MotoGP Race And Practice Results

2008 Shanghai FP1 Times Day 1 - Rossi Leads, Lorenzo Crashes

Valentino Rossi was fastest in this morning's first free practice session, but the big news was Jorge Lorenzo's crash. Lorenzo had a huge highside, more reminiscent of a 500 cc two stroke than a modern electronics-packed MotoGP bike. As a result of the crash, Lorenzo has fractured an ankle, and is not taking part in the second free practice session. Doubts remain as to whether he will reappear during the remainder of the weekend.

The speculation about Marco Melandri has intensified, after Melandri finished the first session nearly 5 seconds down on Valentino Rossi's time.

1 46 Valentino ROSSI YAMAHA 1'59.906
2 1 Casey STONER DUCATI 2'00.318 0.412 0.412
3 2 Dani PEDROSA HONDA 2'00.819 0.913 0.501
4 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO HONDA 2'00.974 1.068 0.155
5 21 John HOPKINS KAWASAKI 2'01.153 1.247 0.179
6 65 Loris CAPIROSSI SUZUKI 2'01.249 1.343 0.096
7 5 Colin EDWARDS YAMAHA 2'01.287 1.381 0.038
8 69 Nicky HAYDEN HONDA 2'01.419 1.513 0.132
9 56 Shinya NAKANO HONDA 2'01.513 1.607 0.094
10 7 Chris VERMEULEN SUZUKI 2'01.588 1.682 0.075
11 13 Anthony WEST KAWASAKI 2'01.984 2.078 0.396
12 14 Randy DE PUNIET HONDA 2'02.026 2.120 0.042
13 15 Alex DE ANGELIS HONDA 2'02.091 2.185 0.065
14 24 Toni ELIAS DUCATI 2'02.199 2.293 0.108
15 48 Jorge LORENZO YAMAHA 2'02.480 2.574 0.281
16 52 James TOSELAND YAMAHA 2'02.521 2.615 0.041
17 50 Sylvain GUINTOLI DUCATI 2'03.174 3.268 0.653
18 33 Marco MELANDRI DUCATI 2'04.857 4.951 1.683

Circuit records

Fastest Lap: Lap 24 Valentino ROSSI 1'59.906 158.554 Km/h
Circuit Record Lap: 2006 Dani PEDROSA 1'59.318 159.335 Km/h
Circuit Best Lap: 2007 Valentino ROSSI 1'58.424 160.538 Km/h
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2008 Post Estoril Round Test Times

1 Dani PEDROSA HONDA 1'36.455
2 Valentino ROSSI YAMAHA 1'36.707
3 Andrea DOVIZIOSO HONDA 1'36.791
4 Nicky HAYDEN HONDA 1'36.928
5 Colin EDWARDS YAMAHA 1'37.145
6 Randy DE PUNIET HONDA 1'37.146
7 Casey STONER DUCATI 1'37.330
8 Chris VERMEULEN SUZUKI 1'37.617
9 Shinya NAKANO HONDA 1'37.725
10 James TOSELAND YAMAHA 1'37.767
11 Loris CAPIROSSI SUZUKI 1'37.781
12 Alex DE ANGELIS HONDA 1'37.782
13 John HOPKINS KAWASAKI 1'38.023
14 Toni ELIAS DUCATI 1'38.695
15 Anthony WEST KAWASAKI 1'39.695
16 Sylvain GUINTOLI DUCATI 1'39.223
17 Marco MELANDRI DUCATI 1'39.725
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2008 Estoril MotoGP Race Results

