Round 10 - Laguna Seca MotoGP


Round 10 - Laguna Seca

It's time for the bikes to take to the famous corkscrew for the United States Grand Prix. Matt Roberts presents live coverage of the tenth round from Laguna Seca in California.


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Good evening and welcome to the legendary Laguna Seca circuit in

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sunny California, around 10 of the MotoGP World Championships. You can

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see they are getting fired up, the riders are about to go out on their

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warm-up lap. Let us headed to our commentary team of Steve Parrish

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gorgeous here in this national park. There are the guys on the grid, and

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in pole position, Jorge Lorenzo who had a massive crash here yesterday

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after a practice. Clearly doing a good jobs. He can barely walk but

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he can ride a motorcycle as he proved this morning.

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Let us look through. On the front row, Jorge Lorenzo was a triumph

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getting pole position. Beside him is Casey Stoner and his team-mate

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Dani Pedrosa. The top three of the Year and the top three on the grid.

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Ben Spies is in the second row with Marco Simoncelli. In rose 3, we

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tell you is that only one rider in the first two Rose, Ben Spies, has

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gone for the softer option 4th tyres. -- for tyres. It will be

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interesting to see how that pans out. There are the standings, it is

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tight. Remember, it is 25 for a win. He could lose it all today. The

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most important thing at the start of the fourth row is Hal Crutchlow

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and Colin Edwards. Baptiste the Ben Bostrom making his debut at the

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is injured. The Pramac Racing boys are

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struggling this weekend. We are getting ready for our first

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race state side. Red flag. Last rider moving into the back, the

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safety car following them around. Perfect conditions. Put your hot

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dogs down, for the start of the from Jorge Lorenzo. Pedro are sir

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macro is normally the fastest. Casey Stoner tried to get around

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the outside. Jorge Lorenzo hangs on to it. Marco Simoncelli tried to go

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them. Look what happened to Dani Pedrosa. A great start from Jorge

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time. A launching pad. Down they go, everyone through cleaning. Jorge

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Lorenzo, in front of everyone else. This is Chichi into the last turn.

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they climb up the hill. Nicky Hayden. Jorge Lorenzo, brave on

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that first lap. Can he hang on? Valentino Rossi cut its back. He

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shuts the door on him. That was close. He is all over the place but

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clinging on. He doesn't want to drop further back. At the top end

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of the circuit, Corkscrew. Ben Spies of having another look on the

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outside. Rainey Curve, one of the most scary parts of the circuit.

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Ben Spies is all over, he can taste that Ducati. Turn 11, down the

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straight. Down we go. Valentino Rossi had another moment.

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Struggling for grip. 700 metres but there is a bend. One of the only

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places where you get into sixth gear. Pedro's urgent macro is

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closing in on Jorge Lorenzo. -- Pedro are sir macro -- Dani Pedrosa

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is closing down. Remember he was the man in Germany. Look at the gap

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they are putting on Casey Stoner. He said yesterday... Marco

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Simoncelli. He has gone through. He has gone for the softer tyre. There

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back and sides from the local boy. What a fantastic view. And dirty

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corner. -- Andretti Hairpin. This is the corner which caught a number

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of riders out yesterday. Ben Spies went down at that point in the

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qualifying session. Casey Stoner has set the fastest lap so far. He

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held the lap record last year. is almost a second behind the race

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is down. A nightmare. He was running 10th just behind that

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easter macro. That was expensive. But he looks OK. -- just behind

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closer. Not quite as quick the last time around. Almost an identical

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time for Dani Pedrosa. A fantastic the hill, under the bridge. Into

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the final corner before they go over the top, you cannot sue the

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corner, you are blind. Trying to keep it as straight as possible. If

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you get the first part of this wrong, you get the second and third

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part as well. 65 kilometres an hour. His team-mate Steve -- Andrea

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Dovizioso. Marco Simoncelli wants to come and play. Valentino Rossi

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has a handful on. But look at the gap that Ben Spies has made on

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Valentino Rossi. Ben Spies did not get away so well. With the greatest

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of respect, you are holding up Nicky Hayden. Valentino Rossi is on

