MotoGP Race And Practice Results

2008 Shanghai Warm Up Results - Stoner On Top In Wet

1 1 Casey STONER DUCATI 2'13.055
2 46 Valentino ROSSI YAMAHA 2'13.971 0.916 0.916
3 2 Dani PEDROSA HONDA 2'14.267 1.212 0.296
4 21 John HOPKINS KAWASAKI 2'14.414 1.359 0.147
5 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO HONDA 2'14.560 1.505 0.146
6 15 Alex DE ANGELIS HONDA 2'14.749 1.694 0.189
7 7 Chris VERMEULEN SUZUKI 2'15.158 2.103 0.409
8 5 Colin EDWARDS YAMAHA 2'15.491 2.436 0.333
9 33 Marco MELANDRI DUCATI 2'15.666 2.611 0.175
10 13 Anthony WEST KAWASAKI 2'15.692 2.637 0.026
11 56 Shinya NAKANO HONDA 2'15.909 2.854 0.217
12 50 Sylvain GUINTOLI DUCATI 2'15.976 2.921 0.067
13 69 Nicky HAYDEN HONDA 2'15.976 2.921 313.4
14 52 James TOSELAND YAMAHA 2'16.574 3.519 0.598
15 14 Randy DE PUNIET HONDA 2'16.970 3.915 0.396
16 65 Loris CAPIROSSI SUZUKI 2'17.047 3.992 0.077
17 48 Jorge LORENZO YAMAHA 2'20.284 7.229 3.237
18 24 Toni ELIAS DUCATI 2'21.986 8.931 1.702
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2008 Shanghai Qualifying Practice Times Day 2 - Four In A Row For Yamaha

Pos. No. Rider Manufacturer Fast Lap Diff Diff Previous
1 5 Colin EDWARDS YAMAHA 1'58.139
2 46 Valentino ROSSI YAMAHA 1'58.494 0.355 0.355
3 1 Casey STONER DUCATI 1'58.591 0.452 0.097
4 48 Jorge LORENZO YAMAHA 1'58.711 0.572 0.120
5 2 Dani PEDROSA HONDA 1'58.855 0.716 0.144
6 65 Loris CAPIROSSI SUZUKI 1'58.941 0.802 0.086
7 52 James TOSELAND YAMAHA 1'59.254 1.115 0.313
8 7 Chris VERMEULEN SUZUKI 1'59.325 1.186 0.071
9 14 Randy DE PUNIET HONDA 1'59.357 1.218 0.032
10 69 Nicky HAYDEN HONDA 1'59.507 1.368 0.150
11 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO HONDA 1'59.559 1.420 0.052
12 33 Marco MELANDRI DUCATI 1'59.678 1.539 0.119
13 56 Shinya NAKANO HONDA 1'59.716 1.577 0.038
14 21 John HOPKINS KAWASAKI 1'59.740 1.601 0.024
15 24 Toni ELIAS DUCATI 1'59.933 1.794 0.193
16 15 Alex DE ANGELIS HONDA 2'00.316 2.177 0.383
17 50 Sylvain GUINTOLI DUCATI 2'00.760 2.621 0.444
18 13 Anthony WEST KAWASAKI 2'00.838 2.699 0.078

Circuit records

Fastest Lap: Lap 20 Colin EDWARDS 1'58.139 160.925 Km/h
Circuit Record Lap: 2006 Dani PEDROSA 1'59.318 159.335 Km/h
Circuit Best Lap: 2008 Colin EDWARDS 1'58.139 160.925 Km/h
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2008 Shanghai FP3 Times Day 2 - Rossi Fastest Again, Lorenzo Rides Through The Pain

