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Old 04-04-2003, 08:37 AM   #11
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According to Crash.net, he had a mechanical problem on his #1 bike so they had to switch his #2 to the wet settings. I think he only got in 1 lap. Hopefully he will have a better chance tomorrow.



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Old 04-04-2003, 08:42 AM   #12
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Even when he was winning the AMA title last year and competing for before that, he rarely took the pole position (if ever). His qualifing times placed him at the front row or two, and he would then take it durring the race. Not that its any excuse for 7 seconds, but his style is to race the race and just be good enough at qualifing.
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Old 04-04-2003, 09:11 AM   #13
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Old 04-04-2003, 09:46 AM   #14
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Provisional qualifying in 16th spot for the first time out is not bad at all -- of course it helps to have the reigning class champion as a rider.



Word is they will tackle MotoGP for 2005. I wouldn't take them too lightly!



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Old 04-04-2003, 10:04 AM   #15
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Interestingly, it was Capirossi who was out front during the free practice.

His time of 2:04.604 put him 0.02s ahead of Valentino Rossi.
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Old 04-04-2003, 10:11 AM   #16
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Old 04-04-2003, 10:58 AM   #17
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I understand that he was one of the many to get caught with the wrong tires at the wrong time -- intermediates while the track was drying and switching to slicks just as it started raining again.
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Old 04-04-2003, 11:05 AM   #18
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A bit off topic, but still racing-related....



In the first Superbike practice session at Fontana, the Suzuki GSX-R 1000's took the top three spots Yates, Spies and Mladin, followed by EBoz in the Kwacker (I think with the 800cc motor). Larry Pegram was quickest twin (Ducati), followed by Roger Lee Hayden (Honda 954). Quickest RC51 was Roberts in 8th.



If this is indicative of the way the season will go, expect to see a lot of the big gixxers this year!



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Old 04-04-2003, 11:10 AM   #19
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I understand that this was a REALLY hard crash -- he highsided in 4th gear and the bike cartwheeled over the retaining wall! Damned lucky he didn't end up like Marco or worse!
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Old 04-04-2003, 11:19 AM   #20
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I can't keep up with Eboz's ride. One test the 800 the next back to the 750, and I think there is an intermediate desplacement bike he was testing also.
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