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Season finale beckons Fiat Yamaha Team to Valencia

Circuit Ricardo Tormo

A challenging first season of 800cc Grand Prix racing comes to an end this weekend as the eighteenth and final round of the 2007 MotoGP World Championship takes place at Valencia in Spain. The traditional season curtain call at the Ricardo Tormo circuit marks the conclusion of a difficult campaign for the Fiat Yamaha Team, although Valentino Rossi does have the chance to salvage a great deal of pride by sealing the runner-up spot with a single point in Sunday's 30-lap race.

Fifteenth place or above would leave Rossi out of reach of Dani Pedrosa, who has to win the race to maintain any chance of usurping the Italian for that coveted second spot in the final standings. The Valencian Grand Prix is the 100th race since the new era of four-stroke MotoGP was introduced in 2002 and it marks a special landmark for Rossi, who is one of only three riders to have appeared in every single one - taking 49 victories along the way. Two of them came at the Ricardo Tormo circuit and a repeat performance in front of his adoring Spanish fans would see the Italian become the first rider to reach the milestone of 100 podium finishes in the 58-year history of premier-class Grand Prix racing.

It will also be a special weekend for Rossi's team-mate Colin Edwards, who is set to make his final appearance for the team before joining Herve Poncharal's Yamaha Tech3 outfit in 2008. Valencia has been something of a bogey track in the past for Edwards, who finished ninth last year after three successive eighth place finishes at a circuit that is renowned for its unique stadium-style surroundings. The track itself is characterised by a never-ending burst of tight corners, connected by short straights. The long penultimate looping left-hander and the fast entry to turn one contrast violently with the otherwise geometric flip-flop chicanes and slow speed corners of the infield.

Valentino Rossi - "A long and hard season"
A difficult campaign comes to an end for Valentino Rossi at Valencia with the sole target of sealing the runner-up spot in the championship. The five-time MotoGP World Champion has not finished outside the top two at any level of the championship since taking ninth in his rookie 125cc season of 1996 and he is keen to maintain that run with a single point on Sunday.

"The last race in Malaysia was a disappointment but also very encouraging because, on race day, everything worked very well," says Rossi. "Hopefully we can use this to start on a good note at Valencia because Sepang showed how important it is to start from the front. Valencia has usually been a good track for me, although I don't have such great memories from last year!

"It's been a long and hard season and now we've finally arrived at the last race and we are all hoping that we can have a good weekend. More than anything I want to win and give everyone in the team a happy end to the season; motivation is still very high and we will be doing the best we can in Valencia. Second place is not first but it is still important because I have not been outside the top two since 1996 and I want to keep that going."

Colin Edwards - "The target is always to win"
For Colin Edwards the Valencia race marks the end of a three-year spell with the factory Yamaha team that has wielded six podium positions - a tally the Texan admits could have been much higher but for the difficulties experienced this year. Amongst his highlights with the factory team were the teams' and constructors' titles and a new MotoGP record of 17 point-scoring finishes in 2005. Now the former World Superbike Champion remains typically determined to sign off with his first win for the team and hold off last year's World Champion Nicky Hayden in the fight for eighth place in the championship.

"This season hasn't really turned out exactly how we had planned, there have been some high points and some low points but all I'm thinking about now is making sure that Valencia is one of the high ones!" says Edwards. "The last two races have been especially difficult but we're starting with a clean slate on Friday morning and we'll go from there. Of course it is not easy to win races in this series but that's the target we start off with at every Grand Prix.

"My guys have worked so hard all season and I really want to give them something to be proud of at the last race. It's going to be a strange race - my last with the team - but I'm really happy that I'm staying within the Yamaha family. My wife and a few friends from home are coming over too so I hope we can make it a weekend to celebrate."

