Friday, April 20, 2018

MOTO GP: Can Anybody beside Marquez Win at the Circuit Of The Americas?




Can either of the MotoGP Riders Cal Crutchlow or Johann Zarco who finished 1-2 in Argentina, end Marquez's winning Streak at COTA this year? (Image source: motorsport.com)
Didn't Y'all Stateside see them ultimate Kneedraggerz' on Good 'Ol Americre' television last April on beIn Sport? Hmm? May be this year? C'mon Bein' Special, Bein' Proud, Patty-Cake, Patty-Cake, bake me Uh; Oh Never Mind!


 But once again, Marc Marquez wasn't to be denied his being crowned King of COTA, when taking his fifth straight W' in Austin, whilst notching his eleventh straight victory on American soil.


Can Marquez Net a Perfect Dozen?
To date, reigning Four-times MotoGP Champion Marc Marquez has won the previous ten B-I-G BOYZ' MotoGP races held on American soil, beginning with his victory at Laguna Seca during his rookie season Wayback in 2013. Then won the next year's event, which was Laguna Seca's final MotoGP race.

And the 25yr old Spaniard I've taken to calling the Pinball Wizard', subsequently won three years straight at the now vacated Indianapolis Motor Speedway. (2013-15)  And to date has won every single race held at Circuit Of The Americas, (COTA) beginning with its 2013 event, now having won five in-a-row!

Even more impressive is the fact that Marquez scored an unbelievable Hat Trick in 2013, winning all of Americres' MotoGP races that year! Whilst surely his unprecedented winning Streak has to end sometime soon, Righto?

As it took me quite awhile to find what his mysterious 11th race victory was, before finally learning he'd won the 2012 Moto 2 support race at Indianapolis on August 19th, preceding his current MotoGP romp! Hence his current 11-for-11 Streak that some stories denote. Prior to this weekend's outing at COTA...



CORRECTION


Although most likely I WON'T be Wrong Next Year, when the MotoGP Circus returns to Austin. In my haste to finish this ever growing story, not to mention the many misleading articles on Zed Internets, Marc Marquez had only won Nine MotoGP events consecutively on American Soil! Or Ten in-a-row including his 2012 Moto 2 victory prior to this year's race.


As perhaps I Cornfuzed' the No. 12 with the number of current Champions on the Grid, Ci?



Currently, I'd say that Italy's Dovi', nee Andrea Dovizioso, who won the season opener Qatar race, is Marquez's stiffest competition.

As obviously Dovi's Works Ducati team-mate Jorge Lorenzo, a two-times MotoGP champion's getting pretty irked being overshadowed by Dovizioso! And to Mwah, Jorge seems to have gone Off the Boil...

Whilst the Yamahopper Boyz', most notably the Movistar Duo of Maverick "Top Gun" vinales and "The Doctor," nee Valentino Rossi, who at the remarkable age of 39 has just inked a further 2yr contract extension - And then finished on the Podium at Qatar. Will obviously wish to upset Marquez's winning streak.

while last year's Rookie Standout Johann Zarco, riding for Yamaha's Satellite Squad Monster Yamaha Tech 3, is definitely a force to be reckoned with. Having started from Pole in Qatar, leading the race before falling back to a
disappointing P8. then qualifying third on a drying but slippery track in Argentina. Before spending the entire race battling for the lead, eventually finishing runner-up to Cal Crutchlow.

And suppose we shouldn't overlook Marquez Repsol Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa, along with the other Usual Suspects, a la Cal Crutchlow, who's presumably a Dark Horse choice. With Suzuki's Andrea Iannone and others wishing to crash Marquez's Party, Ci!

NOTE
Alas, after having finished putting this "Story-to-Bed" prior to the Argentine GP's outcome. Naturally Crutchlow swooped to the lead and won the race, vaulting him to the top of the points standings after Dovizioso's sixth place finish.

Afterwards, I learned that Dani Pedrosa had suffered a fractured wrist in his racing incident with Johann Zarco. As Pedrosa has subsequently undergone surgery, while the verdict was still out upon whether or not he'd participate at Austin...


But Once again, instead of trying to profile every rider, I'll leave the Heavy lifting to someone else more qualified than Mwah, by Deferring to Motorcycle.com's Brad Miller's Team-by-Team 2018 preview.


