How Fast Are The New 800s?

Today marked the unofficial opening of the 2007 MotoGP season, just 3 days after the 2006 season ended. For today, the new 800 cc MotoGP bikes hit the track in earnest, after the 990s were retired on Sunday. The question in everyone's minds is, of course, just how fast the new 800s are. Although no official times have been released so far, sources close to the Valencia track are reporting that the Honda and Ducati 800s are running in the mid 1:33s. To put this into perspective, the fastest race lap on Sunday was 1:32.924, just 0.6 seconds faster. Whether the 800s were running qualifiers or race tires is as yet unknown, but either way, the times are just plain fast. If you compare the times of the only 800 for which we have actual data, the Ilmor, they are well ahead of the British firm. It's looking increasingly like it won't be long before lap records start tumbling once again ...

Back to top