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From Soup :: Rain Stops Qatar MotoGP Test :: 03-01-2009

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RAIN INTERRUPTS QATAR TEST FOR REPSOL HONDA TEAM

Sunday 1 March, 2008

The first installment of the official MotoGP night test in Qatar was unexpectedly halted by rain today as the Grand Prix paddock assembled at the Losail International circuit near Doha.

Shortly after the circuit opened at 6pm and the first riders had ventured out, a heavy shower brought proceedings to an abrupt halt. With no sun to dry the floodlit surface, wet patches remained on parts of the track until the end of the test at 12 midnight.

With lap times rendered largely meaningless, Repsol Honda pilot Dani Pedrosa - along with several other riders - elected not to ride today. His team-mate Andrea Dovizioso completed 15 laps to get a general feel for the Honda RC212V, as this was his first taste of the Losail track riding the MotoGP machine - though the Italian was not riding in the closing minutes of the test when the track was at its driest.

The factory Honda pair and their pit crews will return to the desert circuit tomorrow, looking to the skies and hoping for clear weather.

OFFICIAL LAP TIMES

Nicky Hayden 2m 00.717s 31 laps
Marco Melandri 2m 00.867s 35 laps
Mika Kallio 2m 01.020s 29 laps
Alex De Angelis 2m 01.074s 15 laps
Niccolo Canepa 2m 01.328s 26 laps
Chris Vermeulen 2m 01.843s 6 laps
Yuki Takahashi 2m 03.221s 18 laps
Andrea Dovizioso 2m 03.233 s 15 laps
James Toseland 2m 03.417 s 7 laps
Randy De Puniet 2m 03.580s 18 laps
Colin Edwards 2m 03.652s 8 laps
Toni Elias 2m 08.637s 3 laps
Jorge Lorenzo 2m 24.832s 1 laps
Valentino Rossi 12m 31.872s 1 laps
Dani Pedrosa 0 laps
Casey Stoner 0 laps
Loris Capirossi 0 laps

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Event: Qatar Test Day One
Date: 1st March 2009
Ambient temperature: 17 degrees
Track temperature: 15 degrees
Humidity: 70%



UNEXPECTED WEATHER SEES FIAT YAMAHA ABANDON NIGHT ONE IN QATAR

A rare rain shower over the Losail International Circuit spelt an end to the first session of night testing in Qatar this evening, with Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo completing just one lap each.

Testing commenced under the floodlights at 1800 but the rain began as soon as Rossi and Lorenzo ventured out on track, with neither of them able to get a fast lap in. The cool night time temperatures meant the asphalt was unable to dry sufficiently from then on and, although some riders ventured back out later in the evening, the Fiat Yamaha pair decided not to risk a patchy track surface and their activities were suspended until tomorrow.

Valentino Rossi
Position: 14 Time: 12'31.872 Laps: 1


"Five minutes of rain really gave us a lot of problems today. First we waited and then finally we decided to abandon it. I hope tomorrow it's back to normal because this was our worst race last year and we need the time to see where we are and continue to improve with our new package."


Jorge Lorenzo
Position: 13 Time: 2'24.832 Laps: 1


"I went out and on the third lap it started to rain - I couldn't believe it! It seems strange to have rain in the desert and it's been a nightmare for the team because we have lost a whole day. I hope it's better tomorrow because I really want to try the new electronic system and also I need to keep working to improve with the Bridgestone tyres."

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DESERT STORM AS RAIN HITS QATAR: NICKY HAYDEN QUICKEST AS STONER SITS IT OUT


The first day of a three-day test for the Ducati Marlboro Team got underway after a minor setback in Losail, where the desert landscape was hit by rain! With a scheduled start of 6pm local time, the session was interrupted almost immediately by a red flag after a light downpour, which lasted barely ten minutes. Several riders, Nicky Hayden included, got a handful of laps in before returning to join the rest of the riders watching the weather from pit-lane.

At around 9pm a group of rider representatives, including Stoner and Rossi, convened with the circuit officials to discuss the state of the track not only because of the rain but also because of the sand that had blown onto the surface beforehand. With the section between turns 11 and 12 still damp, the riders continued to wait and at around 10:30pm track action resumed, although Rossi, Lorenzo, Pedrosa, Capirossi and Stoner decided to wait for better conditions tomorrow.

