STONER JUST 0.094S OFF LE MANS POLE

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Ducati Marlboro Team rider Casey Stoner continued his remarkable run of performances with a stirring ride in this afternoon's French GP qualifying session that puts him second on the grid, just 0.094 seconds off pole position. Team-mate Loris Capirossi had a tougher day, ending up 15th fastest. World Championship leader Stoner has now qualified on the front two rows of the grid at all five … [Read more...]

PODIUM FINISH FOR HOPKINS IN CHINA

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John Hopkins secured his first MotoGP podium at the Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai today, as he stormed his Rizla Suzuki home in third place - a result that also moves him into the top five in the MotoGP Championship. Hopkins started from the front row of the grid and got off to a great start. He then traded places with Marco Melandri and Dani Pedrosa early on, before getting away from them and … [Read more...]

SHANGHAI BATTLE ENDS WITH SECOND PLACE FOR ROSSI

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Fiat Yamaha Team rider Valentino Rossi fought a race-long battle with Casey Stoner during the Grand Prix of China today, the pair providing a thrilling spectacle until the 16th lap when Rossi was forced to concede victory to the Australian after a small mistake. Despite starting from the front row alongside pole-sitter Rossi, Colin Edwards had a less successful day as he suffered tyre problems … [Read more...]

STONER WINS AGAIN FOR DUCATI MARLBORO TEAM

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Ducati Marlboro Team rider Casey Stoner won his third Grand Prix victory of the year in superb style at Shanghai today, extending his World Championship lead to 15 points after four of 18 races. Team-mate Loris Capirossi also enjoyed a stirring ride, coming through from 14th on the grid to finish in sixth position. Stoner grabbed the lead on the second lap and spent much of the race involved in an … [Read more...]

HOPKINS ON TOP IN SHANGHAI

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John Hopkins stormed his Rizla Suzuki GSV-R to the top of the timesheets on the first day of practice for Sunday’s Grand Prix of China. Hopkins (2’01.204, 44 laps) showed his intentions for this weekend’s race during this morning’s first practice session, as the Anglo-American ace was consistently in first place – only being edged into second in the closing moments by Championship … [Read more...]

JACQUE SIXTH FASTEST ON OPENING DAY IN ISTANBUL

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The three-week break seems to have had a reviving effect on Olivier Jacque, who led the charge for the Kawasaki Racing Team today to finish this afternoon’s free practice session sixth fastest overall at the impressive anti-clockwise circuit of Istanbul Park. After two days of fickle weather, the forecast have been respected today and a sunny but cold day has characterised the opening day of … [Read more...]

PERFECT QUALIFYING FOR FIAT YAMAHA IN TURKEY

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Valentino Rossi and Colin Edwards put themselves in the best possible starting positions for tomorrow's Grand Prix of Turkey with a one-two in today's Official Qualifying. Shaking off the mild set-up problems they had encountered on yesterday's dirty track, the pair worked steadily on fine-tuning their 800cc YZR-M1s throughout the majority of the hour-long session before posting the best flying … [Read more...]

DISAPPOINTMENT FOR ROSSI AND EDWARDS

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High hopes for Valentino Rossi and Colin Edwards went unfulfilled today as the Fiat Yamaha Team riders, who started from first and second on the grid, were both victims of bad luck at Istanbul Park. The pair got a good start and were leading the pack into turn one before Edwards dropped back as he was unable to get enough heat into his tyre and Rossi made a mistake and ran wide at turn … [Read more...]

GREAT DAY FOR THE DUCATI MARLBORO TEAM IN TURKEY

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Ducati Marlboro Team men Casey Stoner and Loris Capirossi made a brilliant start to the Turkish Grand Prix today, ending the first day of practice fastest and second fastest. Their pace proves the strengths of the Desmosedici GP7 and shows that Bridgestone has made huge strides forward since last year's race at Istanbul Park. This morning's opening session was run in cool, damp conditions, but … [Read more...]

RIZLA SUZUKI ON THE PACE AT ISTANBUL PARK

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Rizla Suzuki MotoGP racer John Hopkins clocked the third fastest time during today’s free practice sessions for Sunday’s Grand Prix of Turkey. Hopkins (1’55.062, 34 laps) consistently improved his times throughout the day and has identified some alterations that he and his crew will be working on overnight to make the latest 800cc GSV-R perform even better tomorrow. Chris Vermeulen … [Read more...]