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FREE PRACTICE, SESSION 1

1. Casey Stoner AUS Ducati Marlboro Team (B) 2min 4.542 secs
2. Dani Pedrosa SPA Repsol Honda Team (M) 2min 5.114 secs
3. Nicky Hayden USA Repsol Honda Team (M) 2min 5.740 secs
4. John Hopkins USA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP (B) 2min 5.846 secs
5. Randy de Puniet FRA Kawasaki Racing Team (B) 2min 6.270 secs
6. Alex Barros BRA Pramac d'Antin (B) 2min 6.519 secs
7. Valentino Rossi ITA Fiat Yamaha Team (M) 2min 6.613 secs
8. Loris Capirossi ITA Ducati Marlboro Team (B) 2min 6.631 secs
9. Anthony West AUS Kawasaki Racing Team (B) 2min 6.721 secs
10. Marco Melandri ITA Honda Gresini (B) 2min 6.872 secs
11. Chris Vermeulen AUS Rizla Suzuki MotoGP (B) 2min 6.898 secs
12. Nobuatsu Aoki JPN Rizla Suzuki MotoGP (B) 2min 6.952 secs
13. Toni Elias SPA Honda Gresini (B) 2min 6.995 secs
14. Carlos Checa SPA Honda LCR (M) 2min 7.272 secs
15. Colin Edwards USA Fiat Yamaha Team (M) 2min 7.695 secs
16. Shinya Nakano JPN Konica Minolta Honda (M) 2min 7.775 secs
17. Kurtis Roberts USA Team Roberts (M) 2min 9.324 secs
18. Makoto Tamada JPN Dunlop Yamaha Tech 3 (D) 2min 9.469 secs
19. Chaz Davies GBR Pramac d'Antin (B) 2min 9.892 secs
20. Sylvain Guintoli FRA Dunlop Yamaha Tech 3 (D) 2min 10.244 secs


2006 Malaysian Grand Prix:
Pole position: Valentino Rossi ITA Camel Yamaha (M) 2min 0.605secs (in free practice, qualifying cancelled)
Fastest race lap: Loris Capirossi ITA Ducati Marlboro (B) 2min 2.127secs

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FREE PRACTICE (COMBINED TIMES) -
Everyone was faster in FP2

All the fastest Friday times were set in FP2...

1. Randy de Puniet FRA Kawasaki Racing Team (B) 2min 2.917 secs
2. Casey Stoner AUS Ducati Marlboro Team (B) 2min 2.928 secs
3. Marco Melandri ITA Honda Gresini (B) 2min 3.661 secs
4. Dani Pedrosa SPA Repsol Honda Team (M) 2min 3.767 secs
5. Anthony West AUS Kawasaki Racing Team (B) 2min 3.825 secs
6. Toni Elias SPA Honda Gresini (B) 2min 4.031 secs
7. Sylvain Guintoli FRA Dunlop Yamaha Tech 3 (D) 2min 4.094 secs
8. Chris Vermeulen AUS Rizla Suzuki MotoGP (B) 2min 4.455 secs
9. John Hopkins USA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP (B) 2min 4.494 secs
10. Nicky Hayden USA Repsol Honda Team (M) 2min 4.752 secs
11. Carlos Checa SPA Honda LCR (M) 2min 4.770 secs
12. Alex Barros BRA Pramac d'Antin (B) 2min 4.774 secs
13. Loris Capirossi ITA Ducati Marlboro Team (B) 2min 4.940 secs
14. Colin Edwards USA Fiat Yamaha Team (M) 2min 5.162 secs
15. Nobuatsu Aoki JPN Rizla Suzuki MotoGP (B) 2min 5.234 secs
16. Valentino Rossi ITA Fiat Yamaha Team (M) 2min 5.421 secs
17. Chaz Davies GBR Pramac d'Antin (B) 2min 5.897 secs
18. Shinya Nakano JPN Konica Minolta Honda (M) 2min 5.939 secs
19. Makoto Tamada JPN Dunlop Yamaha Tech 3 (D) 2min 6.429 secs
20. Kurtis Roberts USA Team Roberts (M) 2min 7.033 secs


2006 Malaysian Grand Prix:
Pole position: Valentino Rossi ITA Camel Yamaha (M) 2min 0.605secs (in free practice, qualifying cancelled)
Fastest race lap: Loris Capirossi ITA Ducati Marlboro (B) 2min 2.127secs
 

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Damn, De Puniet was tearing it UP on the track during FP2.

Looks like he's really got the feel of the Kawi down. He's been getting better and better every race. Should be interesting to see how this French rider will do in the coming seasons.

