MotoGP Race And Practice Results

2008 Jerez FP2 Times Day 1 - Lorenzo Dominates The Afternoon

The first day of practice at Jerez was full of surprises. Despite Jerez not being a track which is particularly kind to Ducati, the fear of many was that we would see the old, familiar pattern once again: Casey Stoner coming out and being quick right from the very start.

The first session had been a little like that, but Stoner had been a long way from dominating. In the end, it was Colin Edwards who had set the fastest time, in a long string of laps in the mid-1'40s. Although Stoner was 2nd fastest, with Valentino Rossi not far behind, it was Edwards on the Tech 3 Yamaha who was most impressive.

The afternoon practice was even more interesting. This time, Yamaha turned in a clean sweep, taking the top 3 times in the session with apparent ease, with Fiat Yamaha team mates Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi, by just hundredths apart, beating Colin Edwards into 3rd.

Lorenzo's performance was truly impressive, putting in a long sequence of laps in the 1'40s, showing a consistency that could make him unbeatable in the race. The rest of top 6 all managed a few laps in the 1'40 bracket, but Lorenzo seemed capable of banging them out almost at will. But he didn't have it all his own way, as both Nicky Hayden and Valentino Rossi held the fastest lap for a good part of the session. Rossi, though, took much of the session to find his feet, only really moving up the order in the second half of the session.

Nicky Hayden, now happily ensconced on the 2008 version of the Honda RC212V, comfortably held off his team mate Dani Pedrosa to set the 4th fastest time. Pedrosa, though, seemed to still be in some pain at the end of the session. Although there is no question of Pedrosa not racing, it's obvious that his hand isn't back to full strength just yet.

Reigning champion, and the winner of the last race Casey Stoner had a very mediocre day. Stoner crashed halfway through the session, losing the front into one of the left-handers, but escaped relatively unscathed. Stoner had been looking more and more as if he was right on the edge throughout practice, his Ducati GP8 shaking its head every more violently getting in and out of corners. Stoner's crash left him saddled with his number 2 bike for the remainder of the session, something Mr Perfect is not particularly comfortable with. Stoner has an uphill task ahead of him here, if today's events are anything to go by.

Stoner wasn't the only faller of the day. Earlier in the session, both James Toseland and Sylvain Guintoli had harmless excursions into the gravel, joined in the dying minutes by Shinya Nakano.

Despite his crash, Toseland still managed a respectable 8th place finish, behind the other rookie revelation Andrea Dovizioso. Behind Toseland, Loris Capirossi set the 9th fastest time, the Suzuki finally showing some improvement. The last of the rookies, Alex de Angelis, rounded out the top 10.

Practice continues tomorrow, with Qualifying, crucial at the narrow Spanish track, taking place in the afternoon.

1 48 Jorge LORENZO YAMAHA 1'40.321
2 46 Valentino ROSSI YAMAHA 1'40.364 0.043 0.043
3 5 Colin EDWARDS YAMAHA 1'40.584 0.263 0.220
4 69 Nicky HAYDEN HONDA 1'40.673 0.352 0.089
5 2 Dani PEDROSA HONDA 1'40.815 0.494 0.142
6 1 Casey STONER DUCATI 1'40.877 0.556 0.062
7 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO HONDA 1'40.909 0.588 0.032
8 52 James TOSELAND YAMAHA 1'41.028 0.707 0.119
9 65 Loris CAPIROSSI SUZUKI 1'41.157 0.836 0.129
10 15 Alex DE ANGELIS HONDA 1'41.189 0.868 0.032
11 14 Randy DE PUNIET HONDA 1'41.268 0.947 0.079
12 7 Chris VERMEULEN SUZUKI 1'41.303 0.982 0.035
13 56 Shinya NAKANO HONDA 1'41.393 1.072 0.090
14 21 John HOPKINS KAWASAKI 1'41.519 1.198 0.126
15 33 Marco MELANDRI DUCATI 1'41.825 1.504 0.306
16 50 Sylvain GUINTOLI DUCATI 1'42.115 1.794 0.290
17 13 Anthony WEST KAWASAKI 1'42.181 1.860 0.066
18 24 Toni ELIAS DUCATI 1'42.183 1.862 0.002

Circuit Records

Fastest Lap Lap 24 Jorge LORENZO 1'40.321 158.718 Km/h
Circuit Record Lap 2005 Valentino ROSSI 1'40.596 158.284 Km/h
Circuit Best Lap 2006 Loris CAPIROSSI 1'39.064 160.732 Km/h
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2008 Jerez FP1 Times Day 1 - Yamahas Still Fast At Jerez

