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MotoGP World Championship, Catalunya, Round 7 of 18

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Catalunya, Span, Saturday 9th June - Ducati Marlboro Team rider Casey Stoner won a breathtaking three-man battle for victory at Catalunya this afternoon to extend his points lead at the top of the MotoGP World Championship. Team-mate Loris Capirossi also rode a storming race, riding to sixth place from his sixth-row start, the legacy of a luckless qualifying session here.

Stoner had it all - stunning attack and superb defence - as he fought with Valentino Rossi and Dani Pedrosa throughout the 25 laps to keep 112,000 sun-soaked fans on their feet. The Australian enjoyed the lion's share of the lead, attacking immediately whenever passed. The trio crossed the line in that order, covered by seven tenths.

Valention was is in top form again this weekend as he sets out to reel in points leader Casey Stoner.

Rossi on Record Pole at Catalunya Spain
Saturday 9th June - Valentino Rossi put in the fastest ever lap of the Circuit de Catalunya in today’s MotoGP qualifying session, putting him on pole for the fourth time at the Spanish track. The Italian rode round in a lap of 1’41.840 to give himself a clear path down the long straight to the first corner tomorrow. Rossi has an excellent record at Catalunya, but the MotoGP class is currently on a long spell without a winner from pole stretching back to the Japanese Grand Prix at Motegi last season. Can the five-time MotoGP World Champion end the drought and give Yamaha their 150th premier class victory at the Grand Premi Cinzano de Catalunya?

Rossi will line up alongside Randy de Puniet and Dani Pedrosa on the front row, with the fastest five in the hour long session all riding for different manufacturers. De Puniet was perhaps the outstanding rider of the day, suffering from a haematoma on his knee that meant he put in less laps than the majority of his rivals. In a planned move, the Frenchman went for his hot lap with 20 minutes remaining in the session, with the rest of the teams still in the process of changing to qualifying tyres. It was a gamble that paid off, as he was one of only two riders to break the 1’42 barrier.

Home rider Pedrosa improved considerably on his eleventh place start from 2006, relegating World Championship leader Casey Stoner to the second row alongside Suzuki’s John Hopkins and Yamaha man Colin Edwards. The quartet all turned the timesheets around in the final minute of the session, setting their fastest laps one after the other.

World Champion Nicky Hayden was half a second off team-mate Pedrosa’s time to put himself seventh on the grid, with an all-Honda third row completed by Toni Elias and Marco Melandri. Despite mechanical problems in the early stage of the session, a delighted Alex Hofmann had one of his best qualifying performances to date as he rounded off the top ten.

Olivier Jacque suffered a crash in the morning practice session, which sent him to hospital for routine tests on his neck. Although he was not present for the qualifying session, it remains to be seen if he will be permitted – or indeed be in condition- to race tomorrow.

Stoner fights off his challengers Rossi and Pedrosa.

Casey Stoner Fights Off Rossi in an Epic MotoGP Confrontation
Sunday June 10th - Casey Stoner took his fourth World Championship victory of the season in an absolute thriller of a race at Catalunya. The Ducati factory rider rode an intense MotoGP race fought out over 25-laps of Montmelo Stoner holding off a fierce challenge from Valentino Rossi (Yamaha) who finished second with valiant local idol Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda RC212V) a close third.

A crowd of 112,000 race fans witnessed one of the best battles in recent premier class history as the three main contenders for World Championship honours pulled clear of the field to contest a three-way dice for what may prove to be one of the more significant races of what is already a tense season.

With the track at a heady 43 degrees and ambient temperature nudging 31 degrees, the lights went out and Dani made it to turn one at the head of the field. The first lap passed without any of the multiple crash drama that marred last year’s race and it was Stoner who led across the line for lap two having edged past Dani.

The Aussie Ducati man held an advantage of just 0.2 seconds as Dani harried Stoner with Rossi in pursuit, the Yamaha rider in turn pursued by John Hopkins (Suzuki) and Toni Elias (Gresini Honda RC212V). Stoner and Pedrosa had pulled clear of Rossi by half a second as lap six began – and it was soon clear that these four were setting a pace no others could match.

Hopkins set the fastest lap of the race on lap eight at 1m 43.252s and by mid-race distance just 1.4 second covered the top four of Stoner, Rossi, who had found a way past Dani, and Hopkins, who would eventually find the going just too hot to handle in the closing laps.

