[home][rumors and news][model release matrix][dealer network][desktop calendar][exhaust notes][tov forums][links][search][sponsors][garage][login]

Tire Rack Upgrade Garage
 Search for a Dealer:
 Canadian Flag US Flag
 Honda Acura
 ZIP  
Acura
There are currently no active Acura promotions
Honda
There are currently no active Honda promotions
This 2019 Acura RDX A-Spec is wearing an exclusive new shade of blue
More.......................
2019 Pilot gets upgraded with standard LED headlights and "Telematics"
More.......................
Sources: 2019 HR-V adds Sport trim, loses 6MT option
More.......................
All-new 2019 Acura RDX Makes Road Debut as Official Vehicle of Rally Cycling Alongside NSX Supercar
More.......................
Clarity Electric still available for $199/month lease, but down payment has increased $600
More.......................
Driving impressions: Hondata's FlashPro for the FK8 Civic Type R
More.......................
American Honda Reports April Sales Results
More.......................
Honda reveals Everus EV Concept at Beijing International Auto Show
More.......................
Professional Motorsports --> Re: Super GT 2018 - Suzuka
Join Discussion......
General Talk --> Re: Harley's Demise
Join Discussion......
RDX --> Re: New RDX Fuel Economy
Join Discussion......
Professional Motorsports --> Re: F1 - 2018 Monaco Grand Prix - Spoilers
Join Discussion......
General Talk --> Re: Is a G1 NSX w/4AT worth the huge price break?
Join Discussion......
RDX --> Re: 2019 RDX pricing?
Join Discussion......
Professional Motorsports --> Re: Indy 500
Join Discussion......
Today's Reading Links --> Re: The Fine Tradition of English Goalkeeping
Join Discussion......
Professional Motorsports --> Re: Important Message
Join Discussion......
Sales Experiences --> Re: Questions regarding: lease, then buy option
Join Discussion......
Professional Motorsports --> Monaco
Join Discussion......
Today's Reading Links --> Re: Tesla - facts behind the mirage
Join Discussion......
Today's Reading Links --> Re: Acura-when marketing went adrift
Join Discussion......
RDX --> Re: 3rd Generation Acura RDX Reviews
Join Discussion......
General Talk --> Re: Honda S660 Modulo X
Join Discussion......
Moto GP USGP at Laguna Seca (Day 2)
 Date: July 21, 2007 16:13
 Submitted by:  JMU R1
 Source: Trackside Report
 Credibility Rating: N/A


Red Bull USGP Day 2


We're here for the penultimate day of the Moto GP US Grand Prix at Laguna Seca and it has been another picture perfect day for racing. Both AMA Superbike and Supersport are running here this weekend in addition to Moto GP. In AMA Superbike the factory Honda team is struggling a bit but Neil Hodgson is doing a fine job on a Corona Honda that he is riding just for this weekend. On his first race weekend on the bike he posted 6th and 7th fastest times in the 2 AMA Superbike practice sessions this weekend.

You've ridden Ducatis for the majority of your career and that's where you won your championships, what are you impressions of the 1000RR?


"It's fast. It's fast. It feels very different to the Ducati, the bike changes direction really easy, it's very light compared to the Ducati which is weird because your perception would be the opposite. The Ducati looks small [and] narrow. The 999 was very physical bike to ride, the Honda is very easy to ride physically and...it's got a lot of power, a lot more power
I'm really enjoying it to be honest. It's frustrating having a 35 minute practice session and that's it for the day. I need to do as many laps as I can. Obviously I'm a little behind everybody else."


He may not be at the top of the practice times but he is certainly doing well on his first outing with the CBR1000RR superbike.


Free Practice 3


The Repsol Honda boys were in search of a solution and seem to be slowly closing in on the white hot pace set by Casey Stoner. Marco Melandri continued the strong pace he has shown all weekend with another second place on the timesheets. Marco, Nicky and Dani made it a Honda 2-3-4 but they're still about a half second behind Casey Stoner. They are now both in a group of 5 riders who are within 15 hundredths of a second of each other.


