By Bruce Allen teams, especially, have a few things to prove at this very RC213V-friendly circuit. But is the 2017 bike up to it?
What we know now that we didn’t know two weeks ago is how Marc Marquez, Dani Pedrosa and Cal Crutchlow ended up with the medium front Michelin instead of the hard option. All three blame Michelin for advising them to make the change, which did not work. Marquez and Pedrosa had to nurse their fronts to respectable 4th and 5th places, respectively, while Crutchlow, also blaming his front tire. crashed out of what could have been a meaningful haul of points. Twice. Oh, and before I forget, Maverick Vinales won his first GP on the factory Yamaha and appears to be the next anointed rider.
Props to Aleix Espargaro, who put his Aprilia in sixth place, and one Jack Miller, who placed eighth on the Marc VDS Honda, punking Alex Rins at the finish. Jonas Folger made the top ten, while suddenly everyone is on the Johann Zarco bandwagon for his seven superlative laps at the start.
We are temporarily suspending the Alien status of Jorge Lorenzo until he cracks the top five in a race. Or the standings. Whichever comes first. This suspension, it appears, could last up to two years. Let’s see how he does Down South.
Here’s an early look at how my entrants (rider/bike) break down. This will be a work in progress as we approach Valencia. We would love to hear how yours …read more
Source:: MotoGP 2017 Rio Hondo Preview