2007 Le Mans MotoGP FP2 Report - Day 1

The second free practice session at Le Mans this afternoon was marked by changeable weather conditions, sunshine alternating with cloud, with a light drizzle finally putting paid to any further practice with some 10 minutes to go. But before rain put a damper on things, the session saw a resurgence of Honda, with Gresini's Marco Melandri topping the timesheets, ahead of Dani Pedrosa and Carlos Checa.

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2007 Le Mans MotoGP FP2 Report - Day 1

The second free practice session at Le Mans this afternoon was marked by changeable weather conditions, sunshine alternating with cloud, with a light drizzle finally putting paid to any further practice with some 10 minutes to go. But before rain put a damper on things, the session saw a resurgence of Honda, with Gresini's Marco Melandri topping the timesheets, ahead of Dani Pedrosa and Carlos Checa.

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2007 MotoGP Le Mans Race Preview - A Sense Of History

The contrast couldn't be bigger. Two weeks ago, the MotoGP circus was at Shanghai, a new, forgettable facility built especially for Formula 1, untouched by the hand of history. This weekend the paddock sets up shop in Le Mans, one of the greatest names in motor racing, a place so steeped in history you can almost taste it in the air. The very name of Le Mans conjures up images of exhausted riders blasting their way through the night by the glare their headlights, with only grim determination to bear them on until daylight breaks, and the approach of the race's end.

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Kawasaki Honor Their Word: Fonsi Nieto Subs For OJ

Word has finally come from Kawaski that Fonsi Nieto will substitute for the injured Olivier Jacque at Le Mans. The Spaniard, currently riding for Kawasaki in World Superbikes, had a verbal agreement with Kawasaki that he would get first shot at replacing an injured rider in MotoGP. Though Nieto has no experience of the MotoGP bikes, he spent a long time racing in the 250cc Championship, winning 5 races in the series.

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Jacque Withdraws From Le Mans

Half of the announcement expected today has finally come: In a press release, the Kawasaki Racing Team has announced that Olivier Jacque will not take part in the French Grand Prix at Le Mans. The wound the French veteran sustained in a get off in Shanghai had become infected, preventing him from working on recovering strength and movement in his arm. After discussions with his doctors and the team, OJ reluctantly decided to skip the French Grand Prix, and focus on returning at Mugello instead.

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Nieto Favorite To Substitute For OJ

Still no official announcement so far on who will be replacing Olivier Jacque on the Kawasaki at this weekend's Le Mans MotoGP round. Unsurprisingly, but rather unwisely, Jacque is determined to take part in his home grand prix, despite his doctors advising him against it, but it seems unlikely that he will be able to take any meaningful part in the proceedings.

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OJ's Replacement - Will It Be Hodgson, Or Will It Be Nieto?

Ever since Olivier Jacque was forced to withdraw from the Shanghai MotoGP round, after an innocent-looking crash caused a very deep gash in his forearm, requiring surgery to close it up again. The injury is so serious that Olivier Jacque looks unlikely to take part in the Le Mans MotoGP round on May 20th, despite his recovery proceeding better than expected. And so the question of who will replace OJ in France raises its ugly head.

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Another Door Opens For James Toseland - Ducati Want JT For Satellite Team

James Toseland, the man currently holding a commanding lead in the World Superbike Championship, is a man in demand. As reported earlier, Toseland is likeliest candidate for the Ten Kate MotoGP team, which is expected to compete the 2008 season, presumably on Hondas. And now, Eurosport are reporting that Ducati want JT for the Pramac d'Antin team.

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