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Rossi 13th in Jerez

Matthew Birt, 28 February 2007 17:16

Valentino Rossi found himself surprisingly off the pace on a rain-hit first day in Jerez today with the former world champion languishing down in 13th place. The 27-year-old 1.9.31s slower than compatriot Marco Melandri who clocked the best time as track action didn’t commence until the early afternoon following heavy rain showers. Rossi, who was fastest on race tyres in ...

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Marco sets Jerez pace

Matthew Birt, 28 February 2007 17:04

Former world 250 champion Marco Melandri took the honours on a rain-hit first day in Jerez today as Valentino Rossi and reigning world champion Nicky Hayden struggled. The Gresini Honda rider clocked a best time of 1.42.563 in his 34-lap stint to edge out factory Ducati rider Casey Stoner. On a track that was barely dry all day but not ...

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OJ wants improvement

Matthew Birt, 28 February 2007 16:52

Olivier Jacque says there is still plenty of room for improvement despite Kawasaki’s encouraging start to the new 800cc MotoGP era. Jacque, who missed most of last week’s IRTA test in Qatar after suffering concussion and multiple bruising in a massive first day crash, has been back on track today (Friday) in Jerez. He said: “We need more engine performance ...

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Capirossi: 800s like 500s

Matthew Birt, 28 February 2007 16:28

Loris Capirossi reckons the new generation 800cc machines are a throwback to riding the fearsome 500cc two-strokes replaced years ago. The 33-year-old factory Ducati rider has made big strides with taming an aggressive power delivery on Ducati’s new GP7 since a revised engine management system was introduced in Jerez last November. Capirossi, who enjoyed his best premier class season in ...

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Diet boosts Checa

Matthew Birt, 28 February 2007 15:30

Carlos Checa has revealed some of the extreme measures he's taken to help him adapt to the new generation 800cc MotoGP machines in 2007. The Spaniard underwent a rigorous and gruelling winter training schedule to shed crucial kilos that he believes will help him become more accustomed to less powerful Honda V4 he will ride for the LCR Honda squad. ...

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Endurance boost

Matthew Birt, 28 February 2007 11:30

John Hopkins reckons lap times are plummeting on the new 800cc machines because the drop in horsepower has seen tyre endurance greatly increased. Riders can lap faster and for longer without the brutal power of the 990cc four-strokes wearing tyres quicker, The 23-year-old said: "The durability of the tyres lasts a lot longer on the 800. Obviously there is not ...

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BHP management key

Matthew Birt, 28 February 2007 10:30

Factory Ducati rider Loris Capirossi believes one of the reasons why lap times are already plummeting in the new 800cc MotoGP era is down to significantly more manageable horsepower, despite saying that the throttle response on his Ducati has been like a lightswitch. Echoing the thoughts of new team-mate Casey Stoner, who recently said the 990s were overpowered, the 33-year-old ...

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Marco better than ever

Matthew Birt, 28 February 2007 10:30

Marco Melandri claims he will go into the new MotoGP world championship campaign in better shape than at any other time in his career. Despite some disappointing winter testing performances on the Bridgestone-shod Gresini Honda RC212V, the former world 250 champion is confident that he will go into the first 800cc world championship more competitive than previous campaigns. Melandri, who ...

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Vermeulen wants grip

Matthew Birt, 28 February 2007 10:00

Chris Vermeulen has told Bridgestone that it must improve its new generation front tyres to help adapt to the new riding style required on the 800cc MotoGP machines. With increased corners speeds and later braking now a feature of the new generation smaller capacity machines, Aussie Vermeulen said: "Bridgestone's front is the good part of the tyres in most places ...

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Dani's bike faster

Matthew Birt, 27 February 2007 15:00

Marco Melandri has hinted that factory Honda rider Dani Pedrosa has already received engine upgrades on the new RC212V 800cc contender. The Italian spoke to MCN having followed the triple world champion in testing. Melandri, on the Bridgestone-shod Gresini Honda in 2007, said: "I saw Pedrosa and his bike looked so fast. I tried to follow him and we came ...

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