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!!!SPOILER -- MotoGP 2010 (Round 13) - Aragon (Times & Discussion) -- SPOILER!!!
1. Casey Stoner AUS Ducati Marlboro Team 42m 16.53s
2. Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda Team 42m 21.678s
3. Nicky Hayden USA Ducati Marlboro Team 42m 26.026s
4. Jorge Lorenzo ESP Fiat Yamaha Team 42m 26.11s
5. Ben Spies USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 42m 30.301s
6. Valentino Rossi ITA Fiat Yamaha Team 42m 43.86s
7. Marco Simoncelli ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini 42m 45.041s
8. Alvaro Bautista ESP Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 42m 51.784s
9. Marco Melandri ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini 42m 51.923s
10. Aleix Espargaro ESP Pramac Racing 42m 51.997s
11. Hector Barbera ESP Paginas Amarillas Aspar 42m 52.052s
12. Colin Edwards USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 43m 1.89s
13. Hiroshi Aoyama JPN Interwetten Honda MotoGP 43m 4.849s
14. Mika Kallio FIN Pramac Racing 43m 14.577s
Andrea Dovizioso ITA Repsol Honda Team
Randy de Puniet FRA LCR Honda MotoGP
Here are some interesting tidbits to say and confirm:
1) Stoner's big revelatory change in geometry and settings? A tweaked version of Nicky's settings for the GP10. Stoner has also changed his body positioning, but it probably has more to do with the settings than the body position. If you ask Stoner, he'll say it's body position. But if you ask anyone else, he's using Nicky's settings. Incidentally, this is the one thing that Wayne Gardner thinks is Stoner's biggest problem: Bike development and set-up.
2) The Yamahas looked like they were down on power, but if you look at the top speed charts, the Ducati and the Yamaha were within 1 kph of each other. Here are the top speeds: Casey (319.8), Nicky (319.6), Jorge (319.5), Spies (318.8). Rossi was up at 320.1, while Edwards was even higher at 321.3. However the little rocket Dani was riding had only the THIRD fastest speed (325.3) behind Barbera (325.9) and Aoyama (325.7). Dovizioso's bike wasn't THAT much faster than Spies (322.4), but Spies did a heck of a job holding Dovi off on the brakes and taking up space.
3) Lorenzo has used 5 engines thus far. Three are binned completely. Two are lugging. He has one more that he says he will pull out for Motegi and the remaining races. He said he will use the engine for races because apparently, it's a sweet engine -- one that has a bit more power to it. The Asian rounds will need it with the kinds of straights and slow corners they have. Even so, the big problem this past weekend for Jorge was that, even though the bike was only marginally slower than the Ducati, it's suffering for traction (i.e. wheel spin) which is hurting drive.
4) Aragon suited the Ducati the best because of two reasons: 1) The Ducati is a lot easier on the tires. With all that Honda grunt, it just tears up tires. If there's one thing that Dani has yet to demonstrate is his ability to ride quickly on used tires. 2) Aragon basically had new tarmac all over, read: it was smooth. No crazy bumps to deal with = Ducati friendly. Nicky mentioned that it was a track that suited his and Stoner's style as well.
5) Rossi has said that he may skip the last two races of the season to get shoulder surgery. It was obvious that Rossi's shoulder was hampering him as it has all season. Two things come to mind: 1) I think there needs to be a contractual agreement with riders to avoid these activities that may hinder their ability to fulfill their professional duties. Many riders are resorting to motorcross because there has been a reduction of testing. They need more testing! 2) Me thinks that Rossi is playing the mind games with Yamaha:
"Let me test in Valencia on the Ducati, or I will stop racing to get surgery two races early."
Ball is in your court Yamaha...
"Itīs not easier to ride, but I donīt need something easier, I need something faster." - Nicky Hayden #69
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