MotoGP Race And Practice Results

Phillip Island Jan '08 Test Day 1 Times - Rookies Off To A Flying Start

Pos. Rider Bike Time Fast Lap Total Laps
1. Colin Edwards Yamaha 1'29.566 41 77
2. Casey Stoner Ducati 1'30.178 73 73
3. Alex de Angelis Honda 1'30.688 68 70
4. Andrea Dovizioso Honda 1'30.701 56 79
5. James Toseland Yamaha 1'30 864 49 81
6. Marco Melandri Ducati 1'30.869 99 99
7. Shinya Nakano Honda 1'31.111 90 91
8. Nicky Hayden Honda 1'31.226 96 107
9. Loris Capirossi Suzuki 1'31.274 52 82
10. Chris Vermeulen Suzuki 1'31.317 60 99
11. Randy de Puniet Honda 1'31.436 48 103
12. John Hopkins Kawasaki 1'31.623 79 88
13. Ant West Kawasaki 1'31.786 65 72
14. Sylvain Guintoli Ducati 1'32.484 35 68
15. Toni Elias Ducati 1'32.573 67 90

 

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Sepang Jan '08 Test Day 3 Times - Hayden Smashes Circuit Record

The final day of testing at Sepang threw up a few surprises to add to the drama of the first two days. The biggest surprise was the return of Nicky Hayden to the top of the timesheets, after a couple of days ending mid-pack. The Kentucky Kid's was back with a vengeance, shattering Valentino Rossi's circuit lap record by nearly 3/10ths of a second.

Hayden wasn't the only rider to smash records, both Valentino Rossi and Casey Stoner went faster than the race lap record on race tires today, proving beyond any doubt that the 800s are already faster than the old 990s were.

Casey Stoner also came close to Rossi's circuit lap record on qualifiers, setting the 2nd fastest time of the day, after being blisteringly fast on race tires. Behind Stoner, the Yamahas continued their strong form, with rookie and 250 world champion Jorge Lorenzo putting in yet another strong time to take 3rd fastest, ahead of Colin Edwards on the Tech 3 M1.

John Hopkins was 5th fastest, getting the Kawasaki up to speed quickly, making his switch to Team Green look like a very savvy move. Behind Hopkins, Valentino Rossi was 6th fastest, nearly 3/4 of a second slower than his rookie team mate Lorenzo. Andrea Dovizioso was fastest of the satellite Hondas, ahead of James Toseland on the other Tech 3 Yamaha. Toseland got off to a slow start in Malaysia, but has steadily climbed up the timesheets day by day.

Toseland's climb is in contrast to the slide of the Suzukis. Chris Vermeulen and Loris Capirossi started the test near the front, but have failed to find the improvements that the rest of the field have managed.

But the big loser from the test is once again Marco Melandri. Melandri, like Capirossi before him, is struggling to find his feet on the Ducati GP8, and must be disappointed to only manage the 14th fastest time. And it's not just Melandri: the satellite Ducatis of Toni Elias and Sylvain Guintoli are also way down the field. The Ducati is surely an incredibly fast bike, but so far, only Casey Stoner seems capable of taming the beast.

Testing continues next week at Phillip Island in Australia.

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Pos. Rider Bike Time Fast Lap Total Laps
1 Nicky Hayden Honda 2'00.326 25 77
2 Casey Stoner Ducati 2'00.660 6 27
3 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 2'00.766 63 63
4 Colin Edwards Yamaha 2'01.179 12 34
5 John Hopkins Kawasaki 2'01.198 15 42
6 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 2'01.425 46 48
7 Andrea Dovizioso Honda 2'01.447 50 51
8 James Toseland Yamaha 2'01.745 39 45
9 Chris Vermeulen Suzuki 2'01.748 46 70
10 Loris Capirossi Suzuki 2'01.778 15 62
11 Randy de Puniet Honda 2'01.873 56 56
12 Shinya Nakano Honda 2'02.032 38 38
13 Alex de Angelis Honda 2'02.198 23 37
14 Marco Melandri Ducati 2'02.725 10 58
15 Ant West Kawasaki 2'02.978 15 39
16 Toni Elias Ducati 2'02.995 31 67
17 Olivier Jacque Kawasaki 2'03.030 15 40
18 Sylvain Guintoli Ducati 2'03.628 17 39
19 Niccolo Canepa Ducati 2'03.703 17 49
20 Tamaki Serizawa Kawasaki 2'04.354 24 27

 

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Sepang Jan '08 Test Day 2 Times - De Puniet Fastest Once Again

After the drama of Day 1, the second day of testing at Sepang got off to a much more normal start. Adding to the sense of normality was Casey Stoner, performing his usual trick of being fast right out of the gate and setting the fastest time early. But Stoner would not sit atop the timesheets for too long. By midday, Colin Edwards had taken over top spot on the Tech 3 Yamaha, only to pass the baton on to Randy de Puniet in the afternoon.

