HONDA - Fighting Fourth Place For Dani As Stoner Wins

HONDA - Fighting Fourth Place For Dani As Stoner Wins

07.05.2007: HONDA - Fighting Fourth Place For Dani As Stoner Wins

MotoGP World Championship Grand Prix Round 04Chinese Grand Prix at Shanghai

Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda RC212V) rode a determined race to keep himself in the title hunt with a fourth place in China as Casey Stoner (Ducati) won from Valentino Rossi (Yamaha) in second and John Hopkins (Suzuki) third. A sparse crowd watched the action unfold in dry conditions.

Hopkins hit the front from the start and on lap one the luckless Nicky Hayden (Repsol Honda RC212V) had to take severe avoiding action when Toni Elias (Gresini Honda RC212V) crashed. The American World Champion dropped down to 16th place as he rejoined the track and fought his way back up the field.

By lap two Stoner was in front, the speed of the Ducati giving the Australian a big advantage on the two long straights at this 5.281km track. Marco Melandri (Gresini Honda RC212V) lay third and would then overhaul Rossi to grab second by the end of lap three.

Stoner reeled off two early fastest laps as he led a five-rider group consisting of Melandri, Rossi, Hopkins and Dani, with Randy de Puniet (Kawasaki) losing touch in sixth. Rossi then inched past Melandri for second place on lap four as Shinya Nakano (Konica Minolta Honda RC212V) and Makoto Tamada (Yamaha) tangled and fell at the hairpin.

Rossi took the lead on lap eight of this 22-lap race, but he didnít hold onto it long, Stoner grabbing it back as the Italian ran wide into the hairpin. A lead trio of Stoner, Rossi and Hopkins had by now begun to drop Melandri and Dani Ė a gap of five seconds opening up by mid race.

These three riders would take the race to the flag but not without incident. On lap 16 Rossi ran wide into the hairpin under braking handing an advantage to Stoner and Hopkins. But it was only Stoner who had the speed to make Rossi pay for his mistake. The Aussie put 2.7 seconds between himself his pursuers and held it to take the flag just over three seconds ahead of Rossi who managed to get past Hopkins on lap 18.

Stoner set the fastest lap of the race on lap 15, his time of 1m 59.856 seconds marginally slower than the best lap of last yearís race set by Dani at 1m 59.318 seconds. Dani had to work for his fourth place, as did Marco for fifth. And with a tough series of European races to come beginning with Le Mans in two weeks time, both Honda men will be hoping for better.

Dani said, "Well, weíll take the points for fourth place because these are useful for the Championship, even though it would have been nice to be on the podium today. My start was quite good and I could ride with the leaders for the first few laps. However the riders in front were very fast today and in the end the pace was just too quick for us. For the middle part of the race I had a battle with Melandri and when I was able to get past him they had made a gap. Still, I donít think I could have stayed with them today."

Marco said, "Iím pleased because I gave my best, but I canít deny that Iím aiming for better results than this. I got a good start and felt comfortable with the bike, it felt good at the start of the race. I was able to move up to second place but after a few laps I started to suffer a little with chatter and it didnít help. We have a lot of hard work still to do because at the moment weíre behind."

Carlos Checa (LCR Honda RC212V) finished tenth and said, "Iím satisfied with this result because I knew this would be a tough race as we had a top speed disadvantage on the straight and it is difficult to fight in this condition. I rode as fast as possible and after I passed Edwards I was able to match the pace of Capirossi and de Puniet ahead of me. In the first corner I had to stop and run wide to avoid hitting Hofmann, it was better to do that than crash and then I just tried to make up time. Now Iím looking ahead to the Le Mans race."

Nicky was 12th. The reigning World Champ said, "This morning I was fifth fastest in the warm-up and I was definitely looking to get my best result of the year, so itís a pity about that first corner incident. I got a decent start and going round the inside I felt pretty good and was in a decent position. Then somebody just drilled me from behind and I was lucky to stay on the bike. I was out of the saddle, then my feet were dragging on the ground and I was pretty much cowboying it through the dirt and trying not come back on the track in the middle of the bunch. By the time I was pointing the right way everybody was gone."

