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Cool MotoGP 2017

And the 2017 season is underway.

For those that are casual followers of these series, here's some pointers to the biggest changes in the rules for 2017, just in case you've missed this and get confused once the season starts:
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  • The use of aerodinamic winglets (the "wings" seen last year) are banned for 2017.
    It is no longer permitted to add any device or shape to the fairing or bodywork that is not integrated in the body streamlining (e.g. wings, fins, bulges, etc) that may provide an aerodynamic effect (e.g., providing downforce, disrupting aerodinamic wake, etc).
    No doubt, manufacturers will be trying to go around these rules, so we may see intricate and clever fairing designs with covered winglets.


  • The intermediate tyres will no longer be used.
    They added little or no value over soft slicks or hard wets. The loss of the intermediate tyres is to be compensated by an extra tyre choice for both front and rear slicks. This will most likely be a soft compound slick, to fill the void left by the loss of intermediates.
    Though the total tyre allocation is not to be increased, the riders will now have three front compounds (plus an option tyre), and three rear compounds (plus an option tyre), to choose from.


  • The riders must now inform MotoGP medical staff if they pick up an injury outside of MotoGP events.
    For example, a rider breaking a bone or suffering a concussion in a training accident will have to inform MotoGP medical staff, and submit themselves for medical examination before being passed fit to race.
For 2017, the Austrian colossus KTM joins the fight between manufacturers, against the feud of the Japanese (Honda, Yamaha and Suzuki) and the constant threat of the Italians (Ducati and Aprilia).
As for the riders, at the end of the past year there were some major swaps in the official teams of manufacturers. From those, the most proeminent are as follows: Jorge Lorenzo is now riding for Ducati, Maverick Vinales for Yamaha, Andrea Iannone for Suzuki, and Aleix Espargaro for Aprilia. His brother Pol Espargaro will be riding for KTM, as will Bradley Smith.
New riders from other classes are in for the 2017 MotoGP championship. Coming from Moto2, Johann Zarco (Moto2 champ) and Jonas Folger are racing for the Yamaha satelite team (Tech3), Alex Rins is riding for Suzuki, and Sam Lowes is riding for Aprilia. Back from WSBK, Karel Abraham will ride an older 2015 Ducati for a satelite team (Aspar).


The first official MotoGP test of 2017 took place this week at Sepang, in Malaysia.
This is an extremely important test, where the final teams and riders line-ups are present, as well as factory test riders, and also the new bikes for the upcoming season.



The final day of testing was today (Wednesday, 1st of February 2017), from 10:00am to 6:00pm.

A brief rain shower arrived at 2:30pm - sunshine soon returned, but the slow-drying track meant riders were reluctant to venture back out.
However, the final hour and a half saw a flurry of activity and new personal best lap times.
Day 2 leader Andrea Iannone lost the front of his Suzuki at Turn 1 early in the day, then later at Turn 15. Pol Espargaro, Hector Barbera and Aleix Espargaro also fell, without harm.
Tito Rabat was absent due to injuries in a Tuesday highside, but day one pace setter Casey Stoner was back on track for Ducati.
Vinales and team-mate Valentino Rossi spent substantial time with the new Yamaha fairing, which features covered winglets on either side.

These are the final times of the test:
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2017 Sepang MotoGP test - Wednesday Final Times:

