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Full Friday free practice times (2) from the Italian MotoGP at Mugello, round 9 of 18.

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July 13, 2012 2:40 PM
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If you watched practice you would have seen both Hayden and Barbera both set their fastest times on soft tires behind other riders while Rossi set his on HARD tires also you would have seen that Rossi finished in 9th and not 11th and he was 0.9 sec off 1st not 1.1sec.

Rossi as usual is setting his bike up for the race unlike Barbera and Hayden who look for to put in some qualifying laps on sort tires.

Keithtastic - Unregistered

July 13, 2012 2:40 PM

50% of the time Rossi beats Hayden all the time (see what I did there Paddle?)

Is anyone else worried that come next year the only guys winning races will be Spanish? Nothing against Spain or Dorna, but the series needs some guys from other countries on competitive bikes, that's just not good economics. I mean I think Vale could challenge, but even with Audi/ VW resources I think it will take more than one season to close the gap.

sp1 rider - Unregistered

July 13, 2012 2:40 PM

@borenzo understand your point about boring. However i dont want to see any rider crash out in order too liven up a race. as a boy seeing rainys crash. it was months maybe years, untill i learnt it was that minor crash that ended his race days in gp.

ian - Unregistered

July 13, 2012 2:41 PM

So that's what it's come to? Rossi beating Hayden is proof that he's doing well. That's the measure? Make all the excuses you want. Rossi has always been my favorite rider, but I'm not so stupid to see that he's doing not too good.


July 13, 2012 2:43 PM

This is "Free Practice". It's not quali and it's not the race. In Free Practice, it is what they learn that counts.
One thing we have learned from Casey's barging pass on Petrucci, is that he hasn't learnt that punching and barging other riders is unnacceptable behaviour.

Kermit - Unregistered

July 13, 2012 2:52 PM

Im not too worried about next year that only spanish riders are winning. I have more problems with that what they represent. Those two spanish guys next year three of them are main example of corporate muppets. That is something I dont like at all. Corporate muppets taking over the championship.


July 13, 2012 2:53 PM

@Vilas you're analysis is spot on. Hayden's fans seem to think that putting in a few fast laps in practice, qualifying or the race is enough.

Look at the analysis and you'll see that Rossi's average time was faster than Hayden's. Try to make things fairer and take away each rider's fastest and slowest lap and Rossi is still faster, but only by a tenth. In other words there's very little in it.

Both of them are running consistent 1'49"s which just isn't going to be good enough on sunday. Inspite of Rossi's assurances that everybody on the team is going to be trying extra hard this weekend I honestly don't see any Ducati finishing better than seventh.

Rich1 - Unregistered

July 13, 2012 2:53 PM

To Kiethtastic point - I am not so concerned that the only winners next year could be Spanish as much as there are more competitive (potentially) riders in Motogp and not enough competitive machinery to go around.

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