MotoGP Race And Practice Results

2007 Jerez MotoGP Race Results

1 46 Valentino ROSSI Fiat Yamaha Team 45'53.340 156.143
2 26 Dani PEDROSA Repsol Honda Team 45'54.586 156.072 1.246
3 5 Colin EDWARDS Fiat Yamaha Team 45'56.041 155.990 2.701
4 24 Toni ELIAS Honda Gresini 45'57.691 155.896 4.351
5 27 Casey STONER Ducati Marlboro 45'58.333 155.860 4.993
6 7 Carlos CHECA Team Honda LCR 46'03.340 155.578 10.000
7 1 Nicky HAYDEN Repsol Honda Team 46'07.486 155.345 14.146
8 33 Marco MELANDRI Honda Gresini 46'13.309 155.019 19.969
9 71 Chris VERMEULEN Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 46'18.126 154.750 24.786
10 56 Shinya NAKANO Konica Minolta Honda 46'18.295 154.740 24.955
11 4 Alex BARROS Pramac d'Antin 46'18.348 154.737 25.008
12 65 Loris CAPIROSSI Ducati Marlboro Team 46'19.192 154.690 25.852
13 14 Randy DE PUNIET Kawasaki Racing Team 46'19.785 154.657 26.445
14 6 Makoto TAMADA Dunlop Yamaha Tech 3 46'29.993 154.091 36.653
15 50 Sylvain GUINTOLI Dunlop Yamaha Tech 3 46'30.084 154.086 36.744
16 10 Kenny ROBERTS JR Team Roberts 46'42.251 153.417 48.911
17 64 Kousuke AKIYOSHI Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 46'44.124 153.315 50.784
18 19 Olivier JACQUE Kawasaki Racing Team 46'54.241 152.764 1'00.901
19 21 John HOPKINS Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 46'56.711 152.630 1'03.371

Excluded, for illegally changing machines in the pit lane:

66 Alex HOFMANN Pramac d'Antin
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2007 Jerez Combined Times From FP 1, FP2 and FP3

Fastest times in bold:

Pos. # Rider Team FP 1 FP 2 FP 3 Diff 1st Diff Prev.
1 7 C.CHECA Honda LCR 1'42.205 1'40.851 1'40.659
2 4 A.BARROS Pramac d'Antin 1'42.383 1'41.362 1'40.841 0.18 0.18
3 26 D.PEDROSA Repsol Honda Team 1'41.959 1'40.906 1'41.070 0.25 0.07
4 24 T.ELIAS Honda Gresini 1'41.613 1'40.972 1'41.179 0.31 0.07
5 33 M.MELANDRI Honda Gresini 1'41.418 1'41.477 1'41.122 0.46 0.15
6 27 C.STONER Ducati Marlboro Team 1'41.450 1'41.171 1'41.394 0.51 0.05
7 21 J.HOPKINS Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 1'41.860 1'41.245 1'41.175 0.52 0
8 10 K.ROBERTS JR Team Roberts 1'41.182 1'41.201 1'41.966 0.52 0.01
9 46 V.ROSSI Fiat Yamaha Team 1'42.057 1'41.198 1'42.129 0.54 0.02
10 5 C.EDWARDS Fiat Yamaha Team 1'42.078 1'41.339 1'41.301 0.64 0.1
11 71 C.VERMEULEN Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 1'42.269 1'41.305 1'41.872 0.65 0
12 1 N.HAYDEN Repsol Honda Team 1'41.566 1'41.536 1'41.366 0.71 0.06
13 6 M.TAMADA Dunlop Yamaha Tech 3 1'43.309 1'42.097 1'41.406 0.75 0.04
14 65 L.CAPIROSSI Ducati Marlboro Team 1'42.427 1'41.409 1'41.482 0.75 0
15 56 S.NAKANO Konica Minolta Honda 1'42.199 1'42.424 1'41.416 0.76 0.01
16 14 R.DE PUNIET Kawasaki Racing Team 1'42.892 1'41.666 1'41.802 1.01 0.25
17 50 S.GUINTOLI Dunlop Yamaha Tech 3 1'43.161 1'42.311 1'41.674 1.02 0.01
18 66 A.HOFMANN Pramac d'Antin 1'42.515 1'41.835 1'41.886 1.18 0.16
19 19 O.JACQUE Kawasaki Racing Team 1'42.997 1'42.402 1'42.560 1.74 0.57
20 64 K.AKIYOSHI Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 1'44.168 1'42.549 1'42.464 1.81 0.06