Davide Brivio - "Looking ahead to 2008"
Fiat Yamaha Team Director Davide Brivio insists his staff are fully focused on their objectives for this weekend although he admits that attention is now turning towards 2008. The team will stay in Valencia for a two-day test next Tuesday and Wednesday but Brivio says the focus for the final race is to complete 2007 business with the runner-up spot in the championship for Rossi and a successful final race with the team for Colin Edwards.

"This is the last race of 2007 but we are already looking ahead to the 2008 season, which starts with testing at Valencia next Tuesday!" says Brivio. "Already some of our work with the bike is targeted at next year but we also have one more race to contest and we want to be competitive. This circuit wasn't a good one for us last year but we will try to finish the year as well as we can. Valentino needs one point to secure second in the championship, which is the best result we can hope for now, so our focus will be on that.

"This is Colin's final race with the factory team but he will be staying with Yamaha, which is important to us. From our point of view he has been a great guy to work with and the combination with Valentino has been fantastic. In 2005, during his first season with the team, we won the teams' and constructors' titles, which was a great achievement together. That is why we are happy for him to stay in the Yamaha family and we wish him the very best for next season."

Valentino Rossi : Information
Age: 28
Lives: London, UK
Bike: Yamaha YZR-M1
GP victories: 88 (61 x MotoGP/500cc, 14 x 250cc, 12 x 125cc)
First GP victory: Czech Republic, 1996 (125cc)
First GP: Malaysia, 1996 (125cc)
GP starts: 190 (130 x MotoGP/500cc, 30 x 250cc, 30 x 125cc)
Pole positions: 49
World Championships: 7 Grand Prix (1 x 125cc, 1 x 250cc, 1 x 500cc, 4 x MotoGP)

Colin Edwards: Information
Age: 33
Lives: Conroe, Texas
Bike: Yamaha YZR-M1
First GP: Japón, 2003 (MotoGP)
GP starts: 82 x MotoGP
World Championships: 2 World Superbike

Comunidad Valencia: Lap Record
L. Capirossi (Ducati) 2006, 1'32.924

Comunidad Valencia: Best Lap
V. Rossi (Yamaha) 2006, 1'31.002

Grand Prix Results: Comunidad Valencia 2006
1. T. Bayliss (Ducati) 46'55.415
2. L. Capirossi (Ducati) +1.319
3. N. Hayden (Honda) +9.230
9. C. Edwards (USA) Yamaha +26.072
13. V. Rossi (ITA) Yamaha +38.546

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Who But Stoner?

ROAD RACING - Who But Stoner?
By Henny Ray Abrams
The Benchmark 11/2/2007

VALENCIA, SPAIN, NOV.2: Marlboro Ducati’s Casey Stoner dominated both the morning and afternoon sessions for the season-ending Valencia Grand Prix on a cloudy bright day near the Spanish east coast.

The 2007 MotoGP World Champion finished the morning with a best lap of 1:33.083, a time that he dropped to 1:32.968 in the afternoon. Neither of the laps approached the outright circuit best lap of 1:31.002 set by Valentino Rossi last year.

In the morning Stoner had a gap of .679 of a second on the next fastest rider, Marco Melandri (Gresini Honda), but the gap in the afternoon was narrower; only .116 of a second on Yamaha Tech 3’s Sylvain Guintoli. The Frenchman, who will move to the d’Antin Ducati team next year, used a Dunlop qualifier for his fast lap.

Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa moved into the second fastest spot with around 15 minutes to go and stayed there. With Stoner on Bridgestones, Guintoli on Dunlops, and Pedrosa on Michelins, it was that rare occasion when three tire companies finished in the top three places.

After Pedrosa came a string of four more Bridgestone riders, all closely clustered. Melandri was fourth, just in front of Rizla Suzuki’s Chris Vermeulen, Kawasaki’s Randy de Puniet, and Pramac d’Antin Ducati’s Alex Barros, the Brazilian who announced on Thursday he was 90 percent certain to retire after this race.

Those four were covered by just over two-tenths of a second, with Fiat Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi trying very hard, but only finishing eighth. In search of the elusive tenth of a second, Rossi ran off the track at least twice, and was still nearly .7 of a second down on Stoner.

