February 2007

A Timing Comparison Between The Irta Test And The 2006 MotoGP Race

With the full timesheets in hand from MotoGP.com, I crunched some numbers on the test data, just to get a real feel for how fast the 800s are. I compared times from the longest runs I could find, a 24 lap run for Randy de Puniet on Day 2, and a 25 lap run for Dani Pedrosa on Day 3, and compared the times set with the times set by Capirossi when winning last year's race.

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Yamaha To Present Fiat Sponsorship On Monday

With so much talk of the lack of sponsors in MotoGP over the last few weeks and months, one mystery is soon set to come to an end. The question of who would sponsor Valentino Rossi's Factory Yamaha team was a worrying one, for if no one could be found to fund the biggest name in MotoGP, what chance would the smaller teams have of finding sufficient funding?

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Yamaha To Present Fiat Sponsorship On Monday

With so much talk of the lack of sponsors in MotoGP over the last few weeks and months, one mystery is soon set to come to an end. The question of who would sponsor Valentino Rossi's Factory Yamaha team was a worrying one, for if no one could be found to fund the biggest name in MotoGP, what chance would the smaller teams have of finding sufficient funding?

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Official IRTA Test At Jerez, Day 3, Qualifying Practice

And The Winner Is .....

The reasoning behind the switch to 800 cc for MotoGP, namely, that it would slow the bikes down, has been exposed for the sham that it is this afternoon. The season has yet to officially begin, but already Valentino Rossi has shattered the pole record at Jerez, taking over 6/10ths of a second off Loris Capirossi's time set during the 2006 qualifying session, setting an astonishing time of 1'38.394. If anyone doubted The Doctor's determination to reclaim his title, today's display must surely have dispelled any such doubts.

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Official IRTA Test At Jerez, Day 3, Morning Session

The day started foggy once again, leaving the riders stuck in the garages once again. Luckily, the mist started clearing later as the morning progressed, and the riders were able to get out and start running laps, in preparation for this afternoon's official qualifying session, where the fastest rider will win a BMW car.

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Official IRTA Test At Jerez, Day 2

The weather managed to play havoc again at the second day of the official Irta test at Jerez, with much of this morning's session lost entirely to fog. Once again, Suzuki's Kousuke Akiyoshi was the only rider to brave the unwelcoming conditions, the rest of the teams choosing to remain in the safety of the garages, waiting for the weather to improve. That improvement started around lunchtime, and soon afterwards, everyone was out trying to make up for the time they had lost yesterday and today.

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Official IRTA Test At Jerez, Day 1

The first day of the official IRTA test, the last test before the season finally gets underway, started inauspiciously. The weather gods, who were so unkind to MotoGP last season, continued to display their fickle nature, with the morning's session almost unusable, with the track neither wet nor dry. The Jerez track has been fairly well drenched throughout the 250 and 125 tests which took place earlier in the week, and the track surface stubbornly refused to dry throughout the morning, yet not wet enough to run rain tires, leaving little to be learnt from such a changeable surface.

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Team KR: Does King Kenny Play Poker?

After Thursday's shock announcement that Kenny Roberts Sr may withdraw from the 2007 MotoGP season if a sponsor is forthcoming, questions are starting to be asked about Robert's sincerity. King Kenny is known to have a few sharp moves under his hat when it comes to negotiating tactics, and voices were raised almost immediately that this was just a negotiating tactic, to put pressure on either Dorna, or a potential sponsor, to speed up affairs.

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Bombshell: Team KR May Withdraw From 2007 MotoGP Season

Superbikeplanet.com has an interview with Kenny Roberts Sr in which King Kenny states he may be forced to withdraw from the 2007 MotoGP season due to a lack of funds. This would be a remarkable failure, as the story of Team KR is one of the most interesting in the entire paddock.

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