Existing Circuit Records:

Circuit Record Lap: 2006 Valentino ROSSI 1'40.596 158.284 Km/h
Circuit Best Lap: 2006 Loris CAPIROSSI 1'39.064 160.732 Km/h

Fastest lap from IRTA Test 2007:

Valentino ROSSI 1'38.394
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2007 Jerez FP 3 Times

The day started cold again at Jerez, and the weather difference between the morning and afternoon sessions is starting to play havoc with the new tire regulations, limiting the number of tires riders can use. In an instant, it became clear who had selected cold weather tires, and who hadn't, and who was suffering from the cold and who wasn't. Valentino Rossi was complaining that because of the temperature differential, the morning sessions are near useless in terms of finding a race setup, as the race is expected to take place in much warmer conditions than the mornings have generated so far.

It certainly looks like some people have found a race setup, though, as Carlos Checa tops the time sheets yet again, and more importantly, put in a couple of very solid runs of laps. Behind Checa, Alex Barros found a much improved setup for the Pramac d'Antin Ducati to take the second spot, ahead of Dani Pedrosa and Marco Melandri on Hondas. Melandri improved his time over yesterday, but Pedrosa was 1/10th shy of yesterday's time.

John Hopkins is still in good form, as is Toni Elias, and Colin Edwards. Nicky Hayden found a couple of tenths, but Casey Stoner couldn't find the speed he had in earlier sessions. Two of the biggest surprises are in the Yamaha camp. Makoto Tamada made a huge jump in the standings, taking over half a second of his fastest time, and five times world champion is a way, way down in 18th spot, nearly a full second slower this morning than he was yesterday afternoon.

The grid will be settled this afternoon, during the Qualifying Practice session, but that too could cause quite a few problems. There are still several riders, including Rossi, who will want to do a lot of work on their race setup, before trying to set a fast time on soft qualifying tires. We will find out how it turned out soon enough.

1 Carlos Checa Honda RC212V 1’40.659
2 Alex Barros Ducati GP07 1’40.841
3 Dani Pedrosa Honda RC212V 1’41.070
4 Marco Melandri Honda RC212V 1’41.122
5 John Hopkins Suzuki GSV-R 1’41.175
6 Toni Elias Honda RC212V 1’41.179
7 Colin Edwards Yamaha M1 1’41.301
8 Nick Hayden Honda RC212V 1’41.366
9 Casey Stoner Ducati GP07 1’41.394
10 Makoto Tamada Yamaha M1 1’41.406
11 Shinya Nakano Honda RC212V 1’41.416
12 Loris Capirossi Ducati GP07 1’41.482
13 Sylvain Guintoli Yamaha M1 1’41.674
14 Randy de Puniet Kawasaki ZXRR 1’41.802
15 Chris Vermeulen Suzuki GSV-R 1’41.872
16 Alex Hofmann Ducati GP07 1’41.886
17 Kenny Roberts Jr KR212V 1’41.966
18 Valentino Rossi Yamaha M1 1’42.129
19 Kousuke Akiyoshi Suzuki GSV-R 1’42.464
20 Olivier Jacque Kawasaki ZXRR 1’42.560

Existing Circuit Records:

Circuit Record Lap: 2006 Valentino ROSSI 1'40.596 158.284 Km/h
Circuit Best Lap: 2006 Loris CAPIROSSI 1'39.064 160.732 Km/h

Fastest lap from IRTA Test 2007:

Valentino ROSSI 1'38.394
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2007 Jerez FP 2 Times

This afternoon's practice session at Jerez was a much balmier affair, temperatures some 20 degrees fahrenheit warmer than this morning, and the timesheet reflected it, the running order being shaken up with respect to this morning.

