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2007 Jerez MotoGP Qualifying Practice

1 26 Dani PEDROSA Repsol Honda Team 1'39.402
2 46 Valentino ROSSI Fiat Yamaha Team 1'39.453 0.051 0.051
3 7 Carlos CHECA Honda LCR 1'39.460 0.058 0.007
4 5 Colin EDWARDS Fiat Yamaha Team 1'39.486 0.084 0.026
5 27 Casey STONER Ducati Marlboro Team 1'39.524 0.122 0.038
6 21 John HOPKINS Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 1'39.625 0.223 0.101
7 56 Shinya NAKANO Konica Minolta Honda 1'39.632 0.230 0.007
8 24 Toni ELIAS Honda Gresini 1'39.660 0.258 0.028
9 33 Marco MELANDRI Honda Gresini 1'39.722 0.320 0.062
10 10 Kenny ROBERTS JR Team Roberts 1'39.727 0.325 0.005
11 1 Nicky HAYDEN Repsol Honda Team 1'39.834 0.432 0.107
12 14 Randy DE PUNIET Kawasaki Racing Team 1'39.883 0.481 0.049
13 4 Alex BARROS Pramac d'Antin 1'40.196 0.794 0.313
14 71 Chris VERMEULEN Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 1'40.328 0.926 0.132
15 65 Loris CAPIROSSI Ducati Marlboro Team 1'40.391 0.989 0.063
16 19 Olivier JACQUE Kawasaki Racing Team 1'40.405 1.003 0.014
17 6 Makoto TAMADA Dunlop Yamaha Tech 3 1'40.617 1.215 0.212
18 66 Alex HOFMANN Pramac d'Antin 1'40.710 1.308 0.093
19 64 Kousuke AKIYOSHI Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 1'41.202 1.800 0.492
20 50 Sylvain GUINTOLI Dunlop Yamaha Tech 3 1'41.219 1.817 0.017

Existing Circuit Records:

Fastest Lap: Lap 25 Dani PEDROSA 1'39.402 160.18f Km/h
Circuit Record Lap: 2006 Valentino ROSSI 1'40.596 158.284 Km/h
Circuit Best Lap: 2006 Loris CAPIROSSI 1'39.064 160.732 Km/h

Fastest lap from IRTA Test 2007:

Valentino ROSSI 1'38.394

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Bombshell - Ilmor Withdraws From MotoGP

How hard is it to build a MotoGP bike and run a competitive team from scratch? Unbelievably hard. Just ask Mario Ilien. The British-based Ilmor has just announced that they are withdrawing from MotoGP with immediate effect. The wording they use is "postpone", stating their intention to return once they find the necessary funding. But given the incomprehensible state of MotoGP sponsorship currently, that may not be any time soon. Ilmor could be the first case given to the sports marketing and sponsorship company Wasserman Media Group, which Dorna has just hired to search for an injection of funds for MotoGP.

Ilmor had done a remarkable job building their 800 cc bike from absolutely nothing, but their origin in Formula 1 was clear in the engine characteristics. Where other teams had focussed on mid-range and rideability, the Ilmor seemed still to have too much of a sharp power band, making it hard to get on the gas early enough out of corners without being painfully ejected by the bike, as Jeremy McWilliams discovered so painfully at Jerez late last year. The comparison with Honda and Yamaha is remarkable, where the bikes have been built almost entirely around maximizing corner speed, and drive out of corners, to the cost of top end, which cost them dearly compared to the Ducati.

The full text of the press release is below:

Ilmor GP postpone race programme

Brixworth, Northampton 15.03.07: Ilmor GP Team Principal Mario Illien today announced that the team will not be attending the second round of the MotoGP World Championship next week in Jerez. The teams' race attendance has been suspended for the immediate future however engine development will continue and Illien expects for the team to return to the MotoGP racing scene as soon as key financial partners have been secured.

At this early stage in the project, racing and developing the engine and chassis has proved extremely costly for Ilmor's owners. Since the team launched last year in Estoril at the penultimate round of the MotoGP Championship good progress has been made but further development is needed to become fully competitive on track.

