NAKANO SALVAGES VALUABLE POINTS AT LE MANS

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Kawasaki's Randy de Puniet and Shinya Nakano were both left frustrated by this afternoon's Grand Prix de France at Le Mans, after de Puniet crashed out of his home race on the opening lap and Nakano was forced to fight back to finish a disappointing twelfth following a ride through penalty imposed for jumping the start. Starting from fourth place on the grid, de Puniet got away with the leading … [Read more...]

CAMEL YAMAHA PAIR TO LAUNCH FRENCH ASSAULT FROM ROW THREE

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French Grand Prix Le Mans, France Saturday 20th May 2006 CAMEL YAMAHA PAIR TO LAUNCH FRENCH ASSAULT FROM ROW THREE   Camel Yamaha Team riders Valentino Rossi and Colin Edwards will start from the third row of the grid in the Grand Prix of France tomorrow after setting the seventh and ninth fastest times respectively in this afternoon’s qualifying practice. The session took … [Read more...]

HUNGRY HAYDEN HEADS FOR LE MANS

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After resounding Repsol Honda success in China, the form riders of the World Championship Nicky Hayden (Repsol Honda RC211V) and his unstoppable rookie team-mate Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda RC211V), return to Europe to begin a demanding series of races at the 'classic' tracks. With Nicky heading the points standings by 13 points from Ducati's Loris Capirossi, and with the mercurial Dani just two … [Read more...]

ROSSI SETS THE FASTEST TIME AT LE MANS

LE MANS, France, May 19 (Reuters) - Italian Valentino Rossi set the fastest time in Friday's first free practice session at the French Grand Prix.   The MotoGP world champion, who said he was going to try "some new things" after retiring from the China Grand Prix last week, clocked one minute 35.288 seconds around the demanding Bugatti circuit in western France on his Yamaha. Team … [Read more...]

CAMEL YAMAHA TEAM RIDERS SET THE PACE AT LE MANS

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French Grand Prix Le Mans, France Friday 19th May 2006 CAMEL YAMAHA TEAM RIDERS SET THE PACE AT LE MANS Camel Yamaha Team riders Valentino Rossi and Colin Edwards were the fastest two riders in each of the first free practice sessions on the opening day of action at the Grand Prix of France today. Rossi lapped the Le Mans circuit in a time of 1’35.288 during the morning, when … [Read more...]

HOPKINS ON THE PACE AGAIN AT LEMANS

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Rizla Suzuki MotoGP racer John Hopkins carried on his good run of form during the first day of practice for the Alice Grand Prix de France at Le Mans today. Hopkins was consistently in the top five throughout the two practice sessions and his best time of 1’35.461 was good enough for fourth place overall, only 0.291 seconds off the fastest time set by Colin Edwards. He also completed a 20-lap … [Read more...]

CAMEL YAMAHA TEAM QUEST RETURNS TO EUROPE

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French Grand Prix Le Mans, France 19, 20, 21 May 2006 CAMEL YAMAHA TEAM QUEST RETURNS TO EUROPE The Camel Yamaha Team get back to European territory this weekend as they look to bring their MotoGP World Championship points quest back on track in France, following a disappointing run of races on unfamiliar shores. The legendary Le Mans circuit, which has intermittently … [Read more...]

ROSSI GETS NEW CHASSIS FOR LEMANS

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After struggling to solve the YZR-M1's chatter problems at the first four rounds of the 2006 season - reigning MotoGP world champion Valentino Rossi will be given a new chassis for this weekend's French Grand Prix at Le Mans. Camel Yamaha has been unable to fix the speed-limiting vibration problem using set-up changes alone, prompting Rossi to initially ask if the proven, vibration-free, 2005 … [Read more...]

RIZLA SUZUKI MOTOGP LOOKING TO CONTINUE GOOD FORM AT LE MANS

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Rizla Suzuki MotoGP has travelled back to Europe for the fifth round of the MotoGP World Championship planning to carry on the impressive form from recent weeks. John Hopkins qualified second and finished fourth – his best career result so far – at Shanghai last weekend and team-mate Chris Vermeulen took pole-position and a very creditable seventh in Turkey two weeks before that. Now … [Read more...]

ROSSI: LE MANS IS CRITICAL

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Defending MotoGP champion Valentino Rossi has admitted that this weekend's French Grand Prix at Le Mans is 'critical' as he aims to get his title campaign back on track. Yamaha will provide new parts for the M1 in a bid to eradicate the chatter problems that have plagued their season to date. Le Mans is certainly not a favourite for either Rossi or team-mate Colin Edwards due to its … [Read more...]