German MotoGP – Stoner Slips and Pedrosa Pounces
Once again the MotoGP pole position hoodoo claimed its latest victim, with Casey Stoner (Ducati) finishing 5th in the German MotoGP race, after qualifying on pole for the race start.
Dani Pedrosa (Honda) pounced on Stoner early on in the race and went on to finish almost 10 seconds ahead of second place getter, and Stoner’s team mate Loris Capirossi.
Pedrosa’s team mate Nicky Hayden claimed another podium in what looks to be a better second half of the season for the plucky kid from Kentucky. Pedrosa’s victory was his first victory since the British GP in 2006. in 2007 he has been outshone by the super quick Stoner, his arch enemy from the 250cc category.
Colin Edwards once again showed his consistency to claim the points for 4th position. The big news was the heat for this race, with track temperatures of up to 47 degrees, playing havoc with tyres. Stoner’s rear tyre was at melting point but was able to hang on for his 5th to extend his lead to 32 points over Valentino Rossi for the championship.
Once again Rossi made a mistake whilst overtaking Randy De Puniet (Kawasaki) to record his first, and hopefully last, DNF for the 2007 season.
Aussies Anthony West and Chris Vermeulen finished 8th and 11th respectively. This solid result for West should surely cement his ride in MotoGP for 2008. He has shown that he can mix it with the best.
The season now moves to the US of A where Hayden should be able to continue his recent form and with the right set up, he will be hard to beat.
Top 10 finishers for the race: 1st: Dani Pedrosa – Repsol Honda2nd: Loris Capirossi – Ducat Marlboro3rd: Nicky Hayden – Repsol Honda4th: Colin Edwards – Fiat Yamaha5th: Casey Stoner – Ducati Marlboro6th: Marco Melandri – Gresini Honda7th: John Hopkins – Rizla Suzuki8th: Anthony West – Kawasaki Racing9th: Alex Hoffman – Pramac D’Antin10th: Michel Fabrizio – Gresini Honda