Nieto Favorite To Substitute For OJ

Still no official announcement so far on who will be replacing Olivier Jacque on the Kawasaki at this weekend's Le Mans MotoGP round. Unsurprisingly, but rather unwisely, Jacque is determined to take part in his home grand prix, despite his doctors advising him against it, but it seems unlikely that he will be able to take any meaningful part in the proceedings.

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OJ's Replacement - Will It Be Hodgson, Or Will It Be Nieto?

Ever since Olivier Jacque was forced to withdraw from the Shanghai MotoGP round, after an innocent-looking crash caused a very deep gash in his forearm, requiring surgery to close it up again. The injury is so serious that Olivier Jacque looks unlikely to take part in the Le Mans MotoGP round on May 20th, despite his recovery proceeding better than expected. And so the question of who will replace OJ in France raises its ugly head.

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Another Door Opens For James Toseland - Ducati Want JT For Satellite Team

James Toseland, the man currently holding a commanding lead in the World Superbike Championship, is a man in demand. As reported earlier, Toseland is likeliest candidate for the Ten Kate MotoGP team, which is expected to compete the 2008 season, presumably on Hondas. And now, Eurosport are reporting that Ducati want JT for the Pramac d'Antin team.

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2007 Shanghai MotoGP Race Report - Pomp And Circumstance

Sometimes, life seems scripted. Events, personalities and locations seem to align so perfectly that keen observers believe they can discern a pattern among the entrails of what is unfolding before them, and, borne by their smugness at believing they have glimpsed the future, they make proud predictions and pompous pronouncements. But the Fates do not allow such conceit to stand unchallenged, and love nothing more than to prick such pomposity with the cold, sharp razor of reality.

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2007 Shanghai Qualifying Practice

The rain that has been threatening Shanghai all weekend stayed away on Saturday, the day getting brighter and warmer, and the haze that obscured the view down the long back straight gradually drawing up its veil on a fascinating's day of practice. The morning's free practice session saw times improved by nearly 3/4 of a second, and set a benchmark for the kind of pace that will be necessary to win a race, with John Hopkins and Casey Stoner running consistent laps in the high 2:00 mark.

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2007 Shanghai Qualifying Practice

The rain that has been threatening Shanghai all weekend stayed away on Saturday, the day getting brighter and warmer, and the haze that obscured the view down the long back straight gradually drawing up its veil on a fascinating's day of practice. The morning's free practice session saw times improved by nearly 3/4 of a second, and set a benchmark for the kind of pace that will be necessary to win a race, with John Hopkins and Casey Stoner running consistent laps in the high 2:00 mark.

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Neil Hodgson To Replace Olivier Jacque At Le Mans?

After Olivier Jacque badly gashed his arm in a crash during this afternoon's MotoGP Free Practice session, rumors have been flying concerning a possible replacement. At first, it looked like OJ could be out for several weeks, and probably a couple of races, after damaging muscles in his arm. However, after successful surgery, performed by the doctors of MotoGP's hospital-in-residence, the Clinica Mobile, the Frenchman's chances of recovery have greatly improved, after doctors succeeded in closing up the wound without requiring a skin graft.

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2007 Shanghai Free Practice - Day 1 Results And Report

Before the Sinopec Great Wall Lubricants Grand Prix of China, most commentators, including this one, predicting total domination by Ducati. Fortunately, the racing gods decided that such hubris could not go unpunished, and decided to mix things up a bit. Although the Ducatis are clearly significantly faster down the back straight, the other manufacturers have all closed the gap, managing to stay in touch despite the top speed deficit, then following, and even leading, through the ridiculously slow sections of the track.

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