MotoGP Race And Practice Results

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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2008 Mugello MotoGP Race Results

Pos. No. Rider Manufacturer Time Diff
1 46 Valentino ROSSI YAMAHA 42'31.153
2 1 Casey STONER DUCATI 42'33.354 2.201
3 2 Dani PEDROSA HONDA 42'36.020 4.867
4 15 Alex DE ANGELIS HONDA 42'37.466 6.313
5 5 Colin EDWARDS YAMAHA 42'43.683 12.530
6 52 James TOSELAND YAMAHA 42'44.959 13.806
7 65 Loris CAPIROSSI SUZUKI 42'45.600 14.447
8 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO HONDA 42'46.472 15.319
9 56 Shinya NAKANO HONDA 42'46.480 15.327
10 7 Chris VERMEULEN SUZUKI 43'01.938 30.785
11 50 Sylvain GUINTOLI DUCATI 43'10.774 39.621
12 24 Toni ELIAS DUCATI 43'21.174 50.021
13 69 Nicky HAYDEN HONDA 43'21.593 50.440
14 8 Tadayuki OKADA HONDA 43'30.002 58.849
15 13 Anthony WEST KAWASAKI 43'31.889 1'00.736
Not Classified
48 Jorge LORENZO YAMAHA 11'11.489 17 laps
21 John HOPKINS KAWASAKI 11'17.629 17 laps
14 Randy DE PUNIET HONDA 9'25.989 18 laps
33 Marco MELANDRI DUCATI 9'26.358 18 laps

MotoGP Championship standings after Round 06, Mugello

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2008 Mugello Warmup Times - De Angelis Shocks The Field

Pos. No. Rider Manufacturer Fast Lap Diff Diff Previous
1 15 Alex DE ANGELIS HONDA 1'49.633
2 2 Dani PEDROSA HONDA 1'49.825 0.192 0.192
3 46 Valentino ROSSI YAMAHA 1'50.013 0.380 0.188
4 1 Casey STONER DUCATI 1'50.030 0.397 0.017
5 65 Loris CAPIROSSI SUZUKI 1'50.191 0.558 0.161
6 56 Shinya NAKANO HONDA 1'50.383 0.750 0.192
7 69 Nicky HAYDEN HONDA 1'50.420 0.787 0.037
8 5 Colin EDWARDS YAMAHA 1'50.448 0.815 0.028
9 52 James TOSELAND YAMAHA 1'50.573 0.940 0.125
10 7 Chris VERMEULEN SUZUKI 1'50.648 1.015 0.075
11 48 Jorge LORENZO YAMAHA 1'50.714 1.081 0.066
12 24 Toni ELIAS DUCATI 1'50.805 1.172 0.091
13 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO HONDA 1'50.947 1.314 0.142
14 50 Sylvain GUINTOLI DUCATI 1'50.971 1.338 0.024
15 21 John HOPKINS KAWASAKI 1'50.988 1.355 0.017
16 33 Marco MELANDRI DUCATI 1'51.014 1.381 0.026
17 14 Randy DE PUNIET HONDA 1'51.379 1.746 0.365
18 8 Tadayuki OKADA HONDA 1'52.026 2.393 0.647
19 13 Anthony WEST KAWASAKI 1'52.322 2.689 0.296
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2008 Mugello Qualifying Practice Times Day 2 - Lap Records Tumble

Pos. No. Rider Manufacturer Fast Lap Diff Diff Previous
1 46 Valentino ROSSI YAMAHA 1'48.130
2 2 Dani PEDROSA HONDA 1'48.297 0.167 0.167
3 65 Loris CAPIROSSI SUZUKI 1'48.313 0.183 0.016
4 1 Casey STONER DUCATI 1'48.375 0.245 0.062
5 5 Colin EDWARDS YAMAHA 1'48.383 0.253 0.008
6 69 Nicky HAYDEN HONDA 1'48.666 0.536 0.283
7 48 Jorge LORENZO YAMAHA 1'48.905 0.775 0.239
8 52 James TOSELAND YAMAHA 1'49.025 0.895 0.120
9 56 Shinya NAKANO HONDA 1'49.095 0.965 0.070
10 15 Alex DE ANGELIS HONDA 1'49.145 1.015 0.050
11 7 Chris VERMEULEN SUZUKI 1'49.220 1.090 0.075
12 14 Randy DE PUNIET HONDA 1'49.246 1.116 0.026
13 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO HONDA 1'49.565 1.435 0.319
14 21 John HOPKINS KAWASAKI 1'49.601 1.471 0.036
15 8 Tadayuki OKADA HONDA 1'49.829 1.699 0.228
16 24 Toni ELIAS DUCATI 1'49.851 1.721 0.022
17 50 Sylvain GUINTOLI DUCATI 1'50.275 2.145 0.424
18 33 Marco MELANDRI DUCATI 1'50.465 2.335 0.190
19 13 Anthony WEST KAWASAKI 1'50.889 2.759 0.424

Circuit records

Fastest Lap: 22 Valentino ROSSI 1'48.130 174.623 Km/h
Circuit Record Lap: 2005 Max BIAGGI 1'50.117 171.472 Km/h
Circuit Best Lap: 2008 Valentino ROSSI 1'48.130 174.623 Km/h
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2008 Mugello FP3 Times Day 2 - Pedrosa In Lap Record Territory

Conditions were dry, despite rain during the preceding 125 practice.

