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The 2008 MotoGP pre-season testing begins on the Sepang circuit. Topping the sheets is Randy dePuniet, who showed he could turn great times last year on the LCR at this circuit. RdP is still running the 2007-spec engine (only the Repsol team is running the pneumatic valved RC). Dani Pedrosa also showed up on the business end of the timesheets, but not without two crashes, the last of which was spectacular and sent him home, to Barcelona, with a confirmed broken hand. Nicky Hayden, in 8th, did the most laps on the new RC212V putting in 85 laps! Lorenzo rounded out the top 10, also involved in a crash incident in testing.

Here are the times:

Pos Rider Team Time Laps
1. De Puniet Honda LCR 2:01.377 68
2. Pedrosa Repsol HRC 2:01.864 47
3. Vermeulen Rizla Suzuki 2:02.074 57
4. Capirossi Rizla Suzuki 2:02.416 61
5. Stoner Ducati Marlboro 2:02.457 36
6. Rossi Fiat Yamaha 2:02.490 44
7. Edwards Yamaha Tech3 2:02.549 29
8. Hayden Repsol HRC 2:02.558 85
9. Lorenzo Fiat Yamaha 2:02.563 43
10. Nakano Honda Gresini 2:02.622 63
11. Hopkins Kawasaki Racing 2:02.628 62
12. Dovizioso Jir Team Scot 2:02.783 52
13. Toseland Yamaha Tech3 2:03.264 45
14. De Angelis Honda Gresini 2:03.301 47
15. West Kawasaki Racing 2:03.387 51
16. Jacque Kawasaki Racing 2:03.863 53
17. Elias Alice Team 2:03.954 55
18. Melandri Ducati Marlboro 2:04.414 52
19. Canepa Ducati Test 2:05.580 48
20. Guintoli Alice Team 2:06.000 36
21. Serizawa Kawasaki Racing 2:23.590 6

New Repsol Paint Job for your viewing pleasure (of Nicky Hayden):


Rossi Crashes Too!


Capirex Suzuki


Barry Sheene? Oh, Chris Vermeulen


Dani is sporting a new lid
 

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wow nickys in all white...looks weird...he said they didnt run the pneumatic motor yet...honda isnt quite satisfied yet...so they may run it tomorrow
 

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Pedro wrecked. Broke his right hand and the bike burnt the ground. More details to come soon.
 

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Guys i just want to give credit and a big thank you to the Soop master for
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and all the major details he is on it passing on the info to all of us to read
discuss and talk about thanks man keep rocking bro
 

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Yeah Nicky looks weird wearing the all white. Are they not required to run numbers on the tail section or rear fender? Neither Nicky or dani has a number on the tail section.
 

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Kind of surprised to see John Hopkins so far down the ranking. I sure hope he works magic with that Kawi.
Yeah me too,but it's just the first day of the first test. By the last test I'm sure the standings will look alot different.
 

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Yeah Nicky looks weird wearing the all white. Are they not required to run numbers on the tail section or rear fender? Neither Nicky or dani has a number on the tail section.
the all white suit is tight! yeah, about the numbers, i thought that was weird also. i don't think rossi and lorenzo are running the numbers in the back either.
 

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anyone else notice the tail bodywork changes to the RC212?

The bike looks OFFICIALLY badass!!
 

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is there somewhere where you guys are seing a timetable or calendar for televised events
 

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:icon_studyeap every event live on skyTV:toothy4::toothy4:
 

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thanks soup it looks as if it might be a tight year at the top!!

i really hope so anyway it goes!
 

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Nicky Hayden ran the pneumatic valved engine today and cut 0.4 seconds off his best time on the conventional valved engine. He's still teetering around 10th place because the bike is about as slow as it was back in the first test. Also, he's running on a reference tire compared to others who are doing tire tests. Just for an idea of how fast Nicky has run in Sepang, he did a 2min 0.5 the first time around.

Lorenzo tried out the pneumatic valved engine this go around too. He cut about a second off his best time with it in. The engine braking is different on this engine than the conventional.

Edwards is using a hybrid M1. It has a new chassis in it, but the engine is still the conventional one.

It's funny how the conventional engines and 2007 bikes are running better than the 2008 pneumatics. However, time will tell. I agree with Hayden and Rossi who've said that pneumatics are the future.

Stoner was dealing with electronic gremlins all afternoon.

Here are day 2 times:

The three-day test marks the debut of the 2008 Yamaha YZR-M1 and the return of world champion Casey Stoner from a shoulder injury sustained at Jerez last November.

