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Ducati reach fastest top speed once again in Spain

Ducati reach fastest top speed once again in Spain

Although unable to repeat his racewinning performance from Qatar in Southern Spain, Casey Stoner was still the fastest rider at last weekend's Gran Premio bwin.com de España.

Although unable to repeat his racewinning performance from Qatar in Southern Spain, Casey Stoner was still the fastest rider at last weekend's Gran Premio bwin.com de España. The Australian headed the top and average speed charts for the race, which he eventually finished in fifth.

One again, the Ducati riders hit the quickest maximum speed, with Alex Barros and Loris Capirossi only slightly slower than Stoner's hair-raising 277.6km/h quickest velocity. The lack of as long a straight as that encountered at the season-opening race in Qatar meant that, as suspected, the horsepower advantage could not be fully used to the Italian team's gain, but an assured ride for Stoner still earned him valuable championship points and puts him second in the overall classification.

Top speeds were down nearly 40km/h from Qatar for the Desmosedici GP07, although not a unique phenomenon for the 800cc bikes. All riders suffered a dip in km/h at one of the more twisty circuits on the MotoGP calendar.

Interestingly, the Yamaha M1 is still experiencing a comparative lack of power, despite fast laps. Valentino Rossi, the winner of the Gran Premio bwin.com de España, was one of the slower riders in a straight line at Jerez, but his expertise and corner speed meant that he was never troubled at the front of the pack.

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MotoGP, 2007, GRAN PREMIO bwin.com DE ESPAÑA

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