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  • #46
    MOTOGP Cancelled due to Corona!

    Only Moto2 + 3 in Qatar!

    Might end up being a short series this year.

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    • #47
      Thailand is, at best, postponed as well. Possibly cancelled.

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      • #48
        The Rossirati are foaming at the mouth saying it's a DORNA conspiracy to allow Marc more time to sort out the bike, and allow him more shoulder recovery time.
        Well, if they're not on the bike they're not improving it, and secondly, the ban has been introduced due to travel restrictions from Italy. Last time I checked Rossi was Italian, and thus the cancellation stands to benefit him and other Italian riders. Without it they would for sure be behind the 8-ball (see what I did there, albeit a championship too late) - even if Marc's not wining every race he will have points on the board.
        A close championship surely entices more people to watch. No one wants to see a Marquez whitewash - not even rabid Marquez fans.

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        • #49
          Originally posted by Kristy View Post
          The Rossirati are foaming at the mouth saying it's a DORNA conspiracy to allow Marc more time to sort out the bike, and allow him more shoulder recovery time.
          Well, if they're not on the bike they're not improving it, and secondly, the ban has been introduced due to travel restrictions from Italy. Last time I checked Rossi was Italian, and thus the cancellation stands to benefit him and other Italian riders. Without it they would for sure be behind the 8-ball (see what I did there, albeit a championship too late) - even if Marc's not wining every race he will have points on the board.
          A close championship surely entices more people to watch. No one wants to see a Marquez whitewash - not even rabid Marquez fans.
          Yes because Dorna and Marquez have the power to sway the Qatar government into banning travel from Italy.
          I think the only teams competing would be HRC and KTM everyone else is based in italy IIRC.
          It dies help Marquez's recovery but it also means that HRC dont have time to work on the bike at Qatar after only just fixing some of their issues.
          I say fuck it, please the rabid fans and have everyone not based/in Italy at the GP and see how much they like that.

          Thailand is now also suspended indefinitely, COTA will be the first round but I think it is still up in the air. There is still a lot of time for things to develop negatively with the spread of the virus.

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          • #50
            Well COTA has shut up shop indefinitely.

            https://www.reddit.com/r/motogp/comm..._indefinitely/

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            • #51
              What a difference a week makes.....seems like a completely different world.

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              • #52
                Originally posted by slowpoke View Post
                What a difference a week makes.....seems like a completely different world.
                Yeah, no kidding. Last week I had an income, now I dont.

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                • #53
                  So it looks like Iannones career is over. 18 month ban!

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                  • #54
                    Well its not like hes missing much this year.

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                    • #55
                      Originally posted by datsikk View Post
                      So it looks like Iannones career is over. 18 month ban!
                      he was most probably hoping for a 12 month so he did not miss out on anything as this year seems gone.....

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                      • #56
                        It will be interesting what happens to sport when it returns. How many of the companies sponsoring the teams will be able to cough up the $$$.

                        Could we see many teams in moto3/moto2 and motogp fold?

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                        • #57
                          absolutely ^^^^ how can you plan for something when no one truly knows when its going to end and eventually a vaccine is the way which is a little while off... with not as much money coming in somethings gotta give...

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                          • #58
                            Miller to factory Ducati.

                            https://www.motorsport.com/motogp/ne...-2021/4797165/

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                            • #59
                              Im sure it wont come as a surprise, but Phillip Island has been cancelled this year.

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                              • #60
                                So, MotoGP may well resume. I'm actually not that excited about it; in fact, not at all. Why? I’m not convinced holding international sporting events requiring movement of people between countries in the midst of a pandemic is particularly wise. But of course, $ are there to be made so there's that.

                                I'm sure people on the intertrons (not necessarily you lot [well you might]) will scream "YoU'rE nOt a ReAl gP fAn If YoU fEEl tHiS Way". No, you can still be a fan but have other priorities over and above watching bike racing (like wanting to limit people succumbing to this virus as countries attempt to get it under control). I’m not blind to the fact that economically, people are suffering and there’ll be administrative staff and the like that will benefit by MotoGP resuming (though Marquez et al. could go a year or 20 without a wage and still live like Kings) and accordingly, the economy of the host countries will see *some* benefit even though crowds will not likely be there. I know it’s not as black and white as “save all the people and fuck everything else”, there is some acceptable collateral damage but I’m just not excited by the prospect of MotoGP returning this year. *shrugs* Will I watch it? I don’t know yet. I probably will out of FOMO, but it won’t feel the same/right.

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