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Old 24 Feb 2021, 22:58 (Ref:4036839)   #31
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Old 25 Feb 2021, 18:52 (Ref:4036979)   #32
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There was a minute silence at the Valencia test this week to remember Fausto
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Old 26 Feb 2021, 22:54 (Ref:4037236)   #33
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No less than nine MotoGP riders, plus some Moto2, Moto3 and Moto E competitors, descended on the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya for a day of training on road bikes.

While the main purpose was some high-speed training ahead of the delayed start to Official MotoGP testing in Qatar next month, the outing - surely the world's fastest track day - also allowed riders to get a first taste of the revised Turn 10 ahead of this year's Catalan Grand Prix.

Headlining the MotoGP riders on track was reigning world champion Joan Mir (Suzuki), who was joined by team-mate Alex Rins plus Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha), Jack Miller (Ducati), Pol Espargaro (Honda), Johann Zarco (Pramac Ducati), Alex Marquez (LCR Honda), Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda) and Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia).

Aleix Espargaro is the only one that has ridden a MotoGP bike this year, in the form of a recent private test at Jerez, possible due to the Concession rules. The rest will throw a leg over their grand prix machines for the first time in 2021 at Losail on March 6.


"I feel great on the bike, I'm happy because I was able to do a lot of laps today and try the new corner, it was important to understand how to do it and find the correct line to have an idea when we come back in future with the MotoGP bike," said Mir, who recently announced that he will continue with the #36 rather than use the #1 plate.

"A productive day, I'm happy about that and I'm ready for Qatar. I'm preparing in the same way as before, training hard and trying to be healthy, working every day on what I want. To be a better rider, to be more complete. I'm happy about the preseason we're doing!"
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Old 27 Feb 2021, 11:04 (Ref:4037287)   #34
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Busy times, riders trying to get in as much practice as possible. Competitiveness never goes away, especially as the season getting ever closer and no official testing till next month. Also as you say an opportunity to try out the new Barcelona configuration, can't wait to see what it's like to race on

I think Mir should be up there again this year, but it will be hard to pick a champion. It probably won't be as competitive as last year, but there should be enough riders winning to keep it exciting. I think Espargaro will be one to watch, he'll be well prepared and with the benefit of an extra test and Vinales will be eager to show he still has it in him

Anyway roll on Qatar, we should be in for another great season. And hopefully we'll get a better picture after the first couple of races of who's the title contenders. Can't wait
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Anyway roll on Qatar, we should be in for another great season. And hopefully we'll get a better picture after the first couple of races of who's the title contenders. Can't wait
exactly like 2020 right?
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exactly like 2020 right?
I second that,several race winners and the title not decided until the season was almost at the end.
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Well I'm surmising all the teams are geared up for tomorrow's official test in Qatar, can't wait for the racing to kick off at the end of the month.
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Old 6 Mar 2021, 09:07 (Ref:4039150)   #38
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Definitely will be interesting this official test. More than anything though I am looking forward to the racing starting
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The opening Official 2021 MotoGP pre-season test has come to a close with Fabio Quartararo and Yamaha fastest during the second day of full track action at Losail, the Frenchman being the only rider under the 1m 54s mark.

Aleix Espargaro and Aprilia had been the surprise leaders on day one and the Spaniard showed it had been no fluke by also leading during the crucial closing hours on Sunday, with only Quartararo and then Ducati's Jack Miller eventually able to narrowly surpass the RS-GP.

Title runner-up Franco Morbidelli may have lost top Yamaha honours to former team-mate Quartararo but the Italian still improved from seventh to fourth on his A-Spec Petronas machine, while Honda test and replacement rider Stefan Bradl made it a top five (featuring four different brands) within 0.270s.

Pramac Ducati's Johann Zarco and Quartararo's team-mate Maverick Vinales, fastest earlier in the day, followed on the timesheets with world champion Joan Mir eighth for Suzuki, having finished testing an hour before the end. Miguel Oliveira was again the top KTM, albeit slipping from yesterday's fifth to eleventh, as former RC16 rider Pol Espargaro finished his first Repsol Honda test in twelfth (+0.733s).

Reigning Moto2 champion Enea Bastianini was the top rookie in 16th place for Avintia Ducati, with Lorenzo Savadori (Aprilia) in 17th, Luca Marini (Avintia VR46) 18th and Jorge Martin (Pramac Ducati) 19th.

Valentino Rossi was surprisingly left behind the rookies in 20th at the end of his debut test for Petronas Yamaha. Countryman Danilo Petrucci was also lower than expected with 21st place on his first test for Tech3 KTM, although still ahead of Red Bull KTM race winner Brad Binder, in 24th.

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Previously scheduled for Jerez, the test will now take place at the Losail International Circuit from the 19-21 of March

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Sam Lowes got his preparations for the 2021 Moto2 season underway with a two-day private test in Valencia.

The Brit visited the Spanish circuit with Elf Marc VDS Racing teammate Augusto Fernandez, with both riders using a stunning black and silver winter testing livery. The actual 2021 livery will be unveiled on March 15.
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Thanks Gordon for the succinct report.
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Marc Marquez is listed on the preliminary entry list for the season opener at Qatar.
Marquez said in an interview with his Repsol Honda Team that he still is “going in a good way and day by day. Two weeks ago, I said week by week, but now it’s day by day. First of all, I will not ride a MotoGP bike straightaway. Maybe I will start with a small bike and sometimes train in a small circuit.”
Marquez is scheduled to be teamed with new teammate Pol Espargaro this year. But if he is unable to start the season, Stefan Bradl will substitute in his place.
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Marquez is certainly recovering well, but I wouldn't count on him being at Qatar. The big question will be his motivation. If he still wants to ride then he'll be back. He might be a bit out of practice when he does come back. We'll just have to wait and see. How much longer can he go on for?

But I wouldn't be surprised to see him back, even if he has got nothing left to prove. We'll have a great season either way.
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Marc Marquez is listed on the preliminary entry list for the season opener at Qatar.
Marquez said in an interview with his Repsol Honda Team that he still is “going in a good way and day by day. Two weeks ago, I said week by week, but now it’s day by day. First of all, I will not ride a MotoGP bike straightaway. Maybe I will start with a small bike and sometimes train in a small circuit.”
Marquez is scheduled to be teamed with new teammate Pol Espargaro this year. But if he is unable to start the season, Stefan Bradl will substitute in his place.
Wishful thinking on MM's part and PR for HRC from what I've read.
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Even if he does come back, would he still have it in him? I will believe it when I see it
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