MotoGP Race And Practice Results

2008 Donington QP Times Day 2 - Rain-Soaked Qualifying Sees One Man Dominate

Pos.No.RiderManufacturerFast LapDiffDiff Previous
11Casey STONERDUCATI1'38.232  
246Valentino ROSSIYAMAHA1'38.8810.6490.649
37Chris VERMEULENSUZUKI1'39.0180.7860.137
469Nicky HAYDENHONDA1'39.2701.0380.252
55Colin EDWARDSYAMAHA1'39.6011.3690.331
64Andrea DOVIZIOSOHONDA1'39.7831.5510.182
713Anthony WESTKAWASAKI1'39.9951.7630.212
811Ben SPIESSUZUKI1'40.2442.0120.249
92Dani PEDROSAHONDA1'40.3502.1180.106
1056Shinya NAKANOHONDA1'40.4172.1850.067
1121John HOPKINSKAWASAKI1'40.5392.3070.122
1250Sylvain GUINTOLIDUCATI1'40.5952.3630.056
1315Alex DE ANGELISHONDA1'40.6672.4350.072
1414Randy DE PUNIETHONDA1'41.1102.8780.443
1533Marco MELANDRIDUCATI1'41.3793.1470.269
1652James TOSELANDYAMAHA1'41.7513.5190.372
1748Jorge LORENZOYAMAHA1'41.8733.6410.122
1824Toni ELIASDUCATI1'42.9334.7011.060



Circuit records:

Fastest Lap:25Casey STONER1'38.232147.434 Km/h
Circuit Record Lap:2006Dani PEDROSA1'28.714163.252 Km/h
Circuit Best Lap:2006Dani PEDROSA1'27.676165.185 Km/h

 

Round Number: 
8
2008
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2008 Donington FP3 Times Day 2 - Rain Turns Field On Its Head

Pos.No.RiderManufacturerFast LapDiffDiff Previous
14Andrea DOVIZIOSOHONDA1'43.957  
22Dani PEDROSAHONDA1'43.9950.0380.038
369Nicky HAYDENHONDA1'44.5260.5690.531
413Anthony WESTKAWASAKI1'44.5280.5710.002
550Sylvain GUINTOLIDUCATI1'44.8170.8600.289
61Casey STONERDUCATI1'45.0311.0740.214
715Alex DE ANGELISHONDA1'45.2081.2510.177
848Jorge LORENZOYAMAHA1'45.3721.4150.164
946Valentino ROSSIYAMAHA1'46.0122.0550.640
1011Ben SPIESSUZUKI1'46.0462.0890.034
117Chris VERMEULENSUZUKI1'46.1882.2310.142
125Colin EDWARDSYAMAHA1'46.2812.3240.093
1321John HOPKINSKAWASAKI1'46.9442.9870.663
1424Toni ELIASDUCATI1'47.6853.7280.741
1552James TOSELANDYAMAHA1'47.9754.0180.290
1614Randy DE PUNIETHONDA1'49.1335.1761.158
1756Shinya NAKANOHONDA1'50.4066.4491.273
1833Marco MELANDRIDUCATI1'52.5718.6142.165

 

Circuit records:

 

Fastest Lap:27Andrea DOVIZIOSO1'43.957139.315 Km/h
Circuit Record Lap:2006Dani PEDROSA1'28.714163.252 Km/h
Circuit Best Lap:2006Dani PEDROSA1'27.676165.185 Km/h

 

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8
2008
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2008 Donington FP2 Times Day 1 - Stoner Dominates, Hayden Close

 Both today's sessions were dry, despite the forecasts for showers, though the conditions were far from ideal for motorcycle racing. That didn't seem to bother Casey Stoner, though, the Australian utterly dominating both sessions. Stoner was particularly impressive in the afternoon's session, putting in consistent long runs of 1'28, something which the other riders could only manage sporadically. This was very much the Casey Stoner of 2007, a thought which must worry the competition.

One surprise was Nicky Hayden finishing 2nd fastest. Hayden looked considerably happier on board the engine with the pneumatic valves, though whether that's down to the engine or Nicky Hayden is a question as yet to be answered. Either way, it left Hayden much quicker than he has been so far this season.

Hayden's team mate was less happy, suffering a nasty spill well into the afternoon session. Pedrosa got up painfully, though relatively uninjured, and was able to go back out on his second bike. A crash was the last thing Pedrosa needed, after badly hurting his back in a big off during testing after Barcelona. The FP2 spill definitely took the wind out of Pedroda's sails, as the Spaniard was significantly slower once he went back out again.

