MotoGP Race And Practice Results

2006 Catalunya FP 2 Results

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Another interesting session. No one was out early in the session, and times being set were in the 2 minute range, after about 20 minutes, it all kicked off. The session provided a few surprises again. Kenny Roberts Jr is still fast, but not as fast as Valentino Rossi, who topped the table with a 1:42.837. Dani Pedrosa follows, ahead of Chris Vermeulen, Casey Stoner, Colin Edwards and John Hopkins. Loris Capirossi is the first Ducati in 8th, ahead of Marco Melandri and team mate Sete Gibernau. Nicky Hayden is way down in 11th, ahead of the Kawaski pairing of Randy de Puniet and Shinya Nakano. Makoto Tamada leads Toni Elias, who is in 15th. Elias is followed by the Tech 3 Yamaha team, Carlos Checa and James Ellison, followed in turn by the Pramac d'Antin Ducati team of Alex Hofmann and Jose Luis Cardoso. Less than a second covers the top 12, with Checa in 16th just 1.222 seconds slower than Rossi.

Official times can be found at MotoGP.com

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2006 Catalunya FP 1 Results

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The first session of practice at the Montmelo circuit produced a few surprises this morning. Kenny Roberts Jr heads the times, ahead of Colin Edwards, Dani Pedrosa and Valentino Rossi. Suzuki's John Hopkins set the fifth time, ahead of Loris Capirossi on the Ducati, and Repsol Honda's Nicky Hayden. A big surprise in 8th is Carlos Checa on the Dunlop-shod Tech 3 Yamaha. Checa had set excellent times during the IRTA test in March, and is carrying on here. Marco Melandri is 9th, followed by the Australian pairing of Casey Stoner and Chris Vermeulen. A brace of Catalans follow, Toni Elias ahead of Sete Gibernau. The Kawasakis follow, Shinya Nakano ahead of Randy de Puniet. Makoto Tamada is a disappointing 16th, followed by the d'Antin pairing of Jose Luis Cardoso and Alex Hofmann, James Ellison bringing up the rear. Times are close, the top 11 all inside one second, the top 15 all inside a second and a half.

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2006 Istanbul MotoGP FP3 Results

A wet practice today, and the riders who put an early lap in were at distinct advantage, as times got slower later on in the session. Gibernau showed he's still a good rain rider, and Capirossi didn't want to get left behind.

The big surprises were Kawasaki's Randy de Puniet in 5th, and Vermeulen in 4th. If it continues to rain, qualifying might throw up a few surprises.

 

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2006 Istanbul FP2 MotoGP results

A few surprises in the second free practice session. Nicky makes it to the top of the list with some to spare, but still a way off of last year's pole. Stoner and Melandri are fast again, but Pedrosa has taken a leap forward. Conversely, Rossi has taken a bit of a nosedive. I suspect they were playing with settings. Hopkins has put on a good show, with 8th place, and Tamada is more or less where you might expect him, though the Kawaskis are a long way down the order. A special mention for Ellison, who took nearly a second and a half off his time this morning.

1 69 Nicky Hayden USA Repsol Honda 1'53.623 304.6
2 27 Casey Stoner AUS HONDA 1'53.861 0.238 0.238 310.6
3 33 Marco Melandri ITA Fortuna HONDA 1'53.971 0.348 0.11 306.9
4 26 Dani Pedrosa SPA Repsol HONDA 1'54.001 0.378 0.03 306.9
5 24 Toni Elias SPA Fortuna HONDA 1'54.022 0.399 0.021 308.5
6 5 Colin Edwards USA Camel Yamaha 1'54.042 0.419 0.02 308.1
7 65 Loris Capirossi ITA Ducati 1'54.055 0.432 0.013 304.9
8 21 John Hopkins USA Rizla Suzuki 1'54.227 0.604 0.172 308.3
9 15 Sete Gibernau SPA DUCATI 1'54.279 0.656 0.052 307.5
10 6 Makoto Tamada JPN Konica Minolta HONDA 1'54.422 0.799 0.143 306.9
11 46 Valentino Rossi ITA Camel YAMAHA 1'54.662 1.039 0.24 307
12 71 Chris Vermeulen AUS Rizla SUZUKI 1'54.722 1.099 0.06 304.6
13 56 Shinya Nakano JPN Kawasaki 1'54.967 1.344 0.245 301.3
14 10 Kenny ROBERTS JR USA Team Roberts 1'55.179 1.556 0.212 302.7
15 17 Randy de Puniet FRA KAWASAKI 1'55.700 2.077 0.521 304.1
16 7 Carlos Checa SPA Tech 3 YAMAHA 1'56.838 3.215 1.138 302.6
17 77 James Ellison GBR Tech 3 YAMAHA 1'56.943 3.32 0.105 300
18 66 Alex HOFMANN GER Pramac d'Antín MotoGP 1'57.467 3.844 0.524 303.1
19 30 Jose Luis CARDOSO SPA Pramac d'Antín MotoGP 1'58.007 4.384 0.54 296.1

