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Jerez MotoGP: Lorenzo scores first pole this year

Mike Nicks, 02 May 2009 14:18

Championship leader Jorge Lorenzo scorched his Fiat Yamaha to his first pole position of the year at Jerez today, and held off desperate attempts by his rivals to dethrone him in the closing minutes of qualifying. With five minutes remaining in the 45-minute session Lorenzo already headed the time charts with a lap in 1m 38.933s. Close rivals Dani Pedrosa ...

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Jerez MotoGP: Smith leads Brit trio in top 8

Mike Nicks, 02 May 2009 13:07

Aspar Aprilia rider Bradley Smith scored a slot on the front of the 125cc Spanish GP in qualifying today, and led a trio of Brits into the top eight positions for tomorrow’s 23-lap race. Smith punted round the 2.75-mile Jerez track in 1m 48.434s, to finish just 0.197s slower than his team-mate, the 22-year-old Spaniard Julian Simon. Championship leader Andrea ...

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Jerez MotoGP: Pedrosa Bursts Ahead for Repsol Honda

Mike Nicks, 02 May 2009 10:48

The 23-year-old Spaniard Dani Pedrosa continued his remarkable comeback to form by leading the second practice for the Spanish MotoGP on the sun-blessed Jerez circuit. Pedrosa speared his Repsol Honda around the 2.75-mile track in 1m 39.422s, to lead Fiat Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo by just 0.54s. Marlboro Ducati’s Casey Stoner was third fastest. And Valentino Rossi? Yesterday’s leader of the ...

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Jerez MotoGP: Bradley Smith Finds the Groove Again

Mike Nicks, 02 May 2009 10:40

Oxfordshire rider Bradley Smith continued his weekend-long duel with Aspar Aprilia team-mate Julian Simon in the second practice session for the 125cc Spanish GP, finishing just 0.321s slower than his Spanish team-mate. Smith headed yesterday’s opening practice session, but this time he had to accept runner-up spot to Simon’s 1m 47.203s best. Championship leader Andrea Iannone (Aprilia) finished third fastest, ...

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Jerez MotoGP: Rossi lands in paradise

Mike Nicks, 01 May 2009 17:19

“Compared to the past two races, this is paradise!” This was an ebullient Valentino Rossi speaking after the reigning MotoGP world champion had set fastest lap in the opening practice session at Jerez on his Fiat Yamaha. Rossi was referring more to the blissful weather at the Andalucian circuit – 23C today, 25C forecast for race day – rather than ...

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Jerez MotoGP: Valentino Rossi unstoppable in practice

Mike Nicks, 01 May 2009 14:24

Still seeking his first MotoGP win of the year, reigning champion Valentino Rossi dominated the opening free practice session here at the Spanish round at Jerez with a lap in 1m 39.647s on the Fiat Yamaha. Rizla Suzuki’s Loris Capirossi made a scorching effort on the 2.75-mile circuit, and this rewarded him with second-fastest place, 0.364s behind Rossi. Casey Stoner ...

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Jerez Motogp: Bradley Smith Flying at Hot and Sunny Jerez

Mike Nicks, 01 May 2009 13:05

Britain’s Bradley Smith got off to a blazing start in practice for the 125cc Spanish GP here at Jerez this weekend by snatching provisional pole on his Aspar Aprilia in the opening session. The 18-year-old Smith has the satisfaction of beating his team-mate, the Spaniard Julian Simon, by 0.304s on the 2.75-mile circuit, and will be looking for his first ...

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World Superbikes, Valencia: Haga Breaks the Spies Spell

Mike Nicks, 05 April 2009 17:04

Noriyuki Haga won the second race in the World Superbike Championship round at Valencia today on his Xerox Ducati, and proved decisively that the American new boy Ben Spies can be beaten on equal terms. In this race Spies stayed on his Yamaha R1 – he dropped it in the first encounter – but still trailed in second by 5.105s ...

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World Supersport, Valencia: Crutchlow Takes His First Win

Mike Nicks, 05 April 2009 15:06

The 23-year-old British rider Cal Crutchlow scored his first World Supersport win in only the third race of his first full season in the series when he crushed Australian Anthony West in a 23-lap super-struggle on the Ricardo Tormo circuit at Valencia. The 2006 British Supersport champion also jumped to the joint leadership of the points table after a stunning ...

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World Superbikes, Valencia: Haslam Leads Brit Charge

Mike Nicks, 05 April 2009 12:34

With a strong ride into fifth place in the first race at Valencia, Leon Haslam continues to reign as top Brit in this year’s World Superbike championship. Noriyuki Haga leads the points table after five races with 110 points to the 75 of Ben Spies. Max Neukirchner holds third place on 56 points on the Alstare Suzuki, but then comes ...

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