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pdad13 06-23-2007 05:10 AM

MotoGP Donington
We've got to have a Donington thread, no? Let's catch up, shall we?

FP1 & 2 were very wet. Pedrobot seems to have learned to ride in the wet, fairing extremely well--3rd & 1st. Hayden continues his return from the dead, otherwise known as the "Edwards Underworld," with 2nd in both wet sessions. Stoner has blasted Donny as a 3rd world venue (along with just about everybody else). Rossi is struggling a bit but no one really expects that to last come race day. Edwards is, well, Edwards. Who knows what to expect from him? Hopper looks fine at his "home" race. Kawi and their sole remaining Frenchman look competitive again. It's a fair bet that Kurtis Roberts and the KR will be lapped.

And now, FP3. Shockingly, a dry session:

1 Nicky Hayden Repsol Honda Team Honda RC212V 1:29.798
2 John Hopkins Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki GSV-R800 1:29.929
3 Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda Team Honda RC212V 1:29.930
4 Casey Stoner Ducati Marlboro Team Ducati GP7 1:29.934
5 Carlos Checa Honda LCR Honda RC212V 1:30.317
6 Randy De Puniet Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki 1:30.394
7 Colin Edwards Fiat Yamaha Team Yamaha M1 1:30.413
8 Valentino Rossi Fiat Yamaha Team Yamaha M1 1:30.493
9 Toni Elias Honda Gresini Honda RC212V 1:30.617
10 Chris Vermeulen Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki GSV-R800 1:30.940
11 Alex Barros Pramac D'Antin Ducati GP7 1:30.981
12 Loris Capirossi Ducati Marlboro Team Ducati GP7 1:31.001
13 Makoto Tamada Tech 3 Yamaha Yamaha 1:31.134
14 Marco Melandri Honda Gresini Honda RC212V 1:31.212
15 Alex Hofmann Pramac D'Antin Ducati GP7 1:31.325
16 Shinya Nakano Konica Minolta Honda Honda RC212V 1:31.330
17 Sylvain Guintoli Tech 3 Yamaha Yamaha M1 1:31.583
18 Anthony West Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki 1:32.332
19 Kurtis Roberts Team Roberts KR212V 1:34.330

Session *dry*.

Buzglyd 06-23-2007 06:36 AM

I predict an 800cc V4 will win! The prophylactic has spoken!

mugwump58 06-23-2007 08:41 AM

It's nice to see Nicky becoming competetive. I expect progress to continue through out the year.

pdad13 06-23-2007 02:21 PM

You are truly a genius, oh great one. You're right, that Rossi loser has no chance on that claptrap I-4.

Now, if the GMP, would bless me with some more divine intuition:
Will I buy that extremely tasty 675 I tested today?

pdad13 06-23-2007 02:27 PM

Agree. I don't expect miracles, but it seems like they're getting Hayden's bike sorted out. Melandri's still getting the high hard one, though. It's looking more and more like he won't be riding a Honda next year.

mugwump58 06-24-2007 06:31 PM

It was looking pretty darn good
I can't wait till Assen. I hope it's dry. I've got my favorites but Nicky is one I'd like to see run well. Of course he is on Michelins, ouch. How'd a thunk it Rossi off the podium and Bridgestone the hot tire. Nice job by all. Ant West what a trip. Loris your breaking my heart. Can't wait to watch the 125's to watch Steve Bonseys progress.

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