Misano, Italy

2008 Misano Day 1 Roundup

The first day of practice at Misano took place under a hot Italian summer sun, heralding what looks like the first race weekend with completely predictable weather conditions for a very long time this year. No prizes for guessing who as fastest in both sessions, as Casey Stoner did what he always does: riding out of pit lane to the top of the timesheets.

There can be no doubt that Stoner is fast - during the afternoon session, he was once again regularly nearly a second clear of the field - but there's a problem. The Australian opened an old injury doing something as innocent as adjusting his back protector. The injury he aggravated was his scaphoid, the bone in his hand, a common racer's injury, and incredibly painful when riding. The injury didn't seem to slow him in the afternoon, but it may cause him problems over the full length of a race.

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2008 Misano FP2 Times Day 1 - Stoner Up To His Old Tricks, Rossi Following

John Hopkins chose to sit out the session again, presumably as a result of the pain from his rib injury.

Pos.No.RiderManufacturerFast LapDiffDiff Previous
11Casey STONERDUCATI1'34.806  
246Valentino ROSSIYAMAHA1'35.2240.4180.418
365Loris CAPIROSSISUZUKI1'35.3770.5710.153
414Randy DE PUNIETHONDA1'35.6200.8140.243
57Chris VERMEULENSUZUKI1'35.7430.9370.123
648Jorge LORENZOYAMAHA1'35.7660.9600.023
715Alex DE ANGELISHONDA1'35.8611.0550.095
85Colin EDWARDSYAMAHA1'35.9131.1070.052
956Shinya NAKANOHONDA1'36.1001.2940.187
1052James TOSELANDYAMAHA1'36.1051.2990.005
1169Nicky HAYDENHONDA1'36.1891.3830.084
122Dani PEDROSAHONDA1'36.2191.4130.030
134Andrea DOVIZIOSOHONDA1'36.3561.5500.137
1424Toni ELIASDUCATI1'36.4251.6190.069
1550Sylvain GUINTOLIDUCATI1'36.6191.8130.194
1633Marco MELANDRIDUCATI1'37.0962.2900.477
1713Anthony WESTKAWASAKI1'38.2393.4331.143

Circuit records: New circuit

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Hopkins Misses Misano FP1 Due To Rib Injury

John Hopkins' absence from the first session of free practice at Misano was down to a rib injury he picked up at Brno. Hopkins woke in pain, after having displaced the rib again overnight. Hopper elected not to have pain killing injections, but instead, to sit out FP1 and try riding this afternoon.

He is currently receiving treatment from his personal physiotherapist, Dean Miller.

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2008 Misano FP1 Times Day 1 - Stoner Fastest, But Only Just

John Hopkins did not start.

Pos.No.RiderManufacturerFast LapDiffDiff Previous
11Casey STONERDUCATI1'35.422  
25Colin EDWARDSYAMAHA1'35.4240.0020.002
315Alex DE ANGELISHONDA1'36.1450.7230.721
448Jorge LORENZOYAMAHA1'36.3750.9530.230
546Valentino ROSSIYAMAHA1'36.4641.0420.089
669Nicky HAYDENHONDA1'36.5181.0960.054
74Andrea DOVIZIOSOHONDA1'36.6021.1800.084
87Chris VERMEULENSUZUKI1'36.6081.1860.006
952James TOSELANDYAMAHA1'36.7401.3180.132
1056Shinya NAKANOHONDA1'36.8831.4610.143
1124Toni ELIASDUCATI1'37.0991.6770.216
1214Randy DE PUNIETHONDA1'37.1961.7740.097
1365Loris CAPIROSSISUZUKI1'37.3551.9330.159
142Dani PEDROSAHONDA1'37.3801.9580.025
1550Sylvain GUINTOLIDUCATI1'37.5342.1120.154
1633Marco MELANDRIDUCATI1'37.6692.2470.135
1713Anthony WESTKAWASAKI1'37.9292.5070.260

Circuit Records:

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Hopkins Out Of Misano?

Only 17 men took to the track at Misano on Friday morning, with John Hopkins absent from the proceedings. There is no news yet of a reason for his absence, though Hopkins' broken ankle which is still healing after his crash at Assen would seem to be the obvious answer. We will keep you up to date as soon as we find out what is going on.

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2008 Misano Preview - History In The Making

In most countries, the place you put a race track is somewhere nice and quiet, a long way from civilization - or at least neighbors who might complain. You may, like the Ricardo Tormo circuit in Valencia, locate it a couple of miles from the nearest town, and well out of earshot of the local residents. Alternatively, like Donington, you may choose to situate it under the flight path of a regional airport, to ensure that any noise problems are rendered irrelevant by the air traffic overhead.

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Provisional 2009 MotoGP Calender Announced

As expected, the Chinese round of MotoGP at Shanghai is off the calendar, and as predicted earlier this week, the Hungarian Grand Prix will take place in late summer. But the calendar has a lot of significant shakeups: Motegi moves from late September to the spring, June is a lot less busy, with only 2 lots of back-to-back races in 2009, rather than three pairs which we saw this year. The British Grand Prix moves from June to late July, and Estoril switches back to October.

DateGrand PrixCircuit
April 12th*QatarLosail
April 26thJapanMotegi
May 3rdSpainJerez
May 17thFranceLe Mans
May 31stItalyMugello
June 14thCatalunyaCatalunya
June 27th**NetherlandsAssen
July 5th***United StatesLaguna Seca
July 19thGermanySachsenring
July 26thGreat BritainDonington Park
August 16thCzech RepublicBrno
August 30thIndianapolisIndianapolis
September 6thSan Marino & Riviera di RiminiMisano
September 20thHungaryBalaton
October 4thPortugalEstoril
October 18thAustraliaPhillip Island
October 25thMalaysiaSepang
November 8thValenciaRicardo Tormo - Valencia

* Evening race
** Saturday race
*** Only MotoGP class

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Memories Of Summer: Some Images From Misano

As most of you know by now, we occasionally feature MotoGP photography from sources off the beaten path here at MotoGPMatters.com. A couple of months ago, someone who posts as RLCanon over on the Adventure Rider website posted up a couple of pictures from his visit to the Misano MotoGP round. We liked them a lot, and we hope you like them too.

Colin Edwards, demonstrating how to crane your neck.

 

Edwards again. His '07 helmet paint job is truly a thing of beauty, as is the tail section on the '08 M1. Shame the results aren't as good as the bike's looks.

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New MotoGP Misano Round To Be Added To 2007 Calendar

Well, I touched upon this in my Mugello round preview, and I'm starting to think I might just be psychic. According Crash.net, Dorna has announced that the San Marino Grand Prix will be run at Misano in 2007. It's not clear whether one of the existing GPs will be dropped, or whether the season will have 18 races, but my money is on either Shanghai or Qatar being dropped to make way for Misano.

The race is to be run on a "heavily modified" version of the track, in the reverse direction.

~~~ UPDATED ~~~

Since I posted this story, Dorna have announced the official calendar for next year. You can find it here.

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