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Old 05-01-2009, 02:29 PM   #21
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I think the single Friday session is hurting Stoner and the development of the "9"

Rossi was asked at Thursday's press interview if he would pull the same move on Lorenzo if in the same situation entering the last corner as back in 04 with gibbers.
His reply roughly translated was " yea" (although he did go on to add that he never intended to make contact )

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Yeah, and Lorenzo said, bring it on you clown, you'll get a war with my carrot.
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Yeah, and Lorenzo said, bring it on you clown, you'll get a war with my carrot.
I don't rate your translation skills very much
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I don't rate your translation skills very much
LOL, ok ok, i made up part of it

"Lorenzo, who caught and overtook Rossi en route to victory at Motegi, joked that he would defend against such an attack by turning his M1 into a fighting chariot.
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LOL, ok ok, i made up part of it

"Lorenzo, who caught and overtook Rossi en route to victory at Motegi, joked that he would defend against such an attack by turning his M1 into a fighting chariot.
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so where does the carrot come into it
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Spanish - Italy match; Spain just scored a goal putting the score 2 - no.

Translation, Lorenzo won last week putting the score 2 -0 in the Dovi Lorenzo bet we have.
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Spanish - Italy match; Spain just scored a goal putting the score 2 - no.

Translation, Lorenzo won last week putting the score 2 -0 in the Dovi Lorenzo bet we have.
man , you're like a fkn sunami, you just overwhelm me relentlessly

lorenzo hasn't crashed yet, it's coming
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yeah, and he best not take Dovi with him
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so where does the carrot come into it
i don't i just changed chariot for carrot, you knowthe mexicans, that is how they roll
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Colin Edwards made a flying start to the highly anticipated European phase of the 2009 MotoGP campaign in Jerez today, the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider clocking the sixth best time in opening free practice.

The Texan's best time of 1.40.703 was only 0.4s outside of the top three in the 45-minute session, which was run under warm but cloudy skies, a welcome respite from the bad weather that has seriously disrupted the first two races in Qatar and Japan. Edwards, who was as high as second position on the timesheets at the halfway stage, spent the majority of the session concentrating on improving the electronic set-up of his YZR-M1 machine to cope with the hard acceleration points on the 2.748 miles circuit.

James Toseland produced another encouraging performance to build on his first top ten result of the season in Japan last weekend. A best lap of 1.41.461 pushed the British rider into the top ten in the closing stages.
The 28-year-old unfortunately dropped down to 11th but he ended just 0.4s outside of the top eight, a switch to a harder front fork setting to improve feel in the hard braking points failing to yield the expected improvement in handling performance of his YZR-M1.

Colin Edwards 6th 1.40.703 – 19 laps
“That was a good solid start and I'm happy with the bike. Yamaha has done a great job because we seem to go from track to track and be right up with the leaders from the start. There are a couple of things with the electronics and chassis set-up that we can definitely find at least another half-a-second to go consistently quicker around the 40.3 area. That's not going to trouble Valentino (Rossi) but that would be a big step for us and put us in contention. With the electronics we just need to get the anti-wheelie working a bit better. Yamaha did a great job with that in the winter and we needed that improvement on a track like this where you accelerate hard out of a lot of slow hairpins. I'm losing a little bit of time on acceleration and we can still make it better, but my guys at Tech 3 know what they are doing and I know we'll make a big step for tomorrow. I'm doing those lap times and I'm not 100 per cent comfortable, so that bodes well for the weekend knowing we've got a lot of room for improvement.”

James Toseland 11th 1.41.461 – 20 laps
“We went for a harder setting on the front fork to help with some of the heavy braking points but it didn't really work as we'd liked. We also changed the rear a bit from Japan and the balance wasn't really there. We didn't really have time to go back to plan B but even with a couple of small issues I'm not too displeased with my time and I know my potential is much higher. I think what is going to be crucial is to conserve the tyre here over race distance and that's something I'll work out with my team. I ran the harder rear today because of the hot conditions and even that was sliding around a little after about eight laps. I could see a few other people were having the same problems, so a decent race set-up will be critical. A bit more time would have put me in the top eight and it wouldn't have been a bad afternoon, but we know where we can improve on the setting and be much stronger tomorrow.”
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Event: Grand Prix of Spain - Free Practice
Date: 1st May 2009
Ambient temperature: 26 degrees
Track temperature: 36 degrees
Humidity: 35%

Valentino Rossi signalled his intent for a return to the top of the podium with a commanding performance in free practice today, topping the time sheets at a sun-soaked Jerez de la Frontera. Jorge Lorenzo, making a triumphant return to home soil following his victory in Japan last weekend, finished the session in fourth.

After the bad weather at the last two rounds the paddock breathed a sigh of relief today to see blue skies and Spanish sunshine and the Fiat Yamaha Team riders were delighted to be riding in such conditions once again. Rossi, who currently lies one point behind his team-mate in the championship standings, made a few changes to his base setting and reaped the rewards immediately, finishing 0.364 seconds ahead of his compatriot Loris Capirossi.