1 5 Colin EDWARDS YAMAHA 1'40.714
2 1 Casey STONER DUCATI 1'40.828 0.114 0.114
3 46 Valentino ROSSI YAMAHA 1'40.918 0.204 0.090
4 69 Nicky HAYDEN HONDA 1'41.182 0.468 0.264
5 48 Jorge LORENZO YAMAHA 1'41.371 0.657 0.189
6 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO HONDA 1'41.378 0.664 0.007
7 2 Dani PEDROSA HONDA 1'41.419 0.705 0.041
8 7 Chris VERMEULEN SUZUKI 1'41.443 0.729 0.024
9 15 Alex DE ANGELIS HONDA 1'41.579 0.865 0.136
10 56 Shinya NAKANO HONDA 1'41.599 0.885 0.020
11 52 James TOSELAND YAMAHA 1'41.607 0.893 0.008
12 65 Loris CAPIROSSI SUZUKI 1'41.746 1.032 0.139
13 21 John HOPKINS KAWASAKI 1'41.944 1.230 0.198
14 33 Marco MELANDRI DUCATI 1'41.980 1.266 0.036
15 13 Anthony WEST KAWASAKI 1'42.300 1.586 0.320
16 14 Randy DE PUNIET HONDA 1'42.454 1.740 0.154
17 50 Sylvain GUINTOLI DUCATI 1'42.868 2.154 0.414
18 24 Toni ELIAS DUCATI 1'43.206 2.492 0.338

Circuit Records

Fastest Lap Lap 19 Colin EDWARDS 1'40.714 158.099 Km/h
Circuit Record Lap 2005 Valentino ROSSI 1'40.596 158.284 Km/h
Circuit Best Lap 2006 Loris CAPIROSSI 1'39.064 160.732 Km/h
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2008 Qatar MotoGP Race Results

1 1 Casey STONER DUCATI 42'36.587
2 48 Jorge LORENZO YAMAHA 42'41.910 5.323
3 2 Dani PEDROSA HONDA 42'47.187 10.600
4 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO HONDA 42'49.875 13.288
5 46 Valentino ROSSI YAMAHA 42'49.892 13.305
6 52 James TOSELAND YAMAHA 42'50.627 14.040
7 5 Colin EDWARDS YAMAHA 42'51.737 15.150
8 65 Loris CAPIROSSI SUZUKI 43'09.092 32.505
9 14 Randy DE PUNIET HONDA 43'09.590 33.003
10 69 Nicky HAYDEN HONDA 43'14.941 38.354
11 33 Marco MELANDRI DUCATI 43'20.871 44.284
12 21 John HOPKINS KAWASAKI 43'26.444 49.857
13 56 Shinya NAKANO HONDA 43'26.458 49.871
14 24 Toni ELIAS DUCATI 43'35.119 58.532
15 50 Sylvain GUINTOLI DUCATI 43'35.517 58.930
16 13 Anthony WEST KAWASAKI 43'42.230 1'05.643
17 7 Chris VERMEULEN SUZUKI 43'11.483 1 lap
Not Classified
15 Alex DE ANGELIS HONDA 31'26.773 6 laps

Championship standings after round 1

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2008 Qatar FP2 Times Day 1 - The Rookies Make A Dent

If the first session of free practice at Losail was a typical case of the Stoner Show, the young world champion stamping his authority on the field right from the get go, and with the most dictatorial jackboot he had to hand, the second session was a slightly different affair, in several interesting ways. Of course, the outcome was still the same, with Stoner topping the timesheets once again, but how he got there was a completely different story. In FP1, Stoner took fastest time just 8 minutes into the session, and held it for the rest of the hour. In FP2, however, whenever Stoner set a fastest lap, there'd be some jumped up rookie coming in and stealing his thunder.

Perhaps the most impressive performance tonight was that of Jorge Lorenzo, who put in a long run at the end of the session in which he was consistently the fastest man on the track round the first three sections, only to lose out in the last part, comprising the final corner and the long drag race to the finish line. The timing was chillingly reminiscent of last year's race, where the Yamaha could best the Ducati round the first half of the track, while the Ducati would claw it all back out of the final turn and down the long straight. This time, though, it's Jorge Lorenzo who's chasing Stoner, not Valentino Rossi.

