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Been looking in my crystal ball and here what I reckon....

Capirossi, Rossi and Biaggi (maybe Gibernau) will have a coming together in the opening laps.

The surprise winner will be Nicky Hayden with John Hopkins in 3rd place.

Anyone?
 

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mmmh

tricky one.

Rossi will shine as always.
I've liked Haydon for ages even thou Tug reckons he's a tosser. So i can see him doing well although with that amount of talent around him he'll struggle to get good lap times in.
Think we could see Barros well up there as he always seems to cope well first race new bike .and he's good in Jerez.


Yep my monies on Barros on the podium.

It's not on the telly here till bleeding Tuesday mornin!! WTF is that all about. There must be an important flip flop hurling match on or summat:twofinger
 

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It's live on telly Sunday eve at 6pm.

However, unlike usual it is on ESPN (Channel 23) and not Star Sports.

My prediction is Rossi then Sete, Barros and Hayden.


:D :thumb:
 

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QUALIFYING : A MIXED BAG

01 46 V.Rossi Yamaha 1'39"419
02 15 S.Gibernau Honda 1'39"915 + 0'00"496
03 33 M.Melandri Honda 1'40"179 + 0'00"760
04 69 N.Hayden Honda 1'40"465 + 0'01"046
05 56 S.Nakano Kawasaki 1'40"542 + 0'01"123
06 65 L.Capirossi Ducati 1'40"648 + 0'01"229
07 6 M.Tamada Honda 1'40"707 + 0'01"288
08 4 A.Barros Honda 1'40"720 + 0'01"301
09 12 T.Bayliss Honda 1'40"774 + 0'01"355
10 66 A.Hofmann Kawasaki 1'40"812 + 0'01"393
11 21 J.Hopkins Suzuki 1'40"825 + 0'01"406
12 7 C.Checa Ducati 1'40"948 + 0'01"529
13 24 T.Elias Yamaha 1'41"029 + 0'01"610
14 10 K.Roberts Suzuki 1'41"058 + 0'01"639
15 5 C.Edwards Yamaha 1'41"176 + 0'01"757
16 3 M.Biaggi Honda 1'41"233 + 0'01"814
17 11 R.Xaus Yamaha 1'42"286 + 0'02"867
18 44 R.Rolfo Ducati 1'43"523 + 0'04"104
19 27 F.Battaini Blata 1'44"576 + 0'05"157
20 67 S.Byrne Proton 1'44"728 + 0'05"309
21 77 J.Ellison Blata 1'44"833 + 0'05"414
 

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Its on Speed channel .....Rossi usually starts slow at the first of the season...I think hes a second or third on this one.....and the winner is....





JIBBERNOW




errr....





Giberneau



but it sounds like jibbernow...or is it jibberknow
 

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Season opener

Not on telly for a couple of hours, so my tips are:

1st Tamada
2nd Gibber
3rd Val
4th Bayliss (sorry couldn't help myself).... :thumb:

Agree with BC that there will be some big spills at Jerez :eek:

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MotoGP Sunday Facts & Figures