Nicky Hayden completed a total of 31 laps, including the fastest of the day. As usual the American was prepared to make the best of the conditions, testing some electronic updates and a new fork.

Nicky Hayden (Ducati Marlboro Team), fastest lap: 2'02.717 (on lap 29 of 31)

"I haven't seen rain in Qatar in all my life and I never thought I would! But today we'd barely got the bike on track and it started to come down. We had to spend a long time in the garage because even though a part of the track had dried out there was a section that stayed damp for a while. The track conditions were tricky and there wasn't much feedback, which meant we couldn't do the work we had planned. We've got a few different things to try so hopefully the weather is better tomorrow so we can get some work done."

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f00king idjits

"durrrrr, it rains in the desert in late February/Early March? ya don't say? shit I bet noone on a motorcycle has EVER been rained on at Qatar at this time of year before?!"

having atleast a LITTLE bit of a feel for nature at the places you're gonna have to go test aughta be a requirement.

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This is one of the cost savings from Dorna as you know it is slippery in the rain.


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At least six fingers gets to top the time sheets once this year.


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Stoner on top again. I wonder if Piano Boy is satsified with his crew chief switch? I guess Colin is though.

MotoGP Official Night Test at Qatar - Day Two, best times
1. Casey Stoner, Ducati Marlboro Team - 1'57.139 (37)
2. Valentino Rossi, Fiat Yamaha Team - 1'57.747 (51)
3. Colin Edwards, Tech3 Yamaha - 1'57.817 (41)
4. Andrea Dovizioso, Repsol Honda - 1'57.879 (60)
5. Chris Vermeulen, Suzuki MotoGP - 1'58.018 (24)
6. Loris Capirossi, Suzuki MotoGP - 1'58.264 (42)
7. Jorge Lorenzo, Fiat Yamaha Team - 1'58.400 (63)
8. Alex De Angelis, San Carlo Honda Gresini - 1'58.441 (53)
9. Nicky Hayden, Ducati Marlboro Team - 1'58.577 (54)
10. Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda - 1'58.619 (28)
11. Randy De Puniet, LCR Honda MotoGP - 1'58.936 (55)
12. Toni Elias, San Carlo Honda Gresini - 1'59.036 (56)
13. Yuki Takahashi, Scot Racing Team - 1'59.153 (65)
14. Marco Melandri, Hayate Racing Team - 1'59.195 (63)
15. Niccolo Canepa, Pramac Racing - 1'59.266 (36)
16. Mika Kallio, Pramac Racing - 1'59.764 (48)
17. James Toseland, Tech3 Yamaha - 2'00.234 (51)


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for a guy with a fubar'd wrist that might not race the season, Casey sure turned a lot of laps....

Cheers to Kallio for beating the Pianist.

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So long till James Toseland is back in WSBk. I think I'd sign Colin to a couple more years before signing Toseland to more.
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they are saying pedrobot got pretty messed up in a get off. gee that breaks my heart


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An already difficult preseason for Spanish Repsol Honda rider Dani Pedrosa took a turn for the worse on Monday at the MotoGP Official Night Test, as he crashed heavily on turn ten of the Losail International Circuit, sustaining blows to his already injured left knee and the left hand which he hurt at Sachsenring last season.
Pedrosa was stretchered away from the scene of the crash and transferred to the circuit hospital where initial scans showed no immediate signs of broken bones but revealed a possible crack to a bone in his left hand. He has also reopened an injury in his left knee which he hurt at Phillip Island late last season and had surgery on in December.
The rider will need to wait 24 hours for another scan to confirm 100% whether or not he has sustained any fractures. Those checks will take place in Barcelona, as Pedrosa will fly home from Qatar on Tuesday.
The former 125cc and 250cc World Champion did not complete the first preseason test of 2009 at Malaysia due to his knee trouble and today’s crash will further hamper his preparations for the season.