Commenting on the announcement Ilmor GP Team Principal and Part Owner of Ilmor Engineering Mario Illien said: "We discussed the situation in great detail internally and obviously it was an extremely difficult decision for us to make. However once we went through all the options, we decided that the best course of action for the sake of the project as a whole would be to put the racing side of things on hold and continue developing.

"I would like to thank Dorna, IRTA, FIM and our technical partners and suppliers for their on-going support and patience during this time. My heart is still very much in the team - we have had fantastic support from the public and the media with some great coverage worldwide. I would also like to say how enormously proud I am of what we managed to achieve in a short space of time - we have a good group of people who have worked incredibly hard over the past few months. Both riders, Jeremy McWilliams and Andrew Pitt have given their best during a difficult development time - I couldn't have asked for more than that.

"We have important meetings and discussions over the next few weeks which will help us to establish the future of the project and team - I am determined to explore all opportunities available to us and I'm hopeful that there will be a positive outcome."

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Qatar Qualifying Practice - MotoGP 2007

With the rules changing for the 2007 MotoGP season, it was obvious that the series would change too: a new engine size, fewer tires and less fuel were always destined to have a big impact on the course of a weekend, with some changes being more important than others. Ironically, the headline-grabbing change, the change that got all the attention, has so far had the least impact: The reduction in engine sizes, agreed ostensibly to reduce speeds and make the racing safer, has made little difference at all. At both Jerez, and now Losail, lap records have been thoroughly smashed, putting paid to the myth that less engine capacity would slow the bikes down.

During all this time, less attention has been paid to the other changes: the limit to the number of tires riders can use over the course of the weekend; and the reduction in fuel capacity from 22 liters to 21 liters. But these two changes could turn out to be much more significant than the mere loss of 190ccs of engine capacity. The teams are now admitting that their race simulations have shown that fuel will be perilously tight over the duration of a race, with a number of bikes not expected to make it back to the pits from the parade lap. Though nothing is yet certain, we could see future events needing a larger number of pickup trucks at trackside, just to ferry stranded bikes and riders back to the pits. And today's qualifying practice session was the clearest demonstration yet that the tire limitations have had a huge impact on the way the teams approach the race. Having to guess weather and track conditions a couple of days in advance when picking tires has forced the teams into making some painful, and perhaps risky choices.

Practice began more or less as the previous sessions, with John Hopkins the rider first to get into the 1'56 bracket after 10 minutes, only to have Fiat Yamaha's Colin Edwards take his place 4 minutes later. The timesheets showed the same names at the top as had shone during all of the free practice session to date: Edwards and team mate Valentino Rossi, Hopkins on the Rizla Suzuki, and Marlboro Ducati's Casey Stoner. It seemed a pretty safe bet that the man who would eventually take pole would be among this group of names.

Then, after 23 minutes, Frenchman Randy de Puniet sprung a surprise: The young Kawasaki rider had been pretty quick all weekend, but suddenly, he got that bit quicker, taking over the top spot with a time of 1'56.331, the 3rd fastest time set during the practice sessions. This was good enough to hold the top spot until 40 minutes had elapsed, when Colin Edwards stepped up and took back quickest time.

In previous years, this is about the time that the first sets of qualifying tires would start to appear, as riders embarked on the brief, intense skirmish that is the battle for the pole. The first qualifier would be used to check the setup, before two or possibly three more would go on in an attempt to take the prime grid position. But this time, the Michelin- and Bridgestone-shod riders don't have unlimited numbers of qualifiers to burn up going for pole, and the pattern was quite different. With some 20 minutes to go, several people seemed to be out on a softer tire, running a few laps to try and check whether the qualifier setting was right, but without using up the precious "Q's".

It wasn't until the 10 minute to go mark that the first real qualifiers went on, with Stoner being the first to take advantage of the sticky rubber, smashing through the 1'56 barrier to set a lap of 1'55.794. Within a couple of minutes, Colin Edwards struck back, taking both the pole, and Stoner's pole record from 2006, shaving three hundredths of a second off last year's time. After the first round of qualifiers had been used up, the Fiat Yamaha team looked to have come off ahead, with Edwards fastest and Rossi 3rd, sandwiching Casey Stoner in 2nd. Randy de Puniet and John Hopkins were in 4th and 5th, while the Repsol Honda riders held 6th and 7th, Nicky Hayden losing out to Dani Pedrosa for 6th.