Having been consistently fast at the test here in March, Lorenzo was expecting to make a g ood start but the Mallorcan encountered a few unexpected problems in acceleration and wasn’t able to match the pace of his team-mate. He will be looking to considerably reduce the gap to the Italian tomorrow during the second practice and qualifying sessions.

Valentino Rossi 1st: “Today there’s no prize, like at the test here, but anyway it’s really good for our work to start in such a positive way. During the first two races we’ve had a couple of small problems and today we made a change in our setting in order to improve things and straight away we could see it was working. I could ride how I wanted with both the soft Bridgestone tyre and the hard one, and I was the fastest for the whole session. It’s very hot today, which is for sure better than the rain of recent races but it means if it’s like this on Sunday then the race will be quite hard on the tyres, so tomorrow we need to concentrate on refining our setting to help them as much as possible.”

Jorge Lorenzo 4th: “It’s nice to be back in Spain and in the sunshine, but I am a bit disappointed about the day. I had a problem at the start with my helmet and we were delayed to go out on track. Once I got started I felt good with the soft Bridgestone tyre, but when we tried the hard one later we had a few problems and the bike didn’t feel completely stable. Tomorrow we need to come back to a different setting and I hope things will be better.”
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Difficult start in Jerez for the Pramac Racing Team. Kallio fourteenth, Canepa eighteenth
Not the best start for the Pramac Racing riders, Mika Kallio and Niccolò Canepa, who have concluded the first forty-five minutes of free practice respectively in fourteenth and eighteenth position. Mika has started well the session and after ten laps he found himself in the top ten, but in the second part of the practice, as agreed with his technical staff, he decided to concentrate more to find the best set up for his bike then to look for the fast lap time. Both of the white and red riders will try to conquer better lap times tomorrow to be able to start in a more favorable position in Sunday's race.

Mika Kallio - Pramac Racing rider - 14th in 1'41.584 "Not a happy day for us. We started with two different set up on the two bikes: one like Motegi and the other like the one used during last March winter test. We have found some complications that didn't allow us to be fast enough, but we remain trustful to be able to improve tomorrow. I didn't manage to use the soft rear tyre and maybe also this didn't allow me to lower my lap times."

Niccolò Canepa - Pramac Racing rider - 18th in 1'42.063 "Today we started with a totally different solution on the bike and I found my self at ease during the firsts laps. My body structure is completely different compared to the other Ducati riders and today, working a lot with the weight balance on the bike, I think we have found the right way to follow. I am very trustful that tomorrow we will be able to improve so that we could start from a good position in the race."

Fabiano Sterlacchini - Technical Director Pramac Racing "We found ourselves in the same situation as the past racing weekends: during the first day of practice we study the situation without thinking too much about conquering the great lap time. Only from tomorrow afternoon it will be important to be fast. We have followed the schedule we had in mind and we understood important things. We are confident that both of our riders will be able to improve a lot tomorrow."
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Rizla Suzuki racer Loris Capirossi used today's one-and-only test session at Jerez in Spain to full effect as he put his Suzuki GSV-R on the provisional front row.
Capirossi (1'40.011) was one of the busiest riders on track, completing 21-laps of the 4.423m Spanish circuit, as he worked towards finding the optimum tyre and bike set-up for Sunday's 27-lap race. He knows there is still work to do over the weekend, but is confident of a good result on Sunday as he continues to go in search of his 100th podium

Chris Vermeulen (1'41.063, 20 laps) made steady progress during today's 45-minute session, ending the day with the eighth fastest time and a lot of information that he hopes will point him in the right direction tomorrow.

Today's free practice session was held in warm and sunny conditions with air temperatures at 23ºC and the track surface rising to 48ºC. Today's fastest time was set by reigning World Champion Valentino Rossi.

Rizla Suzuki MotoGP has one more practice session tomorrow morning. This is followed by a timed qualifying session in the afternoon to determine grid positions for Sunday's 27-lap race. The third round of the season gets underway at 14.00hrs local time (12.00hrs GMT) on Sunday 3rd May.

Loris Capirossi 2nd: "It was not too bad today, but we still have a lot of work to do. We still have a bit of a problem with getting the right tyres for here. We have already used the hardest tyre we have - but it is not hard enough for us! We will have to adjust the bike a bit so that we use a bit less tyre. Anyway I feel very good on the bike and I know that when we fix the problems we will go quicker and we will try our best for a good result here."

Chris Vermeulen 8th: "It's been good to come back to Jerez, because it's a track that we tested at not so long ago so getting up to speed was quite quick for everyone. We had the two bikes set up a little bit different to try a couple of different things geometry wise. Basically it was to help with front feeling - which I struggled a bit with at the test here - and we definitely took a step forward. We have the same compound tyres this weekend as we did at the test and at the moment they seem to be working a bit different. I think the most important thing is to make the tyres last the race distance and keep them in a reasonable condition, so that is what we are going to be working on tomorrow. Hopefully we'll be able to do that and have some good speed for qualifying and the race!"