1 46 Valentino ROSSI YAMAHA 1'59.690
2 2 Dani PEDROSA HONDA 1'59.738 0.048 0.048
3 1 Casey STONER DUCATI 1'59.908 0.218 0.170
4 5 Colin EDWARDS YAMAHA 2'00.102 0.412 0.194
5 56 Shinya NAKANO HONDA 2'00.141 0.451 0.039
6 69 Nicky HAYDEN HONDA 2'00.339 0.649 0.198
7 65 Loris CAPIROSSI SUZUKI 2'00.350 0.660 0.011
8 21 John HOPKINS KAWASAKI 2'00.553 0.863 0.203
9 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO HONDA 2'00.621 0.931 0.068
10 7 Chris VERMEULEN SUZUKI 2'00.692 1.002 0.071
11 24 Toni ELIAS DUCATI 2'00.715 1.025 0.023
12 14 Randy DE PUNIET HONDA 2'00.731 1.041 0.016
13 15 Alex DE ANGELIS HONDA 2'00.751 1.061 0.020
14 48 Jorge LORENZO YAMAHA 2'00.799 1.109 0.048
15 52 James TOSELAND YAMAHA 2'01.081 1.391 0.282
16 33 Marco MELANDRI DUCATI 2'01.476 1.786 0.395
17 13 Anthony WEST KAWASAKI 2'01.487 1.797 0.011
18 50 Sylvain GUINTOLI DUCATI 2'01.502 1.812 0.015

Circuit records

Fastest Lap: Lap 23 Valentino ROSSI 1'59.690 158.84 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 Shanghai FP2 Times Day 1 - Stoner Back On Top, But Only Just

Casey Stoner was the fastest man on track during this afternoon's session, returning to familiar form. But his lead was small, and he had Valentino Rossi and Dani Pedrosa snapping at his heels. The lead swapped several times during the session, but the Australian World Champion eventually came out on top.

Further down the field, several riders made remarkable improvements. Biggest surprise so far was Shinya Nakano's 4th fastest time, the Japanese rider really starting to find his feet on the Bridgestone-shod Gresini Honda. Some of the Ducatis showed an improvement as well, with Marco Melandri finding a couple of seconds and getting closer to contention. But it is Toni Elias who has made the biggest jump. At previous races, Elias had been running round at the very back of the grid, but the improvements the Spaniard found in testing at Estoril is starting to pay off, with Elias setting an 11th fastest time. James Toseland also made a big step forward, taking him up from 16th to 13th.

Practice continues tomorrow morning.

Provisional results, results and times in full to follow.

Pos. No. Rider Manufacturer Fast Lap Diff Diff Previous
1 1 Casey STONER DUCATI 2'00.163
2 46 Valentino ROSSI YAMAHA 2'00.215 0.052 0.052
3 2 Dani PEDROSA HONDA 2'00.361 0.198 0.146
4 56 Shinya NAKANO HONDA 2'00.553 0.390 0.192
5 21 John HOPKINS KAWASAKI 2'00.591 0.428 0.038
6 69 Nicky HAYDEN HONDA 2'00.607 0.444 0.016
7 15 Alex DE ANGELIS HONDA 2'00.931 0.768 0.324
8 65 Loris CAPIROSSI SUZUKI 2'00.964 0.801 0.033
9 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO HONDA 2'01.027 0.864 0.063
10 5 Colin EDWARDS YAMAHA 2'01.064 0.901 0.037
11 24 Toni ELIAS DUCATI 2'01.326 1.163 0.262
12 7 Chris VERMEULEN SUZUKI 2'01.504 1.341 0.178
13 52 James TOSELAND YAMAHA 2'01.798 1.635 0.294
14 33 Marco MELANDRI DUCATI 2'01.913 1.750 0.115
15 13 Anthony WEST KAWASAKI 2'02.002 1.839 0.089
16 50 Sylvain GUINTOLI DUCATI 2'02.348 2.185 0.346
17 14 Randy DE PUNIET HONDA 2'02.407 2.244 0.059
Not Classified
48 Jorge LORENZO YAMAHA

Circuit records

Fastest Lap: Lap 7 Casey STONER 2'00.163 158.215 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 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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