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Cycle News 2017 Issue 06 February 14

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P116 CN III IN THE PADDOCK BY MICHAEL SCOTT I t takes time to get to know somebody new. Things that first attract might, before too much longer, prove irritating instead. A smile, perhaps, that is too easy, or a shallow, over- eager laugh. Quirks and wrinkles by con- trast can become more alluring. Call it character. Unless, of course, you are a perfectionist. Like Jorge Lo- renzo. This is all by way of trying to get some early assessment of the most interesting of several rider switches for 2017, after the first round of tests at Sepang. Vinales to Yamaha is alluring enough. He's the brightest of bright boys and could easily win the title. Some observers (I am one) think he'll be the guy to give Marquez a serious run, and pre- vent him from a spell of Doohan- like domination. Iannone to Suzuki is another high point. A mad crasher on the dippy Ducati, he has plenty to prove after being sacked, and a sweet bike to do it on. By no co- incidence he shined at Sepang, fastest on day two and second overall. And it'll be great to see how the Moto2 big guys adapt: JORGE AND THE CASEY FACTOR

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