On, what I believe was his fastest lap, he really pinned the throttle out of a turn in a severe lean, picking his front tire up...looked insane!!!

Channeling McCoy and Rossi on that one...that was impressive.


Don't think I had that much fun watching FP runs.


Sadly, Rossi seemed to be having a LOT of problems with the bike. They'll probably have it all sorted out later today, as I'm sure Stoner will improve his times as well. There were some seriously dangerous moments for Stoner in FP2.


EDIT: hahaha, looks like Rossi and Edwards had something to say about their dismal results - "Rossi and Edwards disappointed and embarassed by Friday practice" headline.

At the end of FP2 you could see both of them just shaking their heads before giving their launch controls a run through before returning to the pits. Heheh, I had a nice laugh when Rossi did the ol' slit the throat sign. hahahah
 

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No one's up typing up anything about the FP3, so I'll have to free hand it instead of copying and pasting:

1. Casey Stoner, 2'02.29
2. Randy dP, 2'02.53
3. Hopper, 2'02.55
4. Hayden, 2'02.58
5. AntWest, 2'02.62
6. Elias, 2'02.69
7. Rossi, 2'02.83
8. Marco, 2'03.02
9. Pedro, 2'03.12
10. Guintoli, 2'03.21
11. Verm
12. CEIII
13. Capirex
14. Barros
15. Checa
16. Aoki (Suzuki wild-card, riding the 08 GSV-R)
17. Davies
18. Tamada
19. Nakano
20. Surprise, surprise... Kurtis Roberts
 

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Damn sooper...you're very hardcore.

Thanks for the listing, typing out the times manually (quite a chore).

I just simply read/watch what I see on the stream and just be done with it, while you're sharing it with everyone. Very nice.
 

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QUALIFYING - PEDROSA WITH HIS 3RD POLE IN A ROW!

1. Dani Pedrosa SPA Repsol Honda Team (M) 2min 1.877 secs
2. Casey Stoner AUS Ducati Marlboro Team (B) 2min 1.918 secs
3. Marco Melandri ITA Honda Gresini (B) 2min 1.944 secs
4. Randy de Puniet FRA Kawasaki Racing Team (B) 2min 2.107 secs
5. Anthony West AUS Kawasaki Racing Team (B) 2min 2.202 secs
6. Nicky Hayden USA Repsol Honda Team (M) 2min 2.225 secs
7. Chris Vermeulen AUS Rizla Suzuki MotoGP (B) 2min 2.301 secs
8. Toni Elias SPA Honda Gresini (B) 2min 2.432 secs
9. Valentino Rossi ITA Fiat Yamaha Team (M) 2min 2.466 secs
10. John Hopkins USA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP (B) 2min 2.697 secs
11. Loris Capirossi ITA Ducati Marlboro Team (B) 2min 2.708 secs
12. Alex Barros BRA Pramac d'Antin (B) 2min 3.022 secs
13. Colin Edwards USA Fiat Yamaha Team (M) 2min 3.040 secs
14. Shinya Nakano JPN Konica Minolta Honda (M) 2min 3.233 secs
15. Sylvain Guintoli FRA Dunlop Yamaha Tech 3 (D) 2min 3.408 secs
16. Carlos Checa SPA Honda LCR (M) 2min 3.525 secs
17. Chaz Davies GBR Pramac d'Antin (B) 2min 4.197 secs
18. Makoto Tamada JPN Dunlop Yamaha Tech 3 (D) 2min 4.314 secs
19. Nobuatsu Aoki JPN Rizla Suzuki MotoGP (B) 2min 4.604 secs
20. Kurtis Roberts USA Team Roberts (M) 2min 5.404 secs


2007 Malaysian Grand Prix:
Fastest practice time: Loris Capirossi ITA Ducati Marlboro (B) 2min 2.291secs (FP3)

2006 Malaysian Grand Prix:
Pole position: Valentino Rossi ITA Camel Yamaha (M) 2min 0.605secs (in free practice, qualifying cancelled)
Fastest race lap: Loris Capirossi ITA Ducati Marlboro (B) 2min 2.127secs
 

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If the Kawi's are as strong next year as they are this year Hopkins will be unstoppable.
 

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Well, that race was...well...yea. hahah, i don't know what to say about it.

I'm just...ambivalent right now.
 

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Not a bad race, overall. Fairly entertaining - at least the Michelins were reasonably competitive this time. Melandri's going to be tough next year on that Ducati for sure. And how about Stoner beating the 990cc lap record on an 800?
 

