ROSSI LAUNCHES 800cc CHALLENGE WITH HARD-FOUGHT SECOND IN QATAR

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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 first lap with Dani … [Read more...]

LANZI’S PODIUM IN RACE 1 SAVES THE DAY FOR DUCATI

Losail (Qatar), Saturday 24 February: It was a difficult start to the year for the Ducati Xerox Team at the Losail circuit in Qatar. In the opening round of the 2007 World Superbike Championship, Troy Bayliss and Lorenzo Lanzi could only manage one podium between them in the two races as Max Biaggi (Suzuki), making his Superbike debut, and James Toseland (Honda) took the first two wins of the … [Read more...]

CORSER GIVES YAMAHA THEIR DEBUT PODIUM

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Troy Corser gave his Yamaha Motor Italy WSB Team something to cheer with a hard fought podium finish in the second race at today’s opening round of the 2007 Superbike World Championship in Qatar.   With team-mate Noriyuki Haga digging deep to finish fourth, it was a promising start for the 2007-model YZF-R1, which was making its world championship debut at the Losail circuit. Having … [Read more...]

NIETO GOES TOP FIVE IN RACE TWO AT QATAR

Doha/Losail, Quatar, 25 February 2007 - Fonsi Nieto (PSG-1 Kawasaki Corse Ninja ZX-10R) battled impressively at Losail to score a top five finish in race two, while Regis Laconi (PSG-1 Kawasaki Corse Ninja ZX-10R) scored points for 11th. Nieto was part of the a breakaway five-rider leading group in the early laps, and despite great pressure from behind towards the end he held onto fifth place, … [Read more...]

FINAL DAY AT QATAR FOR ILMOR MOTOGP

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Qatar Test - Day Three Losail, Qatar 15.02.07: Ilmor GP end the Middle East test on a positive note after making some further changes to the bikes set-up today. Jeremy McWilliams was back out on track following an enforced rest day yesterday after sustaining an injury to a muscle in his left leg on Tuesday. Both McWilliams and Pitt started the day strongly as the team continue to adjust the bikes … [Read more...]

YAMAHA FACTORY RACING OUT IN FRONT IN QATAR

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 week’s time. After two successive tests in Malaysia, the … [Read more...]

ANOTHER GOOD START FOR THE DESMOSEDICI IN QATAR

The Ducati Marlboro Team today started the last of the non-European preseason test sessions with the first of three days at the Losail circuit in Qatar. This test holds extra significance given that the same circuit will play host to the opening round of the 2007 MotoGP World Championship on March 10th, with similarly fresh spring conditions expected. Another interesting factor is that all of the … [Read more...]

EDWARDS AND ROSSI CONTINUE TO SHINE IN QATAR

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 impending … [Read more...]

A HARD TEST DAY FOR KAWASAKI IN QATAR

The Kawasaki Racing Team were back in action today for the second day of testing at the Losail International Circuit in Qatar, but with only one of their two riders on track. Olivier Jacque was forced to sit out today's test due to still suffering the effects of his turn two crash yesterday. The 33-year-old Frenchman was passed fit to ride, but opted to take a recovery day today, before … [Read more...]

DUCATI XEROX TEAM GET DOWN TO DESERT TESTING IN QATAR

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Bologna (Italy), Tuesday 19th December 2006: The 2006 season might have been a successful one for the Ducati Xerox Team but the squad is already hard at work for next year in this week's Pirelli Development Teams test session at the Losail circuit in Qatar. In the session, which is being attended by one selected development team from each of the five manufacturers involved in World Superbike, … [Read more...]