Thanks to Indian growth story, Cult bike maker Harley Davidson is likely to make its Indian foray soon. While dhoom 1 and Dhoom 2 have given a definite dimension to India’s premium bike market, Rolls Royce and Maybach are already getting decent numbers in their order book. Many youngsters and business honchos are following their sports or film’s hero and love to ride their dream machines.

Here are some rules and regulations which you must know when you are importing cars or bikes. When Sachin imported Ferrari and when Kingfisher Vijay Mallaya imported Lamborghini these regulations and the consequent uproar flashed in our TV screens. A complete knowledge on this will help you to import your dream machines and enjoy!

For importing a new bike you have to pay 105 percent duty and100 percent duty for a used one. In case of cars, for a completely built unit or CBU you have to pay 111 percent duty (60% on CBU imports plus countervailing duties and other levies). Whereas the duty on “completely knocked down” or CKD models which are assembled in country, is only 38 to 48 percent depending on engine displacement. These are based on EXIM policies (export and import policy) which are framed on 2002. Here are the few terminologies and conditions you must know Customs duty: Tariff imposed on import/export on autos and auto ancillaries. In this year budget peak rate of Customs duty from 12.5 per cent to 10 per cent and also Central Sales Tax (CST) from 4 per cent to 3 per cent.

Excise Duty: Excise Duty is an indirect tax levied and collected on the goods manufactured in India. In last year’s Budget had reduced the excise duty on small cars (petrol engines within 1200cc and diesel engines within 1500cc) to 16 per cent, while maintaining it at 24 per cent for all other cars and utility vehicles.

Homologation: Process of certifying that a particular car is roadworthy and the Pune-based Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) provide this clearance. According to existing norms, every original car model brought into the country by an individual or a manufacturer must have homologation clearance. Even domestic car manufacturers need a homologation certificate for new models. There are some exclusions as well

•Manufacturers can import left hand drive vehicles only for testing and research purposes. •Individuals importing top-end cars can waive off the testing — or homologation — requirements. Any individual can import a vehicle priced above Rs 20 lakh without sending it for road-worthiness tests. •Import of new vehicles is only permitted through Customs ports at Nhava Sheva, Kolkata, Chennai, Delhi Air Cargo and at ICD, Tughlakabad •Very important note for Non Residential Indians (NRIs) – individuals coming to India for permanent settlement after two years of continuous stay abroad can bring in a car provided the vehicle has been in their possession for at least one year abroad. This now ensures that individuals coming to India do not bring in an absolutely new car.

An example will help to understand things better.. If X wishes to buy Suzuki GSX R 1300 Hayabusa(dhoom bike), here is the route ? Import bikes prices in India are a tricky thing. Since they can only be imported you will just have to find a reputable importer! The price you can expect to pay for a new bike is based on the following:

Price of bike in the country you wish to buy or the country the dealer has contacts in. + Freight charges + Import Duty @105% + Misc charges. Eg. NEW from the US $10000 USD(Rs 4,50,000) + $500 Freight + $10500 + $500 = $21500 USD(Rs 10 lakhs).

Import of passenger cars / Jeep / Multi-utility vehicles / motorcycles / scooters / mopeds etc. are restricted items of import and can be imported against an import license. However, individuals coming to India on Transfer of Residence after two years continuous stay abroad and other importers may import these vehicles without a license but on payment of customs duty. The various customs duties leviable on vehicles imported into India are as follows:

Click here for rules and regulations to be followed when importing vehicle and for complete duty structure on vehicles and their parts/ancillariesTroubles with Second hand vehicles:

The restrictions/conditions imposed on import of cars by importers for commercial purposes shall not be applicable in the case of passengers bringing their own car on Transfer of Residence. However, these imports shall be subject to the condition that the vehicle should have right hand steering and controls (applicable on vehicles other than 2 and 3 wheelers). Value of these vehicles for the purpose of levy of customs duty is CIF value, where C stands for the cost of the goods, I is the insurance and F is the freight. Cost in the case of new vehicles is the transaction value between the seller and the buyer, however in the case of old and used vehicles cost is arrived at by taking value of the vehicle in year of manufacture and after allowing depreciation at following rates.