1 48 Jorge LORENZO YAMAHA 45'53.089
2 2 Dani PEDROSA HONDA 45'54.906 1.817
3 46 Valentino ROSSI YAMAHA 46'05.812 12.723
4 5 Colin EDWARDS YAMAHA 46'10.312 17.223
5 21 John HOPKINS KAWASAKI 46'16.841 23.752
6 1 Casey STONER DUCATI 46'19.777 26.688
7 52 James TOSELAND YAMAHA 46'25.720 32.631
8 7 Chris VERMEULEN SUZUKI 46'29.471 36.382
9 65 Loris CAPIROSSI SUZUKI 46'31.357 38.268
10 56 Shinya NAKANO HONDA 46'32.565 39.476
11 15 Alex DE ANGELIS HONDA 46'54.395 1'01.306
12 24 Toni ELIAS DUCATI 46'56.956 1'03.867
13 33 Marco MELANDRI DUCATI 47'02.614 1'09.525
14 50 Sylvain GUINTOLI DUCATI 47'02.723 1'09.634
15 14 Randy DE PUNIET HONDA 47'04.631 1'11.542
16 13 Anthony WEST KAWASAKI 47'16.718 1'23.629
Not Classified
69 Nicky HAYDEN HONDA 26'23.675 12 laps
4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO HONDA 24'43.870 13 laps

MotoGP Championship standings after Round 03, Estoril

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2008 Estoril Warm Up Results

Warm Up took place under damp but sunny conditions. Conditions for the race are likely to be dry, but the weather radar shows clouds and rain just off to the North of Estoril. The question remains whether they will fall on Estoril during the afternoon. They may be Casey Stoner's salvation, if they do.

1 1 Casey STONER DUCATI 1'48.932
2 15 Alex DE ANGELIS HONDA 1'49.311 0.379 0.379
3 46 Valentino ROSSI YAMAHA 1'49.612 0.680 0.301
4 7 Chris VERMEULEN SUZUKI 1'49.767 0.835 0.155
5 50 Sylvain GUINTOLI DUCATI 1'49.775 0.843 0.008
6 14 Randy DE PUNIET HONDA 1'49.947 1.015 0.172
7 21 John HOPKINS KAWASAKI 1'50.147 1.215 0.200
8 69 Nicky HAYDEN HONDA 1'50.572 1.640 0.425
9 65 Loris CAPIROSSI SUZUKI 1'51.320 2.388 0.748
10 48 Jorge LORENZO YAMAHA 1'51.391 2.459 0.071
11 56 Shinya NAKANO HONDA 1'51.660 2.728 0.269
12 13 Anthony WEST KAWASAKI 1'51.843 2.911 0.183
13 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO HONDA 1'51.867 2.935 0.024
14 5 Colin EDWARDS YAMAHA 1'51.924 2.992 0.057
15 2 Dani PEDROSA HONDA 1'52.850 3.918 0.926
16 33 Marco MELANDRI DUCATI 1'54.141 5.209 1.291
17 52 James TOSELAND YAMAHA 1'55.795 6.863 1.654
18 24 Toni ELIAS DUCATI 1'56.847 7.915 1.052
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2008 Estoril Qualifying Practice Times Day 2 - Another Lap Record Bites The Dust

Pos. No. Rider Manufacturer Fast Lap Diff Diff Previous
1 48 Jorge LORENZO YAMAHA 1'35.715
2 2 Dani PEDROSA HONDA 1'35.948 0.233 0.233
3 46 Valentino ROSSI YAMAHA 1'36.199 0.484 0.251
4 69 Nicky HAYDEN HONDA 1'36.266 0.551 0.067
5 5 Colin EDWARDS YAMAHA 1'36.289 0.574 0.023
6 52 James TOSELAND YAMAHA 1'36.790 1.075 0.501
7 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO HONDA 1'36.998 1.283 0.208
8 14 Randy DE PUNIET HONDA 1'37.223 1.508 0.225
9 1 Casey STONER DUCATI 1'37.253 1.538 0.030
10 21 John HOPKINS KAWASAKI 1'37.346 1.631 0.093
11 56 Shinya NAKANO HONDA 1'37.664 1.949 0.318
12 65 Loris CAPIROSSI SUZUKI 1'37.786 2.071 0.122
13 7 Chris VERMEULEN SUZUKI 1'37.843 2.128 0.057
14 24 Toni ELIAS DUCATI 1'38.561 2.846 0.718
15 13 Anthony WEST KAWASAKI 1'38.775 3.060 0.214
16 15 Alex DE ANGELIS HONDA 1'38.823 3.108 0.048
17 33 Marco MELANDRI DUCATI 1'39.115 3.400 0.292
18 50 Sylvain GUINTOLI DUCATI 1'39.355 3.640 0.240