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the different rear suspension system. Nicky Hayden opted for the

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older system, he reckoned he would get a bit more grip, he wasn't

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comfortable with the new bike. we know, all the technology is the

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best. It is what you get used to. The one-hour of qualifying is not

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enough time. Casey Stoner still chipping away. These two at the

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front charging hard. Half a dozen laps down now. They can see Ben

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Spies making headway. The team has been thinking all the time, he led

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the race in Germany. He is having tyre at issues. It looks like he is

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overworking his tyres. Maybe Casey is tried to take things easier

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earlier on. This is a shorter circuit. Casey Stoner needs to have

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some tyres at the end of the race. When you listen to him, nobody gets

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on the power as early as he does out of the corners. Talking to some

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of the greats here, it has been a real treat. Kenny Roberts. They all

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say this circuit, the cannot afford to be aggressive. Oh no, Simon

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to him last year. Goes around the faster. These U2 are holding each

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other up at full speed. We know now the much quieter Jorge Lorenzo, the

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world champion who won last year by sheer consistency, by being very

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solid, as he has been this year. He has got a pace he is happy with. He

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will, he is not in his best physical condition. Because of the

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crash yesterday. He will have to put a bit more weight on his arms.

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These motorbikes, you do not release it, there is not enough

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time. -- you do not really sit on The climb up the hill is something

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else. It is very steep. When you stand in the middle of the track,

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you do not think it is the shortest, it seems quite big. It is a weird

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experience. It is so good to watch. In certain places you can see most

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of the circuit. He lost a little bit of time there. On that corner.

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That was where Nicky Hayden went down from the Corkscrew. A

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different corner to where he crashed last year. I guess he does

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not have many engine hours up. the teams have been saying it does

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not affect them now because they have a fortnight to get these bikes

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sorted out. The biggest problem is when one of these bikes crashers --

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crashes, it fills the bikes up with sand and dust. There was a lot of

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late boil burned here last night sorting out these bikes. He has

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inherited a bit of space there, especially with the Simoncelli

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crash. He started 12th and is now eight. -- 8th. This will be a long,

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hugely demanding physical afternoon for these guys. You do not get a

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breather. Casey has dropped back a this weekend. Sadly quit early.

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went of the track and decided that was the end of it. So poor old Ben

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Bostrom, who has not had a particularly great time will be

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this weekend, he was off the pace by about four seconds, not unusual

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never having ridden a MotoGP bike before, at the age of 27, it is a

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shock to the system. Want to tick off the list. Here's qualified

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about sixth fastest as he retires. I hope he does not used the MotoGP

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ride in his Superbike race, that would be chaos. Hope not, because

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these have carbon brakes. Jorge Lorenzo. Five seconds back from

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Dovizioso. He has to get his head down now. Colin Edwards, one of the

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family favourites. Your top Yanks are bends be used in fifth, -- Ben

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times, which are good. This is Ben Spies, in that same kind of time as

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the frontrunners. But he is far back, about five seconds back on

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Dovizioso. His time, last lap 23: a bit of a moment somewhere.

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will keep an eye on that. It is only a minute or so and they're

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back round again. This is so technical. Complicated, tricky,

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then it becomes very natural and much softer. That was a replay of

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changes sooner be Ducati, they have run out of options, they have

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changed every component they can. If they cannot fix the bug may be

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the best change they could do is give Valentino some binoculars so

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we could see whether front rowers. -- so he could see. The am not

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making much progress. It is always half a second off the pace. It is

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worth expanding on what they have done with this new bike. They were

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trying to use next year's set up but this year's engine but it kind

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of backfired. It has because of a set the stall out with it for next

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year it is not looking good. Jorge Lorenzo absolutely nailed it from

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Jorge Lorenzo. And he was so quick on the brakes. Nice and neatly

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through there. Valentino Rossi sneaking around with Ben Spies. It

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was not good for him because you can see him losing lots of ground

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there. That was really not a good past you. All that hard work that

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took place in the hour-long qualifying session. Ben Spies

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started in for. Ben Bostrom started last but has had to pulling what

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Bad luck. What happened? It it was not bad luck, but rider error. I

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was having trouble putting it back into second and first gear, going

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in. I kept going off the track. That his rider error. -- that is.