Stoner absorbed every manoeuvre that Rossi threw at him in the pressure cooker atmosphere of the Circuit de Catalunya, never losing his cool despite being put on the back foot on more than one occasion. The Australian first took the lead on the second lap as he roared down the home straight, but had home rider Dani Pedrosa to contend with in the early going. When Rossi finally showed his cards on lap ten to move up and give the Spaniard a back seat view of an epic battle, the Doctor setting two way duel between the young championship leader and the experienced race veteran. Stalking Stoner at every turn, Rossi assessed his options in cerebral fashion; letting the 21 year old know that he was there as he slipped through on a number of corners, but they Stonnerquickly fought back each time to retake his lead.

It was an epic battle as Stoner's Ducati had the power to repass Rossi each time down the long front straight, but then Rossi was better on the brakes going into turn one, out diving Stoner to regain the lead. Whereas Stonner would repass in the switchback sections, or if Rossi overshot his braking marker diving down into Turn One from 200nph and ran out wide.

‘The Doctor’ finally made the lead stick on lap 21, resisting an attempt at a quick comeback on the home straight. But the young Aussie Stoner learnt his lesson, and pulled ahead on the next lap before predicting his Italian rival’s line. He continued in the lead until the finish line, passing the flag just 0.069 ahead of Rossi.

Casey Stoner , winner, World Championship leader on 140 points: "Going into this weekend we weren't sure how things would go. At Mugello we had a few difficulties and we thought it might be the same here. On Friday we weren't exactly on the pace, we were losing a lot in a couple of areas. Fortunately, the team worked really hard, we came up with a solution on Saturday morning and since then we've kept the bike exactly the same. The whole team did a great job this weekend and proved wrong people who said we can't win on European tracks. There were some nice passing manoeuvres going on everywhere. All three of us had our strong points and our weak points around the circuit, I was just trying to minimise my weak points and cover my lines, and it worked out. It was such a close race, no one could go away, it was very, very enjoyable to be racing that close. It was really good because our bike was set up quite well for the braking points, so for Valentino to pass us he usually had to run wide and we were able to pass him back immediately a lot of times. The way the team has set up the bike for me is fantastic, and the Bridgestones worked great again, at a circuit where they've struggled in the past, so they've really changed things around. Today was another great race for us, I'm still not thinking about the championship, maybe later in the season we can really start aiming for that."

Valentino Rossi, Position: 2nd Time: +0.069: "What a race! Even if I'm disappointed not to win, it's a great emotion to be part of a race like that and fantastic fun. It really was an amazing battle to the end with many wonderful overtaking manoeuvres by both of us in all different parts of the track! Unfortunately I lost a bit of time at the start and then it was quite hard to pass Hopkins because he was fantastic on the brakes. Then with Stoner it was a great fight and honestly I couldn't have tried harder to win, but he was a very hard rival. There were some places were we could have been better today, not just on the straight but also in some corners, but anyway it was a great experience and it will help us to understand what we need to do to keep on improving. Yamaha and Michelin are working very hard and the fact that we could fight like this today to the very end showed this. Of course I'm sad because I've won a lot of times here in Montmelo and I wanted to win again, but like I said, I don't think I could have done anymore today! We know that we can beat Stoner but today he rode like a god and he's a fantastic rival, so congratulations to him."

After taking the holeshot, Pedrosa had been expected to push for the win on his Honda RC212V, but was only really able to make advances on the second placed rider after the midway point. Tucked in behind the leading duo, the Spaniard waited to capitalise on any possible mistake from either rider, making overtures towards overtaking moves when Rossi or Stoner strayed from their lines. In the end Pedrosa had to settle for third, meaning that his winless run extends to fifteen races; the last time that he stepped onto the top of the rostrum being at Donington Park where the riders return in two weeks time. A home victory in MotoGP still eludes the former 125cc and 250cc World Champion.

John Hopkins took a comfortable fourth place on the Suzuki GSV-R800, separated from the top three dragging each other further away from the Anglo-American as the race went on. Gutsy Frenchman Randy de Puniet took his best ever MotoGP result from second on the grid, gritting his teeth to take fifth despite a nasty haematoma in his leg restricting his movement onboard the Kawasaki ZX-RR.

Loris Capirossi took the second Ducati home in sixth from seventeenth on the grid, ahead of Chris Vermeulen, Alex Barros , Marco Melandri and Colin Edwards. Elias, who had been running in sixth place, dropped out of the race on lap 16 with a machine problem as Stoner headed Rossi by just by 0.2 seconds with Pedrosa shadowing their every move from third place. Hopkins was by now losing ground and this race would now rise to a frantic intensity as the three leading contenders in the World Championship fought it out around this challenging 4.727km track.

