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1. Colin Edwards USA Yamaha Tech 3 (M) 1min 29.566 secs
2. Casey Stoner AUS Ducati Marlboro Team (B) 1min 30.178 secs
3. Alex de Angelis RSM Honda Gresini (B) 1min 30.688 secs
4. Andrea Dovizioso ITA JiR Team Scot (M) 1min 30.701 secs
5. James Toseland GBR Yamaha Tech 3 (M) 1min 30.864 secs
6. Marco Melandri ITA Ducati Marlboro Team (B) 1min 30.869 secs
7. Shinya Nakano JPN Honda Gresini (B) 1min 31.111 secs
8. Nicky Hayden USA Repsol Honda Team (M) 1min 31.226 secs
9. Loris Capirossi ITA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP (B) 1min 31.274 secs
10. Chris Vermeulen AUS Rizla Suzuki MotoGP (B) 1min 31.317 secs
11. Randy de Puniet FRA Honda LCR (M) 1min 31.436 secs
12. John Hopkins USA Kawasaki Racing Team (B) 1min 31.623 secs
13. Anthony West AUS Kawasaki Racing Team (B) 1min 31.786 secs
14. Sylvain Guintoli FRA Alice Team (B) 1min 32.484 secs
15. Toni Elias SPA Alice Team (B) 1min 32.573 secs
 

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Hayden's 8th isn't as bad as you'd think. He's been using a reference tire for all 107 laps of data gathering on day 1. Wait until tomorrow when they work on testing tires. You'll see his times improve.
 

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Good start by James Toseland too. He's making fine progress imho
 

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You have to take into account that Nicky was also 8th in Sepang on day 1 but jumped to 1st by the last day! If they get his bike working for him and the tires figured out it should be a great year for him.....won't be for lack of testing that's for sure, he's been running crazy amounts of laps! Also good to see Toseland right up there with the front runners.....shaping up to be an exciting year!!
 

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remember that the new engine isn't necessarily there for more power. it's there because 1. the new chassis was supposedly designed for it, 2. the new engine is supposed to make the bike HANDLE better.

so what it isn't making tons of power...it has other benefits (thus untapped).

hayden should be top 3 on qualifier rubber.
 

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remember that the new engine isn't necessarily there for more power. it's there because 1. the new chassis was supposedly designed for it, 2. the new engine is supposed to make the bike HANDLE better.

so what it isn't making tons of power...it has other benefits (thus untapped).

hayden should be top 3 on qualifier rubber.
I dunno bro, I hope it makes more power or close to the Ducati. Remember the opener last year? Straight end speed on some of the circuits is not achievable if you don't have adequate power. I have faith honda will get it right.
 

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When is first GP race and what channel do they play them on?
First race is March 9th, 2008. QATAR

Its a night race. Its gonna be sick. You can watch coverage, usually not live, on SPEED Channel. Or, if you want to get in depth coverage of practice sessions, qualifying and the actual race head on over to M0T0GP.com. The only catch is that you have to pay for a subscription.
 

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First race is March 9th, 2008. QATAR

Its a night race. Its gonna be sick. You can watch coverage, usually not live, on SPEED Channel. Or, if you want to get in depth coverage of practice sessions, qualifying and the actual race head on over to M0T0GP.com. The only catch is that you have to pay for a subscription.
How much is the subscription for the whole season?
 

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PI Day 2 (RAIN)

Hopkins had a tumble in the rain that caused a groin injury. He went to the medical center and later the local hospital to get a proper scan to see the extent the injury. His involvement in the last day of testing has not been ruled out as of yet.

In other news, Hayden takes the high-road, refusing to comment on Dani being "a little bit worried" about Hayden carrying the development role for the new bike. Hayden quoted saying, "I'm doing my own thing," added, "With Dani not here I'm just focusing on my own thing, we're completely different riders, so I've got to keep working on my own stuff," said Hayden, the 2006 world champion, after the first day of testing at Phillip Island.

"The big difference right now is that I've got more engineers working with me, because usually they have to split their time and focus on the both of us. I'm pretty lucky right now to have all the engineers focusing on me," concluded the American.

1. Casey Stoner AUS Ducati Marlboro Team (B) 1min 29.938 secs
2. Alex de Angelis RSM Honda Gresini (B) 1min 30.449 secs
3. Andrea Dovizioso ITA JiR Team Scot (M) 1min 31.074 secs
4. Shinya Nakano JPN Honda Gresini (B) 1min 31.316 secs
5. Nicky Hayden USA Repsol Honda Team (M) 1min 31.373 secs
6. James Toseland GBR Yamaha Tech 3 (M) 1min 31.451 secs
7. Marco Melandri ITA Ducati Marlboro Team (B) 1min 31.478 secs
8. Loris Capirossi ITA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP (B) 1min 31.545 secs
9. Randy de Puniet FRA Honda LCR (M) 1min 31.575 secs
10. Colin Edwards USA Yamaha Tech 3 (M) 1min 31.593 secs
11. Chris Vermeulen AUS Rizla Suzuki MotoGP (B) 1min 31.774 secs
12. Anthony West AUS Kawasaki Racing Team (B) 1min 32.242 secs
13. Toni Elias SPA Alice Team (B) 1min 32.246 secs
14. Sylvain Guintoli FRA Alice Team (B) 1min 32.431 secs
15. John Hopkins USA Kawasaki Racing Team (B) 1min 42.130 secs


Fastest day one times:
Colin Edwards USA Yamaha Tech 3 (M) 1min 29.566secs (Qualifying tyres)
Casey Stoner AUS Ducati Marlboro (B) 1min 30.178secs (Race tyres)
 

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thats not a good injury for a dude who recently married that plastic bombshell. aint no sheboinging for hopper for a while. its like a double whammy.
 