Circuit Records:

Fastest Lap: Lap 24 Jorge LORENZO 1'35.715 157.291 Km/h
Circuit Record Lap: 2007 Nicky HAYDEN 1'37.493 154.423 Km/h
Circuit Best Lap: 2008 Jorge LORENZO 1'35.715 157.291 Km/h
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2008 Estoril FP3 Times Day 3 - Edwards Close To Record Pace

The third free practice session at Estoril's Portuguese Grand Prix started half an hour later than planned, after morning dew had left the track damp and treacherous. Though the spring sunshine soon chased away the damp patches, the air and track temperatures meant that the conditions remained cooler than the riders would have wanted.

Of course, this did not stop them from going fast. The tone was set by Valentino Rossi and Randy de Puniet, who were swiftly running 1'38 laps, around the pace set in yesterday's much warmer afternoon session. Behind Rossi and de Puniet, Colin Edwards, Nicky Hayden and John Hopkins matched the speed of the leading pair.

In the end, it was Colin Edwards who set the fastest lap, getting down to within 1/10th of a second of lap record pace halfway through practice, with a lap of 1'37.598. But it was no fluke, as it was set in the middle of a long run of very fast laps. The Texan, who is rapidly earning back his "Tornado" moniker, continued to run laps at a similar pace for the rest of the session, getting an obvious benefit from the new engine in his Yamaha M1.

Jorge Lorenzo underlined the fact that the Yamahas run well in Portugal, taking 2nd spot with a time just 0.07 off Edwards' fastest lap. But while Edwards was fast all session, Lorenzo found a burst of speed in the second half of practice.

Nicky Hayden was the 3rd fastest man on the track, nearly a quarter of a second behind Edwards. But Hayden was consistently fast, at a track he obviously likes. Behind Hayden, Valentino Rossi set the 4th fastest time, and was the fastest of the Bridgestone riders by a long way. Rossi was the last man inside 1'37, and over half a second faster than the next fastest rider on Bridgestones.

Hayden's Repsol Honda team mate was 5th fastest, and like Lorenzo, was faster during the second half of practice, running a consistent pace in the low 1'38s. The top 5 all look capable of running a decent race pace, with Edwards and Lorenzo especially impressive.

James Toseland made it 4 Yamahas in the top 6, in a very impressive display of learning a track. Toseland, who has never ridden at Estoril before, improved his time from yesterday afternoon by over 1.7 seconds, and looks like he may have some speed in hand. If he continues to learn at this pace, the British World Superbike champion could spring a surprise on Sunday.

Toseland beat fellow rookie Andrea Dovizioso into 7th place, the Italian looking stronger and stronger. In 8th came Randy de Puniet, who could not consolidate on his early pace. John Hopkins was another rider who could not build on the speed he had early in the session. The Kawasaki rider looked like jumping back into the lead on one lap, but lost out in the final section. Hopper still managed to finish ahead of his former Suzuki team mate Chris Vermeulen, another rider who made a huge improvement, taking 1.4 seconds off his time from yesterday afternoon to set the 10th fastest time.

The morning's big losers were Ducati. Marco Melandri's misery continued, finishing 18th and dead last, over 3 seconds off the pace, and barely improving his time from Friday. The Alice Ducatis did better, though still ahead only of Melandri, but both Elias and Guintoli picked up over 2 seconds. Sadly for the Alice team, this still leaves them over 2 seconds off the pace.

But the most worrying development must be Casey Stoner's 11th place. Stoner could not find the second or so he needs to catch the leading group. He managed to improve his times from yesterday by half a second, but the top 5 were all around a second a lap faster than Friday. Stoner's laps followed a persistent pattern: fast in the first section, strong in the second section, but losing out badly in the third and fourth sections of the track, sections which are crucial to going fast at Estoril, containing the chicane, the Esses and the Parabolica, the fast right which leads back onto the straight.

