2008 Misano FP2 Times Day 1 - Stoner Up To His Old Tricks, Rossi Following

John Hopkins chose to sit out the session again, presumably as a result of the pain from his rib injury.

Pos.No.RiderManufacturerFast LapDiffDiff Previous
11Casey STONERDUCATI1'34.806  
246Valentino ROSSIYAMAHA1'35.2240.4180.418
365Loris CAPIROSSISUZUKI1'35.3770.5710.153
414Randy DE PUNIETHONDA1'35.6200.8140.243
57Chris VERMEULENSUZUKI1'35.7430.9370.123
648Jorge LORENZOYAMAHA1'35.7660.9600.023
715Alex DE ANGELISHONDA1'35.8611.0550.095
85Colin EDWARDSYAMAHA1'35.9131.1070.052
956Shinya NAKANOHONDA1'36.1001.2940.187
1052James TOSELANDYAMAHA1'36.1051.2990.005
1169Nicky HAYDENHONDA1'36.1891.3830.084
122Dani PEDROSAHONDA1'36.2191.4130.030
134Andrea DOVIZIOSOHONDA1'36.3561.5500.137
1424Toni ELIASDUCATI1'36.4251.6190.069
1550Sylvain GUINTOLIDUCATI1'36.6191.8130.194
1633Marco MELANDRIDUCATI1'37.0962.2900.477
1713Anthony WESTKAWASAKI1'38.2393.4331.143

Circuit records: New circuit

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Hopkins Misses Misano FP1 Due To Rib Injury

John Hopkins' absence from the first session of free practice at Misano was down to a rib injury he picked up at Brno. Hopkins woke in pain, after having displaced the rib again overnight. Hopper elected not to have pain killing injections, but instead, to sit out FP1 and try riding this afternoon.

He is currently receiving treatment from his personal physiotherapist, Dean Miller.

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2008 Misano FP1 Times Day 1 - Stoner Fastest, But Only Just

John Hopkins did not start.

Pos.No.RiderManufacturerFast LapDiffDiff Previous
11Casey STONERDUCATI1'35.422  
25Colin EDWARDSYAMAHA1'35.4240.0020.002
315Alex DE ANGELISHONDA1'36.1450.7230.721
448Jorge LORENZOYAMAHA1'36.3750.9530.230
546Valentino ROSSIYAMAHA1'36.4641.0420.089
669Nicky HAYDENHONDA1'36.5181.0960.054
74Andrea DOVIZIOSOHONDA1'36.6021.1800.084
87Chris VERMEULENSUZUKI1'36.6081.1860.006
952James TOSELANDYAMAHA1'36.7401.3180.132
1056Shinya NAKANOHONDA1'36.8831.4610.143
1124Toni ELIASDUCATI1'37.0991.6770.216
1214Randy DE PUNIETHONDA1'37.1961.7740.097
1365Loris CAPIROSSISUZUKI1'37.3551.9330.159
142Dani PEDROSAHONDA1'37.3801.9580.025
1550Sylvain GUINTOLIDUCATI1'37.5342.1120.154
1633Marco MELANDRIDUCATI1'37.6692.2470.135
1713Anthony WESTKAWASAKI1'37.9292.5070.260

Circuit Records:

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Hopkins Out Of Misano?

Only 17 men took to the track at Misano on Friday morning, with John Hopkins absent from the proceedings. There is no news yet of a reason for his absence, though Hopkins' broken ankle which is still healing after his crash at Assen would seem to be the obvious answer. We will keep you up to date as soon as we find out what is going on.

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2008 Misano Preview - History In The Making

In most countries, the place you put a race track is somewhere nice and quiet, a long way from civilization - or at least neighbors who might complain. You may, like the Ricardo Tormo circuit in Valencia, locate it a couple of miles from the nearest town, and well out of earshot of the local residents. Alternatively, like Donington, you may choose to situate it under the flight path of a regional airport, to ensure that any noise problems are rendered irrelevant by the air traffic overhead.

