2008 Catalunya Post-Race Testing - Day 2

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2008 Catalunya Post-Race Testing - Day 1

Testing was rather eventful, with Casey Stoner setting the fastest time on the new carbon-fiber frame Ducati Desmosedici GP9, the bike scheduled to race next year. Both Nicky Hayden and Dani Pedrosa switched back and forth between the steel-valve Honda RC212V and the new pneumatic valve engine, but Pedrosa had a nasty highside on cold tires, and was forced to retire. Testing of the bike will now be down to Nicky Hayden for tomorrow. Hayden was 4/10ths quicker on the new bike than on the old bike during the race weekend on race tires.

2008 Catalunya MotoGP Race Report - Leading From The Front

Ask a dozen riders what their favorite race was, and you'll get a dozen different answers. But as different as those answers may be, in the end, they divide out into two camps. On the one hand, there are the Racers, the riders who love nothing more than to battle with their rivals all race long, only to pass them in the final corner and go on to take the win. On the other, there are the Winners, the riders who only care about getting away from the pack and dominating the opposition. The Racers love to win by fractions of a second, the Winners love to win by minutes.

This issue doesn't just divide racers, it also divides fans. Some enjoy nothing more than watching their favorite rider put in lap after perfect lap, gapping the competition by a second or more every time the cross the line. To them, their pleasure in racing is in watching a motorcycle being ridden as fast as humanly possible, the rider attempting to ride the bike at its very limit every inch of the track. For these fans, riders are like brain surgeons, exercising their skill to the utmost of their ability.

Race results and championship standings
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2008 Catalunya MotoGP Race Results

2008 Catalunya Warmup Times - Rossi Leads From Edwards

2008 Catalunya Qualifying Report - Down To The Wire

Qualifying practice at the Catalunya Grand Prix at Barcelona, Spain, got underway in warm, humid conditions, under overcast but dry skies. The weather has been like this all weekend, with rain overnight, and occasional smatterings during practice, rendering the track incredibly slippery. After Friday's crashfest, the riders were a little more circumspect this morning, especially once it started to rain with 15 minutes of the session to go.

2008 Catalunya Qualifying Report - Down To The Wire

Qualifying practice at the Catalunya Grand Prix at Barcelona, Spain, got underway in warm, humid conditions, under overcast but dry skies. The weather has been like this all weekend, with rain overnight, and occasional smatterings during practice, rendering the track incredibly slippery. After Friday's crashfest, the riders were a little more circumspect this morning, especially once it started to rain with 15 minutes of the session to go.

Lorenzo To Miss Catalunya GP With Concussion, Maybe More

After a truly meteoric start to the season, Jorge Lorenzo is being brought down to earth just as abruptly. And I mean brought to earth in the most literal sense of the phrase. First, there was the massive highside at Shanghai, in which the reigning 250 champion fractured bones in both ankles and feet. He rode anyway, and managed an astonishing 4th. Then, at Le Mans, he did even better, taking 2nd, despite spending the weekend either in a wheelchair, or tumbling through the gravel again.

Rossi Signs For Two More Years With Yamaha

Valentino Rossi has come a long way over the past year. In the middle of the 2007 season, the 5 time world champion came very close to leaving motorcycle racing altogether. Only after receiving guarantees that he would be have Bridgestone tires for 2008, and that Masao Furusawa, head of Yamaha's racing department, would personally oversee Yamaha's MotoGP project was Rossi persuaded to stay in MotoGP.

2008 Catalunya FP1 Times Day 1 - Pedrosa On Top At Home

2008 Catalunya Preview- Repeat Performance

There is a distinct element of deja vu to Sunday's Catalunya Grand Prix at Barcelona. Just last week, the MotoGP circus was in a bike-mad country, at a circuit sure to attract some 100,000 fans on race day, all clamoring for their local heroes. Once again, the local boys will be unable to take a step outside their mobile homes without being mobbed, and will face a barrage of media coverage from the moment they enter the country. Expectations will be high, and failing to win will not be looked upon kindly.

As at last week's race, the track features a long straight where horsepower matters, as well as a tight, technical section where agile machines can make good any horsepower deficits. And like last weekend, the weather is looking decidedly changeable, with a strong chance of rain during at least one of the practice sessions.

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Hayden Won't Race Pneumatic Valve Engine At Barcelona

Apparently, it's still not ready.

There are very few stories about MotoGP where a sentence so obtuse can be so obvious, but almost every MotoGP follower worth their salt will immediately understand that "it" is Honda's pneumatic valve engine, and what it won't be ready for is the upcoming MotoGP race at Barcelona in Catalunya, Spain.

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