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    Default MotoGP : 2012 Season

    Welcome aboard, Speed freaks! I am taking the liberty of starting a thread for the 2012 season!


    As it did during the GP weekend which preceded the Moto2 and Moto3 Test at Valencia, the weather played a large part in proceedings on Monday as rain limited on-track activity at the one-day Test in Spain.
    There was plenty of excitement at the prospect of first contact with the new Moto3 machines which will replace the 125cc class in 2012, and some riders were fortunate enough to get in their first laps on the 250cc four-stroke bikes.
    Rookie of the Year in the 125cc class Maverick Viales was present with his BQR team and went out on a Honda, although the team are yet to decide on what bike they will go with next season, and Luis Salom and his RW Racing team also experienced some track time with the Moto3 machinery. Japanese rider Kenta Fujii, who has been confirmed with the Technomag-CIP set-up for 2012, was also on track and German rider Toni Finsterbusch rode with MZ Racing.
    Portuguese rider Miguel Oliveira was also present with the Monlau Competicin crew but in the end he did not ride in the conditions.
    In the Moto2 category 125cc Championship runner-up Johann Zarco had his first run on a 600cc four-stroke bike with his new JiR team, lapping on the MotoBI prototype along with Brazilian youngster Eric Granado.
    Jonas Folger is looking to make the move up to Moto2 for 2012 and put in some laps with the MZ Racing machine, escaping uninjured from a minor fall towards the end of the day. Anthony West was also out on track for the German factory.
    Meanwhile Marc VDS Racing riders Scott Redding and Mika Kallio both rolled out on Kalex machines for the first time, which the Belgian set-up will run with next season. Also riding the German frame for the first time was Esteve Rabat, who has signed for the Pons team.
    Alex de Angelis went out on the Suter with Forward Racing, who he switches to for the 2012 season.
    Other riders present who did not ride owing to the conditions were Nico Terol (Aspar) and Bradley Smith (Tech 3). Toni Elas was also at the track with the intention of testing the Gresini Team’s Moto2 machine, as was British rider Gino Rea, but eventually neither went out due to the rain.
    Source: MotoGP

    Let the party begin!
    Last edited by Makky; 04-21-2012 at 01:33 PM.

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    Thanks for the thread
    And here it starts. Even Yamaha guys are interested to see the new GP12 (or is 13 )

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheRedPill View Post
    Thanks for the thread
    And here it starts. Even Yamaha guys are interested to see the new GP12 (or is 13 )
    The front end looks very different. There seems to be more gap between the front wheel & the front fairing in comparison to this years bike.

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    It was always like this. Have a look at this pic from 2011 season:

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheRedPill View Post
    It was always like this. Have a look at this pic from 2011 season:
    My bad, compared it with the pics when GP11 was launched

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheRedPill View Post
    Thanks for the thread
    And here it starts. Even Yamaha guys are interested to see the new GP12 (or is 13 )
    Wondering what was so good in it for Rossi to go after it! :P
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    Thanks, Noor!

    Has the Ducati plonked-in the aluminium chassis on the GP machines? Hope that Ducati Corse can do something big this year!
    Tired of seeing Rossi in that state.

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    @motomatters

    Just spoke to Hector Barbera. He said new aluminium chassis is a huge improvement, can feel the front end on corner entry (cont).
    Ducati feels more like his old Aprilia 250, he said. You can feel the connection between the front and the rear. Engine is also much sweeter
    Gearchange is also much faster. Much better feeling all round.
    Looks like Al frame is the right direction after-all...

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    Quote Originally Posted by samschenker View Post
    Looks like Al frame is the right direction after-all...

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    present sir!!(marking attendance on the new thread)....

    the above statement raises hope...,

    2011 Valencia Post-Race Test Times At 2pm - Stoner Leads Pedrosa, Ducati "An Improvement" | MotoMatters.com | Kropotkin Thinks

    they aren't interested in setting fastest time...although it would be nice to see whether stoner would be able to improve on his qualifying time (or rather by how much)...

    any opinions on whether mr. Rossi would sandbag(provided he is in a situation in which he can) now or not???

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