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You have to give it to the little guy.....


Pedrobot can ride. Despite the Honda being so twitchy and being out-turned and out-braked by the Yamaha, he rode the ragged edge to edge past Lolly. Lolly has clearly matured as a rider and did a great job of keeping Pedrobot back for most of the race, before riding for the championship points and a strong second place.

But Rossi was the winner in my eyes.....to get to third until the last corner, and set a faster lap than Lolly....was incredible in his condition and with the thought that a bad crash on that damaged leg would not only be the end of his championship, but possibly his career.

And Casey was also a winner for that Rossi-esque last corner block pass on Rossi! Good for you, man! I smiled at Rossi's little shrug of frustration that Stoner dared to pass him like that......the pot calling the kettle :) The modern day Goat cannot repeatedly dole out those moves to the youngsters and not expect them to learn from them and do the same back! :)

So, a fairly exciting race, and as the commentators said that despite the Yamaha being a step ahead of Honda and the Yamaha being visibly the most stable and smoothest bike out there, it's clear that Honda have made great progress to compete with the mighty M1. The Honda was clearly slower under brakes, and in the corners, where both Rossi and Lolly repeatedly out-turned the Hondas and Ducati, and there was no obvious advantage to the Honda on these short straights.....so all the more kudos to Pedrobot for that ride.
 

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I dont think I've ever cheered for Dani until this race, the lil fvcker has finally seemed to come around and appears to be more lively which equates to being more likable racer. Congrats to him!

Man, I was really wishing Nicky had it in him to stay on Casey's tail after that second start, he looked good and it would have been the first time we saw both Ducs running side by side. Nicky still has a lot of good racing in him!

What can one say about Vale, that guy doesnt quit, thank God for his existence, who knows how boring this series would have been without him.

My man Casey, wow, he finally was able to pull off a great move on the GOAT.

Great race all in all. What happened to Ben this round???
 

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And Casey was also a winner for that Rossi-esque last corner block pass on Rossi! Good for you, man! I smiled at Rossi's little shrug of frustration that Stoner dared to pass him like that......the pot calling the kettle :) The modern day Goat cannot repeatedly dole out those moves to the youngsters and not expect them to learn from them and do the same back! :)
GREAT move by Casey that appears to have caught Rossi by surprise. However, I doubt Rossi will be making comments about "sketchy" passes after the race like Stoner typically does. And yes, I have come to really not like Stoner due to his constant complaining, not to mention his conspiracy theories regarding his first year in MotoGP.
 

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his move to Honda and rossis to ducati is not because of rossi's declining value and the rasing of Casey's:twocents

i have a small feeling rossi's leg might have had some cornering issues but that is not a excuse from the GOAT with a toasted leg. I am surprised at Rossi's return with going to ducati but it does make me admire him that much more for hootspa
 

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Dani was good this round. I'm still shocked how everyone has a hot girl and Dani has his cheif mechanic holding his umbrella. Must be a V4 thing.. I was amazed how that V4 went up in flames! Randy "Tiki Torch" Depunet!
 

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I dont think I've ever cheered for Dani until this race, the lil fvcker has finally seemed to come around and appears to be more lively which equates to being more likable racer. Congrats to him!\?
I've ALWAYS liked Pedrosa. Always. I forgave him for punting Nicky back in '06. Imagine racing with that on your shoulders. That couldn't have been easy.

I hope he steals it from Lorenzo and I don't even like HRC.
 

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I've ALWAYS liked Pedrosa. Always. I forgave him for punting Nicky back in '06. Imagine racing with that on your shoulders. That couldn't have been easy.

I hope he steals it from Lorenzo and I don't even like HRC.
+1, though I think Casey and Jorge are probably better riders.
 

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Dani had a great feeling with the Honda to not only stretch ahead and get the
victory but he set a new circuit lap record on lap 10 and then again on 12,
assuming the race lead and breaking his own record from the previous year
and consistently riding in the low 1’22”s... you could say his tires were perfect
and his V4 was perfect...

Quote Pedrosa:
“I’m very happy because we are back winning races and it’s a great feeling,”
he said. “It wasn’t easy today because when the race is stopped and
restarted like that, sometimes you don’t have the same feeling on the
machine in the second part. Also you get nervous again on the grid and it’s
possible you won’t have the same pace after the restart. But it went very
well for us in both races.”

He continued: “We just made one small change with the rear suspension to
get a bit more traction for the second race. I made another good start and in
the first laps after Lorenzo had passed me I was pushing very hard to try to
take him back. I couldn’t do it with my first attempt, but when I got a second
chance I just went for it.”

Lorenzo tires were perfect... his I4 was perfect... but he settled for
second and blamed himself for not riding as well after the second start...


