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    MotoGP: 2013 Round 07 - Iveco TT Assen (SPOILERS)

    Who Stole the Cookie From the Cookie Jar?

    Suspect: Smith, Bradley
    Victim: Dovizioso, Andrea
    Charge: During round 6 of the 2013 MotoGP season, the victim was seen circulating in a comfortable 6th place in the closing stages of the race. Having started 9th on the grid, Dovizioso had been somewhat struggling all weekend, further evidence coming from his inability to keep pace with American teammate Nicky Hayden. Blame would be placed on "pumping" from the bike which grew increasingly worse during the race, coupled with a progressive loss of grip. This left Dovizioso as the proverbial short skirt in a dark alley when on Bradley Smith caught up to him. Smith, who himself had suffered a devastating crash at Mugello that left him injured showed neither sympathy nor propriety as he caught up to the hapless Italian. In short order the Tech 3 rookie dispatched with his factory-graced adversary. Smith's eventual 6th place finish was a season's best as the customer Yamaha rider looks to improve on his standings in Assen. Projections are mixed, as the Briton seeks to recover from post race surgery to be fighting fit when he returns to the grid. Still, if he could take the fight to Dovi with a busted wrist and pinky he should have high hopes now that he is officially on the mend.

    Suspect: Suzuki
    Victim: Dorna
    Charge: It's no secret that Dorna has had a "thing" for Suzuki since the erstwhile manufacturer departed the series in 2011. Despite several concessions by Dorna in a sincere but ultimately doomed attempt to court the Japanese manufacturer to remain on the grid, Suzuki ultimately decided that GP funding was money better spent elsewhere. The factory, however, did promise to look into returning for the 2014 season. Seemingly true to its word, Suzuki announced this year that it would seek to return to GP racing and this week officially unveiled their weapon of choice at the Aragon tests following the race. It has been no secret that Dorna, whose rear is no doubt still hurting from the public relations disaster that Suzuki's departure caused, wanted to use their return as a chance to reinforce their position in charge of the series and de-emphasize the role of the manufacturers. However at ever turn Suzuki has managed to thwart Dorna's attempts at imposed sanctions and assert their own independence. When Dorna insisted that they enter as a satellite based team Suzuki was able to show that no available team would be able to field the effort. All available teams capable of sustaining a factory backed effort were tied to one OEM or another, even among the CRT ranks. The CRT rules had, in effect, tied up the squads most capable of assisting Suzuki in their return. When the momentum switched to having Suzuki then buy out a team free market rules saw the prices of the Dorna-capped slots skyrocket in the multi-millions, a price far too great for Suzuki to entertain in a cash strapped economy. With their own rules once again working against them, Dorna has quietly offered to expand the cap to open two more spots on the grid for Suzuki. Now, after meeting with Dorna and being told that, among other things, they would receive no backing from the Spanish based company upon re-entry, Suzuki have officially put their re-entry date as 2015 citing uncertainty in the rules. There is, without doubt, a fair amount of questions surrounding their machine despite what was a positive test against the established brands. Suzuki, for example, conducted its test with a Mitsubishi ECU which will need to be dropped in favor of the spec Magneti Mareli box that re-entry will mandate. There was also no word on what type of engine mapping (and fuel usage) was used to post those favorable times, and how that could suffer under true race conditions. Still, despite Dorna's ire at the Japanese brand they still seem very capable of wrestling concessions from the series sponsor, and that puts them in a very enviable position.

    Suspect: Michele Pirro
    Victim: The entire field except for the 6 factory riders
    Charge: It has long been said that the role of the factory development teams was a difficult one, particularly at Ducati. The Italian brand has long suffered from the image of having a notoriously difficult to handle machine whose faults really only appear at the very limits of performance. To successfully evaluate any change, one must therefore push the bike to its limits under testing, but the ones most capable of performing this feat were not testers. If you were fast enough to push that hard, common knowledge said, you were on the grid. If you were just a little slower then you weren't, and were available for testing. How then does one explain Michele Pirro? The Ducati test rider has studiously been putting the affectionately named "lab bike" through its paces around the Ducati test track all through the off season and early part of 2013, and when Ben Spies was injured was called in to replace him. Only instead of using the tried and true GP13x Pirro would be using the experimental lab bike under race conditions. Use it he has, though, posting top 10 finishes except at Jerez where he finished in 11th for his 2013 debut. All of which begs the question, is it the rider or the bike? Certainly a huge batch of credit must go to the rider, as in Mugello Pirro was able to finish just off the factory Ducati positions. How much credit can go to the bike is up for debate. Both factory riders have now had a chance to sample the configurations on the lab bike and remain unconvinced that it is the leap forward that the team needs to to contest for podium positions. However their feedback was positive enough that Ducati is now cooking up a factory chassis for competition. With Spies still out for an unknown period due to aggravations with his injured shoulder, that leaves Pirro free to run amok on the grid. Test rider contract lengths are much less publicized than grid riders, but amidst rumors that DePuniet may be looking to jump ship for Suzuki and some contracts coming to an end then a few more finishes like this and his phone may be ringing by season's end.

