MotoGP Race And Practice Results

2008 Laguna Seca FP3 Times Day 2 - Stoner Smashes Record As Usual

 

Pos. No. Rider Manufacturer Fast Lap Diff Diff Previous
1 1 Casey STONER DUCATI 1'21.461    
2 46 Valentino ROSSI YAMAHA 1'22.168 0.707 0.707
3 56 Shinya NAKANO HONDA 1'22.343 0.882 0.175
4 7 Chris VERMEULEN SUZUKI 1'22.533 1.072 0.190
5 33 Marco MELANDRI DUCATI 1'22.758 1.297 0.225
6 69 Nicky HAYDEN HONDA 1'22.770 1.309 0.012
7 15 Alex DE ANGELIS HONDA 1'22.833 1.372 0.063
8 48 Jorge LORENZO YAMAHA 1'22.967 1.506 0.134
9 65 Loris CAPIROSSI SUZUKI 1'22.988 1.527 0.021
10 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO HONDA 1'23.138 1.677 0.150
11 11 Ben SPIES SUZUKI 1'23.171 1.710 0.033
12 50 Sylvain GUINTOLI DUCATI 1'23.179 1.718 0.008
13 5 Colin EDWARDS YAMAHA 1'23.233 1.772 0.054
14 24 Toni ELIAS DUCATI 1'23.234 1.773 0.001
15 52 James TOSELAND YAMAHA 1'23.338 1.877 0.104
16 14 Randy DE PUNIET HONDA 1'23.358 1.897 0.020
17 12 Jamie HACKING KAWASAKI 1'23.663 2.202 0.305
18 13 Anthony WEST KAWASAKI 1'24.165 2.704 0.502

Dani Pedrosa didn't take part in the session.

Circuit records:

 

Fastest Lap: 23 Casey STONER 1'21.461 159.536 Km/h
Circuit Record Lap: 2007 Casey STONER 1'22.542 157.447 Km/h
Circuit Best Lap: 2008 Casey STONER 1'21.461 159.536 Km/h

 

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2008 Laguna Seca FP2 Times Day 1 - Stoner Smashes Pole Record Again

The second session of free practice at Laguna Seca took place under considerably better conditions than this morning's FP1. The sun shone, displacing the fog which had delayed practice in the morning, and warming things up nicely.

Conditions may have been different, but the outcome was exactly the same. Once again, Casey Stoner thoroughly dominated qualifying practice, leading by at least half a second for almost all of the session. He saved the last to best, taking another 0.1 of a second off his track record, set in the morning. Stoner is now 0.466 faster than his own pole record, set in 2007.

But he's not just quick for a single lap. Stoner was running constantly in the low 1'22s, about half a second quicker than the next fastest lapper, Valentino Rossi, who was running consistent high 1'22s. At this rate, there's going to be a fantastic battle for 2nd place.

Nicky Hayden improved vastly this afternoon, setting a string of 1'23 second laps, and snatching 2nd spot in the afternoon with a 1'22.634. The problem is, of course, that even Hayden's single fast lap is 8/10ths of a second slower than Stoner's, and 8/10ths is a lot at a short and tight track like Laguna.

Chris Vermeulen continues to impress, keeping stubbornly in the top 3 all session, only losing out once the fast times started to fly at the end of the session. Stoner, Rossi and Vermeulen look like settling the podium, and it's most likely to be settled in that order.

With Alex de Angelis getting up into 4th spot, his team mate Shinya Nakano forced to settle for 6th, the Gresini Hondas are flying at Laguna Seca. A podium is likely to be out of their reach, but they could definitely both get in the way.

Colin Edwards was slow in the early part of the session, only picking up speed in the latter part, and the same was true for fellow Yamaha rider Jorge Lorenzo. Even James Toseland picked up some speed later on, though it didn't get him any further than 16th position.

Ben Spies won the battle of the wildcards, with a creditable 11th spot, though he was slowest Suzuki. Spies was consistently in the top half of the table, though, and quickly settling in on the bike. Spies could improve some more on before the weekend is out.

Marco Melandri slipped down the order in this afternoon's session, but was still setting decent times. He is much more competitive here than he has been all year, though he's still a little off the pace.

