2007 Catalunya Day 1 Report

Where the weather a week ago in Mugello was as unpredictable as the outcome of a 125 race, in Barcelona the forecast was brief: Hot and sunny. And hotter and sunnier in the afternoon. No more worrying about very soft tires to run on a cold morning, no agonizing over slicks, intermediates or full wets, the riders could concentrate just on finding the right tire for the race, and setting the bikes up to go as fast as possible round the Montmelo Circuit on Sunday.

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2007 Catalunya MotoGP Preview - Fear And Loathing In La Caixa

From the soul of motorcycle racing, to it's nerve center. While Mugello, the scene of last week's MotoGP round, is close to Ducati, Montmelo, where the Barcelona track is located, is close to Dorna, the organization which runs MotoGP. But there is much more than just Dorna: many of the riders live in and around Barcelona, including Carlos Checa and Dani Pedrosa, but also Troy Bayliss and Hiroshi Aoyama. Kenny Roberts Sr has a place near Sitges, just down the coast from Barcelona, as does the famous US journalist Dennis Noyes.

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Tech 3 Yamaha A Certainty For 2008

Herv&eactue; Poncharal, team principal of Tech 3 Yamaha, today announced that the team had secured an agreement with Yamaha to run two Yamaha M1 bikes in 2008. The announcement had been widely expected, but has come very early on in the season. It seems that a lot of teams are busy trying to wrap up next year's line up early, so that they can concentrate on going out and securing sponsorship.

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Jonny Rea Gets Team KR Wildcard For Donington

The rumors about a British rider getting a wildcard ride on the KR212V at Donington have finally been settled. Current British Superbike rider Johnny Rea, who rides a Michelin-shod HM Plant Honda in the domestic series, will join Kenny Roberts Junior at the British Grand Prix, according to Motorcycle News. Details to follow.

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Toseland Now A Target For Yamaha As Well

Hannspree Ten Kate Honda's James Toseland is rapidly becoming MotoGP's hottest property for 2008. In addition to being linked to Pramac Ducati for next year, as well as Ten Kate's mooted MotoGP team, Hervé Poncharal has now admitted to Motorcycle News that he is trying to sign Toseland for the Tech 3 Yamaha team for next season.

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2007 Mugello Qualifying Report

The weather once again played havoc with MotoGP during this afternoon's qualifying session, shaking up the grid considerably, leaving us with a result which is part shocker, part par for the course. The session started out with a wet track, but no rain falling, although the dark, pregnant sky made it clear that this situation would not last for long. Consequently, the track soon filled up with riders trying very hard to put in a fast time right from the start, gambling that a fast time now might just be good enough to secure a decent spot on the grid if the weather turned nasty later.

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Red Bull Rookies Cup Applications Open

The series set up to nurture the stars of tomorrow has opened its doors once again. Admission has started for next year's Red Bull Rookies Cup series, aimed at finding young riders, aged between 13 and 16, talented enough to move into the MotoGP series. So if you know any youngsters who are consistently beating their rivals, and looking for the next step in their careers, the Red Bull Rookies Cup could be their ticket to stardom.

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2007 Mugello FP3 Times - Day 2

Though the session started under overcast skies once again, the weather gods held fire over Mugello this morning, allowing the third free practice to take place in dry, if not exactly glorious conditions. And as on Friday morning, it was once again Dani Pedrosa who dominated the morning's session. Pedrosa, who is using an updated chassis here, was consistently faster than the rest of the pack, running 1'50s for most of the session.

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