Hopper takes pole!! - Chicagoland Sportbikes
Chicagoland Sportbikes
 
Track Talk This forum is all about discussing riding and setup tips for different types of racetracks. As well as discussion about the local racing scene.

 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-23-2006, 02:33 PM Thread Starter
Grid Marshall.
 
Cerk's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Naperville
Posts: 29,343
Location: Naperville
Sportbike: Tweener
Years Riding: Do I have to start over now?
How you found us: Followed the Bread Crumbs...
           
Send a message via AIM to Cerk
Hopper takes pole!!

It seems that Suzuki and John Hopkins have made huge strides in the last month...Hopper's finally on top of the time sheets...i'm happy for the guy, i think he's the best pure talent on the grid in as far as the younger group.

Quote:
MotoGP: Assen Qualifying
6/23/2006
By Bart Madson

John Hopkins was able to beat out fellow front-row starters, Shinya Nakano and Colin Edwards, to claim his first-ever pole position victory in MotoGP during the hour-long qualifying session at Assen. The unexpected good fortune of the front trio was contrasted by the bad luck looming around usual top qualifiers Valentino Rossi and Loris Capirossi, who finished a respective 15th and 18th, held back by injuries.

Rossi had to discontinue qualifying after 14 laps because the pain from his wrist fracture was too much. The Doctor's decision to race tomorrow will be made by, well, a doctor and Rossi himself. Given the fact that his best lap was four seconds off the pole position pace and he was forced to quit after 14 laps, the chances of Rossi being competitive in the 26-lap Saturday race, all while starting from the back, are looking remote. Sharing a similar fate, Loris Capirossi is battling pain in his chest, with the Ducati rider describing the sensation from a bump while riding "feels like the stab of a knife." However, it sounds like the pain will not deter the stout-hearted Italian rider from running for some points on Saturday.

"This is a bad moment for me, without last Sunday's crash I could have arrived here leading the championship," said Capirossi." It's a real pity I got hurt at the start of a run of three back-to-back races, but that's racing. Maybe my determination to never give up is what's getting me through this. I want to race tomorrow to score some points because you can win or lose a championship by a single point and there's still plenty of the season ahead of us."

All injuries to championship contenders aside, the spotlight should not get taken away from the first-ever pole position for long-suffering Suzuki rider John Hopkins. He has been close many times, and rode through some disappointment this season, so a pole victory is well deserved.

"It's a huge weight off our shoulders - getting this pole position out of the way - now we have to concentrate on the 26-laps tomorrow," said Hopkins. "I am feeling good about the whole situation. My thanks go to the crew, to Bridgestone for some awesome tires and to Suzuki for improving their level so much, everything seems to be coming together and we are looking forward to tomorrow."

Hopkins' triumph came at the expense of Kawasaki's Nakano, who, had he been the faster, would have notched his first-ever pole as well. Joining the two Bridgestone-equipped riders on the front row is Camel Yamaha's Colin Edwards, who was fastest during yesterday and this mornings practice sessions. The Texan's ferocious pace on race tires throughout practice bodes for a momentous finish on Saturday.

Leading the second row, Nicky Hayden is followed by Respsol teammate Dani Pedrosa and Suzuki's Chris Vermeulen. Hayden is well positioned to move up and snag his first non-Laguna MotoGP win, now that his main championship rivals are limping along far off the pace. Assen could be the hammer blow in the Kentucky Kids 2006 championship campaign.

While the prognosis of Rossi and Capirossi's injuries have gone from bad to worse, the also-injured Marco Melandri is plugging away and will start Assen leading the third row. Tech 3 Yamaha's Carlos Checa qualified eighth-fastest with Sete Gibernau's fill-in, Alex Hofmann, marking an impressive ninth-fastest performance. Not bad for the German, considering yesterday was his first opportunity to ride the Bridgestone-shod GP6.

Seasoned veteran Kenny Roberts Junior leads the fourth row starters, joined by two rookies, Kawasaki's Randy de Puniet and LCR Honda's Casey Stoner. Junior was a little over a second off his former teammate's leading pace and Team Roberts' sole rider will be hard-pressed to repeat last week's podium result tomorrow. Casey Stoner's start in 12th won't give him the best opportunity to challenge for the win either, but the Australian rider should be more worried about avoiding the big sombrero with three strikeouts in a row. On Saturday we will see in if the LCR Honda rider can put the kibosh on his two-race DNF streak.