1. Maverick Viņales - Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) - 1m 59.368s [72 Laps]
2. Marc Marquez - Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) - 1m 59.506s [85 Laps]
3. Andrea Dovizioso - Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP17) - 1m 59.553s [56 Laps]
4. Dani Pedrosa - Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) - 1m 59.578s [67 Laps]
5. Valentino Rossi - Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) - 1m 59.589s [62 Laps]
6. Alvaro Bautista - Aspar MotoGP Team (Desmosedici GP16) - 1m 59.628s [64 Laps]
7. Casey Stoner - Ducati Test Rider (Desmosedici GP17) - 1m 59.639s [46 Laps]
8. Cal Crutchlow - LCR Honda (RC213V) - 1m 59.728s [71 Laps]
9. Jorge Lorenzo - Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP17) - 1m 59.767s [66 Laps]
10. Johann Zarco - Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) - 1m 59.772s [45 Laps]
11. Andrea Iannone - Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) - 2m 0.045s [49 Laps]
12. Alex Rins - Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) - 2m 0.057s [60 Laps]
13. Aleix Espargaro - Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) - 2m 0.108s [53 Laps]
14. Danilo Petrucci - Octo Pramac Yakhnich (Desmosedici GP17) - 2m 0.310s [53 Laps]
15. Jonas Folger - Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) - 2m 0.312s [54 Laps]
16. Jack Miller - Estrella Galicia Marc VDS (RC213V) - 2m 0.439s [70 Laps]
17. Karel Abraham - Aspar MotoGP Team (Desmosedici GP15) - 2m 0.445s [38 Laps]
18. Hector Barbera - Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP16) - 2m 0.537s [50 Laps]
19. Scott Redding - Octo Pramac Yakhnich (Desmosedici GP16) - 2m 0.645s [74 Laps]
20. Loris Baz - Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP15) - 2m 0.873s [58 Laps]
21. Bradley Smith - Red Bull KTM Factory Racing (RC16) - 2m 1.338s [62 Laps]
22. Sam Lowes - Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) - 2m 1.341s [43 Laps]
23. Pol Espargaro - Red Bull KTM Factory Racing (RC16) - 2m 1.506s [67 Laps]
24. Katsuyuki Nakasuga - Yamaha Test Rider (YZR-M1) - 2m 1.658s [30 Laps]
25. Takuya Tsuda - Suzuki Test Rider (GSX-RR) - 2m 2.769s [68 Laps]


Official Sepang MotoGP records:
Best lap: Dani Pedrosa (Honda RCV) - 1m 59.053s (2015)
Fastest race lap: Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha M1) - 2m 0.606s (2015)

Unofficial Sepang MotoGP record:
Marc Marquez (Honda RCV) - 1m 58.867s (2015 testing)

Mat Oxley wrote a great resume of this pre-season test at Sepang on the Motor Sport Magazine website:

http://www.motorsportmagazine.com/opinion/motogp/it-s-vinales-versus-marquez

Strongly recommended read, also because it will put you at speed in regards to the work in backstages, the riders, the teams, the bikes, and what went on during the test.

The next official test will take place at Phillip Island, Australia from February 15-17.


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Thanks Duc

Moto will be as exciting as ever
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Thanks Duc - great link
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Many thanks for the great info, I saw day one of the Valencia test and was so impressed with Vinales. going to be an awesome year. Glad to see that back of the wings, interesting to see the enclosed systems.
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There's now a thorough analysis (in parts) of all things related with the first official MotoGP test of 2017 at Sepang this past week, by well reknown journalist David Emmett:

...not sure there'll be a third part, but there's that probability.
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0.4 spread top ten
1 second for 16

Take Note Formula 1 !@!


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There's now a thorough analysis (in parts) of all things related with the first official MotoGP test of 2017 at Sepang this past week, by well reknown journalist David Emmett:

...not sure there'll be a third part, but there's that probability.
Excellent links cheers Duc

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0.4 spread top ten
1 second for 16

Take Note Formula 1 !@!


lol
Indeed, I'm really excited for this years fight for the title! Fingers crossed everyone stays fit and healthy.
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Today was the first day of MotoGP testing in Phillip Island, Australia.

Marquez set the fastest time in the afternoon and finished the day pleased with his progress despite admitting that they still had a lot of work to do as they continue to modify the electronics of his Repsol Honda to suit both circuit and the radically new 2017-spec big bang engine.

Rossi was second with a late fast lap, finishing only 0.186 behind Marquez and well clear of Andrea Iannone in third, with teammate Maverick Viņales fourth as the pair worked through a series of back-to-back tests on both their new and old specification Movistar Yamaha machines.

