Le Mans weather

Discussion in 'Motorcycle Racing' started by pierre bonneau, May 13, 2004.

  1. Should be dry for the 3 days.
    Max is my favorite here.
     
    pierre bonneau, May 13, 2004
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    Paul B Guest

    The first qual round was tight, the first 12 riders broke last years pole
    record, Rossi qual 7th & Max 8th with Edwards getting the prov pole. Checa
    and Melandri are 3rd & 4th, the first time they have been ahead of Rossi,
    but as long as the weather holds I think the order may change as Rossi in
    particular and Biaggi step up to get closer to the sharp end.

    Paul
     
    Paul B, May 14, 2004
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    Julian Bond Guest

    It was extraordinarily close. The top 11 were effectively within 0.5s.
    Great to see Edwards at the top and Hayden only fractionally behind him
    and the only two into the 33s. Also good to see was Checa and Melandri
    ahead of Rossi even though only by 0.1s. It looks like pole will be
    around 33.5. Given that there's no rain forecast, I don't think Biaggi
    and Rossi put their usual effort in trying for an ultra quick qualifying
    and may have stayed focussed on race setup. Although Rossi did his quick
    lap with 5 minutes to go it wasn't much faster than the rest of
    practice.

    There's a very obvious gap back to the second division. 1st to 11th is
    0.5s, 11th to 12th is 0.5s with increasing gaps after that.

    And you have to wonder about the WCM team. Between them and the Proton,
    they really need a top flight 3rd party engine manufacturer. Perhaps KTM
    although I'm unconvinced that they can do better than Proton are now.
    What if Ducati leased engines? I think Proton have the expertise to
    build a faster Ducati chassis than Ducati can.
     
    Julian Bond, May 15, 2004
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    Julian Bond Guest

    So far.
     
    Julian Bond, May 16, 2004
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