Fastest Lap: Lap: 25 Nicky HAYDEN 1'53.623 169.191 Km/h
Circuit Record Lap: Marco MELANDRI 1'53.111 169.956 Km/h
Circuit Best Lap: 2005 Sete GIBERNAU 1'52.334 171.132 Km/h

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2006 Istanbul FP1 MotoGP results

The two winners from last year lead the first session, with Rossi close on their tails. Capirossi is adapting quickly, but needs more time on the track. Nicky Hayden is where he should be, and Colin Edwards has decided to show up. Good showing by the American. Pedrosa down in 8th is slightly disappointing, though I don't think anyone would have called it that before the season started.

Most of the rest are were you might expect them, though Tamada has made a jump forward. But can he keep it up through the next session?

1 27 Casey STONER AUS Honda LCR HONDA 1'54.276 309.4
2 33 Marco MELANDRI ITA Fortuna Honda HONDA 1'54.544 0.268 0.268 305.2
3 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Camel Yamaha Team YAMAHA 1'54.671 0.395 0.127 306.2
4 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Repsol Honda Team HONDA 1'55.126 0.85 0.455 301.4
5 65 Loris CAPIROSSI ITA Ducati Marlboro Team DUCATI 1'55.394 1.118 0.268 305.3
6 5 Colin EDWARDS USA Camel Yamaha Team YAMAHA 1'55.445 1.169 0.051 306.9
7 24 Toni ELIAS SPA Fortuna Honda HONDA 1'55.453 1.177 0.008 308
8 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team HONDA 1'55.512 1.236 0.059 309.6
9 15 Sete GIBERNAU SPA Ducati Marlboro Team DUCATI 1'55.656 1.38 0.144 302.6
10 21 John HOPKINS USA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP SUZUKI 1'55.716 1.44 0.06 307.1
11 6 Makoto TAMADA JPN Konica Minolta Honda HONDA 1'55.759 1.483 0.043 304.8
12 56 Shinya NAKANO JPN Kawasaki Racing Team KAWASAKI 1'55.803 1.527 0.044 302.7
13 71 Chris VERMEULEN AUS Rizla Suzuki MotoGP SUZUKI 1'56.131 1.855 0.328 304.8
14 17 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Kawasaki Racing Team KAWASAKI 1'56.959 2.683 0.828 301.7
15 7 Carlos CHECA SPA Tech 3 Yamaha YAMAHA 1'57.323 3.047 0.364 299.8
16 10 Kenny ROBERTS JR USA Team Roberts KR211V 1'57.481 3.205 0.158 301.3
17 30 Jose Luis CARDOSO SPA Pramac d'Ant¡n MotoGP DUCATI 1'58.399 4.123 0.918 297.8
18 77 James ELLISON GBR Tech 3 Yamaha YAMAHA 1'58.797 4.521 0.398 298.2
19 66 Alex HOFMANN GER Pramac d'Ant¡n MotoGP DUCATI 1'58.801 4.525 0.004 300.8
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2006 Qatar Post-Race Test Times

After Saturday's race, a few teams stayed on to do some testing on Sunday. Here's the times released:

 1. Marco Melandri ITA Fortuna Honda 1min 55.950 secs
2. Valentino Rossi ITA Camel Yamaha Team 1min 56.250 secs
3. Colin Edwards USA Camel Yamaha Team 1min 56.350 secs
4. Nicky Hayden USA Repsol Honda Team 1min 56.360 secs
5. Sete Gibernau SPA Ducati Marlboro Team 1min 56.610 secs
6. Loris Capirossi ITA Ducati Marlboro Team 1min 56.770 secs
7. Toni Elias SPA Fortuna Honda 1min 56.860 secs
8. James Ellison GBR Tech 3 Yamaha 1min 58.180 secs

