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    Early comments about the new Yamaha engine are positive but it's still down on power compared to Honda and Ducati. https://www.autosport.com/motogp/new...e-engine-gains

    Morbidelli, who ended the test seventh overall, says the new motor is "more angry" in higher gears and was happier with it as the engine "keeps Yamaha's soul".

    "I tried the new spec, I had a good feeling on it," Morbidelli told Autosport. "Seems a bit faster, a bit more angry in fifth and sixth gear, and this is what we wanted and this is positive.

    "[It] still keeps Yamaha's soul, the engine has Yamaha's soul. It is really smooth. I am happy with the job they've done."

    When pressed for what else he wants from the engine, he said: "What I would like is to have more power and keep the rideability that the bike and the engine has.

    "I don't know if they will manage to do that, but it seems that this engine is already a step [forward]."

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    I was really looking forward to the first MotoGP race in Qatar, but will have to console myself by watching Moto2 and Moto3.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kiwi Canuck View Post
    I was really looking forward to the first MotoGP race in Qatar, but will have to console myself by watching Moto2 and Moto3.

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    Here's the news article from MotoGP.com

    FIM, IRTA and Dorna regret to announce the cancellation of all MotoGP™ class sessions at the Grand Prix of Qatar, including the race.


    The ongoing coronavirus outbreak has resulted in Qatar travel restrictions being brought into force that affect passengers from Italy, amongst other countries. As of today, all passengers arriving at Doha on direct flights from Italy, or having been in Italy in the past 2 weeks, will be taken straight to quarantine for a minimum of 14 days. Italy clearly plays a vital role in the Championship and in the MotoGP class - both on track and off - and therefore the decision has been taken to cancel premier class competition.


    As the teams and riders of the Moto2™ and Moto3™ classes were already in Qatar for the three-day official test at Losail International Circuit earlier this week, the races of both categories will be possible. The lightweight and intermediate classes will therefore compete in their season opener from the 6th to 8th March. The same will apply to the Idemitsu Asia Talent Cup, which will have two races during the Qatar Grand Prix as originally planned. Stay tuned for a revised schedule.

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    Wow, I didn’t see that coming. In hindsight, guess I should have.

    I’m supposed to go to Morocco for work in 3 weeks, and then to Spain, hopefully that doesn’t get cancelled.
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    https://www.bangkokpost.com/sports/1...7omc8g8vWpebq0

    Buriram MotoGP postponed indefinitely due to coronavirus

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    OK, so interesting to re read this thread and see the predictions that were made 9 or so months ago.

    Who could've predicted what happened this year though, even though it's been really good racing but weird not seeing anyone in the stands, except for the two Misano races in Italy, they allowed about 10,000 spectators in.

    I'm glad Mir is doing well on the Suzuki, he's such a great talent and a treat to watch.

    I do miss not having Marc Marquez racing as he always kept things pretty interesting and kept the level exceptionally high.

    Sorry to see so many injured this year, it's been tough for a few guys, very impressed with Rins and Crutchlow to make it back so quickly.

    Plenty more to come, 6 more races IIRC.

    Hard to bet against Fabio, but I like Mir and hope he can give him a run for his money.

    BTW it's great to see Franky #21 get his first win and first pole this year as he was so overshadowed by his rookie team mate last year.

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    On one hand it's great to see such close racing and so many different winners. On the other hand I'd bet big money that if Marquez was racing that he's have a huge lead. On the third hand Marc is the sort of guy that races to win every race and his 9 lives are being used up. At the end of the day, in my opinion, Marc is on a different plane, and there are a good many riders (as evidenced by this year) that are very good but are clearly below. Rossi is hanging in there but I doubt he will ever win again, although he may snag a podium or two before he retires. In my opinion he should retire now, but he's still making a lot of money so what the heck. Milk it for all it's worth.

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