Then, as everyone exited the pit straight at more or less the same time, we witnessed a remarkable spectacle, more reminiscent of the 125 class than MotoGP. During 125 qualifying, you will often see large groups of riders all riding round slowly, looking backwards, and waiting for other riders. This is because the 125s need all the help they can get to achieve their top speeds, and slipstreaming a faster bike is a good way of grabbing a couple of tenths, climbing up a few places on the grid. And now, the MotoGP bikes were exhibiting the same behavior: looking around, waiting for other riders. But unlike the 125s, they were looking for a clear space, for this fast lap really is it. If they mess up, because another rider is ahead of them slowing them up, then that's the end of qualifying, they can no longer shoot back into the pits for one last qualifier in the hope of making another fast lap. They either get it right, or suffer on the grid.

As the seconds ticked way, a lot of riders got it right, but it was Valentino Rossi who got it most right of all, smashing the pole record by over 0.6 seconds, and coming within a whisker of breaking into the 1'54s. But Rossi's time was only just good enough for pole, beating Casey Stoner into 2nd by a mere 5 thousandths of a second. To make the joy complete for Fiat Yamaha, Colin Edwards took 3rd a couple of 10ths behind.

Where Randy de Puniet had surprised us all earlier, now it was Toni Elias' turn to surprise us, taking 4th place on his Hannspree Honda, after being fairly invisible for most of the weekend. His margin over Dani Pedrosa was small, but enough to push the Repsol Honda rider into 5th. Suzuki's John Hopkins had battled through the pain to take 6th, half a second down on Pedrosa. He is still in a great deal of pain after his accident here 4 weeks ago, and it must be questionable whether he will be able to put up with the pain for the full duration of a race.

Loris Capirossi heads up the 3rd row on his Marlboro Ducati, ahead of Kawasaki's Randy de Puniet and reigning World Champion Nicky Hayden. Hayden will not be pleased with 9th, but in the light of his tough weekend so far, he is probably glad he isn't further down the order. Marco Melandri rounds out the top 10.

The weather so far has been perfect, warm, but without truly track melting temperatures, but already tire issues are starting to surface. Choosing tires to use two days hence is a difficult business, and some of the teams look like having their gambles not pay off. Add tire issues to the potential fuel problems tomorrow, and the race looks like being an absolute cracker. Not long left to wait.

1 46 Valentino ROSSI YAMAHA 1'55.002
2 27 Casey STONER DUCATI 1'55.007
3 5 Colin EDWARDS YAMAHA 1'55.233
4 24 Toni ELIAS HONDA 1'55.358
5 26 Dani PEDROSA HONDA 1'55.361
6 21 John HOPKINS SUZUKI 1'55.833
7 65 Loris CAPIROSSI DUCATI 1'55.851
8 14 Randy DE PUNIET KAWASAKI 1'55.933
9 1 Nicky HAYDEN HONDA 1'56.041
10 33 Marco MELANDRI HONDA 1'56.222
11 56 Shinya NAKANO HONDA 1'56.306
12 7 Carlos CHECA HONDA 1'56.609
13 71 Chris VERMEULEN SUZUKI 1'56.639
14 19 Olivier JACQUE KAWASAKI 1'56.754
15 4 Alex BARROS DUCATI 1'56.814
16 50 Sylvain GUINTOLI YAMAHA 1'57.257
17 66 Alex HOFMANN DUCATI 1'57.274
18 10 Kenny ROBERTS JR KR212V 1'57.495
19 6 Makoto TAMADA YAMAHA 1'58.024
20 99 Jeremy McWILLIAMS ILMOR GP 1'59.606
21 88 Andrew PITT ILMOR GP 1'59.725

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It's Official - Yamaha To Be Sponsored By Fiat For 2007

What we've suspected for a long time has finally been officially announced: Fiat will be sponsoring Yamaha for the 2007 season. And they're back in blue: According to the photos over on Motoblog.it, the livery is all blue and white. Obviously, yellow didn't work out so well for Rossi last year, even though it is his lucky color. Blue definitely worked better before, and now its back.