Early in the session, Casey Stoner was the first to set a competitive time, taking 1/100th of a second off the time Kenny Roberts Jr set this morning. Stoner's time lasted until halfway through the session, until local hero Dani Pedrosa dipped under the 1'41 barrier. Pedrosa's time stood for another quarter of an hour, until Carlos Checa took first a few thousandths, and then 5/100ths of a second off Pedrosa's time, with 15 minutes left in the session. Checa's time was fast enough not to be beaten for the rest of the day.

The two Spanish Honda riders had 1/10th of a second buffer over Hannspree Honda rider Toni Elias, who had another 0.2 seconds gap on 4th place Ducati man Casey Stoner. Kenny Roberts Jr failed to improve on his time from this morning, but that was still good enough for 5th, ahead of Valentino Rossi, who had moved up since this morning.

The Rizla Suzukis of John Hopkins and Chris Vermeulen set the 7th and 8th fastest time, Hopkins still visibly in pain from the wrist injury he suffered at Qatar over a month ago. Behind Vermeulen, Colin Edwards took 9th on the Fiat Yamaha ahead of Pramac Ducati's Alex Barros.

Not too much stock should be set by the running order, as the times are all incredibly close past the top 3. Less than half a second covers 4th place Casey Stoner and 14th place Randy de Puniet, and the top 15 times are all within 1 second of each other.

The most impressive rider of the afternoon session was without doubt Carlos Checa. Checa was consistently fast throughout, setting strings of laps in the low 1'41 and high 1'40 bracket. Checa looked totally at home on the RC212V, which is unusual, as Checa is one of the larger riders in the paddock, and had been complaining of a lack of space on board the new Honda 800, along with Nicky Hayden. Over the off-season, Checa had set about losing several pounds to minimize his weight disadvantage on the smaller bike, leaving the Spaniard looking painfully thin. But his perseverance definitely looks like it has paid off at Jerez so far, as if Checa can run the same times on Sunday that he ran today, he could well be a candidate for the podium.

Looking at the full lap sheets (available from the MotoGP.com site as "analysis") throws up some interesting surprises. Dani Pedrosa's 2nd fastest time is impressive, but he failed to put together sequences of fast laps, his long runs containing mostly laps of around 1'41.8 and 1'41.9. This bodes less well for race day.

So who was putting in the sequences of fast laps? Apart from Carlos Checa, Casey Stoner was running mid 1'41s, and Valentino Rossi was running low to mid 1'41s. Behind Stoner and Rossi, there are a bunch of people running consistently in the 1'41.6 to 1'41.9 range, including Dani Pedrosa, Toni Elias, Kenny Roberts Jr, John Hopkins, Chris Vermeulen and Colin Edwards.

So far, Sunday's race is shaping up to be another showdown between Stoner and Rossi, with Carlos Checa complicating matters, and a big bunch of riders chasing the leaders to the end. But before the race, we have one more free practice session, and the small matter of qualifying to go.

Pos. # Rider Team FP 1 FP 2 Diff 1st Diff Prev.
1 7 C.CHECA Honda LCR 1'42.205 1'40.851
2 26 D.PEDROSA Repsol Honda Team 1'41.959 1'40.906 0.055 0.055
3 24 T.ELIAS Honda Gresini 1'41.613 1'40.972 0.121 0.066
4 27 C.STONER Ducati Marlboro Team 1'41.450 1'41.171 0.320 0.199
5 10 K.ROBERTS JR Team Roberts 1'41.182 1'41.201 0.331 0.011
6 46 V.ROSSI Fiat Yamaha Team 1'42.057 1'41.198 0.347 0.016
7 21 J.HOPKINS Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 1'41.860 1'41.245 0.394 0.047
8 71 C.VERMEULEN Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 1'42.269 1'41.305 0.454 0.060
9 5 C.EDWARDS Fiat Yamaha Team 1'42.078 1'41.339 0.488 0.034
10 4 A.BARROS Pramac d'Antin 1'42.383 1'41.362 0.511 0.023
11 65 L.CAPIROSSI Ducati Marlboro Team 1'42.427 1'41.409 0.558 0.047
12 33 M.MELANDRI Honda Gresini 1'41.418 1'41.477 0.567 0.009
13 1 N.HAYDEN Repsol Honda Team 1'41.566 1'41.536 0.685 0.118
14 14 R.DE PUNIET Kawasaki Racing Team 1'42.892 1'41.666 0.815 0.130
15 66 A.HOFMANN Pramac d'Antin 1'42.515 1'41.835 0.984 0.169
16 6 M.TAMADA Dunlop Yamaha Tech 3 1'43.309 1'42.097 1.246 0.262
17 56 S.NAKANO Konica Minolta Honda 1'42.199 1'42.424 1.348 0.102
18 50 S.GUINTOLI Dunlop Yamaha Tech 3 1'43.161 1'42.311 1.460 0.112
19 19 O.JACQUE Kawasaki Racing Team 1'42.997 1'42.402 1.551 0.091
20 64 K.AKIYOSHI Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 1'44.168 1'42.549 1.698 0.147

