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MotoGP 2007
28/02/2007
So the season start is nearly upon us and the circus descended upon Jerez for official testing at the weekend.

Various bits and pieces from the weekend caught my attention. Firstly there have been a few offs over the last couple of weeks with Hopkins fracturing his wrist and Stoner high-siding at Jerez. Both will be ok for the start of the season (Stoner put in times during the Jerez practice). Just as well, I have high hopes for Hopkins this season and some of the early winter testing looked good for his Suzuki.

Now, on to Rossi's performance at Jerez - It looks like the Doctor is back and more determined than ever. He posted a blindingly quick time of 1'38.394, 0.133 ahead of Pedrosa. This is faster than the 990ccs were lapping last year, which shows how fast the 800ccs are already; so much for slowing things down for safety's sake. Looks like the 800ccs are more prone to high-siding though which is worrying (especially if your name's Casey 'Banzai' Stoner!).

Marco Melandri has been complaining that Pedrosa's bike has all the new goodies on it and is faster than the other Hondas. He may have a point; there have been plenty of rumours about Honda putting its efforts behind Pedrosa this year, including claims that the Honda RC2112v was designed with him in mind. I wonder how Hayden feels about that idea.
He also says that the 800cc bikes have power deliveries like the old 500cc GP bikes, he never raced them but Capirossi says the same thing. Again we see potential for more high-sides.

Man I can't wait for the season to start.

On the WSBK front - well done to Toseland and Biaggi for a win and a second place each. It'd be amazing to have Toseland clean up in Superbikes this year. Go Toseland, go!

Mad

Gone Away
The long wait is nearly over...
Date Added: 01/03/2007

keeef
Biaggi trousers.
Date Added: 01/03/2007

Mad
Potato Rossis?
Date Added: 02/03/2007

keeef
Saw this and had to post it. Now i understand why they are neutral.

What began as a routine training exercise almost ended in an embarrassing diplomatic incident after a company of Swiss soldiers got lost at night and marched into neighboring Liechtenstein.



According to Swiss daily Blick, the 170 infantry soldiers wandered just over a mile across an unmarked border into the tiny principality early Thursday before realizing their mistake and turning back.



A spokesman for the Swiss army confirmed the story but said that there were unlikely to be any serious repercussions for the mistaken invasion.



"We've spoken to the authorities in Liechtenstein and it's not a problem," Daniel Reist told The Associated Press.



Officials in Liechtenstein also played down the incident.



Interior ministry spokesman Markus Amman said nobody in Liechtenstein had even noticed the soldiers, who were carrying assault rifles but no ammunition. "It's not like they stormed over here with attack helicopters or something," he said.



Liechtenstein, which has about 34,000 inhabitants and is slightly smaller than Washington DC, doesn't have an army.
Date Added: 03/03/2007

keeef
"It was all so dark," one soldier told the Swiss newspaper Blick. You have to love that quote (from a different article)
Date Added: 03/03/2007

irondad
As for the Swiss, that's what too many cups of hot chocolate with little marshmallows will do for you! Perhaps they need to add little flashlights to their Swiss Army Knives.

As for MotoGP, I'm really looking forward to this season. I now have a way to tape the races which usually air while I'm working. How cool to actually be able to see them!

Dan
Date Added: 04/03/2007

karTER
So this is what a proper Blog is supposed to look like? Outstanding effort and I'll be a regular visitor. :oD
Date Added: 06/03/2007

Mad
Thank you very much karTER, I'll be very happy to see you here regularly. :D
Date Added: 06/03/2007

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