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2008 Valencia Day 1 FP2 Times - Hayden Still Fastest, Pedrosa Close

Pos.No.RiderManufacturerFast LapDiffDiff Previous
169Nicky HAYDENHONDA1'45.777  
22Dani PEDROSAHONDA1'45.8640.0870.087
348Jorge LORENZOYAMAHA1'45.9590.1820.095
446Valentino ROSSIYAMAHA1'46.0700.2930.111
51Casey STONERDUCATI1'46.2600.4830.190
64Andrea DOVIZIOSOHONDA1'46.5220.7450.262
714Randy DE PUNIETHONDA1'46.8071.0300.285
850Sylvain GUINTOLIDUCATI1'47.0551.2780.248
95Colin EDWARDSYAMAHA1'47.3141.5370.259
1056Shinya NAKANOHONDA1'47.4831.7060.169
117Chris VERMEULENSUZUKI1'47.6201.8430.137
1215Alex DE ANGELISHONDA1'48.0152.2380.395
1333Marco MELANDRIDUCATI1'48.4372.6600.422
1421John HOPKINSKAWASAKI1'48.4692.6920.032
1513Anthony WESTKAWASAKI1'48.5042.7270.035
1652James TOSELANDYAMAHA1'48.7712.9940.267
1765Loris CAPIROSSISUZUKI1'49.0923.3150.321
1824Toni ELIASDUCATI1'51.8716.0942.779


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2008 Valencia FP1 Times Day 1 - Hayden Leads In The Rain

Pos.No.RiderManufacturerFast LapDiffDiff Previous
169Nicky HAYDENHONDA1'47.694  
21Casey STONERDUCATI1'48.4690.7750.775
348Jorge LORENZOYAMAHA1'49.0371.3430.568
42Dani PEDROSAHONDA1'49.5801.8860.543
550Sylvain GUINTOLIDUCATI1'49.8872.1930.307
65Colin EDWARDSYAMAHA1'50.0772.3830.190
713Anthony WESTKAWASAKI1'50.3972.7030.320
87Chris VERMEULENSUZUKI1'50.7603.0660.363
956Shinya NAKANOHONDA1'50.8793.1850.119
104Andrea DOVIZIOSOHONDA1'51.0983.4040.219
1152James TOSELANDYAMAHA1'51.2103.5160.112
1265Loris CAPIROSSISUZUKI1'51.2513.5570.041
1346Valentino ROSSIYAMAHA1'51.7214.0270.470
1421John HOPKINSKAWASAKI1'52.7985.1041.077
1515Alex DE ANGELISHONDA1'52.9605.2660.162
1633Marco MELANDRIDUCATI1'53.0835.3890.123
1724Toni ELIASDUCATI1'53.1195.4250.036
1814Randy DE PUNIETHONDA1'54.1996.5051.080

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2008 Valencia MotoGP Preview - End Of An Era

There is always something bittersweet about the Valencia round of MotoGP. The final race is at once both apogee and perigee, zenith and nadir, as befits the culmination of any experience which marks its fans as deeply as MotoGP does. The last chance to party with fellow fans, and the last chance to watch, hear and feel the awe-inspiring sights and sounds of the 18 fastest, loudest, most technologically advanced motorcycles in the world tear around a racetrack at dizzying speeds.

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Single Tire Rule Starts To Bite: Post-Valencia Test Cut From Three Days To Two

The first day of the new MotoGP season traditionally starts on the day after the last day of the current season. On the Monday after the final MotoGP race at Valencia, testing begins for the new season, with new machinery being rolled out, and old riders wandering around looking strange and slightly uncomfortable in different colored leathers. Once the journalists leave the track on Monday afternoon, testing starts in earnest, and continues until evening falls on Wednesday.

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Provisional 2009 MotoGP Calender Announced

As expected, the Chinese round of MotoGP at Shanghai is off the calendar, and as predicted earlier this week, the Hungarian Grand Prix will take place in late summer. But the calendar has a lot of significant shakeups: Motegi moves from late September to the spring, June is a lot less busy, with only 2 lots of back-to-back races in 2009, rather than three pairs which we saw this year. The British Grand Prix moves from June to late July, and Estoril switches back to October.