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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.

The numbers are remarkable. On the Saturday, a day which started misty, and with far from ideal conditions, De Puniet, who set the 8th fastest time overall, ran a sequence of laps which were under 8 seconds slower than Capirossi's time for the same distance. That pace would have given him 3rd place during the race weekend, an astounding result.

But here's something even more astounding. On Day 3, in the afternoon session after the Qualifying Practice, where Dani Pedrosa narrowly missed out on a BMW Z4, the tiny Spaniard ran a race simulation of 25 laps. He ran those laps a full 3 seconds faster than Capirossi's race-winning pace, lapping over 0.1 seconds faster per lap.

There can be no doubt that Pedrosa was in excellent form on the Sunday, as Valentino Rossi, Colin Edwards and Nicky Hayden all ran similar race simulations during the same session, but were all significantly slower. What a season awaits us ...

The times:

Capirossi, Race, 2006
Lap no. Lap time Top speed
2 1'41.25 280.7
3 1'41.42 277.6
4 1'41.8 276.4
5 1'41.57 279
6 1'41.41 276.9
7 1'41.8 277.6
8 1'41.8 275.9
9 1'41.93 276.6
10 1'41.98 274.7
11 1'41.8 277.4
12 1'41.98 278.5
13 1'41.85 276.6
14 1'41.89 277.7
15 1'41.91 278.8
16 1'41.91 276.7
17 1'41.92 276.4
18 1'42.09 278.4
19 1'41.89 278.6
20 1'42.25 277.6
21 1'41.76 278.3
22 1'42.17 275.8
23 1'41.94 277.1
24 1'42.16 277.7
25 1'42 278.1
26 1'42.08 277.8
Total time 42'26.54
Average lap: 1'41.86
Avg. speed: 277.48
De Puniet, 8th fastest, day 2 Irta test, 2007
Lap no. Lap time Top speed
50 1'42.57 260.9
51 1'41.82 262.9
52 1'41.73 262.5
53 1'41.58 262.6
54 1'41.99 262.1
55 1'41.72 262.6
56 1'41.99 262.9
57 1'42.17 261.7
58 1'42.01 261.8
59 1'42.08 262.8
60 1'42.09 261.8
61 1'41.99 261.6
62 1'42.23 261.2
63 1'42.18 262.5
64 1'42.06 264.6
65 1'42.15 264.3
66 1'42.15 263.5
67 1'42.25 263.4
68 1'42.16 263.3
69 1'42.65 262.6
70 1'42.56 262.6
71 1'42.56 262.2
72 1'42.7 261.4
73 1'42.32 263.4
74 1'42.42 262.8
Total time 42'34.11
Average lap: 1'42.16
Avg. speed: 262.56
pedrosa, 5th fastest, day 2 Irta test, 2007
Lap no. Lap time Top speed
3 1'42.64 265.9
4 1'42 267.1
5 1'41.63 267.1
6 1'41.46 265.1
7 1'41.3 264.8
8 1'41.48 263.6
9 1'41.59 264.3
10 1'41.84 264.8
11 1'41.76 265.4
12 1'41.54 267.1
13 1'41.37 266.1
14 1'41.44 266.4
15 1'41.63 264.4
16 1'41.72 266.4
17 1'41.68 267.2
18 1'41.87 267.3
19 1'41.87 265.8
20 1'41.71 266.9
21 1'41.87 265
22 1'41.48 266.4
23 1'41.8 267
24 1'41.79 265.7
25 1'42.46 267.1
26 1'41.95 264.4
27 1'41.67 265.6
Total time 42'23.57
Average lap: 1'41.74
Avg. speed: 265.88

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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?

The mystery is set to be resolved on Monday, according to MotoGrandPrix.it. They are reporting that Yamaha will present Fiat sponsorship on Monday. The deal had been rumored for several weeks, especially as Valentino Rossi is expected to switch to the World Rally Championship after he retires from racing. Rossi would then race the new rally version of a Fiat Punto due to be launched later this year.

~~~ UPDATE ~~~

It seems the deed is done. More here.

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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?

The mystery is set to be resolved on Monday, according to MotoGrandPrix.it. They are reporting that Yamaha will present Fiat sponsorship on Monday. The deal had been rumored for several weeks, especially as Valentino Rossi is expected to switch to the World Rally Championship after he retires from racing. Rossi would then race the new rally version of a Fiat Punto due to be launched later this year.

