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Looks like a Bridgestone race by the end of FP2, with Dani the only Michelin, topping the sheets!

FREE PRACTICE 1 TIMES

1. Dani Pedrosa SPA Repsol Honda Team (M) 1min 48.249 secs
2. Casey Stoner AUS Ducati Marlboro Team (B) 1min 48.491 secs
3. Marco Melandri ITA Honda Gresini (B) 1min 48.679 secs
4. Randy de Puniet FRA Kawasaki Racing Team (B) 1min 48.689 secs
5. Valentino Rossi ITA Fiat Yamaha Team (M) 1min 48.736 secs
6. John Hopkins USA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP (B) 1min 48.766 secs
7. Nicky Hayden USA Repsol Honda Team (M) 1min 48.826 secs
8. Toni Elias SPA Honda Gresini (B) 1min 48.827 secs
9. Carlos Checa SPA Honda LCR (M) 1min 48.847 secs
10. Shinya Nakano JPN Konica Minolta Honda (M) 1min 48.986 secs
11. Kousuke Akiyoshi JPN Rizla Suzuki MotoGP (B) 1min 49.127 secs
12. Sylvain Guintoli FRA Dunlop Tech 3 Yamaha (D) 1min 49.207 secs
13. Colin Edwards USA Fiat Yamaha Team (M) 1min 49.368 secs
14. Loris Capirossi ITA Ducati Marlboro Team (B) 1min 49.527 secs
15. Anthony West AUS Kawasaki Racing Team (B) 1min 49.960 secs
16. Alex Barros BRA Pramac d'Antin MotoGP (B) 1min 50.037 secs
17. Chris Vermeulen AUS Rizla Suzuki MotoGP (B) 1min 50.210 secs
18. Makoto Tamada JPN Dunlop Tech 3 Yamaha (D) 1min 50.237 secs
19. Akira Yanagawa JPN Kawasaki Racing Team (B) 1min 50.606 secs
20. Kurtis Roberts USA Team Roberts (M) 1min 51.167 secs
21. Shinichi Ito JPN Pramac d'Antin MotoGP (B) 1min 52.374 secs


2006 Japanese Grand Prix:
Pole position: Loris Capirossi ITA Ducati Marlboro (B) 1min 45.724secs
Fastest race lap: Valentino Rossi ITA Camel Yamaha (M) 1min 47.288secs

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FREE PRACTICE 2 (COMBINED) TIMES

1 Dani Pedrosa SPA Repsol Honda Team (M) 1min 47.865 secs
2 Randy de Puniet FRA Kawasaki Racing Team (B) 1min 48.254 secs
3 Marco Melandri ITA Honda Gresini (B) 1min 48.351 secs
4 John Hopkins USA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP (B) 1min 48.361 secs
5 Casey Stoner AUS Ducati Marlboro Team (B) 1min 48.444 secs
6 Kousuke Akiyoshi JPN Rizla Suzuki MotoGP (B) 1min 48.457 secs
7 Loris Capirossi ITA Ducati Marlboro Team (B) 1min 48.499 secs
8 Anthony West AUS Kawasaki Racing Team (B) 1min 48.529 secs
9 Nicky Hayden USA Repsol Honda Team (M) 1min 48.552 secs
10 Makoto Tamada JPN Dunlop Tech 3 Yamaha (D) 1min 48.581 secs
11 Colin Edwards USA Fiat Yamaha Team (M) 1min 48.614 secs
12 Shinya Nakano JPN Konica Minolta Honda (M) 1min 48.697 secs
13 Carlos Checa SPA Honda LCR (M) 1min 48.715 secs
14 Valentino Rossi ITA Fiat Yamaha Team (M) 1min 48.736 secs *
15 Toni Elias SPA Honda Gresini (B) 1min 48.827 secs *
16 Sylvain Guintoli FRA Dunlop Tech 3 Yamaha (D) 1min 49.207 secs *
17 Alex Barros BRA Pramac d'Antin MotoGP (B) 1min 49.392 secs
18 Chris Vermeulen AUS Rizla Suzuki MotoGP (B) 1min 49.555 secs
19 Akira Yanagawa JPN Kawasaki Racing Team (B) 1min 50.229 secs
20 Shinichi Ito JPN Pramac d'Antin MotoGP (B) 1min 50.769 secs
21 Kurtis Roberts USA Team Roberts (M) 1min 51.167 secs *

* time set in FP1


2006 Japanese Grand Prix:
Pole position: Loris Capirossi ITA Ducati Marlboro (B) 1min 45.724secs
Fastest race lap: Valentino Rossi ITA Camel Yamaha (M) 1min 47.288secs
 

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This just in... DANI PEDROSA SIGNS A TWO YEAR CONTRACT EXTENSION WITH HONDA. He will join World Champion Nicky Hayden for 2008 to continue a strong rider line-up for Honda.
 

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Honda still looking strong, kind of disappointed by Nicky's pace though. Let's see what happens Free Practice tomorrow.

