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Moto GP 2008 Round 5 Race Preview.

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Well we are late in posting our race review from Sundays action but we though we’d make a few post-race comments. It was an amazing race full of action, drama and some absolutely sensational riding. The French weather loomed and caused all sorts of tension and uncertainty. Would it rain would it hold off. The race was declared a ‘dry race’ however, it did drizzle slightly.

Casey Stoner got a blinding start and led for the first section of the race. He was hauled in by a hard charging Rossi and was later overtaken by Pedrosa. Meanwhile Rossi was creating a gap at the front while Jorge Lorenzo was making his way up the field after a bad start.

Casey Stoner seemed to regain some composure after looking uncomfortable for a spell but that was to come to nothing as his machine seemed to expire at the end of the main straight. Stoner had to push his Ducati to get back to the pits where a spare bike with ‘wets’ had been prepared for him. Hoping for a miracle (rain), he rejoined the race two laps down. Meanwhile Rossi was in vintage form at the front while Lorenzo had amazingly moved up to second with Colin Edwards third and Pedrosa dropping off to fourth. And that would be how they crossed the finish line with Chris Vermeulin in fifth.

It was a welcome victory for ‘The Doctor’ who equalled Angel Nieto’s total of 90 Grand Prix wins. Rossi collected Nieto on the warm down lap and let the legend ride his M1 Yamaha with Valentino as passenger holding a flag that read ’90+90′. Only Giacomo Agostini has more wins than Rossi but with 32 more to get the record it remains to be seen if even the great Vale will be able to reach the milestone.

Special mention goes to “Iron Man”, Jorge Lorenzo! What an amazing ride to come from 10th place at the start of the race to second and was actually pulling time on Rossi. Simply amazing considering the guy can hardly walk! We here at Gadget Freaks firmly believe that if he can keep himself out of trouble he will be in line for a real upset this year. We’ll have to check the record books to see when the last time a rookie won the premier class.

So a great weekend for Yamaha getting a clean sweep of the podium. Ducati, however had a weekend to forget. With Casey Stoner’s (16th) machine failure and Marco Melandri (15th) at odds again with his machinery there will be some serious searching as the Italian Grand Prix in Mugello is next and they will be certainly be hoping for a taste of the Moet on home soil.

Championship Postions After 5 Rounds.

1- Valentino Rossi Yamaha  97

2- Jorge Lorenzo    Yamaha  94

3- Dani Pedrosa     Honda    94

4- Casey Stoner     Ducati    56

5- Colin Edwards   Yamaha  47

Next Race; Italian Grand Prix Mugello Italy June 1, 2008

Moto GP 2008 Round 5 Race Preview.

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Well Moto GP fans it’s on again. This weekend sees the Grand Prix of France at the historic Le Mans circuit. With 4 different winners from as many races so far this season, this Sunday looks set to be a cracking battle between Valentino Rossi, Dani Pedrosa, Casey Stoner and Jorge Lorenzo. And as usual we here at Gadget Freaks have preparations well under way for the big race! 

FP 1 & 2- Pedrosa clocked the fastest combined times on Friday with Casey Stoner less than five-hundreths of a second behind. Yamaha veteran Colin Edwards was a further eleven thousandths of a second behind. Ever so close behind this trio was ‘Iron Man’ , Jorge Lorenzo. Although still injured from his Shanghai crash, the rookie is right amongst it but reportedly had to be stretchered back to his motorhome from the pit garage after taking a tumble in the session. Australian, Chris Vermeulin set the fifth fastest time and will be looking for a good result after taking the win at this circuit in 2007.

                      ‘Iron Man’ Jorge Lorenzo looks relaxed with his MP3 shades.

FP 3 – The Saturday morning session saw Colin Edwards set the fastest time on the latter stages. Valentino Rossi was second fastest followed by Dani Pedrosa. Casey Stoner was the early pace setter but finished fourth for the session. Poor Jorge Lorenzo had a rather short session crashing early and was required to visit the Clinica Mobile for precautionary checks. Let’s hope he can settle himself for qualifying later today. He registered the 13th fastest time, a sitiuation he will be very eager to improve.

