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Preview - Valencian Grand Prix.

Wednesday, 31st October 2007

Casey Stoner has the chance to end a memorable MotoGP campaign by matching Valentino Rossi and Giacomo Agostini with 11 wins in a single season, at this weekend's Valencian Grand Prix.

Only Stoner's fellow Australian **** Doohan has scored more, taking 12 victories during 1997, and - although in only his second season - Stoner has shown Doohan-like dominance on his way to comfortably winning the first ever 800cc title for Ducati.

Last year at Valencia, it was another Australian leading the way for Ducati. Stepping in for the injured Sete Gibernau, Troy Bayliss took victory from second on the grid, ahead of team-mate Loris Capirossi. Stoner retired from the race on lap seven, but has previously sampled the top step of the Valencia podium in the 2003 125GP - his first ever world championship win.

Former seven times world champion Rossi has bad memories of the tight and demanding track, having thrown away an eight point lead when he fell during the 2006 title showdown - handing Nicky Hayden the crown. But the Fiat Yamaha star won at Valencia during 2003 and 2004 - and just a single point in the 30-lap race on Sunday would at least ensure second place in the championship over Spaniard Dani Pedrosa.

Honda's leading rider has started the last three grands prix from pole position and won three times in Valencia in front of his home fans in both 125 and 250cc races - but never in MotoGP.

The battle for fourth place is much closer with just 19 points separating Marco Melandri, John Hopkins, Chris Vermeulen and Capirossi. For three of those riders it will be their last ride for their current team. Melandri leaves Honda Gresini to join Stoner at Ducati, while Hopkins leaves Rizla Suzuki to join Kawasaki and is replaced by Capirossi who leaves Ducati.

The changes continue further down the championship standings, with Randy de Puniet making his last appearance for Kawasaki before joining Honda LCR, while Spaniard Toni Elias rides the Gresini Honda for the last time before joining Frenchman Sylvain Guintoli at Pramac d'Antin Ducati. Elias will be replaced by Japanese rider Shinya Nakano.

Meanwhile two MotoGP veterans, Brazilian Alex Barros and Spaniard Carlos Checa, look set to make their very last grand prix appearances on Sunday.

37-year-old Barros made his grand prix debut in the 80cc class back in 1986 and has competed in 275 grands prix. He's won seven premier class races, finished on the podium 32 times and has started from pole on five occasions. With his d'Antin seat now taken, Barros is yet to announce his 2008 plans.

Checa has ridden in 219 grands prix, winning two and finishing on the podium 24 times. The current Honda LCR rider started three times from pole and will ride in the World Superbike Championship with Ten Kate Honda next season.

Another former MotoGP race winner set to leave the class is Makoto Tamada. The Japanese took two wins, four podiums and three poles as a Bridgestone-shod Honda rider during 2003 and 2004, but failed to adapt to Michelin tyres with just one podium over the next two seasons. Tamada has taken a best finish of eighth this year with Dunlop Yamaha Tech 3, which will field Colin Edwards and James Toseland in 2008.

Meanwhile, the BMW M Award - decided by adding together each rider's qualifying times throughout the season, plus at the official Jerez test - will be decided on Saturday. Stoner currently leads Rossi by half a second in the chase for an M3 Coupe.

Following the race, a number of MotoGP teams will stay on for testing with their new bikes and rider line-ups. One of those present will be 20-year-old Spaniard Jorge Lorenzo, who will sign off his 250cc career this weekend before joining Rossi in the factory Yamaha MotoGP team for 2008.

The Fortuna Aprilia rider chases his tenth grand prix victory of the season after retaining his 250cc title for the second year in succession with third place last time out in Malaysia. Also making their last 250cc appearances before joining MotoGP next year will be Andrea Dovizioso and Alex de Angelis.

The 125cc World Championship will be decided in the 24-lap final encounter of the season. Gabor Talmacsi could bring the very first world championship to Hungary although local hero and team-mate Hector Faubel will do everything to spoil the party.

Talmacsi leads his Bancaja Aspar Aprilia team-mate by ten points after winning in Malaysia but Faubel will have the massive crowd and plenty of local Spanish riders helping his cause. It promises to be some battle.

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Stoner's strike rate rises.

New MotoGP world champion has now won over one third of the races he has started in the premier class.


Having now taken 10 victories from his 33 MotoGP starts, Casey Stoner has reached a win rate good enough for fifth in the 'modern era' of grand prix racing (since 1975) - and above triple world champion Wayne Rainey.