Results MotoGP Race Classification MotoGP : (25 laps = 118.175 km)
Pos/ Rider / Nat / Team / Motorcycle / Time/ KM/H / Gap
1 / Casey STONER / AUS / Ducati Marlboro Team / DUCATI / 43'16.907 / 163.821 /
2 / Valentino ROSSI / ITA / Fiat Yamaha Team / YAMAHA / 43'16.976 / 163.817 / 0.069
3 / Dani PEDROSA / SPA / Repsol Honda Team / HONDA / 43'17.297 / 163.797 / 0.39
4 / John HOPKINS / USA / Rizla Suzuki MotoGP / SUZUKI / 43'24.721 / 163.33 / 7.814
5 / Randy DE PUNIET / FRA / Kawasaki Racing Team / KAWASAKI / 43'34.760 / 162.703 / 17.853
6 / Loris CAPIROSSI / ITA / Ducati Marlboro Team / DUCATI / 43'36.316 / 162.606 / 19.409
7 / Chris VERMEULEN / AUS / Rizla Suzuki MotoGP / SUZUKI / 43'36.402 / 162.601 / 19.495
8 / Alex BARROS / BRA / Pramac d'Antin / DUCATI / 43'41.769 / 162.268 / 24.862
9 / Marco MELANDRI / ITA / Honda Gresini / HONDA / 43'41.870 / 162.262 / 24.963
10 / Colin EDWARDS / USA / Fiat Yamaha Team / YAMAHA / 43'52.255 / 161.621 / 35.348
11 / Nicky HAYDEN / USA / Repsol Honda Team / HONDA / 43'53.208 / 161.563 / 36.301
12 / Makoto TAMADA / JPN / Dunlop Yamaha Tech 3 / YAMAHA / 43'55.627 / 161.415 / 38.72
13 / Alex HOFMANN / GER / Pramac d'Antin / DUCATI / 43'57.841 / 161.279 / 40.934
14 / Sylvain GUINTOLI / FRA / Dunlop Yamaha Tech 3 / YAMAHA / 44'01.306 / 161.068 / 44.399
15 / Shinya NAKANO / JPN / Konica Minolta Honda / HONDA / 44'11.010 / 160.478 / 54.103

Pole Position: Valentino ROSSI 1'41.840 167.097 Km/h
Fastest Lap: John HOPKINS 1'43.252 164.812 Km/h Lap 8
Circuit Record Lap: Nicky HAYDEN 1'43.048 165.138 Km/h 2006
Circuit Best Lap: Valentino ROSSI 1'41.840 167.097 Km/h 2007

World Championship Positions:
1 STONER 140, 2 ROSSI 126, 3 PEDROSA 98, 4 MELANDRI 75, 5 VERMEULEN 72,
6 HOPKINS 72, 7 CAPIROSSI 57, 8 BARROS 51, 9 ELIAS 45, 10 EDWARDS 45,
11 HAYDEN 41, 12 HOFMANN 38, 13 DE PUNIET 30, 14 CHECA 20, 15 NAKANO 19.

Lorenzo Back on Top on GP 250
Jorge Lorenzo bounced back from his Mugello disappointment with a dominant victory at his home circuit, his first ever win at the Circuit de Catalunya. The reigning 250cc World Champion was in a class of his own after storming off the pole spot, and put on a masterclass for the 100,000 fans gathered at the Barcelona track.

The 20 year old’s fifth win of the season continues the quarter litre class trend of victories from pole, something quite different to the current state of affairs in the MotoGP class. The Spain’s No1 Aprilia rider celebrated his triumph with two lookalikes and a giant microphone, and certainly has something to sing about with a 36 point advantage in the general classification. Alex de Angelis took second in the race to close the gap between himself and Andrea Dovizioso to just two points, with the latter unable to repeat his 2006 victory in the face of such strong competition and having to settle for the final podium place. He was ten seconds behind De Angelis on crossing the line.

Thomas Luthi had another great ride that belied his relative inexperience in the 250cc category, taking fourth ahead of fellow rookies Alvaro Bautista and Mika Kallio. Hiroshi Aoyama, Hector Barbera, Marco Simoncelli and Julian Simon completed the top ten.

