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FooAtari .

March 07, 2008 5:08 PM
Last Edited 2982 days ago

See 4 out of that top 5, thats the future of MotoGP right there.

Stoner tops the sheets again. Impressive start from Lorenzo, lets see if he can keep it up things get more serious towards the chequered flag. And Dovizioso did well too. Good job by Toseland also right there with Edwards, pretty impressive showing by the rookies so far.

Expected more from Melandri though, hope he can pick it up.

Billy Smart - Unregistered

March 07, 2008 5:11 PM

Lorenzo looks like he is on a qualifier as his next lap I think was 2.05. Looks like no one can get near the duke again... It''ll only get colder/damper and you would expect the duke advantage to increase in those conditions..yamaha, honda and kawasaki, please go to the ducati university for lessons in how to build a screamer..

FooAtari .

March 07, 2008 5:20 PM

I beleive Ducatis school of thought was something like this.

Bike - Make it fast as hell and sort the handling out after (theory being its easier to make a fast bike handle than a slow bike fast)

Rider - Get a quick rider and calm him down (its easier to make a fast reckless rider smooth than a slow rider fast)

Result = Race wins and championships.

Compared to Honda and Yam Ducati are a small company and I love seeing the little man stick it to the giant, no matter who it is. (I'm not really Ducatis biggest fan in general, they piss me off in WSBK for example)

jihem - Unregistered

March 07, 2008 5:39 PM

Foo, you make it sound like a formula :)
Well, for a small factory like Ducati, it was a hell of a risk to even going from the 990 to the 800. Taking a crashing rider like Stoner was another one.
But you make it sound a bit like no care was given to the chassis, and nothing is further from the truth: Ducati has been building better chassis when the Japanese companies were still using spaghettis for frame on their road bikes...
All together, a serious line of clever ahead thinking and risks and i love it cos it WORKS !

Laterrus Talley

March 07, 2008 5:45 PM

Looks at these times people. Yeah, yeah Stoner was ahead today but, Rossi wasn't far behind. I'm telling you guys, if that Yamaha has increased as far as top speed is concerned, the season won't be the same as it was last year. Rossi is a slugger and slugs it out till the VERY last lap if his bike and tires will permit it. If Yamaha really worked out most of the problems they had last year, Stoner's gonna have to work ALOT harder for his victories. As far as the mental aspect of it all, people can say whatever they want about Stoner's dirtbike past making him "harder" mentally. I'm sure having VALENTINO ROSSI coming for you on a revitalized bike is enough to crack the best of them.

Brendan - Unregistered

March 07, 2008 5:56 PM

i dont think rossi coming after him will make him crack, tho i agree his previous dirt bike riding has no relavence to anything. its annoying to constantly hear that u have to ride a dirt bike first to know how to race, its rubbish.

jihem is correct about ducati too, they are actually more known for better handeling machines.

USGPfan - Unregistered

March 07, 2008 6:03 PM

its nice to see all the michelin riders up front as in every race, but bridgestones still have the race pace. Its sad to say, but for this race, its going to be a battle between valentino rossi and casey stoner. The battle for 3rd should be great! .....the 2007 repsol hondas are in trouble. yikes!

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