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The bike is the nominal, much better than me right now. I have

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never ridden something that turns so well. I cannot thank The Bhoys

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enough, they did a phenomenal job. I feel bad retiring but when you

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are that far back... Talking of rider error, we just saw as well...

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To they seemed to be getting it together. It helped him move up to

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13th place in the championship. The only bright light in the Suzuki

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camp at the moment is that John Hopkins is back in the next round,

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two riders, two bikes in the next As we listen to Dani Pedrosa, is he

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stalking Lorenza, just sitting in having breathers and then coming

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minute. Colin realises that, goes round the outside and jams it up

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night in our research meeting, in the bar! Pedrosa, Lorenzo and Stone

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are the three. We are getting big battles between Hayden, Rossi and

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Battista, he was out of it. Then there is Spies and Dovizioso.

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Disclosing into these really interesting groups. They do not

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fail to disappoint. The elder Three Musketeers, as such. To bits here

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and Spies are just clinging in Puniet was a non-starter through

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speeds here. It is so tight. final corner, turn 11, they come

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out of that, then a drag race up and over the hill and a slow corner

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at the bottom. One of the shortest the bike from first up to sixth

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Gear. Possibly the bike is coming back to him a bit. 21 litres, these

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bikes, it is all they are allowed to carry. They would like to use

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more because it would be faster but those are the rules. We are going

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to see whether Pedrosa is falling back to Stoner, or Lorenzo is

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clearing up. I think Stoner was the faster Guy last time round. Lorenzo

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has responded. Lorenzo has the hammer down. Last time he dropped

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up a bit now. It looks like Stoner circuit like this the Yamaha is so

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competitive. That Honda has so much squirt, it was a big problem early

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in the season but with recent form it has been a match. We are over

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half race distance. I personally believe for me get to the next

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is no coming back from the Corkscrew. Slap-bang in there, no

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dilly-dallying there from Casey Stoner. He got himself committed,

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had Dani Pedrosa waiting in there. their from Casey Stoner. He has

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decided he will go and see if he can play with the Spaniard as his

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dear wife watches on. The whole crew will be impressed with that.

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Championship leader is in second place there. If they finish as they

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are now he will still go away from here leading the championship, but

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only by 10. This is the championship we are watching here.

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moment, they should do, all three of them have gone for the harder

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option. The suspension and work that has gone into the rear is

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phenomenal. The way they grip and develop, you were talking to London

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30 brake horsepower, and that is limited. It could be more. That is

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what the power is when they give it maximum. There are lower gears

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there with and he's been and traction control. -- and to spin. -

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weekend. Generally it has been 10 the rear tyres and eight front

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tyres for every rider. There is Karel Abraham having a fairly

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reasonable run, in tenth position. He has been a giant slayer, Karel

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Abraham. He is developing a habit of popping off the bike before he

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has finished. He will be a force to accident on the Repsol Honda

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machine. His first time here, having missed this race last year.

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Because of his injury. Loris Capirossi is in pain. Meanwhile,

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back at the front, Casey Stoner is on the warpath. He sure is. He is

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really pressing on. Casey Stoner said yesterday, he thought he had a

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race pace. But look at the statistics. Jorge Lorenzo will be

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thinking he kept it up his sleeve. When we get to the faster circuits,

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to the next one in the Czech Republic, it is a more high-speed

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flowing circuit, and Indianapolis witches and in between one. Honda

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is still the horsepower machine. It still proves it was very hard when

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Jorge Lorenzo was chasing. When you get more horsepower which he seemed

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in a house, it floats at that point. It is in mid- air, you are changing

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direction. A I do not know how they do it. Extraordinary. Over this

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flat section of the circuit. Peculiar how the corners

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drastically changed. When you start climbing the hill back around, 5

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and 6, you can carry a lot more corner speed. 11 laps remaining.

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Then, up the hill, it is like a road circuit, at a mountain circuit,

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really tough. We have sadly lost Simon chilly.

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The another disappointing race, what happened?

