Julian Ryder's 2017 MotoGP tips

Simon Hancocks
By Simon Hancocks
HancocksToad Currently riding a Ducati Multistrada 1260S and loving it! Commutes about 20,000 miles a year and has just finished restoring the slowest Ducati ever built. Happiest when in the saddle.
Maverick Vinales
MotoGP - Marc Marquez

"Just be grateful that you are around to see this man ride a racing motorcycle. Will he win again? That depends on what sort of bike Honda’s new big-bang-engine RCV turns out to be. By the end of last season, Honda had come to terms with the standard-spec electronics but there was still an obvious lack of acceleration. He’ll win races with it, but retaining the championship will depend on what Honda give him."

Maverick Vinales (pictured)

"We know the bike is good enough to win, we know Maverick is good enough to win. He’s young, he’s fast, he’s immune to the sort of mind games his team mate might be tempted to play, and he never makes the same mistake twice. He gets Lorenzo’s old crew chief Ramon Forcada and the best all-round motorcycle on the grid, don’t be surprised if he is the man who gives Marquez most to think about."

Jorge Lorenzo

"Ducati have not employed Jorge to win races; they have employed him to win the championship. Ducati, owners Audi, and sponsor Phillip Morris have waited since Stoner’s 2007 win and will wait no longer. Much will depend on the trust built up between Lorenzo and Ducati Svengali Gigi Dall’Igna when they won two world 250cc title together at Aprilia. He’ll win a race or two this year but the title might have to wait for 2018."

 
Maverick Vinales
MotoGP - Marc Marquez

"Just be grateful that you are around to see this man ride a racing motorcycle. Will he win again? That depends on what sort of bike Honda’s new big-bang-engine RCV turns out to be. By the end of last season, Honda had come to terms with the standard-spec electronics but there was still an obvious lack of acceleration. He’ll win races with it, but retaining the championship will depend on what Honda give him."

Maverick Vinales (pictured)

"We know the bike is good enough to win, we know Maverick is good enough to win. He’s young, he’s fast, he’s immune to the sort of mind games his team mate might be tempted to play, and he never makes the same mistake twice. He gets Lorenzo’s old crew chief Ramon Forcada and the best all-round motorcycle on the grid, don’t be surprised if he is the man who gives Marquez most to think about."

Jorge Lorenzo

"Ducati have not employed Jorge to win races; they have employed him to win the championship. Ducati, owners Audi, and sponsor Phillip Morris have waited since Stoner’s 2007 win and will wait no longer. Much will depend on the trust built up between Lorenzo and Ducati Svengali Gigi Dall’Igna when they won two world 250cc title together at Aprilia. He’ll win a race or two this year but the title might have to wait for 2018."

 
Maverick Vinales
MotoGP - Marc Marquez

"Just be grateful that you are around to see this man ride a racing motorcycle. Will he win again? That depends on what sort of bike Honda’s new big-bang-engine RCV turns out to be. By the end of last season, Honda had come to terms with the standard-spec electronics but there was still an obvious lack of acceleration. He’ll win races with it, but retaining the championship will depend on what Honda give him."

Maverick Vinales (pictured)

"We know the bike is good enough to win, we know Maverick is good enough to win. He’s young, he’s fast, he’s immune to the sort of mind games his team mate might be tempted to play, and he never makes the same mistake twice. He gets Lorenzo’s old crew chief Ramon Forcada and the best all-round motorcycle on the grid, don’t be surprised if he is the man who gives Marquez most to think about."

Jorge Lorenzo

"Ducati have not employed Jorge to win races; they have employed him to win the championship. Ducati, owners Audi, and sponsor Phillip Morris have waited since Stoner’s 2007 win and will wait no longer. Much will depend on the trust built up between Lorenzo and Ducati Svengali Gigi Dall’Igna when they won two world 250cc title together at Aprilia. He’ll win a race or two this year but the title might have to wait for 2018."

 
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