The top speed chart shows that the Ducati's problems aren't in the parabolica. Three Ducatis are in the top 4 fastest speeds, with only Jorge Lorenzo's 3rd fastest speed keeping Melandri out of the top 3. Casey Stoner was complaining of a lack of confidence in the front end on Friday. As this has been the key to Stoner's success in the past, unless Ducati and Bridgestone find a remedy soon, the prospects look bad for Stoner's season.

The Ducati engineers have a couple of hours to find a solution, before qualifying starts this afternoon, and the grid is set for tomorrow's race.

Pos. No. Rider Manufacturer Fast Lap Diff Diff Previous
1 5 Colin EDWARDS YAMAHA 1'37.598
2 48 Jorge LORENZO YAMAHA 1'37.668 0.070 0.070
3 69 Nicky HAYDEN HONDA 1'37.833 0.235 0.165
4 46 Valentino ROSSI YAMAHA 1'37.863 0.265 0.030
5 2 Dani PEDROSA HONDA 1'38.016 0.418 0.153
6 52 James TOSELAND YAMAHA 1'38.308 0.710 0.292
7 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO HONDA 1'38.312 0.714 0.004
8 14 Randy DE PUNIET HONDA 1'38.332 0.734 0.020
9 21 John HOPKINS KAWASAKI 1'38.508 0.910 0.176
10 7 Chris VERMEULEN SUZUKI 1'38.590 0.992 0.082
11 1 Casey STONER DUCATI 1'38.736 1.138 0.146
12 56 Shinya NAKANO HONDA 1'38.868 1.270 0.132
13 65 Loris CAPIROSSI SUZUKI 1'39.076 1.478 0.208
14 15 Alex DE ANGELIS HONDA 1'39.749 2.151 0.673
15 13 Anthony WEST KAWASAKI 1'39.834 2.236 0.085
16 50 Sylvain GUINTOLI DUCATI 1'39.871 2.273 0.037
17 24 Toni ELIAS DUCATI 1'40.647 3.049 0.776
18 33 Marco MELANDRI DUCATI 1'40.711 3.113 0.064

Circuit Records:

Fastest Lap: Lap 13 Colin EDWARDS 1'37.598 154.257 Km/h
Circuit Record Lap: 2007 Nicky HAYDEN 1'37.493 154.423 Km/h
Circuit Best Lap: 2006 Valentino ROSSI 1'36.200 156.498 Km/h
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2008 Estoril FP2 Times Day 1 - Michelins Lead, Only Rossi Can Follow

The weather had improved considerably this afternoon during MotoGP's FP2 session, the session starting sunny and dry. But sunny as it may have been, at the start of the session, the track was still pretty cool, as a coterie of crashers hit the deck on their first laps out of the pits. The fallers included Alex de Angelis, who has managed to fall off in almost every single session of practice so far this year, James Toseland, and the reigning champion Casey Stoner.

Despite his strong start this morning, Casey Stoner had a rather unhappy time this afternoon. His early crash meant that he was unable to use his number 1 bike for the session, and as Stoner is very picky about which of the two Ducatis he rides, despite the machines being supposedly identical, the Australian never really hit his stride.

The session turned into an entertaining back and forth between Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa, Tech 3 Yamaha's Colin Edwards, and Fiat Yamaha's Valentino Rossi. It was obvious that Edwards likes this track, as his name was continually at the top of the timing sheets, until Dani Pedrosa started putting in some very hot laps towards the end of the session. In the end, Pedrosa took the fastest time, ahead of Rossi and Edwards. Like Pedrosa, Rossi set his fastest times in the latter half of the session, while Edwards was quick all day. But the order the top 3 finished in was almost random, as Pedrosa was only 0.04 of a second faster than Rossi, who was only 0.08 of a second faster than Edwards.

Positions 4 and 5 were taken by the team mates of places 1 and 2, with Nicky Hayden leading Jorge Lorenzo. Lorenzo never looked like dominating as he has at earlier races, but still showed strongly in what is still only his third race. Hayden was almost as quick as the front three, and finished within 2/10ths of Pedrosa.

