MotoGP Race And Practice Results

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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2008 Qatar Night Test Day 1 - Final Times

Pos. Rider Bike Time Fast Lap Total Laps
1 Casey Stoner Ducati 1'55.330 41 61
2 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 1'56.019 76 77
3 Randy De Puniet Honda 1'56.062 85 88
4 Andrea Dovizioso Honda 1'56.121 63 81
5 James Toseland Yamaha 1'56.251 49 90
6 Alex De Angelis Honda 1'56.571 56 69
7 John Hopkins Kawasaki 1'56.614 71 71
8 Dani Pedrosa Honda 1'56.621 72 72
9 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'56.749 70 82
10 Colin Edwards Yamaha 1'56.762 61 82
11 Toni Elias Ducati 1'57.007 82 85
12 Nicky Hayden Honda 1'57.010 89 91
13 Shinya Nakano Honda 1'57.223 78 79
14 Chris Vermeulen Suzuki 1'57.522 76 80
15 Loris Capirossi Suzuki 1'57.551 42 66
16 Marco Melandri Ducati 1'57.593 46 70
17 Sylvain Guintoli Ducati 1'57.644 44 66
18 Anthony West Kawasaki 1'57.787 34 51
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2008 Qatar Night Test Day 1 - Times at 10pm - UPDATED

The first times are starting to appear from the first night time test at Qatar, in the warmup for next week's first ever night time Grand Prix. So far, it's Casey Stoner who is fastest, as usual. Because the session got underway late, the test is due to carry on until 1am local time, which is 10pm GMT.

Times from GPOne.com:

Times at 10pm local time:

1 Casey Stoner Ducati 1'55.330 41 42
2 James Toseland Yamaha 1'56.251 49 51
3 Andrea Dovizioso Honda 1'56.442 33 45
4 Randy De Puniet Honda 1'56.591 52 53
5 Colin Edwards Yamaha 1'56.860 41 43
6 Valentino Rossi Fiat 1'57.038 44 62
7 Jorge Lorenzo Fiat 1'57.100 32 43
8 Alex De Angelis Honda 1'57.210 34 42
9 John Hopkins Kawasaki 1'57.220 31 32
10 Loris Capirossi Suzuki 1'57.551 42 48
11 Chris Vermeulen Suzuki 1'57.630 43 43
12 Sylvain Guintoli Ducati 1'57.644 44 44
13 Anthony West Kawasaki 1'57.787 34 34
14 Shinya Nakano Honda 1'57.835 46 46
15 Marco Melandri Ducati 1'58.089 41 45
16 Nicky Hayden Honda 1'58.208 38 39
17 Dani Pedrosa Honda 1'58.256 39 40
18 Toni Elias Ducati 1'58.591 43 43

Times at 9pm local time:

1 Casey Stoner Ducati 1'55.368 14 40
2 Andrea Dovizioso Honda 1'56.442 33 33
3 Randy De Puniet Honda 1'56.649 35 46
4 Colin Edwards Yamaha 1'56.870 41 43
5 James Toseland Yamaha 1'57.691 18 27
6 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'57.038 44 47
7 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 1'57.100 32 36
8 Alex De Angelis Honda 1'57.210 34 38
9 Shinya Nakano Honda 1'57.837 40 40
10 Chris Vermeulen Suzuki 1'57.872 31 37
11 John Hopkins Kawasaki 1'57.900 18 23
12 Nicky Hayden Honda 1'58.208 38 39
13 Anthony West Kawasaki 1'58.226 18 31
14 Loris Capirossi Suzuki 1'58.318 36 36
15 Marco Melandri Ducati 1'58.530 31 33
16 Dani Pedrosa Honda 1'58.570 32 32
17 Toni Elias Ducati 1'58.629 34 40
18 Sylvain Guintoli Ducati 1'58.847 38 39
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