MotoGP » Repsol Honda trio trample Friday practice

"The new surface here feels very good, very smooth and the grip level is impressive" - Casey Stoner.

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Sparky62 - Unregistered

October 01, 2011 2:52 AM

I wonder if those disagreeing with my last post are actaully Stoner supporters who didn't get it?

Anyway, after waking from my nap I thought I would kill another myth about Stoner winning in 2007 only because he had the fastest bike. Here are the races he won in 2007 and his ranking in the fastest recorded speed of the race.

QATAR 4th fastest.
TURKEY fastest by 0.2 KMH.
CHINA fastest by 0.1 KMH.
CATALUNYA equal 4th fastest.
DONINGTON PARK 10th fastest.
LAGUNA SECA 3rd fastest.
BRNO fastest by 0.1 KMH.
MISANO fastest by 0.3 KMH.
PHILIP ISLAND 2nd fastest
SEPANG fastest by 2.3 KMH.

Simmy77 - Unregistered

October 01, 2011 3:40 AM

I'm a Yamaha racing fan to the core. I think it stems from when I 1st started watching GPs with Steady Eddie winning championships. I had the Marlboro poster with Eddie leaning it over. I think I saw the races 2 weeks after the actual weekend. This was ok since there wasn't the internet to give away the results and motorcycle mags were about 2 months behind. Just the fact that I now had 500 GP bikes in action on my TV blew me away,still does. Anyway, Honda eventually dominated with Mick, Rossi & others, and even Eddie. Anyway,for 2012 Yamaha are back on top with the 1000, believe it.

gpfan - Unregistered

October 01, 2011 4:20 AM


What bike manufacturers were the other top speeds? I bet they were other ducatis or Dani on an HRC.

Also you need to keep in mind that 2007 was the year of the Bridgestones. 800 bikes created much more one line racing, making straightaway passes a great advantage. Everyone except Ducati still had spring valves, giving Ducati higher revs (more power), and better fuel mileage (others have to lean out the fuel late in races more). Honda and Yamaha made greater progress later in season, but Ducati was the strongest bike early due to straightaway passes and bridgestones wider operating temp.

Don't get

gpfan - Unregistered

October 01, 2011 4:48 AM

Don't get me wrong, Stoner is a beast! So much talent. I consider him and Lorenzo top 2 talent wise.

But 2007 he had an advantage with tires, and earlly with power. He did a hell of a job for be so young though. Capirossi would have been 4th in standings if he didn't have 4 retirements (3 above him had only 1 rnd no points comb.) Alex Hofmann had more top 10s through the first 10 rnds than factory Yam/Hon of Edwards and defending WC Hayden, before Alex got hurt. Alex Barros (Back from WSBK) finished top 10, giving Ducati 3 out four top 10.

2011 the Honda is head and shoulders the best bike. The Yamahas have their good days, but they are inferior in many ways. Life is just easier at the moment for Factory Hondas, its been proven over and over this year. Very fast straight line speed (easiest way to pass), and seamless shift trans. (really hard to setup passes for opposition).

Stoner is much better overall than Dovi and Simo, Dani is fast but not in all situations.

Jack - Unregistered

October 01, 2011 10:14 AM

I reckon (HRC) have turned the wicks up on their factory bikes this weekend (they've certainly boosted the grid with their bikes, no bad thing). Home race, bit of pride seeing as they own the circuit and it's Honda's last chance to win there on an 800cc.

Give the crowd something to be happy about, boost the country's morale after all they've been through in the last 6mths or so.

Will it be a HRC 1-2-3 though? We'll know once the chequered flag has dropped as nothing is a 'given' in motor racing.

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