Valentino Rossi finished up the day 3rd fastest, but his deficit to Stoner must be worrying. Rossi was consistently 3/4 of a second behind Stoner, and will have some catching up to do during Qualifying.

The Tech 3 Yamaha team and the Gresini Honda team follow the top 3, with Colin Edwards the fastest of the bunch. His Tech 3 team mate James Toseland is fraction off the pace, which will be disappointing in front of his home crowd, but there should be more to come tomorrow. Alex de Angelis continued his run of good form, though once again, the question is not whether he's fast, but whether he can stay aboard the bike. Shinya Nakano is also making progress, though of the more steady kind.

The more interesting developments are happening at the back of the field, or in the case of Ant West, not at the back of the field. The testing which West did in Japan has made a big improvement, with West now firmly mid-pack, and right behind his team mate. More importantly, his deficit to the fast boys is only 1.4 seconds, instead of well over 2. It's too early to tell how this will actually work out, but the evidence so far is promising.

Ben Spies is another name who is not at the back of the field. The American managed to stay ahead of Sylvain Guintoli, and has gotten quicker every time he has been out on the track. It must be a culture shock for the Texan to be 17th, as he normally only has his Yoshimura Suzuki team mate Mat Mladin to contend with. But the low key approach he is taking is working well, if quietly, so far.

One man who is nearer to the back of the field than we have become accustomed to is Jorge Lorenzo. The Spanish rookie, who tore up the early season, is clearly shaken by the concussion he suffered in a big crash at Barcelona, and is circulating slowly and gingerly, at least in MotoGP terms. Lorenzo will be aiming just to finish the race, and on the evidence of today's free practice, that's all he will do.

Practice continues Saturday morning, with qualifying in the afternoon. During which period, it's due to rain. It will make qualifying very interesting indeed.

 

Pos.No.RiderManufacturerFast LapDiffDiff Previous
11Casey STONERDUCATI1'28.253  
269Nicky HAYDENHONDA1'28.8290.5760.576
346Valentino ROSSIYAMAHA1'28.9090.6560.080
45Colin EDWARDSYAMAHA1'28.9690.7160.060
515Alex DE ANGELISHONDA1'28.9920.7390.023
62Dani PEDROSAHONDA1'29.2070.9540.215
756Shinya NAKANOHONDA1'29.2070.9540.215
852James TOSELANDYAMAHA1'29.3411.0880.134
97Chris VERMEULENSUZUKI1'29.4101.1570.069
1014Randy DE PUNIETHONDA1'29.4331.1800.023
1121John HOPKINSKAWASAKI1'29.4411.1880.008
1213Anthony WESTKAWASAKI1'29.6661.4130.225
134Andrea DOVIZIOSOHONDA1'29.7221.4690.056
1433Marco MELANDRIDUCATI1'29.8561.6030.134
1524Toni ELIASDUCATI1'30.2682.0150.412
1648Jorge LORENZOYAMAHA1'30.2902.0370.022
1711Ben SPIESSUZUKI1'30.7662.5130.476
1850Sylvain GUINTOLIDUCATI1'30.9312.6780.165



Circuit records:

 

Fastest Lap:14Casey STONER1'28.253164.105 Km/h
Circuit Record Lap:2006Dani PEDROSA1'28.714163.252 Km/h
Circuit Best Lap:2006Dani PEDROSA1'27.676165.185 Km/h

 

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8
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2008 Donington FP1 Times Day 1 - Stoner Makes His Mark

 

Pos.No.RiderManufacturerFast LapDiffDiff Previous
11Casey STONERDUCATI1'28.979  
215Alex DE ANGELISHONDA1'29.5270.5480.548
35Colin EDWARDSYAMAHA1'29.6610.6820.134
44Andrea DOVIZIOSOHONDA1'29.7180.7390.057
569Nicky HAYDENHONDA1'29.7230.7440.005
67Chris VERMEULENSUZUKI1'29.7870.8080.064
752James TOSELANDYAMAHA1'29.8780.8990.091
846Valentino ROSSIYAMAHA1'29.9170.9380.039
956Shinya NAKANOHONDA1'30.1441.1650.227
1014Randy DE PUNIETHONDA1'30.2201.2410.076
1121John HOPKINSKAWASAKI1'30.2821.3030.062
122Dani PEDROSAHONDA1'30.3091.3300.027
1313Anthony WESTKAWASAKI1'30.4521.4730.143
1448Jorge LORENZOYAMAHA1'30.6901.7110.238
1533Marco MELANDRIDUCATI1'30.9061.9270.216
1624Toni ELIASDUCATI1'31.1032.1240.197
1750Sylvain GUINTOLIDUCATI1'31.5782.5990.475
1811Ben SPIESSUZUKI1'31.8072.8280.229