Quote Lorenzo
"It's always difficult when a race is split like this and I think I didn't ride quite
as well in the second race as I felt I had been doing in the first,” said
Lorenzo, who now holds a 47-point advantage over Pedrosa in the
Championship. “Dani was very, very strong and I was on the limit trying to
stay ahead. When he passed me I tried briefly to stay with him but he was
much faster than me today and I was going to have to take a lot of risks to
stay with him; the safest thing for me to do was finish second and take 20
points for the Championship.”


Stoner blames tires but enjoyed Rossi battle...

Quote Stoner;

“In the first part of the race we had a new rear tyre that wasn’t producing
the grip that the tyres had been all weekend. I just wasn’t able to keep up
with the lap times being set by Dani and Jorge.”


“For the second part of the race we went back to a tyre we were using in
qualifying yesterday so it already had laps on it, and immediately it felt better
with more grip and a better feeling in mid-turn. We were able to run a lot
faster lap times, maybe three or four-tenths of a second consistently. I tried
to chase the top two down but didn’t quite have the pace.”


We had a few nice passes and I just had to go for it in the last corner, and it
worked out. I’m pretty happy with the result, and we managed to pick up
points when we needed to.”


Rossi extremely happy with 4th... lets hope its Russo Rossi in the future...

Quote Rossi:

"Rossi was extremely satisfied despite just missing out on what would have
been a remarkable top-three finish, and continued to analyse his superb
result: “I need some more kilometres to really recover the feeling and feel
completely okay with the bike again, but I think I did a great job and this was
a very good comeback, better than we could wish for. I felt a bit of pain in
my shoulder but more in the leg when changing direction, but at the end the
battle with Casey was such fun that I didn't think about it. Unfortunately
though he just got the better of me on the last corner!”

“Thanks to all my team for helping me come back and be competitive like this,
we will try to do even better in Laguna,” he concluded.


De Puniet was racing injured and ended up surfing his Honda out of
pain...


That caused Espargaró to crash into De Puniet Honda and Kailo to hit De Puniet breaking 2 bones in his
leg...





Spies just escapes as Bautista T bones De Puniet's Honda...




Out of anger German corner workers torch the Frenchmen's gas tank...
BP issues more apologies as black plume settles over their Head
Quarters...

 

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Most of us have our favorite riders, and the discussions about who is "best" can get pretty animated at times, but I have to tell you...

...the fact that Vale was racing this weekend...and did so well...just adds to his legacy.

I'm sure he had several doctors telling him that it was too soon to get back on the bike, and that the risks were too great should he re-injure that leg, either through his fault or someone else's.

It is painful for me just watching him limp around with a cane, gingerly lifting his leg over the bike, etc. Regardless of the final outcome for this season, IMHO the man is a Champion of the highest magnitude, and a great representative for the sport about which we are so passionate.

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Most of us have our favorite riders, and the discussions about who is "best" can get pretty animated at times, but I have to tell you...

...the fact that Vale was racing this weekend...and did so well...just adds to his legacy.

I'm sure he had several doctors telling him that it was too soon to get back on the bike, and that the risks were too great should he re-injure that leg, either through his fault or someone else's.

It is painful for me just watching him limp around with a cane, gingerly lifting his leg over the bike, etc. Regardless of the final outcome for this season, IMHO the man is a Champion of the highest magnitude, and a great representative for the sport about which we are so passionate.

:notworthy

Well said. RESPECT! Lets hope we continue to have true champions of our sport for many years to come.
 

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I was amazed how that V4 went up in flames! Randy "Tiki Torch" Depunet!
To be fair, the I4 also grenaded in grand fashion causing a red flag in QP. Puked oil all over the damn place in the first turn and fukd up De Puniet's and Spies' weekends.:eek:
 

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Man, I was really wishing Nicky had it in him to stay on Casey's tail after that second start, he looked good and it would have been the first time we saw both Ducs running side by side. Nicky still has a lot of good racing in him!
Looked like Nick had some moments especially the last couple of laps where he was out of the seat, tires maybe going off, he sure as hell made a charge before the red flag.
 

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Most of us have our favorite riders, and the discussions about who is "best" can get pretty animated at times, but I have to tell you...

...the fact that Vale was racing this weekend...and did so well...just adds to his legacy.

I'm sure he had several doctors telling him that it was too soon to get back on the bike, and that the risks were too great should he re-injure that leg, either through his fault or someone else's.

It is painful for me just watching him limp around with a cane, gingerly lifting his leg over the bike, etc. Regardless of the final outcome for this season, IMHO the man is a Champion of the highest magnitude, and a great representative for the sport about which we are so passionate.

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Well you didn't watch hard enough. It's his right leg that was broken. Why was he using the cane in his left hand???? I smell drama queen and BS.
 

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To be fait, the I4 also grenaded in grand fashion causing a red flag in QP. Puked oil all over the damn place in the first turn and fukd up De Puniet's and Spies' weekends.:eek:
Yup, I was thinking the same thing.
 

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If Jorge didn't dump oil all over the track Spies would've had a better qualifying, after all he was in 4th. And he would've been battling with Stoner and Rossi for the final podium spot.
 
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