There was late disappointment for Aprilia wild card Alex Debon, who crashed whilst in fifth position with just six laps remaining. He remounted to complete the race in 16th.

250cc Race Classification 250cc: (23 laps = 108.721 km)
Pos / Rider / Nat / Team / Motorcycle / Time / KM/H / Gap
1 / Jorge LORENZO / SPA / Fortuna Aprilia / APRILIA / 40'51.620 / 159.647 /
2 / Alex DE ANGELIS / RSM / Master - Mapfre Aspar / APRILIA / 40'54.814 / 159.44 / 3.194
3 / Andrea DOVIZIOSO / ITA / Kopron Team Scot / HONDA / 41'02.216 / 158.96 / 10.596
4 / Thomas LUTHI / SWI / Emmi - Caffe Latte Aprilia / APRILIA / 41'08.720 / 158.541 / 17.1
5 / Alvaro BAUTISTA / SPA / Master - Mapfre Aspar / APRILIA / 41'11.918 / 158.336 / 20.298
6 / Mika KALLIO / FIN / Red Bull KTM 250 / KTM / 41'12.186 / 158.319 / 20.566
7 / Hiroshi AOYAMA / JPN / Red Bull KTM 250 / KTM / 41'12.235 / 158.316 / 20.615
8 / Hector BARBERA / SPA / Team Toth Aprilia / APRILIA / 41'15.204 / 158.126 / 23.584
9 / Marco SIMONCELLI / ITA / Metis Gilera / GILERA / 41'28.323 / 157.292 / 36.703
10 / Julian SIMON / SPA / Repsol Honda 250cc / HONDA / 41'28.387 / 157.288 / 36.767
11 / Shuhei AOYAMA / JPN / Repsol Honda 250cc / HONDA / 41'31.212 / 157.11 / 39.592
12 / Roberto LOCATELLI / ITA / Metis Gilera / GILERA / 41'39.648 / 156.58 / 48.028
13 / Jules CLUZEL / FRA / Angaia Racing / APRILIA / 41'58.705 / 155.395 / 1'07.085
14 / Karel ABRAHAM / CZE / Cardion AB Motoracing / APRILIA / 42'03.488 / 155.101 / 1'11.868
15 / Taro SEKIGUCHI / JPN / Campetella Racing / APRILIA / 42'09.007 / 154.762 / 1'17.387

Pole Position: Jorge LORENZO 1'45.098 161.917 Km/h
Fastest Lap: (New record) Alex DE ANGELIS 1'45.925 160.653 Km/h Lap 12
Circuit Record Lap: Dani PEDROSA 1'47.302 158.591 Km/h 2004
Circuit Best Lap: Jorge LORENZO 1'45.098 161.917 Km/h 2007

250cc World Championship Positions:
6 LUTHI 56, 7 SIMON 52, 8 KALLIO 40, 9 SIMONCELLI 38, 10 AOYAMA 37, 11 LAI 28,
12 AOYAMA 26, 13 WEST 25, 14 TAKAHASHI 22, 15 ESPARGARO 19.

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Friday 8th June 2007, Isle of Man - John McGuinness provided a scorching climax to the Isle of Man Centenary TT Festival as he won the prestigious Senior race at record breaking pace for Honda as the Japanese marque repeated their 1-2-3 finish of the opening Superbike race. Riding the HM Plant liveried Honda Fireblade McGuinness was 30 plus seconds ahead of Hydrex Honda rider Guy Martin at the finish with Ian Hutchinson third for HM Plant Honda.

Lancastrian McGuinness had ridden brilliantly around the 37.73 mile Mountain Course, setting a furious pace from the off as he blasted his HM Plant Honda into the opening lap, increasing his own outright record in the process, although there was better to come from him with an astonishing second lap at an average speed of 130.354mph.

Making that all the more incredible was that McGuinness had to ease off somewhat, as he slowed down to pit, and take on fuel and have a rear wheel change. He was running rampant, rejoining the action and increasing his lead, mile by mile, as he shrugged aside the challenge of Guy Martin with Ian Hutchinson running a, by now, distant third.

McGuinness confirmed his mastery of the Mountain, opening up his advantage mile by mile on his high-speed dash around the Island, to take the victory by 32.73 seconds from Martin who had been slowed a little in the final third by the drive chain jumping on the sprocket.

McGuinnes (right) on the podium celebrate having survived another year.

