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All sessions cancelled today due to heavy rain and I mean HEAVY RAIN!



Free practice times (1) - Misano.

Friday, 31st August 2007

Full MotoGP free practice times (1) from the San Marino Grand Prix at a wet Misano, round thirteen of the 2007 world championship.

Because Misano is classed as a new circuit, there will be three free practice sessions on Friday, instead of the usual two.


1. Marco Melandri ITA Honda Gresini (B) 1min 46.948 secs
2. Valentino Rossi ITA Fiat Yamaha Team (M) 1min 48.632 secs
3. Casey Stoner AUS Ducati Marlboro Team (B) 1min 48.852 secs
4. Loris Capirossi ITA Ducati Marlboro Team (B) 1min 49.167 secs
5. Colin Edwards USA Fiat Yamaha Team (M) 1min 49.219 secs
6. Nicky Hayden USA Repsol Honda Team (M) 1min 49.591 secs
7. Randy de Puniet FRA Kawasaki Racing Team (B) 1min 49.724 secs
8. John Hopkins USA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP (B) 1min 49.957 secs
9. Anthony West AUS Kawasaki Racing Team (B) 1min 50.389 secs
10. Alex Barros BRA Pramac d'Antin MotoGP (B) 1min 51.072 secs
11. Chris Vermeulen AUS Rizla Suzuki MotoGP (B) 1min 51.164 secs
12. Dani Pedrosa SPA Repsol Honda Team (M) 1min 51.177 secs
13. Carlos Checa SPA Honda LCR (M) 1min 51.312 secs
14. Alex Hofmann GER Pramac d'Antin MotoGP (B) 1min 53.171 secs
15. Shinya Nakano JPN Konica Minolta Honda (M) 1min 53.297 secs
16. Kurtis Roberts USA Team Roberts (M) 1min 53.428 secs
17. Sylvain Guintoli FRA Dunlop Tech 3 Yamaha (D) 1min 56.352 secs
18. Makoto Tamada JPN Dunlop Tech 3 Yamaha (D) 1min 59.146 secs

Toni Elias SPA Honda Gresini (B) no time
 

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Good stuff. They were supposed to get some extra time to learn the course too. Doesnt look like its going to happen now, lol
 

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FP2 and QP will be held tomorrow. It looks like a nicer weekend forecast:

 

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Man, Stoner took pole again. Followed by Rossi and then Hayden. Rossi aint far off Stoner's pace though.. might be a good race.
 

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Seems like Stoner spent a lot of time in the garage and everytime they cut to him he was unhappy about something. Will definitely be an interesting race tomorrow.
 

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It's time for people to quit saying that Stoner is only on top because of the bike, consistency like this is definitely the rider as well.
 

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It's time for people to quit saying that Stoner is only on top because of the bike, consistency like this is definitely the rider as well.
yeah....since Rossi's so inconsistent right?

it's the bike and the tires...especially that Bridgestone Front tire he's using.
 

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You know, it can also be that the bike is CONSISTENTLY good. It's no lie that the bike and him are working real well. Unfortunately, I don't think Capirossi is receiving the full support/effort from Ducati, since it was interesting that the Ducati boss has conceded that Capirossi has given up on Ducati since signing with Suzuki.

But yeah, that Bridgestone front tire is amazing. Ever since they debuted it in Brno last year.

It looks to be a good race coming up with Hayden running up in the front row again. The dude's been putting in some good shows since they got the bike working for him. Good for him. I hope he has a good race. Dani seems to be off the pace. Tight track with limited passing will make for an interesting show.

Here are the QP times:

1. Casey Stoner AUS Ducati Marlboro Team (B) 1min 33.918 secs
2. Valentino Rossi ITA Fiat Yamaha Team (M) 1min 34.094 secs
3. Nicky Hayden USA Repsol Honda Team (M) 1min 34.469 secs
4. Randy de Puniet FRA Kawasaki Racing Team (B) 1min 34.506 secs
5. John Hopkins USA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP (B) 1min 34.536 secs
6. Dani Pedrosa SPA Repsol Honda Team (M) 1min 34.580 secs
7. Carlos Checa SPA Honda LCR (M) 1min 34.628 secs
8. Chris Vermeulen AUS Rizla Suzuki MotoGP (B) 1min 34.717 secs
9. Colin Edwards USA Fiat Yamaha Team (M) 1min 34.768 secs
10. Anthony West AUS Kawasaki Racing Team (B) 1min 34.939 secs
11. Sylvain Guintoli FRA Dunlop Tech 3 Yamaha (D) 1min 35.202 secs
12. Marco Melandri ITA Honda Gresini (B) 1min 35.236 secs
13. Loris Capirossi ITA Ducati Marlboro Team (B) 1min 35.283 secs
14. Shinya Nakano JPN Konica Minolta Honda (M) 1min 35.389 secs
15. Toni Elias SPA Honda Gresini (B) 1min 35.632 secs
16. Makoto Tamada JPN Dunlop Tech 3 Yamaha (D) 1min 35.865 secs
17. Alex Barros BRA Pramac d'Antin MotoGP (B) 1min 35.897 secs
18. Kurtis Roberts USA Team Roberts (M) 1min 36.605 secs
19. Alex Hofmann GER Pramac d'Antin MotoGP (B) 1min 36.659 secs