~~~ UPDATE ~~~

It seems the deed is done. More here.

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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.

Rossi's dominance was far from complete, however, as Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa swapped the lead with the Italian for much of the session. But at the end of the session, Pedrosa came up just 0.133 seconds short of Rossi's blistering last lap, to clinch 2nd place. Behind Pedrosa, the Yamaha - Honda pattern repeated, with Colin Edwards taking 3rd ahead of reigning World Champion Nicky Hayden, the two Americans running a good deal slower than their respective team mates. The difference was so great that Hayden's time, good enough for 4th place, was over a second behind Valentino Rossi's record pace.

In 5th place, Randy de Puniet confirmed his pre-season form, with a 1'39.832, fractionally ahead of Casey Stoner on the Ducati. Stoner's team mate Loris Capirossi took 7th, ahead of Suzuki's Chris Vermeulen, and Kenny Roberts Jr on the Team KR KR212V. Carlos Checa rounded out the top 10. The man who had dominated the last two days of practice, Marco Melandri, finished down the field in 14th.

It is clear that, apart from Rossi and Pedrosa, the field is pretty close. 4th to 15th places were separated by less than a second. But the news is not so good for Honda. With the exception of the Repsol bikes, the Hondas were only to be found a way down the field, with the satellite bikes only managing to finish from 10th place on, running comparable times to the Dunlop-shod Tech 3 Yamahas.

One more practice session remains, terminating at 6pm local time, the last session before the season commences in Qatar on March 10th.

01 Valentino Rossi Yamaha YZR M1 800cc 1'38.394
02 Daniel Pedrosa Honda RC212V + 0.133
03 Colin Edwards Yamaha YZR M1 800cc + 0.906
04 Nicky Hayden Honda RC212V + 1.162
05 Randy De Puniet Kawasaki ZX-RR + 1.436
06 Casey Stoner Ducati Desmosedici GP7 + 1.479
07 Loris Capirossi Ducati Desmosedici GP7 + 1.493
08 Chris Vermeulen Suzuki GSV-R 800cc + 1.649
09 Kenny Roberts Jr KR Honda KR212V + 1.706
10 Carlos Checa Honda RC212V + 1.706
11 Toni Elias Honda RC212V + 1.808
12 Shinya Nakano Honda RC212V + 1.848
13 Makoto Tamada Yamaha YZR M1 800cc + 1.913
14 Marco Melandri Honda RC212V + 2.002
15 Olivier Jacque Kawasaki ZX-RR 800cc + 2.157
16 Alex Hofmann Ducati Desmosedici GP7 + 2.287
17 Alex Barros Ducati Desmosedici GP7 + 2.644
18 Kousuke Akiyoshi Suzuki GSV-R 800cc + 3.411
19 Sylvain Guintoli Yamaha YZR M1 800cc + 3.821
20 Vittoriano Guareschi Ducati Desmosedici GP7 + 4.614
21 Andrew Pitt Ilmor X3 + 4.632
22 Shinichi Itoh Ducati Desmosedici GP7 + 4.679
23 Jeremy McWilliams Ilmor X3 + 4.808

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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.

The session was dominated by the Yamahas and Dani Pedrosa once again, with both Colin Edwards and Dani Pedrosa heading the timesheets for much of the session. Shortly before the session ended, the qualifiers went on, and the standings started shifting. By the end of the session, the Yamahas had confirmed their domination, Valentino Rossi eventually setting a 1'39.363, just 0.3 seconds off the pole record held by Loris Capirossi. Team mate Colin Edwards finally had to give up his first spot to Rossi, but remained the only other rider to lap under 1'40, with a 1'39.799. Ducati's Casey Stoner took 3rd, lapping fractionally above 1'40, ahead of his team mate Loris Capirossi.

Nicky Hayden seemed to have found a few answers in the morning session, setting the 5th fastest time on his Repsol Honda, though still nearly a second slower than Valentino Rossi. Suzuki's Chris Vermeulen was also much improved in 6th, ahead of Shinya Nakano and Hayden's team mate Dani Pedrosa. Carlos Checa and Marco Melandri finished up the top 10, with Melandri over 2 seconds slower than Rossi.