Cal Crutchlow was a strong fifth as he continues to help the factory Honda duo develop the new engine on his LCR machine, with Danilo Petrucci, Dani Pedrosa and Andrea Dovizioso rounding out the top ten.

Sam Lowes headed the fallers with two crashes, admitting that inexperience combined with gusting winds caught him out during the first crash, falling at the same time as Scott Redding and Alvaro Bautista, with Hector Barbera and Pol Espargarķ also fallers.

Day 1 test results as follows:



(source: http://www.motorcyclenews.com/sport/...hillip-island/)
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Default Second day of the second official MotoGP pre-season test in Phillip Island.

Maverick Vinales made a blistering start, posting several laps in the 1m 28s during the opening hour. That kept the Movistar Yamaha rider on top for the remainder of the day.

Vinales came within a fraction of beating his earlier time in the closing minutes of the test.

Dani Pedrosa didn't appear on track until 3pm due to a throat infection, while Aprilia and then Suzuki gave a public debut to their new 'winglet fairings'.

CLICK HERE to see the Suzuki fairing.
CLICK HERE to see the Aprilia fairing.

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P.Island test - Day 2 - laptimes:

1 VIŅALES, Maverick 1:28.847
2 MARQUEZ, Marc 1:29.309
3 CRUTCHLOW, Cal 1:29.325
4 BAUTISTA, Alvaro 1:29.411
5 DOVIZIOSO, Andrea 1:29.483
6 ESPARGARO, Aleix 1:29.501
7 FOLGER, Jonas 1:29.664
8 ROSSI, Valentino 1:29.674
9 RINS, Alex 1:29.802
10 MILLER, Jack 1:29.838
11 ZARCO, Johann 1:29.880
12 IANNONE, Andrea 1:29.947
13 ABRAHAM, Karel 1:30.142
14 PETRUCCI, Danilo 1:30.150
15 LORENZO, Jorge 1:30.197
16 PEDROSA, Dani 1:30.245
17 BARBERA, Hector 1:30.352
18 REDDING, Scott 1:30.435
19 ESPARGARO, Pol 1:30.645
20 BAZ, Loris 1:30.852
21 LOWES, Sam 1:30.895
22 SMITH, Bradley 1:31.704

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Default The rivalry heats up between Vinales and Marquez.

The second official MotoGP pre-season test in Phillip Island has ended.

Maverick Vinales beat his own previous best lap of the week in the opening hour of the final day, which proved enough to keep him on top by 0.295s from reigning champion Marc Marquez.

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On the final day of the second pre-season test in Australia, Vinales was annoyed to find Marquez join the track behind him during a race simulation. With Marquez sticking with him, Vinales felt forced to abandon the run to avoid giving away too much information. Asked if he thought Marquez was trying to get in his head, Vinales made clear the incident only motivated him to push even harder.

Maverick Vinales (Yamaha M1) thus continued his perfect run of being fastest overall in every test since joining Yamaha: Valencia, Sepang Private, Sepang Official and now Phillip Island.

Marc Marquez (Honda RCV) completed a staggering ammount of laps. Determined to attain a strong base set-up for the first race of the year, and 2nd fastest, he was content with the test. His team-mate Dani Pedrosa was 3rd fastest.

While new team-mate Maverick Vinales once again ruled the timesheets, Valentino Rossi (Yamaha M1) left the Phillip Island MotoGP test 'not very happy' (was 12th). The nine-time world champion didn't do a long run, or push on new tyres, making his pace harder to pinpoint.

Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati GP17) may have worn a grimace through most of the morning and afternoon, but he was content with his overall performance on the final day of MotoGP testing at Phillip Island, after posting the 8th fastest time of the test. His team-mate Andrea Dovizioso was 7th.