2007 San Marino Grand Prix:
Fastest practice time: Casey Stoner AUS Ducati Marlboro (B) 1min 34.714secs

Misano WSBK lap times - 17/6/2007:
Superpole: Troy Corser AUS Yamaha Italia 1min 34.948secs
Fastest lap: Troy Bayliss AUS Ducati Xerox 1min 36.022secs
 

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Well, it's dry now. But the rain had infiltrated the paddocks such that they were putting up barriers and literally pushing water out with shovels. Anyways, I was thinking... What if Rossi walked over to the Repsol paddock and solicited the help of Nicky Hayden, an ex-teammate, to run in tow from the front row. Basically, to run a blocking scheme on Casey. Hopkins would get a good start, and would naturally run right behind Hayden. This is really the only way I see Rossi duking it Stoner, is if he had a little help from an old friend. It would simultaneously put Hayden in a podium spot. How cool would that be? Old teammates... Shake... and bake!
 

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Rossi and Hayden riding together?

that'd be fukkin amazing. Everytime they get the bike working for Hayden (ie. set it up for dirt-style riding where he points the front by sliding out the rear) he shows that he can hang.

The front was his main issue this year. Sh*tty grip, coupled with the wrong setup where he couldn't use the rear brake cuz the front would give out, are hopefully a thing of the past.

I hope he finishes strong, same with Rossi.
 

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Well, it's dry now. But the rain had infiltrated the paddocks such that they were putting up barriers and literally pushing water out with shovels. Anyways, I was thinking... What if Rossi walked over to the Repsol paddock and solicited the help of Nicky Hayden, an ex-teammate, to run in tow from the front row. Basically, to run a blocking scheme on Casey. Hopkins would get a good start, and would naturally run right behind Hayden. This is really the only way I see Rossi duking it Stoner, is if he had a little help from an old friend. It would simultaneously put Hayden in a podium spot. How cool would that be? Old teammates... Shake... and bake!
As nice as it maybe I don't think Hayden would give. Wishful thinking I suppose. Also, why not the other way around? Yamaha, until now haven't shown the speed of both the honda or the ducati. Why not Rossi give the tow to Hayden and Hopkins? Makes ya think huh?

As far as the Bridgestone front, well not much to really say about that except wasn't has been said already.

Dani... Poor boy has been talking about lacking grip. Interesting how Hayden is in front on the Qualifying grid. I want to see Puig talk smack now!! PUNK!!
 

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Pretty cool idea, but thats assuming someone can get in front of stoner enough to block him. Who knows, with the way that Duc is running.
 

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*sniff sniff

I smell......CONTROL TIRE for next season.

take one variable out of the equation and we'll see who REALLY has the best bike, rider and tuning crew.
 

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*sniff sniff

I smell......CONTROL TIRE for next season.

take one variable out of the equation and we'll see who REALLY has the best bike, rider and tuning crew.
I smell burnt eye-brows. :icon_lol::icon_lol::icon_lol::icon_lol:. bwahahaha.

Seriously though, I wouldn't be shocked if this happens. Especially since Michelin have come out and said that they will pull out of M0t0GP if they enough teams aren't using their tires. Maybe Dorna and FIM should look into this deeper? Just like WSBK did a couple of years ago?

In all honesty I am praying Michelin doesn't bite the dust because of one bad season. That would be very stupid of them.:director:
 

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Hayden was no-where in the session (along with Pedrosa) until the qualifiers went in - I don't think he has a good setup on race tyres and won't be able to run with the pace at the front.



As for a control tyre in MotoGP.... it's not going to happen.
 

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yeah....since Rossi's so inconsistent right?

it's the bike and the tires...especially that Bridgestone Front tire he's using.
its the combo... he is working so hard to make that rig work and the hard work of him and his team is paying off...

ya win races mid week not only on race day!!!!

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Hayden was no-where in the session (along with Pedrosa) until the qualifiers went in - I don't think he has a good setup on race tyres and won't be able to run with the pace at the front.



As for a control tyre in MotoGP.... it's not going to happen.
wot makes ya say that ????
just wanna know, not trying to wind you up...

hayden riding well is great for the season, i just wish that val could focus on the racing!!! must be hard with the shitt going on with him and capri
 
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