Sunday, May 06, 2007

No surprises in Shanghai. Stoner wins, Rossi second

Rossi had no answer to Ducati's horsepower and Stoner's unflappable calm

While we were hoping that Yamaha engineers would have found an answer to Ducati’s horsepower/top-speed advantage, and that Rossi would somehow win the Shanghai MotoGP, it was not to be.

No. 46 fought hard and tried every trick in the book, but with his Yamaha’s top speed down by about 8-10km/h compared with Stoner’s Ducati, and given the 1.2km long back straight on the Shanghai circuit, Rossi had to settle for second palce.

"He'll never know what we put in his pasta last night. Ha!"

Rossi also made one big mistake during the race, running off the track while trying to outbrake Stoner, and lost a second or two in the process. From then on, the unflappable Aussie was not to be caught. Says Stoner, "I knew Valentino was behind so I just concentrated and didn't make many mistakes. I was expecting a big fight during the last two laps but after he made his mistake I was able to control the race." Indeed, the way Stoner rode his Ducati was admirable – not one mistake anywhere, despite Rossi piling on the pressure.

With his third place finish in Shanghai, John Hopkins took his first ever podium position in MotoGP

On an interesting note, Rizla Suzuki rider John Hopkins, who recently claimed in an interview that he’s a better rider than Nicky Hayden, took third place in the race – his first podium finish in MotoGP! Hayden, 2006 MotoGP world champ, failed to finish in the top 10. Now let's see what happens when they all meet in France in two weeks time...

Also see:
Ducati 1098 vs 999: Doug Polen decides which is better!
Preaves Monotracer: Life in the fast lane!
Aprilia to go racing in World Superbikes in 2008....
...and MV Agusta to give them some competition!

1 comment:

Madhukar said...

Yeah Ducati has edge over Yamaha on longish straights, but now we are moving to Europe. Ducati will have tough time there.




2WD AC Schnitzer AJS Akrapovic all-wheel-drive Alpinestars AMG Aprilia Ariel Audi Avinton Bajaj Barry Sheene Benelli Bianchi Bimota BMW Bosch Brammo Brembo Britten BSA Buell Bultaco Cagiva Campagna Can-Am Carver Casey Stoner Caterham Chinese bikes Classics Concept Bike Confederate CRandS Custom-built Dainese Derbi Diesel Ducati Eddie Lawson EICMA 2008 EICMA 2009 EICMA 2012 EICMA 2013 EICMA 2014 EICMA 2015 EICMA 2016 Electric Ferrari Fischer flying machines Freddie Spencer Giacomo Agostini Gilera Harley-Davidson Helmets Henderson Hero Motocorp Hesketh Honda Horex Husqvarna Hybrid Hyosung Ilmor Indian Intermot 2012 Intermot 2014 Intermot 2016 Interviews Isle of Man TT Jawa Jay Leno Jeremy Burgess Kawasaki Kevin Schwantz KTM Lamborghini Lambretta Laverda Lazareth Lotus Mahindra Malaguti Markus Hofmann McLaren Mercedes-Benz Mick Doohan Midual Millepercento Mission Motors Mondial Morbidelli Morgan Moriwaki Moto Guzzi Moto Morini Moto2 Moto3 MotoCzysz MotoGP MotoGP-2007 MotoGP-2008 MotoGP-2009 MotoGP-2010 Motorcycle Design Motus MTT MV Agusta MZ News Nissan Norton NSU Peraves Petronas Peugeot Photography Piaggio Porsche Quad Renard Renault Riding Impressions Roehr Ronax Ronin Rotary Royal Enfield Scooters Segway Shootouts Short Films Skills Specials stunt riding Supercharged Suter Suzuki Toyota Travel trike Triumph Turbo TVS Two-stroke Ural V10 V12 V4 V6 V8 Valentino Rossi Velocette Vespa Victory Vincent Volkswagen Voxan Vyrus Wakan Wayne Gardner Wayne Rainey Wunderlich Yamaha Yoshimura Zagato