The gap covering the top 15 is 1.8 seconds, quite a chunk considering this is one of the shortest tracks on the calendar. But ignore Casey Stoner's time, and there's only a second covering 2nd to 15th (Dani Pedrosa: suffering, but improving), which is a good deal closer. Stoner is likely to walk away with the race, but the competition behind the reigning World Champion could be close.

The session was red-flagged with 20 minutes to go, after Ant West lost the front just before Turn 3, and his bike thumped into the air fence, puncturing a section. The incident hightlighted the safety issues at Laguna. Most other tracks have enough room for clearing up wreckage without red-flagging practice - and don't need so much air fence, which can get punctured. But the layout of Laguna means that there are some places where an accident brings proceedings to a halt almost automatically. Turn 3 is such a spot, as well as the ridge that the section up towards the Corkscrew runs along. It just goes to show how physical geography can both bless a track with a fantastic layout, and create safety headaches at the same time.

Practice continues tomorrow morning.
 

Pos.No.RiderManufacturerFast LapDiffDiff Previous
11Casey STONERDUCATI1'21.826  
269Nicky HAYDENHONDA1'22.6340.8080.808
346Valentino ROSSIYAMAHA1'22.7690.9430.135
415Alex DE ANGELISHONDA1'22.8080.9820.039
57Chris VERMEULENSUZUKI1'22.8471.0210.039
656Shinya NAKANOHONDA1'22.9241.0980.077
75Colin EDWARDSYAMAHA1'23.0771.2510.153
84Andrea DOVIZIOSOHONDA1'23.0971.2710.020
924Toni ELIASDUCATI1'23.1141.2880.017
1065Loris CAPIROSSISUZUKI1'23.1851.3590.071
1111Ben SPIESSUZUKI1'23.2441.4180.059
1233Marco MELANDRIDUCATI1'23.3171.4910.073
1348Jorge LORENZOYAMAHA1'23.4151.5890.098
1450Sylvain GUINTOLIDUCATI1'23.4951.6690.080
152Dani PEDROSAHONDA1'23.7071.8810.212
1652James TOSELANDYAMAHA1'23.9432.1170.236
1714Randy DE PUNIETHONDA1'23.9552.1290.012
1812Jamie HACKINGKAWASAKI1'24.3712.5450.416
1913Anthony WESTKAWASAKI1'24.4832.6570.112


Circuit records:

 

Fastest Lap:29Casey STONER1'21.826158.824 Km/h
Circuit Record Lap:2007Casey STONER1'22.542157.447 Km/h
Circuit Best Lap:2008Casey STONER1'21.826158.824 Km/h

 

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2008 Laguna Seca FP1 Times Day 1 - Stoner Smashes Pole Record As Usual

The first session of free practice was very much business as usual at Laguna Seca. Casey Stoner was quickest, though it took him 6 laps to be the fastest man on track this morning, rather than his usual 3. Stoner was running low to mid 1'22s with ease, until he started hitting 1'21s. As a reference: That's nearly 4/10ths of a second faster than the existing pole record, set by Casey Stoner last year at Laguna.

Valentino Rossi was the only man who managed to get close, though every time he got anywhere near, Stoner went back out and took another couple of tenths off his best time, opening the gap up to over a second, before Rossi closed it back down again. Chris Vermeulen's form shows that he is still very good here at Laguna Seca, and will be a factor in the race on Sunday.

Biggest surprises are Shinya Nakano, Marco Melandri and Toni Elias. Melandri obviously gets on well at Laguna Seca, and may yet keep his seat for the rest of the season if he keeps this up. Nakano getting a top three time is outstanding, and very promising, and Elias, though only 8th, is much better than he has been. The top 5 riders are all on Bridgestones, but as it was cool and overcast, that probably favors the Japanese rubber.

Ben Spies suffered a crash at one of the right handers during the session, losing the front, while Dani Pedrosa is not looking well at all. He is managing to limp on and off the bike, but he is having a great deal of difficulty using his left hand. His place at the bottom of the timesheets tells you just how badly he is hurting.

