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Misano Post Race Test Times

2007 Misano MotoGP Race Report - The Best Laid Plans

In theory, motorcycle racing is incredibly simple. Rent a racetrack for a weekend, invite a bunch of riders to bring their bikes with them, lay a set of ground rules to try and ensure fair competition, give the riders a couple of sessions to get to know the track, then come Sunday, drop the flag and see who crosses the line first 28 laps later.

2007 Misano MotoGP Race Report - The Best Laid Plans

In theory, motorcycle racing is incredibly simple. Rent a racetrack for a weekend, invite a bunch of riders to bring their bikes with them, lay a set of ground rules to try and ensure fair competition, give the riders a couple of sessions to get to know the track, then come Sunday, drop the flag and see who crosses the line first 28 laps later.

2007 Misano MotoGP Race Results

Tire Manufacturers Meet To Discuss Changes To Tire Restrictions

Autosport.com is reporting that the MotoGP tire companies are to meet to discuss the impact of the tire regulations on MotoGP. Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta, who has publicly criticized the rules claiming they have "ruined the spectacle of MotoGP", is to chair the meeting where representatives of Bridgestone, Dunlop and Michelin are to discuss possible changes to the existing tire regulations.

2007 Misano Qualifying Practice Times - Day 2

Chaz Davies To Test Ducati MotoGP Bike Soon

Chaz Davies had an interesting weekend at Laguna Seca. Expecting only to compete in the AMA races, before the morning of the first day was over, he was riding the injured Alex Hofmann's Pramac d'Antin Ducati. He had a lot to learn in a short time: He had never ridden at Laguna Seca before; He had never ridden a MotoGP bike before; He had never used the Bridgestone tires before; He had never used carbon brakes before. Despite that, he managed to post the 14th fastest lap during the race after just 4 sessions on the bike.

2007 Misano FP2 Times - Day 2

Some Images Of The Deluge - Updated

Images are starting to appear of Friday's downpour at Misano, and the track is truly awash. It will be a worry whether the track officials can get the track dry and cleared of mud by the time practice starts tomorrow morning.

First of all, a link to some photos over at Racesport.nl. Here's an example of the conditions:

Misano - Saturday Morning Session Doubled In Length

Misano is a brand new track for most of the MotoGP paddock, and to help the riders learn the track, an extra hour of practice had been scheduled for Friday afternoon. The weather gods had other ideas, however, and after heavy rainfall on Thursday evening and Friday caused the track to be flooded, the afternoon practice sessions were called off.

Misano Day 1 Cancelled Due To Weather Conditions

The weather conditions have gotten so bad at Misano that all further action has been called off, with both pit lane and sections of the track under several inches of standing water, and pit crews fighting pitched battles with the elements to avoid flooding in the garages. The event organizers are currently meeting to discuss the remainder of the weekend's schedule, in order to allow more practice time for what is a new track for the riders.

2007 Misano FP1 Times - Day 1

Practice At Misano Disrupted By Rain

The practice sessions scheduled for Misano have been delayed due to a torrential downpour, flooding the pit lane and parts of the track. The rain started on Thursday, and has continued through Friday, throwing the practice schedule into chaos. Ironically, an extra session had been scheduled for the MotoGP class, with extended sessions scheduled for the other classes, to give the riders a chance to learn what is for most of them a new track. More updates as and when they become available.

Qatar To Become A Night Race?

The redoubtable Toby Moody over at Autosport.com is reporting that the FIM and Dorna will announce today that the Qatar MotoGP round, set to be the season opener for next year, will be run under floodlights as a night race. This option had been discussed previously, with Valentino Rossi, Loris Capirossi and Kenny Roberts Junior running a few laps under floodlights in 2006 as members of MotoGP's safety commission.

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