The gap behind Rossi was only .030 of a second to Repsol Honda’s Nicky Hayden, with Rizla Suzuki’s John Hopkins an identical interval behind in 10th.

Colin Edwards, riding his Fiat Yamaha for the last time, finished with the 13th fastest time.

Chaz Davies crashed the Pramac d’Antin Ducati in the morning session and didn’t ride in the afternoon. He may have a broken bone in his hand, though nothing was officially announced.

Friday Combined Practice:

1. Casey Stoner (Ducati) 1:32.968

2. Sylvain Guintoli (Yamaha) 1:33.084

3. Dani Pedrosa (Honda) 1:33.150

4. Marco Melandri (Honda) 1:33.319

5. Chris Vermeulen (Suzuki) 1:33.501

6. Randy de Puniet (Kawasaki) 1:33.519

7. Alex Barros (Ducati) 1:33.541

8. Valentino Rossi (Yamaha) 1:33.620

9. Nicky Hayden (Honda) 1:33.650

10. John Hopkins (Suzuki) 1:33.680

11. Carlos Checa (Honda) 1:33.831

12. Makoto Takada (Yamaha) 1:33.899

13. Colin Edwards (Yamaha) 1:33.972

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Kroptokin Thinks ..

2007 Valencia FP2 Times - Day 1
The first day of the last race weekend of the season looks as familiar as ever. Casey Stoner dominated both sessions of practice setting the fastest time in the morning and in the afternoon. Stoner even came within a whisker of hitting last year's lap record pace, finishing just a couple of hundredths slower.

There were differences with earlier in the year, however, and those differences give those hoping for an exciting race something to cheer about. Where in the cool of the morning session, Stoner was fastest by a significant margin, during the afternoon, when temperatures reached something likely to resemble conditions on race day, Dani Pedrosa was setting times which matched Stoner's laps reasonably closely. For once, Stoner was not streets ahead of the rest of the field.

Marco Melandri was nearly as fast as Pedrosa, also stringing consistently fast laps together in the afternoon, and looks like being a force on Sunday. But between Stoner in 1st and Pedrosa in 3rd, the surprising name in 2nd position was Sylvain Guintoli. The young Frenchman undoubtedly set his fastest time of the afternoon on qualifying tires, for as a Dunlop rider, Guintoli is not constrained by the tire limits imposed on Bridgestone and Michelin rider, but prior to setting his fast time, he was still capable of running consistent high 1'33 lap times, which looks good enough to take him well inside the top 10 on race day.

Behind Vermeulen, who was nearly 2/10ths off Melandri's time, the field is very tight indeed, with less than 2/10ths separating 5th to 10th place. Most disappointed of those runners must be Valentino Rossi, running times which are basically still half a second shy of what he will need to contest the lead on Sunday. Tomorrow will bring another chance to close the deficit to Stoner, Pedrosa and Melandri.

Unluckiest rider of the weekend was probably Chaz Davies, struggling during the morning before having a very big crash at the end of the first session. Initially, it was feared he could have broken bones in his feet and hands, but x-rays showed that he was only badly bruised. More worrying was that Davies was complaining of pain in his lower back, but scans at the hospital at Valencia failed to detect any problems, and Davies returned to the track in the afternoon, though too late and in no shape to take any part in the proceedings.

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This Is The End

And one more from Kropotkin ...

2007 Valencia MotoGP Preview - This Is The End
For anyone who enjoyed the host of apocalyptic disaster movies which appeared at the end of the 20th century, most of which seemed to involve asteroids threatening to destroy the Earth, the atmosphere surrounding the final MotoGP round at Valencia will be instantly familiar. For almost everyone involved, either in staging, racing in, or just plain attending the event, there is a sense that the end of the world is imminent and that they'd better try and cram as much as possible into the weekend, before the endless dark of winter falls.