Another rookie finished in 6th Andrea Dovizioso being impressive once again on the satellite Honda, and finishing ahead of the reigning world champion. Stoner was far from pleased with his own progress, and spent a lot of time in the pits in animated discussion with his engineers.

In 8th, Shinya Nakano showed a pleasantly surprising return to form, finally finding his feet on the Bridgestone-shod Gresini Honda. Nakano finished ahead of the LCR Honda of Randy de Puniet, who was fastest earlier in the session, but couldn't match the pace once the big names stepped up a gear. And John Hopkins rounded out the top 10, the Kawasaki starting to find some pace, but still a way off the front.

At the bottom of the grid, the other Ducatis continued to struggle, with the Alice Ducatis finishing dead last, and Marco Melandri only managing to beat Ant West on the other Kawasaki to take 15th. But the award for unluckiest rider on the grid must surely go to Toni Elias, whose Alice Ducati blew up in a big cloud of oily smoke down the front straight. As if having your engine detonate underneath wasn't bad enough, the Ducati then blew a stream of scorching oil into Elias' boot, requiring the Spaniard to visit the local hospital for a further examination.

The final item worthy of note was the marked difference in fortunes of the different tire companies under vastly different weather conditions. In the cold and damp, the Bridgestones dominated, while in the dry, warmer afternoon, it was very much the Michelins who were in charge. With the weather expected to improve from today onwards, the omens are good for the French rubber company.

Practice continues on Saturday, with the official Qualifying session tomorrow afternoon.

Pos. No. Rider Manufacturer Fast Lap Diff Diff Previous
1 2 Dani PEDROSA HONDA 1'38.507
2 46 Valentino ROSSI YAMAHA 1'38.547 0.040 0.040
3 5 Colin EDWARDS YAMAHA 1'38.632 0.125 0.085
4 69 Nicky HAYDEN HONDA 1'38.688 0.181 0.056
5 48 Jorge LORENZO YAMAHA 1'38.868 0.361 0.180
6 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO HONDA 1'39.171 0.664 0.303
7 1 Casey STONER DUCATI 1'39.202 0.695 0.031
8 56 Shinya NAKANO HONDA 1'39.309 0.802 0.107
9 14 Randy DE PUNIET HONDA 1'39.332 0.825 0.023
10 21 John HOPKINS KAWASAKI 1'39.474 0.967 0.142
11 65 Loris CAPIROSSI SUZUKI 1'39.591 1.084 0.117
12 7 Chris VERMEULEN SUZUKI 1'39.946 1.439 0.355
13 52 James TOSELAND YAMAHA 1'40.055 1.548 0.109
14 15 Alex DE ANGELIS HONDA 1'41.033 2.526 0.978
15 33 Marco MELANDRI DUCATI 1'41.112 2.605 0.079
16 13 Anthony WEST KAWASAKI 1'41.572 3.065 0.460
17 50 Sylvain GUINTOLI DUCATI 1'41.875 3.368 0.303
18 24 Toni ELIAS DUCATI 1'43.262 4.755 1.387

Circuit Records:

Fastest Lap: Lap 24 Dani PEDROSA 1'38.507 152.833 Km/h
Circuit Record Lap: 2007 Nicky HAYDEN 1'37.493 154.423 Km/h
Circuit Best Lap: 2006 Valentino ROSSI 1'36.200 156.498 Km/h
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2008 Estoril FP1 Times Day 1 - A Damp Start, The Usual Leader

The morning started wet, with rain during the 125 practice session, but though the MotoGP riders went out on a damp track, at least the rain had stopped. The rain was good for some, though, as Ant West finally found himself running nearer the front, rather than at the back. West was joined early on by Chris Vermeulen, the other wet weather wizard, but Vermeulen's time didn't improve as fast as the conditions.

