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MotoGPItalyJune 3, 2007
MotoGP World Championship Grand Prix Round 06
Italy Grand Prix at Mugello

Dani Pedrosa Rides Hard For Second In Italy

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What promised to be a barnstormer of a MotoGP race in the earlier stages of the 23-lap race proved to be ultimately less tight than imagined as Valentino Rossi (Yamaha) led Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda RC212V) to the flag with Alex Barros (Ducati) third.



Dani PEDROSA (Repsol Honda Team)


Toni ELIAS (Honda Gresini)


With a capacity crowd of 85,000 enjoying sunshine after rain threatened to appear but held off, the field left the line in a blur of noise and color to begin one of the more celebrated events on the 18-race calendar.

Casey Stoner (Ducati) led from pole position into turn one with Chris Vermeulen (Suzuki) on his tail and Alex Barros in the mix with Stoner’s team-mate Loris Capirossi holding an early fourth place before he shot past Barros. Marco Melandri (Gresini Honda RC212V) then took Capirossi for fourth.

On lap two Melandri sped to third and Pedrosa began his charge by relieving Vermeulen of fourth. Rossi meanwhile was seventh with John Hopkins (Suzuki) behind him and reigning World Champion Nicky Hayden (Repsol Honda RC212V) tracking the American Suzuki man.

By lap five Capirossi had edged past teammate Stoner for the lead and the home team duo led Melandri and Pedrosa over the line at the end of that lap. But Dani then took them both on lap six to lead the race, disposing of Stoner at Arrabiatta 2. Rossi, ominously, was now third.

Rossi moved up to second at turn four and as he closed on Dani, the young Spaniard was clearly riding right on the edge as he hovered his left foot over the tarmac under braking. On lap nine Rossi made his bid for the lead at the downhill right Scarperia turn.

There were now two sets of three riders at the front: Rossi, Pedrosa and Stoner, one, two and three, Hopkins, Barros and Capirossi lying fourth, fifth and sixth. Carlos Checa (LCR Honda RC212V) slid off (unhurt) and out the reckoning while trying to break into the top ten.

Rossi was now riding clear of the determined Dani who has rarely looked as ragged as the bike moved around under him, so hard was he trying. By lap 14 Rossi’s advantage was 1.9 seconds and Capirossi was dropping away from Barros in fourth. The Italian trailed the Brazilian by four seconds at the end of the lap.

Nothing then changed except Barros overhauling Stoner for third place on lap 21, the Australian trying gamely to stick with him to no avail. Toni Elias (Gresini Honda RC212V) rode to a dogged sixth place from his 15th place on the starting grid, while Melandri slipped to ninth at the flag, and Nicky came in tenth.

Dani said: “My start was very good and I was able to pass many riders. Then in the first corner when I touched the throttle I had a very big slide and they came past again. My performance was really strong from the beginning of the race until the middle and I was able to recover and take the lead. Then I started to have the same issues as in some of the other races this year. I could see that Valentino was getting away slowly but as I tried to speed up I was getting slides from both wheels, so I couldn’t push the tyres any harder and I had to close the throttle a little bit and settle for second.”

Toni Elias was pleased enough with sixth and said: “Sixth place at Mugello is a good result, especially having started from 15th. The team did a great job and in the warm-up we took a big step forward with the set-up. I got a good start and tried to make up position but unfortunately the front tyre choice was a little too soft for today’s track conditions and after a few laps I couldn’t push as hard as I wanted to. I’m happy though and I’m looking forward to racing in front of my home fans in Barcelona next Sunday.”

Marco Melandri said: “I got a good start and I was flying over the first few laps but then I started to struggle. The bike was skipping around and from being in third place I dropped back to ninth. I'm disappointed because this is a special race for me. We've had this problem to a varying degree since the start of the season and at the moment we can't come up with a solution.”

A disappointed Nicky commented, “You put yourself in a hole when you qualify in 13th and that really didn’t help me out much today. It was a tough race. I got a decent start and on the first lap I picked off a few riders but really I just didn’t have the race pace to go with the lead guys. In the last couple of laps I had a pretty good scrap with Vermeulen and Melandri but I was a lot further back than I would have liked to have been. It definitely wasn’t a great day for us. Basically I had an issue with the set-up today and the machine just didn’t feel planted in a lot of the fast corners here.”

Shinya Nakano (Konica Minolta Honda RC212V) finished 13th and said of his race: “My start wasn’t too bad and from then until the middle of race my lap time was pretty good and I had a good feeling with the bike. I felt that the race setting we had on the bike was the best of the weekend, but then from the middle of the race we suffered from a chatter problem once more and I had to reduce my corner speed, which is when Colin Edwards overtook me.”

