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1 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA NGM Forward Racing Forward Yamaha 336.1 1'55.201
2 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA GO&FUN Honda Gresini Honda 342.9 1'55.667 0.466 / 0.466
3 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 337.3 1'55.816 0.615 / 0.149
4 29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Pramac Racing Ducati 345.7 1'55.996 0.795 / 0.180
5 44 Pol ESPARGARO SPA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 346.0 1'56.020 0.819 / 0.024
6 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 344.0 1'56.332 1.131 / 0.312
7 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 340.4 1'56.542 1.341 / 0.210
8 5 Colin EDWARDS USA NGM Forward Racing Forward Yamaha 332.1 1'56.626 1.425 / 0.084
9 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 340.0 1'56.668 1.467 / 0.042
10 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Drive M7 Aspar Honda 328.6 1'56.670 1.469 / 0.002
11 93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 344.4 1'56.682 1.481 / 0.012
12 6 Stefan BRADL GER LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 342.4 1'56.726 1.525 / 0.044
13 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Ducati Team Ducati 339.7 1'57.046 1.845 / 0.320
14 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team Ducati 340.4 1'57.100 1.899 / 0.054
15 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ COL Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Ducati 340.8 1'57.623 2.422 / 0.523
16 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Honda 330.0 1'57.779 2.578 / 0.156
17 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN Drive M7 Aspar Honda 329.9 1'58.182 2.981 / 0.403
18 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Avintia Racing Avintia 324.6 1'58.394 3.193 / 0.212
19 45 Scott REDDING GBR GO&FUN Honda Gresini Honda 324.4 1'58.495 3.294 / 0.101
20 63 Mike DI MEGLIO FRA Avintia Racing Avintia 324.6 1'58.732 3.531 / 0.237
21 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA IodaRacing Project ART 327.3 1'59.321 4.120 / 0.589
22 23 Broc PARKES AUS Paul Bird Motorsport PBM 321.4 1'59.328 4.127 / 0.007
70 Michael LAVERTY GBR Paul Bird Motorsport PBM
 

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Just watched FP2 Alex still tops the table, man of the session though was Bradley Smith, has a huge highside, totalling his bike, got straight on his 2nd bike and went 0.6 faster than Lorenzo (Jorge did get quicker later) and finished the session fastest Yamaha in the factory class. He's got some huge balls!!!
 

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Caramello will be happy with the way the script has gone..... Factory bikes stuck in midfield positions.
More of the same with FP3, Jorge nearly missing out on the main qualifying.
 

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Fp2 & Fp3

1 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA NGM Forward Racing Forward Yamaha 333.0 1'54.989
2 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team Ducati 348.3 1'55.320 0.331 / 0.331
3 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA GO&FUN Honda Gresini Honda 342.8 1'55.446 0.457 / 0.126
4 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 343.0 1'55.562 0.573 / 0.116
5 93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 344.7 1'55.607 0.618 / 0.045
6 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 335.8 1'55.650 0.661 / 0.043
7 6 Stefan BRADL GER LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 338.7 1'55.856 0.867 / 0.206
8 44 Pol ESPARGARO SPA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 337.7 1'55.913 0.924 / 0.057
9 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 338.1 1'55.984 0.995 / 0.071
10 29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Pramac Racing Ducati 340.3 1'56.006 1.017 / 0.022
11 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 337.1 1'56.172 1.183 / 0.166
12 5 Colin EDWARDS USA NGM Forward Racing Forward Yamaha 328.9 1'56.238 1.249 / 0.066
13 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Ducati Team Ducati 338.7 1'56.720 1.731 / 0.482
14 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Drive M7 Aspar Honda 324.1 1'57.006 2.017 / 0.286
15 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ COL Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Ducati 336.1 1'57.119 2.130 / 0.113
16 45 Scott REDDING GBR GO&FUN Honda Gresini Honda 321.7 1'57.296 2.307 / 0.177
17 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Honda 325.6 1'57.368 2.379 / 0.072
18 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN Drive M7 Aspar Honda 327.2 1'57.634 2.645 / 0.266
19 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Avintia Racing Avintia 322.8 1'58.290 3.301 / 0.656
20 63 Mike DI MEGLIO FRA Avintia Racing Avintia 321.4 1'58.410 3.421 / 0.120
21 23 Broc PARKES AUS Paul Bird Motorsport PBM 316.9 1'58.436 3.447 / 0.026
22 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA IodaRacing Project ART 321.7 1'59.078 4.089 / 0.642
23 70 Michael LAVERTY GBR Paul Bird Motorsport PBM 321.3 1'59.646 4.657 / 0.568