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American Honda Won't Fund Ben Spies In MotoGP

Ben Spies progress into MotoGP, a path that looked so easy at the beginning of the year, has stalled, or so it seems. After Suzuki first failed to provide a third bike, and then decided to concentrate firstly on retaining their current rider line up, Spies had turned his attention elsewhere.

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Keep Up To Date With Our Silly Season 2009 Overview

With Silly Season become more and more ridiculous by the day, there is an obvious need for a clear guide to exactly what is going on. With many of the deals being rumored either educated guesses, clouded in uncertainty, or transparent bargaining ploys, that's not easy, but that won't prevent us from trying.

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Suzuki Close To Deal With Capirossi And Vermeulen

Another couple of pieces in the MotoGP rider merry-go-round may be finalized this weekend. According to reports over at Motorcycle News, Suzuki is likely to extend Loris Capirossi's deal this weekend, and is close to renegotiating a deal with Chris Vermeulen. Capirossi is likely to be the first deal to be officially announced, as Paul Denning, Rizla Suzuki's team manager, told MCN "to all intents and purposes Suzuki and Loris want to move forward," which could mean an announcement could be made this weekend in Italy.

Vermeulen's case is a little more complex. Both the Rizla Suzuki team and Vermeulen himself are keen to continue the relationship, but after Vermeulen fell short of a performance requirement which would have guaranteed a new deal, Suzuki in Hamamatsu, Japan and Vermeulen have been haggling over financial terms. Reports say that Suzuki has offered Vermeulen less than half his current salary, something which Vermeulen is understandably unhappy with. But Vermeulen is known to be very keen on staying in MotoGP, despite having several options in World Superbikes next year, reportedly including an offer of the factory Ducati. As a result, Vermeulen may be looking at accepting the pay cut, but seeking an improved package of performance-related bonuses.

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Silly Season Rumors Into Overdrive: Dovizioso To Suzuki, Spies To JIR, Vermeulen To WSBK

There are points during the year when the so-called silly season - the period during which contract negotiations hot up and rumors about who will be riding wear start circulating furiously - becomes so febrile that it becomes hard to tell where insider gossip ends and psychedelic speculation begins.

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Ducati On Spies: "He Wants Too Much Money"

Earlier today, we reported on rumors that Ben Spies was in the frame for the Factory Ducati ride in World Superbikes. We also mentioned that there was one problem standing in the way of a Spies - Ducati World Superbike deal, and that was Ducati's need to have an Italian rider on the team.

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Spies Eyes A Factory Ducati - But In World Superbikes

At the beginning of this season, it all seemed pretty clear: In 2009, Ben Spies would be riding a Suzuki in MotoGP. Right now, two-thirds of the way in to the series, that early certainty has all but disappeared. For a number of reasons, most of which involve money in one form or another, the chances of American MotoGP fans seeing Ben Spies on a Rizla Suzuki next year have all but disappeared.

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Michelin "Surprised" At Factory RC212V For Nakano

When HRC announced that they were to give the factory RC212V to a satellite team to test, very few people were surprised. Well behind in the points race, Dani Pedrosa needs all the help he can get . What did surprise almost everyone, however, was the fact that the bike was given not to Andrea Dovizioso, the rookie who has been most impressive on the satellite bike, and leads the satellite Hondas in the championship table, but Gresini Honda's Shinya Nakano.

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Hi-Res Laguna Seca Desktops Added

The desktop images of Scott Jones' great Laguna Seca photos have proved very popular indeed. So popular, in fact, that we received requests for higher resolution versions of those desktops. Scott was very quick to oblige, but unfortunately, I wasn't as quick, and so it took me a while to get the desktops up.

But finally, here they are. The images are now available in the following resolutions: 1400x1050, 1280x1024, 1280x800 and 1024x768. One of those resolutions should fit your desktop. Here's the one gracing mine:

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Ducati - Hayden Deal Close, Pramac Offers For Canepa And Simoncelli

By now, the only MotoGP fans who might have missed the fact that Nicky Hayden is likely to sign for Ducati for next year can only have been stuck in the depths of the Amazon jungle for the past 6 months. But the chasm that yawns between the probable and the actual remains as wide as ever, and until the official announcement is made, the deal cannot be taken as done.

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