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Thursday March.6/08

In total, the 2008 MotoGP grid contains 24 world titles - led by Valentino Rossi's seven world championships - with even the four class rookies holding five world championships between them, thanks to Jorge Lorenzo (double 250cc world champion), Andrea Dovizioso (125cc world champion) and James Toseland (double World Superbike champion). Alex de Angelis is the only rookie without a world title.

Of the 18 full times riders, 16 have won races at world championship level in Grand Prix, World Superbike or World Supersport. Between them, these 16 riders have already scored an amazing 303 race victories at world championship level.

The only MotoGP riders yet to taste victory in a world championship race are John Hopkins and Sylvain Guintoli.

The following is a list of the world championship titles held by each rider on the 2008 MotoGP grid.

1. Valentino Rossi seven world titles (5 x MotoGP, 1 x 250, 1 x 125)
2. Dani Pedrosa three world titles (2 x 250, 1 x 125)
3. Loris Capirossi three world titles (1 x 250, 2 x 125)
4. Colin Edwards two world titles (2 x WSBK)
5. James Toseland two world titles (2 x WSBK) *
6. Jorge Lorenzo two world titles (2 x 250) *
7. Casey Stoner one world title (MotoGP)
8. Nicky Hayden one world title (MotoGP)
9. Marco Melandri one world title (250)
10. Chris Vermeulen one world title (WSS)
11. Andrea Dovizioso one world title (125) *

* rookie

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meenbeemer said:
pedrobot doesn need to smile
He is not smiling because he knew this was coming.

Repsol Honda receives 2007 bikes!

Thursday, 6th March 2008

Repsol Honda could make a complete U-turn and start the 2008 MotoGP season, at Qatar on Sunday night, using exactly the same RC212Vs that it finished last season with.

Rather than gaining ground with its all-new '08 racer during the off-season, Honda's factory team has found itself in the unexpected situation of working its way back towards the proven 2007 design.

The underperforming pneumatic-valve '08 engine was the first to go, prompting an '07 engine to be fitted inside the '08 chassis for much of 2008 pre-season testing.

But even that compromise failed to trouble the impressive pace of the leading satellite Honda riders - using complete 2007 bikes - during last week's Qatar night test, when factory riders Nicky Hayden and Dani Pedrosa were left just seventh and 13th fastest.

"We've tried many different things but at the moment we aren't getting the results we were expecting. The main problem is grip," said Pedrosa at the end of the final pre-season test. "The tyres are fine, you can see that because the guys with the 2007 Hondas and Michelins are fast, so it's something else."

To try and cure its problems, Hayden and Pedrosa will be given a 2007 machine each to compare against the '08 chassis/'07 engine package - that they had been expecting to start the new season with - when free practice for this weekend's Qatar night race begins on Friday evening.

After a slow start, Pedrosa took last year's RC212V to second in the world championship standings with two race victories - including the Valencia season finale.

The bike with which Repsol Honda finished last season was then duplicated and given to the satellite teams for this year, while HRC handed Hayden and Pedrosa what has turned out to be a troubled all-new model.

Honda had already announced that its pneumatic-valve engine, for which the '08 chassis was originally designed, will not be present this weekend and only be raced once its performance has improved.
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