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First practice:

1 Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda Honda 1:50.506
2 Nicky Hayden Ducati Marlboro Ducati 1:50.917
3 Jorge Lorenzo Fiat Yamaha Yamaha 1:50.928
4 Casey Stoner Ducati Marlboro Ducati 1:51.195
5 Marco Simoncelli San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 1:51.768
6 Valentino Rossi Fiat Yamaha Yamaha 1:51.769
7 Hector Barbera Paginas Amarillas Aspar Ducati 1:51.792
8 Andrea Dovizioso Repsol Honda Honda 1:51.845
9 Colin Edwards II Tech 3 Yamaha Yamaha 1:52.027
10 Ben Spies Tech 3 Yamaha Yamaha 1:52.141
11 Marco Melandri San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 1:52.321
12 Randy De Puniet LCR Honda Honda 1:52.340
13 Aleix Espargaro Pramac Racing Ducati 1:52.752
14 Alvaro Bautista Rizla Suzuki Suzuki 1:52.822
15 Mika Kallio Pramac Racing Ducati 1:53.190
16 Hiroshi Aoyama Interwetten Honda MotoGP Honda 1:53.512
 

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Second Practice (wet):
1 27 Casey STONER DUCATI 2'01.710
2 99 Jorge LORENZO YAMAHA 2'02.278 0.568 0.568
3 69 Nicky HAYDEN DUCATI 2'02.411 0.701 0.133
4 46 Valentino ROSSI YAMAHA 2'02.878 1.168 0.467
5 33 Marco MELANDRI HONDA 2'03.146 1.436 0.268
6 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO HONDA 2'03.754 2.044 0.608
7 14 Randy DE PUNIET HONDA 2'03.801 2.091 0.047
8 11 Ben SPIES YAMAHA 2'03.874 2.164 0.073
9 40 Hector BARBERA DUCATI 2'04.063 2.353 0.189
10 58 Marco SIMONCELLI HONDA 2'04.151 2.441 0.088
11 5 Colin EDWARDS YAMAHA 2'04.868 3.158 0.717
12 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SUZUKI 2'05.170 3.460 0.302
13 26 Dani PEDROSA HONDA 2'05.394 3.684 0.224
14 36 Mika KALLIO DUCATI 2'06.257 4.547 0.863
15 41 Aleix ESPARGARO DUCATI 2'07.133 5.423 0.876
16 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA HONDA 2'07.632 5.922 0.499
 

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Yes it's good to see the Ducati's up there but the FP2 was a wet session, and times were more than 10 seconds off the pace of FP1 which was dry.
Look at Pedrosa's times in FP2 in comparison, man he hates the wet.
Riders like Stoner and Hayden that have a dirt riding back ground, will always do well in slippery conditions.

The track looks great, especially that big ass sweeper into the downhill straight. Should see some nice 'backing in' into the hairpin at the bottom.

I hope Ducati have found something this weekend.
 

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Yes it's good to see the Ducati's up there but the FP2 was a wet session, and times were more than 10 seconds off the pace of FP1 which was dry.
Look at Pedrosa's times in FP2 in comparison, man he hates the wet.
Riders like Stoner and Hayden that have a dirt riding back ground, will always do well in slippery conditions.

The track looks great, especially that big ass sweeper into the downhill straight. Should see some nice 'backing in' into the hairpin at the bottom.

I hope Ducati have found something this weekend.
I think they are using the brown cut off coming down the hill. Looks like the corkscrew a bit. Dani was fast in the wet but got caught out in the last 10 minutes where he was stuck in the garage with an electrical problem. The track started to dry and the times fell.
 

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I think they are using the brown cut off coming down the hill. Looks like the corkscrew a bit. Dani was fast in the wet but got caught out in the last 10 minutes where he was stuck in the garage with an electrical problem. The track started to dry and the times fell.
Yeah I thought I'd have a look on the MotoGP site to see if that was the case concerning the track, and it is. Pity, I think one corkscrew's enough in a season.
I'm looking forward to actually seeing the track tonight when we get QP live, and free to air in high def'.
 

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I hope Hayden's injury is healed enough for this weekend. He is up in the top 3 in the wet and dry at this point so it would be nice to see a podium from him.

He is usually a podium placer when a new track is raced the first time in MotoGP.

Turkey in 2005 he got third
Laguna in 2005 he won
Indy in 2008 he got second

San Marino in 2009 he got ass slammed in turn 1/2

can he get a podium at Aragon first go round??

I would like Rossi to win this round...to get a second win (hopefully a couple more before heading to Ducati) for this season and to continue his record of winning at every venue he has raced in GP.
 

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I hope Hayden's injury is healed enough for this weekend. He is up in the top 3 in the wet and dry at this point so it would be nice to see a podium from him.