Free Practice 2 Results

1 Dani Pedrosa SPA Repsol Honda Team (M) 1min 47.865 secs
2 Randy de Puniet FRA Kawasaki Racing Team (B) 1min 48.254 secs
3 Marco Melandri ITA Honda Gresini (B) 1min 48.351 secs
4 John Hopkins USA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP (B) 1min 48.361 secs
5 Casey Stoner AUS Ducati Marlboro Team (B) 1min 48.444 secs
6 Kousuke Akiyoshi JPN Rizla Suzuki MotoGP (B) 1min 48.457 secs
7 Loris Capirossi ITA Ducati Marlboro Team (B) 1min 48.499 secs
8 Anthony West AUS Kawasaki Racing Team (B) 1min 48.529 secs
9 Nicky Hayden USA Repsol Honda Team (M) 1min 48.552 secs
10 Makoto Tamada JPN Dunlop Tech 3 Yamaha (D) 1min 48.581 secs
11 Colin Edwards USA Fiat Yamaha Team (M) 1min 48.614 secs
12 Shinya Nakano JPN Konica Minolta Honda (M) 1min 48.697 secs
13 Carlos Checa SPA Honda LCR (M) 1min 48.715 secs
14 Valentino Rossi ITA Fiat Yamaha Team (M) 1min 48.736 secs *
15 Toni Elias SPA Honda Gresini (B) 1min 48.827 secs *
16 Sylvain Guintoli FRA Dunlop Tech 3 Yamaha (D) 1min 49.207 secs *
17 Alex Barros BRA Pramac d'Antin MotoGP (B) 1min 49.392 secs
18 Chris Vermeulen AUS Rizla Suzuki MotoGP (B) 1min 49.555 secs
19 Akira Yanagawa JPN Kawasaki Racing Team (B) 1min 50.229 secs
20 Shinichi Ito JPN Pramac d'Antin MotoGP (B) 1min 50.769 secs
21 Kurtis Roberts USA Team Roberts (M) 1min 51.167 secs *
 

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That was expected. There was no way Repsol would have let him go.
He is not signed to Repsol he is signed to HRC. There is no way Dani would have left. Because at this point, where was he gonna go? To be the third rider on some other team? No, he was pretty much painted into corner and had to sign sooner or later, unless he wanted to screw up his 2008 season somehow.
 

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He is not signed to Repsol he is signed to HRC. There is no way Dani would have left. Because at this point, where was he gonna go? To be the third rider on some other team? No, he was pretty much painted into corner and had to sign sooner or later, unless he wanted to screw up his 2008 season somehow.

Yes, thanks for clarifying that. But my point still stands, there was no way Repsol, a Spanish firm, would let Dan, a Spanish rider, walk away from the Repsol/Honda team.
 

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I read theres some beef with stoner and checa, whats up with that?
Checa was riding slow on track apparently in Stoner's way. Stoner comes by and kicks at him and proceeds with the fist waving. Probably similar to Checa and Hopper at Laguna. I'll have to watch it when I get home.
 

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Checa was riding slow on track apparently in Stoner's way. Stoner comes by and kicks at him and proceeds with the fist waving. Probably similar to Checa and Hopper at Laguna. I'll have to watch it when I get home.
Checa has done that a couple times this year. Theres a clip from yesterday where he almost runs vermeulen off the track.
 

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Checa was riding slow on track apparently in Stoner's way. Stoner comes by and kicks at him and proceeds with the fist waving. Probably similar to Checa and Hopper at Laguna. I'll have to watch it when I get home.
What a loser.. that was so funny when Hopper kicked him
 

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Checa has done that a couple times this year. Theres a clip from yesterday where he almost runs vermeulen off the track.
Hahaha I just got a look at it. Stoner was rolling up on Checa at speed and Checa, whilst cruising, changed his line and Stoner almost ran into the back of him. Stoner kicked at him (didn't make contact), did some fist shaking, flipped him off, then pulled him to the pits. Looked like he was cursing...:icon_lol:
 

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hahha yea, Stoner was gesticulating, banging at his tank, and generally not in a good mood :)

Understandable, considering the speeds these guys go.

ROSSI seems to be having some trouble as well. His motor was pouring smoke and his tires were still iffy. Hopefully he's got some good compounds left to test tomorrow. PEDROSA might podium again this weekend.

Should be a sight to see. Stoner doesnt look too good at Motegi as well.
 

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Stoner doesn't look like he is going to annihilate everyone but he seems to be in fairly good shape. Rossi came back in a BIG way in FP3 in the last 2 or 3 laps of the session. Same with Nicky, he was down in about 10th spot when he jumped up to 3rd at the very end. Come to think of Dani jumped up late in the session too.

Who knows how its going to play out, I think its anyone's race but it seems like Pedrosa is the strongest thus far.
 

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FP3 Times and Standings

1. Dani Pedrosa, 1'47.155
2. Valentino Rossi, 1'47.438
3. Nicky Hayden, 1'47.597
4. Casey Stoner, 1'47.611
5. Randy De Puniet, 1'47.690
6. John Hopkins, 1'48.024
7. Marco Melandri, 1'48.058
8. Makoto Tamada, 1'48.144
9. Kousuke, Akiyoshi (wildcard Suzuki), 1'48.189
10. Sylvain Guintoli, 1'48.228

The rest: 11. Colin Edwards, 12. Carlos Checa, 13. Shinya Nakano, 14. Chris Vermeulen, 15. Alex Barros, 16. Toni Elias, 17. Loris Capirossi, 18. Anthony West, 19. Akira Yanagawa (wildcard, Kawasaki), 20. Kurtis Roberts, 21. Shinichi Ito (replacement, Pramac d'A Ducati)

Leave it to Kurtis to be sandwiched between two wildcard riders. What a loser...
 

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Strange things happening out there... first the FP incident, then Dani going fastest in FP and now, with the QP ending soon, a few new faces are blazing the tracks! :) (dePewniet ;) )
 
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