Kenny Roberts (KR212V) managed 15th place. The disappointed former World Champion said, "It seems that everybody else has made improvements, because you hear about everybody talking about all the improvements they made for here. From here, Iím going to go to Le Mans in my same mentality and if we have a good weekend, we do. I can only go this hard, because the front tyreís going to fold or the back tyreís going to spin out and Iíll crash. So the physical part, like I used to do on a 500, is not there. Itís like a go-kart almost, but at the moment Iím just not setting my go-kart up right, I guess."

"Iím disappointed not to finish the race," said Elias. "In the warm-up the bike had improved a lot compared to yesterday. We found a much better solution for the tyres and I think it could have been a nice race for me. Unfortunately on the first lap I was behind Hayden when he was closing his line towards the kerb and I had no choice but to collide with his rear wheel and crash. These things happen in racing Ė especially when everybody is so close, but Iím disappointed to miss out on some important points. This race is behind us now and I only want to think about Le Mans."

Nakano said, "Firstly I would like to say Iím happy that neither Makoto nor myself is injured. Iíve banged my right hand in the crash, but it will be OK in a couple of days. Makoto and I are fine, itís a racing accident and crashes happen. Itís a shame because our race set-up was the best of the weekend. I made a good start and was riding in 10th position but couldnít follow the top guys. Then at the end of the back straight Tamada-san missed his braking point and clipped my rear tyre. Iím so sorry for the team that the crash happened and we couldnít get a result."

The World Championship points table looks like this after four of 18 rounds: Stoner 86 points, Rossi 71, Dani 49 and Marco fourth overall with 41 points.

Jorge Lorenzo won the 250cc race from Alvaro Bautista (both Aprilia) with Andrea Dovizioso (Scot Honda RS250RW) third. This is Lorenzoís third win from four races and puts the Spanish rider in firm control of the World Championship points table with 95 to Doviís 68.

Mika Kallio (KTM) got the holeshot into turn one and made the early running before Lorenzo remorselessly hunted down first place after running wide early on and slipping from second to sixth. Dovi led until lap seven when Lorenzo took over and was never headed to win by four seconds.

Dovi fought hard to preserve his second place from the attentions of Bautista, but the Aprilia rider squeezed him into the braking area for the main straight and forced him wide on the exit of the tight right-hander at the end to secure second.

"During the warm-up this morning I knew the race would be very hard for me because Lorenzo was fast. During the race my machine was OK but I had rear grip problem. I also thought Bautistaís move on me was too hard," said Dovi. "Before he braked he changed line and I had to move to avoid him. I was lucky not to crash and the whole episode was too near the limit."

Julian Simon (Repsol Honda RS250RW) finished seventh after a stint with the leading group early in the race while Thai rookie Ratthapark Wilairot (Stop And Go Racing Honda RS250RW) finished 12th while Shuhei Aoyama (Repsol Honda RS250RW) crashed out and Yuki Takahashi (Scot Honda RS250RW) did not race after injuring his left forearm in a practice crash.

Simon said of his race. "I made a good start and thatís important, because it was one of the aspects to be improved. I was able to stay in the group during the first few laps, but even my team and some people were able to see that I did not have enough top speed. I passed Dovizioso in the first lap but then he passed me back. I was fighting with BarberŠ and Kallio, but their top speed was higher and I had no chance to stand up to it. I passed them, but they would pass me back in the straight and I wasnít able to catch Dovizioso and De Angelis."

Lukas Pesek (Derbi) won his first ever 125cc race when he triumphed in the 19-lapper over Hector Faubel (Aprilia) and Esteve Rabat (Repsol Honda RS125R) who was third. This was Rabatís first podium in a typically hard-fought encounter.

A nine rider group emerged by mid-race distance to dispute just three podium places and although Rabat led the group two laps from the end it was Pesek who fought his way to the front to win by just two tenths of a second from Faubel at the flag.

"I didnít expect that," said a delighted Rabat. "On Friday the team worked really hard for me and even in warm-up I thought Iíd be able to be somewhere near the front. But when I was actually leading I didnít know what was possible Ė Iím really excited about my first ever podium."

Rabatís Repsol Honda teammate, Bradley Smith said. "The start was good, I even managed to be second, but we chose the wrong rear tyre today. I was one of only two riders having this problem today. Itís been a shame because I could have been even faster than the pace set by the top group. But the tyre did not work at any moment. I was skidding a lot and after a few laps I saw where I could be fast and where I shouldnít, this is how I managed to be faster than the others."