DateGrand PrixCircuit
April 12th*QatarLosail
April 26thJapanMotegi
May 3rdSpainJerez
May 17thFranceLe Mans
May 31stItalyMugello
June 14thCatalunyaCatalunya
June 27th**NetherlandsAssen
July 5th***United StatesLaguna Seca
July 19thGermanySachsenring
July 26thGreat BritainDonington Park
August 16thCzech RepublicBrno
August 30thIndianapolisIndianapolis
September 6thSan Marino & Riviera di RiminiMisano
September 20thHungaryBalaton
October 4thPortugalEstoril
October 18thAustraliaPhillip Island
October 25thMalaysiaSepang
November 8thValenciaRicardo Tormo - Valencia

* Evening race
** Saturday race
*** Only MotoGP class

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Rusty Writes: Tourist Trophy - The best way to learn in the off-season

This will likely appear to be a paid commercial for a video game. Sorry for that, but I assure you, it isn't. Rather, I beg your indulgence to consider one of the best ways to keep your mind racing while the sport is on its long hiatus. As I sit to write this, the game is at least a year-and-a-half old, and it was probably considered outdated when I started playing it just under a year ago. I insist that you trust me: this is much more than simply a video game with which you can avoid reality and otherwise escape being productive.

Tourist Trophy was a product developed, in conjunction with the last generation of Gran Turismo for the PlayStation 2 platform. GT4, like its predecessors, was the best vehicle dynamics simulation available (prior to PS3 and GT5) without a race team contract or a manufacturer's super-computer. This point alone, could be labored over for an entire column, and certainly has been elsewhere, so I will not do that here. Suffice to say, Tourist Trophy picks up in the GT4 world with a physical model for motorcycles that hasn't existed anywhere in the public. Said another way: to be any good at this, you must actually know how to ride and race at a rather cerebral level.

If you are already familiar with Gran Turismo, then I don't have to sell you any more than this. Better yet, if you are familiar with GT4, then you are already prepared for much of the circuits you will see in Tourist Trophy. And, if you are already a veteran - or even a novice - of TT, please read on and consider if there isn't more to do.

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2006 MotoGP Valencia Race Report - All In

Nicky Hayden arrived at Valencia with some new artwork on his bike and his leathers. The left-hand side of his fairing depicted a hand of five cards: the ten, jack, queen and king of diamonds, and one more card face down. Besides the cards was a large pile of poker chips, and the words "All In ...". No clearer indication of Hayden's intent could be imaginable: After the fiasco at Estoril, where Hayden's championship hopes were all but terminated by his team mate, the only course of action the Kentucky Kid had open to him was to gamble everything on getting to the front, and trying to win the race. Conceding an 8-point lead to the 5-time and reigning MotoGP world champion, and the man almost universally acclaimed as the greatest motorcycle racer of all time, reclaiming the lead and taking the title seemed a nigh impossible task. But, as Hayden kept insisting to the press each time he was interviewed: "This is MotoGP, anything can happen. That's why we line up." Anything can happen. And sometimes, it does.

Grid Nerves

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2006 MotoGP Valencia Qualifying Practice - Knife Edge

If the atmosphere was tense during practice yesterday, today it was as taut as piano wire. The morning session had already seen the Nicky Hayden and Valentino Rossi square off on qualifying tires, Hayden coming within 4/100ths of Rossi's fastest lap, with both men diving just under Sete Gibernau's qualifying time from last year. Prior to the qualifiers coming out, both men had set long runs of 1:33 laps, proving they both had decent race pace. But neither of these sets of laps were quite as impressive as Loris Capirossi's 19 lap run, 18 laps of which were below 1:34. With Capirex capable of doing 2/3rds race distance on his Ducati at that kind of pace, it no longer looked like a two man fight.

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2006 Valencia FP2 - Sleight Of Hand

The second Free Practice session at Valencia threw up some interesting, but rather deceptive results. While everyone's focus was on Valentino Rossi and Nicky Hayden, it was Ducati man Loris Capirossi who stole the show. Capirex headed the timesheets for nearly all of the session, only briefly deposed by flying Frenchman Randy de Puniet on the Kawasaki. De Puniet's fast lap was the first obvious sign of qualifying tires being used, though surprisingly, only the top three riders went for an all-out shot with qualifiers on.

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2006 Valencia FP1 - Battle Is Joined

We already knew that the Valencia race would be tense, and hard-fought, and the first free practice session has lived up to our expectations. The session saw times staying very close, with the two main protagonists taking it in turns to leapfrog over each others' times. At the end of the session, it was Valentino Rossi who came out ahead, but only just. Rossi set the fastest time of the morning, with a time of 1:33.313, just 6/1000ths ahead of Casey Stoner, and 7/1000ths ahead of Nicky Hayden.

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