The Frenchman was once again the fastest rider of the day, taking 2/10ths off his fastest time from yesterday. How much we can read into his time is hard to say, as De Puniet's LCR Honda was almost certainly running qualifiers at the time.

Encouragingly for Yamaha, the next three fastest times were all set by M1s, with Colin Edwards leading the Fiat Yamaha team mates Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo, leaving Casey Stoner's Ducati down in 5th. Stoner was followed by the Kawasaki of John Hopkins and the Suzuki of Loris Capirossi.

Despite the fast times set by De Puniet and Stoner, both the Hondas and the Ducatis are struggling most. Stoner's team mate is still struggling with the Ducati GP8, setting a very disappointing 16th fastest time, in a foreboding echo of Loris Capirossi's struggles in 2007. At Honda, with Dani Pedrosa back home with a broken hand, Nicky Hayden is left to test the new bikes on his own. HRC has bought several different engine and chassis combinations to test, which may explain The Kentucky Kid's mediocre 10th time. The satellite Hondas, running what is basically the bike which Dani Pedrosa won the final GP of 2007 at Valencia on, are faring a little better, with Shinya Nakano and Andrea Dovizioso finishing ahead of Hayden on the 2008 RC212V.

Testing completes tomorrow.

Times:
 

Pos. Rider Bike Time Fast Lap Total Laps
1 Randy de Puniet Honda 2'01.139 22 63
2 Colin Edwards Yamaha 2'01.327 4 46
3 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 2'01.437 48 60
4 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 2'01.583 31 54
5 Casey Stoner Ducati 2.01.638 8 34
6 John Hopkins Kawasaki 2'01.874 23 50
7 Loris Capirossi Suzuki 2'01.917 21 59
8 Andrea Dovizioso Honda 2'02.006 54 54
9 Shinya Nakano Honda 2'02.095 20 54
10 Nicky Hayden Honda 2'02.102 24 66
11 James Toseland Yamaha 2'02.276 56 59
12 Chris Vermeulen Suzuki 2'02.371 26 44
13 Ant West Kawasaki 2'02.579 28 59
14 Alex de Angelis Honda 2'02.914 14 41
15 Toni Elias Ducati 2'03.311 30 57
16 Marco Melandri Ducati 2'03.380 26 46
17 Olivier Jacque Kawasaki 2'03.462 30 36
18 Sylvain Guintoli Ducati 2'04.217 9 37
19 Tamaki Serizawa Kawasaki 2'04.382 7 49
20 Niccolo Canepa Ducati 2'04.427 24 47

 

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Final Times From Day 3 of Jerez Test

1 Dani Pedrosa Honda 1'38.562
2 Nicky Hayden Honda 1'38.848
3 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 1'39.464
4 Andrea Dovizioso Honda 1'39.747
5 Shinya Nakano Honda 1'40.121
6 Colin Edwards Yamaha 1'40.184
7 Alex De Angelis Honda 1'40.185
8 James Toseland Yamaha 1'40.213
9 Randy de Puniet Honda LCR 1'40.398
10 John Hopkins Kawasaki 1'40.984
11 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'41.538
12 Marco Melandri Ducati 1'41.619
13 Tadayuki Okada Honda 1'41.715
14 Niccolo Canepa Ducati 1'41.793
15 Ant West Kawasaki 1'42.343
16 Vittoriano Guareschi Ducati 1'42.850
17 Shinichi Ito Ducati 1'43.001
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Early Times From Day 3 of Jerez Test

Times set by 12:30 on the final day of the Jerez test, taken from GPOne.com. Casey Stoner is absent, having decided to head for home to get treatment for his injured shoulder, also choosing to miss the victory festivities Ducati had laid on in his honor.

