moto GP test notes and 203 MPH!!!
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Capirossi Wins the BMW
italian rider over 200 mph through the speed traps in special session
Monday, March 17, 2003
Pos. Rider Team Bike Time
1 Loris Capirossi Ducati Marlboro Team Ducati 1:43.634
2 Alex Barros Gauloises Yamaha Team Yamaha 1:44.154
3 Valentino Rossi Repsol Honda Honda 1:44.324
4 Max Biaggi Camel Pramac Pons Honda 1:44.326
5 Tohru Ukawa Camel Pramac Pons Honda 1:44.487
6 Daijiro Kato Telefonica Movistar Honda Honda 1:44.496
7 Sete Gibernau Telefonica Movistar Honda Honda 1:44.695
8 Marco Melandri Fortuna Yamaha Team Yamaha 1:44.922
9 Carlos Checa Fortuna Yamaha Team Yamaha 1:44.992
10 Troy Bayliss Ducati Marlboro Team Ducati 1:45.076
13 John Hopkins Suzuki Grand Prix Team Suzuki 1:45.624
14 Nicky Hayden Repsol Honda Honda 1:45.626
20 Kenny Roberts Suzuki Grand Prix Team Suzuki 1:46.552
Ducati's Loris Capirossi was fastest in the televised hour, shown on television in Europe. Capirossi won a new BMW for his efforts. Although he already led the session, Capirossi's spirited ride on his last lap bettered his time.
The Ducati MotoGP bike already appears to have the steam, pushing through the speed traps in Catalunya at 328.4 kilometers, or slightly over 203 miles per hour. Compare that with the slowest machine, the Proton two stroke of Nob Aoki at 288.2 kph.
The Aprilia team momentarily pulled out of the "event" after a Colin Edwards crash, believed to have been caused by a mechanical problem. Nori Haga was called into the pits shortly afterwards, then released by the team when his bike checked out fine.
Edwards is said to have broken his finger in the fall.