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FB Corse Team Officially Launched In Milan

After months of speculation and controversy, the FB Corse Team finally unveiled their MotoGP machine and team at the offices of a radio station in Milan today. At the official launch, which had been delayed from the end of January, the team presented their FB01 three cylinder 800cc MotoGP bike, designed and built by Oral Engineering, as part of a project originally started for BMW several years ago.

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2010 Racing Calendar Changes Likely

Putting together the calendar for any motorcycle racing series is always a puzzle, depending on a huge number of factors such as circuit availability, travel distance, expense and a host of others. Alongside all of these more obvious factors, the MotoGP calendar also takes into account the scheduling of Formula One. An informal agreement exists between the bosses of Formula One and MotoGP to avoid direct calendar clashes wherever possible, in order to ensure the highest possible TV audiences for both series.

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2009 Le Mans MotoGP Race Report - Take A Chance

Motorcycle racing fans are deeply divided on the question of racing in the rain. One faction believes that rain makes motorcycle racing more exciting, because the smallest error is punished so mercilessly; Their opponents counter that this is exactly the problem: because the rain makes the track so difficult, riders making a mistake crash straight out of the race, with no chance to recover from their mistakes. Both sides agree on one thing, though: the rain turns racing into a lottery, and chance plays a much greater role than in the dry.

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2009 MotoGP Championship Standings After Round 4, Le Mans

1 LORENZO Jorge SPA 66  
2 ROSSI Valentino ITA 65 -1
3 STONER Casey AUS 65 -1
4 PEDROSA Dani SPA 57 -9
5 MELANDRI Marco ITA 43 -23
6 DOVIZIOSO Andrea ITA 43 -23
7 EDWARDS Colin USA 35 -31
8 VERMEULEN Chris AUS 31 -35
9 CAPIROSSI Loris ITA 27 -39
10 DE PUNIET Randy FRA 26 -40
11 ELIAS Toni SPA 21 -45
12 DE ANGELIS Alex RSM 20 -46
13 TOSELAND James GBR 17 -49
14 KALLIO Mika FIN 16 -50
15 HAYDEN Nicky USA 9 -57
16 GIBERNAU Sete SPA 8 -58
17 TAKAHASHI Yuki JPN 8 -58
18 CANEP
Round Number: 
4
Year: 
2009

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2009 Le Mans MotoGP Race Result - Drying Track Produces Chaotic Race And A Miracle

Results of the MotoGP race at Le Mans:

The MotoGP race was run on a drying track, the riders leaving on rain tires. Lorenzo grabbed the lead on the first lap, and left the rest of the field behind. Pitting early for tires turned out to be a big mistake, riders who did so taking a long time before their slick tires could do times to match the fading wets. Valentino Rossi was first into the pits, and the biggest loser of the day, crashing after changing to slick tires, then remounting, going back into the pits for another bike, then a ride through, then switching bikes again.

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2009 250cc Championship Standings After Round 4, Le Mans

1 BAUTISTA Alvaro SPA 67  
2 AOYAMA Hiroshi JPN 66 -1
3 BARBERA Hector SPA 48 -19
4 SIMONCELLI Marco ITA 41 -26
5 DE ROSA Raffaele ITA 31 -36
6 LOCATELLI Roberto ITA 30 -37
7 LUTHI Thomas SWI 29 -38
8 CLUZEL Jules FRA 28 -39
9 TALMACSI Gabor HUN 28 -39
10 FAUBEL Hector SPA 27 -40
11 PASINI Mattia ITA 26 -41
12 PESEK Lukas CZE 24 -43
13 DI MEGLIO Mike FRA 21 -46
14 WILAIROT Ratthapark THA 20 -47
15 TOMIZAWA Shoya JPN 14 -53
16 DEBON Alex SPA 13 -54
17 ABRAHAM Karel CZE 11 -56
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Round Number: 
4
Year: 
2009

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2009 125cc Championship Standings After Round 4, Le Mans

1 SIMON Julian SPA 55  
2 SMITH Bradley GBR 49.5 -5.5
3 IANNONE Andrea ITA 46.5 -8.5
4 GADEA Sergio SPA 38 -17
5 FOLGER Jonas GER 33 -22
6 CORTESE Sandro GER 32 -23
7 ESPARGARO Pol SPA 31.5 -23.5
8 MARQUEZ Marc SPA 27 -28
9 AEGERTER Dominiqu SWI 26.5 -28.5
10 VAZQUEZ Efren SPA 19 -36
11 TEROL Nicolas SPA 17.5 -37.5
12 BRADL Stefan GER 17 -38
13 WEBB Danny GBR 16.5 -38.5
14 RABAT Esteve SPA 15 -40
15 REDDING Scott GBR 14.5 -40.5
16 OLIVE Joan SPA 14 -41
17 NAKAGAMI Takaaki JPN 11 -44
Round Number: 
4
Year: 
2009

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2009 Le Mans 125cc Race Result - Race Of Attrition In The Rain

Results of the 125cc Race at Le Mans:

Julian Simon won an incident-rich and rain-sodden 125cc race at Le Mans, after being handed the lead by Nicolas Terol crashing on lap 4. Terol was not the only rider to crash, over half the field not finishing. Terol crashed out twice, and still finished in 9th.

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