•For every quarter during 1st year 4% •For every quarter during 2nd year 3% •For every quarter during 3rd year 2.5% •For every quarter during 4th year 2% •Thereafter subject to a maximum depreciation of 70%

Here are the few useful sites you must visit before importing your dream machine

Since the guidelines are very strict and the duties are very high many follow grey market for buying thier dream machines. Here’s the economictimes report on muscle bike’s grey market. Government is checking the loopholes aggresively, pay the duty and enjoy you dream machine with complete satisfaction.

Bored with economics, relax! in the following posts we will have a look on popular imported bikes in India such as Suzuki Hayabusa, Yamaha R1, Kawasaki Ninja,Honda CBR and also about great Audi, Bentley and Porsche cars.

When everybody is celebrating Ferrari’s win in Australian grand prix, a clear observation on after race will give you fine details on Ferrari’s compatiblity with its new driver Kimi Raikkonen. Financial express has posted a excellent article on this matter, here it is!

When Ferrari signed Kimi Raikkonen to replace Michael Schumacher, most experts warned that one of the biggest challenges that the Italian team faced was not the inconsistency, blind speed or risk taking (some times suicidal) instinct of the Finn but adjusting to the person that he is.

A sample of that was evident at the recent Australian Grand Prix. It was the round one of the 2007 Formula One season and Kimi, driving for Ferrari for the first time, won quite comfortably. Ferrari clearly established that they had a car that was superior to other teams and it was also Kimi’s first race win in more than 12 months. Under the circumstances, one would have expected some sort of celebration on the podium — to say the least. Kimi, possibly bored by his lonely stay inside the cockpit for the entire duration of the race (his radio failed completely), raised his hands and managed a smile. He made a feeble attempt to spray the champagne and finally, gave the bottle to Jean Todt to pass it to the Ferrari team crew below the podium. There was hardly any visible camaraderie between him and the team.

Seven-time world champion Schumacher, on the other hand, would have celebrated as if it was his maiden grand prix victory. And that is something Ferrari team is has got used to. He would have hugged the Ferrari crew members before walking up to the podium. Apart from his customary jump, he would have made eye contact with the Ferrari crew below who made that victory possible and personally, passed on the champagne bottle to his colleagues below after spraying it at them. While Schumacher’s celebrations would have eased after that and would have headed home to be with his family, Kimi would have just started to party!

The way Schumacher and Kimi approach their work is also very different. While Schumacher involves himself thoroughly with the team including planning, strategising, setting up the car etc, Kimi prefers to handle just the driving part. As a driver he likes to drive fast and give the necessary feedback about the car to the team for improving the vehicle. On the other hand, the German would spend a lot of time with technical staff poring over tonnes of data that the computers generate on the performance of the car. It was this aspect of Schumacher that made him maximise the potential of his car. Having got used to Schumacher for such a long time, adjusting to Kimi who prefers to have his space will be something that will take Ferrari and its crew a while to adjust.

While it is too early to speculate the level of commitment Kimi will show to Ferrari, Schumacher and the Italian team had a relationship that was unparalleled in the history of Formula One. The team and Schumacher respected each other. Both accepted that the victories that followed would not have followed without the other.

At a competitive level, personality issues are not too important. The fact that Kimi won at Albert Park is a proof of that. But a closely knit team helps, especially when the team is down in terms of performance. The rapport Felipe Massa and Kimi have managed would have been evident had the Brazilian made it to the podium but that was not the case. Having got a very competitive car this year, Ferrari will be praying that personality issues does not come in the way of the team winning the championships.

* Chinese car maker Chery Automobiles(manufactured QQ) is likely to partner India’s International Cars & Motors Ltd (ICML) to roll out its small car in India next year, the Business Standard reported. ICML is planning to launch a premium hatchback in the 300,000-400,000 rupees price range, which is the fastest-growing car segment in India. ICML currently offers ‘Rhino’ a Sports Utility Vehicle. ICML joined the elite club of India’s manufacturers along with Tata and Mahindra .