 


Circuit records:

Fastest Lap:23Casey STONER1'28.979162.766 Km/h
Circuit Record Lap:2006Dani PEDROSA1'28.714163.252 Km/h
Circuit Best Lap:2006Dani PEDROSA1'27.676165.185 Km/h

 

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2008 Catalunya MotoGP Race Results

Pos. No. Rider Manufacturer Time Diff
1 2 Dani PEDROSA HONDA 43'02.175    
2 46 Valentino ROSSI YAMAHA 43'04.981 2.806
3 1 Casey STONER DUCATI 43'05.518 3.343
4 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO HONDA 43'13.068 10.893
5 5 Colin EDWARDS YAMAHA 43'18.601 16.426
6 52 James TOSELAND YAMAHA 43'23.657 21.482
7 7 Chris VERMEULEN SUZUKI 43'23.723 21.548
8 69 Nicky HAYDEN HONDA 43'24.455 22.280
9 56 Shinya NAKANO HONDA 43'24.550 22.375
10 21 John HOPKINS KAWASAKI 43'49.010 46.835
11 33 Marco MELANDRI DUCATI 44'00.166 57.991
12 13 Anthony WEST KAWASAKI 44'01.343 59.168
13 50 Sylvain GUINTOLI DUCATI 44'02.954 1'00.779
Not Classified
  14 Randy DE PUNIET HONDA 19'01.576 14 laps    
  15 Alex DE ANGELIS HONDA 17'23.460 15 laps    
  65 Loris CAPIROSSI SUZUKI 17'23.501 15 laps    
Excluded
  24 Toni ELIAS DUCATI        

 

Round Number: 
7
2008
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2008 Catalunya Warmup Times - Rossi Leads From Edwards

Pos. No. Rider Manufacturer Fast Lap Diff Diff Previous
1 46 Valentino ROSSI YAMAHA 1'43.182
2 5 Colin EDWARDS YAMAHA 1'43.248 0.066 0.066
3 1 Casey STONER DUCATI 1'43.290 0.108 0.042
4 69 Nicky HAYDEN HONDA 1'43.482 0.300 0.192
5 15 Alex DE ANGELIS HONDA 1'43.552 0.370 0.070
6 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO HONDA 1'43.577 0.395 0.025
7 7 Chris VERMEULEN SUZUKI 1'43.760 0.578 0.183
8 14 Randy DE PUNIET HONDA 1'43.802 0.620 0.042
9 21 John HOPKINS KAWASAKI 1'43.831 0.649 0.029
10 65 Loris CAPIROSSI SUZUKI 1'43.840 0.658 0.009
11 52 James TOSELAND YAMAHA 1'43.912 0.730 0.072
12 56 Shinya NAKANO HONDA 1'44.030 0.848 0.118
13 2 Dani PEDROSA HONDA 1'44.117 0.935 0.087
14 33 Marco MELANDRI DUCATI 1'44.686 1.504 0.569
15 50 Sylvain GUINTOLI DUCATI 1'45.088 1.906 0.402
16 13 Anthony WEST KAWASAKI 1'45.927 2.745 0.839
17 24 Toni ELIAS DUCATI 1'46.444 3.262 0.517
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2008 Catalunya Qualifying Practice Times Day 2 - Another Lap Record Shattered