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I was pushing a lot, to try to stay with the leading rider. I do not

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know, I lost it. There was no warning. I am sorry and

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disappointed. But we will come back in Brno. I will give 100%. Casey

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Stoner is giving us 100%. There is something fundamental with the

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Marco Simoncelli's riding staff. is a big guy. He calls the bike

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around. He is still learning and try to stay with the leaders. I

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would say he is in a bit too much of a rush. These guys, every single

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lap, every corner, they are at the limit. Going know there is such an

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easy job. Trying to stay with them and not fall off is nearly

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impossible. They have so much ability and talent. Marco is on a

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similar bike. It is a factory speck bike. Of course, he hasn't quite

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got the experience of these riders. The he is ever so enthusiastic.

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Very enthusiastic. This is one of the best chances that Casey Stoner

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has got, getting out of there. Using the Hondas advantage. They

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have a lot of respect, the crowd here. Standing up. I was expecting

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Dani to be on the pace. Maybe he is still sore. He is the only person

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who knows whether he is tight but he looks like he has given up the

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fight with nine laps remaining. Casey Stoner is on the back wheel.

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Casey Stoner has got to get past or he will drop another five points.

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Jorge Lorenzo, coming in a round Casey Stoner. Jorge Lorenzo has

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been chipping away. Only 15 points. That gap has evaporated. He had a

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healthy lead after that Silverstone crash for Jorge Lorenzo. It has

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been chipped away. Yamaha one with another rider, Ben Spies. 25 points

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would be neat for him. What a series it has been for him. Winning

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in Qatar. First in France. In the UK. Second in Netherlands, third in

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Italy and Germany. He has been so solid. Casey Stoner is really

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starting to wind this up, over that crazy left-hander. There is Dani

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Pedrosa. He is really quick around here as a rule. In third place.

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Andrea Dovizioso is 15 seconds back from the guys at the front.

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Spies is looking at the timing board. He had been a long way back.

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He has come back four seconds. He has been lapping faster. A

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wonderful shot there, the Bridgestone have been forced into

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the ground. It has to be. A lot of the riders have said, coming here,

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riding the MotoGP for the first time, they cannot get over pushing

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the tyres hard enough to get the heat. A horrible situation. How

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hard is he trying and working? really rings it out like a rag.

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Where is Casey Stoner? Going up the hill, at Casey Stoner was really.

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The Corkscrew. It is about horsepower, and getting around the

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corner. Managing to get the bike stood up, up right. Letting go just

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a tiny little bit. One of his passes will almost certainly be

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instigated the corner before. and a half laps. Jorge Lorenzo will

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be on maximum defence. How about that? Ben Spies just making his way

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past. Over the top of the hole. Casey Stoner is really close at

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that point. -- the top of the hill. The to make a pass around here, we

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have seen it at the top of the Corkscrew. The majority of passes

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will be on the final corner. The Yamaha is good in the corner, so it

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is Jorge Lorenzo. Casey Stoner has the drive. He has to go higher and

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wide. Trying to politician. He is carried so much more speed. --

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move over the top. Out of turn 11. I tell you what, that is a

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frighteningly fast corner. And he blind. The most surprised person

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out there will be Casey Stoner. He said this morning he looked more

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There are still six laps remaining. The crowd stand again. You remember

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when we were talking about Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi, when

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Jorge Lorenzo really got his eye in, of Valentino Rossi raised his game.

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These are two opponents, Casey Stoner and Jorge Lorenzo are taking

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each other to a new level. I am wondering, has Jorge Lorenzo said,

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I am beaten up, I cannot go faster. He can barely walk. Maybe he has

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ever done things. Fair play, he will still end up with 20 points.

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What to a move from Casey Stoner, around the top. Into the Andretti

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Hairpin, look at the body move, he flings himself into the right.

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Where they pleased or angry? I can't make it out. Jorge said, I

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can hardly walk, but I am fine on the bike. It is the difference

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between getting a fast lap in... The pit crew need to see how much

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he has pulled out. He is still pushing really hard. Toni Elias

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letting anyone past. The difference between a really fast that and

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hanging out for a race distance. We only have four laps left. That is a

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lot of punishment. In a lap and a half... Look at this. This is for

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fourth position. At front, Jorge Lorenzo needs to settle the pace.

