Five practice sessions will take place on Thursday night including two for the 125 and Moto2 classes and one for MotoGP.
MotoGP will then have its second and third practice sessions run over 45-minutes on Friday night with all qualifying sessions taking place on Saturday evening.
The other notable change is that the 125 and Moto2 field will have their pre-race Warm-Up session on Saturday night, nearly 24 hours before they will race.read more
Rizla Suzuki MotoGP racer Loris Capirossi began his 20th season in Grand Prix racing by recording the sixth fastest time at Losail in Qatar this evening. Capirossi (1’58.468, 17 laps) used a new setting in his Suzuki GSV-R today, which was completely different to the set-up he used at the recent test in Qatar. He found a few useful things in the new configuration and with that – along with the previous data – will try to obtain the best set-up for tomorrow’s qualifying and race day.read more
Colin Edwards made a dazzling start to the new MotoGP world championship season in Qatar tonight, the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider finishing the opening practice session of 2009 in third position.The American’s best time of 1.57.835 on his last lap was only bettered by Casey Stoner and Valentino Rossi as the MotoGP field got accustomed to a new practice format.
With track time reduced from one hour to 45 minutes under new cost-cutting rules implemented for 2009, Edwards quickly worked on fine-tuning the front-end set-up of his Yamaha YZY-M1Despite windy conditions, track temperatures were 10 degrees hotter than at last month’s night test session, and Edwards quickly took advantage to move into second place with 19 minutes remaining. He only slipped down to third with a late attack by reigning world champion Rossi. Edwards though was only 0.396s off the Italian.James Toseland was content with 11th place on the timesheets as the British rider set a best time of 1.58.850. That impressive display left him just 0.079s outside of the top ten. It was a morale-boosting performance from the 28-year-old who occupied a place in the top six until the closing stages to show two big pre-season crashes haven’t dented his confidence going into his second MotoGP season.The start of the new season was a special occasion for the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 squad with the number 52 taking on extra significance. As well as being Toseland’s race number, team manager Herve Poncharal celebrated his 52nd birthday today.read more
BMW Motorrad Motorsport riders Troy Corser and Ruben Xaus rode superbly in both the two 18-lap races in Doha today and earned themselves three top ten placings! Troy finished ninth in both races and Ruben took 13th in race one and followed that with a hard-fought for tenth in race two. Today’s tremendous results were all the more spectacular considering that Ruben and Troy had started the races from the fourth row of the grid after a problems in Superpole yesterday.
But almost more special than the top ten finishes was the sight of Troy in fourth place after two laps of race two! The Aussie had blasted off the line superbly from 16th on the grid and stunned everybody by crossing the line in fifth place at the end of lap one. By lap two he had stormed into fourth – a position he held until lap four. Although he ended the race in ninth, his spell in fourth place made up for all the disappointment the past two days and gives Troy, Ruben and the whole team a tremendous boost before the next race in three week’s time.