But it was the names you would expect who were fastest. Casey Stoner ran only a few laps, but they were good enough for the fastest time, and Stoner was fast almost from the moment he hit the track. Valentino Rossi made good use of the weather to gain valuable experience on wet-weather Bridgestones, and Shinya Nakano showed that he still has what it takes, taking a surprising 3rd fastest time.

Nakano and West weren't the only riders to benefit from the conditions. West was usually to be found at the rear of the pack, down with the Alice Ducatis, but the conditions meant that Guintoli and Elias managed much more respectable performances.

The Tech 3 team finally got their pneumatic valve engined Yamahas, which meant they should be much faster, but Toseland and Edwards spent most of the time at the bottom of the timesheets, with the slowest top speeds, presumably down to getting the electronics dialed in to deal with the power coming out of the Parabolica.

Alex de Angelis made only a brief appearance at the end of the session, as the San Marinese rider is struggling with a severe bout of 'flu and tonsilitis.

Pos. No. Rider Manufacturer Fast Lap Diff Diff Previous
1 1 Casey STONER DUCATI 1'47.900
2 46 Valentino ROSSI YAMAHA 1'48.599 0.699 0.699
3 56 Shinya NAKANO HONDA 1'48.754 0.854 0.155
4 13 Anthony WEST KAWASAKI 1'48.873 0.973 0.119
5 21 John HOPKINS KAWASAKI 1'49.530 1.630 0.657
6 69 Nicky HAYDEN HONDA 1'49.787 1.887 0.257
7 65 Loris CAPIROSSI SUZUKI 1'49.903 2.003 0.116
8 7 Chris VERMEULEN SUZUKI 1'50.123 2.223 0.220
9 50 Sylvain GUINTOLI DUCATI 1'50.278 2.378 0.155
10 14 Randy DE PUNIET HONDA 1'50.422 2.522 0.144
11 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO HONDA 1'50.447 2.547 0.025
12 48 Jorge LORENZO YAMAHA 1'50.588 2.688 0.141
13 33 Marco MELANDRI DUCATI 1'50.761 2.861 0.173
14 15 Alex DE ANGELIS HONDA 1'51.195 3.295 0.434
15 24 Toni ELIAS DUCATI 1'51.392 3.492 0.197
16 2 Dani PEDROSA HONDA 1'52.045 4.145 0.653
17 5 Colin EDWARDS YAMAHA 1'53.196 5.296 1.151
18 52 James TOSELAND YAMAHA 1'53.907 6.007 0.711

Circuit Records:

Fastest Lap: Lap 12 Casey STONER 1'47.900 139.529 Km/h
Circuit Record Lap: 2007 Nicky HAYDEN 1'37.493 154.423 Km/h
Circuit Best Lap: 2006 Valentino ROSSI 1'36.200 156.498 Km/h
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2008 Post Jerez Round Test Times, Day 2

Times from the last day of testing at Jerez courtesy of GPOne.com:

1 Nicky HAYDEN Honda 1'38.940
2 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'40.099
3 Chris VERMEULEN Suzuki 1'40.184
4 Loris CAPIROSSI Suzuki 1'40.776
5 Olivier JACQUES Kawasaki 1'41.852
6 William COSTES Yamaha 1'42.581
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2008 Post Jerez Round Test Times, Day 1

Times taken from GPOne.com

1 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha 1'38.679
2 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'39.117
3 Casey STONER Ducati 1'39.218
4 Randy DE PUNIET Honda 1'39.484
5 John HOPKINS Kawasaki 1'39.569
6 Loris CAPIROSSI Suzuki 1'39.747
7 Shinya NAKANO Honda 1'40.034
8 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'40.116
9 Nicky HAYDEN Honda 1'40.389
10 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Honda 1'40.394
11 Chris VERMEULEN Suzuki 1'40.534
12 Alex DE ANGELIS Honda 1'41.308
13 Marco MELANDRI Ducati 1'41.396
14 Ant WEST Kawasaki 1'42.132
15 Toni ELIAS Ducati 1'42.240
16 Olivier JACQUE Kawasaki 1'42.562
17 Sylvain GUINTOLI Ducati 1'42.624
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