*Toyota Motor Corp. became the world’s top auto seller in the first three months of the year, passing rival General Motors Corp. for the first time in history. Toyota sold 2.348 million vehicles worldwide in the January-March quarter surpassing the 2.26 million vehicles that GM said it sold during the same period.For More

*Maruti Udyog (MUL), India’s largest car-maker, has lowered prices between Rs 3,000 and Rs 5,000 on its cars following a reduction in the concessional central state tax (CST) offered by the Haryana government.For More

*Hero group may tie up with japanese major Isuzu for its four wheeler foray. Isuzu already has a brand presence in the country, Isuzu has provided engines to M&M Invader, the HM Ambassador and for the recently launched Rhino SUV from Sonalika.

*Bajaj not to exit from the 100cc market, According to Bajaj Auto GM marketing Amit Nandi, “We are not getting out of the 100cc segment. Rajiv Bajaj’s statement has been misinterpreted. We will continue to sell 100cc bikes till there is demand.” For More

*Because of the increased interest rates car sales in March declines badly expecting the april too manufacturers announced rebates on thir products to woo customers. Here’s the list

#General Motors is offering customers an option of lower interest rates of around 10 per cent or free services or accessories worth Rs 20,000.Customers can choose any of these and also opt for a total maintenance plan to control operating cost. The 10 per cent interest rate is offered to all products of General Motors.

#Market leader Maruti Udyog Ltd increased rebates on its small cars from Rs 5,000 to Rs 15,000 a few days ago to reduce the cost of ownership.

#Honda-Siel is working with ICICI Bank to extend the tenure of the loans from five to six years to help customers absorb interest rate hikes. With this, customers will pay 10 per cent to 15 per cent lower EMIs than what they are paying now.

#The second-largest car maker, Hyundai, which is offering its flagship car Santro at a lower rate of 8.99 per cent, might extend this offer to other cars. It has tied up with ICICI Bank, HDFC and Kotak Mahindra for the Santro for a deal in which around Rs 30,000 per car is being absorbed by the dealers, banks and the manufacturers.

*Toyota’s small car may be made in India, India may win the battle against Brazil for the new plant. Toyota’s is planning to develop a 1-litre engine global car by 2010 which will cost around $7,000-8,000 (Rs 3-3.5 lakh). The small car will be made specially to meet the needs of developing countries BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India, China). Earlier, Toyota planned to introduce passo/boon in India but was stopped due to its higher price. For More

* German sports car major Porsche on 12th March rolled out its second generation Cayenne SUV in India in the price range of Rs. 49.30 lakh to Rs. 1.10 crore. Porsche will have 4 more dealers (Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bangalore & Chennai) in India by the end of 2007 in addition to the Delhi. Porsche currently offers Boxster, Carrera 911 and Cayman. Porsche may launch its sedan Panemara in India by 2009.

* Rajeev Bajaj announced Bajaj Auto will roll out a new motorcycle in the executive category, which could be priced around Rs 40,00o and will be launched by July. Rajeev Bajaj also said the company would develop high power bikes in technical collaboration with Kawasaki, but the bikes will be manufactured and marketed under the ‘Bajaj’ brand. He added Bajaj is working on four wheeler cargo, which will compete with Tata’s ‘Ace’

* Bajaj has once again slashed price by Rs3000 for its 100cc offering ‘platina’. Last month Bajaj made a similar discount. Platina will cost Rs33000 – an unimaginable price for a 100cc bike. Bajaj expects sales to jump by 25% due to this discount. A tough news for TVS star city and Hero Honda CD deluxe. Source:NDTV profit

* Outlook posted as excellent article influence of Indian brains in formula one. For More on TCS relationship with Ferrari.