Existing Circuit Records:

Fastest Lap: Lap 25 Kenny ROBERTS JR 1'41.182 157.367 Km/h
Circuit Record Lap: 2006 Valentino ROSSI 1'40.596 158.284 Km/h
Circuit Best Lap: 2006 Loris CAPIROSSI 1'39.064 160.732 Km/h

Fastest lap from IRTA Test 2007:

Valentino ROSSI 1'38.394
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2007 Jerez FP 1 Times

Hostilities opened at Jerez this morning under very cool conditions. Both ambient and track temperatures were in the mid-50s fahrenheit, hardly the ideal conditions for pushing racing motorcycles to the limit. The conditions also showed in the results, with none of the names being tipped for the win prior to the race anywhere near the top of the timesheets.

The man who did get to the top is Kenny Roberts Jr on the KR212V. Kenny Jr will want to expunge the memory of a poor performance at Qatar, and has started on the right road already. Marco Melandri set the 2nd time, also improving on his Qatar outing. Everybody's favorite for Sunday, Casey Stoner, managed to set the 3rd fastest time on his Ducati, ahead of the reigning World Champion Nicky Hayden. Hayden will be glad to be closer to the front of the times, and hoping to have found some answers.

Toni Elias is in 5th on another Honda, ahead of John Hopkins on the Suzuki and Hayden's team mate Dani Pedrosa. 5-time world champion Valentino Rossi, who topped the charts at the IRTA test here in Jerez a month ago together with Pedrosa, is down in 8th, ahead of team mate Colin Edwards and another Honda ridden by Shinya Nakano.

Though the conditions don't really give a realistic reflection of the state of play, a cold track and cold tires standing in the way of truly competitive times, it's interesting to see how many Hondas are at the top of the timesheets. So far this season, Honda has been worryingly mediocre, and the HRC engineers must be pleased to see a Honda-powered bike at the front, followed by 4 Hondas in the next 6 bikes.

The other interesting effect of the cold conditions will be tire choice. The new regulations mean that the riders have only 14 front tires and 17 rear tires, and tire selection will be mainly focused on getting a good race tire. With the conditions expected to be in the 80s on Sunday afternoon, many teams may not have chosen a tire which will work well in the cooler conditions, and could be struggling as a result.

Conditions are likely to warm up for this afternoon's free practice session, and we shall see what effect that has on times and standings then.

1 Kenny Roberts Jr KR212V 1'41.182
2 Marco Melandri Honda RC212V 1'41.418
3 Casey Stoner Ducati GP07 1'41.450
4 Nick Hayden Honda RC212V 1'41.566
5 Toni Elias Honda RC212V 1'41613
6 John Hopkins Suzuki GSV-R 1'41.860
7 Dani Pedrosa Honda RC212V 1'41.959
8 Valentino Rossi Yamaha M1 1'42.057
9 Colin Edwards Yamaha M1 1'42.078
10 Shinya Nakano Honda RC212V 1'42.199
11 Carlos Checa Honda RC212V 1'42.205
12 Chris Vermeulen Suzuki GSV-R 1'42.269
13 Alex Barros Ducati GP07 1'42.383
14 Loris Capirossi Ducati GP07 1'42.427
15 Alex Hofmann Ducati GP07 1'42.515
16 Randy de Puniet Kawasaki ZXRR 1'42.892
17 Olivier Jacque Kawasaki ZXRR 1'42.997
18 Sylvain Guintoli Yamaha M1 1'43.161
19 Makoto Tamada Yamaha M1 1'43.309
20 Kousuke Akiyoshi Suzuki GSV-R 1'44.168