Pos. No. Rider Manufacturer Fast Lap Diff Diff Previous
1 1 Casey STONER DUCATI 1'41.186
2 2 Dani PEDROSA HONDA 1'41.269 0.083 0.083
3 69 Nicky HAYDEN HONDA 1'41.437 0.251 0.168
4 14 Randy DE PUNIET HONDA 1'41.571 0.385 0.134
5 5 Colin EDWARDS YAMAHA 1'41.609 0.423 0.038
6 52 James TOSELAND YAMAHA 1'41.820 0.634 0.211
7 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO HONDA 1'42.053 0.867 0.233
8 7 Chris VERMEULEN SUZUKI 1'42.365 1.179 0.312
9 46 Valentino ROSSI YAMAHA 1'42.427 1.241 0.062
10 15 Alex DE ANGELIS HONDA 1'42.580 1.394 0.153
11 56 Shinya NAKANO HONDA 1'42.643 1.457 0.063
12 65 Loris CAPIROSSI SUZUKI 1'42.648 1.462 0.005
13 24 Toni ELIAS DUCATI 1'42.808 1.622 0.160
14 21 John HOPKINS KAWASAKI 1'42.819 1.633 0.011
15 50 Sylvain GUINTOLI DUCATI 1'43.204 2.018 0.385
16 33 Marco MELANDRI DUCATI 1'43.719 2.533 0.515
17 13 Anthony WEST KAWASAKI 1'44.558 3.372 0.839
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2008 Catalunya FP3 Times Day 2 - Stoner Under Lap Record, Hayden Fast

Pos. No. Rider Manufacturer Fast Lap Diff Diff Previous
1 1 Casey STONER DUCATI 1'43.013
2 69 Nicky HAYDEN HONDA 1'43.125 0.112 0.112
3 5 Colin EDWARDS YAMAHA 1'43.243 0.230 0.118
4 46 Valentino ROSSI YAMAHA 1'43.253 0.240 0.010
5 7 Chris VERMEULEN SUZUKI 1'43.261 0.248 0.008
6 52 James TOSELAND YAMAHA 1'43.294 0.281 0.033
7 14 Randy DE PUNIET HONDA 1'43.356 0.343 0.062
8 2 Dani PEDROSA HONDA 1'43.375 0.362 0.019
9 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO HONDA 1'43.708 0.695 0.333
10 65 Loris CAPIROSSI SUZUKI 1'43.947 0.934 0.239
11 21 John HOPKINS KAWASAKI 1'44.031 1.018 0.084
12 50 Sylvain GUINTOLI DUCATI 1'44.094 1.081 0.063
13 15 Alex DE ANGELIS HONDA 1'44.126 1.113 0.032
14 56 Shinya NAKANO HONDA 1'44.558 1.545 0.432
15 33 Marco MELANDRI DUCATI 1'44.591 1.578 0.033
16 24 Toni ELIAS DUCATI 1'44.962 1.949 0.371
17 13 Anthony WEST KAWASAKI 1'45.300 2.287 0.338

Circuit records

Fastest Lap: 13 Casey STONER 1'43.013 165.194 Km/h
Circuit Record Lap: 2006 Nicky HAYDEN 1'43.048 165.138 Km/h
Circuit Best Lap: 2007 Valentino ROSSI 1'41.840 167.097 Km/h
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2008 Catalunya FP2 Times Day 1 - Pedrosa Fastest In Crash-Strewn Session

This afternoon's second session of free practice was riddled with incident. After Casey Stoner, Randy de Puniet and Toni Elias had crashed during the morning's practice, the afternoon got much worse. Jorge Lorenzo, John Hopkins, Randy de Puniet (again) and Dani Pedrosa all came off, but unlike this morning, they did not all escape without injury.

The worst of the crashers was - once again - Jorge Lorenzo. Lorenzo had a very nasty crash on the run down towards the final corner, with one hand trapped beneath the bike at first, then ending up tumbling badly through the gravel. He was not able to tell the corner workers where he was - the standard question which all crashed riders have to answer - and was taken to Dr Costa's Clinica Mobile for further examination. Initial X-rays on his ankles did not show any more damage to his ankles, but he was taken to a local hospital for further examination, and a possible scan for injuries to his head. At the moment, Lorenzo seems unlikely to return this weekend. And frankly, he would also be very unwise to get back on a bike.

John Hopkins also took a nasty tumble, though he came away with less injury, suffering only a nasty contusion on his back. He did not go out again for the rest of the session, but is likely to return on Saturday. Both Dani Pedrosa and Randy de Puniet came away unhurt.

The big surprise of the session was Loris Capirossi. The Suzuki veteran was fastest for most of the session, only being beaten by Dani Pedrosa with 11 minutes to go. Chris Vermeulen was also fast, finishing in 6th spot, so Suzuki have definitely found something for Barcelona. The other surprise was the Gresini Honda team. Alex de Angelis was 5th fastest, ahead of Shinya Nakano in 7th. The team is definitely carrying momentum in the Catalan Grand Prix.