Free Practice 3 Times


1. Casey Stoner Ducati Marlboro Team (B) 1min 22.365 secs
2. Chris Vermeulen Rizla Suzuki MotoGP (B) 1min 22.723 secs
3. John Hopkins Rizla Suzuki MotoGP (B) 1min 22.756 secs
. Marco Melandri Honda Gresini (B) 1min 22.821 secs
5. Nicky Hayden Repsol Honda Team (M) 1min 22.839 secs
6. Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda Team (M) 1min 22.860 secs
7. Colin Edwards Fiat Yamaha Team (M) 1min 23.049 secs
8. Makoto Tamada Dunlop Tech 3 Yamaha (D) 1min 23.263 secs
9. Valentino Rossi Fiat Yamaha Team (M) 1min 23.272 secs
10. Carlos Checa Honda LCR (M) 1min 23.282 secs
11. Roger Lee Hayden Kawasaki Racing Team (B) 1min 23.285 secs
12. Anthony West Kawasaki Racing Team (B) 1min 23.313 secs
13. Randy de Puniet Kawasaki Racing Team (B) 1min 23.333 secs
14. Loris Capirossi Ducati Marlboro Team (B) 1min 23.361 secs
15. Sylvain Guintoli Dunlop Tech 3 Yamaha (D) 1min 23.468 secs
16. Shinya Nakano Konica Minolta Honda (M) 1min 23.734 secs
17. Alex Barros Pramac d'Antin MotoGP (B) 1min 23.930 secs
18. Miguel Duhamel Honda Gresini (B) 1min 24.626 secs
19. Kurtis Roberts Team Roberts (M) 1min 24.928 secs
20. Chaz Davies Pramac d'Antin MotoGP (B) 1min 25.219 secs

***Caution, Qualifying Spoiler Below***


If you plan on watching qualifying at 9 pm EST on Speed Channel you might want to refrain from reading the rest of this page until you've caught the qualifying broadcast.


Qualifying - Misfortune Strikes


In what can be described as a small disaster, Marco Melandri had a rough crash in turn 3 during the qualifying session. Melandri was accelerating between turns 2 and 3 when he clipped the KR212V of Kurtis Roberts who was going slow and had gotten off line as to not impede other riders. The contact put Melandri off line going into turn 3 and he flew off the track and tumble in the gravel pit while his bike skipped and bounced into the air fence.


Melandri's crash brought the red flag which halted the session. After a check up from the Clinica Mobile Melandri was taken back to the pits and was able to get on his back up bike later in the restarted session but he was not able to improve on his initial qualifying time.


In brighter news both Repsol Hondas qualified well with Dani Pedrosa in 2nd and Nicky Hayden in 4th. Dani said in the press conference that he and his team have made steady progress over the weekend, and that indeed the package of the tires and his RC212V have improved significantly over the season (as evidenced by his huge victory last week at Sachsenring). Unless something odd happens Dani and Nicky are going to be the sole Honda riders contesting at the front.


Qualifying Times


1. Casey Stoner Ducati Marlboro (B) - 1:22.292
2. Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda (M) - 1:22.501
3. Chris Vermeulen Rizla Suzuki (B) - 1:22.590
4. Nicky Hayden Repsol Honda (M) - 1:22.624
5. Valentino Rossi Fiat Yamaha (M) - 1:22.683
6. Loris Capirossi Ducati Marlboro (B) - 1:22.914
7. John Hopkins Rizla Suzuki (B) - 1:22.933
8. Colin Edwards Fiat Yamaha (M) - 1:22.943
9. Shinya Nakano Konica Minolta Honda (M) - 1:23.006
10. Marco Melandri Gresini Honda (B) - 1:23.018
11. Makoto Tamada Tech3 Yamaha (D) - 1:23.036
12. Anthony West Kawasaki (B) - 1:23.091
13. Randy DePuniet Kawasaki (B) - 1:23.113
14. Sylvain Guintoli Tech3 Yamaha (D) - 1:23.207
15. Carlos Checa LCR Honda (M) - 1:23.263
16. Roger Lee Hayden Kawasaki (B) - 1:23.425
17.Alex Barros D'Antin Ducati (B) - 1:23.557
18. Kurtis Roberts Team KR Honda (M) - 1:23.662
19. Miguel Duhamel Gresini Honda (B) - 1:23.923
20. Chaz Davies D'Antin Ducati (B) - 1:24.908

This concludes our Moto GP Red Bull USGP coverage at the track. Look for pictures, interview snippets, and race results in TOV-RR 5 next Thursday.


Last edited by Tuan on July 21, 2007 21:20

Click Here to Submit Your Comments

Viewing Threshold (What is this?)

[fancy] [flat] [simple]
Subject Thread Originator Replies Last Post
  Doesn't look good for the race...
danielgr 0
PR Photo Gallery - 2019 Acura RDX Advance
Read Article....................
PR Photo Gallery - 2019 Acura RDX A-Spec
Read Article....................
Photo Gallery - Some other cars from 2019 NYIAS
Read Article....................
TOV Video: 2019 Acura RDX Walk-around with LPL Steve Hansen
Read Article....................
TOV Photo Gallery: 2018 North American International Auto Show
Read Article....................
2018 Acura RLX PR Photo Gallery
Read Article....................
Contact TOV | Submit Your Article | Submit Your Link | Advertise | TOV Shop | Events | Our Sponsors | TOV Archives
Copyright © 2018 Velocitech Inc. All information contained herein remains the property of Velocitech Inc.
The Temple of VTEC is not affiliated with American Honda Motor Co., Inc. TOV Policies and Guidelines - Credits - Privacy Policy
29