And so the Valencia circuit and the small town of Cheste nearby is home to Breughelian scenes of frenzied partying. Fans crowd the streets on any kind of vehicle which will bear them, filling the night skies with the shriek of engines bouncing off rev limiters and the thick, acrid smoke of burning rubber, as tires are worn down to the cords before exploding to wild cheers. The smoke, the howling engines, the rampaging bacchanalia, and the inevitable human casualties involved paint a picture more reminiscent of Dante's Divine Comedy than a motorcycle race. Truly, this is a picture of humanity grimly determined to have the best possible time before the end comes.

But it's not just the fans who are in a state of feverish hysteria: inside the paddock, the atmosphere is just as frenetic. For many, both riders and team members alike, this is their last chance to secure a future in MotoGP. Mechanics, caterers, drivers, public relations officers, journalists, camera crews, few are sure of a job for next season, only finding out after the Valencia race has finished. And riders in almost every class face uncertainty about whether they'll be able to return to their team, their class, or even the MotoGP paddock next year.

The Last Days

And so Valencia catches many paddock insiders in a bind. On the one hand, it is hard not to get swept up in the end-of-season party atmosphere and spend time socializing with people you've seen on and off all year round, but may not see again, as either you or they could be gone next year. But on the other hand, you have one last chance to shine, to push yourself just that little bit harder and sway the wavering decision-makers in your favor. If you fail, however, you've missed out on your final chance to party with your peers. It's a dilemma which everyone in the paddock solves in their own way.

For the riders, it's relatively simple. Few have very much to lose, and so they can do no more than give it their all one final time. The reasons for risking it all are varied: those who have triumphed all year want a final victory to crown their season; those whose contracts have not been renewed want to prove their team managers wrong, and show they still have what it takes to race competitively; and those to be joined by new team mates want to establish their place in the pecking order, to ensure that they get the new parts first next year, and not the Johnny-come-lately on the other side of the garage.

The Ricardo Tormo circuit at Valencia provides a fitting stage for all that drama. Located just outside the small town of Cheste, the Spanish track sits in a natural bowl surrounded by low hills, adding to the cauldron-like atmosphere. One of the joys of the track is that spectators sitting on the hillsides can see the entire track spread out before them, missing nothing of the action. But the downside to being located in a bowl is that options for the track layout are limited, and the two and a half mile circuit is squeezed into a tiny area. Three hairpins force the track back on itself, maximizing use of the floor of the bowl, while turning the Valencia circuit into something of a go-kart track, with a lot of short straights joined by tight turns.

But Valencia has its saving graces as well. The hairpins allow plenty of passing opportunities, and the infield section of turns 9 and 10, and the flick right at turn 12 provide scintillating spectacle. But the finest part of the track is the long left-hander of turn 13, a downhill slightly off-camber affair where the riders spend an awful lot of time on the edge of the tire. Then, just as the tires start overheating and sliding, the riders have to brake hard at close to full lean for the sharp left which ends the lap and takes them back onto the front straight. A rider who is fearless, fast and foolhardy can pass here, getting into the final turn ahead and getting a jump on their opponents, but the line between winning and losing is razor thin: audacity can take you to the head of the field here, or it can leave you sprawled in the gravel.

The Fast Show

Fearless, fast and foolhardy have all been used to describe Casey Stoner. Last season, the latter adjective would have been used most often, but in 2007, just one word has summed up his riding: Casey Stoner is fast. He is fast from the moment he rolls the bike out of pit lane for his first practice laps of the weekend to the second he crosses the line under the checkered flag, usually first, and often by a significant margin. Stoner's season has been phenomenal, and at Valencia, he could add to that by winning his 11th race of the season, equaling the 2nd highest win total held by Valentino Rossi and Giacomo Agostini, behind only fellow Australian Mick Doohan. Frankly, it's hard to see who can stop him.