"Absolutely unbelievable. To beat the 130mph mark is just fantastic. It's just amazing. The bike was perfect throughout and I gave it everything all of the way. I was trying really hard, and I had a great team around me, and they delivered the goods with the pit-stops," enthused McGuinness who had won, and elevated the outright record a century from the pioneering first Senior race victory taken by Charlie Collier at a more leisurely 38.22mph.

"People say to me, you've got the best bike, but you have still got to ride it and get the best out of it. I really enjoyed the race and I am so proud to have won this special race. It's been great. The Superbike race win meant a lot, this one even more," add the race winner.

"When I was an apprentice bricklayer I never thought that I would be racing here, let alone being here to win 13 races. It is just an incredible feeling - the job's a good one."

McGuinness however is considering his future in the event. "I might just hang up my leathers - I've got the same feeling that I had last year after winning these two races. What else do I have to prove?

"I've been coming here eleven times but enjoy riding the course. We'll just have to see but I am thinking about not coming back - I've ridden my heart out all week, finishing in the top three in all races." He had capped a remarkable week, in which he had also taken second placings in both the Supersport and Superstock events.

Martin, a distant second, vowed for better things next year, as he finished well clear of Hutchinson, aboard the second HM Plant Honda and Stobart Honda rider Ian Lougher.

Martin said: "I learned a lot from the first race this week and I was able to hold my own. On the fourth lap the chain was jumping the sprocket a little and I thought it would be better when I changed wheels at the end of the lap. Unfortunately the chain had stretched too much. After that I concentrated on getting my braking points and gear changes correct. Anyway its been a good week and I have to thank my team for that. I'm probably not ready to win a TT yet. I have a great respect for John McGuinness and for my team."

Ian Hutchinson completed a successful TT with another fine podium place in the Senior race. He said: "I'm pleased to have finished on the podium in every race. I've struggled a bit with the Superbike I'd like to thank Honda and the team for giving me the opportunity to race some special bikes and it's great we achieved another Honda 1-2-3. I am very pleased to have been part of this Centenary TT festival."

Adrian Archibald finished fifth giving the Relentless Suzuki team some reward, as their other rider Bruce Anstey had pitted after the first lap complaining of handling problems. Local rider Conor Cummins, riding Yamaha, took sixth place, ahead of top newcomer Steve Plater. Michael Rutter, Ian Armstrong and James McBride completed the top ten.

The race was marred by an incident on the final lap at Joeys, on the Mountain section in which a rider and two other people received fatal injuries. The race organisers will not provide any other details until all next of kin have been informed.

Total No. of Completed Laps – 335 Total Mileage - 12639.55
Pos / Rider / Bike / Team / Time / Speed
1 / John McGuinness / 2007 Honda Fireblade 1000cc / H M Plant Honda Racing / 01 46 44.23 / 127.255
2 / Guy Martin / 2007 Honda 1000cc / Hydrex Honda / 01 47 16.96 / 126.608
3 / Ian Hutchinson / 2007 Honda CBR 1000cc / H M Plant Honda Racing / 01 48 04.60 / 125.677
4 / Ian Lougher / 2007 Honda CBR 1000cc / Stobart Motorsport / 01 49 08.12 / 124.458
5 / Adrian Archibald / 2007 Suzuki GSXR 1000cc / Relentless by TAS / 01 49 21.61 / 124.202
6 / Conor Cummins / 2007 Yamaha YZF R1 1000cc / Team Millsport / 01 49 47.86 / 123.708
7 / Steve Plater* / 2007 Yamaha R1 1000cc / AIM Racing / 01 50 21.67 / 123.076
8 / Michael Rutter / 2007 Kawasaki ZX10 R 1000cc / MSS Discovery / 01 50 42.22 / 122.695
9 / Ian Armstrong / 2004 Yamaha R1 1000cc / Canteen Smithy / 01 51 56.08 / 121.346
10 / James McBride / 2007 Yamaha R1 1000cc / 01 51 59.14 / 121.29
11 / Chris Palmer / 2005 Yamaha R1 1000cc / Solway Slate & Tile / 01 52 10.23 / 121.091
12 / Ian Pattinson / 2006 Suzuki GSXR 1000cc / Martin Bullock Racing / 01 52 34.07 / 120.663
13 / Gary Carswell / 2007 Kawasaki ZX10R 1000cc / Bolliger Kawas / 01 52 44.30 / 120.481
14 / Mark Buckley / Suzuki GSXR 1000cc / Crossan Motorcycles / 01 52 53.42 / 120.319
15 / Les Shand / 2006 Honda CBR 1000cc / Barron Transport / 01 53 35.52 / 119.575
Fastest Lap - 3 John McGuinness 17 mins 21.99 secs 130.354 mph