*Fernando Alonso of McLaren won the Malyasian grand prix. Lewis Hamilton ofMclaren and Raikkonen of Ferrari followed Alonso in order. For Detailed Results

*Most car companies and dealers are doling out lucrative discounts to push sales during April, which is considered as a lean month. Maruti 800 gets cheaper by Rs15000, Esteem by Rs 30000, Getz and Santro by Rs10000 and Indica Xeta by Rs25000 For More

* Tata’s 1lakh rupee car attracts not only Indian majors like Bajaj but also charms world majors like Renault-Nissan. “If you want to be serious in India, you should not cross the $3,000 figure,” said Carlos Ghosn, CEO, Nissan Motor Co, in Nashik. Nissan Motor Co, plans to produce a car priced at below $3,000 (Rs 1.30 lakh) in India. The vehicle would prove the most formidable competition to the Tata Motors Rs 1-lakh ($2,000) car under development and Bajaj’s planned light weight car.

*Fiat new Fiat Palio Stile comes with two petrol engine options: Palio Stile 1.1 (in three versions- SL, SLE, SLX) and Palio Stile 1.6 (Sport). The Palio Stile 1.1 is priced in the range of Rs 3.49 lakh to Rs.3.90 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), while the Palio Stile 1.6 is priced at Rs.4.31 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). For Fiat Palio Stile new features

*Mahindra Renault, the joint venture between Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M) and Renault of France, on Tuesday unveiled much awaited Logan in India. The Logan will be available in diesel and petrol versions and in six colours. The price (ex-New Mumbai) of the petrol 1.4 and 1.6 versions ranges from Rs. 4.28 lakh to Rs 5.69 lakh (before octroi) and the diesel 1.5 version from Rs. 5.47 lakh to 6.44 lakh. The same ex-New Delhi would be Rs. 4.35 lakh to 5.76 lakh for petrol versions and Rs. 5.54 lakh to Rs. 6.51 lakh for the diesel version. The Logan offers fuel efficiency of 14-18 kilometres a litre (kmpl) on the Common Rail Diesel engine and 10-13 kmpl with the petrol engines, according to Mahindra Renault officials. Bookings will be open from april 9 and the vehicles will be delivered from May 9 onwards. For More

*Fiat launches new Palio Stile. Palio Stile is the first product form Tata-Fiat Joint Venture For More

* Cool news for Hot summer, From April 1 onwards Mumbaikars can travel across the city in air-conditioned Maruti Esteem and Indigo Marina beginning from April 1. Maharashtra Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh yesterday launched V Link Fleet Management Services, a private taxi service, which will ply 150 vehicles to begin with and will later increase to up to 1,000. The taxis, which will operate from tomorrow, will charge a minimum of Rs 15 and additional Rs 13 per km with a centralised number for advance booking.

* Hero Honda on March 31 launched a face-lift variant of its 150 cc motorcycle ‘Achiever’ priced between Rs 52,650 and Rs 54,950 (ex-showroom Delhi).The company has launched ‘Achiever’ in two variants — kick start and self start — and would be available in five colours(silver metallic, palace maroon, candy blazing red, magnetic blue metallic and black). The new Achiever comes with improved features including disc brakes, body colour graphics and body colour grips.

Hyundai seems to be following the footsteps of Maruti. Hyundai put more cars in the small car segment which constitutes 70% of the Indian car industry. Hyundai do not want to miss a single customer. It has cars for everyone’s requirement. Truly it is the only player who has cars in most of the segments. Hyundai makes makes India a major export base for small car. Hyundai is more enthusiastic and plans to launch series of cars for India. 1.5L diesel version of Getz, new face lifted Getz petrol, new elantra and CNG santro, new small car codenamed ‘PA’ and more in its pipeline. It has started 2007 with sonata embera diesel and now comes up with new Getz prime.