Of the provisional 2008 grid, only Team Roberts are not attending the test, while Dani Pedrosa has returned to Spain after injuring his hand on day one.



1. Randy de Puniet FRA Honda LCR (M) 2min 1.139 secs
2. Colin Edwards USA Yamaha Tech 3 (M) 2min 1.327 secs
3. Valentino Rossi ITA Fiat Yamaha Team (B) 2min 1.437 secs
4. Jorge Lorenzo SPA Fiat Yamaha Team (M) 2min 1.583 secs
5. Casey Stoner AUS Ducati Marlboro Team (B) 2min 1.638 secs
6. John Hopkins USA Kawasaki Racing Team (B) 2min 1.874 secs
7. Loris Capirossi ITA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP (B) 2min 1.917 secs
8. Andrea Dovizioso ITA JiR Team Scot (M) 2min 2.006 secs
9. Shinya Nakano JPN Honda Gresini (B) 2min 2.095 secs
10. Nicky Hayden USA Repsol Honda Team (M) 2min 2.102 secs
11. James Toseland GBR Yamaha Tech 3 (M) 2min 2.276 secs
12. Chris Vermeulen AUS Rizla Suzuki MotoGP (B) 2min 2.371 secs
13. Anthony West AUS Kawasaki Racing Team (B) 2min 2.579 secs
14. Alex de Angelis RSM Honda Gresini (B) 2min 2.914 secs
15. Toni Elias SPA Alice Team (B) 2min 3.311 secs
16. Marco Melandri ITA Ducati Marlboro Team (B) 2min 3.380 secs
17. Olivier Jacque FRA Kawasaki Test Rider (B) 2min 3.462 secs
18. Sylvain Guintoli FRA Alice Team (B) 2min 4.217 secs
19. Tamaki Serizawa JPN Kawasaki Test Rider (B) 2min 4.382 secs
20. Nicola Canepa ITA Ducati Test Rider (B) 2min 4.427 secs

Randy de Puniet topped the sheets with a Qualifier today, although yesterday was done with a race tire.
 

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Here's the Repsol Honda report from the Repsol Team Official Report:

Day 2 : -

Repsol Honda's Hayden improves pace at Sepang.

Nicky Hayden continued his sterling work at Sepang today, once again riding more laps than anyone else at the Malaysian circuit. In gruelling tropical heat (ambient 35 degrees, track 51 degrees) the Repsol Honda rider rode 66 laps, cutting more than four tenths off his previous best time from yesterday. Hayden spent most of the day evaluating HRC’s latest RC212V engine with pneumatic valves, having spent yesterday using an engine with conventional valves.

The 2006 MotoGP World Champion was Repsol Honda’s lone rider today, his team-mate Dani Pedrosa is in Barcelona, Spain, awaiting surgery. The Spaniard broke a bone in his right hand when he fell here yesterday afternoon. Dr Xavier Mir at the Clinica Dexeus is expected to operate on the injury this afternoon. It is not yet known when Pedrosa will be able to ride
again.

Nicky Hayden, fastest lap: 2m 02.102s (lap 24 of 66)
“We used the standard engine in the morning. I set my fastest lap, then we started using the pneumatic-valve engine after about 25 laps. With that engine the bike did feel more like the prototype I rode last November, I guess because the bike was designed to have that engine, so maybe the extra weight makes it work a bit better. We did have a few little issues with the engine, it’s got smoother power and more rpm but top speed is a bit down, plus I was coming in every 12 laps to check the system so it wasn’t so easy to get into a rhythm. But I think the pneumatic valves are the way to go because that engine’s got more potential. We also tested a clutch with the pneumatic valve engine, plus some setting parts and fuel injection, more engine type of stuff. We stayed on race tyres all day and made a little bit of progress, four tenths or so. We also tested a couple of tyres, I tried a 16 rear but the balance of the bike wasn’t right with that tyre, so we need to look at the data and see what’s happening. Now we’re going to sit down, talk about it and see which engine we’re going to use tomorrow.”
 

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Pedro's bike from yesterday



Rossi Get off

 

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Awesome thread Soop. It's good to see that Hayden is putting in the time for practice and testing. I guess he's gotta pull double duty now that Pedrosa is hurt. Can't wait to read about tomorrow's times.
 

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3 out of the top 4 are on michelins, damn Rossi. Should have stayed with michelin:icon_lol:. Satellite teams are 1st and 2nd,damn.
 
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