He is usually a podium placer when a new track is raced the first time in MotoGP.

Turkey in 2005 he got third
Laguna in 2005 he won
Indy in 2008 he got second

San Marino in 2009 he got ass slammed in turn 1/2

can he get a podium at Aragon first go round??

I would like Rossi to win this round...to get a second win (hopefully a couple more before heading to Ducati) for this season and to continue his record of winning at every venue he has raced in GP.
Hayden's wrist is fine.

Quote; 'Hayden, who suffered a chipped radius bone at Brno in mid-August, added: “My wrist is back to 100% so I can't wait to get back on the bike and get back to work with the team.'

His times look good in practice wet or dry, agree. I hope he does well this round.

Loris is sitting this race out because of him though...:rolleyes:
 

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Woot! Go Casey!

Very exciting qualifying session. Would like to think that the race might actually be exciting too.:)
 

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Hayden's wrist is fine.

Quote; 'Hayden, who suffered a chipped radius bone at Brno in mid-August, added: “My wrist is back to 100% so I can't wait to get back on the bike and get back to work with the team.'

His times look good in practice wet or dry, agree. I hope he does well this round.

Loris is sitting this race out because of him though...:rolleyes:
No sympathy for Loris, he's no stranger to taking people out. Remember him intentionally taking out his teammate to win his 250 title?
 

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Final Qualifying:

1 Casey Stoner Ducati Marlboro Ducati 1:48.942
2 Jorge Lorenzo Fiat Yamaha Yamaha 1:49.251
3 Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda Honda 1:49.343
4 Nicky Hayden Ducati Marlboro Ducati 1:49.506
5 Ben Spies Tech 3 Yamaha Yamaha 1:49.565
6 Randy De Puniet LCR Honda Honda 1:49.952
7 Valentino Rossi Fiat Yamaha Yamaha 1:50.017
8 Andrea Dovizioso Repsol Honda Honda 1:50.046
9 Marco Simoncelli San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 1:50.088
10 Hector Barbera Paginas Amarillas Aspar Ducati 1:50.323
11 Colin Edwards II Tech 3 Yamaha Yamaha 1:50.440
12 Alvaro Bautista Rizla Suzuki Suzuki 1:50.523
13 Aleix Espargaro Pramac Racing Ducati 1:50.537
14 Marco Melandri San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 1:50.580
15 Hiroshi Aoyama Interwetten Honda MotoGP Honda 1:50.836
16 Mika Kallio Pramac Racing Ducati 1:51.490
 

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Hayden's wrist is fine.

Quote; 'Hayden, who suffered a chipped radius bone at Brno in mid-August, added: “My wrist is back to 100% so I can't wait to get back on the bike and get back to work with the team.'

His times look good in practice wet or dry, agree. I hope he does well this round.

Loris is sitting this race out because of him though...:rolleyes:
Harada lost a title because of him.....:mad:

Rizla Suzuki is lucky to have Loris out this round... it will be cheaper than him wrecking a bike or 2 or to hear him yet again talk about how he felt they had a chance for some good results when is out of the race within 4 laps.

The racing incident last round was the first time this season where people felt bad for poor ol Loris for not even getting a chance....I bet Loris secretly sent Hayden a thank you card.
 

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any guesses on who will be fighting for the last race point (15th)....


I can't believe how small the grid is this season. How can they even call it a World Championship when mainly every round, all finishers are in the points.
 

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What's up with Rossi is it his shoulder still? Or do you think his crash took some fight out of him. Kinda like Top Gun when Goose died and Maverick lost his confidence.
 

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What's up with Rossi is it his shoulder still? Or do you think his crash took some fight out of him. Kinda like Top Gun when Goose died and Maverick lost his confidence.
Ha, that's funny.
Rossi is getting old, still a threat, but it's all catching up with him I reckon.
... or maybe he's just playing 'playing possum' and saving it all for the race?
He is a crafty bugger.
 

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any guesses on who will be fighting for the last race point (15th)....


I can't believe how small the grid is this season. How can they even call it a World Championship when mainly every round, all finishers are in the points.
Does it really matter if there are 20 or so people fighting for no points? In the championship scheme, those who took no points don't effect the battle at all so they might as well not even show up. Right now 16 is perfect, you have 15 points paying positions and 16 riders. One person will go home with no points the rest will.
 

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What's up with Rossi is it his shoulder still? Or do you think his crash took some fight out of him. Kinda like Top Gun when Goose died and Maverick lost his confidence.
Rossi's shoulder I think is really bad, much worse than his leg ever was even though the leg got all the attention. He will most likely be undergoing shoulder surgery following the season. It actually might work out if Yamaha doesn't let him test the Ducati because he could get the shoulder fixed the day after the season ends and be near fit when he firsts test the Duc in January.
 
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