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Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda: 3rd."Third is OK and I finished right with the leaders so I'm happy for that. It was difficult to keep up with Casey and Valentino, especially in the middle of the race, but with 10 laps remaining I was able to get close again. I was actually enjoying watching them because they weren't overtaking each other in typical places and that's why I wanted to get in there too! However, in one part of the track I was losing a lot and I needed the other part of the track to recover, so all the time I was right there with them, but I couldn't fight with them. I just had to wait until the last laps and hope I could find something but I wasn't quite close enough. I want to say thank you to all the crowd who came this weekend because they gave me a lot of support and created a great atmosphere. I've had some good results in recent races and the performance is steadily getting better so I hope keep improving for the next races."

Marco Melandri, Gresini Honda: 9th.“We’re going through a rough patch. The team are giving their best, working hard, but the results just aren’t coming. The bike doesn’t give me any confidence and I can’t ride it how I want. I’m really disappointed. We’ve struggled with the front end all weekend and after a few laps I lost confidence in it – it was skipping around and it was really hard to ride. We’ll have to make some drastic changes.”

Nicky Hayden, Repsol Honda: 11th. "Through this weekend I'd been moving up and getting faster and faster in every session and going up a few places. I got a decent start in the race and I was looking to get a decent result here because my pace in the warm-up was reasonable too. The race was a tough one though. Somewhere along the way it looks like the rear tyre turned on the rim and unbalanced it, which meant it started to vibrate and chatter really badly - especially in the last five or ten laps I could hardly ride it. After that I just started losing positions and it wasn't a fun race because it was hard to tip it into any of the corners. We didn't need that problem today so we'll just have to look into why it happened and move on to the next one at Donington."

Shinya Nakano, Konica Minolta Honda: 15th.“It was a very frustrating and difficult race for me. I said yesterday that I had a good feeling in hot conditions but we just didn’t have that today for some reason. When I pushed hard the bike would run wide in the corners. I’m looking forward to tomorrow and having more time out on the track so we will be working hard again to make more improvements. This is important as we still have a further two races to come this month.”

Kenny Roberts Jnr, KR212V: 16th.“Kurtis did really good. He was much quicker than I was in the beginning of the race and I was squaring off all the corners and I couldn’t get any grip to stay with them guys. And then my bike…the power started coming around, the grip level started getting closer front and rear. Just was trying everything I could to get up with him. Once I got within a second, from then on I was just trying to pass him, if he made a mistake at all. And he didn’t make a mistake, didn’t get off line. He was braking hard, going through the corner the same speed as me, but accelerating smoother, because I was trying to get a jump on him, so I would just spin. And I finally was able to get a draft off him down the front straight. And then I concentrated on Carlos (Checa) ahead and then he had something go wrong with his tire or bike.”

Carlos Checa, LCR Honda: 17th."This is a difficult moment for me, I cannot remember when I had a worse feeling in a race and this is not the result I wanted. Everyone in the LCR team has worked very hard over the weekend but we could just not find the balance or feeling that gave me any confidence to push. It is not fun to race like this but now we must look forward and hope the situation can improve."

Kurtis Roberts, KR212V: 18th.“Yeah, it was the first time I’ve ever been in front of Kenny. That probably screwed me up more than anything, because I thought I heard him back there. But what really screwed me up halfway through the race, just for like a lap-I thought he was right behind me the whole race-and it was plus 1.6 seconds. Because I’d see his lap times and I wasn’t paying that much attention to the lap board at first. And I would see he’d have a faster one than me. I figured he’d be right behind me. And then he kind of caught me off guard. And trying to catch (Carlos) Checa, I started rushing everything a bit. I just didn’t have any grip from the start. I was just hung out to dry, just sliding the thing everywhere. I knew I was catching Checa, but Kenny, when he passed me, I thought I screwed up. I didn’t even realize he was towing me along that good. But it was fun. When you watch Little Kenny, he’s Mister No Mistake and I make a lot of mistakes.”

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Toni Elias, Gresini Honda: dnf – technical problem."I’m really disappointed because I was having a good race. I got a good start and it looked like 5th place was a real possibility until the engine packed up on the 14th lap. I don’t know exactly what it was. These things happen in racing but I’m really disappointed because this was my home race in front of all my fans.”

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