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FTR London

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Is anybody at great COTA?
Remember a great stay in 2018:)
Went to the inaugural race in 2013. Austin is a great city and COTA is an impressive venue. Wouldn't be sad to see it go though after this year although it's preferable to Indy. The series was looking at Barber Motorsports Park some years ago which would be brilliant. None of these get close to Laguna though for the sheer character of the place and the circuit itself.
 

FTR London

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Horrific accident in Moto 3. So fortunate that everyone walked away unscathed. Öncü looked inconsolable.

Really feel for Remy. I suspect that's the championship gone. Defending a nine point lead will be a very tall order given the form of Fernández and in view of the three circuits remaining.

The lap record at COTA stands at 2:03.5 set by Márquez....in 2014 ! That's how much this surface has been allowed to deteriorate.

If there were two circuits that a weakened Marc was still going to be imperious at, it's Sachsenring and here. Nonetheless, in view of the fact that this is such a physical track, that's an outstanding ride given the state of his shoulder. 2019 may have been peak Marc, but even when he's not 100% fit - this is the damage he can still inflict on the rest of the field. Bagnaia nine seconds behind him. By all accounts, next year's Honda is going to be a weapon too. Loved the parade lap with Nicky's flag and Rins' helmet tribute. I wonder who he was on the phone too in Parc Ferme? - HRC top brass?

Very good result for a jet lagged Quartararo - disappointing for Pecco. Needed to take points away from Fabio this weekend.

Bizarre from Jackass. Looked like he was primed for a charge. The hard selection seemed to have put paid to that. Looked like a rash and uncharacteristic move by Mir on the last lap.

Nakagami crashes early, then pulls off one of the fastest laps of the race with 5 laps to go :LOL: Classic Taka.

Ducati leading in the manufacturers championship.
 

edgelett

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I was away camping and forgot to set the DVR to record taking in to account daylight savings.
hopefully it will be replayed this week and I'll watch it.

I honestly wasn't expecting Marquez to win one race this year let alone two given his recovery from injury. but this is one of his strongest tracks so well done.
and yeah I think that's championship pretty much sorted!
 
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cupcake_mike

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Except for his crashing out at COTA in 19 (where he was leading by a few seconds), I believe Marquez has never lost a MotoGP race on US soil. Pretty damn impressive.
 

FTR London

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Probably find the whole race if you google hard enough

He won there his rookie season...It was the last year they held MotoGP at Laguna Seca, I was at the race.
I'd completely forgotten this - particularly the corkscrew cutting incident, which was very ironic given Rossi's escapades with Stoner.
 

cupcake_mike

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I loved this from the press conference:
When asked about the pass, Rossi turned his attention to HRC team principal (and Marc Marquez' team boss) Livio Suppo. Suppo was Casey Stoner's team boss back in 2008, and had complained bitterly of Rossi's pass at the Corkscrew. "You and Stoner break my balls for two or three years about that overtake, because I cut the kerb. So what do you say about that? Have to be disqualified hey?" Rossi asked to much laughter. Not to be outdone, Suppo replied in kind: "Thanks for the question, and thanks to Marc, because after a few years, we pay you back!"


The COTA race in '13 was the first MotoGP weekend I took my son to (he was 6). He picked Marquez as the winner out of the program (I think he liked the graphics on the bike) and he has stuck with him all these years.
 

FTR London

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From memory, Rossi won in 2008 didn't he - Stoner went down at T.11.

I recall his M1 spectacularly letting go in 2006 (I was watching outfield from Andretti hairpin). That was the year of the freak heat and the track melting at surface temperatures up to 140 degrees Fahrenheit. As I recall, Vermeulen who had been leading (and had always gone well here in WSS/WSBk) encountered fuel supply problems - likely also due to the heat - and had to nurse it home to fifth. I also went in 2010 and 2011. What a glorious track and setting.
 

Wayne

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I was fortunate enough to go to this years Moto GP. I must say I was really impressed with the track, how the event is managed and the passion of those who came from all over the world to attend. I had a great seat in row 24 in turn 15. Nothing to my left and aisle to my right. I wanted to see Marc Marquez win which he did convincingly and Jack Miler podium which he didn't. I could not believe how quickly COTA got people in to park and out after the race. I have already bought my ticket for next year. Its an expensive event since I fly from California but well worth it. Next year there will be three US riders in Moto 2 which will add to the excitement. The US will also host the '22 Motocross of Nations again at Red Bud. I went it '18 but it was a complete mud fest. Hopefully '22 will be better and the US will do better. The FIM puts on a great show. On my bucket list is to catch a race in Europe some time, preferably, France, Italy or Spain; easier to sell the trip to my wife that way.
 

FTR London

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I was fortunate enough to go to this years Moto GP. I must say I was really impressed with the track, how the event is managed and the passion of those who came from all over the world to attend. I had a great seat in row 24 in turn 15. Nothing to my left and aisle to my right. I wanted to see Marc Marquez win which he did convincingly and Jack Miler podium which he didn't. I could not believe how quickly COTA got people in to park and out after the race. I have already bought my ticket for next year. Its an expensive event since I fly from California but well worth it. Next year there will be three US riders in Moto 2 which will add to the excitement. The US will also host the '22 Motocross of Nations again at Red Bud. I went it '18 but it was a complete mud fest. Hopefully '22 will be better and the US will do better. The FIM puts on a great show. On my bucket list is to catch a race in Europe some time, preferably, France, Italy or Spain; easier to sell the trip to my wife that way.
Le Mans is a dump - and not particularly great racing either in my opinion.

If you're considering Italy or Spain, Mugello is a mecca that every fan of bike racing should travel to if they are able - added to which it's in Tuscany. MotorLand Aragón is a great track, an incredible experience and preferable to Valencia and Jerez. Catalunya is also worth a visit with the added bonus that it's a few minutes train ride to the centre of Barcelona.
 
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