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GP Week : Issue 1
42 MOTORCYCLES have always been highly personal machines. But just how personal proved puzzling at Qatar. How can anyone explain how Casey Stoner found his Bridgestone tyres got better once they warmed up, while Valentino Rossi found the opposite? Why can Stoner make his Ducati win, while experienced race-winning team-mate Marco Melandri was all but last? There may, at least, be an explanation for the first question. Let Rossi explain: “I think it was our problem about settings. I could brake very strongly, my corner entry is not so bad, but in the middle of the corner I was very slow. It looks like we don’t have enough weight on the rear. “I think the key is throw away all the setting that we have with Michelin, and understand how use this type of tyre in our bike. “Also I had grip in the first laps, which meant I was a little bit too aggressive on the tyres. Then after some laps we were in trouble. “Ducati understand how to work with Bridgestones. They have a lot of experience with their bike and these tyres, and they are in front of us now. Now we have to recover the difference. “I think we have the potential to do it.” – MICHAEL SCOTT Rossi on tyres Pos # Rider Nat Team Time 1 1 Casey Stoner AUS Ducati Marlboro Team 42:36.587 2 48 Jorge Lorenzo SPA Fiat Yamaha Team 42:41.910 3 2 Dani Pedrosa SPA Repsol Honda Team 42:47.187 4 4 Andrea Dovizioso ITA JiR Team Scot MotoGP Honda 42:49.875 5 46 Valentino Rossi ITA Fiat Yamaha Team 42:49.892 6 52 James Toseland GBR Tech 3 Yamaha 42:50.627 7 5 Colin Edwards USA Tech 3 Yamaha 42:51.737 8 65 Loris Capirossi ITA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 43:09.092 9 14 Randy De Puniet FRA LCR Honda MotoGP 43:09.590 10 69 Nicky Hayden USA Repsol Honda Team 43:14.941 11 33 Marco Melandri ITA Ducati Marlboro Team 43:20.871 12 21 John Hopkins USA Kawasaki Racing Team 43:26.444 13 56 Shinya Nakano JPN San Carlo Honda Gresini 43:26.458 14 24 Toni Elias SPA Alice Team Ducati 43:35.119 15 50 Sylvain Guintoli FRA Alice Team Ducati 43:35.517 16 13 Anthony West AUS Kawasaki Racing Team 43:42.230 17 7 Chris Vermeulen AUS Rizla Suzuki MotoGP +1 lap DNF 15 Alex De Angelis RSM San Carlo Honda Gresini +6 laps MOTOGP | Round 1 QATAR Points – MotoGP: Stoner 25, Lorenzo 20, Pedrosa 16, Dovizioso 13, Rossi 11, Toseland 10, Edwards 9, Capirossi 8, De Puniet 7, Hayden 6, Melandri 5. 250cc: Pasini 25, Barbera 20, Kallio 16, Debon 13, Takahashi 11, Bautista 10, Abraham 9, Locatelli 8, Espargaro 7, Faubel 6, Simon 5. 125cc: Gadea 25, Olive 20, Bradl 16, Di Meglio 13, Redding 11, Webb 10, Corsi 9, Espargaro 8, Vasquez 7, Terol 6, Cortese 5.