Pos. No. Rider Manufacturer Fast Lap Diff Diff Previous
1 2 Dani PEDROSA HONDA 1'49.975
2 1 Casey STONER DUCATI 1'50.364 0.389 0.389
3 65 Loris CAPIROSSI SUZUKI 1'50.527 0.552 0.163
4 15 Alex DE ANGELIS HONDA 1'50.616 0.641 0.089
5 5 Colin EDWARDS YAMAHA 1'50.750 0.775 0.134
6 46 Valentino ROSSI YAMAHA 1'50.892 0.917 0.142
7 56 Shinya NAKANO HONDA 1'51.053 1.078 0.161
8 50 Sylvain GUINTOLI DUCATI 1'51.086 1.111 0.033
9 21 John HOPKINS KAWASAKI 1'51.272 1.297 0.186
10 69 Nicky HAYDEN HONDA 1'51.296 1.321 0.024
11 7 Chris VERMEULEN SUZUKI 1'51.436 1.461 0.140
12 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO HONDA 1'51.699 1.724 0.263
13 14 Randy DE PUNIET HONDA 1'51.760 1.785 0.061
14 48 Jorge LORENZO YAMAHA 1'51.940 1.965 0.180
15 24 Toni ELIAS DUCATI 1'51.969 1.994 0.029
16 52 James TOSELAND YAMAHA 1'51.995 2.020 0.026
17 33 Marco MELANDRI DUCATI 1'52.419 2.444 0.424
18 13 Anthony WEST KAWASAKI 1'52.967 2.992 0.548
19 8 Tadayuki OKADA HONDA 2'00.201 10.226 7.234

Circuit records

Fastest Lap: 19 Dani PEDROSA 1'49.975 171.693 Km/h
Circuit Record Lap: 2005 Max BIAGGI 1'50.117 171.472 Km/h
Circuit Best Lap: 2006 Sete GIBERNAU 1'48.969 173.278 Km/h
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2008 Mugello FP2 Times Day 1 - Vermeulen Dominates In The Wet

Both of today's sessions took place in the wet, but while the track dried out as FP1 progressed, FP2 took place in a proper downpour. With the track soaking, it's no surprise to see Chris Vermeulen's name at the top of the timesheets, the Suzuki man a renowned rain rider. Vermeulen dominated the last 10 minutes or so of the session, and was fast throughout.

The big surprise was James Toseland. Toseland has only ridden the track testing a Ducati superbike, and on a brief test of the Ducati MotoGP bike after winning the World Superbike crown in 2004, but the British rookie spent a couple of days after the Le Mans Grand Prix testing rain tires for Michelin at Clermont Ferrand in France. His work has immediately started paying dividends, for until Vermeulen started running very quick times at the end of the session, Toseland was the man to beat.

Like Vermeulen, Nicky Hayden got faster towards the end of the session, though Hayden is still struggling in the drier conditions. But Casey Stoner is not struggling at all. Stoner only did 8 laps this morning, but all of them counted. The reigning world champion did more laps this afternoon, but was just as quick. Stoner has the wet weather setup, but with Sunday forecast to be sunny and dry, it's wasted information.

The big loser of the day was Marco Melandri. Melandri was over 12 seconds down on Vermeulen, and 5 seconds slower than the man ahead of him. It looks like being another long weekend for Melandri. Maybe dry weather will bring the Italian some more luck.

The soaking conditions proved extremely treacherous, with several riders having an off. Loris Capirossi failed to brake, and ran off into the gravel, eventually toppling over as he hit the air fence at low speed; Tady Okada lost the front with no warning at Scarperia, and bashed up his new pneumatic valve RC212V; but the worst crash of the day was Shinya Nakano, who bounced along in Mugello's narrow gravel traps, almost hitting the crash barrier. A very frightening crash indeed, and Nakano was lucky to get away without serious injury.

But the scariest part of the track was on the straight, just at the entrance to the pits. A stream of water was flowing across the track at that point, and all of the bikes were spinning up as they came through there. Loris Capirossi and Valentino Rossi had scary moments when their bikes got out of shape, but the most frightening moment of all was when Jorge Lorenzo hit the standing water at full throttle. Lorenzo almost had another huge high side, his Fiat Yamaha getting completely out of shape, before coming back into line. Lorenzo is healing well, hobbling around the paddock with and sometimes without crutches, but this incident could have put Lorenzo out for a long time. He was very lucky.

Practice continues tomorrow, and is expected to be much drier, if not completely dry.