Hyundai’s getz is a leader in small car all over the world but Hyundai do not see such a success in India. All because of Indian government who made only petrol cars powered by engine less than 1200cc qualify for small car. Maruti positioned swift to knock out Getz, it does! Because of swift’s competitive pricing and good quality. Hyundai had to sit down and revamp its strategy and evolved Getz prime which picks santro xing’s 1.1L engine instead of 1341cc engine. But Getz prime weighs 200kgs more than santro xing hence Hyundai tweaked the engine a little bit, the tuned engine pumps out 65.67 bhp at 5500 rpm and 10.39 kgm of torque at 3200 rpm. If Hyundai plans to position Getz prime to match swift petrol it will be futile, since swift possess a powerful engine which delivers 87bhp. I believe Hyundai tries to make a new segment between B and B+. Hyundai retained the same five-speed gearbox, but have changed gear ratios in fourth and fifth.

Design and Engineering: Hyundai has made appreciable changes for the new Getz prime. The exterior changes include

Hyundai has done a serious makeover to Getz to produce Getz prime. When Hyundai is already been complained for under-powering the Getz when compared to its size, Hyundai has opted for further smaller engine. Getz prime – a superior car with under-power engine.Pricing:

Tata motors displaced Hyundai from second rank in terms of sales in volume and continue to hold the second rank from last December. Hyundai expects a turnaround with its new getz prime. But the expected turnaround will depend on pricing of Getz prime; even Hyundai discounts heavily in the current getz prize (Rs 5.23 lakhs – costlier than swift and Chevrolet U-VA) swift or existing Getz customer will not move for underpowered Getz prime. If that’s the case Getz prime has to compete with its own sibling santro xing and Maruti’s zen estilo. With Hyundai’s planned new small car ‘PA’ is expected to positioned between Getz and Santro and is to be launched by the end of this year. I believe Hyundai Getz prime may find hard to fit into a segment. I believe Hyundai must have named this car Santro Xing prime that might grab more customers. Anyway let’s wait and watch their strategy. Getz prime is expected to be priced around Rs 3.9lakhs.

Inductors and Capacitors are the important components in modern ignition systems. Most manufacturers choose digital CDI – Capacitor Discharge Ignition system but TVS has opted for IDI – Induction Discharge Ignition system. Earlier manufactures moved to CDI from IDI because of the following problem with IDI. IDI are driven off points which trigger a coil that sends a charge to the spark plug. However, they require exact points and plug gap settings. This drawback made many manufacturers to move to CDI. Capacitors in CDI recharge quickly and hence deliver multiple spark at low rpm or strong till 10000 rpm. The CDI has its own drawback i.e. CDI sparks are extremely short in duration and the amount of energy that can be delivered is also limited unlike the IDI which can deliver longer spark. TVS has opted refined IDI for its apache – employs a variation, micro controller circuit triggers the coil depending on the crank position without needing points. In the process, it generates a 1200 micro seconds (200 -250 micro seconds in other bikes) long spark with 60 milli Joules of energy as seen on some Royal Enfield bikes. Thus with the refined IDI TVS claims apache engine sparks twice as fat and last six times longer than its counterparts. This ensures better combustion (by burning lean mixtures) which means quick response from your apache when you accelerate your apache.

The second most important technology which powers the Apache is IE surge – the decals (letterings) are nicely placed on the side panels of the Apache. IE surge is nothing but Intake and Exhaust resonator for strong 3500 – 5500 rpm thrust and by this you can reap the benefits of running a large diameter intake and exhaust headers without losing the associated part – throttle response issues. Intake resonator helps to improve the response of the bike. Connected to the air box, the resonator is basically a box which stores air, and then rushes the air to the combustion chamber when the throttle is suddenly opened cutting the ignition lag significantly. Exhaust resonator works like the exhaus-TEC (Torque Expansion Chamber) on Bajaj bikes. Exhaust resonance chamber is fitted on the tuned exhaust to enhance power delivery in the lower reaches of the power band. This technology is to use the exhaust energy thereby ensuring that sufficient levels of torque is available at low engine rpm levels and is optimized to provide torque distribution in the mid and higher range rpm levels.

In this part we will see about No Claim Bonus, Malus and special on insurance. If you have been paying the premium without any fail and have made no claim on the own damage section of the policy, insurance companies offers special package for those people called No Claim Bonus.