Practice resumes this afternoon.

Pos. No. Rider Manufacturer Fast Lap Diff Diff Previous
1 1 Casey STONER DUCATI 1'21.915    
2 46 Valentino ROSSI YAMAHA 1'22.679 0.764 0.764
3 56 Shinya NAKANO HONDA 1'22.953 1.038 0.274
4 7 Chris VERMEULEN SUZUKI 1'23.406 1.491 0.453
5 33 Marco MELANDRI DUCATI 1'23.455 1.540 0.049
6 69 Nicky HAYDEN HONDA 1'23.469 1.554 0.014
7 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO HONDA 1'23.696 1.781 0.227
8 24 Toni ELIAS DUCATI 1'23.698 1.783 0.002
9 5 Colin EDWARDS YAMAHA 1'23.760 1.845 0.062
10 15 Alex DE ANGELIS HONDA 1'23.896 1.981 0.136
11 11 Ben SPIES SUZUKI 1'23.950 2.035 0.054
12 12 Jamie HACKING KAWASAKI 1'24.050 2.135 0.100
13 48 Jorge LORENZO YAMAHA 1'24.317 2.402 0.267
14 14 Randy DE PUNIET HONDA 1'24.356 2.441 0.039
15 65 Loris CAPIROSSI SUZUKI 1'24.392 2.477 0.036
16 13 Anthony WEST KAWASAKI 1'24.591 2.676 0.199
17 50 Sylvain GUINTOLI DUCATI 1'24.661 2.746 0.070
18 52 James TOSELAND YAMAHA 1'24.736 2.821 0.075
19 2 Dani PEDROSA HONDA 1'25.311 3.396 0.575

Circuit records:

Fastest Lap: 23 Casey STONER 1'21.915 158.652 Km/h
Circuit Record Lap: 2007 Casey STONER 1'22.542 157.447 Km/h
Circuit Best Lap: 2008 Casey STONER 1'21.915 158.652 Km/h

 

 

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2008 MotoGP Sachsenring Race Result

Full result of the 2008 German Grand Prix at the Sachsenring.

Pos.No.RiderManufacturerTimeDiff
11Casey STONERDUCATI47'30.057  
246Valentino ROSSIYAMAHA47'33.7653.708
37Chris VERMEULENSUZUKI47'44.05914.002
415Alex DE ANGELISHONDA47'44.18114.124
54Andrea DOVIZIOSOHONDA48'12.07942.022
650Sylvain GUINTOLIDUCATI48'16.70546.648
765Loris CAPIROSSISUZUKI48'34.5401'04.483
814Randy DE PUNIETHONDA48'34.6451'04.588
956Shinya NAKANOHONDA48'46.8301'16.773
1013Anthony WESTKAWASAKI48'59.3321'29.275
1152James TOSELANDYAMAHA47'41.7571 lap
1224Toni ELIASDUCATI47'43.9541 lap
1369Nicky HAYDENHONDA48'13.7492 laps
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 5Colin EDWARDSYAMAHA32'10.37310 laps  
 33Marco MELANDRIDUCATI14'50.16121 laps  
 2Dani PEDROSAHONDA8'05.61525 laps  
 48Jorge LORENZOYAMAHA3'23.79528 laps  

 

 

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2008 Sachsenring Warmup Results

Warmup took place on a wet track with a drying line. But rain is expected to arrive in the next couple of hours, so it looks like being a wet race.

 

Pos.No.RiderManufacturerFast LapDiffDiff Previous
12Dani PEDROSAHONDA1'28.157  
269Nicky HAYDENHONDA1'29.5981.4411.441
34Andrea DOVIZIOSOHONDA1'30.0121.8550.414
452James TOSELANDYAMAHA1'30.3422.1850.330
556Shinya NAKANOHONDA1'30.5122.3550.170
615Alex DE ANGELISHONDA1'30.6312.4740.119
75Colin EDWARDSYAMAHA1'30.8742.7170.243
814Randy DE PUNIETHONDA1'30.9052.7480.031
946Valentino ROSSIYAMAHA1'30.9762.8190.071
1048Jorge LORENZOYAMAHA1'31.4103.2530.434
111Casey STONERDUCATI1'31.6173.4600.207
1265Loris CAPIROSSISUZUKI1'31.6673.5100.050
1333Marco MELANDRIDUCATI1'31.9973.8400.330
147Chris VERMEULENSUZUKI1'32.7364.5790.739
1524Toni ELIASDUCATI1'33.3125.1550.576
1650Sylvain GUINTOLIDUCATI1'33.5005.3430.188
1713Anthony WESTKAWASAKI1'34.1596.0020.659

