Misano TV Schedule
U.S. MotoGP motorcycle racers Nicky Hayden (Owensboro, Ky., Ducati Team), Ben Spies (Longview, Texas, Monster Yamaha Tech 3) and Colin Edwards (Houston, Monster Yamaha Tech 3) will compete in the MotoGP race.
Spies is sixth in the MotoGP World Championship standings, with Hayden seventh and Edwards 11th. Kenny Noyes (Borrego Springs, Calif., Jack&Jones by Antonio Banderas) will compete in the Moto2 race. Noyes is 21st in the Moto2 World Championship standings.
Ben Spies (after qualifying fifth) says: “We made some changes to the bike overnight that didn’t really help this morning and then made more changes before qualifying, and they made a big improvement. Everything went smooth, and it was a good qualifying session.”
“The first goal is to be on the second row at least and I’ve done that, but I think I should have had another front row. I got caught up with (Loris) Capirossi, and that was a little annoying. I wasn’t too upset at the time because I didn’t think it would be a front-row lap, but looking back I was on my best lap, and I’m pretty sure I would be sitting on the outside of the front row.”
“But I’m a lot happier and more confident with the bike than I was this morning and I know we can make some more changes to make us stronger for the race. My confidence is really high after the last couple of races and there’s no reason why I can’t be challenging for a top position again tomorrow.”
Colin Edwards (after qualifying seventh) says: “I’ve felt good on the bike all weekend, and that showed with fourth position overall in practice. I really felt I had the speed to get on the second row, but (Randy) de Puniet just got sixth from me by less than a tenth.”
“But I’m happy with the way things have been going this weekend. As the temperature came up today, it felt like I was pushing the front a bit, but I know we can make a minor adjustment to fix that, and my race pace has been pretty strong all weekend. I doubt I can do mid-34s the whole race, but I think a top-six is definitely within my grasp.”
“After what happened last year, I just want to make it through the first corner and at least get the chance to put up a fight. But there’s no reason why the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team shouldn’t have a double top-six finish tomorrow, and that would be a great result.”
Nicky Hayden (after qualifying 14th) says: “Qualifying didn’t go well from the start. We had a few problems we couldn’t fix, and the lap time didn’t just come this afternoon.”
“This morning we gained a second from yesterday and reduced the gap to the front quite a lot, and I was quite confident for the afternoon. Unfortunately from the beginning, it wasn’t good. We had a couple of problems here and there. But regardless the bike is much better than 14th – (teammate) Casey (Stoner) is on front row.”
“I apologize to the team because the bike was better than me, and at Ducati’s home race it’s terrible to start so far back, and I take responsibility for that. Starting at the back is never good, but the race is long, so we’ll give it our best shot.”
THEY SAID IT: “The helmet is a joke about my timekeeping. We have put a big clock on the top of it with a different helmet showing the right time for each session so I make sure that I arrive on time!” – Fiat Yamaha Team rider Valentino Rossi, about his new helmet paint scheme for this event
Misano MotoGP Facts
Dorna officials will conduct a moment of silence on the grid before racing begins Sunday, Sept. 5 in memory of Peter Lenz, the 13-year-old USGPRU rider who lost his life in a racing accident Aug. 29 at the Red Bull Indianapolis GP at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Red Bull Indianapolis GP winner Dani Pedrosa will attempt to win consecutive MotoGP events for the first time in his premier-class career, which started in 2006.
American Ben Spies’ second-place finish Aug. 29 at the Red Bull Indianapolis GP was the best result this season by a rookie and by a non-factory rider. It also was the best finish by an American rider since Colin Edwards finished second last season in the Grand Prix of Great Britain.
Italian veteran Loris Capirossi will make his 200th premier-class start at this event. Only Alex Barros has more career starts, with 245.
Capirossi is one of only two riders to win on a 500cc, 990cc and 800cc bike in the premier class, joining Valentino Rossi.
Rossi has won nine MotoGP races in his native Italy, seven at Mugello and two at Misano
Moto2 rider Scott Redding, 17, became the youngest podium finisher in a world-championship intermediate class by finishing third Aug. 29 at the Red Bull Indianapolis GP.
Spanish riders have won the last 11 races across all three World Championship classes – MotoGP, Moto2 and 125cc.
It’s the longest win streak by a nation in the 62-year history of the World Championship … MotoGP rookie Hector Barbera will remain on the Aspar Team Ducati next season, the team announced.
EVENT: Grand Prix of San Marino
WHERE: Misano World Circuit, Misano, Italy. Circuit is 2.626 miles (4.226 km), with 16 turns. Race is 28 laps.
WHEN: Sunday, Sept. 5. It is the 12th of 18 events this season.
2009 RACE WINNER: Valentino Rossi, by 2.416 seconds over Jorge Lorenzo
2009 POLE WINNER: Rossi, 1 minute, 34.338 seconds
MotoGP USA TV Schedule
MotoGP race, 8-9 a.m. (ET), Sunday, Sept. 5, SPEED (live). Moto2: Noon-1 p.m. (ET), Sunday, Sept. 5, SPEED. 125cc: Noon-1 p.m. (ET), Tuesday, Sept. 7, SPEED (delayed).