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2018 MotoGP test 3 Qatar
« on: March 01, 2018, 07:13:35 PM »
Today was the first day of the final pre season test for the MotoGP class in Qatar

This test starts in day light and ends under the lights

Have a feeling there was a bit of 'sand bagging' going on today, but we ended up with 4 different teams in the top 4 places (3 manufacturers), and no Honda's !!!



Many teams use this test to do their marketing photos for this year



I do love the pics each season from under the lights  :)

Quickest today



Suzuki went well today



And so did Zarco on the satelite Yamaha



There were the usual 'tumbles'

Pedrosa did this



Twice !!!



This guy went well early on, leading for a while



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Re: 2018 MotoGP test 3 Qatar
« Reply #1 on: March 01, 2018, 09:27:29 PM »
Brilliant pics! I see Cal is down to 9th...

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Re: 2018 MotoGP test 3 Qatar
« Reply #2 on: March 01, 2018, 09:39:53 PM »
Brilliant pics! I see Cal is down to 9th...

Yep, but he was leading Honda, ahead of Marquez and Pedrosa (see my earlier coment re: 'sand bagging')  ::) ::)

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Re: 2018 MotoGP test 3 Qatar
« Reply #3 on: March 02, 2018, 08:43:57 AM »
Qatar always seems to provide weird results every year so you cant take it as a season predictor.
I agree that racing under the flood lights gives the best pictures of the year and yours are ace.
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Re: 2018 MotoGP test 3 Qatar
« Reply #4 on: March 02, 2018, 07:12:21 PM »
Evening All  ;D

So here is Day2 from Qatar, thought i would add a little extra info today, so here goes ....

The capital and major city of Qatar is Doha ..........



This is a pic of the financial district which is across the bay from 'downtown' and the main hotels, although it looks like a typical financial district of a major city it is actually false !!!
Most of those tower blocks are empty  :o :o :o
The state (the Imir) actually pays to have the lights put on randomly to make it look like it is full and busy  ::) ::)

Anyway, another interesting day at the track, we finished with 2 Suzuki's and 2 satalite bikes in the top 6



In the end Iannone was quickest



But for most of the day Dovi was quickest



As mentioned yesterday, today we had quite a lot of 'sandbagging' going on  ::)

For most of the day nobody wanted to break into the 1:54's, on at least 3 times i saw Crutchlow set fastest overall times in the first 3 sectors of the lap only to roll off in the final sector, or pull off into the pits  :-\

Saw Marquez, Dovi and Zarco do this too  :-\





Ok, anyone interested in why they are 'sandbagging' at this Qatar test ?  :-\

The reason is quite interesting too  :)

Yes, the factories dont want the others to gain too much info on their engines at this test and show their ultimate performance levels.

Because, immediatly after this test the engine departments have their busiest time. They have just over a week to build 5 engines for each of their riders, to their finalised spec.
These engines then have to all be shipped to Qatar and handed to IRTA, who inspect them, ensure they are all the same and then seal them.

These are the engines that the riders will use throughout the season.

So the factories do not want the other factories to know exactly how strong their engines are, in the hope that the others will miss calculate and take a few more risks with their own engine specs !!   8) 8) 8) 8)

Early in todays running the Pramac boys (Petrucci & Miller) went for a bit of syncronised crashing, both falling at turn 1 at the same time  :P



On every day of the 3 test, so far, Naka San has been the quickest 'rookie'



For the first time, Aprilia has 4 2018 spec bikes at a test



To finish today, a great pic of Jack Millers eyes



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Re: 2018 MotoGP test 3 Qatar
« Reply #5 on: March 02, 2018, 09:33:13 PM »
That is interesting. Especially the lights on and off bit. I do get the sand bagging move though... ;)

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Re: 2018 MotoGP test 3 Qatar
« Reply #6 on: March 03, 2018, 10:49:12 PM »
Thanks for that little insiders explanation there Steve. I had no idea that was going on, mind you it seems batshit crazy to have to have 5 engines completed and inspected at the start of the season...

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Re: 2018 MotoGP test 3 Qatar
« Reply #7 on: March 04, 2018, 10:10:19 AM »
Thanks for that little insiders explanation there Steve. I had no idea that was going on, mind you it seems batshit crazy to have to have 5 engines completed and inspected at the start of the season...

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Delivering every riders 5 engines before the first race is all about cost saving.

Back in the bad old days the factories would produce a different spec engine for every race and would be continually developing their engine throughout the season.
So each rider would have at least 18 engines, plus a qualifying engine (again up to 18 engines) for the season. Today they have to do all their 'on track' time for the whole season with just 5 engines.

Delivering all their engines before the first race to IRTA, is about confirming the 5 engines are the same.

Sealing the engines is done to stop them cheating  :P :P :P

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Re: 2018 MotoGP test 3 Qatar
« Reply #8 on: March 04, 2018, 10:23:14 AM »
So now all pre season testing is over.

The last day at Qatar looked like this ......



A different picture for day 3, Yamaha finally came to the party, with 3 Yamaha's in the top 5.
(So were Yamaha sand bagging all test ??)

Top today was Zarco



And Rossi second ......



Dovi third



And Cal Crutchlow was 4th and top Honda



Slightly different than normal, the day was shortened by 1 hour so that the Qatarians could water the track for 30 mins





This was so the last 30 minutes could be used for 'wet track' testing  ::)

So, what was learnt from the 3 tests ??

This team was clearly the 'most improved team'



I wouldnt be at all surprised to see a Suzuki win in 2018

This guy proved again that he still has it to win, even tho he is the oldest rider on the grid



Next week is the final pre season test for Moto2 & Moto3, at Jerez

The week after is the first race (18th)

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Re: 2018 MotoGP test 3 Qatar
« Reply #9 on: March 04, 2018, 12:41:05 PM »
Love the accurate background info you give so well Steve,and the pictures are superb including those last rossi ones and pedrosa caught mid roll through the sandtrap, top quality.
Can't wait for the racing to start !  ;D

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Re: 2018 MotoGP test 3 Qatar
« Reply #10 on: March 04, 2018, 02:48:30 PM »
Well done Steve.  Much appreciated. Keep up the great work.
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Re: 2018 MotoGP test 3 Qatar
« Reply #11 on: March 04, 2018, 10:29:43 PM »
Wet track testing? In the desert? Bizarre.....

I've been a huge fan of Valentino since his 125 days, but now he has a point to prove for all of us old blokes. Go Vale!

Roll on the season proper. It's looking good.