Yamaha To Turn To Pneumatic Valves For Horsepower

The 800cc Yamaha M1 remains, as Colin Edwards put it, "the fastest motorcycle in a circle". Sadly for the Yamaha, however, racetrack designers have a nasty habit of adding straights to their circuits, meaning that time made up in the corners can be lost again down the back straights. In Qatar and Shanghai, this is exactly what happened to Valentino Rossi, although by the time the Yamaha got to Catalunya, some of this weakness had been rectified.

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Jake Zemke To Substitute For Elias At Laguna Seca?

The redoubtable Italian site GPOne.com is reporting that American Honda has received an e-mail request from Honda Europe inquiring about the possibility of Jake Zemke taking Toni Elias' place on the Gresini Honda for the US Grand Prix at Laguna Seca. Zemke is currently riding a CBR1000RR for American Honda in AMA Superbike, and is in 3rd place in that championship.

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2007 Dutch TT Assen MotoGP Race Report - Resurrection

Before the start of the 2007 MotoGP season, the script looked pretty clear to most MotoGP followers. Valentino Rossi would dominate the championship from the word go, the Hondas would duke it out for the rest of the honors, and if Bridgestone were lucky, they'd win a couple more races than they did in 2006, taking another couple of nibbles out of Michelin's supremacy. Pre-season testing confirmed most of this picture, with Rossi dominating, Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa close behind, and the Bridgestone-shod teams a little way behind.

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2007 Dutch TT Assen MotoGP Race Report - Resurrection

Before the start of the 2007 MotoGP season, the script looked pretty clear to most MotoGP followers. Valentino Rossi would dominate the championship from the word go, the Hondas would duke it out for the rest of the honors, and if Bridgestone were lucky, they'd win a couple more races than they did in 2006, taking another couple of nibbles out of Michelin's supremacy. Pre-season testing confirmed most of this picture, with Rossi dominating, Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa close behind, and the Bridgestone-shod teams a little way behind.

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Toseland Out As Substitute For Elias

Ronald ten Kate, head of the Ten Kate Racing World Superbikes and World Supersport team, has ruled out any chance that James Toseland could replace Toni Elias at Gresini Honda, according to Autosport.com. Toseland's team boss emphasized that the young Briton's main priority is winning the World Superbike championship, which he is currently leading.

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2007 Dutch TT Assen FP3 Times - Day 2

Although Valentino Rossi topped the timesheets in this morning's final practice, just stealing the fastest time with his final lap of the session, it was Casey Stoner who once again dominated the free practice. Stoner consistently ran lap after lap of 1'37 and low 1'38 times, faster than anyone else. Rossi was quick, but not as consistent as the young Australian championship leader.

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2007 Elias Assen Injury Update - Elias Out For 3-7 Months?

Eurosport commentators Toby Moody and Randy Mamola have reported that Toni Elias' broken leg is worse than at first feared. Elias is said to have suffered a spiral fracture, or torsion fracture. This is a very serious kind of fracture, which takes a long time to heal. Elias could be out for up to 11 months, ending his season, and possibly much of next season as well. More information will follow, as it becomes available.

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UPDATED Toni Elias Breaks Leg At Assen - Out Until Brno

Gresini Honda's Toni Elias crashed heavily during the first free practice session at Assen, breaking his leg. He is out for the rest of the weekend, according to autosport.com. Elias crashed at exactly the same part of the circuit where Valentino Rossi broke his wrist last year, the fast section into the Ramshoek corner before the final GT chicane. No word as yet of a replacement.

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Puig On Pedrosa: "Our First Priority Is Honda"

After Dani Pedrosa hinted darkly that he could abandon Honda if the RC212V doesn't improve very soon, people were obviously very interested in what Alberto Puig, Pedrosa's mentor, would have to say about Pedrosa's threats. So, the Spanish radio network phoned Puig to ask, and AS.com transcribed the conversation.

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Roger Lee Hayden On A Kawasaki At Laguna Seca. Probably.

Rather old news by now, but in an interview on MotoGP.com, Ian Wheeler, Communication Manager of the Kawasaki Racing Team confirmed that Roger Lee Hayden, the youngest of the three racing Hayden brothers, would be riding the Kawasaki ZX-RR at the US Grand Prix at Laguna Seca. At least, that's what Kawasaki hope.

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