2019 MotoGP

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Klyntonius

Norm Smith Medallist
Jan 9, 2004
6,457
4,739
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AFL Club
Melbourne
Other Teams
Kawasaki Racing, Falcons, Pelicans
Johann Zarco has come to an agreement to split with KTM at the end of the season, one year into his two year contract. There are no seats left available for him in MotoGP - Miller will re-up with Pramac in the coming days, Honda are committed to Nakagami - so his future is now clouded. I would suggest his MotoGP career is over. It's hard to see him getting back to MotoGP if he switches to WSBK or returns to Moto2 and his reputation will have taken a battering for both not adapting to the RC16 and for bailing out on his contract after only half a season.

Who replaces him is also problematic. They threw a contract at Jack Miller but he turned them down to remain with Ducati. They could promote Miguel Oliveira from the Tech3 team but then need to find a replacement for him. Maybe they grab Bradley Smith back from Aprilia testing duties for a year.
 

Klyntonius

Norm Smith Medallist
Jan 9, 2004
6,457
4,739
The nearest twisties
AFL Club
Melbourne
Other Teams
Kawasaki Racing, Falcons, Pelicans
The entire MotoGP field is out of contact at the end of next year with the exception of Tito Rabat who recently signed a new two year contract.
Jack's deal gives him the opportunity to back himself in to get a factory ride.

We could well see a significant shakeup of the grid.
 

Klyntonius

Norm Smith Medallist
Jan 9, 2004
6,457
4,739
The nearest twisties
AFL Club
Melbourne
Other Teams
Kawasaki Racing, Falcons, Pelicans
Former MotoGP star (okay, so I've been reading too much modern media) Scott Redding is currently racing in the British Superbike Championship. He recently had quite a, umm, fight on his hands with young Honda rider, Andrew Irwin.

 

Klyntonius

Norm Smith Medallist
Jan 9, 2004
6,457
4,739
The nearest twisties
AFL Club
Melbourne
Other Teams
Kawasaki Racing, Falcons, Pelicans
FP3 over. Miller fourth fastest and straight through to Q2, behind the incredible Fabio Quartararo who's just been consistently obliterating the lap record.

Gardner also straight through to Q2 in Moto2, consistently running fast laps in 3rd place.
 

Klyntonius

Norm Smith Medallist
Jan 9, 2004
6,457
4,739
The nearest twisties
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Melbourne
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Kawasaki Racing, Falcons, Pelicans
Jacky boy grabs a front row start with a very well organised qualifying, following his fellow front row starters, pole man Marc Marquez and front row returnee, Valentino Rossi. Quartararo had to run his second bike after his first choice bike had an issue and finished up fourth.
 

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Klyntonius

Norm Smith Medallist
Jan 9, 2004
6,457
4,739
The nearest twisties
AFL Club
Melbourne
Other Teams
Kawasaki Racing, Falcons, Pelicans
I'm expecting a cracking night of racing.

Hard to go passed Marquez (X2). Pretty much anyone in Moto3.

The battle for the podium in MotoGP could be enormous. Miller, Crutchlow, Rins, Dovi and all the Yamaha's are thereabouts.
 

imadodgyumpire

Brownlow Medallist
Aug 10, 2011
19,919
14,585
In isolation due to coronavirus
AFL Club
Carlton
Today they had the third round of Victorian motorbike racing at PI this weekend. I don't keep track of this, but considered going when I found out last weekend. It was a bit much to turn up on short notice, but the next round is at Broadford in November. I'll be going to that.
 

Klyntonius

Norm Smith Medallist
Jan 9, 2004
6,457
4,739
The nearest twisties
AFL Club
Melbourne
Other Teams
Kawasaki Racing, Falcons, Pelicans
Brilliant ride by Aron Canet. Taken out early, fought his way through from dead last to 13th when many would have parked the bike. Potentially title deciding.
 

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