Pos. No. Rider Manufacturer Fast Lap Diff Diff Previous
1 7 Chris VERMEULEN SUZUKI 2'01.500
2 69 Nicky HAYDEN HONDA 2'02.010 0.510 0.510
3 1 Casey STONER DUCATI 2'02.305 0.805 0.295
4 46 Valentino ROSSI YAMAHA 2'02.327 0.827 0.022
5 52 James TOSELAND YAMAHA 2'02.412 0.912 0.085
6 48 Jorge LORENZO YAMAHA 2'02.562 1.062 0.150
7 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO HONDA 2'02.569 1.069 0.007
8 14 Randy DE PUNIET HONDA 2'03.568 2.068 0.999
9 5 Colin EDWARDS YAMAHA 2'03.586 2.086 0.018
10 2 Dani PEDROSA HONDA 2'03.699 2.199 0.113
11 15 Alex DE ANGELIS HONDA 2'03.765 2.265 0.066
12 21 John HOPKINS KAWASAKI 2'03.950 2.450 0.185
13 65 Loris CAPIROSSI SUZUKI 2'04.049 2.549 0.099
14 13 Anthony WEST KAWASAKI 2'05.397 3.897 1.348
15 56 Shinya NAKANO HONDA 2'05.634 4.134 0.237
16 8 Tadayuki OKADA HONDA 2'06.103 4.603 0.469
17 50 Sylvain GUINTOLI DUCATI 2'06.257 4.757 0.154
18 24 Toni ELIAS DUCATI 2'08.980 7.480 2.723
19 33 Marco MELANDRI DUCATI 2'14.112 12.612 5.132
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2008 Mugello FP1 Times Day 1 - Hopkins Tops Wet Weather Surprise

The session started very wet, but dried up as it went along, with the track drying out and times falling. The Kawasakis and Suzukis were fastest in the drying conditions. When it was still properly wet, it was Casey Stoner and Valentino Rossi topping the timesheets.

Pos. No. Rider Manufacturer Fast Lap Diff Diff Previous
1 21 John HOPKINS KAWASAKI 1'54.053
2 65 Loris CAPIROSSI SUZUKI 1'54.520 0.467 0.467
3 13 Anthony WEST KAWASAKI 1'55.021 0.968 0.501
4 15 Alex DE ANGELIS HONDA 1'55.141 1.088 0.120
5 56 Shinya NAKANO HONDA 1'55.528 1.475 0.387
6 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO HONDA 1'55.718 1.665 0.190
7 7 Chris VERMEULEN SUZUKI 1'55.774 1.721 0.056
8 2 Dani PEDROSA HONDA 1'55.805 1.752 0.031
9 1 Casey STONER DUCATI 1'58.618 4.565 2.813
10 46 Valentino ROSSI YAMAHA 1'58.672 4.619 0.054
11 14 Randy DE PUNIET HONDA 1'59.240 5.187 0.568
12 69 Nicky HAYDEN HONDA 1'59.436 5.383 0.196
13 52 James TOSELAND YAMAHA 1'59.899 5.846 0.463
14 48 Jorge LORENZO YAMAHA 2'00.004 5.951 0.105
15 33 Marco MELANDRI DUCATI 2'00.162 6.109 0.158
16 50 Sylvain GUINTOLI DUCATI 2'01.718 7.665 1.556
17 8 Tadayuki OKADA HONDA 2'02.810 8.757 1.092
18 24 Toni ELIAS DUCATI 2'03.305 9.252 0.495
19 5 Colin EDWARDS YAMAHA 2'03.774 9.721 0.469
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2008 Le Mans MotoGP Race Results

Pos. No. Rider Manufacturer Time Diff
1 46 Valentino ROSSI YAMAHA 44'30.799
2 48 Jorge LORENZO YAMAHA 44'35.796 4.997
3 5 Colin EDWARDS YAMAHA 44'37.604 6.805
4 2 Dani PEDROSA HONDA 44'40.956 10.157
5 7 Chris VERMEULEN SUZUKI 44'52.561 21.762
6 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO HONDA 44'53.194 22.395
7 65 Loris CAPIROSSI SUZUKI 44'58.605 27.806
8 69 Nicky HAYDEN HONDA 44'58.794 27.995
9 14 Randy DE PUNIET HONDA 45'00.143 29.344
10 56 Shinya NAKANO HONDA 45'01.621 30.822
11 24 Toni ELIAS DUCATI 45'05.953 35.154
12 15 Alex DE ANGELIS HONDA 45'07.015 36.216
13 50 Sylvain GUINTOLI DUCATI 45'22.837 52.038
14 13 Anthony WEST KAWASAKI 46'00.106 1'29.307
15 33 Marco MELANDRI DUCATI 46'10.422 1 lap
16 1 Casey STONER DUCATI 44'47.085 2 laps
Not Classified
21 John HOPKINS KAWASAKI 25'36.029 12 laps
52 James TOSELAND YAMAHA 3'19.828 26 laps

MotoGP Championship standings after Round 05, Le Mans

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