Crash.net, the first website to publish the often uncompromising reports of Desiree Crossman, girlfriend of Suzuki star John 'Hopper' Hopkins, presents her latest report from Valencia final qualifying...

"Well... it was a nice day with loads of people! The paddock was so full; I think it was the busiest it has ever been. Sold out race!

"In the morning, there were a few tumbles mishaps here and there. A few riders ran off track and fell off but it wasn't too bad. Same ol' routine, fall off, get back on. Valentino had a new design on his front fearing that looked like the Austin Powers design. Plus new leathers and a new helmet logo, does that mean Honda is giving him some advantage? Is he going to stay with Honda? Is he going to Yamaha? What's the latest huh? I don't know, but I might as well feed the fuel. I thought it was cool.

"Nicky (Hayden) did really well today too, loads of red helmets, even P1 for a good amount of time. For awhile it seemed like no one could get him. For some reason a lot of the riders couldn't quite get a solid lap in. Often times we would see red helmets in certain sections and then greys. I think a few were struggling a bit on certain areas of the track. It seemed like it took Valentino all day to get in a solid lap which he did on the last lap. From what the TV showed, the last section seemed to be a hard hitter for the riders.

"Colin Edwards jumped up to the top in the second session, out of nowhere! He was a sneaky little devil and stayed up in the top 5 for a while. Can't remember exactly where he ended up but good to see two Americanos up the ladder. Unfortunately the other two are in their usual places...

"John and Kenny (Roberts) rode well and pushed the bike to it's limits, but the fat lady sang and that's all she wrote. John had to come in quite often cause' there was something wrong with the bike and the mechanics couldn't figure it out. It was frustrating, but it's the last race and all we can do is look ahead right?

"Oh I wish I could say more but I think it will p*ss off some head honchos. The puzzle will be put together, eventually. The mechanics work extremely hard, so they deserve good results and something easy to work with. Maybe I'm assuming too much, whatever.

"Alrighty then, so tomorrow is the GRAND FINALE! Woo-hoo, then we go out with a bang! So until tomorrow, congrats to all the boys on the front row.

"Bye,"

Desiree

 

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