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2018 MotoGP test 2 Thailand
« on: February 16, 2018, 01:58:13 PM »
Today was the first day of the second pre season test for MotoGP

And it was at a brand new circuit for MotoGP, the Chang International Circuit, Buriram, Thailand.

MotoGP have never been here before, but WSB have.

Here is a view of the pitane



First things first, today is Valantino Rossi's birthday, and he is 39 !!  :o :o :o



Obviously early days yet, but Honda seemed to settle best, with Brit Cal Crutchlow fastest



With Alex Rins second fastest on the Suzuki



and Marquez third quickest



Final time sheet ....



Fastest 'Rookie' was again Naka san



And this man made history today, the first Malaysian to ride a MotoGP bike, Syahrin



Simeon had the first 'bigish' crash



Jackass, went well, finishing in 7th



Dovi was quickest Ducati in 4th, they were testing a new 'big' nose



Rabat and Bautista were 13th and 14th, just 0.7 of a second off Cal, so quite close.





At every new circuit there is some exploring to do, seeking out food was interesting ......

How do you like your bugs, sir ??   ::)



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Re: 2018 MotoGP test 2 Thailand
« Reply #1 on: February 16, 2018, 04:24:01 PM »
Thanks Steve keep them coming mate  8)

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Re: 2018 MotoGP test 2 Thailand
« Reply #2 on: February 16, 2018, 09:23:07 PM »
Brilliant pictures! And no chocolate covered ants I see... :D

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Re: 2018 MotoGP test 2 Thailand
« Reply #3 on: February 16, 2018, 10:35:07 PM »
The best pre season test reports and photos as usual Steve, thanks.

Thai people can make (nearly) anything taste good!

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Re: 2018 MotoGP test 2 Thailand
« Reply #4 on: February 17, 2018, 11:54:56 AM »
He goes Day 2 guys.

Yesterday was Rossi's 39th birthday ...

Today was Marc Marquez's 25th birthday  8)

What can be said about Marc ? ......



And today Marc was fastest and the first (and only) rider under the 1:30:00 lap



The final times were ....



Honda also continued with aero experimentation



Cal was 8th today



Just headed by yesterdays star, Rins in 7th



Rins then went on to blot his copybook by binning his bike



Making the day a Honda 1-2, Pedrosa was solid in 2nd



For much of the day Zarco was quickest Yamaha, however he is running the 2016 chassis with the 2017 engine and 2018 aero  ::)



And for the second day Naka san was quickest rookie



The 'lesser' teams also did a lot of runnng ...

Abraham on the 'Aspar'



Redding on the Aprilia



Kalio on the KTM



and Luthi on the Marc VDS



The grandstands were heaving, for only a test day, i guess this first race in October is going to be busy !!



Final day tomorrow

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Re: 2018 MotoGP test 2 Thailand
« Reply #5 on: February 17, 2018, 04:43:33 PM »
Great Pictures Steve
Who's your money on this year?

I think Pedrosa looks full of confidence again. Maybe an outside chance!
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Re: 2018 MotoGP test 2 Thailand
« Reply #6 on: February 17, 2018, 05:28:04 PM »
Great Pictures Steve
Who's your money on this year?

I think Pedrosa looks full of confidence again. Maybe an outside chance!

Hi Paul,

Difficult to see past Marquez for MotoGP, i think Olivera in Moto2 and Martin in Moto3

Pedrosa or Dovi as outsiders in MotoGP (what ? no Yamaha riders !! )
Bagnia & Alex Marquez in Moto2
Canet & Rodrigo in Moto3

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« Reply #7 on: February 17, 2018, 10:02:15 PM »
All that Suzuki needs is some T Cut...

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Re: 2018 MotoGP test 2 Thailand
« Reply #8 on: February 18, 2018, 05:53:40 PM »
3rd and final dayof the 2nd pre season test

The combined 3 days times looked like this ....



For most of the day Zarco was top of the pile



but he was pipped by Pedrosa near the end of the day



3rd was yesterdays leader Marquez, who has 'an off' that he just couldnt save !!



Techy spots today included a carbon swingarm on the honda's



New aero nose for KTM



And the works Ducati's were using frames with different rigidity

Dovi's



Lorenzo's



Halfway through the day there was an unusual 'Red Flag' ................... SNAKES !!



Jack was again quickest Pramac



Petruci needs to keep an eye on Jack



The KTM's are now consistantly closer to the front



This guy needs to pull his finger out !!



But this guy was consitantly the quickest rookie all test, and finished a very creditable 10th overall



Emabaresment of the test went to the Ducati satalite teams (Aspar and Pramac), who didnt bring enough fuel so ended up finishing very early today.



Well thats all from Buriram, MotoGP have one final test at Qatar the week before the first race (Qatar), so everyone is packing up before heading off



I will be off again in two weeks, to the final pre season test for Moto2 and Moto3, at Jerez

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Re: 2018 MotoGP test 2 Thailand
« Reply #9 on: February 19, 2018, 01:19:37 AM »
Interesting observation on the Ducati frames Steve. Obviously Jorge's isn't as good! Poor old bugger, he's struggling... Which is a shame. He's a better rider than that.

The poor old snake is looking a bit second hand as well. Someone must have run him over?