Archive - May 2007

May 31st

2007 Mugello Race Preview - Racing Soul

If Japan is the brains of motorcycle racing, the place where they design the machines that captivate us, and Spain is the heart of motorcycle, the humming, vibrant center, full of passion for all forms of two-wheeled racing, then Italy is the soul of motorcycle racing, the place where motorcycle racing is imagined, dreamed of, experienced, be it MotoGP, Superbikes or minibikes. The Italians live for racing and speed, on two wheels or four, as the myriad racetracks and motorcycle manufacturers testify.

May 30th

Alstare To MotoGP, With Schwantz, Biaggi and Spies?

With silly season now in full swing, the latest news comes from Alstare Suzuki, a World Superbike team. It seems that according to Eurosport, Francis Batta, Alstare's team boss, is leaning towards a move to MotoGP, as reported earlier. The surprising news, though, are the names being mentioned in Batta's statement.

May 23rd

Pedrosa Holding Fire On HRC Renewal

Dani Pedrosa is keeping his options for 2008 open, it seems. The young Spaniard, who was widely expected to be the main challenger to Valentino Rossi for the title this season, has had an offer to renew his contract with Repsol Honda for the past month, but he and his management have put a decision on the contract on hold. Pedrosa has been a loyal Honda rider since he first entered GPs in 2001, riding 3 seasons in the 125 class, 2 in 250s, and now into his second season on board a MotoGP bike.

Aprilia "May Return To MotoGP"

Despite the worries about shrinking grids, a lack of sponsors and disappearing manufacturers, as the ultimate prize in motorcycle racing, MotoGP remains a tempting prospect for manufacturers. Today, another manufacturer shocked the racing world, as Roberto Colaninno, CEO of the Piaggio Group, announced that Aprilia could return to MotoGP in the next 3 years.

2007 MotoGP Championship Standings

Final MotoGP World Championship Standings After Round 18, Valencia, Spain:

Le Mans Post Race MotoGP Test - Day 2

Intermittent rain once again made testing difficult on the second and last day of the Le Mans post-race test. The difficult conditions made several teams decide to skip the test and go home early. This didn't stop times from being fast though, as several teams ran a series of race simulations. Valentino Rossi was fastest, and spent time testing revised chassis parts, as well as new engine parts, presumably in an attempt to increase the top end which Yamaha so sorely lacks. Dani Pedrosa was 2nd fastest, ahead of Toni Elias.

May 22nd

Hopkins To Kawasaki For 2008?

Toby Moody over on Autosport.com has revealed that John Hopkins is currently in talks with Kawasaki for the 2008 season. The American, currently with Suzuki, has, like many other riders, been impressed with the progress of the Kawasaki since the beginning of the season. The linkup also makes promotional sense, as Hopkins' personal sponsor, Monster Energy, currently supports the factory Kawasaki effort in the AMA, and the brand's logo is green, making for a very nice tie in with Kawasaki's corporate colors.

Team KR To Get Help - Kurtis To Join Kenny JR At Mugello And Barcelona

After Kenny Roberts Jr's strong showing in the latter half of the 2006 season, hopes were high that Team KR could be podium regulars in 2007, opening up a cheaper way for private teams to compete in MotoGP. But 2007 has not gotten off to the start which the team had hoped. To a large extent, this is unsurprising, as when Honda decided to change engine layout from a V5 to a V4, this affected not just HRC themselves, but also Team KR, who use the Honda powerplant as the basis of their KR212V bike.

May 21st

Le Mans Post Race MotoGP Test - Day 1

Despite putting in a hard day's work yesterday, the MotoGP teams were out testing at Le Mans today. The track was damp, making testing difficult and leaving a lot of riders in the garage, especially after a shower made conditions worse. The weather finally got to playing ball, and by 4:30 the sun was out and the track began to properly dry.

2007 Le Mans MotoGP Race Result

May 20th

2007 Le Mans MotoGP Race Report - Luck Of The Draw

Motorcycle racing is a lot like poker. Over the long haul, the best player will always come out on top, as they take the cards they are given, play the percentages, and make the best of the hand they have. Of course, sometimes luck intervenes, and a run of bad hands can leave strong players floundering around trying to cut their losses, while they wait for their luck to change and the percentages to start running in their favor.

2007 Le Mans MotoGP Race Report - Luck Of The Draw

Motorcycle racing is a lot like poker. Over the long haul, the best player will always come out on top, as they take the cards they are given, play the percentages, and make the best of the hand they have. Of course, sometimes luck intervenes, and a run of bad hands can leave strong players floundering around trying to cut their losses, while they wait for their luck to change and the percentages to start running in their favor.

May 19th

2007 Le Mans MotoGP Qualifying Practice Report - Day 2 - The Tornado Touches Down

Fate must be having a crackdown on hubris. Just as in Shanghai, where the predicted Ducati domination failed to materialize, Le Mans has once again proven the pundits to be quite wrong. Those who are supposed to know about these things had forecast that in France, the roles would be reversed, and the Yamahas would make all the running, with the Ducatis desperately trying to keep up, and not lose too much ground, and the Hondas struggling at the back. I was one of those voices, but today's thrilling qualifying has proved us all comprehensively wrong.

2007 Le Mans MotoGP Qualifying Practice Report - Day 2 - The Tornado Touches Down

Fate must be having a crackdown on hubris. Just as in Shanghai, where the predicted Ducati domination failed to materialize, Le Mans has once again proven the pundits to be quite wrong. Those who are supposed to know about these things had forecast that in France, the roles would be reversed, and the Yamahas would make all the running, with the Ducatis desperately trying to keep up, and not lose too much ground, and the Hondas struggling at the back. I was one of those voices, but today's thrilling qualifying has proved us all comprehensively wrong.

2007 Le Mans MotoGP Qualifying Practice Times - Day 2

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