Existing Circuit Records:

Fastest Lap: Lap 25 Kenny ROBERTS JR 1'41.182 157.367 Km/h
Circuit Record Lap: 2006 Valentino ROSSI 1'40.596 158.284 Km/h
Circuit Best Lap: 2006 Loris CAPIROSSI 1'39.064 160.732 Km/h

Fastest lap from IRTA Test 2007:

Valentino ROSSI 1'38.394
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Qatar MotoGP Race Results 2007

Race Report here

1 27 Casey STONER Ducati Marlboro Team 43'02.788 164.975
2 46 Valentino ROSSI Fiat Yamaha Team 43'05.626 164.794 2.838
3 26 Dani PEDROSA Repsol Honda Team 43'11.318 164.432 8.530
4 21 John HOPKINS Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 43'11.859 164.397 9.071
5 33 Marco MELANDRI Honda Gresini 43'20.221 163.869 17.433
6 5 Colin EDWARDS Fiat Yamaha Team 43'21.435 163.792 18.647
7 71 Chris VERMEULEN Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 43'25.704 163.524 22.916
8 1 Nicky HAYDEN Repsol Honda Team 43'25.845 163.515 23.057
9 4 Alex BARROS Pramac d'Antin 43'28.749 163.333 25.961
10 56 Shinya NAKANO Konica Minolta Honda 43'31.244 163.177 28.456
11 66 Alex HOFMANN Pramac d'Antin 43'37.817 162.767 35.029
12 19 Olivier JACQUE Kawasaki Racing Team 43'45.736 162.276 42.948
13 10 Kenny ROBERTS JR Team Roberts 43'45.765 162.274 42.977
14 24 Toni ELIAS Honda Gresini 43'45.777 162.274 42.989
15 50 Sylvain GUINTOLI Dunlop Yamaha Tech 3 43'54.427 161.741 51.639
16 6 Makoto TAMADA Dunlop Yamaha Tech 3 44'00.641 161.360 57.853

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Qatar MotoGP Race Results 2007

Race Report here

1 27 Casey STONER Ducati Marlboro Team 43'02.788 164.975
2 46 Valentino ROSSI Fiat Yamaha Team 43'05.626 164.794 2.838
3 26 Dani PEDROSA Repsol Honda Team 43'11.318 164.432 8.530
4 21 John HOPKINS Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 43'11.859 164.397 9.071
5 33 Marco MELANDRI Honda Gresini 43'20.221 163.869 17.433
6 5 Colin EDWARDS Fiat Yamaha Team 43'21.435 163.792 18.647
7 71 Chris VERMEULEN Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 43'25.704 163.524 22.916
8 1 Nicky HAYDEN Repsol Honda Team 43'25.845 163.515 23.057
9 4 Alex BARROS Pramac d'Antin 43'28.749 163.333 25.961
10 56 Shinya NAKANO Konica Minolta Honda 43'31.244 163.177 28.456
11 66 Alex HOFMANN Pramac d'Antin 43'37.817 162.767 35.029
12 19 Olivier JACQUE Kawasaki Racing Team 43'45.736 162.276 42.948
13 10 Kenny ROBERTS JR Team Roberts 43'45.765 162.274 42.977
14 24 Toni ELIAS Honda Gresini 43'45.777 162.274 42.989
15 50 Sylvain GUINTOLI Dunlop Yamaha Tech 3 43'54.427 161.741 51.639
16 6 Makoto TAMADA Dunlop Yamaha Tech 3 44'00.641 161.360 57.853

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Qatar FP3 Times - MotoGP 2007

The Fiat Yamaha team once again dominated the timesheets at today's third free practice session in Qatar. The only change in the standings at the top was Colin Edwards leapfrogging over his team mate Valentino Rossi to take the fastest time again. Casey Stoner and John Hopkins took 3rd and 4th place once again.