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These two have been having a belting race, but in each other

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under enormous pressure. Andrea Dovizioso. And Ben Spies on the

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Yamaha. Dani Pedrosa somewhere in the middle. Still under pressure

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from Nicky Hayden. It looked as though Nicky Hayden was going to

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monster him a little while ago. Yamaha verses Honda. What has Ben

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Spies got? He has caught Andrea Dovizioso. And he has local

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knowledge. He was racing Superbikes here only a handful of years ago.

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Spies could not get close. Spies is known for his ability to

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ride on will warn tyres. Interestingly, Ben Spies has the

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softer option rear tyres. He was debating what to use. He was in a

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50-50 situation but whatever he has used has the durability because he

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is still very much on the pace and looking like he is going to pass.

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You are right. Casey Stoner has a Casey Stoner put on Jorge Lorenzo.

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If he is going to make a move, this is a good time. At eight Ben it is

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more likely to do it into turn 11. Is this the move? He has done it,

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Ben Spies has done it. A big there. In to turn 11, Ben Spies is

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good on the brakes. Jammed it on the inside. Once you have it in the

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inside there is no way Dovizioso could go round from that stage. A

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perfect racing move down the inside of someone, even though you

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compromise your race by going into the corner, it does not matter.

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There is your race leader. Remember him, we have not seen him for a

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while. 3.5 seconds in front now of Jorge Lorenzo, eight seconds in

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front of Dani Pedrosa. All we have to do is roll it around from here.

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What a beautiful place. Casey Stoner now coming into that left

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hand side. He will be counting down because we are about to go on the

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last lap. Jorge Lorenzo said there is nothing more I could do, you

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could see the body language from him. It is still within a race win.

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I spoke to Lin Jarvis yesterday after the accident we were talking

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about and he thought it was season over. He has not had a sudden spurt

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of speed. Two riders lap to there. It is not helpful on a trap this

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on, give me a break! Are wonder if he will have a hometown hero dive

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won the final corner, just bring it for you, probably! And absolutely

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and the team already. Casey Stoner across the line! Brilliant ride

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from the Australian. The Jorge Lorenzo, great staff. One poll,

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carrying his injuries through. -- in fourth, ahead of Dovizioso.

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Valentino Rossi beats his team-mate Nicky Hayden. You would have

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Casey Stoner, can you? It looks like his year. Bowe was his best

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lap. -- that was his best lap. There is Barbara, getting across

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the line in ninth. He will be the... A Colin Edwards made it eight. --

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Colin Edwards made it eightth. -- and will be best pleased with

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themselves. He did a fantastic job under trying circumstances. We all

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thought it was over yesterday. thought he had broken his leg, the

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way he landed. But he dusted himself off and hobbled over to the

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bike, went out and it knew he would fourth place in the championship,

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displacing Valentino Rossi by two Casey Stoner has finished on the

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podium in every race except for one where volunteer out --, where

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Valentino Rossi knocked him off. thought we were entering up the

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exhaust pipe of the Yamaha there, fortunately it has a silencer on to

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stop that happening. He could smell the blood of, I think. They will

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have to lift him off. That was a belting ride. Certainly was.

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Sensational for Casey. Maybe finally closure for 2008, that

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defeat to Valentino Rossi, that famous accident on the Corkscrew,

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he returned the favour. Here he takes the congratulations of his

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was in the race. He put in one lap, called himself a one-lap wonder in

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the press conference yesterday. His race pace has been nothing like all

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weekend, so I leave it with you Ben Spies will be disappointed. If

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he had not got swamped at turn one it would have been a different

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story. If he got off the line I think he would have run with the

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guys. He would have had a chance with Dani Pedrosa there, for third

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place. I feel for him. He did a good job, it was useful. He has a

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nice Gabba now, maybe a holiday and some Californian sunshine to sort

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himself out. He might go for some The Mannheim that victory is with

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me now. We spoke to Casey last night Eddie said he did not feel

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the had the race pace yesterday, so He probably found the rhythm are

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more and more to make a race like this. In the end he did a wonderful

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race. What was it that you found? We know his action ring was a

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problem. Were you concerned? At the general he struggled a bit with the

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front because it is bumpy. worked mainly on this problem.

