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2018 Moto2 Moto3 Test Jerez
« on: March 09, 2018, 04:45:53 PM »
Hi all,

Just back from the very last pre season test, which was for Moto2 & Moto3 at Jerez.

Sadly it was mainly wet  ::)  but the second day was mostly dry and saw some decent times being put in.

There have been a few rule changes this year, one of which requires all riders to undergo a pre season medical.



There have been a few new teams in Moto2 (and a few rebranded) for this season.

Romano Fenati has moved up to Moto2 with his team



and Sam Lowes has moved back to Moto 2 with the 'Swiss Inovative Investors' team (formally Interwetten)



There is also a new chassis in Moto2, NTS from Japan comes in with the RW Racing team



Moto3 has lost the Mahindra chassis this year and all the Mahindra teams from 2017 have moved to KTM chassis.

Aspar has remamed itself as the Angel Nieto team



Gresini (and my tip for 2018 champions) has stayed with the Honda chassis



my favourite paint job goes to the SIC team



I also attended the first team/supplier meeting for the new MotoE class, which will be on the schedule from 2019.

MotoE is the electric bike class



Immediatly before each MotoGP race this season there will be a demonstration lap of the MotoE bike.

In 2019 there will be a small championship (5 Races), each independant MotoGP team will field a MotoE bike, 2 Moto2 teams and 2 Moto3 teams will also field a bike.

Race 1 next weekend guys, bring it on Qatar  :)

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Re: 2018 Moto2 Moto3 Test Jerez
« Reply #1 on: March 09, 2018, 09:20:23 PM »
Great pics!

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Re: 2018 Moto2 Moto3 Test Jerez
« Reply #2 on: March 11, 2018, 09:11:23 PM »
Thanks Steve.

As usual great behind the scene news and the pics couldn’t be better   8)

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Re: 2018 Moto2 Moto3 Test Jerez
« Reply #3 on: March 11, 2018, 10:27:40 PM »
Cheers Guys,

Pleased you liked the pics  8)

Not much interest in Moto2 or Moto3 here but you never know i might convert a few  ;D

MotoGP naturally has the high profile and all the glamour, but IMHO the best racing is to be had in Moto3  :o

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Re: 2018 Moto2 Moto3 Test Jerez
« Reply #4 on: March 11, 2018, 10:54:02 PM »
Hi Steve I like moto 2/3 mate
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Re: 2018 Moto2 Moto3 Test Jerez
« Reply #5 on: March 12, 2018, 07:06:12 AM »
Can't really follow it very well now as I don't do the pay TV at all.

I suppose the electric bike stuff is the future and we do not have a choice but it will never quite be the same as a petrol engine.

Personally, as we head for our old age, we are a generation that has lived thru the golden age of motoring.
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Re: 2018 Moto2 Moto3 Test Jerez
« Reply #6 on: March 12, 2018, 11:20:02 PM »
Oh please no. An electric bike? Have you ever watched that F1 version with the electric cars. Total silence and the occasional crash into a hay bale, and all done very very slowly.

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Re: 2018 Moto2 Moto3 Test Jerez
« Reply #7 on: March 13, 2018, 09:20:42 AM »
Oh please no. An electric bike? Have you ever watched that F1 version with the electric cars. Total silence and the occasional crash into a hay bale, and all done very very slowly.

 :D :D :D :D

Partly true Kawazonkey, yes they are very quiet, although i understand they are looking at ways to make them more noisy.

'All done very very slowly' ...... that is not true mate, these things are bloody quick !!

As always they are very dependant on their battery, and the faster they go the quicker they drain the battery.
The 5 races in 2019 will be held on circuits that dont have a long straight, so Valencia, Germany etc etc

But i think you will be impressed with their acceleration and their top speeds  ;D

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Re: 2018 Moto2 Moto3 Test Jerez
« Reply #8 on: March 13, 2018, 09:47:07 PM »
I admit I may have over exaggerated the 'very slowly' thing  :D. However I have seen it on the telly (once) and they just seemed so slow. Maybe the lack of noise over emphasises this. And yes I do know some electric cars are rocket ships, that Rimac on the Grand Tour 'just f***s off' in the words of Mr Clarkson. But, they need electricity and that comes from the national grid. If we all drove them there'd be no power anywhere. Yes there is wind power to generate electricity but who owns there own wind generator? And would it be enough to charge a car overnight? I think Hydrogen is the way to go but of course that will never become widely available till the oil runs out!

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Re: 2018 Moto2 Moto3 Test Jerez
« Reply #9 on: March 14, 2018, 07:12:57 AM »
Dyson down the road from me has 600 engineers working on his electric car and annouced he wants 300 more.

He wants a car on road by 2020.

Not sure if I could drive a made of grey plastic with yellow ball wheels.

Electric bikes have a 1 lap race at the TT. Speeds have increased year on year so development is very fast.
Can't see it being long when a electric bike holds lap record there.

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Re: 2018 Moto2 Moto3 Test Jerez
« Reply #10 on: March 14, 2018, 12:54:28 PM »
I think the Moto 3 races are some of the best most competitive races I have ever seen. I used to love watching the Moto 2 but now seem too spread out. So l have some grub when it's on then get excited again for the Moto GP race. As for electric races. If the TT is anything to go on scrap the idea now. It's the most waste of time you can get on the island. Why it continues is beyond me and why we should all start accepting electric vehicles as the future, when it's plainly no where near practical yet, is crazy. Hopefully the fossil fuels won't run out for a while yet.
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Re: 2018 Moto2 Moto3 Test Jerez
« Reply #11 on: March 14, 2018, 07:30:14 PM »
TT circuit is the perfect testing ground. as it as always been!
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Re: 2018 Moto2 Moto3 Test Jerez
« Reply #12 on: March 14, 2018, 11:47:04 PM »
The experimental electric bikes of today are much on a par with the 1930's racing motorcycle.

They were cutting edge development back then and one day todays electric bikes will look ancient as well
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Re: 2018 Moto2 Moto3 Test Jerez
« Reply #13 on: March 15, 2018, 10:58:25 PM »
Yes I agree Del but racing should be entertaining and the TT zero is not. It's a total waste of time. Only 2 riders can win and the other 6 entries are so far off the pace as to be in a junior class. So you sit around for 2 1/2 hours to watch 8 bikes go by once. It's too early in their development to race or accept as a viable means of practical transport.
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Re: 2018 Moto2 Moto3 Test Jerez
« Reply #14 on: March 17, 2018, 08:16:17 PM »
Maybe the TT bikes should go ‘green’ ie non hydrocarbon and run methanol like the speedway boys have been doing for ever...
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