Behind the top 4, there were bigger changes. Carlos Checa made the least progress on the LCR Honda, dropping from 5th down to 10th spot. As a result, Dani Pedrosa, Marco Melandri and Loris Capirossi all moved up a place. Nicky Hayden must have found a few solutions to his first-day problems, as he vaulted from a lowly 15th all the way up to 8th. You can be sure that 8th position is not where the Kentucky Kid would want to be, but such a big improvement is promising. More important than his position is the three quarters of a second he found on Valentino Rossi.

Behind Hayden, Rizla Suzuki's Chris Vermeulen also showed a positive improvement, jumping from 12th to 9th ahead of Carlos Checa. The ranking further down the order changed less, with Makoto Tamada finally managing to get past the Ilmors.

Looking at the complete lap times, it is clear that Edwards and Rossi have race pace, having put in reasonable runs. But most impressive is Casey Stoner. His second run of the session lasted for 18 laps, during which he consistently ran laps in the 1'56 range. On the strength of this performance, Casey Stoner could well turn out to be the man to beat come Saturday.

1 5 Colin EDWARDS YAMAHA 1'56.057
2 46 Valentino ROSSI YAMAHA 1'56.272
3 27 Casey STONER DUCATI 1'56.540
4 21 John HOPKINS SUZUKI 1'56.569
5 26 Dani PEDROSA HONDA 1'56.686
6 33 Marco MELANDRI HONDA 1'56.690
7 65 Loris CAPIROSSI DUCATI 1'56.844
8 1 Nicky HAYDEN HONDA 1'56.918
9 71 Chris VERMEULEN SUZUKI 1'56.940
10 7 Carlos CHECA HONDA 1'56.996
11 4 Alex BARROS DUCATI 1'57.027
12 56 Shinya NAKANO HONDA 1'57.158
13 14 Randy DE PUNIET KAWASAKI 1'57.316
14 24 Toni ELIAS HONDA 1'57.444
15 10 Kenny ROBERTS JR KR212V 1'57.600
16 66 Alex HOFMANN DUCATI 1'57.716
17 50 Sylvain GUINTOLI YAMAHA 1'57.849
18 19 Olivier JACQUE KAWASAKI 1'58.393
19 6 Makoto TAMADA YAMAHA 1'58.979
20 99 Jeremy McWILLIAMS ILMOR GP 1'59.266
21 88 Andrew PITT ILMOR GP 2'00.045
Circuit Record Lap: Valentino ROSSI 1'57.305 2006
Circuit Best Lap: Casey STONER 1'55.683 2006
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Qatar FP2 Times - MotoGP 2007

The second free practice session in Qatar saw a similar pattern tot the first. Yamaha continues to lead the way, with Valentino Rossi setting the fastest time this afternoon, rather than Colin Edwards. Much more worrying for the competition, however, is that Rossi set the fastest time not on a soft qualifying tire, but during a long run of 12 laps on what presumably must be race tires. During that long run, he clocked several 1'56 laps, which bodes ill for Rossi's own lap record in the race on Saturday: the top 10 times set on Thursday were all under Rossi's record time, and all 10 of those times were almost certainly set on race tires.

Casey Stoner, 2nd in the morning's practice, slipped to 3rd on the Ducati, ahead of John Hopkins on the Suzuki. Hopkins is still in considerable pain from his broken scaphoid, yet still managed to take the 4th fastest time. One remarkable fact is that Hopkins only used 2 rear tires today, putting the fast times into some kind of perspective.

Among the Hondas, Carlos Checa is the fastest rider on the LCR Honda in 5th, ahead of Repsol's Dani Pedrosa and Gresini Hanspree's Marco Melandri. It looks like the Honda is still lagging behind the other marques, and has a bit of catching up to do. This is especially true for the reigning World Champion Nicky Hayden, who only managed to clock the 15th fastest time this afternoon. That this was one place better than this morning is very small consolation indeed.

Kawasaki's Randy de Puniet and Pramac d'Antin's Alex Hofmann slipped down the rankings, to 13th and 16th respectively, while Hofmann's team mate Alex Barros made a good jump up the standings to set 11th fastest.