That the Yamahas are still fast at Qatar, as they were last year, was amply demonstrated by the fact that behind Stoner sit 3 Yamahas. Lorenzo almost has the measure of Stoner, but the Tech 3 team are a little way behind, World Superbike champion James Toseland ahead of his team mate Colin Edwards. Both men go well here, but both men are between 15 and 17 km/h down on Stoner's Ducati at the end of the front straight. But not all of the Yamahas are doing well here, as Valentino Rossi got off to a poorer start than he would have wanted, only managing the 9th fastest time.

That the rookies are making a serious dent on the series is evident from the fact that behind Edwards sit Andrea Dovizioso and Alex de Angelis on the satellite Hondas. Also worthy of mention are the Suzukis, who found a serious improvement from the early session, climbing up to 8th and 10th respectively.

The big surprise is the dismal showing of the old guard. Rossi is the best of them in 9th, but the factory Hondas are way down in 11th and 13th, Dani Pedrosa just ahead of his team mate Nicky Hayden. Both men spent most of the session on the 2007 version of the RC212V, but were still undecided, as the '08 bike got several outings as well. With 20 minutes to go in the session, Pedrosa was involved in bizarre crash with Valentino Rossi, the Spaniard flying into the rear of The Doctor, after approaching at very high speed. Rossi didn't look like he was backing off particularly, so it's hard to apportion blame. But the outcome was that Pedrosa went for another high-speed tumble in Qatar's vicious gravel traps, holding his broken hand precariously in the air. Whether Pedrosa exacerbated his injury or not is as yet unknown.

What did become clear from this evening's second free practice session is the influence of the falling temperatures. Track temperatures fell from around 21 degrees centigrade to well below 17 by the end of the session. But a slightly more disturbing fact was the moisture which James Toseland reported was being formed on the track towards the end of the session. With FP2 being run at the same time that Sunday's race will be run, this means the riders will face a cooling track and the possiblity of damp patches appearing as the evening wears on. That this is not just a theoretical danger was amply demonstrated by Ant West's vicious highside, caused by what appeared to be West just touching the painted kerbstones.

Practice resumes again tomorrow, at 7pm Qatar time.

Pos. No. Rider Manufacturer Fast Lap Diff Diff Previous
1 1 Casey STONER DUCATI 1'55.442
2 48 Jorge LORENZO YAMAHA 1'55.453 0.011 0.011
3 52 James TOSELAND YAMAHA 1'55.812 0.370 0.359
4 5 Colin EDWARDS YAMAHA 1'55.942 0.500 0.130
5 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO HONDA 1'55.963 0.521 0.021
6 15 Alex DE ANGELIS HONDA 1'56.120 0.678 0.157
7 14 Randy DE PUNIET HONDA 1'56.234 0.792 0.114
8 7 Chris VERMEULEN SUZUKI 1'56.279 0.837 0.045
9 46 Valentino ROSSI YAMAHA 1'56.395 0.953 0.116
10 65 Loris CAPIROSSI SUZUKI 1'56.922 1.480 0.527
11 2 Dani PEDROSA HONDA 1'56.962 1.520 0.040
12 56 Shinya NAKANO HONDA 1'57.011 1.569 0.049
13 69 Nicky HAYDEN HONDA 1'57.045 1.603 0.034
14 33 Marco MELANDRI DUCATI 1'57.091 1.649 0.046
15 24 Toni ELIAS DUCATI 1'57.311 1.869 0.220
16 21 John HOPKINS KAWASAKI 1'57.416 1.974 0.105
17 13 Anthony WEST KAWASAKI 1'57.934 2.492 0.518
18 50 Sylvain GUINTOLI DUCATI 1'58.500 3.058 0.566
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2008 Qatar FP1 Times Day 1 - Stoner Carries On As Usual

Normal service was resumed, Friday evening, with Casey Stoner taking the top spot on his second lap, and never properly relinquishing it again. The slightly cooler conditions of early evening have added to the speed, as both Stoner and Lorenzo are inside the existing lap record.

The big surprise is Jorge Lorenzo, who is already very fast on his Fiat Yamaha. Lorenzo's arch nemesis Andrea Dovizioso is in third, ahead of Lorenzo's team mate Valentino Rossi. The first of the factory Hondas is Dani Pedrosa in 5th.

The other Ducatis are struggling, with Melandri the best of the bunch in 11th, while the Alice Ducatis of Elias and Guintoli are propping up the bottom of the table, with only Ant West between them. Their only consolation is that the Suzukis don't seem to be faring much better, Capirossi in 12th leading from his team mate Vermeulen in 15th.