There will be plenty of people willing to try, though, chief among whom are Valentino Rossi and Dani Pedrosa. Both men are out for one thing: to blot out the memory of a miserable season with a win. Rossi and Pedrosa had expected to spend the year fighting each other for the championship, but instead, the two of them arrive at Valencia disputing 2nd place, having been comprehensively outclassed by Stoner's perfect package of rider, tires and back much earlier in the season.

Of the two, Valentino Rossi has the stronger hand, holding a 24 point lead over Pedrosa. All he has to do is finish better than 15th, and 2nd place is his. But you can bet your bottom dollar that The Doctor will be out for very much more. Rossi will want to go into the postseason on a high, ready to work on coming back stronger next year, and able to reclaim the title that he believes is his by right. Having lost one title to bad luck, and another title to changes in the rules, Rossi is out for vengeance.

As is Dani Pedrosa. He returns to appear in front of his home fans with just a single win this year, which he considers a very poor total indeed. He needs to win to have a chance of taking 2nd place from Rossi, but as slim as that chance is, that isn't the main factor motivating Pedrosa. The Spaniard wants to prove to his home crowd and to Honda that he is still the man most capable of preventing Valentino Rossi - and Casey Stoner - from taking the title. But most of all, he wants to prove that to himself.

Rule #76

The same has to be said for Pedrosa's team mate, Nicky Hayden. After Hayden won the title here at Valencia last year, Valentino Rossi warned him that the number one plate would be a very heavy burden. Though Hayden took that warning seriously, he could never have imagined just how heavy that number would be. Hayden's year started off disastrously, struggling with an underpowered bike built for his tiny team mate, and he only really started to find his feet after a successful test in Barcelona. Back in Spain once again, Hayden will want to hand over his crown with dignity, and try to put the #1 plate where it belongs.

Another man likely to relinquish his number after Sunday's race is Suzuki's Chris Vermeulen. Vermeulen may bid farewell to the number 71 he has used since he entered MotoGP, and claim the number 7, the number used by his mentor and idol Barry Sheene, currently in use by the departing Carlos Checa. So Vermeulen will be trying to give his old number a decent send off before he switches. But the Australian ex Supersport champ has something more to motivate him: Next season, he will be joined by the veteran Loris Capirossi, and the Valencia race will see the start of the battle for supremacy inside the Suzuki garage.

Over at Kawasaki, Ant West will have no such ambitions. The young Australian will be sharing a garage with Vermeulen's current team mate John Hopkins next year, and there can be no doubt who will be top dog in that team. Instead, West will be concentrating on showing some more progression and riding an error-free race, after two ride through penalties in the last three races.

The man who will be joining West at Kawasaki has a point to prove. Unless John Hopkins wins on Sunday, he will leave Suzuki without ever winning on the bike, the only MotoGP victory so far taken by team mate Vermeulen. The American has been with Suzuki since the dawn of the MotoGP project, and taking his first win at his last race for the team would only be fitting.

Musical Chairs

A Hopkins victory would also suit Loris Capirossi. Capirex is due to take over Hopkins bike at Suzuki after this weekend, and a strong result by the Suzukis would reaffirm the Italian's choice was a good one. But more than confirmation of his future, Capirossi will be looking to win himself, or at least beat his team mate. The Italian veteran is still angry at Ducati for the way he has been case aside this year, and leaving the team with a win in his pocket would be a very sweet form of revenge.

Marco Melandri is the cause of Capirossi's bitterness, as it was Melandri's signing at Laguna Seca that left Capirossi without a seat at Ducati. Melandri must surely be relishing the chance to take over the factory Ducati seat, arguably the most desirable ride in MotoGP at the moment, especially after such a difficult year on the Gresini Honda. Melandri has complained throughout the season that Honda has not lived up to the promises they made before the season started about supplying him with factory parts, leaving him struggling on the underpowered original version of the RC212V for a long time. Now that his bike is close to competitive, Melandri is sure to try and leave Honda on a high note, to ponder the error of their ways.

