Posted by Martin:
MotoGP made it to Istanbul this past weekend and managed to defy all expectations. Well, apart from Casey Stoner still riding like he’s got bees in his shorts on the Ducati.
Honda’s Dani Pederosa, a favorite to be on the podium, was taken out in a spectacular looking crash on the first lap that also claimed Suzuki’s Chris Vermulen, and Valentino Rossi’s teammate Colin Edwards, all caused by Kawasaki’s Olivier Jaque’s front wheel deciding it wanted to be elsewhere than planted. Valentino Rossi also did not fare well, with his tire proving to be his nemesis once again, losing him precious time and positions.
While the first position was sealed essentially from the first lap, the battle for second and third places continued throughout the race. Tony Elias proved once again that he’s a special kind of crazy, muscling Rossi out of the way in what can only be described as an extremely optimistic passing approach. However, Rossi can not complain too much, as if one were to ask Gibernau, he’d probably have some similar things to say about the Italian. Third place was also extremely fluid, with a good number of riders jockeying for the final podium position. Ultimately, Loris Capirossi was able to capture the position across the finish line on the final lap.
While the current World Champion, Nicky Hayden, only finished seventh, he finally looked competetive on the new 800cc machines which have required a smoother riding style compared to the previous season’s 990cc machines. Hopefully this means he’ll start to be able to defend his championship.
The final podium order was Edwards, Elias and Capirossi, with Ducati having the first and third spots. Their horsepower advantage is becoming apparent, and it’ll be something the Japanese manufacturers will need to remedy quickly if they intend to remain competetive next week in Shanghai.
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NASCAR ain’t got diddly on MotoGP. Some of the finest actual racing to be found on television. If you enjoy motorsports, you’re doing yourself a disservice by not following this.