Dutch TT: Free Practice Three
Edwards From Hayden At Assen
by toby hirst
Friday, June 23, 2006
1Colin EdwardsCamel Yamaha TeamYamaha YZR-M11:37.215
2Nicky HaydenRepsol Honda TeamHonda RC211V1:37.405
3Randy De PunietKawasaki Racing TeamKawasaki Ninja ZX-RR1:37.471
4Casey StonerHonda LCRHonda RC211V1:37.661
5Shinya NakanoKawasaki Racing TeamKawasaki Ninja ZX-RR1:37.953
6Dani PedrosaRepsol Honda TeamHonda RC211V1:37.977
7Makoto TamadaKonica Minolta HondaHonda RC211V 1:37.993
8John HopkinsRizla Suzuki MotoGPSuzuki GSV-R1:38.124
9Kenny Roberts Jnr.Team RobertsKR211V1:38.133
10Chris VermeulenRizla Suzuki MotoGPSuzuki GSV-R1:38.279
11Marco MelandriFortuna HondaHonda RC211V1:38.331
12Carlos ChecaTech 3 YamahaYamaha YZR-M11:38.444
13James EllisonTech 3 YamahaYamaha YZR-M11:38.466
14Alex HofmannTeam D'Antin PramacDucati Desmosedici GP-61:38.811
15Loris CapirossiDucati Marlboro TeamDucati Desmosedici GP-61:39.385
16Jose Luis CardosoTeam D'Antin PramacDucati Desmosedici GP-61:39.626
17Ivan SilvaTeam D'Antin PramacDucati Desmosedici GP-61:40.107
18Valentino RossiCamel Yamaha TeamYamaha YZR-M11:58.614
Colin Edwards was again fastest at the Circuit Van Drenthe in Holland this morning, leading fellow American Nick Hayden home, the Texas Tornado heading the Kentucky kid by 0.190 seconds.
Kawasaki's Randy de Puniet was a further 0.066 seconds back of Hayden in third, with class rookie Casey Stoner in fourth and Shinya Nakano placed the second Ninja machine inside the top five.
Valentino Rossi ran only four laps, the Italian not in the best of health following his crash yesterday morning. Loris Capirossi is clearly not happy either, and the same can be said of Marco Melandri, both riders languishing down the order, clearly still suffering from the injuries they sustained in Barcelona.
As to whether the injured riders can complete a full race distance is unclear, but it doesn't look good, certainly for Capirossi who looks to be struggling with the power of the Desmosedici V4; the works Ducati pilot is two seconds in arrears of Edwards.
Dutch TT: Qualifying Times From Assen
Hopkins Takes Pole For Suzuki
by toby hirst
Friday, June 23, 2006
Pos. Rider Team Bike Time
1 John Hopkins Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki GSV-R 1:36.411
2 Shinya Nakano Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki Ninja ZX-RR 1:36.424
3 Colin Edwards Camel Yamaha Team Yamaha YZR-M1 1:36.755
4 Nicky Hayden Repsol Honda Team Honda RC211V 1:36.758
5 Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda Team Honda RC211V 1:36.993
6 Chris Vermeulen Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki GSV-R 1:37.077
7 Marco Melandri Fortuna Honda Honda RC211V 1:37.332
8 Carlos Checa Tech 3 Yamaha Yamaha YZR-M1 1:37.378
9 Alex Hofmann Ducati Marlboro Team Ducati Desmosedici GP-6 1:37.399
10 Kenny Roberts Jnr. Team Roberts KR211V 1:37.528
11 Randy De Puniet Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki Ninja ZX-RR 1:37.556
12 Casey Stoner Honda LCR Honda RC211V 1:37.660
13 Makoto Tamada Konica Minolta Honda Honda RC211V 1:37.676
14 James Ellison Tech 3 Yamaha Yamaha YZR-M1 1:38.055
15 Loris Capirossi Ducati Marlboro Team Ducati Desmosedici GP-6 1:38.060
16 Jose Luis Cardoso Team D'Antin Pramac Ducati Desmosedici GP-6 1:39.406
17 Ivan Silva Team D'Antin Pramac Ducati Desmosedici GP-6 1:39.496
18 Valentino Rossi Camel Yamaha Team Yamaha YZR-M1 1:40.298
John Hopkins has taken his first premier class pole after demoting Shinya Nakano and Colin Edwards with just seconds of the qualifying hour remaining.
Yamaha's Edwards had led most of the session, before Nakano stole the limelight with a stunning lap on the Ninja ZX-RR inside the final few minutes.
Former WSBK champ Edwards could not reply, leaving Hopper to steal the limelight for Rizla Suzuki.
Nick Hayden leads row two from Repsol Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa, and Hopkins' partner in crime, Chris Vermeulen completes the top six.
Valentino Rossi is clearly suffering, running only 13 laps and finished the hour in last place, 18th. His participation in the Dutch TT is now in doubt.
Melandri and Capirossi both struggled, Ducati man Capirex finished in 15th place, although Melandri pulled a miracle lap from somewhere to at least start on row three.
Hopkins on pole then for tomorrow's 26-lap race around the 'cathedral'.
Last edited by cvlighthouse; 06-23-2006 at 12:30 PM.