Pos. Rider Bike Fastest Lap No. of Laps
1 Colin Edwards Yamaha 1'40.781 19
2 Nicky Hayden Honda 1'41.018 6
3 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 1'41.135 16
4 Alex de Angelis Honda 1'41.213 19
5 Andrea Dovizioso Honda 1'41.396 12
6 James Toseland Yamaha 1'41.415 12
7 Dani Pedrosa Honda 1'41.609 11
8 Shinya Nakano Honda 1'41.830 11
9 Marco Melandri Ducati 1'41.982 19
10 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'41.987 13
11 John Hopkins Kawasaki 1'42.155 7
12 Randy De Puniet Honda 1'42.481 4
13 Ant West Kawasaki 1'42.634 13
14 Niccolo Canepa Ducati 1'43.256 24
15 Tady Okada Honda 1'43.370 13
16 Shinichi Itoh Ducati 1'44.794 24
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Final Times From Day 2 of Jerez Test

Dani Pedrosa ended top of the heap on the second day of the MotoGP test in Jerez, pipping Valentino Rossi to the post, and being the first rider to crack into the 1'39 bracket. Pedrosa set his fast lap on the 2008 version of the Honda RC212V, demonstrating that HRC has learned its lesson from the beating it took early in the 2007 season. Rossi set his fastest lap on qualifying tires, which he commented were not quite as good as the Michelins. Otherwise, Rossi is pleased with Bridgestones, claiming he has found real improvements with edge grip, despite the tires' construction being softer and less rigid than Yamaha expected.

Rossi has been testing the 2007 tires, while Casey Stoner went out on 2008 rubber and crashed heavily, which Rossi put down to the tires not warming up quickly enough. Stoner injured some ligaments in his left shoulder, the result of a nasty Turn 3 highsider. His injuries compounded the problems he was already having with his right shoulder, after falling on the first day of the test as well. As a result of his injuries, Stoner has decided to pull out of the test, and concentrate on healing up before testing recommences at Sepang in January.

The timesheets were dominated by Hondas, with Valentino Rossi the only non-Honda rider in the top 7. With Stoner out, the main burden of testing will fall on Marco Melandri, but the Italian is still having a torrid time adapting to the Ducati. The Bologna factory must surely hope that Melandri will start to meld with the bike very soon.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, Rizla Suzuki completed a two-day test at Phillip Island, a track where the team has been tragically, and inexplicably slow at. No times were released, but Chris Vermeulen stated that he'd gone faster during the test than he had ever gone at Phillip Island, and the team seemed pleased with the progress made so far.

Back at Jerez, testing finishes tomorrow, after which the MotoGP teams will take a forced break until mid-January, with the MotoGP winter testing ban commencing on December 1st.

1 Dani Pedrosa Honda 1'39.993
2 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'40.134
3 Shinya Nakano Honda 1'40.251
4 Alex de Angelis Honda 1'40.332
5 Andrea Dovizioso Honda 1'40.650
6 Nicky Hayden Honda 1'40.692
7 Randy de Puniet Honda 1'40.820
8 Casey Stoner Ducati 1'40.833
9 Colin Edwards Yamaha 1'40.838
10 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 1'40.883
11 John Hopkins Kawasaki 1'40.939
12 James Toseland Yamaha 1'41.278
13 Marco Melandri Ducati 1'41.424
14 Ant West Kawasaki 1'41.729
15 Niccolo Canepa Ducati 1'42.188
16 Tady Okada Honda 1'43.143
17 Vito Guareschi Ducati 1'43.399
18 Shinichi Itoh Ducati 1'43.869
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Latest Times From Day 2 of Jerez Test - 5pm

Once again, GPOne.com has the latest times from Jerez.

Casey Stoner is no longer the fastest man on the track, but this was probably due to the unfortunate world champion suffering another big highside at Turn 3 during the early afternoon. Although Stoner walked away from the crash, he did not return to action.

With Stoner gone, Valentino Rossi showed remarkable progress on his new Bridgestone rubber by setting the fastest time of the test so far. With Shinya Nakano second and Alex de Angelis third, the Japanese tires still seem to hold the edge so far. Of the Michelin runners, it was Andrea Dovizioso who was fastest, fractionally ahead of the two factory Hondas.

The biggest worry in the paddock must be for Marco Melandri. So far, the Italian has signally failed to get to grips with the Ducati Desmosedici, in an ominous echo of his predecessor at Ducati, Loris Capirossi. Great things were expected of Melandri, but so far, he has been a long way off the pace.

Testing concludes on Thursday.

