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Post by <T-K> » Fri Sep 16, 2005 3:33 pm

With the 1st Free practice session completed, the field looks like this:

Camel Honda's Alex Barros has posted the best time in the first free practice session at Motegi. The Brazilian lapped in 1'48.620, less than 0.1s slower than the circuit record set in last year's race by Makoto Tamada.

John Hopkins was second fastest on the Suzuki GSV-R, beating Ducati Marlboro's Carlos Checa by just 0.008s. Championship leader Valentino Rossi, was fourth fastest on the Yamaha, ahead of Italian compatriot Loris Capirossi.

Colin Edwards was sixth fastest ahead of a Honda quartet led by Marco Melandri. The Italian youngster finished the session in seventh position followed by Max Biaggi, Nicky Hayden and Sete Gibernau.

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Post by <T-K> » Sat Sep 17, 2005 9:24 pm

i'm a bit late with this,as i was not at home.....

But after the final free practice session it loked like this...

Makoto Tamada was back at the front of the MotoGP field this morning at Motegi.He topped the timesheets ahead of Ducati Marlboro's Loris Capirossi and Gauloises Yamaha rider Valentino Rossi.

Brazilian veteran Alex Barros was fourth fastest ahead of Suzuki riders Kenny Roberts Jr and John Hopkins, who are riding on Bridgestone tyres just like Capirossi.

Kawasaki's Shinya Nakano and Alex Hofmann posted the eighth and ninth quickest times behind Repsol Honda's Max Biaggi, while Colin Edwards completed the top 10.

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Post by <T-K> » Sat Sep 17, 2005 9:48 pm

After final qualifying, there are a few suprizes (on my part)....this is the grid for tomorrows race:

1) Loris CAPIROSSI - 1'46.363 - Ducati (lap record)
2) John HOPKINS - 1'46.861 - Suzuki
3) Marco MELANDRI - 1'46.867 - Honda
4) Makoto TAMADA - 1'47.043 - Honda
5) Max BIAGGI - 1'47.089 - Honda
6) Nicky HAYDEN - 1'47.166 - Honda
7) Sete GIBERNAU - 1'47.168 - Honda
8.) Kenny ROBERTS - 1'47.257 - Suzuki
9) Carlos CHECA - 1'47.323 - Ducati
10) Alex BARROS - 1'47.562 - Honda
11) Valentino ROSSI - 1'47.563 - Yamaha
12) Alex HOFMANN - 1'47.594 - Kawasaki
13) Colin EDWARDS - 1'47.678 - Yamaha
14) Shinya NAKANO - 1'47.787 - Kawasaki
15) Tohru UKAWA - 1'48.194 - Honda
16) Roberto ROLFO - 1'48.733 - Ducati
17) Toni ELIAS - 1'48.861 - Yamaha
18.) Naoki MATSUDO - 1'49.734 - Moriwaki
19) Ruben XAUS - 1'49.969 - Yamaha
20) Franco BATTAINI - 1'51.902 - Blata
21) James ELISON - 1'51.972 - Blata

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Post by <T-K> » Sun Sep 18, 2005 9:14 pm

WOW....what a race for those of you lucky enough to watch it...

Loris Capirossi took his first victory of the season in a dramatic Grand Prix at Motegi this afternoon as Valentino Rossi crashed out and missed his first opportunity to clinch the 2005 MotoGP World Championship.... Capirossi made a cautious start from pole position, chasing early leader Marco Melandri over the opening laps before being joined by Max Biaggi. Rossi, meanwhile, made great progress from eleventh on the grid and caught the leading trio on the fourth lap...

With Biaggi now leading from Capirossi the pair were left alone at the front, Rossi colliding with Melandri sending both riders tumbling into the gravel. Capirossi then stalked his compatriot for the next six laps before making his move and opening up an advantage of 1.4 seconds to take a clear victory, Makoto Tamada crossed the line in a distant third place to complete the podium today....

Carlos Checa took the chequered flag in fourth place although he was 22 seconds down on his victorious team-mate as only eleven riders finished a crash-strewn race. John Hopkins, who started from the front row of the grid but lost positions as the race wore on, picked up his best ever Grand Prix finish in fifth ahead of Colin Edwards, Nicky Hayden, Kenny Roberts, Toni El?as, Ruben Xaus and Franco Battaini. Alex Hofmann crashed and broke his ankle, almost certainly ruling him out for the rest of the season....

With Alex Barros and Sete Gibernau also crashing out, the only rider with a mathematical chance of halting Rossi?s championship charge over the next five races is Biaggi, who must score 14 points more than his compatriot to prevent him winning the title in the next race at Sepang in seven days? time.As for Rossi, a top four finish will be sufficient in Malaysia....

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Post by Julian Mayo » Mon Sep 19, 2005 7:47 am

So Rossi did the old "if you can't beat them take them out" yet again. That boy is going to fit right into Schuey's seat.
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Post by <T-K> » Mon Sep 19, 2005 5:17 pm

julian mayo wrote:So Rossi did the old "if you can't beat them take them out" yet again. That boy is going to fit right into Schuey's seat.
Although this time his tactics backfired, and he dropped out too :lol: .....But seriously, from what it looked like, he wasnt trying to make a pass, it looks pretty much like they simply took different lines into the corner, and Melandri mangaged to slow down and begin turning before Rossi had finished braking, and one thing led to another, and they tasted the gravel...

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Post by <T-K> » Wed Sep 21, 2005 7:33 am

Thanks Ed :up:

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Post by Julian Mayo » Wed Sep 21, 2005 7:35 am

<T-K> wrote:Thanks Ed :up:
Crikey, now he's talking to himself :?: :shock:
:why: :why:
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Post by <T-K> » Wed Sep 21, 2005 7:57 am

julian mayo wrote:
<T-K> wrote:Thanks Ed :up:
Crikey, now he's talking to himself :?: :shock:
:why: :why:
No, its not what it looks like, i swear....i can explain...i was jus... nah, got no real explanation.... :roll:

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Post by Julian Mayo » Wed Sep 21, 2005 8:01 am

<T-K> wrote:
julian mayo wrote:
<T-K> wrote:Thanks Ed :up:
Crikey, now he's talking to himself :?: :shock:
:why: :why:
No, its not what it looks like, i swear....i can explain...i was jus... nah, got no real explanation.... :roll:
There will be a nice white vehicle arriving shortly. The rather large men will have a nice new coat for you to put on, then you can go for a drive with them :shock:
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Post by <T-K> » Wed Sep 21, 2005 8:06 am

They've already been, i killed them and ate their livers.....or i couldve told them im not insane so they left.....i'll let you decide... :lol:

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Post by Julian Mayo » Wed Sep 21, 2005 8:09 am

<T-K> wrote:They've already been, i killed them and ate their livers.....or i couldve told them im not insane so they left.....i'll let you decide... :lol:
hmmmm, your posts speak volumes :shock:
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Post by <T-K> » Wed Sep 21, 2005 8:13 am

julian mayo wrote:
<T-K> wrote:They've already been, i killed them and ate their livers.....or i couldve told them im not insane so they left.....i'll let you decide... :lol:
hmmmm, your posts speak volumes :shock:
I get told that a lot 8) :lol:

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Post by Julian Mayo » Wed Sep 21, 2005 8:20 am

Capirossi attributed his victory to Bridgestone tyres ( wwwcrashnet.com)
Maybe Ferrari have been on motogp tyres :shock:
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Post by <T-K> » Wed Sep 21, 2005 4:51 pm

WOW, now thats a hard hitting story....ferrari on MotoGP tyres.....who wouldve thought... 8)

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