Practice, and qualification, continue tomorrow.

1 46 Valentino ROSSI YAMAHA 1'56.464
2 5 Colin EDWARDS YAMAHA 1'56.779
3 27 Casey STONER DUCATI 1'56.839
4 21 John HOPKINS SUZUKI 1'56.972
5 7 Carlos CHECA HONDA 1'56.981
6 26 Dani PEDROSA HONDA 1'56.990
7 33 Marco MELANDRI HONDA 1'57.112
8 65 Loris CAPIROSSI DUCATI 1'57.247
9 24 Toni ELIAS HONDA 1'57.382
10 56 Shinya NAKANO HONDA 1'57.574
11 4 Alex BARROS DUCATI 1'57.620
12 71 Chris VERMEULEN SUZUKI 1'57.636
13 14 Randy DE PUNIET KAWASAKI 1'57.686
14 10 Kenny ROBERTS JR KR212V 1'57.738
15 1 Nicky HAYDEN HONDA 1'57.922
16 66 Alex HOFMANN DUCATI 1'58.206
17 19 Olivier JACQUE KAWASAKI 1'58.523
18 50 Sylvain GUINTOLI YAMAHA 1'58.720
19 88 Andrew PITT ILMOR GP 1'59.930
20 99 Jeremy McWILLIAMS ILMOR GP 2'00.125
21 6 Makoto TAMADA YAMAHA 2'00.188


Circuit Record Lap: Valentino ROSSI 1'57.305 2006
Circuit Best Lap: Casey STONER 1'55.683 2006
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Qatar FP1 Times - MotoGP 2007

At the first free practice session at the Losail circuit at Qatar, Yamaha demonstrated that their early season form was no mere chimera. Colin Edwards set the fastest time, a second off of last year's pole pace, just over 0.1 seconds faster than his team mate Valentino Rossi. Sandwiched between the Fiat Yamaha riders is Casey Stoner on the Marlboro Ducati, last year's pole sitter

Biggest surprise is that the satellite Hondas are faster than the factory Repsol bikes. Carlos Checa is in 4th place, and Marco Melandri is next in 7th, but Dani Pedrosa, the rider everyone expect to be world champion one day very soon, is down in 9th, while reigning world champion Nicky Hayden is way back in 16th.

Rizla Suzuki's John Hopkins looks like he has recovered well from the broken wrist he suffered here 4 weeks ago, taking 6th behind Loris Capirossi. And Alex Hofmann's awful season last year looks like being quickly forgotten, as the German Pramac d'Antin Ducati rider is up in 10th.

Practice continues this afternoon.

1 5 Colin EDWARDS YAMAHA 1'56.665
2 27 Casey STONER DUCATI 1'56.745
3 46 Valentino ROSSI YAMAHA 1'56.787
4 7 Carlos CHECA HONDA 1'57.095
5 65 Loris CAPIROSSI DUCATI 1'57.270
6 21 John HOPKINS SUZUKI 1'57.281
7 33 Marco MELANDRI HONDA 1'57.443
8 56 Shinya NAKANO HONDA 1'57.491
9 26 Dani PEDROSA HONDA 1'57.705
10 66 Alex HOFMANN DUCATI 1'58.021
11 14 Randy DE PUNIET KAWASAKI 1'58.238
12 24 Toni ELIAS HONDA 1'58.262
13 4 Alex BARROS DUCATI 1'58.315
14 71 Chris VERMEULEN SUZUKI 1'58.559
15 10 Kenny ROBERTS JR KR212V 1'58.774
16 1 Nicky HAYDEN HONDA 1'58.924
17 19 Olivier JACQUE KAWASAKI 1'59.598
18 50 Sylvain GUINTOLI YAMAHA 1'59.679
19 88 Andrew PITT ILMOR GP 2'00.587
20 6 Makoto TAMADA YAMAHA 2'01.495
21 99 Jeremy McWILLIAMS ILMOR GP 2'01.767


Circuit Record Lap: Valentino ROSSI 1'57.305 2006
Circuit Best Lap: Casey STONER 1'55.683 2006
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