Pos. Rider Bike Fastest Lap No. of Laps
1 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'40.134 62
2 Shinya Nakano Honda 1'40.251 71
3 Alex de Angelis Honda 1'40.332 49
4 Andrea Dovizioso Honda 1'40.650 69
5 Dani Pedrosa Honda 1'40.651 49
6 Nicky Hayden Honda 1'40.692 78
7 Randy de Puniet Honda 1'40.820 77
8 Casey Stoner Ducati 1'40.833 32
9 Colin Edwards Yamaha 1'40.838 53
10 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 1'40.883 57
11 John Hopkins Kawasaki 1'40.939 65
12 James Toseland Yamaha 1'41.278 58
13 Marco Melandri Ducati 1'41.424 77
14 Ant West Kawasaki 1'41.729 53
15 Niccolo Canepa Ducati 1'42.188 31
16 Tady Okada Honda 1'43.143 38
17 Vito Guareschi Ducati 1'43.399 33
18 Shinichi Itoh Ducati 1'43.869 53
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Early Times From Day 2 of Jerez Test

Testing continues today at Jerez, and once again, GPOne.com has some times, these all taken at 12:45pm. The day got off to a late start, with the night having left the track damp and cold.

Casey Stoner leads, as ever, and the task of catching him in 2008 is looking ever more difficult. Stoner's fast time was set despite still suffering some soreness in the shoulder he injured yesterday. Jorge Lorenzo had an innocent fall this morning, but without affecting the test.

Pos. Rider Bike Fastest Lap No. of Laps
1 Casey Stoner Ducati 1'40.833 14
2 Colin Edwards Yamaha 1'40.838 19
3 John Hopkins Kawasaki 1'41.074
4 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'41.370 14
5 Randy de Puniet Honda 1'41.489 28
6 James Toseland Yamaha 1'41.563 21
7 Nicky Hayden Honda 1'41.572 14
8 Alex de Angelis Honda 1'41.882 16
9 Ant West Kawasaki 1'441.966 16
10 Dani Pedrosa Honda 1'42.018 4
11 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 1'42.029 7
12 Niccolo Canepa Ducati 1'42.188 16
13 Shinya Nakano Honda 1'42.196 15
14 Marco Melandri Ducati 1'42.464 20
15 Andrea Dovizioso Honda 1'42.678 15
16 Tady Okada Honda 1'43.434 17
17 Vito Guareschi Ducati 1'44.145 11
18 Shinichi Itoh Ducati 1'44.873 17
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More Times From Day 1 of Jerez Test

Times from 5:30 pm, from GPone.com.

Casey Stoner had a fall shortly after lunch, but was not badly hurt. He decided to pull out of the rest of today's session.

Pos. Rider Bike Fastest Lap No. of Laps
1 Casey Stoner Ducati 1'40.221 35
2 Dani Pedrosa Honda 1'40.355 60
3 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'40.514 56
4 Colin Edwards Yamaha 1'40.790 47
5 Nicky Hayden Honda 1'40.923 63
6 Alex de Angelis Honda 1'41.111 58
7 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 1'41.230 90
8 Shinya Nakano Honda 1'41.277 65
9 Randy de Puniet Honda 1'41.313 79
10 John Hopkins Kawasaki 1'41'414 49
11 James Toseland Yamaha 1'41.776 69
12 Marco Melandri Ducati 1'41.889 62
13 Andrea Dovizioso Honda 1'42.033 60
14 Niccolo Canepa Ducati 1'42.666 67
15 Tady Okada Honda 1'43.051 42
16 Ant West Kawasaki 1'43.576 73
17 Shinichi Itoh Ducati 1'44.530 50
18 Vito Guareschi Ducati 1'44.588 51
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Early Times From Day 1 of Jerez Test

Pos. Rider Bike Fastest Lap No. of Laps
1 Casey Stoner Ducati 1.40 932 22
2 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1.41.472 21
3 Dani Pedrosa Honda 1.41.610 23
4 Colin Edwards Yamaha 1.41.714 18
5 Nicky Hayden Honda 1.41.991 25
6 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 1.42.093 38
7 Shinya Nakano Honda 1.42.121 33
8 Randy de Puniet Honda 1.42.178 25
9 John Hopkins Kawasaki 1.42.269 22
10 James Toseland Yamaha 1.42.634 32
11 Andrea Dovizioso Honda 1.42.677 27
12 Alex de Angelis Honda 1.43.670 16
13 Marco Melandri Ducati 1.44.029 29
14 Ant West Kawasaki 1.44.722(32
15 Tady Okada Honda 1.44.895 16
16 Niccolo Canepa Ducati 1.45.130 30
17 Vito Guareschi Ducati 1.45.527 20
18 Shinichi Itoh Ducati 1.46.329 20

Times courtesy of GPOne.com

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