The action continues shortly after 2pm, when the official qualifying practice kicks off.

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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.

By the time the faster times were being set, it was the two riders most heavily tipped to win the 2007 championship who sat at the top of the timesheets, Yamaha's Valentino Rossi just holding an edge from Honda's Dani Pedrosa. It looked like the session might end that way too, until Marco Melandri repeated yesterday's feat of stealing the top spot, running a lap of 1'40.383. Rossi took second fastest, 0.025 seconds behind, but nearly 2/10ths ahead of Dani Pedrosa.

The biggest surprise was Alex Hofmann's 4th fastest time on the Pramac d'Antin Ducati, over a tenth behind Pedrosa, ahead of Melandri's team mate Toni Elias. Casey Stoner was the second fastest Ducati in 6th ahead of Carlos Checa and Randy de Puniet on the Kawasaki. Colin Edwards was down in 9th, ahead of Makoto Tamada, who has seemingly got the Dunlops working well, and Nicky Hayden, who must be very disappointed to be down in 11th spot. Shinya Nakano took 12th spot on the Konica Minolta Honda, ahead of Chris Vermeulen on the Suzuki, down in 13th, and the last rider to be within a second of Melandri's fastest time.

Loris Capirossi followed in 14th, ahead of Olivier Jacque and Kenny Roberts Jr. Alex Barros took 17th spot ahead of Sylvain Guintoli. The Ilmor's brought up the rear, 4 seconds behind Melandri, a long way behind, but getting closer each test.

Here's a list of who was on qualifiers and who wasn't for as far as I have been able to find out:
Marco Melandri - Qualifier
Valentino Rossi - unknown, but he insinuated he used a race tire
Dani Pedrosa - unknown, but probably a qualifier
Alex Hofmann - Qualifier
Toni Elias - Qualifier
Casey Stoner- Race tire
Carlos Checa - unknown, but probably a race tire
Randy de Puniet - Qualifier
Colin Edwards - Race tire
Makoto Tamada - unknown
Nicky Hayden - Race tire
Shinya Nakano- Race tire
Chris Vermeulen - Race tire
Loris Capirossi - Race tire
Olivier Jacque - Race tire
Kenny Roberts Jr. - unknown, but probably a race tire
Alex Barros - Race tire
Sylvain Guintoli - unknown
Shinichi Ito - unknown
Kousuke Akiyoshi - unknown, but probably a race tire
Vittoriano Guareschi - unknown
Jeremy McWilliams - Race tire
Andrew Pitt - Race tire


1 Marco Melandri Honda Gresini 1'40.383
2 Valentino Rossi Yamaha Factory Racing 1'40.408
3 Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda 1'40.581
4 Alex Hofmann Pramac d'Antin 1'40.748
5 Toni Elias Honda Gresini 1'40.952
6 Casey Stoner Ducati Marlboro Team 1'41.071
7 Carlos Checa Honda LCR 1'41.096
8 Randy de Puniet Kawasaki Racing Team 1'41.151
9 Colin Edwards Yamaha Factory Racing 1'41.204
10 Makoto Tamada Dunlop Yamaha Tech 3 1'41.234
11 Nicky Hayden Repsol Honda 1'41.259
12 Shinya Nakano Konica Minolta Honda 1'41.269
13 Chris Vermeulen Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 1'41.363
14 Loris Capirossi Ducati Marlboro Team 1'41.590
15 Olivier Jacque Kawasaki Racing Team 1'41.777
16 Kenny Roberts Jr. Team Roberts 1'41.783
17 Alex Barros Pramac d'Antin 1'41.845
18 Sylvain Guintoli Dunlop Yamaha Tech 3 1'42.364
19 Shinichi Ito Ducati Marlboro 1'43.209
20 Kousuke Akiyoshi Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 1'43.610
21 Vittoriano Guareschi Ducati Marlboro 1'44.143
22 Jeremy McWilliams Ilmor GP 1'44.458
23 Andrew Pitt Ilmor GP 1'44.589

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