Archive - Mar 2008

March 31st

2008 Post Jerez Round Test Times, Day 1

2008 Jerez MotoGP Race Report - Pride Of A Nation

Dorna, the organization which holds the TV rights for MotoGP and is charged with marketing the series, likes to tell people that MotoGP is truly a global sport. And for the most part, this is only a mild exaggeration. MotoGP rounds are held on four of the world's five inhabited continents, and the series is broadcast in over two hundred different countries. It is fair to say that MotoGP has a worldwide reach.

2008 Jerez MotoGP Race Report - Pride Of A Nation

Dorna, the organization which holds the TV rights for MotoGP and is charged with marketing the series, likes to tell people that MotoGP is truly a global sport. And for the most part, this is only a mild exaggeration. MotoGP rounds are held on four of the world's five inhabited continents, and the series is broadcast in over two hundred different countries. It is fair to say that MotoGP has a worldwide reach.

March 30th

2008 Jerez MotoGP Race Results

Standings after Round 2, Jerez, Spain

Championship standings for round 2, Jerez, Spain 2008

2008 Jerez Warm Up

1 48 Jorge LORENZO YAMAHA 1'40.378    
2 5 Colin EDWARDS YAMAHA 1'40.398 0.020 0.020
3 46 Valentino ROSSI YAMAHA 1'40.821 0.443 0.423
4 69 Nicky HAYDEN HONDA 1'40.872 0.494 0.051
5 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO HONDA 1'40.981 0.603 0.109
6 2 Dani PEDROSA HONDA 1'41.076 0.698 0.095
7 65 Loris CAPIROSSI SUZUKI 1'41.086 0.708 0.010
8 1 Casey STONER DUCATI 1'41.213 0.835 0.127
9 56 Shinya NAKANO HONDA 1'41.295 0.917 0.082
10 7 Chris VERMEULEN SUZUKI 1'41.323 0.945 0.028
11 21 John HOPKINS KAWASAKI 1'41.396 1.018 0.073
12 14 Randy DE PUNIET HONDA 1'41.519 1.141 0.123
13 15 Alex DE ANGELIS HONDA 1'41.825 1.447 0.306
14 52 James TOSELAND YAMAHA 1'41.898 1.520 0.073
15 33 Marco MELANDRI DUCATI 1'41.912 1.534 0.014
16 24 Toni ELIAS DUCATI 1'42.746 2.368 0.834
17 50 Sylvain GUINTOLI DUCATI 1'42.758 2.380 0.012
18 13 Anthony WEST KAWASAKI 1'42.877 2.499 0.119

 

March 29th

2008 Jerez Qualifying Practice Report

Qualifying practice at Jerez was a case of déjà vu, but from a parallel universe. A young man goes out on a new bike and posts the fastest time in session after session, before ripping up qualifying and snatching the pole by a big margin. Last year it was Casey Stoner putting on the smackdown at track after track. But here at Jerez, things were a little different.

2008 Jerez FP3 Times Day 2 - Pedrosa Leads The Way

March 28th

2008 Jerez FP1 Times Day 1 - Yamahas Still Fast At Jerez

March 27th

2008 Jerez MotoGP Preview - The Waiting Is Over

The Qatar round of MotoGP always makes me think of my grandfather. During the first few months of the Second World War, he was sent to Belgium to fight the Germans. Luckily for him, the Germans were otherwise engaged, steamrollering across Poland and subduing Denmark and Norway, leaving my grandfather to trundle around the Low Countries on the back of a truck, wondering if this was what war was supposed to be like.

March 26th

Melandri's Future Uncertain At Ducati

When Marco Melandri signed for Ducati, he cannot have foreseen the immense difficulty he would have in getting to grips with the Ducati GP7. Since making the switch from Honda, Melandri has floundered near the back of the field during testing, only managing to stay ahead of the satellite Alice Ducati riders Toni Elias and Sylvain Guintoli. The measure of his difficulties is summed up in the relief Melandri expressed in managing an 11th place finish at the season opener in Qatar.

March 23rd

Spies 2009 MotoGP Ride In Doubt?

Competing in motorcycle racing's premier class, and a prototype class to boot, is an extraordinarily expensive undertaking. As a consequence, being able to bring hard cash to a race team can sometimes be one of the factors in rider selection for a team.

Night Racing: The Next Big Thing

The success of the floodlit MotoGP season opener at Qatar, held at the dead of night local time, has opened up a whole host of new perspectives. After the race finished without incident, and generating some spectacular images, a host of race organizers around the world breathed a huge sigh of relief, and started work on their own plans.

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