 

 

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2008 Sachsenring QP Times Day 2 - Records Tumble Further

 

Pos.No.RiderManufacturerFast LapDiffDiff Previous
11Casey STONERDUCATI1'21.067  
22Dani PEDROSAHONDA1'21.4200.3530.353
35Colin EDWARDSYAMAHA1'21.5190.4520.099
44Andrea DOVIZIOSOHONDA1'21.6560.5890.137
548Jorge LORENZOYAMAHA1'21.7950.7280.139
614Randy DE PUNIETHONDA1'21.8210.7540.026
746Valentino ROSSIYAMAHA1'21.8450.7780.024
869Nicky HAYDENHONDA1'21.8760.8090.031
956Shinya NAKANOHONDA1'21.9200.8530.044
1015Alex DE ANGELISHONDA1'21.9770.9100.057
1152James TOSELANDYAMAHA1'22.1261.0590.149
1224Toni ELIASDUCATI1'22.2561.1890.130
1365Loris CAPIROSSISUZUKI1'22.5421.4750.286
147Chris VERMEULENSUZUKI1'22.6011.5340.059
1550Sylvain GUINTOLIDUCATI1'22.9381.8710.337
1633Marco MELANDRIDUCATI1'23.1312.0640.193
1713Anthony WESTKAWASAKI1'23.1582.0910.027



Circuit records:

Fastest Lap:24Casey STONER1'21.067163.02 Km/h
Circuit Record Lap:2007Dani PEDROSA1'23.082159.066 Km/h
Circuit Best Lap:2008Casey STONER1'21.067163.02 Km/h
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2008 Sachsenring FP3 Times Day 2 - Pedrosa Pips Stoner To The Post

Pos.No.RiderManufacturerFast LapDiffDiff Previous
12Dani PEDROSAHONDA1'22.343  
21Casey STONERDUCATI1'22.3770.0340.034
369Nicky HAYDENHONDA1'22.9350.5920.558
415Alex DE ANGELISHONDA1'23.0650.7220.130
54Andrea DOVIZIOSOHONDA1'23.1290.7860.064
650Sylvain GUINTOLIDUCATI1'23.5561.2130.427
714Randy DE PUNIETHONDA1'23.6041.2610.048
824Toni ELIASDUCATI1'23.6701.3270.066
946Valentino ROSSIYAMAHA1'23.8631.5200.193
107Chris VERMEULENSUZUKI1'23.8801.5370.017
1156Shinya NAKANOHONDA1'23.9331.5900.053
1252James TOSELANDYAMAHA1'24.1201.7770.187
1333Marco MELANDRIDUCATI1'24.4552.1120.335
1448Jorge LORENZOYAMAHA1'24.5912.2480.136
155Colin EDWARDSYAMAHA1'24.8412.4980.250
1665Loris CAPIROSSISUZUKI1'25.1242.7810.283
1713Anthony WESTKAWASAKI1'29.3016.9584.177



Circuit records:

 

Fastest Lap:28Dani PEDROSA1'22.343160.494 Km/h
Circuit Record Lap:2007Dani PEDROSA1'23.082159.066 Km/h
Circuit Best Lap:2008Casey STONER1'21.582161.991 Km/h

 

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2008 Sachsenring FP2 Times Day 1 - Stoner Shatters Pole Record On Race Tires

