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Old 06-14-2013, 05:54 AM   #61
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Hey, that close-to-retirement Rosie dude just went top in FP2, followed by his team-mate (was only 0.049 behind)..
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Old 06-14-2013, 06:01 AM   #62
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...Bautista was the only rider to actually crash--he was unhurt.
Did he take any one else out THIS time
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Old 06-14-2013, 06:21 AM   #63
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Fp2

Pos. Rider Team Bike Time
1 Valentino Rossi Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 1:42.297
2 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 1:42.346
3 Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda Team Honda 1:42.557
4 Alvaro Bautista Go&Fun Honda Gresini Honda 1:42.752
5 Cal Crutchlow Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1:42.776
6 Marc Marquez Repsol Honda Team Honda 1:42.857
7 Nicky Hayden Ducati Team Ducati 1:42.890
8 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Team Ducati 1:42.988
9 Stefan Bradl LCR Honda Honda 1:43.005
10 Aleix Espargaro Power Electronics Aspar ART 1:43.204
11 Andrea Iannone Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Ducati 1:43.272
12 Randy De Puniet Power Electronics Aspar ART 1:43.644
13 Michele Pirro Ignite Pramac Racing Ducati 1:43.648
14 Bradley Smith Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1:44.247
15 Hector Barbera Avintia Blusens FTR 1:44.461
16 Colin Edwards NGM Mobile Forward Racing FTR Kawasaki 1:44.586
17 Karel Abraham Cardion AB Motoracing ART 1:44.599
18 Danilo Petrucci Came Iodaracing Project Ioda-Suter 1:44.609
19 Michael Laverty Paul Bird Motorsport PBM 1:45.337
20 Claudio Corti NGM Mobile Forward Racing FTR Kawasaki 1:45.513

Brief notes:

Several riders were unable to improve their lap time over the first session, including Dani Pedrosa and Cal Crutchlow.

Joy all the way around in the Italian side of the factory Yamaha garage with Rossi clocking the fastest lap time. He waved to the crowd and hugged his crew.

Alvaro Bautista crashed in this session but was able to finish the session.

MotoGP rookie Bradley Smith, who had a wire pulled out of his damaged finger before practice so he could bend it in order to ride, suffered another huge and fast crash in this session and was left hobbling in the gravel trap with corner workers motioning for a stretcher. He was later in the Tech 3 garage looking shaken and did not re-join the session.
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Old 06-14-2013, 06:58 AM   #64
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I'd imagine that Rossi's fans are also hardcore MotoGP fans and would continue to watch.
Rossi fans are hardcore Rossi fans. That is all. I was at Misano in 07 when he had engine failure a few laps into the race. Half the crowd went home. There was a sea of yellow pouring out the gates...
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Old 06-14-2013, 06:59 AM   #65
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Hey, that close-to-retirement Rosie dude just went top in FP2, )..


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Old 06-14-2013, 07:31 AM   #66
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Tweet from HRC said #26 and #93 were on hard tires. Were Rossi and Lorenzo on softs?

To answer my own question after re-watching the vids of their fast laps, Rossi definitely on a soft rear, maybe Lorenzo also.

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Old 06-14-2013, 07:44 AM   #67
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Hey, that close-to-retirement Rosie dude just went top in FP2, followed by his team-mate (was only 0.049 behind)..

If the lap charts are any guide, Rossi was very strong all session. Lorenzo seemed to do the times a little easier even if he missed quickest by a whisker. But Pedrosa, Crutchlow and the rest were playing catch-up.

A lot can happen in 48 hours, though.



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Old 06-14-2013, 07:49 AM   #68
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Looking at pictures like that remind me why I love this sport, just fucking awesome, no better way to say it.

I'm with you, go Rossi!
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Old 06-14-2013, 08:04 AM   #69
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Tweet from HRC said #26 and #93 were on hard tires. Were Rossi and Lorenzo on softs?

To answer my own question after re-watching the vids of their fast laps, Rossi definitely on a soft rear, maybe Lorenzo also.

Yes, crash.net is confirming Rossi on the soft rear, while Crutchlow too stuck with the harder option.

Oh well. Quickest is quickest. May as well take the pleasure when I can.
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Old 06-14-2013, 08:53 AM   #70
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FP2, QP will tell closer to the tale, the race though will write "The Rest Of The Story".

Still fun to see.
Pedrosa has been starting slow working up to the race. Lorenzo and Crutchlow have been on it from the time the doors opened.

And now this?

At least this is more interesting than speculating where Cal will end up once the music stops.

Row 1
Pole: Rossi, (Vale wants to be as far away from Bautista as he can get)
2: Pedrosa by a hair
3: Lorenzo

Row 2
4: Crutchlow
5: Marquez
6: Espargaro

Row3
7: Nicky
8: Bradl
9: Dovi

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Old 06-14-2013, 09:59 AM   #71
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Yamaha's tyre choices in FP2, again from crash.

'The Yamaha team-mates split tyre testing duties on Friday: Rossi spending much of the afternoon on the harder option, before setting his best lap on the softer rear.

'“I did a lot of laps on the hard tyre this afternoon, then switched to the soft just at the end. Jorge did the opposite, did all the practice with the soft,” Rossi explained.'

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That's sounding more promising.
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Old 06-14-2013, 10:36 AM   #72
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I think what we saw was Rossi's crew working on a qualifying lap set up. That is where he has been suffering, with the bike being upset when they fit soft tires for QP.

It will be interesting to see how that translates to the race. I think he was sitting between 4th and 8th, otherwise.
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Old 06-14-2013, 11:00 AM   #73
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It will be interesting to see how that translates to the race. I think he was sitting between 4th and 8th, otherwise.
That's what it looked like to me too. I think there have been races where Yamaha was able to get the soft to go race distance; OTOH, can Lorenzo afford to gamble on the soft and have it crap out, handing a bunch of points to Pedrosa? Rossi doesn't have much to lose -- he'd probably go for it.
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I think what we saw was Rossi's crew working on a qualifying lap set up. That is where he has been suffering, with the bike being upset when they fit soft tires for QP.

It will be interesting to see how that translates to the race. I think he was sitting between 4th and 8th, otherwise.
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Old 06-14-2013, 12:14 PM   #75
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One of the problems with the ducs is that they eat the tires as the race progresses. As KRJR once said "I can put any old POS on the front row, but why do that when I'm going to drop down the field and look stupid?
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Crossing the speed trap located towards the end of the start/finish straight, Hayden was clocked at 339.4km/h (210.8mph) which corresponded with the record set by Brazilian Alex Barros on a Repsol Honda Team bike in 2004.

Hayden went on to discuss Day 1 of the race weekend:

“Compared to some other races, today was not spectacular but not a disaster either. In the end, half a second from the front is probably the closest I’ve been in a couple of races, so that’s good. With another couple of tenths we would have been well inside the top five, so that is good, but the main problem is trying to get some tyre life; we have a big drop from the tyre and when that happens everything gets a bit worse, so that is where our main focus is.”

The 2006 MotoGP™ World Champion ended the opening day in seventh position, one position and as many tenths ahead of teammate Andrea Dovizioso.
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