2012 Moto3/Moto2/MotoGP Thread

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  1. Tom

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    As 2012 dawns upon us, a new era in Motorcycle Racing begins, with the departure of the 125cc Class and the introduction of Moto3. It's surely going to be, one of the closest seasons in Motorcycle Racing's History.

    2012 MotoGP Calendar:

    8 April - Qatar* - Losail
    29 April - Spain - Jerez
    6 May - Portugal (STC) - Estoril
    20 May - France - Le Mans
    3 June - Catalunya - Catalunya
    17 June - Great Britain - Silverstone
    30 June - Netherlands** - Assen
    8 July - Germany (STC) Sachsenring
    15 July - Italy - Mugello
    29 July - United States*** - Laguna Seca
    19 August - Indianapolis - Indianapolis
    26 August - Czech Republic - Brno
    16 September - San Marino - Misano
    30 September - Aragon - Motorland
    14 October - Japan - Motegi
    21 October - Malaysia - Sepang
    28 October - Australia - Phillip Island
    11 November - Valencia - Ricardo Tormo

    * Evening Race
    ** Saturday Race
    *** Only MotoGP class
    STC (Subject to the contract)
     
  2. adamp93

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    We need to bump this already. Injury update: Hayden has a broken wrist and a few cracked ribs, and today Dovi broke his collarbone.
     
  3. killer tiller

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    Gonna be interesting watching the motoGP race with the claiming rule teams. At least it'll add more bikes to the grid
     
  4. prisonermonkeys

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    Since I've only recently started following the sport, can someone pelase tell me why Moto2 and Moto3 don't race at Laguna Seca?
     
  5. killer tiller

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    I just googled it, apparently the motoGP shares that weekend with the AMA at laguna.

    Someone please correct me if that's wrong
     
  6. Tom

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    That's correct. AMA race after MotoGP I believe.
     
  7. Mike Rotch

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    At least they fixed the calendar to have Indy and LS next to each other - not like last season where there was a European round between :rolleyes:
     
  8. killer tiller

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    Those rounds are still 3 weeks apart. Doubt the teams will hang around that long
     
  9. Akmuq

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    I think it's because Californian law bans 2 and 4-stroke engines.
     
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    That could also have been a factor when they went back to laguna.

    Everywhere is banning 2-strokes hence the introduction of Moto 2 and 3
     
  11. adamp93

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    Not really the main reason is that they don't fit in the paddock with all the ama teams. I think I remember hearing that it is the only weekend that bikes go to Laguna all year.
     
  12. YellowG1

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    I really wish MotoGP was allowed to have race-specific threads like F1 gets instead of one enormous megathread. It's not like there's that many individual threads in the Motorcycles section anyway.
     
  13. PAPPACLART

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    Can't wait for the new season. Just an awful shame we won't have SuperSic.

    Interesting to see how the Motgp bike using the production engines wll cope.
     
  14. killer tiller

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    Yeah supersic will be sorely missed from the grid, I loved his aggressive style
     
  15. Mike Rotch

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    It's more down to there not being enough traffic to warrant race specific threads. Some rounds last year had <5 posts in the general thread...

    Also, Rossi thinking about retirement in 2 years :

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/motogp/16492337.stm
     
  16. adamp93

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    Well if we change the rules so you can only post about overtaking manoeuvres it would be the other way round.
     
  17. adamp93

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    Entry list time :)
    Moto GP
    1 Casey Stoner AUS Honda Team (HONDA)
    4 Andrea Dovizioso ITA Yamaha Tech 3 (YAMAHA)
    5 Colin Edwards USA Forward Racing (SUTER) *
    6 Stefan Bradl GER LCR Honda Motogp (HONDA)
    8 Hector Barbera SPA Pramac Racing Team (DUCATI)
    9 Danilo Petrucci ITA Ioda Racing Project (IODA) *
    11 Ben Spies USA Yamaha Factory Racing (YAMAHA)
    13 Anthony West AUS Speed Master (ART) *
    14 Randy De Puniet FRA Aspar Team Motogp (ART) *
    17 Karel Abraham CZE Cardion AB Motoracing (DUCATI)
    19 Alvaro Bautista SPA Honda Gresini (HONDA)
    20 Aleix Espargaro SPA Aspar Team Motogp (ART) *
    22 Ivan Silva SPA BQR (BQR-FTR) *
    26 Dani Pedrosa SPA Honda Team (HONDA)
    35 Cal Crutchlow GBR Yamaha Tech 3 (YAMAHA)
    46 Valentino Rossi ITA Ducati Team (DUCATI)
    51 Michele Pirro ITA Honda Gresini (FTR) *
    68 Yonny Hernandez CO BQR (BQR-FTR) *
    69 Nicky Hayden USA Ducati Team (DUCATI)
    77 James Ellison GBR Paul Bird Racing (ART) *
    99 Jorge Lorenzo SPA Yamaha Factory Racing (YAMAHA)
    * CRT (Claiming Rule Team)