Alex Masbou (FFM Racing Honda RS125R) managed 13th place and Mike di Meglio (Scot Honda RS125R) 14th. The World Championship points tally shows Pesek out front with 71 points, Gabor Talmacsi with 69 and Faubel third on 57 points.

 

MotoGP

Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda: 4th.

"Well we'll take the points for fourth place because these are useful for the Championship, even though it would have been nice to be on the podium today. My start was quite good and I could ride with the leaders for the first few laps. However the riders in front were very fast today and in the end the pace was just too quick for us.

For the middle part of the race I had a battle with Melandri and when I was able to get passed him they had made a gap. Still, I don't think I could have stayed with them today. They were going even faster than the pace in the practice sessions which we were not really expecting.

I tried very hard to the end of the race and the Michelin tyres worked quite well today but I just didn't have the speed to stick with them so I settled for fourth place. I'm sure the team will be putting in a lot of effort so we can have a good result in Le Mans."

Marco Melandri, Gresini Honda: 5th.

"Iím pleased because I gave my best, but I canít deny that Iím aiming for better results than this. I got a good start and felt comfortable with the bike, it felt good at the start of the race. I was able to move up to second place but after a few laps I started to suffer a little with chatter and it didnít help. We have a lot of hard work still to do because at the moment weíre behind."

Carlos Checa, LCR Honda: 10th.

"I'm satisfied with this result because I knew this would be a tough race as we had a top speed disadvantage on the straight and it is difficult to fight in this condition. I rode as fast as possible and after I passed Edwards I was able to match the pace of Capirossi and De Puniet ahead of me. In the first corner I had to stop and run wide to avoid hitting Hofmann, it was better to do that than crash and then I just tried to make up time. Now I'm looking ahead to the Le Mans race."

Nicky Hayden, Repsol Honda: 12th.

"This morning I was fifth fastest in the warm-up and I was definitely looking to get my best result of the year, so it's a pity about that first corner incident. I got a decent start and going round the inside I felt pretty good and was in a decent position. Then somebody just drilled me from behind and I was lucky to stay on the bike.

I was out of the saddle, then my feet were dragging on the ground and I was pretty much cowboying it through the dirt and trying not come back on the track in the middle of the bunch. By the time I was pointing the right way everybody was gone. I wasn't sure how much damage there was on the back of the bike and there was some vibration after the hit.

Right now a lot of guys are evenly paced and these things can happen in turn one, but it's frustrating for sure. I recovered as best I could, caught some guys and made a few passes but it was a pretty lonely race after that. We've just got to stay focused and look forward to getting back to Europe and the next race at Le Mans.

Hopefully we'll get a result that the team deserves because those guys are all working hard."

 

Kenny Roberts Jnr, KR212V: 15th.

"It seems that everybody else has made improvements, because you hear about everybody talking about all the improvements they made for here. From here, I'm going to go to Le Mans in my same mentality and if we have a good weekend, we do.

I can only go this hard, because the front tire's going to fold or the back tire's going to spin out and I'll crash. So the physical part, like I used to do on a 500, is not there. It's like a go-kart almost, but at the moment I'm just not setting my go-kart up right, I guess."

Chuck Aksland: Team Manager.

"It was the rider, bike, tires combination. It just wasn't there. We had a meeting with Michelin about what to do for France. And obviously I think Honda understands the part that needs to come from them. Hopefully in France we can make a better run at it."

Toni Elias, Gresini Honda: dnf Ė crash.

"Iím disappointed not to finish the race because in the warm up the bike had improved a lot compared to yesterday. We found a much better solution for the tyres and I think it could have been a nice race for me.

Unfortunately on the first lap I was behind Hayden when he was closing his line towards the kerb and I had no choice but to collide with his rear wheel and crash. These things happen in racing Ė especially when everybody is so close but Iím disappointed to miss out on some important points. This race is behind us now and I only want to think about Le Mans."

Shinya Nakano, Konica Minolta Honda: dnf Ė crash.

"Firstly I would like to say that Iím happy that neither Makoto nor myself is injured. Iíve banged my right hand in the crash, but it will be OK in a couple of days. Makoto and I are fine, itís a racing accident and crashes happen. Itís a shame because our race set-up was the best of the weekend.