It's always hard to judge test times, as often, all that the teams release is the fastest lap time, without talking about whether qualifiers or race tyres were used, compounds or settings. However, a couple of notes on these times:

  • Ellison and Melandri were the only riders to improve on the times set during the race weekend. Ellison is obviously still getting to grips with the bike, and showing good progress. Seeing Melandri find just under 0.9 of a second makes me wonder which bike he was out on: the RC211V with all the new parts which he has been riding so far this season, or did he hop back on the 2005 bike?
  • Rossi spent some time back on the 2005 Yamaha M1 in an attempt to track down the cause of the chatter which is still plaguing this year's bike. I really hope that they tell us all what the problem was when they find it, because I'm almost dying of curiosity by now.

UPDATE

Testing press releases:

Ducati Press Release

There have been press releases by Honda and Yamaha as well, but to be honest, press releases aren't the fullest and most honest form of communication known to man. I'll try and post links if they post them on their websites.

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2006 Qatar FP2 Qualifying times - First Day

One of the interesting things to do when looking at times set in practice is to look at the full sequence of times set. A rider can end up at the top of the list by putting in a single fast lap on qualifying tyres, whilst struggling with race tyres. Other riders tend to concentrate on finding a decent race set up, and you can see that in their times: they'll go out and set consistent sequences of laps, all within a few 10ths of a second.

So, in the light of this, how are we to interpret Thursday's practice times? Here are the times set:

 1       Kenny Roberts Jnr.      Team Roberts    KR211V  1:56.905
2 Casey Stoner Honda LCR Honda RC211V 1:56.911
3 Marco Melandri Fortuna Honda Honda RC211V 1:57.010
4 Colin Edwards Camel Yamaha Team Yamaha YZR-M1 1:57.024
5 Loris Capirossi Ducati Marlboro Team Ducati Desmosedici GP-6 1:57.031
6 Valentino Rossi Camel Yamaha Team Yamaha YZR-M1 1:57.141
7 Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda Team Honda RC211V 1:57.360
8 Toni Elias Fortuna Honda Honda RC211V 1:57.392
9 Nicky Hayden Repsol Honda Team Honda RC211V 1:57.452
10 Sete Gibernau Ducati Marlboro Team Ducati Desmosedici GP-6 1:57.569
11 Carlos Checa Tech 3 Yamaha Yamaha YZR-M1 1:57.992
12 Chris Vermeulen Team Suzuki Suzuki GSV-R 1:58.783
13 Shinya Nakano Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki Ninja ZX-RR 1:58.786
14 John Hopkins Team Suzuki Suzuki GSV-R 1:58.892
15 Alex Hofmann Team D'Antin Pramac Ducati Desmosedici GP-5 1:59.245
16 Makoto Tamada Konica Minolta Honda Honda RC211V 1:59.609
17 James Ellison Tech 3 Yamaha Yamaha YZR-M1 1:59.620
18 Randy De Puniet Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki Ninja ZX-RR 2:00.216
19 Jose Luis Cardoso Team D'Antin Pramac Ducati Desmosedici GP-5 2:00.406

First, Roberts only did 11 full laps, most of which were 1.58s, with a couple of 1.57s thrown in for good measure. Stoner did 12 full laps, most of which were 1.57s. Melandris 14 laps were a mix of 1.58s and 1.57s, but both Rossi and Edwards did a lot of laps, 19 and 17 respectively, most of which were 1.57s. What's notable is that both Rossi and Edwards had long 8-lap runs at the end of the session, where they were running consistently in the low 1.57s. Capirossi and Hayden were both mainly running 1.58s, while Pedrosa was all over the place, with one fast lap, and otherwise varying from 1.58 to 2.00. Looking at the sequence, you can really see him learning to handle the bike. Which makes Stoner's reliable 1.57s look pretty astonishing, to be honest.

I think, seeing as Rossi, Edwards, and Stoner were all consistently lapping in the low 1.57s, that the race record (Hayden: 1.57.903) will be broken, nay, shattered. There's a good possibility that it will be pushed into the 1.56 mark.

You can see the lap sequence on the results page of the MotoGP site.

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