A victory in Valencia on Sunday would move the Ducati star up another place in the list, above Freddie Spencer. The list is still headed by Valentino Rossi, although this season the Italian's win rate has fallen below 50%.

Rossi and Stoner are the only two riders in the top ten currently racing.






Career winning percentage in 500cc/MotoGP:

1. Valentino Rossi 131 (starts) 62 (wins) 47.3%
2. **** Doohan 137 (starts) 54 (wins) 39.4%
3. Kenny Roberts (Snr) 58 (starts) 22 (wins) 37.9%
4. Freddie Spencer 62 (starts) 20 (wins) 32.3%
5. Casey Stoner 33 (starts) 10 (wins) 30.3%
6. Wayne Rainey 83 (starts) 24 (wins) 28.9%
7. Eddie Lawson 127 (starts) 31 (wins) 24.4%
8. Kevin Schwantz 104 (starts) 25 (wins) 24.0%
9. Barry Sheene 98 (starts) 19 (wins) 19.4%
10. Wayne Gardner 102 (starts) 18 (wins) 17.6%
 

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[SIZE=-1]VALENCIA, SPAIN, NOV.2: Marlboro Ducati’s Casey Stoner dominated both the morning and afternoon sessions for the season-ending Valencia Grand Prix on a cloudy bright day near the Spanish east coast.[/SIZE]
[SIZE=-1]The 2007 MotoGP World Champion finished the morning with a best lap of 1:33.083, a time that he dropped to 1:32.968 in the afternoon. Neither of the laps approached the outright circuit best lap of 1:31.002 set by Valentino Rossi last year.[/SIZE]
[SIZE=-1]In the morning Stoner had a gap of .679 of a second on the next fastest rider, Marco Melandri (Gresini Honda), but the gap in the afternoon was narrower; only .116 of a second on Yamaha Tech 3’s Sylvain Guintoli. The Frenchman, who will move to the d’Antin Ducati team next year, used a Dunlop qualifier for his fast lap.[/SIZE]
[SIZE=-1]Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa moved into the second fastest spot with around 15 minutes to go and stayed there. With Stoner on Bridgestones, Guintoli on Dunlops, and Pedrosa on Michelins, it was that rare occasion when three tire companies finished in the top three places.[/SIZE]
[SIZE=-1]After Pedrosa came a string of four more Bridgestone riders, all closely clustered. Melandri was fourth, just in front of Rizla Suzuki’s Chris Vermeulen, Kawasaki’s Randy de Puniet, and Pramac d’Antin Ducati’s Alex Barros, the Brazilian who announced on Thursday he was 90 percent certain to retire after this race.[/SIZE]
[SIZE=-1]Those four were covered by just over two-tenths of a second, with Fiat Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi trying very hard, but only finishing eighth. In search of the elusive tenth of a second, Rossi ran off the track at least twice, and was still nearly .7 of a second down on Stoner.[/SIZE]
[SIZE=-1]The gap behind Rossi was only .030 of a second to Repsol Honda’s Nicky Hayden, with Rizla Suzuki’s John Hopkins an identical interval behind in 10th.[/SIZE]
[SIZE=-1]Colin Edwards, riding his Fiat Yamaha for the last time, finished with the 13th fastest time.[/SIZE]
[SIZE=-1]Chaz Davies crashed the Pramac d’Antin Ducati in the morning session and didn’t ride in the afternoon. He may have a broken bone in his hand, though nothing was officially announced.[/SIZE]



Free practice times (combined) - Valencia.



Full MotoGP free practice times (1 and 2 combined) from the Valencian Grand Prix, the 18th and final round of the 2007 world championship.




1. Casey Stoner AUS Ducati Marlboro Team (B) 1min 32.968 secs
2. Sylvain Guintoli FRA Dunlop Yamaha Tech 3 (D) 1min 33.084 secs
3. Dani Pedrosa SPA Repsol Honda Team (M) 1min 33.150 secs
4. Marco Melandri ITA Honda Gresini (B) 1min 33.319 secs
5. Chris Vermeulen AUS Rizla Suzuki MotoGP (B) 1min 33.501 secs
6. Randy de Puniet FRA Kawasaki Racing Team (B) 1min 33.519 secs
7. Alex Barros BRA Pramac d'Antin (B) 1min 33.541 secs
8. Valentino Rossi ITA Fiat Yamaha Team (M) 1min 33.620 secs
9. Nicky Hayden USA Repsol Honda Team (M) 1min 33.650 secs
10. John Hopkins USA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP (B) 1min 33.680 secs
11. Carlos Checa SPA Honda LCR (M) 1min 33.831 secs
12. Makoto Tamada JPN Dunlop Yamaha Tech 3 (D) 1min 33.899 secs
13. Colin Edwards USA Fiat Yamaha Team (M) 1min 33.972 secs
14. Loris Capirossi ITA Ducati Marlboro Team (B) 1min 34.000 secs
15. Toni Elias SPA Honda Gresini (B) 1min 34.218 secs
16. Shinya Nakano JPN Konica Minolta Honda (M) 1min 34.352 secs
17. Anthony West AUS Kawasaki Racing Team (B) 1min 34.413 secs
18. Chaz Davies GBR Pramac d'Antin (B) 1min 35.029 secs *
19. Kurtis Roberts USA Team Roberts (M) 1min 35.335 secs