I made a good start and was riding in 10th position but couldnít follow the top guys. My lap time was not so bad and I was concentrating on keeping that position to take advantage of any situation ahead, but then at the end of the back straight Tamada-san missed his braking point and clipped my rear tyre. Iím so sorry for the team that the crash happened and we couldnít get a result."

 

250cc:

Andrea Dovizioso, Kopron Scot Honda: 3rd.

"During the warm-up this morning I knew the race will be very hard for me because Lorenzo was very fast. During the race may machine was OK but I had a rear grip problem. For the last seven laps I was trying really hard because I knew Bautista and De Angelis were following me closely. At the final corner on the final lap Bautista changed his line before he braked and we touched. It was dangerous."

Julian Simon, Repsol Honda: 7th.

"I made a good start and thatís important, because it was one of the aspects to be improved. I was able to stay in the group during the first few laps, but even my team and some people were able to see that I did not have enough top speed.

I passed Dovizioso in the first lap but then he passed me back. I was fighting with BarberŠ and Kallio, but their top speed was higher and I had no chance to stand up to it. I passed them, but they would pass me back in the straight and I wasnít able to catch Dovizioso and De Angelis, who were leading the race until Lorenzo came.

This is where my race trying to be in the front, ended. I had a small fight with Kallio, but eventually didnít manage to pass him, nor Barbera. Iím not really happy with the final result, but the weekend has been positive in general, we have worked well and the team is giving me everything to be able to be in the front in some race."

Ratthapark Wilairot, Thai Honda PTT-SAG: 12th.

"It's a shame I didn't get off to a good start because I could have secured a better result, but I think my race pace was good, I'm generally satisfied and pleased with scoring another four points today. I tried to beat Espargarů and Lai in the last few laps, but I was losing time in the corner which leads to the back straight as I didn't have much grip. Anyway, I'm very happy with the race and the result."

Eugene Laverty, LCR Honda: 17th.

"My start was OK and I passed four riders on the first lap but missed my braking point in the back straight, the wind pushed deep into the corner, and then I ran wide because of the crash in front of me. It was difficult to repeat my practice times, I didn't have a smooth feeling with the rear of the bike."

Shuhei Aoyama, Repsol Honda: dnf.- crash.

"I made a little mistake at the start, the front tyre went a bit up and I quickly lost some positions. But I felt very well on the bike. Bit by bit I managed to pass some riders and followed Luthi and Bautista. Then Bautista opened a gap so I had to pass Luthi.

I tried to push harder to make it but then I crashed at the end of the straight, while being quite fast. My right knee is hurting because I hit it when I crashed, before tumbling. After the crash, I lost the slider and scratched a bit of skin, but nothing is broken and Iíll be ready for France."

Yukio Takahashi, Kopron Scot Honda:

Did not start following a crash in practice. Yuki sustained a fractured forearm and bent the metal plate in the same arm, a legacy of a previous accident. He has flown home to Japan for treatment.

 

125cc.

Tito Rabat, Repsol Honda: 3rd.

"I just couldnít believe it when the race was over and I still donít really know what I'm feeling. During the race I only thought about moving forward and nothing else. I felt very comfortable, but I was a bit tired towards the end and I lost the two leading riders.

I didnít want to settle for third, but I made a few mistakes and they went away. Every time I put myself behind another bike, I was able to pass them if I managed to get out well of the corners before a long straight, because the bike worked really well.

The tyres worked also well and even if the bike was skidding a bit towards the end and I had a few frights, I was able to have the situation under control and continue pushing. I always thought that the top riders are from a different world, but now I know that they are just like me."

Bradley Smith, Repsol Honda: 8th.

"The start was good, I even managed to be second, but we chose the wrong rear tyre today. I was one of only two riders having this problem today. Itís been a shame because I could have been even faster than the pace set by the top group.

But the tyre did not work at any moment. I was skidding a lot and after a few laps I saw where I could be fast and where I shouldnít, this is how I managed to be faster than the others. Iím very disappointed because we had the chance to make a good race and we had been working very hard at all the practice sessions.