Otherwise, it was a fairly familiar story. Dani Pedrosa, Casey Stoner and Valentino Rossi were all fast, and all look to be on the pace for Sunday. The other three Ducatis and Ant West finished at the bottom of the pile, with Melandri the slowest Ducati once again.

There's not much separating the riders at the front, though. The first 4 riders are covered by less than a tenth of a second, and there's 13 riders inside of a second. If it stays this close, we could be in for a very good race on Sunday. But first, there's Free Practice on Saturday morning, followed by Qualifying in the afternoon.

Pos. No. Rider Manufacturer Fast Lap Diff Diff Previous
1 2 Dani PEDROSA HONDA 1'43.017
2 65 Loris CAPIROSSI SUZUKI 1'43.023 0.006 0.006
3 46 Valentino ROSSI YAMAHA 1'43.090 0.073 0.067
4 1 Casey STONER DUCATI 1'43.099 0.082 0.009
5 15 Alex DE ANGELIS HONDA 1'43.233 0.216 0.134
6 7 Chris VERMEULEN SUZUKI 1'43.368 0.351 0.135
7 56 Shinya NAKANO HONDA 1'43.442 0.425 0.074
8 52 James TOSELAND YAMAHA 1'43.479 0.462 0.037
9 69 Nicky HAYDEN HONDA 1'43.614 0.597 0.135
10 5 Colin EDWARDS YAMAHA 1'43.668 0.651 0.054
11 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO HONDA 1'43.707 0.690 0.039
12 14 Randy DE PUNIET HONDA 1'43.742 0.725 0.035
13 48 Jorge LORENZO YAMAHA 1'44.001 0.984 0.259
14 21 John HOPKINS KAWASAKI 1'44.043 1.026 0.042
15 24 Toni ELIAS DUCATI 1'44.610 1.593 0.567
16 50 Sylvain GUINTOLI DUCATI 1'44.678 1.661 0.068
17 33 Marco MELANDRI DUCATI 1'44.706 1.689 0.028
18 13 Anthony WEST KAWASAKI 1'44.865 1.848 0.159

Circuit records

Fastest Lap: 21 Dani PEDROSA 1'43.017 165.188 Km/h
Circuit Record Lap: 2006 Nicky HAYDEN 1'43.048 165.138 Km/h
Circuit Best Lap: 2007 Valentino ROSSI 1'41.840 167.097 Km/h
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2008 Catalunya FP1 Times Day 1 - Pedrosa On Top At Home

Pos. No. Rider Manufacturer Fast Lap Diff Diff Previous
1 2 Dani PEDROSA HONDA 1'43.691
2 46 Valentino ROSSI YAMAHA 1'43.835 0.144 0.144
3 48 Jorge LORENZO YAMAHA 1'43.961 0.270 0.126
4 7 Chris VERMEULEN SUZUKI 1'43.968 0.277 0.007
5 5 Colin EDWARDS YAMAHA 1'43.971 0.280 0.003
6 15 Alex DE ANGELIS HONDA 1'44.021 0.330 0.050
7 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO HONDA 1'44.163 0.472 0.142
8 1 Casey STONER DUCATI 1'44.245 0.554 0.082
9 65 Loris CAPIROSSI SUZUKI 1'44.251 0.560 0.006
10 52 James TOSELAND YAMAHA 1'44.263 0.572 0.012
11 21 John HOPKINS KAWASAKI 1'44.291 0.600 0.028
12 56 Shinya NAKANO HONDA 1'44.378 0.687 0.087
13 14 Randy DE PUNIET HONDA 1'44.388 0.697 0.010
14 69 Nicky HAYDEN HONDA 1'44.482 0.791 0.094
15 33 Marco MELANDRI DUCATI 1'44.649 0.958 0.167
16 13 Anthony WEST KAWASAKI 1'45.416 1.725 0.767
17 50 Sylvain GUINTOLI DUCATI 1'45.474 1.783 0.058
18 24 Toni ELIAS DUCATI 1'46.064 2.373 0.590

Circuit records

Fastest Lap: 19 Dani PEDROSA 1'43.691 164.114 Km/h
Circuit Record Lap: 2006 Nicky HAYDEN 1'43.048 165.138 Km/h
Circuit Best Lap: 2007 Valentino ROSSI 1'41.840 167.097 Km/h
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