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Qatar Night Test, day three – best times as of 9pm local time
1. Casey Stoner, Ducati Marlboro Team - 1'56.301 (20)
2. Valentino Rossi, Fiat Yamaha Team - 1'56.972 (36)
3. Nicky Hayden, Ducati Marlboro Team - 1'57.225 (36)
4. Loris Capirossi, Suzuki MotoGP - 1'57.253 (26)
5. Jorge Lorenzo, Fiat Yamaha Team - 1'57.414 (41)
6. Colin Edwards, Monster Yamaha Tech3 - 1'57.515 (46)
7. Chris Vermeulen, Suzuki MotoGP - 1'57.741 (39)
8. Andrea Dovizioso, Repsol Honda - 1'57.816 (32)
9. Mika Kallio, Pramac Racing - 1'57.938 (36)
10. Niccolo Canepa, Pramac Racing - 1'57.946 (32)
11. Randy De Puniet, LCR Honda MotoGP - 1'58.243 (32)
12. Alex De Angelis, San Carlo Honda Gresini - 1'58.302 (34)
13. Yuki Takahashi, Scot Racing Team - 1'58.455 (34)
14. Toni Elias, San Carlo Honda Gresini - 1'58.565 (32)
15. James Toseland, Monster Yamaha Tech3 - 1'59.177 (30)
16. Marco Melandri, Hayate Racing Team - 1'59.575 (34)
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I see the guy that ran the fewest laps leading the table. How exactly do you figure that?

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fackin stoner a sec quicker then anyone else on the motogp site besides stoner nicky only half a second off 2nd place!!!!!

hey all you people that said a couple years back that nicky was as not as good a rider as marco. It sure seems nicky is doing much better then marco at this point. Damn riding the ducati screwed up marco so bad he was slowest today 3 seconds off stoner!


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Final times.

Qatar Night Test, Day 3
1. Casey Stoner, Ducati Marlboro Team - 1'55.744 (31)
2. Jorge Lorenzo, Fiat Yamaha Team - 1'56.733 (82)
3. Valentino Rossi, Fiat Yamaha Team - 1'56.972 (75)
4. Chris Vermeulen, Suzuki MotoGP - 1'57.224 (70)
5. Nicky Hayden, Ducati Marlboro Team - 1'57.225 (53)
6. Loris Capirossi, Suzuki MotoGP - 1'57.253 (42)
7. Randy De Puniet, LCR Honda MotoGP - 1'57.401 (77)
8. Andrea Dovizioso, Repsol Honda - 1'57.449 (74)
9. Colin Edwards, Monster Yamaha Tech3 - 1'57.515 (46)
10. Alex De Angelis, San Carlo Honda Gresini - 1'57.591 (61)
11. Toni Elias, San Carlo Honda Gresini - 1'57.804 (66)
12. Mika Kallio, Pramac Racing - 1'57.938 (54)
13. Niccolo Canepa, Pramac Racing - 1'57.946 (50)
14. Yuki Takahashi, Scot Racing Team - 1'58.412 (61)
15. James Toseland, Monster Yamaha Tech3 - 1'58.786 (51)
16. Marco Melandri, Hayate Racing Team - 1'58.851 (73)


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So long till James Toseland is back in WSBk. I think I'd sign Colin to a couple more years before signing Toseland to more.
Step ..... away ..... from ......keyboard....

Looks like Dainty Dani F**ked himself up again eh?

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Good to see Nicky making progress...

That's an awful load of laps for Marco to be so far behind. I think he might not take them up on that offer, or at least it seemed like he said he was surprised with the ride and that he would make a decision after this test.

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Looks like Dainty Dani F**ked himself up again eh?
Well it should have read "so how long" not so long. But other than that yes they should definitely keep Colin over JT. What has JT done to be signed over Colin?
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Yamaha does sell Pianos....
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Pedrosa seems to be off to a rough start. Maybe Nicky is using a voodoo doll.
TJ can go back to WSBK. I'm sure Haga and Spies would beat him up a little.
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You know... I've no love for the little guy, but now I am really mad at him cuz he was the best pick based on my MCN fantasy budget and now the fooker got hurt... bleh...

Hope twinkle toes gets better and helps me out later in the year.
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