A single wrong decision made a race that could have been good go wrong. But, well, the positive thing is that despite a bad race I've been able to finish 2.7 seconds from the lead, eighth again, but equalling my best result. Now Iím only looking forward to Le Mans, because I know that I can be in the front. I hope to take the right decisions there and to make-up for this bad race."

Alexis Masbou, FFM Honda: 13th.

"Today was better than yesterday, especially the first part. My start was not so bad and I was 16th at the end of the first lap. From then on I was overtaking many riders and was lying 9th , at the top of second group. May machine was feeling so good.

Then after the middle of the race, I made a mistake at the end of straight and was passed by many riders. Then I was dicing with Espargaro and went out of the track two times. My rear tyre started to slide so at the penultimate lap I thought I would rather finish this race than crash because at Turkey I crashed. As I am very comfortable with my machine now, after changing the direction of machine set-up, I am really looking forward to Le Mans, my home GP."

Joey Litjens, Molenaar Honda: 22nd.

"I had some strange problem with my front tyre. It started to wobble and the feeling of the machine was not perfect. Also I lost some power in the middle of the race and top speed was slower than before. Wind was also very strong but the condition was equal for everyone. I am not happy with 22nd place although the way I rode was not so bad. Now I am looking forward to Le Mans."

Danny Webb, Molenaar Honda: 23rd.

"My left toe was OK today but the race itself was not so good. Some one hit me at the end of the back straight then I had a tough fight with Joey and Aegerter. We changed position many times at the end of back straight. Then my rear tyre started to slide toward the end of the race."

MotoGP World Championship Grand Prix Round 04 Chinese Grand Prix at Shanghai

MotoGP

1 Casey STONER (Ducati Marlboro Team)
2 Valentino ROSSI (Fiat Yamaha Team)
3 John HOPKINS (Rizla Suzuki MotoGP)
4 Dani PEDROSA (Repsol Honda Team)
5 Marco MELANDRI (Team Honda Gresini)
6 Loris CAPIROSSI (Ducati Marlboro Team)
7 Chris VERMEULEN (Rizla Suzuki MotoGP)
8 Randy DE PUNIET (Kawasaki Racing Team)
9 Alex HOFMANN (Pramac d'Antin)
10 Carlos CHECA (Honda LCR)
11 Colin EDWARDS (Fiat Yamaha Team)
12 Nicky HAYDEN (Repsol Honda Team)
13 Sylvain GUINTOLI (Dunlop Yamaha Tech 3)
14 Alex BARROS (Pramac d'Antin)
15 Kenny ROBERTS JR (Team Roberts)

250cc

1 Jorge LORENZO (Fortuna Aprilia)
2 Alvaro BAUTISTA (Master - Mapfre Aspar)
3 Andrea DOVIZIOSO (Kopron Team Scot)
4 Alex DE ANGELIS (Master - Mapfre Aspar)
5 Mika KALLIO (Red Bull KTM 250)
6 Hector BARBERA (Team Toth Aprilia)
7 Julian SIMON (Repsol Honda 250cc)
8 Thomas LUTHI (Emmi - Caffe Latte Aprilia)
9 Hiroshi AOYAMA (Red Bull KTM 250)
10 Fabrizio LAI (Campetella Racing)
11 Aleix ESPARGARO (Blusens Aprilia)
12 Ratthapark WILAIROT (Thai Honda PTT-SAG)
13 Anthony WEST (Team Sicilia)
14 Taro SEKIGUCHI (Campetella Racing)
15 Arturo TIZON (Blusens Aprilia Germany)

 

Andrea Dovizioso 125cc

1 Lukas PESEK (Valsir Seedorf Derbi)
2 Hector FAUBEL (Bancaja Aspar)
3 Esteve RABAT (Repsol Honda 125cc)
4 Gabor TALMACSI (Bancaja Aspar)
5 Simone CORSI (Skilled Racing Team)
6 Sergio GADEA (Bancaja Aspar)
7 Michael RANSEDER (Ajo Motorsport)
8 Bradley SMITH (Repsol Honda 125cc)
9 Pol ESPARGARO (Belson Campetella Aprilia)
10 Mattia PASINI (Polaris World )
11 Andrea IANNONE (WTR Team)
12 Raffaele DE ROSA (Multimedia Racing)
13 Alexis MASBOU (FFM Honda GP 125)
14 Mike DI MEGLIO (Kopron Team Scot)
15 Lorenzo ZANETTI (Team Sicilia)