                                                         Jorge Lorenzo crashes in FP3

In other motorcycle racing news it has been confirmed that 7 time World Formula One Champion, Michael Schumacher will compete in The German Superbike Championship. It is said that Schumi will pilot a 190 HP Honda CBR 100RR in the series. Way to go!

                                    Guess Who? Michael Schumacher on his CBR1000RR

Moto GP 2008 Round 4 Race Review

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After all the action and drama of practise and qualifying the stage was set for a great race. The morning warm-up was run in full wet conditions and it was uncertain what the weather would do. As the field sat on the grid during the pre-race build up there weren’t many happy faces among the riders. Track conditions were less than ideal with wet sections and a fairly distinctive dry line around most of the circuit. Despite the race being officially declared ‘wet’ all riders had chosen slick tyres. 

More pain for Jorge Lorenzo as his bike stalled on the grid as the riders took off for the warm-up lap. It looked as though Lorenzo had forgotten his injured ankles as he instinctively jumped off the bike and began to push it in an attempt to get it started…..ouch! Very cruel indeed. Finally his crew were able to run on to the grid and get him started.

Off the start it was veteran Colin Edwards with the lead into the first corner but Casey Stoner just squeezed past. The pace was fast and furious as the lead pack began to settle in and start to think about where to now. Pedrosa was the first to break away with Rossi in hot pusuit. Casey Stoner settled into third and was looking like he may join the battle at the front. Rossi got past Pedrosa for the lead and the two put on a display that saw them lapping at near record pace. Rossi was at his best and as hard as Pedrosa tried he could not find a way past ‘The Doctor’. Stoner had dropped of the pace somewhat and looked settled in third. Pedrosa also eventually relinquished and thoughts of catching Rossi and settled for second. Meanwhile, Jorge Lorenzo who had earlier dropped to ninth had carved his way through the field to finish fourth in what must be said was a brilliant and brave ride considering his injuries.

So that would seem to be  the last Chinese Moto GP we are likely to see for some time as the race will go elsewhere in 2009. Judging by the lack of spectators it appears that Moto GP is going to take some time to gain in popularity in China. Or maybe it is just that everyone is too Olympic focused to pay any attention to anything else. Not to mention the problems associated with the race namely the trouble many riders and teams faced with visa uncertainty and dramas with flights due to red tape and delays getting paperwork in order.

World Championship Positions ( after 4 rounds )

1- Dani Pedrosa ( Spain ) Honda  81

2- Jorge Lorenzo ( Spain ) Yamaha 74

3- Valentino Rossi ( Italy ) Yamaha 72

4- Casey Stoner ( Australia ) Ducati 56

5- Loris Capirossi ( Italy ) Suzuki 33

6- James Toseland ( Britain ) Yamaha 33

7- Colin Edwards ( USA ) Yamaha 31

8- Nicky Hayden ( USA ) Honda 29

9- Andrea Dovizioso ( Italy ) Honda 26

10- John Hopkins ( USA ) Kawasaki 26

Next Race : Le Mans, France May 18th.

 

 

 

Moto GP 2008 Round 4 Preview

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Well fans they’re back! It’s Moto GP time again as the championship heads to China and the magnificent Shanghai circuit. A true test of man and machine, the track features a range of different corners and of course that long long back straight into a full hairpin. This is the fourth year that the Chinese Grand Prix has been run with Valentino Rossi, Dani Pedrosa and Casey Stoner all having tasted victory. Sadly, it looks as though the race will be dropped from the calendar in 2009 with the race reportedly going to Hungary or Turkey.

FP1 this morning saw a real battle between Rossi and Stoner as both riders seemed determined to see the session out on top of the time sheets. It was Rossi though who triumphed while Fiat Yamaha team mate Jorge Lorenzo seemed to struggle during the first half of the session. Unfortunately for the young rookie he suffered a vicious high-side ( see below ) in the latter part of practise and was taken to hospital with a suspected fractured right ankle, cut heel to that foot, damage to the left knee and ankle. Not the start to the weekend he would have been hoping for to say the least. However, signs are good he will be relatively fit to ride in Sundays race.