Andrea Iannone (Suzuki GSX-RR) was upbeat, despite placing outside the top ten (was 13th) at the MotoGP test at Phillip Island. He resisted the urge to chase a fast lap with a new tyre on the final day, as he continued to work on the Suzuki GSX-RR's late-race ability. His team-mate Alex Rins was 6th.

Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia RS-GP) said to be surprised with the progress of the Aprilia as he pushed to the 10th fastest laptime. Taking plenty of confidence from the front end of the Aprilia, says he is yet to find the limit in corner entry. His team-mate Sam Lowes was 22nd.

Bradley Smith (KTM RC16) confessed to being concerned by the time it took to find a base set-up for the machine at a brand new circuit, a situation KTM will face during its first full MotoGP season. Smith was 19th, and his team-mate Pol Espargaro was 17th.

The surprise of this test was Jonas Folger (Yamaha M1). As if 7th at the end of the second day of testing at Phillip Island hadn't been enough, at the end of the test the rookie was 4th overall, and fastest rider on a satellite bike. His team-mate Johan Zarco was 15th.

All riders, with the exception of Karel Abraham, set their best lap time of the test in the third and final day of testing in Australia.
Tito Rabat was absent due to injury, but the rest of the 2017 grid were present.

The final pre-season test will be held in Qatar from March 10-12.

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The combined best lap times over all three days of this week's Phillip Island MotoGP test are as follows:
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2017 Phillip Island MotoGP test - combined times:

1. Maverick Viņales ESP Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 28.549s [Day 3]
2. Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 28.843s +0.294s [Day 3]
3. Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 29.033s +0.484s [Day 3]
4. Jonas Folger GER Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1)* 1m 29.042s +0.493s [Day 3]
5. Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda (RC213V) 1m 29.101s +0.552s [Day 3]
6. Alex Rins ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)* 1m 29.103s +0.554s [Day 3]
7. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP17) 1m 29.248s +0.699s [Day 3]
8. Jorge Lorenzo ESP Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP17) 1m 29.342s +0.793s [Day 3]
9. Jack Miller AUS Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 1m 29.358s +0.809s [Day 3]
10. Aleix Espargaro ESP Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 29.361s +0.812s [Day 3]
11. Alvaro Bautista ESP Aspar MotoGP Team (Desmosedici GP16) 1m 29.411s +0.862s [Day 2]
12. Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 29.470s +0.921s [Day 3]
13. Andrea Iannone ITA Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 1m 29.547s +0.998s [Day 3]
14. Danilo Petrucci ITA Octo Pramac Racing (Desmosedici GP17) 1m 29.615s +1.066s [Day 3]
15. Johann Zarco FRA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1)* 1m 29.670s +1.121s [Day 3]
16. Hector Barbera ESP Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP16) 1m 29.791s +1.242s [Day 3]
17. Pol Espargaro ESP Red Bull KTM Factory Racing (RC16) 1m 29.857s +1.308s [Day 3]
18. Loris Baz FRA Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP15) 1m 29.977s +1.428s [Day 3]
19. Bradley Smith GBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing (RC16) 1m 29.978s +1.429s [Day 3]
20. Scott Redding GBR Octo Pramac Racing (Desmosedici GP16) 1m 30.005s +1.456s [Day 3]
21. Karel Abraham CZE Aspar MotoGP Team (Desmosedici GP15) 1m 30.142s +1.593s [Day 2]
22. Sam Lowes GBR Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP)* 1m 30.200s +1.651s [Day 3]

Fastest Day 3 time: Maverick Vinales SPA Yamaha 1m 28.549s
Fastest Day 2 time: Maverick Vinales SPA Yamaha 1m 28.847s
Fastest Day 1 time: Marc Marquez SPA Honda 1m 29.497s


Official Phillip Island MotoGP records:

Best lap: Jorge Lorenzo SPA Yamaha 1m 27.899s (2013)
Fastest race lap: Marc Marquez SPA Honda 1m 28.108s (2013)

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