 

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Fiat Yamaha Team rider Valentino Rossi finished second in the inaugural Grand Prix of the 800cc era today after losing out in a close battle with Casey Stoner (Ducati), who took his first MotoGP win. After starting from pole position for the 46th time in his career, Rossi got a good start but surrendered his lead to the eventual winner as they crossed the line at the end of the f more >>
KTM - RR 125cc 1st Round Qatar, Race Losail Circuit
10.03.2007
Tomoyoshi Koyama crossed the line in his first 125cc MotoGP for KTM in sixth place for a creditable finish in the opening race in Qatar on Saturday, picking up 10 valuable championship points. The Japanese rider who joined the Austrian-based manufacturerís lineup of factory riders this year to replace Mika Kallio (now competing in the 250cc class) faced tough competition more >>
Crash for Aoyama, Kallio fails to finish in the opening 250cc MotoGP in Qatar.
10.03.2007
KTM - RR 250cc 1st Round Qatar, Race  The first race of the 250cc MotoGP championships ended with little joy for KTM with Hiroshi Aoyama ending his challenge for points in the seasonís opener as early as lap three when he crashed and slid off the Losail circuit in Qatar.Mika Kallio, who has advanced to the 250cc class this season and who won here last year in more >>
Fiat Yamaha riders seal front row starts for desert challenge
09.03.2007
Valentino Rossi and Colin Edwards carried on from where they left off yesterday on day two of the seasonopening Grand Prix of Qatar, topping the time sheets again in this morning's free practice before taking first and third in a gripping Qualifying session this afternoon. Rossi will start from pole for the 46th time in his Grand Prix career with his team mate two places away fro more >>
Perfect start for Fiat Yamaha Team at first 800cc Grand Prix in Qatar
08.03.2007
FREE PRACTICE Losail International Circuit - 08/03/2007 Fiat Yamaha Team riders Valentino Rossi and Colin Edwards got the first ever Grand Prix of the new 800cc era off to a flying start in Qatar today, both lapping comfortably under the 990cc circuit record more >>
Yamaha Motor Co. Ltd. and FIAT Automobiles S.p.A. annouce two-year title sponsorship and unveil new livery in Milan
06.03.2007
During a presentation in Italy today, Yamaha Motor Co. Ltd announced that it has reached a two-year agreement with Fiat Automobiles S.p.A. to become title sponsor of the Yamaha Factory Racing Team in the MotoGP World Championship. The Teamís Official Launch took place in Milan this afternoon and the Tea more >>
Yamaha Factory Team racers ready for 800cc opener in Qatar
05.03.2007
Yamaha Factory Team riders Valentino Rossi and Colin Edwards begin their assault on the 2007 MotoGP World Championship next weekend as the most eagerly anticipated season in recent history finally fires up in Qatar. Saturday's race is the first of eighteen mouth-watering events across thirteen countries and four continents that will decide the destiny of the most coveted prize in more >>
Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup Official Tests
02.03.2007
Junior Talent taste race atmosphere on KTM machines ahead of 7- event Rookies Cup. Talented young riders revelled in the true racing circuit atmosphere in Valencia recently when they gathered for the first official testing for the 2007 Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup, photo shoots and TV footage. The Rookies Cup is a unique program for sponsoring young motorcyc more >>
Rossi ready to race after masterful performance in Jerez
26.02.2007
Valentino Rossi ended his pre-season preparations in fine style today after taking top honours in the traditional 40-minute ĎQualifyingí Practice session at Jerez, smashing last yearís pole time and becoming the fastest man ever round the Spanish circuit in the process. There was double satisfaction for Yamaha as Rossiís team-mate Colin Edwards, who took this same accolade in tre more >>
Promising day for Rossi and Edwards after foggy start in Jerez
24.02.2007
Following yesterdayís heavy rain, thick fog delayed the start of the second day of testing in Jerez this morning before giving way to sunshine and a dry track, providing the Yamaha Factory Team with the chance to get some important work under their belts. Valentino Rossi and Colin Edwards both focused on general set-up work today and were pleased to see good improvements more >>
Final Test Gets Underway for Yamaha at Rain-Hit Jerez
24.02.2007