Pos.No.RiderManufacturerFast LapDiffDiff Previous
11Casey STONERDUCATI1'21.582  
215Alex DE ANGELISHONDA1'21.9930.4110.411
35Colin EDWARDSYAMAHA1'22.4630.8810.470
446Valentino ROSSIYAMAHA1'22.7961.2140.333
548Jorge LORENZOYAMAHA1'22.8941.3120.098
656Shinya NAKANOHONDA1'22.9221.3400.028
72Dani PEDROSAHONDA1'22.9741.3920.052
869Nicky HAYDENHONDA1'22.9751.3930.001
94Andrea DOVIZIOSOHONDA1'23.0931.5110.118
1014Randy DE PUNIETHONDA1'23.1161.5340.023
1150Sylvain GUINTOLIDUCATI1'23.2091.6270.093
1265Loris CAPIROSSISUZUKI1'23.2741.6920.065
1324Toni ELIASDUCATI1'23.3661.7840.092
147Chris VERMEULENSUZUKI1'23.4111.8290.045
1513Anthony WESTKAWASAKI1'23.4521.8700.041
1633Marco MELANDRIDUCATI1'23.6982.1160.246
1752James TOSELANDYAMAHA1'23.8642.2820.166



Circuit records:

Fastest Lap:16Casey STONER1'21.582161.991 Km/h
Circuit Record Lap:2007Dani PEDROSA1'23.082159.066 Km/h
Circuit Best Lap:2008Casey STONER1'21.582161.991 Km/h
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2008 Sachsenring FP1 Times Day 1 - Stoner Fastest, Five Men Under Lap Record

Pos.No.RiderManufacturerFast LapDiffDiff Previous
11Casey STONERDUCATI1'22.318  
215Alex DE ANGELISHONDA1'22.5820.2640.264
346Valentino ROSSIYAMAHA1'22.6170.2990.035
42Dani PEDROSAHONDA1'22.7590.4410.142
54Andrea DOVIZIOSOHONDA1'22.9990.6810.240
656Shinya NAKANOHONDA1'23.0380.7200.039
75Colin EDWARDSYAMAHA1'23.1320.8140.094
869Nicky HAYDENHONDA1'23.2140.8960.082
914Randy DE PUNIETHONDA1'23.3601.0420.146
1048Jorge LORENZOYAMAHA1'23.4491.1310.089
117Chris VERMEULENSUZUKI1'23.4621.1440.013
1213Anthony WESTKAWASAKI1'23.6271.3090.165
1350Sylvain GUINTOLIDUCATI1'23.7281.4100.101
1424Toni ELIASDUCATI1'24.0861.7680.358
1533Marco MELANDRIDUCATI1'24.1171.7990.031
1652James TOSELANDYAMAHA1'24.4862.1680.369
1765Loris CAPIROSSISUZUKI1'24.6462.3280.160



Circuit records:

 

Fastest Lap:18Casey STONER1'22.318160.543 Km/h
Circuit Record Lap:2007Dani PEDROSA1'23.082159.066 Km/h
Circuit Best Lap:2006Dani PEDROSA1'21.815161.530 Km/h

 

 

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Canepa Fastest Again On Day Two Of Indy Tire Test

Bridgestone and Ducati test rider Niccolo Canepa was fastest once again on the 2nd and final day of the MotoGP tire test at Indianapolis. The Italian put in a fast lap towards the end of the session, after Ben Spies had been fastest for much of the day. Times were generally around a second quicker on Wednesday, despite top speeds being unchanged.

Suzuki's regular test rider Nobuatsu Aoki did not feature on the 2nd day of testing. The Japanese veteran ran 4 laps on Tuesday to help get the bike set up for Ben Spies, before letting Spies get on with the testing. Aoki spent the rest of the time in the pits, helping Spies communicate with Suzuki's Japanese engineers.

The next time the MotoGP bikes roll out on the track at Indy, it will be for keeps, at the Red Bull Indianapolis GP in September.

1Niccolo CanepaBridgestone/Ducati Test Rider1'43.006998 laps
2Ben SpiesSuzuki1'43.0912124 laps
3Erwan NigonMichelin/Honda Test Rider1'43.627692 laps
4Olivier JacqueKawasaki Test Rider1'43.818887 laps
5William CostesMichelin/Yamaha Test Rider1'44.068074 laps
6Wataru YoshikawaYamaha Test Rider1'44.2975108 laps

 

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