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* owner did a fantastic job. -- Stoner. Congratulations.

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Disappointing not to take the win, what was it in the end? The injury?

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I am disappointed because I waited for victory. Casey has been faster

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than last. Mainly at the end, he was more fresh, so he deserved the

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victory. The pain in the back, in my arms was not good for us at the

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end of the race. When I saw Casey going so fast I just threw in the

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towel and finished second. It is fair to say that Lorenzo was at

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least 10 feet of the ground at the height of that. He landed very hard

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indeed. On his back, on his side really. It looked like he was more

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hurt than he was. It was terrifying fall in Jarvis. Paul Dani Pedrosa

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will be thinking what am I going to do? Congratulations. You could not

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keep up with the others in the end. In the middle of the race I was

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very tired. Physically I could not It was hard for me physically. The

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bike was speeding on the rear. Basically I dropped because I was

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not ready physically. But I am happy to be back on the podium

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again, just after might come back. It is great to keep up the pace

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with these guys. I'm just hoping to get something us back for the next

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race. His fitness is still coming back. Obviously it is a very

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physical circuit. Much more so than it was in Germany last time. That

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was an easier circuit. In terms of Not happening at the moment for Cal

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Crutchlow. It is the antithesis of Three beautiful looking motorcycles

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there. That is the last time will see those red and black colours on

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the other half. They look absolutely stunning. -- on at the

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We saw almost top bikes have the same compound tyres. Ben Spies ran

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a soft option. A decent over lap there from a bridge don't point of

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view, who have been under stick recently for having tyres that do

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not see the temperature of the circuit. That is being addressed

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from the next race. There is the poor old Simoncelli dust field bike.

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Ben Spies may well have been the top American but the top Australian

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is Casey Stoner. Congratulations. You really did it today and learnt

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that win. We have had a tough weekend. The last few races were

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tough, we have had the pace but not pulled it off. This weekend we

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never had the pace until warm-up, then we found something we were

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more happy with. I went into the race with more confidence. At the

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start we decided to be patient, but I did not feel good at the

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beginning, so I was happy to make most of my time up on the brakes. I

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want to get the bike towing as good as I could. Slowly the bike started

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to get better, I got better feeling. I saw everybody else struggling a

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bit. That is when I decided to move forward, try to get to Jorge

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Lorenzo, once I was behind him I want to see what he was able to do.

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For me it was a few laps to go, I decided to go and try to make a

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gapped. It was a great weekend for us to come from such a disaster,

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yesterday, qualifying looked good but the race pace was not there. So

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today was a big turnaround. Thank you. It was the bike coming his way,

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that fuel load making the bike more manageable. Some times even a tyre

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going away from you makes the bike more stable, I know it sounds

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ridiculous but sometimes too much grip can harm you. Once the fuel

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load drops off and the suspension has settled in nicely and you get

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used to the track, it can come back more. A lot of it was going away

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from Jorge Lorenzo. We have still got it really tight at the top. But

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we also have it tight between Honda and Yamaha. The brawl they were

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having all year continues. They were level with 65 victory siege,

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now Honda moves in front. -- 65 victories each. They are talking.

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They did not used to like each There you go, Casey Stoner breathes

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a sigh of relief as he gets on to the podium. Lucky Lorenzo did not

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win because it would have been a step too far to climb with that

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The Constructors' Championship is still red hot and is being led by

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One more trophy to go. He has been waiting for this. Casey Stoner on

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the top step of the podium. A fantastic result. Five wins from 10

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for Casey Stoner so far this weekend. Six races in the space of

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eight weekends. A couple of weekends off now but back in Europe

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on 14th August for around 11 of 18. See you then. From the US Grand

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Matt Roberts presents live coverage of the tenth round of the season from Laguna Seca in California. It's time for the bikes to take to the famous corkscrew for 2011's United States Grand Prix. Last year Jorge Lorenzo took the victory with Casey Stoner in second, can he win again and close the gap in the championship standings?


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