Qatar MotoGP 2009 - Race 1/17

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Season opener, and by my sig, you can tell who i would like to win ;)

BBC are apparently covering all qualifying of 125,250,and MotoGP as well as all races via the red button.

BBC3 covering the race live from 20.45, and those lucky enough to have EuroSport you can check out the schedule here


The Weekend Lineup
Friday April 10
08:30 pm Free Practice 1

Saturday April 11
05:05 pm Free Practice 2
09:05 pm Qualifying

Sunday April 12

05:00 pm Warm-up
09:00 pm Race (22 laps)

Calendar
12 April Qatar, Losail
26 April Japan, Motegi
3 May Spain, Jerez
17 May France, Le Mans
31 May Italy, Mugello
14 June Catalunya, Barcelona
27 June Netherlands, Assen
5 July United States, Laguna Seca
19 July Germany, Sachsenring
26 July Great Britain, Donington
16 August Czech Republic, Brno
30 August United States, Indianapolis
13 September San Marino, Misano
4 October Portugal, Estoril
18 October Australia, Phillip Island
25 October Malaysia, Sepang
8 November Spain, Valencia

Riders
http://www.motogp.com/en/riders/MotoGP

Teams
http://www.motogp.com/en/teams/MotoGP

Sete's back, i wonder if he will be in competing with rossi, might see some great 3 way battles between sete, casey, and valentino :p
 
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Apart from watching Rossi i'll be hopeing Toseland can get more from his bike this year - maybe a few podiums. Should be interesting to see if Hayden can recover some form too and push Stoner more than melandri did last season.
 
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Apart from watching Rossi i'll be hopeing Toseland can get more from his bike this year - maybe a few podiums. Should be interesting to see if Hayden can recover some form too and push Stoner more than melandri did last season.

i think Toseland will struggle a Little this year, he and Edwards have fallen out so no sharing of data

never been a fan of Hayden a bit overrated as Honda found out(they thought he was there future)
 
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Yeh think Toesland will fine it hard. He hasn't had a lot of time on the bike due to a big off in pre-season testing, then broke his toe and knocked unconscious in the last test, and now with a divided pit. Doesn't look good.
Can't wait to see the Doctor back in action:D
 
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never been a fan of Hayden a bit overrated as Honda found out(they thought he was there future)

HRC though Pedrosa was their future and built the 800CC bike around him, and have fawned to him and Puig whenever needed. I hope Dovi sticks it to his team mate at every round and Dani loses his ride to be honest...
 
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I think Honda is in real trouble at the moment, especially with the economic crisis. They need to boot Puig now, then give danny till the end of the year. Don't think he will though, he doesn't seam to be much of a 'fighter'.
Find it quite funny though that when Rossi was winning, Honda said it was because of the bike, then he went out and won the first race on a Yamaha!
Niki's championship was only cos Rossi had his worst season ever.
They pushed for 800's and now their doing worse.
Moto GP needs to get back the 'excitement' that the 990's had.
 
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First Practise Results:

Stoner might edge it again, but it looks like vale is up for the races.
I was hoping for higher up for Gibernau, and Pedrosa, but the weekend is young(ish) - quali should be interesting.




1. Casey Stoner Ducati...................... 1m57.053s
2. Valentino Rossi Yamaha.................. 1m57.439s + 0.386s
3. Colin Edwards Yamaha.................... 1m57.835s + 0.782s
4. Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha.................... 1m58.272s + 1.219s
5. Alex de Angelis Honda.................... 1m58.452s + 1.399s
6. Loris Capirossi Suzuki..................... 1m58.468s + 1.415s
7. Mika Kallio Ducati.......................... 1m58.499s + 1.446s
8. Andrea Dovizioso Honda.................. 1m58.506s + 1.453s
9. Marco Melandri Kawasaki................ 1m58.757s + 1.704s
10. Randy de Puniet Honda................. 1m58.771s + 1.718s
11. James Toseland Yamaha............... 1m58.850s + 1.797s
12. Toni Elias Honda.......................... 1m59.094s + 2.041s
13. Nicky Hayden Ducati.................... 1m59.158s + 2.105s
14. Chris Vermeulen Suzuki................. 1m59.348s + 2.295s
15. Yuki Takahashi Honda................... 1m59.437s + 2.384s
16. Sete Gibernau Ducati.................... 2m00.595s + 3.542s
17. Niccolo Canepa Ducati.................. 2m00.597s + 3.544s
18. Dani Pedrosa Honda..................... 2m01.435s + 4.382s
 
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Cant wait for this! Just hoping The Doctor comes out on top again this season!
 
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stonersgot yet another car thoguh :p

Was so funny this year. In Previous years they got an M3, this year the fastest at the last test got a 1 series :p

Cant stand Stoner, his constant "you knows" in interviews do my head in and just wait for Ducati to say his wrist is still borked when he starts loosing.
 
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Just checked Eurosport doesn't seem like they have the MotoGP rce, just 125 and 250
 
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I really wish I had Sky+ for the MotoGP as I absolutely love it but I'm usually not around for the races :(

Is there anywhere I can get the races online instead to watch on demand?
 
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The Qatar race last year was fantastic, floodlit racing, cameras getting through the visors so that you could see the concentration on the faces. I wish every race was as well televised as Losail was last year.
 
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