Dani Pedrosa

MotoGPMatters Desktop Images From Donington

In addition to the great photos from Laguna Seca, Scott Jones also provided us with some superb images from the British Grand Prix at Donington a few weeks earlier. Now, we've made some of his best pictures from that race available as desktop images as well. So far, the images are only available in one resolution, but check back for higher resolutions later.

Alex de Angelis at Donington

Alex de Angelis, not happy in the rain: 1024x768

Randy de Puniet at Donington

Randy de Puniet, equally fast looking both forward and back: 1024x768

Andrea Dovizioso at Donington

The most consistent of the rookies, Andrea Dovizioso: 1024x768

Colin Edwards at Donington

Colin Edwards, just short of the podium: 1024x768


Toni Elias at Donington

Toni Elias: 1024x768


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MotoGPMatters Desktop Images From Laguna Seca

As promised last week, here are some of Scott Jones' fantastic photographs from Laguna Seca for download as desktop images. The images are available in three sizes to suit most desktops: 1400x1050, 1280x1024, 1280x800 and 1024x768. If you would like to see the images in other resolutions, let us know.

Laguna Seca Corkscrew

The Corkscrew: 1024x768 - 1280x1024 - 1280x800 - 1400x1050

The Corkscrew part 2 1280x800

Alex de Angelis and his rainbow helmet: 1024x768 - 1280x1024 - 1280x800 - 1400x1050


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Pedrosa To Test Air Valve Honda After Brno

Since the end of last season, Honda has been in a quandary about what to do with its pneumatic valve engine. Despite the vast amounts of time and money being poured into the lump, the air valve RC212V remains a powerplant with non-trivial problems. Only Nicky Hayden's loud and public demands to be allowed to use the engine have caused HRC to relent, and to give the American what he wants.

Meanwhile, Honda has been forced to continue development on the steel-spring valve engine as well, just to allow Dani Pedrosa to keep up with the Ducati and the Yamaha. Having two engines being developed in parallel is a time-consuming and expensive exercise.

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Pedrosa Pulls Out Of US Grand Prix Laguna Seca

America's leading motorcycle racing website, Superbikeplanet.com, is reporting that Dani Pedrosa was spotted getting into a car and heading out to San Francisco airport, on his home. It looks like Pedrosa will take no further part in proceedings.

UPDATE : Pedrosa's withdrawal has just been confirmed by Spanish television.

Pedrosa broke bones in his right ankle and left wrist when he crashed out of the lead in the Sachsenring. His participation was in doubt all week, and it was brave to even attempt it, but the grimace on Pedrosa's face just pulling on his gloves told you all you need to know about how much pain he was in. With Casey Stoner and Valentino Rossi clearly faster than the rest of the field, Pedrosa is likely to enter the next race at Brno with a serious points deficit in the championship race.

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Pedrosa Still Uncertain For Laguna Seca Race

Various sources are reporting that Dani Pedrosa is still uncertain to race at Laguna Seca on Sunday. The Spaniard, who broke bones in his hand and ankle in a huge crash at the Sachsenring last Sunday, is in a great deal of pain when riding, especially from the left hand.

The layout at Laguna isn't helping. The track is twisty and makes riders work hard every inch of the way, but worse than that are the many downhill sections. Braking on a MotoGP bike puts huge stresses on a rider's hands and wrists, and braking downhill just makes it even worse. The strain from this may make it impossible for Pedrosa to run a full race, in which case it would be a better option for the Spaniard to pull out of the event and focus on recovering in time for the next race at Brno. Risking further injury for the sake of a couple of points - or even worse, not scoring any points - may not be the wisest strategy. 

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Decision On Pedrosa's Fitness To Wait For 32 Hours

Dani Pedrosa's crash at the Sachsenring could have more serious consequences than he feared. After examination by Doctor Mir at the Dexeus Institute in Barcelona, the Spaniard's injuries, especially to his left hand, are fairly serious, and will require more treatment and observation before a decision can be made on whether Pedrosa will be able to take part in the US Grand Prix at Laguna Seca next weekend. Dr Mir told reporters that a decision would be made within 32 hours, but that inflamed tendons were adding to Pedrosa's broken finger, making riding a motorcycle extremely difficult.

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2008 Sachsenring QP Report

After the damp morning practice, during which Dani Pedrosa finally pipped Casey Stoner to the post setting the fastest time in the dying seconds of the session, the big question in the afternoon was whether the Pedrosa could repeat this during qualifying, or whether Stoner would dominate as he had on Friday. It was a question Stoner seemed determined to answer in a hurry. He went straight to the top of the timesheets on his 2nd lap, and by lap 4, he was close to the previous pole record pace, with a time of 1'22.082, less than 7 minutes into the session.

Under normal circumstances, that time would have stood for most of qualifying, while the riders worked on their race setup, before breaking out the soft qualifiying rubber. But the possibility of showers disrupting practice meant that a number of riders took a very early qualifier, gambling that such a move could pay off if the rain started to fall for real. Alex de Angelis, Randy de Puniet and Colin Edwards all took a very early qualifier, with Edwards taking provisional pole well before the halfway mark, with a lap of 1'21.794.

Worryingly for Edwards, that time was only 0.2 seconds faster than the 1'21.996 set by Casey Stoner, in the middle of a long run on race tires. Qualifiers can generally be relied on to take close to a second off of your best time, so Edwards' 0.2 second advantage was looking more like a 0.8 second deficit, once Stoner got serious.

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Race Day Words And Images From Scott Jones At Donington

We've been privileged to receive some great reports and fantastic photographs from Scott Jones of Turn2Photography, who has been attending the race at Donington, and today is no exception. He sent us his view of the race, including more great pictures, as well as a series of shots capturing James Toseland's crash at Redgate. We hope you enjoy his report:


The View From Redgate Grandstand
Images from race day, Sunday, Donington Park, from Scott Jones

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2008 Donington QP Report

The weather had been forecast to be poor for the 2nd day of practice, and boy, where the weather forecasters right. Both this morning's free practice and this afternoon's qualifying practice took place in full rain. And like the morning's session, the afternoon's qualifying saw the wet weather specialists leap straight to the top of the table. Within ten minutes of the session starting, the tables were headed by three Australians: Casey Stoner, Chris Vermeulen and Ant West. Vermeulen and West will be no surprise, both men being renowned specialists in the rain - Vermeulen's protests that he doesn't like the rain notwithstanding - and Stoner has always coped very well in the wet.


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