not been able to catch any races this season but am gonna have to make time. love the moto gp, though i do not ever want to see valentino on a ducati.....
quite simply, the doctor on a duke would be liek shumi in a ferrari, no-one would get near him. valentino has shown with having a lesser bike that he is techically on another planet from us mortals. it would be boring and repetitive to see him lapping everyone 7 times. at the moment he is handicapped and it is levelling the playing field a bit, thats why it is so damn entertaining
Great MOTO GP thread you guys have here But its a bit inactive
Here is nice preview!
Preview - Donington Park
Seven times World Champion Valentino Rossi and Championship leader Casey Stoner commence round eight of their titanic MotoGP battle at the eagerly anticipated Donington Park event this coming Sunday.
At the last round in Barcelona the sparring pair were separated by less than seven hundredths of a second after constantly swapping the lead in a superb high-speed battle that will hopefully be repeated in the 30-lap race round the 2.50 mile Derbyshire circuit.
Both riders are familiar with the twists and turns of Donington but for very different reasons. Australian Stoner, riding the Marlboro Ducati, leads Rossi's Fiat Yamaha by 14 points in the Championship after winning four of the opening seven races, rode his first ever road racing machine at Donington and made his grand prix debut at the circuit six years ago.
Rossi loves the place and has been adopted by the British fans. He has won seven times at Donington, including five premier class victories and his first ever premier class victory seven years ago. It promises to be another classic encounter between 'the master of Donington' and the young pretender who has shown no respect for Rossi's formidable reputation and in the opening seven rounds.
Donington is a track of two halves - the first part fast and flowing, including the awesome fast downhill Craner Curves. The second part, described as the car park by World Champion Eddie Lawson, was added to make the track long enough for grand prix homologation and is slow and tight but often contributes to close finishes. There is a great variety of fast and slow corners and no real long straights which always mixes up the racing.
Rossi and Stoner, will not have it all their own way this coming weekend. Last year Spaniard Dani Pedrosa dominated the Donington weekend on the Repsol Honda. The former 125 and 250cc World Champion won his first MotoGP race and set both pole and lap record times. He's finished on the podium at the last two races and lies third in the Championship.
His team-mate Nicky Hayden who makes his first British appearance as World Champion, is having a tough time defending his title and is currently 11th in the Championship. His best result at Donington is a fourth three years ago - he'd probably settle for that on Sunday.
Fourth placed Italian Marco Melandri is also a previous 250cc Donington winner while the Rizla Suzuki pair of Australian Chris Vermeulen and Anglo-American John Hopkins share fifth place. Vermeulen, who secured his first grand prix victory in the French rain last month, knows all about racing in Britain after claiming both the British Supersport and Superstock Championships in 2000.
Former 125 and 250cc World Champion Loris Capirossi won his very first grand prix at Donington 17 years ago and since then has gone on to win 27 more races including two more at Donington. He partners Stoner at Ducati and lies eighth in the Championship just six points in front of another veteran, Brazilian Alex Barros who's returned from the World Superbike Championship to ride the Pramac d'Antin Ducati.
Former double World Superbike Champion American Colin Edwards has tasted success at Donington en route to those titles. He is team-mate to Rossi at Fiat Yamaha and shares ninth place in the Championship with the Gresini Honda of exciting Spaniard Toni Elias who is certain to 'ruffle a few feathers' over the weekend.
Frenchman Randy de Puniet has enjoyed the two-week break more than most after his brave ride into fifth at Barcelona on the Kawasaki. Despite a damaged collarbone, two broken toes and a left knee the size of a football he finished fifth and will be looking for at least a repeat on Sunday and certainly less pain.
Saturday 23 June, Qualification - 13:45 UK Time Eurosport
Saturday 24 June, Race - 12:15 UK Time Eurosport
Valentino Rossi under investigation for tax evasion
MILAN, Italy (AP): Seven-time motorcycling world champion Valentino Rossi is being investigated for alleged tax evasion, authorities said.
Italy's tax agency said Wednesday it was investigating the 28-year-old Rossi for possible undeclared earnings of euro60 million (US$82.8 million) from 2000-04.
Rossi, who has been a British resident since 2000, allegedly did not declare revenues from sponsorship or his team to either British or Italian authorities during that period, the agency said in a statement.
Rossi said he respected the tax agency's work and that his advisers were "examining the question.''
He stressed that he had lived in London since 2000 but traveled seven months out of the year for work and also visited Italy to see family, friends and to vacation, the Apcom news agency reported.
Italy's deputy economy minister, Vincenzo Visco, said he had made inquiries to determine if such a "fictitious'' residency in Britain allowed Rossi to avoid paying taxes, the ANSA news agency reported. Such a loophole would "go beyond the norms of competition between states'' of the European Union, he said.
AFTER WATCHING MOTO GP EVERY YEAR IN SEPANG MALAYSIA THE TRADITION CONTINUES TOMORROW, I AM GOING TO PHILLIP ISLAND IN AUSTRALIA TO WATCH THE GP !!!!! WOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO SO EFFING EXCITED.
Malaysians prefer F1 and only a small number of hardcore fans are serious about motogp, but Australia loves it what more with Casey Stoner battling it out! I can't wait to bask in the atmosphere!! Too bad I am doing all the travelling alone haha!