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Old 10-01-2010, 03:45 AM   #1
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Exclamation Pedrosa is out!

Valentino Rossi got his Grand Prix of Japan weekend off to a promising start with the fastest lap of the first practice session on Friday, timing in at 1’48.174 with his final turn of the hour-long run. The Fiat Yamaha rider snatched top spot from fellow Italian Andrea Dovizioso, which left him 0.213s clear at the head of the timesheet.
In a significant twist for the Championship and an extremely unfortunate stroke of bad luck for Dani Pedrosa the Repsol Honda rider fractured his left collarbone in three places when he crashed inside the opening five minutes. The 25 year-old had completed just two laps when he came off his factory RC212V, and was stretchered to the medical centre where his injury was confirmed following X-rays.
That left Dovizioso to carry the flag for the factory team and the Italian led until the final moments of the session, eventually placing second with his time of 1’48.387. Just 0.087s behind him was Championship leader Jorge Lorenzo, who was exactly three-tenths of a second off his team-mate Rossi’s pace.
Casey Stoner set the fourth fastest time on his Ducati Desmosedici GP10, at just seven-thousandths off Lorenzo, with Ben Spies (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) recovering from a moment midway through the session to place fifth. Hiroshi Aoyama (Interwetten Honda MotoGP) completed the top six after an impressive session ended with the Japanese rider looking in good shape for his home GP.
Colin Edwards (Monster Yamaha Tech 3), Héctor Barberá (Páginas Amarillas Aspar), Loris Capirossi (Rizla Suzuki) – on his return after a one-race absence through injury – and Marco Simoncelli (San Carlo Honda Gresini Team) were all inside the top ten.
There were run-offs during the session for Randy de Puniet (LCR Honda), Marco Melandri (San Carlo Honda Gresini Team) and Aleix Espargaró (Pramac Racing), whilst Nicky Hayden (Ducati Team) had a crash inside the final five minutes which the American walked away from uninjured.
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Old 10-01-2010, 07:06 AM   #2
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Oh...that "out."

I thought you were going to say he's gay.
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Old 10-01-2010, 08:57 AM   #3
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Oh...that "out."

I thought you were going to say he's gay.
Well, that too.

But, if he doesn't start attending the Meetings; he'll be out of there as well.
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Old 10-01-2010, 09:41 AM   #4
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Ouch! That's gona leave a mark.
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Old 10-02-2010, 04:09 PM   #5
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That's a real shame, Jorge's last competition for the title gone means he'll be capering around the next 5 tracks like an idiot. Good rider, but needs a slap in the head IMO.
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Old 10-03-2010, 08:27 PM   #6
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I think it's great Pedrosas out and personally can't wait to see his name slowly slide down the chart in the world standings.
MotoGP World Standing 2010
Pos. Rider Bike Nation Points
1 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha SPA 297
2 Dani PEDROSA Honda SPA 228
3 Casey STONER Ducati AUS 180
4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Honda ITA 159
5 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha ITA 156
6 Ben SPIES Yamaha USA 139
7 Nicky HAYDEN Ducati USA 129
8 Randy DE PUNIET Honda FRA 88
9 Marco SIMONCELLI Honda ITA 84
10 Colin EDWARDS Yamaha USA 81
11 Marco MELANDRI Honda ITA 79
12 Hector BARBERA Ducati SPA 69
13 Alvaro BAUTISTA Suzuki SPA 58
14 Aleix ESPARGARO Ducati SPA 52
15 Loris CAPIROSSI Suzuki ITA 41
16 Hiroshi AOYAMA Honda JPN 35
17 Mika KALLIO Ducati FIN 34
18 Alex DE ANGELIS Honda RSM 11
19 Roger Lee HAYDEN Honda USA 5
20 Kousuke AKIYOSHI Honda JPN 4
21 Wataru YOSHIKAWA Yamaha JPN 1


Couldn't believe what happened this weekend in Montegi with Nick and Ben. Pedrosa's absence will just leave another spot to be open. Rossi is starting to show consistent improvement back to full health and will be gunning I think to make it a fight all the way down to the wire.
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Old 10-04-2010, 04:00 AM   #7
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Couldn't believe what happened this weekend in Montegi with Nick and Ben. Pedrosa's absence will just leave another spot to be open. Rossi is starting to show consistent improvement back to full health and will be gunning I think to make it a fight all the way down to the wire.
For sure! It's nice to see just how well Elbows is doing... and also nice to know that Nicky isn't done yet.
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Old 10-04-2010, 06:28 AM   #8
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Oh gosh the Honduh rider is out. How horrible. How will I ever get through the day? Maybe Honduh can get one of their pals from Earth First or the Sierra Club to take up the slack.
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