In olden days, fairys wore bells on there...wings.
Gee, I guess they still might.
The first five rows within one second? [clap] This is more like a movie; you can't make this stuff up.
MotoGP: Valencia Grand Prix -- Free Practice One
The Doctor Heads First Session In Spain
by toby hirst
Friday, October 27, 2006
Pos. Rider Team Bike Time
1 Valentino Rossi Camel Yamaha Team Yamaha YZR-M1 1:33.310
2 Casey Stoner Honda LCR Honda RC211V 1:33.316
3 Nicky Hayden Repsol Honda Team Honda RC211V 1:33.317
4 Loris Capirossi Ducati Marlboro Team Ducati Desmosedici GP-6 1:33.474
5 Chris Vermeulen Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki GSV-R 1:33.513
6 Colin Edwards Camel Yamaha Team Yamaha YZR-M1 1:33.545
7 Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda Team Honda RC211V 1:33.643
8 Troy Bayliss Ducati Marlboro Team Ducati Desmosedici GP-6 1:33.699
9 Randy De Puniet Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki Ninja ZX-RR 1:33.774
10 Marco Melandri Fortuna Honda Honda RC211V 1:33.791
11 Shinya Nakano Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki Ninja ZX-RR 1:33.815
12 John Hopkins Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki GSV-R 1:33.845
13 Carlos Checa Tech 3 Yamaha Yamaha YZR-M1 1:33.860
14 Kenny Roberts Jnr. Team Roberts KR211V 1:33.988
15 Makoto Tamada Konica Minolta Honda Honda RC211V 1:34.050
16 Toni Elias Fortuna Honda Honda RC211V 1:34.449
17 Alex Hofmann Team D'Antin Pramac Ducati Desmosedici GP-6 1:34.767
18 Jose Luis Cardoso Team D'Antin Pramac Ducati Desmosedici GP-6 1:35.947
19 James Ellison Tech 3 Yamaha Yamaha YZR-M1 1:36.042
20 Garry McCoy Ilmor SRT Ilmor X3 1:36.566
Valencia Grand Prix -- Free Practice One
Round 17 of the 2006 MotoGP world championship is off and running in Valencia, and series leader Valentino Rossi has finished the first free practice session fastest after 29 laps, setting a time of 1:33.310 seconds.
The Camel Yamaha star ended the hour a whisker in front of LCR Honda's Casey Stoner and HRC works rider Nick Hayden, the trio split by just 0.007 seconds, with Loris Capirossi, Chris Vermeulen and Colin Edwards completing the top six.
Troy Bayliss made a solid start on his return to premier class action, the Marlboro Ducati rider -- deputising for the injured Sete Gibernau -- came home in eighth place 0.389 seconds in arrears of 'pole man' Rossi.
The top 15 riders were covered by just 0.740 seconds as the early groundwork was laid in preparation for Sunday's 30-lap Bwin.com de la Comunitat Valenciana Grand Prix, the final race of the season.
Free Practice Two will commence at 2pm, local time, this afternoon.
You might want to tape this to the wall next to the TV, Tigre, so no one hurts their brain.
MotoGP Title Decider: Points Mean Prizes -- What Nicky Has To Do
Okay, You Can Stop E-mailing Now
by toby hirst
Friday, October 27, 2006
A large number of 'Soup readers have been e-mailing the office today asking where Nicky Hayden has to finish on Sunday in direct relation to Valentino Rossi to lift the MotoGP world title.
Here are a few scenarios that should explain how the points awarded will either land Nick the championship, or see Valentino once again the king of Grand Prix roadracing:
If Nicky Wins The Race
If Hayden wins the race he needs Rossi to finish third or worse to take the title. If Rossi does indeed stand on the last step of the podium, Nick would win it by a single point, 261 - 260.
If Nicky Finishes In Second
If Hayden finishes as runner-up in the race he would need Rossi to come home in fifth, or worse to win the title by a single digit, 256-255.
If Nicky Finishes In Third
If Hayden finishes on the last step of the rostrum, Rossi would have to finish ninth or worse for the American to become world champion, again by a single point, 252-251.
If Nicky Finishes In Fourth
If Hayden finishes in fourth spot, Rossi would need to end his race in 12th place or worse for the former AMA superbike champ to take it all by a point, 249-248.
If Nicky Finishes in Fifth
If the Kentucky kid ends his 2006 campaign in fifth after 30-laps of the Valencia track, the Doctor would need to finish 14th or below, leaving Hayden victorious 247-246.
If Valentino Wins
If Vale wins the race, Nicky has no conceivable way of winning the title, in fact, if the Doctor finishes anywhere in the order in front of Hayden, Rossi wins the championship.
i will be stuck in an airplane at something like eleventy billion feet altitude when the race airs ... and i don't think i can watch it in a "sports bar" in taipei when the plane lands, cus i bet they don't have any there :-[