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Pramac Ducati's Aleix Espargaro will start his home Catalan Grand Prix from twelfth, rather than eighth, on the grid after his best lap was cancelled for cutting the track between turns one and two.

1. Jorge Lorenzo ESP Fiat Yamaha Team 1m 42.046s
2. Casey Stoner AUS Ducati Marlboro Team 1m 42.410s
3. Randy de Puniet FRA LCR Honda MotoGP 1m 42.512s
4. Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda Team 1m 42.592s
5. Ben Spies USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1m 42.710s
6. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Repsol Honda Team 1m 42.866s
7. Loris Capirossi ITA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 1m 42.903s
8. Marco Simoncelli ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini 1m 42.994s
9. Alvaro Bautista ESP Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 1m 43.025s
10. Colin Edwards USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1m 43.059s
11. Nicky Hayden USA Ducati Marlboro Team 1m 43.068s
12. Aleix Espargaro ESP Pramac Racing 1m 43.380s
13. Hector Barbera ESP Paginas Amarillas Aspar 1m 43.417s
14. Marco Melandri ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini 1m 43.621s
15. Mika Kallio FIN Pramac Racing 1m 43.685s
16. Kousuke Akiyoshi JPN Interwetten Honda MotoGP 1m 45.577s
17. Wataru Yoshikawa JPN Fiat Yamaha Team 1m 45.759s

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podium #2 coming for Ben tomorrow. very hot 53ºC and he finishes 5th on a track he never seen before.:rockon

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I just don't get the thinking at Yamaha. I mean, their (current) sole factory rider is in top spot (and leading the championship in a rahter dominating fashion) and rookie Spies is fifth (as has been pointed out, on a track he's never ridden before).

Hello ?!?!!!!

What are they waiting for? I sure hope they are putting the V4 development program on afterburner, I can't see anyone being happy with such results...


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Quote MotoGp:


"This is very special,” said the 23 year-old. “After losing so closely
last year I was happy but not completely so and today I can say I am
completely happy, winning here at my home race.

“It was very difficult today because it was so hot and the front tyre
was sliding a lot. I thought I was going to have a big battle with
Dovizioso because he was pushing very hard but then he crashed and I
was alone; it was lucky for me because then I was able to take it more
gently to the finish,” said Lorenzo, who went on to explain that he
was also very pleased with how controlled his ride was.

“I think I rode a clever race today. I am so grateful to my team and
to everyone at Yamaha and Bridgestone because they are working so hard
to make our bike competitive at every track. I also want to say thank
you to all the fans that came to watch today, it is a great feeling
for me to win here in front of them all,” he concluded.


“I made a really good start and was leading towards Turn 1,” he
explained. “I had a bit of a front end shake on the way to the first
corner but I didn’t think anything of it until I hit the brakes and
for a moment there was nothing. I was surprised because it was not
such a big shake, but then I pumped a few times and it came back. By
then it was too late and I had to run wide. I took it slowly to get
back on track because I didn’t want to be to be penalised (for cutting
the corner).”

“I tried to recover as quickly as possible and make up the positions
I’d lost. I got past Casey when he made a mistake and we raced
together for many laps. I was pushing as hard as possible but we had a
bit of a front end issue through the race and it was closing in the
corners - I think many riders were having this problem today though. I
was able to hang on until the end of the race though and I’m happy
enough with second place after that first lap.”

“We’ve linked two good results together which was our target and now
we must maintain this consistency and fight for the win at the next


“I’m a little bit disappointed because I thought I could at least have
been second. I thought I had the pace to close down on the front two
but unfortunately I just couldn’t overtake the people in front of me
and that was our biggest battle today. We’ll look forward to next week
and try and solve these issues, but we’re feeling a lot more confident
with the bike.”

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mikstr;622545 [B said:
Hello ?!?!!!![/b]

What are they waiting for? I sure hope they are putting the V4 development program on afterburner, I can't see anyone being happy with such results...


Whats his name is always joking around... just because Yamaha posted
their own fuzzy CAD drawings of a V4 study that clearly shows matching
weight bias... doesn't mean they will continue their V4 developments... or
does it??? I think Yamaha is waiting to see if Rossi and Burgess start
developing the speedy but finicky Ducati...


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Glad Stoners getting more confident again ... definitely seems to be liking the bike more again now.

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