Kenny Roberts (Roberts KR212V) finished in 17th place, while his brother Kurtis failed to finish. Kenny, who encountered fans on track at the flag, said: “It was a very quiet race for me. I never saw anybody after about the first or second turn. I rode as hard as I could. On the last lap I saw the track invasion, with people coming over the retaining wall, so after the last corner I didn't even attempt to go down the straightaway with any speed. If I hadn't seen them… well, you could hurt people.”

The luckless Checa said: “This is a big disappointment. I was trying to recover some positions and I had Colin and Shinya ahead, but it was difficult, I didn’t have a comfortable feeling overall. I was pushing too much trying for a better result and I crashed. My intention was not to crash, but when the feeling is not right you should listen to the feeling, and try to understand. But now we must look to a positive weekend in Barcelona for the next race.”

Stoner still heads the World Championship standings with 115 points to Rossi’s 106. Dani in third has 82 points and Marco in fourth has 68 as the paddock heads to Catalunya for next weekend’s race.

The 250cc race was a thriller. Alvaro Bautista won by less than a tenth of a second from his team-mate Alex de Angelis, with Hector Barbera in third (all Aprilia). There were incidents aplenty – perhaps none more significant than Bautista clashing with Lorenzo on the final lap with Lorenzo falling and remounting to finish eighth.

Tom Luthi (Aprilia) led into turn one from the lights, but Bautista soon headed the pack as it sorted itself out into an early race order. By lap six Bautista, Barbera, de Angelis, Andrea Dovizioso (Scot Honda RS250RW) and by now Lorenzo, who started from 20th on the grid, were out front.

The intensity of this confrontation showed when Barbera, who was second, ran wide and onto the grass on lap 13. Dovi then began to drop off the pace as the final tours of this track approached (he was 3.46 seconds off the lead trio by lap 19 of this 21-lap race.

Lorenzo lead the final lap into turn one until de Angelis slid up the inside on the brakes and as the threesome of de Angelis, Lorenzo and Bautista filed into the chicane, Bautista straight-lined it up the inside of Lorenzo. They touched and Lorenzo went wide to lose traction on the infield and fall.

De Angelis then looked in control but Bautista was on a mission and at the final turn he peeled in late on the outside and squeezed up the inside of the Italian on the exit to out-drag him over the line and record his first ever 250cc win.

Dovizioso said: “The team have worked really, really hard for me this year and I have been riding hard. The chassis and suspension have been good but I have to ride so hard that my injured leg begins to hurt. We need to find some more power soon.”

Sixth-placed Aoyama said: “The race was difficult in the beginning because of the full fuel tank. Then as the race went on and the fuel load decreased I began to get a good feeling with the bike and from the middle to the end of the race I got better and better. Four of us were racing for fifth place; me, Julian (Simon) and Luthi – but I made a mistake on the last lap and finished sixth. But this is my best result of the season and now I’m looking forward to the next race at Barcelona.”

Julian Simon (Repsol Honda RS250RW) finished seventh. He said: “The race was very difficult. My start was not so bad and I tried to hang onto the first group but had no choice but to run with the second group. The bike was OK, engine not so bad, and the chassis was good. The only real problem I had was a sliding rear tyre. I really enjoyed the race – a lot of overtaking – real fun, even if the result was not so good.”

The World Championship table looks like this: Lorenzo 128 points, Dovizioso 101, de Angelis 95, Bautista 89 and Barbera with 63.

The 125cc honours went to Hector Faubel who squeezed home to win by just 0.02 seconds from team-mate Sergio Gadea with local man Simone Corsi third (all Aprilia). It was a classic 125cc encounter with a ten-rider lead group slipstreaming on the straight and carving each other up through the turns.

Tommy Koyama (KTM) got the jump on the rest of the grid from the start, but it wasn’t long before he faded as Gabor Talmacsi (Aprilia) took the lead only for Faubel to then take control of matters. Mike di Meglio (Scot Honda RS125R), who qualified on the front row crashed out of contention on lap four, while his team-mate Dino Lombardi had succumbed to a fall on lap one.

By lap six a ten-rider group was covered by a mere 1.5 seconds. Faubel led, but the positions at this early stage were largely meaningless with 14-laps to go. Of more importance was Bradley Smith’s (Repsol Honda RS125R) effort to get on terms with the leading group.

Smith rode a mature race to finish eighth at the flag having tried everything to haul in the lead group. He will be in good shape to get properly on terms with the main men next weekend in Catalunya and then at his home race at Donington Park a week after that.

