PRAMAC D’ANTIN MOTOGP : CONTINUITY IN THE WORK AT LE MANS

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A day characterized by the instability of the weather and the coldness, on the track of Le Mans in France ; Happily, the MotoGP class was saved and the PRAMAC D’ANTIN MOTOGP Team had the possibility to work on the setting of the DUCATI DESMOSEDICI GP06 “Sat.” on a dry track during both sessions of free practice. ALEX HOFMANN obtained the 17th general time, while JOSE LUIS CARDOSO classified … [Read more...]

HAT-TRICK OF FRONT ROW STARTS FOR RIZLA SUZUKI MOTOGP

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Rizla Suzuki MotoGP has secured its third successive front row start thanks to a breathtaking last lap by John Hopkins in Le Mans today.   Hopkins will start in third place for tomorrow’s Alice Grand Prix de France and will be looking to get away to a similar start to last week’s race, where he eventually scored his best ever finish. He qualified only 0.646 seconds behind … [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...]

ROSSI: IT’S NOT A DISASTER

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Despite his new chassis, Valentino Rossi again battled chatter on his way to seventh in today's qualifying session at Le Mans - but claims he'll have no such problems in the race. Rossi tested the new chassis for the first time on Friday, when he set the second fastest free practice time behind only Camel Yamaha team-mate Colin Edwards, and was so impressed with its potential that he had both … [Read more...]

DUCATI MARLBORO RIDERS WORK ON RACE SETTINGS AT LE MANS

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Ducati Marlboro Team riders Loris Capirossi and Sete Gibernau worked hard to take a sixth and eighth place qualifying slots respectively at Le Mans, giving Capirossi a second row grid position, with Gibernau starting from row three. In the wet conditions in the final untimed session, held in the morning, each rider had shown fine form, a good omen if raceday proves to be wet. In the dry … [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...]

STEADY START FOR DUCATI MARLBORO RIDERS AT LE MANS

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Friday May 19 2006 Free Practice STEADY START FOR DUCATI MARLBORO RIDERS AT LE MANS Ducati Marlboro Team riders Sete Gibernau and Loris Capirossi finished seventh and eighth fastest respectively on the opening day of practice for the French GP at Le Mans, after a day spent working on race set-up in the face of gloomy weather forecasts. Rainfall between the two sessions did not affect the … [Read more...]