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Well, they said he tore 50% of the attachment of the ADDUCTOR muscle (he was quoted as saying the "abductor") to the bone. It's a pretty debilitating injury that sources say will require Dr. Ting's magical touch. He seems to fix up athletes more miraculous returns. He certainly won't be able to do anything that will require him to squeeze his legs together i.e. gripping a tank on hard braking, etc.
 

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From Crash.net (LINK)

MotoGP world champion Casey Stoner completed a dominant test with a record-breaking qualifying lap almost one second clear of Nicky Hayden, on a day when most riders used soft rubber to set their best lap times.

The test was attended by the majority of teams and riders - with the notable exceptions of Fiat Yamaha and Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa (injured). Kawasaki's John Hopkins was also absent on the final day, having injured his groin on Thursday.

Both Pedrosa and Hopkins hope to return to action at the Jerez IRTA test from February 16-18. Fiat Yamaha will be back on track at Sepang from February 5-7.

Other Information:
  • The fastest ever lap before today was on a 990cc set by Nicky Hayden (1'29.02)
  • Stoner's flying lap was the only lap over the 1'30 mark on the third day (IOW, he kept all of his laps in the low 1'30s)
  • Toseland's best lap during the race simulation was a 1'31.02, about .2 seconds slower than Rossi's fastest in October


1. Casey Stoner AUS Ducati Marlboro Team (B) 1min 28.777 secs
2. Nicky Hayden USA Repsol Honda Team (M) 1min 29.734 secs
3. James Toseland GBR Yamaha Tech 3 (M) 1min 29.754 secs
4. Andrea Dovizioso ITA JiR Team Scot (M) 1min 29.780 secs
5. Colin Edwards USA Yamaha Tech 3 (M) 1min 29.795 secs
6. Chris Vermeulen AUS Rizla Suzuki MotoGP (B) 1min 30.216 secs
7. Alex de Angelis RSM Honda Gresini (B) 1min 30.438 secs
8. Shinya Nakano JPN Honda Gresini (B) 1min 30.728 secs
9. Toni Elias SPA Alice Team (B) 1min 30.966 secs
10. Randy de Puniet FRA Honda LCR (M) 1min 30.978 secs
11. Sylvain Guintoli FRA Alice Team (B) 1min 30.983 secs
12. Marco Melandri ITA Ducati Marlboro Team (B) 1min 31.377 secs
13. Loris Capirossi ITA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP (B) 1min 31.508 secs
14. Anthony West AUS Kawasaki Racing Team (B) 1min 31.957 secs


Fastest day two time:
Casey Stoner AUS Ducati Marlboro (B) 1min 29.938secs (Race tyres)

Fastest day one times:
Colin Edwards USA Yamaha Tech 3 (M) 1min 29.566secs (Qualifying tyres)
Casey Stoner AUS Ducati Marlboro (B) 1min 30.178secs (Race tyres)
 

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Commentary from the Riders after Friday:

Nicky Hayden, fastest lap: 1m 29.734s (lap 71 of 102)

“We ended up not too bad but it'd be nicer to be faster on race tyres. To be honest, it's been a frustrating couple of days here. We got into the 31s about the fourth exit from the pits on the first day and really we haven't been able to go any faster since then, except with the qualifiers, which were good. We've chased our tail a bit and I haven't really found a batch of race tyres I like. I struggled a lot when I was here for last year's race, but I did find something I liked. I didn't have that option this week, so I can't say I'm completely happy with the combination of bike, rider and tyres. We tried the pneumatic-valve engine and the conventional spec engine in the new chassis at this test. We did a lot of tyre testing with Michelin using the conventional engine.

The chassis did some good stuff but not enough through this fast stuff here. We left Sepang last wee k in a positive way and it's still early days, there's a lot of work still to be done. Now we go back to Sepang for two days, we've got a few days off and then keep trying to chip away at it."

Casey Stoner (Ducati Marlboro Team), best time: 1:28.777 (51 laps)

"We did the race simulation with one of Bridgestone's new tyres and it went really well, even though we had to come in three laps early. The track temperature today was actually higher than it was for the race here and you could tell. Even so we managed to lap consistently in low 1.30 and that shows how well they're working in Japan. I'm also really happy with the qualifying tyre, which is the same as last year. It is a good thing that bike is not completely different to 2007 because it has allowed is to find an excellent base to start the season from already. The new version of the engine has a better delivery, especially at the bottom end, and that has allowed me to set fast times more consistently, as well as increasing tyre life. It has been a good test session but now I'm happy to have a couple of weeks to rest and train in the gym. The shoulder feels okay, it is just a little bit weak and sore because I haven't been able to work on it as much as I would have wanted but now we can do that."

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