Smith said, “It’s been a bad weekend also a long and difficult race. My start was OK but in the first few laps I made too many mistakes and the leading group was gone. I tried to stay on the back of them and I found a good rhythm but the gap between myself and the group was up -and-down, we were all running the same laps times. Not a positive result but you have to finish to take points.”

Faubel leads the World Championship standings with 102 points to Talmacsi’s 95, with Lukas Pesek (Derbi) who crashed on the last lap here on 91 points. Simone Corsi has 71 points in fourth overall, while Smith lies eighth with 44.



Marco MELANDRI (Honda Gresini)


Nicky HAYDEN (Repsol Honda Team)


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Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda: 2nd.
"I am very happy to be back on the podium today and this is a good result for me, especially starting from eighth on the grid. My start was very good and I was able to pass many riders. Then in the first corner when I touched the throttle I had a very big slide and they came past again. My performance was really strong from the beginning of the race until the middle and I was able to recover and take the lead. Then I started to have the same issues as in some of the other races this year. I could see that Valentino was getting away slowly but as I tried to speed up I was getting slides from both wheels, so I couldn't push the tyres any harder and I had to close the throttle a little bit and settle for second. Still, this is a useful result for us and we were lucky it stayed dry today. The last race was also good and now we have some good momentum going into my home race at Barcelona next weekend."

Toni Elias, Gresini Honda: 6th.
“Mugello is a good result, especially having started from fifteenth. The team did a great job and in the warm-up we took a big step forward with the set-up. I got a good start and tried to make up position but unfortunately the front tyre choice was a little too soft for today’s track conditions and after a few laps I couldn’t push as hard as I wanted to. I’m happy though and I’m looking forward to racing in front of my home fans in Barcelona next Sunday.”

Marco Melandri, Gresini Honda: 9th.

“I got a good start and I was flying over the first few laps but then I started to struggle. The bike was skipping around and from being in third place I dropped back to ninth. I’m disappointed because this is a special race for me. We’ve had this problem to a varying degree since the start of the season and at the moment we can’t come up with a solution.”

Nicky Hayden, Repsol Honda: 10th.
"You put yourself in a hole when you qualify in 13th and that really didn't help me out much today. It was a tough race. I got a decent start and on the first lap I picked off a few riders but really I just didn't have the race pace to go with the lead guys. In the last couple of laps I had a pretty good scrap with Vermeulen and Melandri but I was a lot further back than I would have liked to have been. It definitely wasn't a great day for us. Basically I had an issue with the set-up today and the machine just didn't feel planted in a lot of the fast corners here. The balance wasn't right and every time I tried to push harder I was right on the limit and had a few moments. The team and me are going to be working hard to improve things for the next race in Catalunya."

Shinya Nakano, Konica Minolta Honda: 13th.
“My start wasn’t too bad and from then until the middle of race my lap time was pretty good and I had a good feeling with the bike. I felt that the race setting we had on the bike was the best of the weekend, but then from the middle of the race we suffered from a chatter problem once more and I had to reduce my corner speed, which is when Colin Edwards overtook me. From there I was on my own with a gap behind me, so even though I couldn’t push any harder, I wanted to hang on for some points. We will now look at the data and hopefully improve in time for next week’s race.”

Kenny Roberts Jnr, KR212V: 17th.
“It was a very quiet race for me. I never saw anybody after about the first or second turn. I rode as hard as I could, and ran a 1’53. 7. I’d done a 1’53. 5 the first day, and for the first half of the race I wasn’t trying to finish, just to match that time. We have all the switches on the bike to alter things, so I played with them all race. I turned the traction control pretty much off, and messed with the engine braking, and started getting back towards the 1’53s. Then on the second-last lap I pushed the front in the fast chicane, and pretty much tried to fall down. On the last lap I saw the track invasion, with people coming over the retaining wall, so after the last corner I didn’t even attempt to go down the straightaway with any speed. If I hadn’t seen them … well, you could hurt a lot of good people with this bike.”

Kurtis Roberts, KR212V: dnf – handling problems.
“With the two hours we had in the dry, we took a gamble on some set-up stuff, and we made a plan not to waste mileage on the motor if it didn’t work. We need to save that stuff. I was behind Kenny going into the last corner and I about ran off the racetrack, not even going fast. After that I was having trouble holding the line, so I pulled in to save the motor. Hopefully Barcelona will be good weather all weekend. We have a feeling now what the bike does, and now we can move forwards.”