Since according to Messer Brad, I've gotten my Suzuki riders Arse-backwards, with Alex Rins getting the preferred nod over the unpredictable Iannone. For which naturally, Rins shined in Argentina, ultimately finishing third, scoring his Debutante Podium finish!

Chatter
Stumbled across the news that MotoGP tyre supplier  Michelin has decided to Freeze the 2018 rubber compounds  for the entire season, claiming it's what the Riders wanted...


While apparently thee "Other JZ'," not the American "Crooner," but Kneedragger Johann Zarco will contest this year's championship for the Monster "Tek Twah" (Tech 3) Yamaha Satellite Squad aboard a two year old Yamaha YZR M1, as the Frenchman feels the 2016-spec Scooter's a better platform than the 2017-spec machine.

All of which I find interesting since Monster Tech 3 has announced its switching to KTM machinery for the 2019 season, with Scuttlebutt suggesting that Zarco could even be in line to jump to the Factory team in lieu of the French team's manufacturer swap.


And apparently Suzuki wishes to jump on the "Double your Pleasure" Satellite Squad movement, while NO word on whom will replace Tech 3 in the Yamaha fold, since obviously it's simply better to have more than a single team upon the grid.


ROOKIES
(Bike#/Team/Rider/Country)
#10. Reale Avintia Racing: Xavier Siméon, Belgium;
#12. ED 0 0 Marc VDS Racing Team: Thomas Luthi, Switzerland
#21. ED 0 0 Marc VDS Racing Team: Franco Morbidelli, Italy
#30. LCR Honda: Takaaki Nakagami, Japan
#55. Monster Yamaha Tech 3: Hafizh Syahrin, Malaysia

Franco Morbidelli is the most celebrated of the Rookie Quintet, having won the 2017 Moto2 Championship, riding for the same Estrella Galicia/ Marc VDS Racing Team he's graduating to the top echelon of Motorcycle racing with.

Ironically, Italy's 23yr old Morbidelli, who's not related to other racing Morbidelli's - Defeated rival Thomas Luthi,, who was medically unfit for the season finale in Malaysia after fracturing his ankle during practice.

Franco had his Breakout Moto 2 season last year, scoring eight wins and six Poles en route to the Moto 2 title, and will be joined by fellow MotoGP rookie team-mate Thomas Luthi, from Switzerland.

As the 31yr old Swiss Kneedragger' Luthi can only be defined as a "Journeyman" rider, after having spent the past eight seasons (2010-17) toiling in Moto 2, preceded by contesting the GP250 class from 2007-09. Although Luthi did amass 11 Wins & 7 Poles during his 135 Moto 2 starts.

Japanese Moto 2 rider Takaaki Nakagami, a most amiable Chap is reportedly getting the ride on the Big Bikes courtesy of Honda's wishes. While all three rookie Hondre' Satellite team riders will campaign year old 2017-spec Honda RC213V Scooters'

Sadly, Germany's promising Jonas Folger, who contested last year's championship has unfortunately withdrawn due to a lingering illness, which scuttlebutt ponders if he'll ever return?

Thus, Folger's departure sees Hafizh Syahrin,  another Moto 2 Midfielder becoming the first Malaysian rider to contest MotoGP. As reportedly the 23yr old Malaysian's "Fearless," especially in the wet and could surprise in Dodgy conditions.

Yet I cannot help but wonder, with Tech 3 becoming a KTM entity next year, is Syahrin simply a "Placeholder" for the 2018 season until other riders can Jockey for the KTM seat?

Meanwhile, Motorcycle.com's Hack' Brad Miller's assessment of the totally foreign Xavier Siméon from Belgium, campaigning a Ducati Desmosedici GP16 Scooter for Reale Avintia Racing, caused me to cackle out in laughter!

Bemusing his curiosity over the choice of this rider nearing age 30, who's spent eight years toiling in Moto 2 obscurity, by proclaiming:

"His Daddy must own a large chain of liquor stores!"

But once again, I'll just have to rely upon my Newsline for The Blind telephone service, to hear the Reuters Sports snippet over who won the race. Since if my BOMBASTIC, MONEY GRUBBIN' Cable TV Provider comca$t cannot give me the "Mainstream" (Fox Sports) FS-2 Channel, then forget Bein' Who...

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