing series there is with no pit stops and no aerodynamics to get in the way. Much of the racing is very close and some races come right down to the last corner. I gave up on F1 a few years ago when it had its usual dull opening race whereas the MotoGP had a fantastic starter with the Ducatis showing ridiculous straight line speed, the Yamahas nailing it through the corners and the Hondas somewhere in between leaving four riders closely fighting for the lead with Rossi creeping up from an eighth place start and stealing the lead on the very last corner.

It's been an odd year and it feels more like a series of individual races since the championship chops and changes so much but it's been great having so much variety and a lot of great finishes. I think if Marc Marquez hadn't crashed out it would have still be a great year it's just he would have been way out in front and we'd have been watching the many battles behind him. It's a surprise Bradl is so far back as he used to be a very solid performer and with him and Alex Marquez both struggling badly with the bike (although Alex has had some amazing races recently) it does give credibility to being a difficult bike to ride and designed around Marc.

I'm disappointed Rossi has been nowhere the entire year pretty much as I'd have thought he'd have had a chance at a win but I guess there's just no denying time has caught up with him.

If you haven't seen it I'd recommend the film Fastest which is getting on a bit now but focuses on the era with Pedrosa, Stoner, Lorenzo and Rossi which had many great races.
 

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Motorbike racing has never been my thing personally, but I do massively respect those riders. It does seem like it's been a great season of racing though from everything I've heard, albeit like you say because the 'usual culprit' has been on the sidelines all year!

F1 may have been what got me into motor racing in the first place, but in terms of good racing there's plenty other series out there, which are generally a lot better in terms of racing. I'm mainly interested in Sports Cars now, GTs and LMPs mostly which may or may not be helped by the fact that the main organising bodies behind sports cars - SRO, ACO and IMSA - all generally have freely available streams online.
 

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Although I'm not a huge motorbike fan I think MotoGP is one of the best racing series there is with no pit stops and no aerodynamics to get in the way. Much of the racing is very close and some races come right down to the last corner. I gave up on F1 a few years ago when it had its usual dull opening race whereas the MotoGP had a fantastic starter with the Ducatis showing ridiculous straight line speed, the Yamahas nailing it through the corners and the Hondas somewhere in between leaving four riders closely fighting for the lead with Rossi creeping up from an eighth place start and stealing the lead on the very last corner.

It's been an odd year and it feels more like a series of individual races since the championship chops and changes so much but it's been great having so much variety and a lot of great finishes. I think if Marc Marquez hadn't crashed out it would have still be a great year it's just he would have been way out in front and we'd have been watching the many battles behind him. It's a surprise Bradl is so far back as he used to be a very solid performer and with him and Alex Marquez both struggling badly with the bike (although Alex has had some amazing races recently) it does give credibility to being a difficult bike to ride and designed around Marc.

I'm disappointed Rossi has been nowhere the entire year pretty much as I'd have thought he'd have had a chance at a win but I guess there's just no denying time has caught up with him.

If you haven't seen it I'd recommend the film Fastest which is getting on a bit now but focuses on the era with Pedrosa, Stoner, Lorenzo and Rossi which had many great races.
Yeah this season has been so crazy and randon. Much that I hope there is another twist in the championship, I think Mir deserves the championship, for being the most consistent. Hopefully we can get a 10th race winner in one of the last 2 races, maybe Pol or Miller can knick a win, or even both knowing this season.

Its so wierd that the Honda, just doesn't seem that good without Marc Marquez, really shows just how good of a rider he is.

I was looking back on wikipedia, and wow the domination of Lorenzo, Pedrosa, Stoner, Rossi and Marquez is staggering. Practically up to 2016 no one else had a look in. I'll definetely try and watch the film fastest.
 

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Motorbike racing has never been my thing personally, but I do massively respect those riders. It does seem like it's been a great season of racing though from everything I've heard, albeit like you say because the 'usual culprit' has been on the sidelines all year!

F1 may have been what got me into motor racing in the first place, but in terms of good racing there's plenty other series out there, which are generally a lot better in terms of racing. I'm mainly interested in Sports Cars now, GTs and LMPs mostly which may or may not be helped by the fact that the main organising bodies behind sports cars - SRO, ACO and IMSA - all generally have freely available streams online.

I'm a big fan of the LMP, GTE and GT3 cars particularly Spa 24 which is all GT3 spec cars which all look and sound fantastic doing the track justice. It's not just the streams which are free either with tickets for the events being cheap as well, I went to see the FIA WEC six hours of Silverstone a few years ago when Toyota were rising and the ticket cost £25 for the weekend which included access to all the grandstands the paddock and even a pit walk. All of which was awesome as I could watch the race start, spend the next six hours slowly walking round the track to see the race from each angle and then when finished there wasn't a big queue to get out either.

Yeah this season has been so crazy and randon. Much that I hope there is another twist in the championship, I think Mir deserves the championship, for being the most consistent. Hopefully we can get a 10th race winner in one of the last 2 races, maybe Pol or Miller can knick a win, or even both knowing this season.

Its so wierd that the Honda, just doesn't seem that good without Marc Marquez, really shows just how good of a rider he is.

I was looking back on wikipedia, and wow the domination of Lorenzo, Pedrosa, Stoner, Rossi and Marquez is staggering. Practically up to 2016 no one else had a look in. I'll definetely try and watch the film fastest.

It's not unusual to have a motorbike that's suited to one rider but no-one else and was very much the case with Stoner and Ducati which at the time he was winning races and world championships with while his various teammates were rarely much better than the back of the grid. Honda are usually consistent both as a team and the customer bikes so it's been a surprise to see them doing so badly this year but there's suggestions the bike has been developed around Marc Marquez who has a more extreme riding style. With motorbikes it's difficult to get technical feedback from the bike because much of it comes down to the feel of the ride since the riders move around the bike so much whereas a car's seated position is static.

Nothing against Marc Marquez though who is clearly an exceptional rider and before he crashed at the start of the year he looked like he was on a different class of bike he was tearing through the field so quickly.
 
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Joan Mir has won the 2020 MotoGP world championship. Very well deserved in my opinion, in a crazy, unpredictable season Mir won by being the most consistent. I feel like if Rins hadn't been injured at the beginning of the season and Morbidelli didn't have mechanical issues they could have challenged him but overall Mir deserved to win and was brilliant all season.

Quatararo completely bottled it and totally collapsed under pressure. Hopefully he'll recover for 2021.

Also the last lap between Morbidelli and Miller was insane.

Lets hope we can get 1 more winner in the final race of the season.
 

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I was delighted to see Suzuki and Mir get the championship as I was my last bike was Suzuki and always wanted to see them at the top. What a mess from Quatararo not just this race but the last few.

The race seemed a bit dull for a while unusually but that last lap made up for it and I was sure Miller was going to get it, they did well not to take each other out they were just so close going through some of the corners. Great win from Morbidelli to hold on there and immediately get back on the attack when Miller managed to get past.
 
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