Kenny Roberts Snr – Team Roberts Principal:

“We’ve isolated some of the problems. Kurtis helped a lot. Now we’ve got to build a new chassis. This is the first 800 we’ve made, and we missed the target. What we know now we should have known three or four races ago, but everything went good in testing, and the second race looked okay. From then on we’ve just been fighting a certain problem to do with weight distribution that we couldn’t isolate until now. There’s a major problem in the chassis, and I don’t think it’s going to be a quick fix. But we’re starting to understand now what we need to make the thing turn. We’ve already started redesigning, and tomorrow it’s going to be back to the factory and find out how fast we can turn it around. We probably won’t have two of them until after the summer break. We got a late start on building the 800 and we’re not racing a bunch of dummies. It just shows how difficult it is.”

Carlos Checa, LCR Honda: dnf – crash.

“This is a big disappointment. I was trying to recover some positions and I had Colin and Shinya ahead, but I was quite difficult, I didn’t have comfortable feeling overall. I was pushing too much, trying for a better result, and I crashed. My intention was not to crash, but when the feeling is not right you should listen to the feeling, and try to understand. But now we must look to a positive weekend in Barcelona for the next race.”


250cc:

Andrea Dovizioso, Kopron Scot Honda: 4th.
“I am not satisfied with this result, I rode at 100% and of course took some risks. The machine settings for the fast races is always good but we cannot be 100% because we need horse-power – our competitors have more. The chassis and suspension have been good but trying so very hard in the corners we sometimes have problems with the tyres. I think that trying so hard is not helping with the rehabilitation of my physical problems with my injured leg. If we cannot find some power soon – I don’t know.”

Shuhei Aoyama, Repsol Honda: 6th.
“The race was difficult in the beginning because of the full fuel tank Then as the race went on I began to get a good feeling and from the middle to the end I was better and better. Four of us were racing for fifth place, me Julian (Simon) and Luthi but I made a mistake on the last lap and finished sixth. But this is my best result of the season and now I am looking forward to the next race at Barcelona.”

Julian Simon, Repsol Honda: 7th.

“It was a difficult race, just like the whole weekend. I made a good start and I was able to pass a few riders. I was in the group and Barbera passed me once, pushing me to the outside. I lost some time there and the leading group opened a small gap. I tried to catch them but it was difficult because they were already one second ahead and it became too complicated. I stayed there, fighting against Luthi, and then we were joined by Hiroshi and Shuhei and we had a nice fight. I enjoyed the race, though it's not the result I expected. I went off the track with two laps to go and had to make up during the last lap but I wasn’t able to pass Shuhei and Luthi. It’s been a difficult weekend, but we finished the race and we’re looking forward to Barcelona.”

Yuki Takahashi, Kopron Scot Honda: 11th.
“Today I rode much better than I thought I would before he race started. My priority was not to crash and second to take care of my injured left arm. In the race I used my right arm more than usual I had to push the bars with my right arm instead of pulling with the left, but the last five laps my right arm was very tired. I am very happy to finish the race in 11th my team are also pleased.”

Eugene Laverty, LCR Honda: 20th.
“I was praying for rain, so I didn’t get my birthday wish. Again I had clutch problems at the start but it was a lot of fun. Cluzel would pass me down the straight every lap, and then I would out-brake him and go ahead in turn one. At the final corner Locatelli out-braked me and I lost the chance of a slipstream to the line.”

Ratthapark Wilairot, Thai Honda PTT-SAG: dnf – clutch problem.
"It's a pity because the warm-up went really well as I was able to improve my lap times and I was expecting to have a good race and to score points again. Anyway, there's no point in lamenting it, what happened. We gained some more experience this weekend, we'll have to put that to good use in the future and now we have to focus on the next Grand Prix."


125cc.

Bradley Smith, Repsol Honda: 8th.
“Its been a bad weekend and also a long and difficult race. My start was OK but in the first few laps I made too many mistakes and the leading group was gone. I tried to stay on the back of them and I found a good rhythm but the gap between myself and the group was in-and-out, we were all running the same laps times. Not a positive result but you have to finish to take points.”

Joey Litjens, Molenaar Honda: 16th.
“My start was not so fast but the bike was good and I was running constant lap times and I caught the group and I was riding well. Into the last lap I was 16th just behind Aegerter and intended to try to pass him from the slipstream on the last lap but I missed my first World Championship point by just 0.052s – that leaves a sour taste.”

Danny Webb, Molenaar Honda: 21st.

“I made a super start and running with a full tank over the opening laps I was faster than I had been all weekend. After that I was running a second faster than at anytime and things were going really well. But I made two mistakes and lost the group. Then in the middle of the race I found a fast rhythm in 2m 03s. It was not my best race, 21st but my best GP result. Next week in Barcelona is my time because I know the circuit after two years in the Spanish Championship.”

