Qatar Qualifying Practice - MotoGP 2007

With the rules changing for the 2007 MotoGP season, it was obvious that the series would change too: a new engine size, fewer tires and less fuel were always destined to have a big impact on the course of a weekend, with some changes being more important than others. Ironically, the headline-grabbing change, the change that got all the attention, has so far had the least impact: The reduction in engine sizes, agreed ostensibly to reduce speeds and make the racing safer, has made little difference at all.

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Qatar FP2 Times - MotoGP 2007

The second free practice session in Qatar saw a similar pattern tot the first. Yamaha continues to lead the way, with Valentino Rossi setting the fastest time this afternoon, rather than Colin Edwards. Much more worrying for the competition, however, is that Rossi set the fastest time not on a soft qualifying tire, but during a long run of 12 laps on what presumably must be race tires.

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Qatar FP1 Times - MotoGP 2007

At the first free practice session at the Losail circuit at Qatar, Yamaha demonstrated that their early season form was no mere chimera. Colin Edwards set the fastest time, a second off of last year's pole pace, just over 0.1 seconds faster than his team mate Valentino Rossi. Sandwiched between the Fiat Yamaha riders is Casey Stoner on the Marlboro Ducati, last year's pole sitter

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2007 MotoGP Qatar Preview - Desert Kings

Ships Of The Desert

The logic behind racing at Losail, Qatar in early March is impeccable: Balmy temperatures, warm enough for the tires to grip, and little chance of rain; A clean, well-designed track, with plenty of run-off everywhere; Outstanding facilities for teams, press and fans. But the reality of the Qatar MotoGP season opener pokes several gaping holes in this logic.

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It's Official - Yamaha To Be Sponsored By Fiat For 2007

What we've suspected for a long time has finally been officially announced: Fiat will be sponsoring Yamaha for the 2007 season. And they're back in blue: According to the photos over on Motoblog.it, the livery is all blue and white. Obviously, yellow didn't work out so well for Rossi last year, even though it is his lucky color. Blue definitely worked better before, and now its back.

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2007 MotoGP Season Preview- Into The Unknown

The 2007 MotoGP season has been a long time coming. It has been on the minds of fans and followers since before the 2006 season, for a lot of very good reasons. As an appetizer, there was the knowledge that the cream of the 2005 250 class would be up to speed, in every sense, after a full year of learning the four-stroke ropes. Then there was the meaty issue of the new 800s: what would they be like, and how would riding styles have to change to make them really fast?

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A Timing Comparison Between The Irta Test And The 2006 MotoGP Race

With the full timesheets in hand from MotoGP.com, I crunched some numbers on the test data, just to get a real feel for how fast the 800s are. I compared times from the longest runs I could find, a 24 lap run for Randy de Puniet on Day 2, and a 25 lap run for Dani Pedrosa on Day 3, and compared the times set with the times set by Capirossi when winning last year's race.

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Yamaha To Present Fiat Sponsorship On Monday

With so much talk of the lack of sponsors in MotoGP over the last few weeks and months, one mystery is soon set to come to an end. The question of who would sponsor Valentino Rossi's Factory Yamaha team was a worrying one, for if no one could be found to fund the biggest name in MotoGP, what chance would the smaller teams have of finding sufficient funding?

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Yamaha To Present Fiat Sponsorship On Monday

With so much talk of the lack of sponsors in MotoGP over the last few weeks and months, one mystery is soon set to come to an end. The question of who would sponsor Valentino Rossi's Factory Yamaha team was a worrying one, for if no one could be found to fund the biggest name in MotoGP, what chance would the smaller teams have of finding sufficient funding?

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Official IRTA Test At Jerez, Day 3, Qualifying Practice

And The Winner Is .....

The reasoning behind the switch to 800 cc for MotoGP, namely, that it would slow the bikes down, has been exposed for the sham that it is this afternoon. The season has yet to officially begin, but already Valentino Rossi has shattered the pole record at Jerez, taking over 6/10ths of a second off Loris Capirossi's time set during the 2006 qualifying session, setting an astonishing time of 1'38.394. If anyone doubted The Doctor's determination to reclaim his title, today's display must surely have dispelled any such doubts.

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Official IRTA Test At Jerez, Day 3, Morning Session

The day started foggy once again, leaving the riders stuck in the garages once again. Luckily, the mist started clearing later as the morning progressed, and the riders were able to get out and start running laps, in preparation for this afternoon's official qualifying session, where the fastest rider will win a BMW car.

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Official IRTA Test At Jerez, Day 2

The weather managed to play havoc again at the second day of the official Irta test at Jerez, with much of this morning's session lost entirely to fog. Once again, Suzuki's Kousuke Akiyoshi was the only rider to brave the unwelcoming conditions, the rest of the teams choosing to remain in the safety of the garages, waiting for the weather to improve. That improvement started around lunchtime, and soon afterwards, everyone was out trying to make up for the time they had lost yesterday and today.

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