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Dray - Unregistered

April 10, 2009 9:30 PM

Go Stoner!!...great practice session for him and all being top man for today. Suprise is Colin Edwards up there in 3rd. The Yamaha team is doing well...Proves what an easy bike to get on and ride very very fast. Can't see any new buyers not wanting to go to Yamaha and purchase their bikes as these wins are showing them as the best bang for the buck. They are winners in WSBK, Motogp (2008) and currently they are hot in Supercross (dirtbike). Cant wait for race day!!!!!

Jimmy Mansi

April 10, 2009 9:32 PM

Well i think it's actually a lot closer than it looks..

When they posted the runs at the end of the session, stoner has one fast lap, but then the rest of the laps are around the same time rossi was doing, so hopefully it bodes well for sunday's race.

I think stoner's favourite, but i don't think the gap is as big as expected, hopefully rossi and the crew will get the last part of the track sorted tomorrow and the rest of the guys will close up.

Great to have motogp back, although it's a shame they aren't getting the set up time they used to, even though you couldn't watch the sessions, was still interesting to see how they were going and gave chance for the newer riders to find set up.

Jimmy Mansi

April 10, 2009 9:34 PM

Also yeah, very impressed with the flying finn.

He's showing some real promise of taming the ducati, i bet hayden's already wondering where he's gonna be riding next season, i mean lets face it, ducati aren't shy of shipping out a rider that isn't performing.

Roll on sunday!

Bear - Unregistered

April 10, 2009 9:36 PM

Jimmi that was a very interesting set of stats Eurosport have introduced, comparing each of the 4 segments and the difference between the rider's times. Noticed that about Stoner too. Great riding by him though as usual. Burgess and Rossi know where they are weaker so the engineers will be beavering away with the data right now... Maybe a closer race than we expect?

Dray - Unregistered

April 10, 2009 9:41 PM

Well I saw the session and it was not very exciting. Casey jumped out almost on his 3rd lap and by the 6 or 7 lap he had already set his time to beat. A few mishaps for the riders. I think Toseland ran it into the gravel so did Casey which was on the Astro Turf. In all a good session, but hardly up to the pace set last year. Disappointment was definitely in the Ducati paddock for Nicky as he just could not get up there and there faces showed it. Melandri is proving that the Ducati is not an easy bike to ride. Grats to Kalio as he hung it out bucking all over the place.Not smooth but he got 7th. Toseland better get on with it or the old man CE will make him join the unemployment line.

Agostini - Unregistered

April 10, 2009 9:42 PM

JT 11th...
what a Surprize????? he was 11th every test he did till now.

This is a free practice session where most of the riders are setting the bikes up for official qualifying tomorrow ready for the race,i wouldn't read too much into it.A prcatice/qualifying session where a rider bangs in an ultra fast lap and goes first doesn't really mean much,it's how many consistant fast laps he does during a race which counts.

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