1 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA NGM Forward Racing Forward Yamaha 325.6 1'54.773
2 29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Pramac Racing Ducati 341.2 1'55.186 0.413 / 0.413
3 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA GO&FUN Honda Gresini Honda 341.0 1'55.240 0.467 / 0.054
4 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team Ducati 342.3 1'55.250 0.477 / 0.010
5 93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 340.3 1'55.446 0.673 / 0.196
6 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 335.2 1'55.474 0.701 / 0.028
7 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 334.2 1'55.495 0.722 / 0.021
8 6 Stefan BRADL GER LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 338.4 1'55.676 0.903 / 0.181
9 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 336.4 1'55.702 0.929 / 0.026
10 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 339.8 1'55.754 0.981 / 0.052
11 44 Pol ESPARGARO SPA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 334.5 1'55.793 1.020 / 0.039
12 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Ducati Team Ducati 338.0 1'56.013 1.240 / 0.220
13 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Drive M7 Aspar Honda 324.0 1'56.357 1.584 / 0.344
14 5 Colin EDWARDS USA NGM Forward Racing Forward Yamaha 324.4 1'56.373 1.600 / 0.016
15 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ COL Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Ducati 331.0 1'56.633 1.860 / 0.260
16 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN Drive M7 Aspar Honda 330.8 1'56.939 2.166 / 0.306
17 45 Scott REDDING GBR GO&FUN Honda Gresini Honda 322.7 1'56.997 2.224 / 0.058
18 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Honda 324.5 1'57.345 2.572 / 0.348
19 23 Broc PARKES AUS Paul Bird Motorsport PBM 314.5 1'57.665 2.892 / 0.320
20 63 Mike DI MEGLIO FRA Avintia Racing Avintia 322.0 1'58.204 3.431 / 0.539
21 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Avintia Racing Avintia 322.7 1'58.219 3.446 / 0.015
22 70 Michael LAVERTY GBR Paul Bird Motorsport PBM 317.3 1'58.378 3.605 / 0.159
23 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA IodaRacing Project ART 321.0 1'58.651 3.878 / 0.273

Look where Dovi moved to in FP2 and FP3, was it raining in Qatar?? :confused:

Or has Ducati figured out some of their woes?

Either way, It may be a real cracker this year
 

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Ian SAVS said:
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Look where Dovi moved to in FP2 and FP3, was it raining in Qatar?? :confused:

Or has Ducati figured out some of their woes?

Either way, It may be a real cracker this year
They have access to the soft "qualifier" tyre, the factory bikes don't.
 

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Ryder Notes: Exciting Developments From The Sea of Sand
by julian ryder on the ground in qatar
Friday, March 21, 2014
http://www.superbikeplanet.com/2014/Mar/140321rydernotes.htm

Now that's interesting. Aleix Espargaro is still fastest and he's fastest on the tyre he'll have to use in the race, not the soft job the regulations allow the open class bikes. That tyre is largely an irrelevance—although it could be used to make a mess of the grid—but the extra four litres of gas isn't. Espargao isn't quick in a straight line but he's riding brilliantly.

Rossi and Lorenzo are deeply unhappy that the reduction in gas to 20 litres, one less than last year, for the race has made the bike gutless. Rossi is being vocal on the subject as is Jorge, who cannot understand how he is so much slower than he was as a novice MotoGP rider here years ago. It means he is taking risks on acceleration—and he was unhappy to note that both Tech 3 riders crashed when they lost the rear—Smith with a massive highside.

The lack of edge grip on the new tyre is another reason the factory Yamaha men are not happy.

Twenty-four hours ago I thought the field would shake itself out and the results sheet would have a more normal look to it today. That didn't happen and I can't see a reason why qualifying should be any different.
 