    Moto 2
    3 Simone Corsi ITA Ioda Racing Project (IODA)
    4 Randy Krummenacher SWI GP Team Switzerland (SUTER)
    5 Johann Zarco FRA JiR Moto2 (MOTOBI)
    7 Alexander Lundh SWE MZ Racing Team (MZ-RE HONDA)
    8 Gino Rea GBR Gresini Racing Moto2 (MORIWAKI)
    9 Kenny Noyes USA Arguiñano Racing Team (TBA)
    12 Thomas Luthi SWI Interwetten-Paddock (SUTER)
    14 Ratthapark Wilairot THA Gresini Racing Moto2 (MORIWAKI)
    15 Alex De Angelis ITA Forward Racing (SUTER)
    18 Nicolas Terol SPA Aspar Team Moto2 (SUTER)
    19 Xavier Simeon BEL Tech 3 Racing (TECH 3)
    24 Toni Elias SPA Aspar Team Moto2 (SUTER)
    29 Andrea Iannone ITA Speed Master (FTR)
    30 Takaaki Nakagami JPN Italtrans Racing Team (KALEX)
    36 Mika Kallio FIN Marc VDS Racing Team (KALEX)
    38 Bradley Smith GBR Tech 3 Racing (TECH 3)
    40 Pol Espargaro SPA Pons Racing (PONS KALEX)
    44 Roberto Rolfo ITA Technomag-Cip (SUTER)
    45 Scott Redding GBR Marc VDS Racing Team (KALEX)
    47 Angel Rodriguez SPA SAG Team (FTR)
    49 Axel Pons SPA Pons Racing (PONS KALEX)
    57 Eric Granado BRA JiR Moto2 (MOTOBI)
    60 Julian Simon SPA BQR (FTR)
    63 Mike Di Meglio FRA Speed Up (FTR)
    71 Claudio Corti ITA Italtrans Racing Team (KALEX)
    72 Yuki Takahashi JPN Forward Racing (SUTER)
    76 Max Neukirchner GER Kiefer Racing (KALEX)
    77 Dominique Aegerter SWI Technomag-Cip (SUTER)
    80 Esteve Rabat SPA Pons Racing (PONS KALEX)
    82 Elena Rosell SPA QMMF Racing Team (MORIWAKI)
    88 Ricky Cardus SPA QMMF Racing Team (MORIWAKI)
    93 Marc Marquez SPA Monlau Competicion (SUTER)
    To Be Advised SAG Team (FTR)