* time set in FP1.


2006 Valencian Grand Prix:
Pole position: Valentino Rossi ITA Camel Yamaha (M) 1min 31.002secs
Fastest race lap: Loris Capirossi ITA Ducati Marlboro (B) 1min 32.924secs
 

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R1L has a Honda tatoo on his back?? Traitor!!!!!!! :mad
His also got a Harley one on the front... Biga told me... :secret
 

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Qualifying isnt going so good for Rossi.....

2007 MotoGP Valencia Ricardo Tormo - Valencia 02/11/2007 Qualifying 1
Pos.
Rider Manu. Nat. Total Time
1 Casey Stoner Ducati AUS 1'32.968
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Sylvain Guintoli Yamaha FRA 1'33.084
3 Daniel Pedrosa Honda ESP 1'33.150
4 Marco Melandri Honda ITA 1'33.319
5 Chris Vermeulen Suzuki AUS 1'33.501
6 Randy De Puniet Kawasaki FRA 1'33.519
7 Alex Barros Ducati BRA 1'33.541
8
Valentino Rossi Yamaha ITA 1'33.620
9 Nicky Hayden Honda USA 1'33.650
10 John Hopkins Suzuki USA 1'33.680
11 Carlos Checa Honda ESP 1'33.831
12
Makoto Tamada Yamaha JPN 1'33.899
13
Colin Edwards Yamaha USA 1'33.972
14 Loris Capirossi Ducati ITA 1'34.000
15 Toni Elias Honda ESP 1'34.218
 

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Kw QP takes place on Saturdays, also if you look above I have already posted the combined times from Friday. :r1lover
 

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Full free practice times (3) from the Valencian Grand Prix, the 18th and final round of the 2007 world championship.



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1. Sylvain Guintoli FRA Dunlop Yamaha Tech 3 (D) 1min 32.670 secs
2. Casey Stoner AUS Ducati Marlboro Team (B) 1min 33.132 secs
3. Dani Pedrosa SPA Repsol Honda Team (M) 1min 33.236 secs
4. Alex Barros BRA Pramac d'Antin (B) 1min 33.239 secs
5. Marco Melandri ITA Honda Gresini (B) 1min 33.240 secs
6. Loris Capirossi ITA Ducati Marlboro Team (B) 1min 33.407 secs
7. Randy de Puniet FRA Kawasaki Racing Team (B) 1min 33.487 secs
8. John Hopkins USA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP (B) 1min 33.505 secs
9. Colin Edwards USA Fiat Yamaha Team (M) 1min 33.518 secs
10. Chris Vermeulen AUS Rizla Suzuki MotoGP (B) 1min 33.569 secs
11. Valentino Rossi ITA Fiat Yamaha Team (M) 1min 33.580 secs
12. Toni Elias SPA Honda Gresini (B) 1min 33.757 secs
13. Makoto Tamada JPN Dunlop Yamaha Tech 3 (D) 1min 33.988 secs
14. Nicky Hayden USA Repsol Honda Team (M) 1min 34.006 secs
15. Shinya Nakano JPN Konica Minolta Honda (M) 1min 34.258 secs
16. Anthony West AUS Kawasaki Racing Team (B) 1min 34.327 secs
17. Kurtis Roberts USA Team Roberts (M) 1min 34.487 secs
18. Chaz Davies GBR Pramac d'Antin (B) 1min 34.960 secs
Carlos Checa SPA Honda LCR (M) no time


2007 Valencian Grand Prix:
Fastest Friday time: Casey Stoner AUS Ducati Marlboro (B) 1min 32.968secs

2006 Valencian Grand Prix:
Pole position: Valentino Rossi ITA Camel Yamaha (M) 1min 31.002secs
Fastest race lap: Loris Capirossi ITA Ducati Marlboro (B) 1min 32.924secs
 
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