Melandri's team mate Toni Elias will also be leaving Gresini to ride a Ducati after Sunday's race. But unlike Melandri, Elias will be joining the young Frenchman Sylvain Guintoli at the Pramac d'Antin satellite squad. Elias will be hoping to build on his strong form of the last 3 races, including a podium in Japan, while Guintoli will want to give the Dunlop tires one final good outing before their probably withdrawal from MotoGP, despite improving results this year.

Taking Guintoli's place at Tech 3 Yamaha next season will be Colin Edwards. The Texas Tornado will want to use his final ride aboard the factory Yamaha to good effect, and stay ahead of Nicky Hayden in the fight for 8th in the championship.

Shinya Nakano will be taking Toni Elias' seat at Gresini Honda, and will be keen to put the nightmare of his year at Konica Minolta Honda behind him. Although the Japanese rider will still be on a Honda next year, at least he will be back on the Bridgestone tires which suit his style so well. Although Nakano would like to end the year on a high, his form on the least supported Honda in arguably the weakest team in the paddock does not leave much room for hope.

While Nakano will be switching from Michelins to Bridgestones, Randy de Puniet will be making the switch the other way, leaving Kawasaki to join the LCR Honda team run by Lucio Cecchinello. With de Puniet already the paddock's most frequent crasher, moving to a tire with less feel at the front seems a strange choice indeed. But before he goes, he will want to show both his old team and his new team just what he is capable of, if he can stay on the bike.

They All Rolled Over, And One Fell Out

The three departing veterans of the MotoGP class will be equally determined to prove that they deserved to stay in the series. Carlos Checa, Makoto Tamada and Alex Barros all leave with greater or lesser degrees of acrimony. Checa's destination is perhaps the best of the bunch, as he will be joining the Ten Kate Honda team in World Superbikes, and is at least guaranteed competitive machinery. But Barros and Tamada face a more uncertain fate. So far, the Brazilian veteran, who has been in the paddock since 1989, looks like being forced to retire, and in a recent interview expressed his disillusionment with the d'Antin team, claiming he was never given the assistance he required to set his bike up properly. Barros was equally displeased with Carlos Checa, claiming the Spaniard took the Ten Kate ride away from him by grossly undercutting his wage demands.

As for Tamada, the former GP winner never really recovered from the decision taken by his team to switch from Bridgestone rubber to Michelins. Since that time, his career has gone slowly downhill, and although Tamada has been linked with a few rides in World Superbike, nothing has been announced yet. Tamada has one final chance on Sunday to earn a ride in a decent team.

The other rider leaving the series is its most recent arrival. Although Chaz Davies has run well since taking over Alex Hofmann's ride at Pramac d'Antin, it has not been enough to secure a permanent ride. So next year, Davies will return to the AMA series, where he will once again contest the Supersport and Formula Xtreme championships. But at just 20 years of age, Davies is still young. There is plenty of time for the Welshman to return to MotoGP at the future. He can take the first step towards that goal with a strong finish on Sunday.

End Of An Era?

The biggest question mark in the paddock hangs over Team KR. After last season's brilliant performance, using only a customer Honda engine and a chassis designed and built in house, 2007 has been an utter disaster. Saddled with the stock, underpowered RC212V engine as supplied at the beginning of the season, the team have struggled to find something in the chassis department to make up for the engine deficiencies. So dispiriting was the task that Kenny Roberts Jr, who started the season, stopped racing halfway through out of sheer desperation at the lack of progress, to be replaced by his brother Kurtis. But without the new engine parts, the team was doomed. Whether they will return for 2008, and how, and with what machinery, is still a complete mystery.

They will, however, be going out in style: the tail of the bike will be covered in messages from fans and supporters of the project, submitted at Team KR's website. Although chronically short of funds and equally short of support from their engine supplier, as the last privateer in the paddock, Team KR have always had a strong following. If the team were forced to leave MotoGP, it would be a huge loss to the paddock, and truly the end of an era.