Yamaha Factory Racing riders Valentino Rossi and Colin Edwards started their final pre-season preparations today as the Official MotoGP Test began in Jerez. The Andalusian circuit, which will play host to the second round of the MotoGP World Championship in March, will provide the teams with the last chance to fine-tune their 800cc MotoGP motorcycles before the season gets starte more >>
Yamaha Factory Racing Team To Run In Special Blue Livery In Jerez
22.02.2007
Yamahaís Factory MotoGP Team will take part in the Official MotoGP Test in Jerez this weekend sporting a special blue Yamaha livery. The livery reflects the familiar blue colours used in other Yamaha racing disciplines and also makes a direct connection with the blue colours and the famous Yamaha speedblock stripe used on the high-performance Yamaha R1 and R6 machines th more >>
Yamaha head back to Europe after successful Qatar test
16.02.2007
The final day of MotoGP testing in Qatar today saw the times tumble yet again, as several riders opted to try qualifying tyres and three of them, Yamaha rider Valentino Rossi included, dipped under the 1í55 mark. As usual on the final day of a test, both Rossi and team-mate Colin Edwards tried their 800cc Yamahaís on a long-run, enabling them to gather crucial information about t more >>
Edwards and Rossi continue to shine In Qatar
14.02.2007
Colin Edwards maintained his exemplary pre-season form by topping the unofficial time-sheets once again at the Losail International Circuit in Qatar today, with team-mate Valentino Rossi hot on his heels. The Yamaha pairing continue to forge ahead with the development of their 800cc Yamahas and their hard work is reaping rewards, with both riders feeling confident about the impen more >>
Yamaha Factory Racing out in front in Qatar
13.02.2007
Yamaha Factory Racing commenced the latest stage of their pre-season testing schedule today, joining the rest of their MotoGP counterparts on track at the Losail International Circuit in Qatar. This third test of the season is arguably the most important so far, as Losail will play host to the first race of the season in just over three weekís time. After two successive more >>
Edwards smashes pole record in Sepang
07.02.2007
Colin Edwards and Valentino Rossi proved they are more than ready for the challenge ahead with their new 800cc Yamahas by clocking some outstanding times today, on the third and final day of testing in Sepang. Both took the chance to try new Michelin qualifying tyres and Edwards stunned his crew by dipping well under the current pole position record, set by Rossi at last yearís r more >>
Rossi and Edwards set the standard at Sepang
06.02.2007
Valentino Rossi and Colin Edwards continued their relentless march towards the first race of the season with another promising dayís work in Sepang today. Having concentrated on trying new parts for Yamaha yesterday, it was Michelinís turn today and the Yamaha Factory Racing riders spent most of the day testi more >>
Rossi and Edwards get back to work in Sepang
05.02.2007
Sepang, Malaysia 05/02/2007 The Yamaha Factory Racing Teamís second test of 2007 got underway in Sepang, Malaysia today, with Valentino Rossi and Colin Edwards back out onboard their prototype 800cc machines for another three-day test. With most teams having chosen to test in Australia last week, Yamaha decided to return to Sepang and take advantage of the relative more >>
Rossi and Yamaha together for 2007 and 2008
01.02.2007
Yamaha Motor Company Ltd and Valentino Rossi will continue to race together until the end of the 2008 season. The next two seasons will see Rossi ride as part of Yamahaís Official Factory Team, with which he has already won two MotoGP World Championship titles since joining the Factory in 2004. The Italian, who turns 28 this month, has won 25 Grand more >>
Valentino Rossi fastest on final day in Sepang
25.01.2007
MOTOGP Test - Sepang, Malaysia The Yamaha Factory Racing Team rounded off their first test of 2007 in fine style today, with Valentino Rossi topping the unofficial time sheets after three days of testing. Both Rossi and his team-mate Colin Edwards made more positive progress with Yamahaís new prototype 800cc machine and the team closed the test feeling confident a more >>
Second session gives Yamaha more confidence in Sepang
24.01.2007
Sepang. Malaysia 23/01/2007 MOTOGP Test A second day of testing in Malaysia today saw the Yamaha Factory Racing Team continue to come on in leaps and bounds with the development of their new prototype 800cc motorcycle. With rain threatening for tomorrowís third and final day of testing, both Valentino Rossi and Colin Edwards elected to take advantage of clear skies more >>

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