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Ryder Notes: Exciting Developments From The Sea of Sand
by julian ryder on the ground in qatar
Friday, March 21, 2014
http://www.superbikeplanet.com/2014/Mar/140321rydernotes.htm

Now that's interesting. Aleix Espargaro is still fastest and he's fastest on the tyre he'll have to use in the race, not the soft job the regulations allow the open class bikes. That tyre is largely an irrelevance—although it could be used to make a mess of the grid—but the extra four litres of gas isn't. Espargao isn't quick in a straight line but he's riding brilliantly.

Rossi and Lorenzo are deeply unhappy that the reduction in gas to 20 litres, one less than last year, for the race has made the bike gutless. Rossi is being vocal on the subject as is Jorge, who cannot understand how he is so much slower than he was as a novice MotoGP rider here years ago. It means he is taking risks on acceleration—and he was unhappy to note that both Tech 3 riders crashed when they lost the rear—Smith with a massive highside.

The lack of edge grip on the new tyre is another reason the factory Yamaha men are not happy.

Twenty-four hours ago I thought the field would shake itself out and the results sheet would have a more normal look to it today. That didn't happen and I can't see a reason why qualifying should be any different.
I'm watching every single bit of it Kevin, working in between, drinking more beer than I should, and listening very carefully.

As for the factory bikes, and more so the Yamaha, the leaner tuning makes it more peaky. Problem #1 if you're a smooth rider like Lorenzo.

The front and rear tyre is shit, depending on style. I watched a slow replay of Lorenzo about mid turn, you could see the front deforming and looking like it's bouncing, yet the forks did not move in or out, their (Bridgestone) sidewall is shit.
For Rossi this would be like getting back on the Ducati a while ago.

Honda will take this weekend, first win here for Danny, as I don't think Marq will do a race pace to win, he probably will be on the podium.

If Ducati get's on the podium, there will be hell to play, but I doubt it, As before when they where team mate's, Dovi will kick Cal's arse.

If EspA can keep it together, top 5 for him I recon, easy. I think he can beat his brother and his brother team mate tomorrow.

Now I have to go, cooking a wild curry for Liesl and I, and then qualifying.
 

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I'm watching every single bit of it Kevin, working in between, drinking more beer than I should, and listening very carefully.

As for the factory bikes, and more so the Yamaha, the leaner tuning makes it more peaky. Problem #1 if you're a smooth rider like Lorenzo.

The front and rear tyre is shit, depending on style. I watched a slow replay of Lorenzo about mid turn, you could see the front deforming and looking like it's bouncing, yet the forks did not move in or out, their (Bridgestone) sidewall is shit.
For Rossi this would be like getting back on the Ducati a while ago.

Honda will take this weekend, first win here for Danny, as I don't think Marq will do a race pace to win, he probably will be on the podium.

If Ducati get's on the podium, there will be hell to play, but I doubt it, As before when they where team mate's, Dovi will kick Cal's arse.

If EspA can keep it together, top 5 for him I recon, easy. I think he can beat his brother and his brother team mate tomorrow.
Nice analysis - thanks!

Now I have to go, cooking a wild curry for Liesl...
You're a smart man to take care of that lovely lady. :)
 

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If Ducati get's on the podium, there will be hell to play, but I doubt it, As before when they where team mate's, Dovi will kick Cal's arse.


OI NO!!!!
 

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Imagine that, open class 1,2,3!

Then you'll see how big Ezpeleta's balls are, not very would be my guess and I know that there are restrictions that come into play if you do too well for Honda's liking in the open class but I bet there'd still be some more rule changes by round 2? :laughing:

Maybe they'll be forced to run with these fairings? :laughing:
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It looks to be an exciting race day and I guess the factory bikes will get to the front some how.
But I think as competitive the grid is, the rules and classes are extremely confusing.
Who is actually riding a factory bike, who a satellite bike and who in the open class ?
Who was allowed to test three days in Quatar before the Grand Prix ?
What is this with the tire rule ?
Factory bikes can not run super softs and others can ?
So who is allowed to use super softs for the qualifying ?
Factory bikes have a 20 liter fuel limit and this alters the performance of say Yamaha factory bikes.
How much fuel can satellite or open class bikes burn during a race ?
For me is this like: If You are faster than me, than I will break Your legs.
But hey if someone could clarify the rules in common language it would be really great.
 
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