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Free practice times (1) - Brno.
Friday, 17th August 2007

Full MotoGP free practice times (1) from the Czech Republic Grand Prix at Brno, round twelve of the 2007 world championship.

1. Casey Stoner AUS Ducati Marlboro Team (B) 1min 58.881 secs
2. John Hopkins USA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP (B) 1min 59.543 secs
3. Loris Capirossi ITA Ducati Marlboro Team (B) 1min 59.765 secs
4. Valentino Rossi ITA Fiat Yamaha Team (M) 2min 0.017 secs
5. Colin Edwards USA Fiat Yamaha Team (M) 2min 0.198 secs
6. Dani Pedrosa SPA Repsol Honda Team (M) 2min 0.228 secs
7. Nicky Hayden USA Repsol Honda Team (M) 2min 0.310 secs
8. Chris Vermeulen AUS Rizla Suzuki MotoGP (B) 2min 0.398 secs
9. Randy de Puniet FRA Kawasaki Racing Team (B) 2min 0.399 secs
10. Toni Elias SPA Gresini Honda (B) 2min 0.678 secs
11. Carlos Checa SPA Honda LCR (M) 2min 0.782 secs
12. Sylvain Guintoli FRA Dunlop Tech 3 Yamaha (D) 2min 0.895 secs
13. Alex Barros BRA Pramac d'Antin MotoGP (B) 2min 0.988 secs
14. Anthony West AUS Kawasaki Racing Team (B) 2min 1.003 secs
15. Marco Melandri ITA Gresini Honda (B) 2min 1.318 secs
16. Makoto Tamada JPN Dunlop Tech 3 Yamaha (D) 2min 1.433 secs
17. Shinya Nakano JPN Konica Minolta Honda (M) 2min 1.559 secs
18. Ivan Silva SPA Pramac d'Antin MotoGP (B) 2min 3.619 secs
19. Kurtis Roberts USA Team Roberts (M) 2min 3.662 secs


2006 Czech Republic Grand Prix:
Pole position: Valentino Rossi ITA Camel Yamaha (M) 1min 56.191secs
Fastest race lap: Loris Capirossi ITA Ducati Marlboro (B) 1min 58.157secs
 

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FP2 (combined)

1. Sylvain Guintoli FRA Dunlop Tech 3 Yamaha (D) 1min 58.362 secs
2. Casey Stoner AUS Ducati Marlboro Team (B) 1min 58.568 secs
3. John Hopkins USA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP (B) 1min 58.868 secs
4. Loris Capirossi ITA Ducati Marlboro Team (B) 1min 58.969 secs
5. Randy de Puniet FRA Kawasaki Racing Team (B) 1min 59.064 secs
6. Valentino Rossi ITA Fiat Yamaha Team (M) 1min 59.176 secs
7. Dani Pedrosa SPA Repsol Honda Team (M) 1min 59.266 secs
8. Nicky Hayden USA Repsol Honda Team (M) 1min 59.466 secs
9. Makoto Tamada JPN Dunlop Tech 3 Yamaha (D) 1min 59.494 secs
10. Chris Vermeulen AUS Rizla Suzuki MotoGP (B) 1min 59.508 secs
11. Alex Barros BRA Pramac d'Antin MotoGP (B) 1min 59.738 secs
12. Carlos Checa SPA Honda LCR (M) 1min 59.857 secs
13. Colin Edwards USA Fiat Yamaha Team (M) 2min 0.001 secs
14. Toni Elias SPA Gresini Honda (B) 2min 0.271 secs
15. Anthony West AUS Kawasaki Racing Team (B) 2min 0.398 secs
16. Shinya Nakano JPN Konica Minolta Honda (M) 2min 0.793 secs
17. Marco Melandri ITA Gresini Honda (B) 2min 1.318 secs *
18. Kurtis Roberts USA Team Roberts (M) 2min 1.725 secs
19. Ivan Silva SPA Pramac d'Antin MotoGP (B) 2min 1.854 secs

* time set in FP1.


2006 Czech Republic Grand Prix:
Pole position: Valentino Rossi ITA Camel Yamaha (M) 1min 56.191secs
Fastest race lap: Loris Capirossi ITA Ducati Marlboro (B) 1min 58.157secs
 

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No way mang! Dunlops baby!!! With my boy, Sylvain G.! Ridin' the Tekk Twah!
 

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yea but it's just free practice. Doesn't really mean much. We'll have to wait and see the qualifying times.
 

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Uh, der...... that's why you can't say it's a Bridgestone 1-2-3 either.
 

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"As for the tyres, the front tyre seems to be working quite well here but we have some problems at the moment with the rear, especially in acceleration," revealed Rossi, the fastest Michelin rider on Friday. "After a few laps the grip is less and then when you open the gas the bike is sliding quite a lot. This was the main problem we were trying to fix throughout the day, and one of the things we did was to make a small change to the parameters of the traction control. This seemed to help and in the last ten minutes this afternoon we felt some improvement and the situation was better.

"Regarding the set-up, we have also worked on the mapping and engine braking; I still have a couple of corners where the engine braking needs to be improved in order to give me enough confidence when I'm coming into the corner.

"I hope that the weather will be good tomorrow because at the moment the track is quite slippery and in places it's tricky to ride," he concluded.

Team-mate Colin Edwards also struggled with grip issues and was only 13th fastest.
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"My main problem today was basically that I didn't have much grip," stated the Texan. "We've tested pretty much all the tyres we have available to us but we haven't yet been able to find a solution that enables me to ride the bike how I want to. I improved a tiny bit this afternoon but everyone else improved a lot more! It's frustrating but I have faith in the team and I am sure we will come up with something tomorrow."
 

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That sucks. I was hoping could get their game together over the summer break. Looks like they won't be able to keep up yet again. And what's up with the new Honda? Guess that didn't work out to well either.
 

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its only the 1st day of practise, qualifying and warm ups is when i worry.
 

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Come on Rossi!!! Another win by Stoner would be devastating for Rossi's championship hopes.

Good for Guintoli though, I like that guy. Hopper too!
 

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I really thought Honda was going to bring a banging bike. They say Hayden and Pedrosa are on the 08 bike. I wonder if they are having problems with the bike or if the tires are holding them back.
 

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Well based on the season so far and the practice times which are similar to previous races, you can make that assumption. uh der
Well, then shoot. They shouldn't race at all. They should just go by the FP times then. Michelin should just pack up their bags and go home since Bridgestone dominated the FP. ?!?! What !?!?

If we've learned anything, it's that FP times don't really mean much in the scheme of how the race will go. That's fact.
 

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Silva is replacing Hoffman.
Davies got the shaft on this one. But to Silva's credit, he did run in Hoffman's place before. So, it's not a foreign replacement ride for PdA.
 
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