Tito Rabat, Repsol Honda:
Rabat did not participate in the Italian GP due to injuries sustained at the French GP at Le Mans two weeks ago. He is hoping to make his return to the track at his home race, the GP of Catalunya, next weekend.

Mike Di Meglio, Kopron Scot Honda: dnf – crash.

“Straight after the start De Rosa touched me and I ran straight and lost touch with the group ahead of me. I got back on line and tried to get back to the man group but I crashed on the fourth lap.”

Dino Lombardi, Kopron Scot Honda: dnf – crash.
“I got a good start with Mike (Di Meglio) and Cortese but at one corner I ran wide and finished in the gravel trap. I crashed and hit my head – that’s why they took me to the hospital for an x-ray to check for possible consequences. But I am OK and will race at Catalunya next week.”

Alexis Masbou, FFM Honda: dnf – crash.
“It’s a pity because I had a good start, but in the first corner Mike Di Meglio’s bike and mine touched. That put me off the racing line and many riders were able to pass me. I didn¹t have too much feeling with the front and in the opening laps I wasn’t confident at all. One must say that because of my crash during practice I didn’t do many laps on a dry track and we didn’t have enough time to set up the bike for this configuration. This morning in the warm-up we tested a smaller tyre that seemed OK. Halfway through the race I started getting used to the way my Honda was reacting and I gave it all I had in order to recover a few positions. Unfortunately I lost the front entering the first chicane and ended up crashing.”

MotoGP World Championship Grand Prix Round 06
Italy Grand Prix at Mugello


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MotoGP
1 Valentino ROSSI (Fiat Yamaha Team)
2 Dani PEDROSA (Repsol Honda Team)
3 Alex BARROS (Pramac d'Antin)
4 Casey STONER (Ducati Marlboro Team)
5 John HOPKINS (Rizla Suzuki MotoGP)
6 Toni ELIAS (Honda Gresini)
7 Loris CAPIROSSI (Ducati Marlboro Team)
8 Chris VERMEULEN (Rizla Suzuki MotoGP)
9 Marco MELANDRI (Honda Gresini)
10 Nicky HAYDEN (Repsol Honda Team)
11 Alex HOFMANN (Pramac d'Antin)
12 Colin EDWARDS (Fiat Yamaha Team)
13 Shinya NAKANO (Konica Minolta Honda)
14 Sylvain GUINTOLI (Dunlop Yamaha Tech 3)
15 Makoto TAMADA (Dunlop Yamaha Tech 3)



Dani PEDROSA (Repsol Honda Team)
250cc
1 Alvaro BAUTISTA (Master - Mapfre Aspar)
2 Alex DE ANGELIS (Master - Mapfre Aspar)
3 Hector BARBERA (Team Toth Aprilia)
4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO (Kopron Team Scot)
5 Thomas LUTHI (Emmi - Caffe Latte Aprilia)
6 Shuhei AOYAMA (Repsol Honda 250cc)
7 Julian SIMON (Repsol Honda 250cc)
8 Jorge LORENZO (Fortuna Aprilia)
9 Marco SIMONCELLI (Metis Gilera)
10 Anthony WEST (Team Sicilia)
11 Yuki TAKAHASHI (Kopron Team Scot)
12 Aleix ESPARGARO (Blusens Aprilia)
13 Fabrizio LAI (Campetella Racing)
14 Alex BALDOLINI (Kiefer - Bos - Sotin Racing)
15 Taro SEKIGUCHI (Campetella Racing)
 
125cc
1 Hector FAUBEL (Bancaja Aspar)
2 Sergio GADEA (Bancaja Aspar)
3 Simone CORSI (Skilled Racing Team)
4 Gabor TALMACSI (Bancaja Aspar)
5 Tomoyoshi KOYAMA (Red Bull KTM 125)
6 Mattia PASINI (Polaris World)
7 Sandro CORTESE (Emmi - Caffe Latte Aprilia)
8 Bradley SMITH / GBR / Repsol Honda 125cc)
9 Pol ESPARGARO (Belson Campetella Aprilia)
10 Lorenzo ZANETTI (Team Sicilia)
11 Michael RANSEDER / AUT / Ajo Motorsport)
12 Nicolas TEROL (Valsir Seedorf Derbi)
13 Randy KRUMMENACHE (Red Bull KTM 125)
14 Raffaele DE ROSA (Multimedia Racing)
15 Dominique AEGERTER (Multimedia Racing)
 


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