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Forecast called for sun, but it ended up raining. Typical British weather. Some of the reactions to the track:

- Bumpy
- Not as fast as they thought it would be
- Long, making it hard to learn
- Otherwise a fun layout

Here are the times, Lorenzo is fast. Randy De Puniet has no nerves. He just goes balls in and blitzes the track:

 

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What's the deal with Kallio? The Pramac isn't the best bike on the grid, but damn!
 

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I don't know but watching the video, it appears that he may still be suffering from that shoulder injury. His shoulder injury is no where near as bad as Bautista's or Rossi's, but for whatever reason, he looks like Betty White riding around out there. He almost got a$$-packed by Dovizioso because he decided to park it entering one of the corners. This guy needs to sit for a bit, but I think he doesn't because he knows better, re: Pramac. Nick and Gavin were saying how Pramac isn't shy about letting their intentions be known: Their swift dismissal of Alex Hoffman; they shafted Nick Canepa while he was injured. These guys have no loyalty to their riders. Better to keep riding like an old lady than to sit and potentially lose his seat earlier than expected. This is especially since his teammate, Espargaro, has been beating him left, right, up and down... all in his rookie season!
 

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Randy De Puniet has no nerves. He just goes balls in and blitzes the track:
Actually RDP is the only rider that had been to Silverstone prior to the GP race with the NEW circuit layout. He was there the week before on a track day on a streetbike learning the layout. Unlike everyone else he was learning the GP Bike break markers instead of the circuit layout.

Soure. www.motogpod.com

RDP did make 2nd on the grid though, beating BOTH factory hondas. When was the last time a satellite team made the first row during qualifying?

1 Jorge LORENZO 2'03.308
2 Randy DE PUNIET 2'03.434
3 Dani PEDROSA 2'03.586
4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO 2'03.995
5 Nicky HAYDEN 2'04.332
6 Casey STONER 2'04.394
7 Ben SPIES 2'04.477
8 Marco MELANDRI 2'04.555
9 Marco SIMONCELLI 2'04.868
10 Colin EDWARDS 2'05.035
11 Hector BARBERA 2'05.354
12 Hiroshi AOYAMA 2'05.712
13 Aleix ESPARGARO 2'05.748
14 Loris CAPIROSSI 2'05.821
15 Alvaro BAUTISTA 2'06.607
16 Mika KALLIO 2'06.980
 

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nice!

I'm HIGHLY impressed by RDP. the dude is FLYING!
 

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Well, that settles that part of the debate - Ben on the podium!
Next up, later this season - a win? :)
 

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dammit!!!

Nicky had a podium and crapped it. Ben Spies is only on the podium because of a last lap mistake by Hayden. But he made up 4 spots on the grid...damn he's good.
 

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Spies is proving he belongs in the GP. The kid made a podium on a pretty shitty bike. Hopefully next yr well see him on a factory ride.
 

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Spies is proving he belongs in the GP. The kid made a podium on a pretty shitty bike. Hopefully next yr well see him on a factory ride.
Doubt it. Honda's not gonna give him Dovi's bike, he's way too competitive. Yamaha's not gonna give him Rossi's or Lorenzo's bike. Duc is keeping Hayden and Stoner.

kawi?? I give him yet another year on his privateer bike. But he WILL have at least a win and some podiums before the end of next year.

Spies will be Lorenzos closest challenge unless Rossi sticks around for a couple more years.
But once Rossi hangs em up, Spies takes over for sure!! 2012 will be interesting.
 

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Not a stoner fan but I am impressed on his comeback from dead last off the start (he says from a broken clutch) to 5th place.. Hayden must be crushed coz that was taken from him.... "I should have been on the podium"...

 

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Joys of racing, Nicky is known for his riding style that cost him the race, slidding the rear cost him. The pressure laid on by Spies and thus too heavy in the corner cost him. Even Jeremy Burgess commented on this as one of his weak points in racing that costs him, when he gets under pressure sliding happens further more.

It was a fantastic race for us Australians, apart from Stoner coming from last to the top 5 was great. But it was fantastic as the broadcasting of it had the legend Jeremy Burgess throughout it all, all questions were answered as he could, rumours of him and ducati etc.

So from i recall and from the horses mouth, Spies never for Rossi fill in while he is in recovery because Spies knows his team and his bike and given the races that are coming up 2 in the US, its pointless of him trying to learn a new bike when he knows his at the moment and thus beneficial for him to stay put.

Burgess going to team Red- he would not say no to it, but he only goes pending the rider there. He stays for the long haul, not for a wonder kid that they may flick in a few years.

Rossi and ferrari- there is a seat ready for him to go there, but due to the rules at the moment ferrari cant have 3 cars, if they could rossi would be there asap.

Rossi seat fill in guy-yet to be announced, it was meant to of been done in silverstone, as they are going through the rule book as to what can and cannot be done.

Lorenzo- Given the issue with testing new products and input was done by rossi mid year, but given his accident lorenzo may have to step up and be a part of the process, as normally it was rossi from the responsibility of it all, it must be what is needed for the future and not set them back for the following season..

Ducati front end issue-mainly stoner complaints from it- Yamaha had the same issues when testing the new Ohlins forks, and thus many test riders had accidents with it in japan, So it isnt totally a Ducati issue, its just that Ducati have not fixed the matter as easily as Yamaha did. But there were at least 5 changes made with the chasis to accomadate the change before lorenzo/rossi got to it.

Stoner going to Honda- it is a possibility as due to Rossi accident everything has been changed around in all camps pending Stoner changing/Rossi maybe bouncing supposedly he (stoner) has them all knocking down the door for him to ride with them. But given Rossi isnt making a decision till closer to the end no one is yet to announce or lock in anybody. But he stated he was a well sorted rider that has just had a bad year with the ducatis front end etc.

As stated it was a great commentry about it all, cleared the air etc

Must say i loved seeing Randy riding the tail off the bike, he was like riding a bucking bull come his best QF time, and we all knew he would crash if he continued..so he did. lol
 
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