The second practice session starts at 11pm local time.

Pos. No. Rider Manufacturer Fast Lap Diff Diff Previous
1 1 Casey STONER DUCATI 1'55.870
2 48 Jorge LORENZO YAMAHA 1'55.924 0.054 0.054
3 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO HONDA 1'56.221 0.351 0.297
4 46 Valentino ROSSI YAMAHA 1'56.269 0.399 0.048
5 2 Dani PEDROSA HONDA 1'56.478 0.608 0.209
6 14 Randy DE PUNIET HONDA 1'56.525 0.655 0.047
7 5 Colin EDWARDS YAMAHA 1'56.574 0.704 0.049
8 52 James TOSELAND YAMAHA 1'56.950 1.080 0.376
9 69 Nicky HAYDEN HONDA 1'57.069 1.199 0.119
10 21 John HOPKINS KAWASAKI 1'57.085 1.215 0.016
11 33 Marco MELANDRI DUCATI 1'57.137 1.267 0.052
12 65 Loris CAPIROSSI SUZUKI 1'57.287 1.417 0.150
13 15 Alex DE ANGELIS HONDA 1'57.561 1.691 0.274
14 56 Shinya NAKANO HONDA 1'57.588 1.718 0.027
15 7 Chris VERMEULEN SUZUKI 1'57.639 1.769 0.051
16 24 Toni ELIAS DUCATI 1'58.130 2.260 0.491
17 13 Anthony WEST KAWASAKI 1'58.912 3.042 0.782
18 50 Sylvain GUINTOLI DUCATI 1'59.006 3.136 0.094
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2008 Qatar Night Test Day 2 - Final Times

On the second and final day, or rather, night of testing at Qatar, two rookies ended up at the top of the heap. After James Toseland had held the top spot for much of the session, it was Jorge Lorenzo who finished with the fastest time, nearly half a second faster than the current pole record, held by Valentino Rossi.

What was surprising was that Yamaha dominated the top of the timesheet, with Colin Edwards in 4th making it 3 out of 4, and only Randy de Puniet on the LCR Honda between the Texan and the Brit. Yesterday's leader, Casey Stoner, could only manage a 5th fastest time, although Stoner was the fastest man on race tires.

The men expected to be Stoner's rivals for the 2008 crown did not fare particularly well. Valentino Rossi only managed the 10th fastest time, nearly 3/4 of a second slower than Stoner, while Dani Pedrosa was down in 13th, well over a second slower.

As ever, Stoner is the only Ducati to get his Italian steed to fly: the remainder of his colleagues, including his poor team mate Marco Melandri, are to be found at the very bottom of the table, with only Kawasaki's Ant West behind them.

In general, the riders are fairly positive about the lighting, with the exception of Dani Pedrosa, who was complaining that he found it quite tiring on his eyes, but the test did raise an entirely different problem. Riding at night means that the air temperature is fairly cool, around some 15 degrees centigrade. During a day race, that would not necessarily be that much of a problem, as a bit of sun would soon warm the tarmac, but the night race means there is no sun. And so the track temperature is around the same as the air temperature, and a little too cool to go racing on. Grip looks likely to be a problem at next Sunday's race.

Pos. Rider Bike Time Fast Lap Total Laps
1 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 1'54.552 29 58
2 James Toseland Yamaha 1'54.592 34 47
3 Randy De Puniet Honda 1'54.973 69 72
4 Colin Edwards Yamaha 1'55.464 36 48
5 Casey Stoner Ducati 1'55.485 28 28
6 Andrea Dovizioso Honda 1'55.550 20 53
7 Nicky Hayden Honda 1'55.674 41 77
8 Chris Vermeulen Suzuki 1'56.119 59 59
9 Alex De Angelis Honda 1'56.249 45 47
10 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'56.256 26 68
11 Loris Capirossi Suzuki 1'56.450 30 48
12 John Hopkins Kawasaki 1'56.612 27 38
13 Dani Pedrosa Honda 1'56.704 38 58
14 Shinya Nakano Honda 1'56.792 50 64
15 Marco Melandri Ducati 1'56.902 35 55
16 Toni Elias Ducati 1'56.986 42 50
17 Sylvain Guintoli Ducati 1'57.055 24 45
18 Anthony West Kawasaki 1'57.459 30 44
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