MotoGP Assen Qualifying Results:
1 John Hopkins (USA) Rizla Suzuki 1'36.411
2 Shinya Nakano (JPN) Kawasaki 1'36.424
3 Colin Edwards (USA) Camel Yamaha 1'36.755
4 Nicky Hayden (USA) Repsol Honda 1'36.758
5 Dani Pedrosa (SPA) Repsol Honda 1'36.993
6 Chris Vermeulen (AUS) Rizla Suzuki 1'37.077
7 Marco Melandri (ITA) Fortuna Honda 1'37.332
8 Carlos Checa (SPA) Tech 3 Yamaha 1'37.378 29
9 Alex Hofmann (GER) Ducati Marlboro 1'37.399
10 Kenny Roberts Junior (USA) Team Roberts 1'37.528
11 Randy de Puniet (FRA) Kawasaki 1'37.556
12 Casey Stoner (AUS) Honda LCR 1'37.660
13 Makoto Tamada (JPN) Konica Minolta Honda 1'37.676
14 James Ellison (GBR) Tech 3 Yamaha 38.055
15 Loris Capirossi (ITA) Ducati Marlboro 1'38.060
16 Jose Luis Cardoso (SPA) Pramac d'Antin 1'39.406
17 Ivan Silva (SPA) Pramac d'Antin 1'39.496
18 Valentino Rossi (ITA) Camel Yamaha 1'40.298

Tom

Quote:
Originally Posted by Tacitus
In a state where corruption abounds, laws must be very numerous.
Cerk is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-23-2006, 02:42 PM
Registered User
 
msbrit1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Posts: 951
Location: Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Sportbike: 97 TL1000s,CBR F2 (track) 99 SV (track), 2k3 CRF Fiddy
Years Riding: not nearly long enough
How you found us: Veddersbetter I think...
           
Fuck YEAH!!! I'm happy about this...Hopper is the hardest working guy out there...Now podium finish...that will make my week.

NESBA #469

"It's better to be on the track for just one lap than to be a spectator for life."
1997 TL1000S
1991 CBR F2 X2
1999 SV650
2k3 CRF 50 (modded to bling extreme)
?? Chinese Knock off 50
I need a bigger garage!!
msbrit1 is offline  
post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-23-2006, 02:59 PM
Woo Woo
 
ZoomByU's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: Tomball, TX
Posts: 2,720
Location: Tomball, TX
Sportbike: None for now
Years Riding: 6
How you found us: friend
           
Send a message via AIM to ZoomByU
sweet always liked him

"There are no men more ignoble or more foolish, no men whose actions are fraught with greater possibility of mischief to their country and to mankind, than those who exalt unrighteous peace as better than righteous war." - Theodore Roosevelt
"I will bleed on the flag to keep the stripes red!"
ZoomByU is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-23-2006, 04:12 PM
Where's the ANY key?
 
PeaceDuke's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Deerfield
Posts: 231
Location: Deerfield
Sportbike: 2003 R6 (Bone stock street bitch) / 2002 Honda F4i (wounded track bitch)
Years Riding: 8
How you found us: CRR
  
Send a message via MSN to PeaceDuke Send a message via Yahoo to PeaceDuke
About time.. Makes you wonder what he could do on a Honda or Ducati..

Too bad for Rossi, he was so close to making a comeback. The cards may be there for Hayden. The way things are unfolding, with Capirossi and Rossi injured with there being 4 races in succession, if he doesn't win the champoinship this year, he'll never do it..

Dealer: 19.
Homer: Hit me!
Dealer: 20.
Homer: Hit me!
Dealer: 21.
Homer: Hit me!
Dealer: 22.
Homer: D'oh!
PeaceDuke is offline  
post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-23-2006, 05:01 PM
BSB > WSBK > MotoGP
 
shadrach's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: South Loop & Cary
Posts: 11,948
Location: South Loop & Cary
Sportbike: '02 GSXR 600 / '98 CBRF3
Years Riding: Since '03
How you found us: Google
           
Rossi's not out yet. I can still win the last batch of races and win the championship.

That said, I'm still to keep pulling for Hayden to take the cup this year.

Jeff
NESBA #311
'02 GSXR600
'98
Smokin' Joe's F3
shadrach is offline  
post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-23-2006, 07:07 PM
Resident Slow guy
 
Ohfugit's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Chicago
Posts: 6,771
Location: Chicago
Sportbike: 250x_Dirtbike Triumph_Tripled_955i 90_H-D_Bagger CR80_Mini_Motard
Years Riding: Street_LOOOOOOONG_Time Track Backmarker
How you found us: Google
           
Send a message via AIM to Ohfugit
awesome !!!

Ohfugit is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Chicagoland Sportbikes forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome