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Turkish MotoGP results
23/04/2007
Sorry if this write up's a bit slow but as soon as yesterday's race ended I was out on a ride-out with Simbo.

Wow! What a race. It was a real fairing banging, place swapping race. Unless of course you were Casey Stoner on the Ducati who was gifted the lead by an early Rossi mistake and who stayed way out the front for the rest of the race. Good ride by the Aussie I must say.

Rossi looked set early on, taking the lead from his pole position but after running wide on a corner he got sucked back down the field. He came back up the ranks (with Elias hot on his tail) but then it all stopped working for him and he fell further and further back. It looked to me like a tyre issue. I suspect Yamaha chose the wrong tyres yesterday.

There was a heart stopping crash caused by Jacques on the Kawasaki launching his bike mid corner and mid pack. He managed to take out Pedrosa, Edwards (who has never looked more gutted after his second place qualification), Guintoli and Vermeulen (who managed to get back on the track).

Hopkins rode out of his skin and I was gutted when he slipped from third to seventh.

The suprise of the race was Alex Barros getting into fourth on the D'antin Ducati. Seems like it was a good day for Ducatis. It was nice to see Capirossi take a third place, looks like his head's finally back in race mode.

Great race, a real classic and I think it bodes well for the rest of the season on the 800s.
Mad

Mad
Full results here.
Date Added: 23/04/2007

karTER
Loved the race and Hofman's comments at the end, that he'd over taken Rossi for the first time in his career. Quality. :oD

PS: Many happy returns of the day; again.
Date Added: 23/04/2007

irondad
Saw the race. That's what racing is all about. Although, Ducati's finished 1st and 3rd, you know. Will they dominate? Don't think so, do you?
Date Added: 24/04/2007

Mad
Well, actually Ducatis came 1st, 3rd, 4th and 9th counting the D'antins. A very good day for them.
I suspect the Ducatis might well dominate this year, they're certainly right up there with the front runners and Casey has won 2 out of 3 races so far. They have huge power and the best traction control.
Date Added: 24/04/2007

Gone Away
Like I said, go Ducati!
Date Added: 24/04/2007

Mad
Being a Kawasaki rider I like to shout for the green meanies but it's been a long time since Kwak's had main stream racing success.
Date Added: 24/04/2007

Gary
Traction control? Bah!

That's just some pantywaist European idea to keep the yanks from winning.

Burn rubber and hoist the hoop, I say! ;^P

Ride well,
=gc=
Date Added: 29/04/2007

Mad
I'm not sure traction control is responsible for slowing your countrymen Gary but I know what you mean, I like to see the tyres smoking as they wrestle with the power output. On the other hand if I was a racer I'd want the TC just because ut made high-siding less likely.
Date Added: 30/04/2007

Gary
I'm of two minds on that idea:

These fellows get paid big bucks because of their riding talent and the risks they have to take to win.

On the other hand, GP is the proving ground for most new bike technology, so the sport must move forward. TC is certainly a part of that. Have they been using anti-lock brakes as well?

It's too bad the GP season coincides with our riding season here, and the only place to see the races is on NASCAR TV (Speed Channel). I won't pay the premium for that cable package, and I'm usually too busy riding to watch the races.

Such is life... I can always read your race-reports here. Thanks Mad!

Ride well,
=gc=
Date Added: 01/05/2007

Mad
My pleasure Gary :D

and hey, surely it's better to be out riding than watching others ride? I try to get both in on any particular race day.
Date Added: 01/05/2007

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