So far, Lorenzo is looking comfortably dominant and should be considered the early favorite. Based on rider comments so far this year and when comparing sector times between 2014 and today, it's quite clear that the Factory Hondas have lost one of their strongest principal performance advantages which was drive and acceleration coming out off of slow and medium speed corners. I think the two remaining podium spots will be a 5-way battle between the two Andreas, Marquez, Vinales and Rossi who, despite being off to a slow start in today's practice sessions, will no doubt get himself up to speed between tomorrow practices/qualifying and Sunday's race. Vinales' teammate is also looking stronger and more confident on the Suzuki every race weekend....
The weather forecast for Sunday's race is around 74 degrees with only a 10% chance of rain.
Yep, pretty much. Looks like Rossi has been working hard on race setup, as opposed to fastest lap times, as is his general approach, but JL is clearly feeling very comfortable....and fast. He could run away with it, if no issues.
I think the race will again depend on the tire selection and traction issues and who can manage that the best.
The Honda has less mechanical grip than the Yamaha, and, I believe less torque at lower RPM, so loses out on acceleration. MM is having to ride around this and manage it the best he can. He's been doing a fantastic job of it, and CLEARLY has learned his lesson from last years' multiple crashes. Good for him. He's certainly a bright young lad.
It's going to be interesting, for sure.