 

FP2 was all Stoner with the Australian all but dominating the session. Valentino Rossi challenged the young Australian throughout the session and finished second fastest while title rival Pedrosa claimed third spot.

1- Casey Stoner ( Australia ) 2’00″163

2- Valentino Rossi ( Italy ) 2’00″215

3- Dani Pedrosa ( Spain ) 2’00″361

The injuries to Jorge Lorenzo were confirmed as a chipped left ankle and general bruising and other minor injuries to the lower body. Yamaha in a statement said that he will take part in FP3 and qualifying tomorrow.

Moto GP 2008 Round 2 Preview.

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Well Moto GP fans it’s on again this weekend in the fantastic Spanish sunshine. Of course Round 2 takes us to the magnificent Jerez circuit in the south of Spain and what a race it promises to be. Everyone has tested there this year and all the riders know this track intimately. New teams ,bikes and tyres should all begin to be getting settled in now so we should see some cracking competition coming from those that failed to fire in Qatar.

It has been widely reported in the press this week that 2006 world Moto GP Champion Nicky Hayden has admitted making a big mistake in Round 1 choosing to ride the 2007 RC 212V placing a distant 10th whilst fellow Factory Honda pilot Dani Pedrosa placed third on the 2008 machine. Hayden had a dismal year in 2007 and is really looking for some magic for this season as there is a hungry crop of new young riders coming up and only a handful of factory seats in Moto GP.

Also in the news, Valentino Rossi has predicted that he will shine at Jerez and that he is coming to grips with his new Bridgestone tyres ( no pun intended ). Ever the sportsman ‘The Doctor’ has spoken out in the press this week about  fellow Yamaha rider James Toseland, stating that the Briton is the biggest surprise so far this season. We here at Gadget Freaks would have thought that Dovisioso who beat Rossi into 4th in Qatar would have that honour.

Over at the Tech 3 Yamaha garage the new ‘pneumatic valve’engines run by the Fiat Yamaha Team have not arrived for Jerez as expected. The two Tech 3 riders were well down on top end power in Qatar but still managed to qualify in front of the full factory bikes. One wonders what they might be capable of with a few more ponies in the chassis!

After an excellent year in 2007 Suzuki looked to be on track to really be battling at the front this season. However, thus far they really have been struggling and it looks as though things won’t be much better for them at Jerez on Sunday. Whilst most teams have all of their 2008 hardware sorted Suzuki will be once again using hybrid bikes assembled from 2007 and 2008 spec machines. Mixing and matching chassis, suspension components and aerodynamic packages is not the start the Japanese team would have been hoping for.

The Ducati Team is of course looking good albiet only really with one rider, Casey Stoner. The 2007 World Moto GP Champion will be looking for his first Jerez podium this Sunday. Apart from Jerez and Indianapolis ( where nobody has raced before ) these are the only circuits that The 2007 Young Australian of the Year has not been on the podium in any of the Grand Prix classes. His garage partner Marco Melandri is struggling to get a handle on the 2008 Ducati. This really surprises us at Gadget Freaks as he has shown his talent in the past and a knack of riding the wheels off a bike but this Duke seems to have his number.

Ok so get strapped in for a great weekend of racing and we at Gadget Freaks will be looking forward to bringing you all the gossip and action on monday. so till then race fans……………..!

Top Ten FP 1 Times Jerez 2008

1- Colin Edwards USA 1’40.714

2- Casey Stoner Aust 1’40.828

3- Valentino Rossi Ita 1’40.918

4- Nicky Hayden USA 1’41.182

5- Jorge Lorenzo Spa 1’41.371

6- Andrea Doviziosi Ita 1’41.378

7- Dani Pedrosa Spa 1’41.419

8- Chris Vermuelin Aust 1’41.443

9- Alex De Angelis RSM 1’41.579

10- Shinya Nakano Jpn 1’41.599

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March 28, 2008 at 10:33 am