% of No Claim Bonus deductible on own damage premium – if no claim is made on the preceding year is 20%, for preceding two consecutive years – 25%, for preceding three consecutive years -35%, for preceding four consecutive years – 35%, for preceding five consecutive years – 50%.

At the same time when a vehicle owner lodges claim after an accident, the insurer levies certain percentage on the premium amount from the subsequent year. This is called malus and is 10% for a two year old vehicle and goes up to 50% for a four year old vehicle.

Motor Accidental Claims Tribunal (MACT) ensures compensation for victims even where driver or owner is not at fault. The amount ranges from Rs25,000 per person in case of permanent total disability to Rs50,000 in case of death. In hit and run cases too, the act stipulates a payment of Rs12,500 per person in case of grievous injury and Rs25000 in case of death.

As I promised I will bring you the special on insurance in this post. Last week Economic times posted an article thereby made my job easy.

Under the system, the repairer of the damaged vehicle logs into the system, prepares estimates by selecting the damaged parts from graphics in the system, attaches digital photos of the damaged car to the estimate and sends the estimate and photos online to the insurer through the online mechanism.

The insurer gets all the relevant information required to assess the claim. This way, the insurer can approve the claim within a couple of hours of the car reaching the repairer. In the manual process, this normally takes a few days. The online system will also provide high level break-down of claims statistics to the insurance company. These statistics will be vital in the de-tariff scenario that has started since January ’07.

To provide accurate estimates, the online system needs to have parts prices and labour time data from all car manufacturers. So far in India, Maruti, Tata Motors, Ford Motors and Daimler Chrysler share this critical information. These car makers have now adopted the online system as the estimating and claims processing solution for their dealership networks.

The online processing solution covers the entire cycle from claims intimation to settlement. The insured benefits by getting claims settled faster and are assured of the accuracy of the estimate. The repairer benefits as he is able to turn around cars faster and the loss assessor or surveyor can conduct more surveys per day and increase productivity while improving on the accuracy of the survey reports. The future is online, the future is integrated.

As of now this cars may be for our eyes only due to their hefty price tag (please look at the price after completing the post), but these extreme machines are considered as Ideal ones and helps in designing next generation cars. This kind of machines pricks the mind of the manufacturers to produce incredible machines. Here is one such extreme machine called Bugatti Veyron 16.4 – the fastest, most powerful, most expensive production car in the history of the automotive industry.

Bugatti Veyron 16.4 has the luxury of a Rolls-Royce, the performance of a Formula One car, and the drivability of a Honda. It’s a combination that leaves the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren, the Ferrari Enzo, and other wannabes in the dust

Its 8.0-liter 16-cylinder engine has four turbochargers and produces 740 kilowatts (1001 metric horsepower, or 987 hp). And you want torque? How does 1250 newton-meters sound? The car reaches 100 km/h in 2.5 seconds from a standing start, and 300 km/h in 16.7 seconds. It has a top speed of 408 km/h..

The structure is made of carbon fiber and aluminum. The brakes are carbon ceramic, and the exhaust system is titanium. There are 10 radiators to dissipate the engine’s heat. To keep the car on the ground when its winglike shape develops lift at high speeds, there are front and rear air diffusers and a massive rear spoiler that deploys electronically to generate a drag force of 0.6 times the force of gravity. Ride height varies with speed from 125 to 66 mm.

To go beyond 375 km/h (233 mph), the driver must stop the car, insert a special key, and go through a checklist (“Seatbelts, check; oil, check; last will and testament, check”). At top speed, the Veyron runs through a full tank of gas in 12 minutes, for a fuel economy measured in gallons per mile. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates it at 3.846kpl and 7.692kpl in normal city and highway cycles. In average for a kilometer Bugatti Veyron 16.4 needs Rs186. Presumably, though, mileage won’t be a factor in anyone’s purchase of this vehicle, ever. From 400 km/h, the car can stop in 10 seconds, covering more than a kilometer while doing so.