    Suspect: Jorge Lorenzo
    Victim: Pedrosa, Dani; Marquez, Marc; Every Other Spaniard
    Charge: Spain is, without doubt, the single most represented nationality in the Moto GP series today. All three of the championship leaders for 2013 hail from her shores, as do the most coveted riders from the Moto2 feeder who seek to graduate in 2014. Catalunya, therefore, is more than just a home race for many. With the Spanish ranks slowly growing year on year, Catalunya becomes extremely symbolic event, with much pride on the line as Spain's chosen sons race for the chance to capture the adulation and support of their countrymen over their hometown rivals. In such a charged atmosphere, no other rider has been as successful as defending world champion Jorge Lorenzo. After a difficult mid-season Lorenzo entered his home gran prix down but far from out. He had been beaten by fellow alien Dani Pedrosa, roughed up by rookie sensation Marc Marquez, and then kicked while down by recalcitrant weather systems. Always he maintained his composure and waited for his moment to strike like a cobra. Catalunya was supposed to be a Honda track, with the red-winged brand's seamless shifting mechanism and compatibility with this year's Bridgestone's giving the Repsol team all the tools needed to keep their winning moment going. Yet that didn't happen, and Jorge romped the field and practically coasted to victory. Yet the win, which puts Lorenzo a scan 7 points from regaining the lead in the championship, is not the demoralizing factor that Pedrosa and Marquez must contend with. It is the fact that Lorenzo has been the highest finishing Spaniard at Catalunya for the past 5 years. Not only that, but his margin of victory only reinforces just how well he has the track dialled in for his riding style. Lorenzo will be hoping that a bit of poison from that victory stays with the Repsol pair, festering in their minds and throwing them off their game. He will need any advantage he can get to hold onto his crown. It is, after all, still a long season to go.
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    Suspect: Rossi's ego
    Victim: il dottore
    Charge: In 2010, Rossi's ego had a fit and ruined il dottore's chances at breaking or at least tying another Agostini record or 2. (Rossi does hold the outright record for wins in MotoGP).

    It'll be quite a blow to Pedrosa's hopes if he doesn't win in Assen. Makes for good drama, eh? Who knows, maybe Cal will surprise everyone.
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    Assen should be a good race. Its a tough call, Dani finished 2nd last year to Stoner but Jorge was a non-factor since Bautista took him out at the start. Who knows how he would have finished. And then there's MM. We'll see how he runs at the Dutch circuit but he'll probably be in the mix. This one's really a toss up. Jorge coming off of 2 consecutive wins so he's got momentum on his side. Dani and MM should go well, the Honda should really be good coming out of the hairpin and chicanes.

    Then there's Cal and Rossi, might actually get to see a battle between the two.


    Though everything will depend on who Bautista takes out at the start of the race....
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    Bautista goes out in the 4th corner. Left side's not warm yet...
    Gets Bradl with him...


    J-Lo for the win.
    Mini-Marq for #2
    Pedro #3

    Rossi 5th.

    Edwards with a great interview about the difficulties of 12th.

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    You going for the safe bet Jed ? throw cal in there to make it interesting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maddad View Post
    You going for the safe bet Jed ? throw cal in there to make it interesting.
    What are you talking about? Edwards may not get 12th

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    You would have to say Rossi would be the sure thing for the win after claiming a brake through with the braking difficulties that he was having.

    I can't understand why it's taken him this long to sort it out . Remembering that it only took him one test to develop the m1 and then win when he first went to YAMAHA??

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    Quote Originally Posted by JedB View Post
    Bautista goes out in the 4th corner. Left side's not warm yet...
    Gets Bradl with him...


    J-Lo for the win.
    Mini-Marq for #2
    Pedro #3

    Rossi 5th.

    Edwards with a great interview about the difficulties of 12th.
    You are a crazy man Jed.......Edwards interview will be shit........Unless you are a Texan who likes to hear Texans interviewed..........

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    FYI

    The Assen races are on Saturday 6/29

    Times are PST

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    5:30AM PT
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nonno View Post
    You are a crazy man Jed.......Edwards interview will be shit........Unless you are a Texan who likes to hear Texans interviewed..........
    I need a sarcasm font

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    What a great write up. Fun to read. Well done budoist
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    Quote Originally Posted by JedB View Post
    I need a sarcasm font
    me too, though I thought you'd just assume?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JedB View Post
    What are you talking about? Edwards may not get 12th
    you are right, he will get 13th....after crashing out of the lead in at the second to last corner on the last lap.
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    To add to the fun - if Ya Brits can get off yer azzes, Assen is the best party in town!! They've been working on it for along time and most have the routine down pat. There will prolly be a group of four or five gentlemen wearing their pagamas and sitting side by side. But the real fun starts in the camping areas! One group that I hung out with - had 2 Army Group Medium size tents linked together and they brought: 2 kegs of beer with cooler, suspended iron grate for grilling about 48" across, cots, tables, chairs, lights, generator, cards, bones, and a shit town of other alcohols, even a bartender! They were very friendly, willing to give or take a drink of whatever came through - great bunch of guys.
    The track part is great too, but the off-track stuff was my favorite place to go of all the races I visited.

    oh, and GOOD LUCK CEIII You've got a lock on that 12th place bud!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nonno View Post
    me too, though I thought you'd just assume?
    I don't assume with you any more.

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