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haha, rossi stuffing up west around lap #4, if the situation was the otherway around you'd hear rossi bitch n' whine all over place
 

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The race was pretty uneventful after the halfway mark. Yeah, Michelin was decent. I liked the comment about Nicky outbraking... himself, right into the gravel. But I think he had to do it right there, with Elias backing it in everywhere, it's hard to overtake him anywhere but on the brakes. The Kawis were very strong and I wonder what it would've been like had West not had that Ride Through penalty. Marco will be pretty unstoppable next year. He's already familiar with the tires. On a disadvantaged Honda, he kept pace with Stoner. Stoner dominates again, but it was ho-hum. I think I'm going to check out the 250 race...
 

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the 2fiddys were bout the same.... domination, and a terrible move on the guy in second on the points standing to take him out... booo can never spell his name... but he was riding so well!! now jorje has the title.... fast little bugger, he is gunna be back down to earth with a bacg next season on the 800!!! big learning curve!!!
 

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first 6 or so laps of the main race looked like it might be a race , but then they spaced it out like ususal,

man , i wanna ride sepang though it is a beautiful course!!
 

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Race was just like many others with stoner jumping from wherever he starts on the grid to first position into turn 1. It really takes the enjoyment out of watching the race since it's always a 1 man show. Good for stoner, but bad for fans that enjoy watching some exiciting passing.
 

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Race was just like many others with stoner jumping from wherever he starts on the grid to first position into turn 1. It really takes the enjoyment out of watching the race since it's always a 1 man show. Good for stoner, but bad for fans that enjoy watching some exiciting passing.
wrd. i feel the same
 

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It really takes the enjoyment out of watching the race since it's always a 1 man show. Good for stoner, but bad for fans that enjoy watching some exiciting passing.
do what I did. tune in to AMA SS and FIM WSBK. This season was great for both series.

AMA SS had Roger Lee Hayden, Hacking, and Hayes going race for race. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd all season. Great racing towards the end by Cardenas, young kid who has balls and can really ride.

WSBK was one for the record books. 2 points determined the champion. Plus you got to watch the Aussies Corser and Bayliss bump elbows, Haga and Biaggi bump knees on 100mph sweepers, and Toseland dominate the first half, only to fall victim to a not-so-dominant bike the second half.

MotoGP has become far too computer-driven. Ducati's traction control was undeniably superior (tenfold) to any other system. Congrats to stoner, however. Young guy with class, with a GREAT success story to boot.
 

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do what I did. tune in to AMA SS and FIM WSBK. This season was great for both series.

AMA SS had Roger Lee Hayden, Hacking, and Hayes going race for race. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd all season. Great racing towards the end by Cardenas, young kid who has balls and can really ride.

WSBK was one for the record books. 2 points determined the champion. Plus you got to watch the Aussies Corser and Bayliss bump elbows, Haga and Biaggi bump knees on 100mph sweepers, and Toseland dominate the first half, only to fall victim to a not-so-dominant bike the second half.

MotoGP has become far too computer-driven. Ducati's traction control was undeniably superior (tenfold) to any other system. Congrats to stoner, however. Young guy with class, with a GREAT success story to boot.
Haha, it's funny you recommend this, as I usually don't watch WSBK, but this season's MotoGP had me kinda...disinterested that I started to watch more :p


As for the Rossi - West pass...heheh, I do agree that had that happened to Rossi, he would have had something to say at the end of the race.
 

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MotoGP has become far too computer-driven. Ducati's traction control was undeniably superior (tenfold) to any other system. Congrats to stoner, however. Young guy with class, with a GREAT success story to boot.
Undoubtedly, Stoner has got that Traction Control and Launch Control dialed in. It really doesn't matter where he starts, that LC gets him the hole shot. It also helps that the Ducati has good squirt. Honda has good squirt too, but you can't fault the Magnetti Marelli TC.

By the way, Ducati isn't the only factory to run MM, so it's not technically "Ducati's Traction Control." The ECU is used by, not only Ducati, but the Kawasaki and Yamaha teams. Only Suzuki and Honda have different with HRC manufacturing their own proprietary ECU for TC.

I would not agree with Stoner having "class". If you pick up RRW, undoubtedly, you'll find a quote where he's trashing another rider because of their opinions. It's like he's bent on proving that it wasn't tires or package or whatever that's won him the WC. But the fact of the matter is, your Bridgestone tires are awesome; your traction control is the best in the paddock; and your bike is the fastest.

People may have a different definition of class, but you don't sell out other riders because they have differing opinions, especially when they said nothing about you. Basically, he sounds like a child... which he is. When he grows up a little, he'll understand you just have to keep your mouth shut sometimes.
 
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