    Moto 3
    3 Luigi Morciano ITA Ioda Racing Project (IODA)
    5 Romano Fenati ITA Team Italia FMI (IODA)
    7 Efren Vazquez SPA Team Laglisse (HONDA)
    8 Jack Miller AUS Techno Racing (HONDA)
    9 Toni Finsterbusch GER Racing Team Germany (HONDA)
    10 Alexis Masbou FRA Techno Racing (HONDA)
    11 Sandro Cortese GER Red Bull KTM Ajo (KTM)
    14 Brad Binder RSA RW Racing GP (KALEX KTM)
    19 Alessandro Tonucci ITA Team Italia FMI (IODA)
    23 Alberto Moncayo SPA Aspar Team Moto3 (KALEX KTM)
    25 Maverick Viñales SPA BQR (FTR HONDA)
    26 Adrian Martin SPA Team Laglisse (HONDA)
    27 Niccolo Antonelli ITA Gresini Racing (HONDA)
    30 Giulian Pedone SWI Phonica Racing (ORAL)
    31 Niklas Ajo FIN Tt Motion Events Racing (KTM)
    32 Isaac Viñales SPA Ongetta-Centro Seta (HONDA)
    39 Luis Salom SPA RW Racing GP (KALEX KTM)
    42 Alex Rins SPA Monlau Competicion (HONDA)
    44 Miguel Oliveira POR Monlau Competicion (HONDA)
    51 Kenta Fujii JPN Technomag-Cip (HONDA)
    52 Danny Kent GBR Red Bull KTM Ajo (KTM)
    53 Jasper Iwema NED Moto FGR (FGR HONDA)
    55 Hector Faubel SPA Aspar Team Moto3 (KALEX KTM)
    61 Arthur Sissis AUS Red Bull KTM Ajo (KTM)
    63 Zulfahmi Khairuddin MAL Airasia - Sic - Ajo (KTM)
    77 Marcel Schrotter GER Mahindra Racing (MAHINDRA)
    84 Jakub Kornfeil CZE Redox-Ongetta-Centro (HONDA)
    89 Alan Techer FRA Technomag-Cip (HONDA)
    94 Jonas Folger GER MZ Racing Team (MZ)
    95 Miroslav Popov CZE Phonica Racing (ORAL)
    96 Louis Rossi FRA Racing Team Germany (HONDA)
    99 Danny Webb GBR Mahindra Racing (MAHINDRA)
     
  18. prisonermonkeys

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    Wikipedia lists BQR as having a new name, Avintia Racing.
     
  19. plate88

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    I'm hoping to make it to the Indy race this year. I only live about 3 hours away. Been saying this for the past few years though. Never seen Motogp in action. I've went to a few AMA Superbike races which are awesome, but its no Motogp.

    Spies for the championship!
     
  20. LMSCorvetteGT2

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    Can someone tell me when the Moto GP bikes will be released, I really want to see what the Kawasaki and Aprilla look like.
     
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    You may have to wait for official test sessions but the first ones wont have any sponsors on them.
     
  22. LMSCorvetteGT2

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    I'm fine with that, I really want to see those Aprillas, the Kawasaki and BMW.
     
  23. adamp93

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    Time to say what would be a happy 25th birthday to Marco Simoncelli. Rip supersic
     
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    Doesn't matter now they are scheduled to run at the Circuit of the Americas this year, as it states on the speedtv.com website. But before I believed it was a contract agreement are ready made with the AMA series. I guess they needed it to have a chance to show off their talent in person.

    Note: This is not fact!
     
  26. joetruckv8

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    Since I've only recently started following the sport, can someone pelase tell me why Moto2 and Moto3 don't race at Laguna Seca?

    That could also have been a factor when they went back to laguna.

    Everywhere is banning 2-strokes hence the introduction of Moto 2 and 3

    I would say I agree, but I have been to this race and they do expedition runs on the old Ducati 2 stroke bike, but then again that is just 1 bike out on track at a time.



    I look forward to treading with you guys this Moto GP session for I am a big time Moto GP and F1 watcher and scrutineer!
     
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    They won't run at CotA until 2013. The circuit was created for Formula 1, so Formula 1 gets first bite at the apple. Bernie would do his nut if some other international racing serice had the first go on his brand-new circuit. And when MotoGP does go to CotA, it will be known as the "Texas Grand Prix" (or, as I like to think of it, the "Texas Grand Spies"). The United States Grand Prix will stay at Laguna.
     
  28. BobbyBRAKEaNek

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    Hopefully Casey want run off with the championship this year.
    Who are you guys rooting for this year. I'm going with Casey since Marco is no longer with us. The reason for Stoner is he just works a bike over. The guy is a motorcycle whisperer.
     
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    Kill me now. Before I have to put up with the Australian commentary. Not being Australian, you probably don't get the brunt of it, but it's like out idiots are contractually oblicated to mention CASEY STONER!! at least once a sentence.

    Probably Lorenzo and Spies. Though like you, I would be supporting Simoncelli.

    He's also a bit of a tosser. I've heard that some of the other riders don't like him very much.
     
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    Perhaps. Great rider though. I'm a Lorenzo fan, so I'm hoping Yamaha can be more competitive this year.
     
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