Paul Denning - Team Manager: "It's difficult to assess the real potential from this short single session today. Obviously it's good to have Loris right up there in second place and Chris improving a lot throughout the session, but we have a lot of work still to do in these warmer conditions to try and find a good step in rear grip with the harder compound tyre, which looks like it will be the only option open to us for the race. We need to get the bike set up to increase the durability of the tyres, but a least we've had a solid Friday afternoon, and we've managed to gather a lot of information as we look to get a good result here in Jerez."
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The 2009 MotoGP World Championship officially landed in Europe today as the first free practice session for the Grand Prix of Spain took place under the welcome shimmer of the southern Spanish sunshine. Casey Stoner and Nicky Hayden began set-up work this afternoon but both struggled to make the right changes in time to significantly improve their lap times.

For Stoner, who started out with the same set-up that allowed him to set the fastest lap at the official preseason test here one month ago, an issue with front end stability affected his confidence and lap time, although the Australian was still impressive as he set the third quickest lap. Hayden, meanwhile, spent the session working to adjust his set-up to the harder compound Bridgestone tyre but he is still feeling the effects of his crash just five days ago at Motegi and could only manage 17th overall.

CASEY STONER (Ducati Marlboro Team) 3rd (1’40.268)
"We started with the setting from the test and everything felt quite good. We’re struggling with some small issues in a couple of areas but I think it was mainly because the tyre pressure was too high and we just need to drop it down a little. We tried the second bike but unfortunately had a technical issue so I went back to my first one and tried a few things without improving the set-up a heck of a lot. The bike was turning really well but I lost the front a couple of times and we couldn’t really understand why. We tried a setting that helped front stability but the turning was much worse. We need to work on getting it back tomorrow by finding the right balance. Anyway it is nice to be back in Europe and working under ‘normal’ conditions, with this great weather. It felt good to have to use my dark visor again! Hopefully it will stay like this because I’m sure we can make the right changes to the bike tonight and make lots of progress tomorrow."

NICKY HAYDEN – (Ducati Marlboro Team) 17th (1’41.916)
“It wasn’t a particularly great first session for us but it’s not as bad as it looks either. The bike is a little different from how we had it at the test but not hugely so. We didn’t have a great set-up at the test so we’ve made a couple of changes and tried the hard tyre on both bikes just to try and understand it a bit more. I’ve struggled with the harder tyre recently so we just stuck at it today and tried to make the bike work with it. The lap time isn’t what we were looking for at this stage but my feeling with the bike was actually okay. I was a bit unsure about how I might feel physically and to be honest I didn’t feel great out there but it is possible to ride. We’ve got a few things to talk about with the team and hopefully tomorrow I can make a big step. I just need to be faster!”
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Qualifying times:

1. Jorge Lorenzo SPA Fiat Yamaha Team 1min 38.933 sec
2. Dani Pedrosa SPA Repsol Honda Team 1min 38.984 sec
3. Casey Stoner AUS Ducati Marlboro Team 1min 39.415 sec
4. Valentino Rossi ITA Fiat Yamaha Team 1min 39.642 sec
5. Randy de Puniet FRA LCR Honda MotoGP 1min 39.806 sec
6. Loris Capirossi ITA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 1min 39.862 sec
7. Colin Edwards USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1min 39.926 sec
8. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Repsol Honda Team 1min 39.966 sec
9. Toni Elias SPA San Carlo Honda Gresini 1min 40.113 sec
10. Chris Vermeulen AUS Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 1min 40.185 sec
11. Marco Melandri ITA Hayate Racing Team 1min 40.381 sec
12. Sete Gibernau SPA Grupo Francisco Hernando 1min 40.440 sec
13. Yuki Takahashi JPN Scot Racing Team MotoGP 1min 40.599 sec
14. James Toseland GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1min 40.670 sec
15. Alex de Angelis RSM San Carlo Honda Gresini 1min 40.796 sec
16. Nicky Hayden USA Ducati Marlboro Team 1min 40.953 sec
17. Mika Kallio FIN Pramac Racing 1min 41.238 sec
18. Niccolo Canepa ITA Pramac Racing 1min 41.253 sec
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Unless the weather conditions change lorenzo is going to battle with Rossi, dany is going to try to take off but i don't think rossi or lorenzo will let him, stoner will be behind them, i don't think he is going to podium i hope i am wrong, now if lorenzo, rossi and danny get into a fight and stoner sneaks in between them i will be happy.

Is has just been and up and down week.
Stoner fastest in testing
Rossi Fastest FP1
Pedrosa FP2 (i think)
Lorenzo QP

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