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Good question GD , i haven;t heard from him in ages either.

To be honest i'm afraid Haybail might be a one hit wonder like Roberts in 2000. Still think he's a cool rider to watch thou so i'll stick with him.

Nice to see Barros and Oliver Jacques back as well. This will be one of the hardest seasons to call for a long time.

Just hope the bikes are more even this year. Edwards doing so well just means Yam have got their act together which in turn means Rossi should be flying from day one. Can;t wait for the start.

Dont worry about the Kiwi's GD. Their just lucky bastids...won't last.
 

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Rapidly losing interest in this thread...

Seems like the Rossi and Edwards have already been picked, so I'll go for a likeable guy: Chris Vermeulen
Seems like the Suki has gotten their act together. They've also got Bridgestone tires which seems to become more and more of an asset now that they've got a couple of years experience on the MotoGP circuit.
 

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Fat chance Saliva ...aint gonna happen. The silly hat alone excludes him from everything.

The only good thing vermuelen brings to moto GP is his bird ...who distracts Tug long enough for me to nick his beer:thumb:
 

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You must be nervous BP, those extra kg's on your boy chubbybale has cost him a second at least:D :D
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Valentino Rossi will leave Jerez tonight with a brand new BMW M car and, more importantly, a crucial psychological advantage over his title rivals after winning the 40 minute ‘qualifying session’ at Jerez this afternoon. The five time MotoGP World Champion took the 2007 BMW M Award at the MotoGP Official Test with scorching 1’38.394 lap, clocked with just five minutes to go in the session. It is the second time that Rossi has won the award, and an excellent end to a preseason where the 800cc Yamaha M1 has shone brightly.

The Italian had to work for it though, and a vintage display was required to edge out early pacesetter Dani Pedrosa. Repsol Honda’s Spanish star had laid down the gauntlet early on by breaking first the 1’40 then the 1’39 barrier as he pushed for the top spot. After seeing Rossi clock his eventual winning time Pedrosa completed a perfect lap at the death, beating his best times at all four timed sections of the circuit. His final fastest lap was 1’38.527, under two tenths of a second slower than his World Championship rival.

Last year’s BMW M Award winner, Colin Edwards was unable to repeat his 2006 triumph but continued to show the potential of the factory Yamaha as he joined team-mate Rossi in the top three. The Texan Tornado continued his testing almost immediately after the presentation of the award, as always fully dedicated to the improvement of his bike.

World Champion Nicky Hayden was unable to push enough for the car, but did put in a series of fast laps whilst avoiding unnecessary risks. Retaining his hard-fought crown this year is the Kentucky Kid’s number one priority, and he has been taking things steady this week at Jerez. Hayden rounded off an all-Michelin top four, encouraging news for the tyre manufacturer after Bridgestone’s strong performances recently.

1. Valentino Rossi (Yamaha Factory Racing) - 1'38.394
2. Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda) - 1'38.527
3. Colin Edwards (Yamaha Factory Racing) - 1'39.300
4. Nicky Hayden (Repsol Honda) - 1'39.55
5. Randy de Puniet (Kawasaki Racing Team) - 1'39.832
6. Casey Stoner (Ducati Marlboro Team) - 1'39.873
7. Loris Capirossi (Ducati Marlboro Team) - 1'39.887
8. Chris Vermeulen (Rizla Suzuki MotoGP) - 1'40.043
9. Kenny Roberts Jr. (Team Roberts) - 1'40.083
10. Carlos Checa (Honda LCR) - 1'40.100
11. Toni Elias (Honda Gresini) - 1'40.202
12. Shinya Nakano (Konica Minolta Honda) - 1'40.242
13. Makoto Tamada (Dunlop Yamaha Tech 3) - 1'40.307
14. Marco Melandri (Honda Gresini) - 1'40.396
15. Olivier Jacque (Kawasaki Racing Team) - 1'40.551
16. Alex Hofmann (Pramac d'Antin) - 1'40.681
17. Alex Barros (Pramac d'Antin) - 1'41.038
18. Kousuke Akiyoshi (Rizla Suzuki MotoGP) - 1'41.805
19. Sylvain Guintoli (Dunlop Yamaha Tech 3) - 1'42.215
20. Vittoriano Guareschi (Ducati Marlboro Team - Test) - 1'43.008
21. Andrew Pitt (Ilmor GP) - 1'43.026
22. Shinichi Ito (Ducati Bridgestone Team - Test) - 1'43.073
23. Jeremy McWilliams (Ilmor GP) - 1'43.202
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Think the bridgestones might be decent on the speedway, but not sure about Motogp Silva...
 

