Loris Capirossi To Suzuki?

It has been obvious that Loris Capirossi would be leaving Ducati almost since the start of the season. Despite his 5 years of service with Ducati, being perhaps the bedrock of the Desmosedici 990 project, Capirex has singularly failed to gell with Ducati's new 800 cc GP7 bike. To make things worse, his new team mate, Casey Stoner, has used the same bike to devastating effect, winning 5 of the 10 races held so far, and leading the world championship by 32 points. So Capirossi leaving was almost inevitable, the only question was, where would Capirex go?

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Melandri To Ducati: All But Official

A move which has been rumored for a very long time looks like coming to fruition after the US Grand Prix at Laguna Seca. According to the Italian site GPOne.com, Marco Melandri will officially sign with Ducati after Laguna Seca, as he still has a condition open in the pre-agreement he signed with Ducati at the end of last year. Although Melandri eventually re-signed with Gresini Honda, this was only after Gresini matched Ducati's financial offer, as stipulated in the contract Melandri had with Ducati.

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2007 Sachsenring MotoGP Race Report - Shattered Expectations

The key to success in motorcycle racing is control. Teams, engineers and riders spend hundreds of thousands of hours every year attempting to gain control of the minutest detail of motorcycle racing. Each part of the engine is weighed, balanced, analyzed and tested, even down to the bolts and washers holding the engine together. Frames, chassis, wheels, brakes and suspension are calibrated, adjusted, tuned and aligned. Riders run and cycle to gain aerobic fitness, work out with weights to gain muscular strength, and use sports psychologists to help them develop concentration and confidence.

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2007 Sachsenring MotoGP Race Report - Shattered Expectations

The key to success in motorcycle racing is control. Teams, engineers and riders spend hundreds of thousands of hours every year attempting to gain control of the minutest detail of motorcycle racing. Each part of the engine is weighed, balanced, analyzed and tested, even down to the bolts and washers holding the engine together. Frames, chassis, wheels, brakes and suspension are calibrated, adjusted, tuned and aligned. Riders run and cycle to gain aerobic fitness, work out with weights to gain muscular strength, and use sports psychologists to help them develop concentration and confidence.

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2007 Sachsenring FP3 Times - Day 2

The weather has warmed up considerably at the Sachsenring, but no change at the top of the timesheet. Casey Stoner continued his terrifiying domination at the German track, over 3/10ths faster than his team mate, and big surprise, Loris Capirossi. Capirossi has been almost invisible for most of the sessions, and indeed, for most of the season, and with negotiations with Ducati stalled, needs a strong result to get his career back into gear. This looks like the first, tentative step on the way.

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2007 Sachsenring FP1 Times - Day 1

The Sachsenring circuit shouldn't suit the Ducati. Unfortunately, no one remembered to tell Casey Stoner, as already in the first session, he has shattered the lap record by over 2/10ths of a second. Stoner was consistently faster than everyone else in the session. Interesting to see Carlos Checa in 2nd spot, he was another surprise, being so fast on a bog stock Honda satellite bike. And an even bigger surprise is to see Sylvain Guintoli, on Dunlop tires, in 9th spot, ahead of Dani Pedrosa down in 11th.

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2007 Sachsenring MotoGP Preview - In A Tight Spot

It is perhaps an interesting irony that the MotoGP circus moves from one former street circuit to another this weekend, leaving the fast, flat sweeping turns of Assen behind to visit the tight, tortuous turns of the Sachsenring circuit. But where Assen's transformation from public roads to closed racetrack was a long process of sections being removed piece by piece, in a form of deat

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The Next Domino About To Fall: Melandri Signing With Ducati Imminent

The MotoGP silly season has come surprisingly early this year. John Hopkins move to Kawasaki signaled the first serious sign of the impending rider shakeup, and now, the second major move could be imminent. That stalwart of British motorcycling, Motorcycle News, is now reporting that Marco Melandri is very close to signing a contract with Ducati.

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Roger Lee Hayden On A Kawasaki At Laguna Seca. Now Definitely.

Although it was widely expected that Roger Lee Hayden would get a wildcard ride on the Kawasaki ZX-RR at the Laguna Seca MotoGP round, official confirmation stubbornly refused to appear. Now, though, Kawasaki have finally confirmed that World Champion Nicky Hayden's younger brother will definitely get a wildcard at Laguna. Hayden is currently riding for the factory Monster Kawasaki team in AMA Superbikes, which is why he was offered the ride.

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