Spies Test At Sepang A Washout

The weather at Sepang, which had held off for Sunday's MotoGP race, has scuppered Ben Spies plans to test the Suzuki GSV-R 800 MotoGP bike. Spies, who won the AMA Superbike title aboard a GSX-R 1000, had flown to Malaysia for his first outing on the Suzuki, to acquaint himself with the bike, with a view to taking a couple of wildcard rides in 2008 before possibly making the switch to MotoGP in 2009. The weather had different ideas, however.

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Elias To Take Final Pramac d'Antin Seat

The final pieces of the MotoGP puzzle are falling into place. Confirmation is starting to emerge from several places that Toni Elias has signed for the Pramac d'Antin Ducati team for 2008, with team owner Luis d'Antin telling Spanish TV as much earlier today, and the signing being confirmed from other sources inside the team as well.

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Chaz Davies Out Of MotoGP In 2008

When Chaz Davies was drafted in at very short notice to replace Alex Hofmann at Laguna Seca, after the German had injured his hand after being T-boned by Laguna rookie Sylvain Guintoli, he impressed a lot of people in the MotoGP paddock, getting up to speed very quickly on a type of machine he'd never ridden before, at a track he'd never ridden at before, using tires and brakes he'd never used before. After a test session at Mugello in September, he was drafted in to replace Hofmann for the rest of the season, the German having been sacked after the Portuguese GP at Estoril.

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Honda Trying Both Pneumatic And Desmodromic Valves In '08 RC212V

That Ducati took the entire paddock by surprise with the horsepower of the GP7 was obvious from the opening race of the season. Since then, Ducati's competitors have been scrambling to find more power from their own engines, in an attempt to keep up. Perhaps the worst affected were pre-season favorites Honda, who were widely expected to sweep the 2007 championship, under the new rules.

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Confusion Reigns About Rossi's Tires For 2008

Confusion reigns about the future of Fiat Yamaha. Valentino Rossi's move to Bridgestone tires for 2008 is either a dead certainty, according to the usually well-informed Toby Moody over at Autosport.com, or unlikely to happen, if you believe the reports of what Rossi told an Italian TV crew, as carried by the Spanish daily AS.com.

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What Did You Expect? HRC Veto Biaggi Joining Gresini

With the news yesterday that Fausto Gresini was talking to Max Biaggi about riding in MotoGP, after the Roman Emperor had failed to agree terms with the Alstare Suzuki World Superbike team, the only question was whether Honda would be gracious, or perhaps desperate enough to allow Biaggi to race a Honda again.

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