MotoGP 2007 – Stoner Continues his Winning Ways

May 7, 2007 at 9:11 pm 2 comments

A confident Casey Stoner took extended his lead in the championship this weekend with another top performance on his Ducati.With the long straight at the Shanghai track, he was able to exploit his Ducati’s top speed. During the race warm ups, Stoner recorded 337 km/h, compared to Valentino Rossi’s 325 km/h.

It is safe to say the young Aussie has talent, but the speed differential on the Chinese track was always going to be difficult for the Yamaha to peg back.Taking nothing away from the Kurri Kurri Kid, he rode a great race.

He started from fourth on the grid and took the lead at the beginning of the second Rossi fought hard through out the first 15 laps, but in what is becoming a common occurrence in 2007; Valentino made a mistake on the hairpin turn. He went off the track and was not able to recover sufficiently enough to pressure Stoner for the rest of the race. In fact by race end Stoner lead and won by over 3 seconds from the hard charging Italian.

In other results, John Hopkins aboard the Rizla Suzuki, finally got his just rewards and found himself on the podium less than seven seconds behind Stoner. Last years race winner Dani Pedrosa came in fourth a somewhat distant 14 seconds later.Current World Number One Nicky Hayden had more bad luck and was hit from behind by Toni Elias on lap two. Whilst Elias retired from the race, the Kentucky Kid was able to salvage 12th. Surprisingly he is still nineth in the championship despite not having a podium finish to date. This could be a telling factor in his title defence as the season progresses.

If Stoner and Rossi have a few DNF’s he will quickly become a major player for the No. 1 plate again in 2007.With Stoners 3rd win this year, the pundits have already begun salivating at the chance of another Australian holding the coveted Championship crown. While it is still early days and with Stoner himself downplaying the comparisons, I must admit that the prospect is exciting.

Rossi’s Yamaha will be stronger at the European tracks where outright top speed is less of a factor, but if Stoner can keep the rubber side down, he will have a strong chance of etching his name in the record books like Doohan and Gardiner before him.

Compatriot Chris Vermeulen once again put in  a strong showing to record a 7th place to put himself in 10th for the championship. It is great to see the Suzuki’s performing well in 2007.

So after the Chinese GP the championship standing are as follows:

1. Casey Stoner (Australia) Ducati 86
2. Valentino Rossi (Italy) Yamaha 71
3. Dani Pedrosa (Spain) Honda 49
4. Marco Melandri (Italy) Honda 41
5. John Hopkins (U.S.) Suzuki 39
6. Toni Elias (Spain) Honda 35
7. Colin Edwards (U.S.) Yamaha 31
8. Loris Capirossi (Italy) Ducati 30
9. Nicky Hayden (U.S.) Honda 30
10. Chris Vermeulen (Australia) Suzuki 30 

 Stay tuned for more results, and as always feel free to go tocome back for more news, fun and comments

Dave

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Mr XJR  |  May 8, 2007 at 1:43 pm

    Now if can just get Vermeulen a little qualifying luck and the new engine from suzuki, we should see 2 aussies in the top 5 in the championship.

  • 2. Wes  |  May 8, 2007 at 10:51 pm

    Stoner just needs to keep in front, you never know by the end of the season if he is still there he will crowned champion. But you are right Dave, let’s wait and see what the European circuits hold and for me that will be the true test and if he passes that then well he deserves to be champion.

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