In the rarefied world of the supercar, so-called volume production is measured in hundreds, sometimes just dozens of cars. By that standard, the 300 examples of the Veyron 16.4 that Bugatti Automobiles SAS, of Molsheim, France, expects to build—50 per year—qualify it as a volume car.

Bugatti built just 7000 cars between 1909 and 1956, from Grand Prix winners to the legendary Royale ultraluxury car. It seems the greatest of ironies that the storied French marque was revived by Volkswagen, parent company of Skoda and Audi. A pet project of former chairman Ferdinand Piëch, the development of the Veyron took eight years. Industry analysts don’t expect the company to recoup its investment.

But what a glorious piece of engineering it is. Volkswagen should be proud. Perhaps even Ettore Bugatti, a man of immense flamboyance, ego, and engineering genius, would be pleased.

Looking at the cost each Veyron costs about Rs 7.5 crores (you can buy 25 Mercedes Benz C- class for this money). If we are lucky Amitabh or Sachin may buy this car and we can see it on our favourite news channel CNN–IBN or NDTV Its our choice!

Five-time world champion Valentino Rossi got his first win of 2007 and disappointed the home fans as he beat Dani Pedrosa at the Spanish MotoGP.

The Italian started from second on the grid but eased past Spaniard Pedrosa on the opening lap and led throughout. Yamaha’s Rossi finished over a second ahead of Honda’s Pedrosa and Yamaha team-mate Colin Edwards of the USA. Rossi moves to the top of the standings after Casey Stoner, winner in Qatar two weeks ago, came in fifth on the Ducati. “It was a great, great race for us,” Rossi told. “I did some small modifications after the warm-up and the bike was very fast from the beginning “The tyres worked very well, I went in front from the start and it was a perfect race for us.” Rossi added. It was a hugely dominant performance from Rossi, who claimed the 85th win of his career and his first since Malaysia in September last year. Rossi now leads the championship with 45 points after two races, nine clear of Stoner and Pedrosa.

World champion Nicky Hayden made a great start from 11th on the grid and got as high as fourth before fading in the latter stages to finish seventh. Stoner, in contrast, got stronger as the race went on and powered past Hayden with seven laps remaining to take fifth behind Spain‘s Toni Elias.

Suzuki rider John Hopkins looked sharp as he posted the fastest times in the early laps to move into fifth but the American slid off into the gravel on lap 16.

Pedrosa said: “To be second here is very good. We are on the podium again. I think we did a good weekend and the people here were unbelievable.”

World champion Jorge Lorenzo continued his flawless start to the season with a thrilling victory in the 250cc race.

The 19-year-old Spaniard won a fierce battle with fellow countryman Alvaro Bautista and Italy‘s Andrea Dovizioso to take his second win of 2007.

Hungary‘s Gabor Talmacsi edged a dramatic victory in the 125cc race, beating Czech rider Lukas Pesek by a hundredth of a second.

Talmacsi led from the start, lost the lead to Pesek on the final lap, but overtook him on the straight to grab the win.

Spanish MotoGP result: 1. Valentino Rossi (Italy) Yamaha 45:53.340 2. Dani Pedrosa (Spain) Honda 45:54.586 3. Colin Edwards (US) Yamaha 45:56.041 4. Toni Elias (Spain) Honda 45:57.691 5. Casey Stoner (Australia) Ducati 45:58.333 6. Carlos Checa (Spain) Honda 46:03.340 7. Nicky Hayden (US) Honda 46:07.486 8. Marco Melandri (Italy) Honda 46:13.309 9. Chris Vermeulen (Australia) Suzuki 46:18.126 10. Shinya Nakano (Japan) Honda 46:18.295

250cc race result: 1. Jorge Lorenzo (Spain) Aprilia 45:35.846 2. Alvaro Bautista (Spain) Aprilia 45:36.064 3. Andrea Dovizioso (Italy) Honda 45:36.324

125cc race result: 1. Gabor Talmacsi (Hungary) Aprilia 41:52.149 2. Lukas Pesek (Czech Republic) Derbi 41:52.163 3. Hector Faubel (Spain) Aprilia 41:57.869

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