Goodbye To All That

And so, MotoGP embarks on its final fling of the season, one last weekend of fast and frenzied activity. Some faces will return next season, others will not, but all will be determined to go out with a bang, not a whimper. On Sunday, the 2007 MotoGP season of motorcycle racing ends, much to the disappointment of the fans. Fortunately for them, the 2008 season starts two days later, when the first testing starts. We can hardly wait.

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Season finale gets underway in Valencia

Valentino Rossi

The final round of the 2007 MotoGP World Championship kicked off in Spain today, as the curtain came up on the traditional season-ending Grand Prix in Valencia. Fiat Yamaha Team riders Valentino Rossi and Colin Edwards had a less than perfect start to the weekend however as they lacked traction and finished the day eighth and thirteenth in the combined standings. A cold start to the morning gave way to strong sunshine and blue skies, a weather pattern which looks set to continue throughout the weekend. Rossi finished this morning's first practice in sixth, with Edwards in ninth, but this afternoon the pair failed to make any further significant progress and both riders will need all the available minutes remaining if they are to try for a victorious end to the season on Sunday. The fastest lap of the day was set by Casey Stoner in a time of 1'32.968, with Rossi 0.652 seconds down in 8th and Edwards further off the pace in thirteenth.

Valentino Rossi

Valentino Rossi - Position: 8thTime: 1'33.620Laps: 52
"Today was quite difficult and we really hoped to start in a better way here! We're pushing at the maximum but at the moment it's quite hard to ride the bike how I want to. The main problem is that we don't have grip and, although some tyres and settings are better than others, we're still sliding a lot. We've tried some very different set-ups today but so far we haven't made much progress so we're going to have to keep going. Our bike isn't the fastest and I think we can improve the setting more, but the main problem is to find a way to use the tyres so that we're in a position to fight. Everyone wants to try to finish the season on a high note so we will look closely at the information we have tonight and try to improve things for tomorrow."

Colin Edwards

Colin Edwards - Position: 13thTime: 1'33.972Laps: 52
"I think it would be pretty hard to put into words how hard I'm trying out there - I think I'd need to write it in red ink for starters! We're on the limit but we really can't seem to do anything with it at the moment. I felt like I was going out there with the constant risk of a crash today and I kept pushing because it was the only option to try to find the key, but so far no luck. We've got one tyre that's good on the right and one that's good on the left but we can't find a combination that works. We didn't start well this morning and then we made no progress this afternoon so we're going to have to come up with something radical to fix it for tomorrow!"

Davide Brivio - Team Director
"We have quite a lot of work to do it seems! We are doing our best to find the right setting for both riders and we've tried many different things today to try to help us to get the best from the tyres. So far we're struggling a bit but tomorrow we will put together all the information we have and hopefully we can find the right way forward. We obviously need to make some big improvements but we have time and we will be working very hard with both riders to come up with the right package."

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2007 MotoGP Valencia Ricardo Tormo - Valencia 02/11/2007
Qualifying 1

Pos. Rider Manu. Nat. Total Time

1 Casey Stoner Ducati AUS 1'32.968
2 Sylvain Guintoli Yamaha FRA 1'33.084
3 Daniel Pedrosa Honda ESP 1'33.150
4 Marco Melandri Honda ITA 1'33.319
5 Chris Vermeulen Suzuki AUS 1'33.501
6 Randy De Puniet Kawasaki FRA 1'33.519
7 Alex Barros Ducati BRA 1'33.541
8 Valentino Rossi Yamaha ITA 1'33.620
9 Nicky Hayden Honda USA 1'33.650
10 John Hopkins Suzuki USA 1'33.680
11 Carlos Checa Honda ESP 1'33.831
12 Makoto Tamada Yamaha JPN 1'33.899
13 Colin Edwards Yamaha USA 1'33.972
14 Loris Capirossi Ducati ITA 1'34.000
15 Toni Elias Honda ESP 1'34.218
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