* Valentino Rossi starts from pole for the 26th time in the premier-class. This is the fourth time in five years he has started from pole at Jerez.
* Rossi’s pole position time is the fastest ever lap of the Jerez circuit by a motorcycle. The top 17 riders on the grid have lapped faster than the existing lap record set in 2003 by Rossi. The top 10 riders on the grid have qualified faster than Rossi’s pole time from last year.
* Valentino Rossi is aiming to be only the second Yamaha rider to take victory in the premier-class at Jerez; the only other rider to do so was Eddie Lawson back in 1988. If Rossi wins the race he will become only the second rider in the 56-year history of Grand Prix racing to have won the opening race of the season for five consecutive years – the only other rider having to have achieved this is Giacomo Agostini. Also a victory for Rossi would make him the first Yamaha rider since Eddie Lawson in 1986 to score four consecutive victories in the premier-class.
* Sete Gibernau has twice finished on the podium at Jerez, having won the race last year and finished third in 1999 on-board the V-twin Honda.
* Marco Melandri’s third place on the grid equals his best ever qualifying result in the premier-class he achieved at the British GP at Donington in 2003. Melandri has not previously scored any points in his two appearances in the premier-class at Jerez, having finished 17th in 2003 after running off into the gravel trap, and crashing last year in the rain when he was riding in third place.
* Nicky Hayden, who finished fifth last year at Jerez, crashed out of the Spanish GP in 2003 on the ninth lap. Hayden crashed three times in his last six starts of 2004; at Brno, Motegi and Valencia.
* Shinya Nakano scored his best result at Jerez when he finished 4th in 2001, his first year in the premier class.
* Loris Capirossi has not had much luck at Jerez on the Ducati, having crashed out of the Spanish GP in 2003 after taking the first ever pole for Ducati in the premier-class, and finishing 12th last year in the wet conditions.
* Makoto Tamada finished 2004 very strongly - having exactly equalled Sete Gibernau’s score of 131 points over the last ten races of the year.
* Alex Barros, who first raced at Jerez in the top class in 1990, scored his first podium at the circuit last year. Barros had a strong finish to 2004, scoring six consecutive top six finishes.
* Max Biaggi’s sixteenth place on the grid is his lowest ever qualifying result in the premier-class of Grand Prix racing. Biaggi has qualified three tenths of a second faster than he did at Jerez last year when he started from fourth on the grid.
* Toni Elias, who has qualified in 13th place on his MotoGP debut, is the second best qualifier from the four Yamaha riders.
* Colin Edwards makes his debut on the Yamaha at Jerez and will become the first rider in the MotoGP class to race four-stroke machines from three different factories having raced for Aprilia in 2003 and Honda last year.
 

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Want to know who won???

Seen it yet? Want to know who won?

Click this link and then click on 'Scoreboard' under 'Spanish GP - Date: Sun, 10 Apr 2005, 2:00PM LMT - Venue: Jerez'
 

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Cookee you da man ! Moto gp site aint workin for me so heres to your link fillin me in...:cheers: :cheers:
 

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House full of air hostesses

:crying: Couldn’t really focus on the telly so only caught bits and pieces. That last turn incident was a bit naughty :eek:


Good race and looks like none of your predications were close:twofinger
 

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Re: House full of air hostesses

Tug said:
:crying: Couldn’t really focus on the telly so only caught bits and pieces. That last turn incident was a bit naughty :eek:
Yup I agree... those sort of death or glory lunges are to be frowned upon.

Think I would have given the win back to Sete...... fantastic last lap regardless.
 

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Well,

Sete knew that Rossi would be trying to come down the inside. Even the commentators were talking about Rossi trying it at the same place again.
Was it a risky maneuver? I think so, but all last lap passes are.
What should Rossi otherwise have done? Not try? I don't think that ever came to any of our minds before he hit Sete.
It's racing.
 

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Over reaction

My first impression was that Giblet over reacted and dived for the gravel a bit like an Italian soccer striker in the penalty box.
After seeing the slow mo it looked a bit harsher, clip on in the back would hurt a little:eek:
He looked like he was gonna do a Gazzer at the end:crying:
Rossi did look a bit embarrassed on the podium or was that just my imagination :confused:
 

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out of order

that last move was ridiculos.
You could tell how out of control rossi was by how wide he ran even after barging Gibblet out of the way.
just cos it was rossi who's a GP god doesn;t make it right.
Try and think if the roles had been reversed. Or baggi had barged Rossi off the track or gibblet had dropped it and broken somethin.

Easy to sit back and judge i know and there's a lot at stake but come on girls.
I think gibblet did well to keep his cool in the pit especially as he's normally the biggest drama queen in the paddock.
 

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Couldn't agree more with BP

I haven't had the benefit of a tape to view in slo-mo, but it seemed that Rossi basically barged Gibberish off the track. I normally love watching Rossi win because usually there's no doubt it's down to his amazing talent and focus, but Gibber rode him into second place this time fair and square. I think he should have appealed and if I were one of the judges I'd swap them over, or even disqualify Rossi's finish.
 

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Glory Lap Celebrations

I think Rossi could have eased off on the finish line celebrations it was a Gareth " I'm gonna wheelie the entire length of the front straight" Williams celebration.:rolleyes:
 
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