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Ouch ... !!! ... you just know that is going to hurt.

Here is one for the arm chair G's ....

In any, and all, top sports involving timed 'laps', the cream of the crop, the best of the best, the top of the breed, are usually only seperated by fractions in real performance terms.

Here I'm thinking running, swimming, etc etc.

How is it then that we have a full 5 second spread here? Thats a full 5% difference in performance.

The point is always made, that when you are a newbie, gaining that extra second or two is relatively easy. As you improve, it becomes all but elusive. Here we are with the best of the best .... man, those 5 seconds must seem like a lifetime.

Is it due to political choices for teams and riders? Are these really the best of the best? You could point out that Rossi is a freak, but look at Dani. He was found via a lucky count talent quest, has been in the top class for one year, and makes all the other combatants look a little old and fat.
 

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GD>>>I did see he was quick in Sepang, had no idea on Qatar... but your not trying to tell me you think pre season testing means that much
oh so they do mean somethin when it suits you GD...come on, get with the program.

I'm a bit dissapointed with Barros thou.

Pedro better watch out . Haybail still owes him one:D
 

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Haybale will have to 'PAY HIM BACK' either in the first corner ... or while he is being lapped.

And I bet Pedo laps him at least once this session :)
 

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Originally posted by bigphil oh so they do mean somethin when it suits you GD...come on, get with the program.
Just seems to have become the pre season yardstick for the armchair generals :twofinger :twofinger

The first race will be when the bullshit stops and I'm staying with Edwards AND I still disagree, he is a VERY long shot.....

Bottom line, if any of us had to put their own cash on a winner, we'd all be backing the Doctor :thumb: :thumb:

That's why the current odds (even after all the test times) are:

ROSSI, Valentino (ITA) 1.70
PEDROSA, Daniel (ESP) 5.00
CAPIROSSI, Loris (ITA) 7.50
HAYDEN, Nicky (USA) 8.50
STONER, Casey (AUS) 17.00
MELANDRI, Marco (ITA) 21.00
HOPKINS, John (USA) 41.00
EDWARDS, Colin (USA) 51.00
VERMEULEN, Chris (AUS) 51.00
BARROS, Alex (BRA) 67.00
NAKANO, Shinya (JPN) 81.00
ROBERTS Jr, Kenny (USA) 81.00

I understand though, I'd be defensive of the Kentuncy Fried Kid too, I mean how many reining champs get odds of over 8:1!!!!
 

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Bottom line, if any of us had to put their own cash on a winner, we'd all be backing the Doctor
erm no! thats why i got 80 quid last year outta haybail :cool:

By not being a sheep and stickin me neck out.
Pedro next year maybe ..but this will be another learner.

Not going with Casey Jones GD ???
 

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Casey will win....... in 2009 ;) ;)

You would have made more than 80 bucks if you'd been on Rossi the previous 5 years!!

All good fun, I'm just itchin' for R1... I'll tell you something, the dog is in for a kickin' if your boy Dunkin' Donuts takes the win :cool: :cool:
 

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Gixxer_Dave said:
Casey will win....... in 2009 ;) ;)

You would have made more than 80 bucks if you'd been on Rossi the previous 5 years!!

All good fun, I'm just itchin' for an R1... I'll tell you something, the dog is in for a kickin' if your boy Dunkin' Donuts takes the win :cool: :cool:
Yamaha at last GD :D ( couldn't resist the edit)

Yep ...bring on the first race ...been way too long.
 

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actually you do ...youve been riding it for years and wondering why youre not faster:finger:
 

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Yeah but it's so much faster than your armchair ;) ;)

Even Legend has two (slightly scratched) wheels :p

If this is you though BP, I take it all back.....
 

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Bugger off GD no 2 seaters for me cos it suggests.

1/ you want somebody to sit next to you
2/ you've got mates
3/your willing to share your beer

Nah mate is single jobbies for me :twofinger
 

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