Round 7 - Assen MotoGP


Round 7 - Assen

Round 7 and the Championship is at Assen for the Dutch TT and one of the most exciting circuits in the calendar. Can Casey Stoner continue his dominant display?


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For 81 years, the last Saturday in June has meant just one thing to

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motor cycling fan, it is the Dutch TT here at Assen. As you can see

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behind me, fans have made their annual pilgrimage for all across

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Europe to the place their call the Cathedral. I am glad to say the

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Brits out out in force. The weather is not looking too great at the

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moment, hopefully it will make up for a miserable weekend at

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Silverstone last time out. This crash result in the a bloken

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collarbone for Cal Crutchlow and no British ride for the home fans to

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get behind on a soggy race day. Casey Stoner showed his pro-pros we

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in the wet and took the lead. Jorge Lorenzo lost control. Lorenzo is

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down. The World Champion is down. It is in bits. The M1 Yamaha is

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It is in bits. The M1 Yamaha is broken and he is out. Simoncelli

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has gone! Maybe it was when not if but Simoncelli is down. Simoncelli

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and Ben Spies failed to finish which lifted Colin Edwards up to a

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popular podium. Colin Edwards, a legend. Gets a podium. Hospital one

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What a fantastic performance that was from Colin Edwards, just nine

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days after breaking his collarbone in Barcelona and there he was on

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the podium at Silverstone where his team-mate Cal Crutchlow missed out

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on the race. I am delighted to say he is back for this one. Carl, it

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has been a tough couple of weeks but I won't give away your grip

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position just yet but fantastic over the weekend. You must have

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been in so much pain. It wasn't too bad. We had two dry sessions

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yesterday, and, one was an hour- and-a-half long and one was an hour,

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so it is quite sore today. I don't know, we are go into the race and

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see what we can do. I was happy with how things went, wet and dry,

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we will see what the weather brings for the race. Good luck today. So

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Cal Crutchlow then, will be coming this way, in just a couple of

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minutes time. Through the garage, into the back here. This is where

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they keep the tyres warm at the back. Where I like to keep my hands

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warm on a cold day. You can see the sprairs and the tools are kept

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round here at the back of the garage as well. Then through here

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this is the walk thatical will be doing in a few minutes time. -- Cal.

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Here to make a seat to make his final preparations before the race,

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and we have his two race packs. I want to show you something. This

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sticker, the team have put on Cal and Colin's bikes, two walking

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wounded in this, but thankfully we have two fit men as well here. I

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will have to be careful what I say! Steady on there! Great to see him

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back. Colin came back eight days after his operation but Cal's is

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more complicated. It was smashed in eight place, they use that amazing

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treatment where they put him in a deepfreeze for short periods, the

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same as Mark Webber had when h when he fell off his mountain biefpblg

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he is back and fit. We heard a line of commentary from you, in the

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opener, Charlie saying that Colin is a legend, he showed that at

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Silverstone last time out. He is a tough character and so is Cal

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Crutchlow. Colin, what a belter, the right conditions for him wet

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weather, so I guess from that point of view, the softer the conditions

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are for Cal the better as well. was a miserable day at Silverstone

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but it was an opportunity to marvel at the skill of the guys and

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especially stone. Watching people sat at home, they can't believe

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what they are seeing, they are going round 10% slower than in the

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dry. Any good rider wouldn't go as far as they do in the dry, let

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alone what they were doing in the wet. It is -- extraordinary. You

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have to hand to it Bridgestone, those tyres are extraordinary.

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Missing is Dani Pedrosa. He has been replaced for this race by

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Hiroshi Aoyama from Honda Gresini who has been replaced by Kousuke

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Akiyoshi. Danny is still recovering and he has had another operation to

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repair a chipped fragment in the bone. Charlie, we hope to see him

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back next week but it has been a long time. It has been a very long

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time. And it is still unclear, isn't it, how he has done it and

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what he has done to himself. Did he reinjure himself? It is a real

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misly the, he has disappeared for so long. His manager is here this

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week. Never short of a prop or two. Talk us through this. That is a

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plate that would go, that is an old one. I had one fitted about 25

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years ago that sits in there. This is more of a factory one. You can

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see it is shaped and everything else. That gos in there and I have

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just borrowed these from a nice man called Ian who is a shoulder surge.

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He explains how much better they have got. They have developed

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collarbone plates now. The tech 3 guys should keep nem in the spares

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department and whip them in straight away. You better hang on

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the that one. I think he made his own last time. Mine we are peck

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know. Talking about operations to get things right. They have been

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busy at Ducati over the last couple of weeks. After lots of testing for

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the 1,000 cc bike what we are seeing is the fruits of that labour.

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The GP 11.is which has a new gin put into what is the early

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development of next year's GP12 chassis so it is a new chassis. A

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new inverted swing arm and a new gearbox. Tell us about the changes

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to this bike? We change 80%, it is new. We have a new swing arm, we

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take completely different shock absorber system, and we have a new

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chassis and we have a new fairing but the big news is the gearbox.

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The Ducati seems like transmission, this is new technology, it is a

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very quick gearbox and this is a bigger advantage, we decide that to

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introduce this bike now, because we think this is a big advantage.

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Thank you. So, this bike is just for Rossi here in Assen. Probably

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with a view to Mag low which welcome back the next race for him.

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Nicky I had listen get this bike in a few weeks time. That is a major

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step for Ducati to take at this stage. I remember being at the

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unveiling ceremony back in January when they were pulling the covers

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off that bike. It only lasted a few races. We have rarely seen a new

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shaskwhri introduced so quickly. Valentino Rossi only has three

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engines for the rest of the season. They have had to change the energy.

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It has been reduced to 800 cc. So they introduced three. So six is

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the maximum. We has to last the rest of the season with three

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engines. So that is interesting. Nicky Hayden is still waiting for

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that. Whether or not it works for him. Nicky has been a pace setter

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across relative of the problems they have had. Valentino Rossi not

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out of touch in the Championship with what a third of it gone. He is

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on 68 in fourth place. Casey Stoner leading the way with that victory

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in Silverstone on 116. 18 clear of Jorge Lorenzo. As you can see Colin

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Edwards there in eighth in the Championship, after his heroics at

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Silverstone. 37, he is showing no signs of wanting to hang his

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Known as the Texas tornado Colin Edwards twice world Superbike

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champion and has been a regular in Sometimes out spoken but always

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popular, the only blot on his career is that he has never won a

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Grand Prix, although he came close here in Assen in 2006, when this

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crash on the last corner robbed him Colin, ninth season in MotoGP.

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Still searching that first win. Is that something that keeps you

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going? Well, you know, I mean, I have won two World Championship, I

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have won losts of race, am I upset I haven't won a Grand Prix? Not

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really. I am just not ready to go anywhere else. I still love riding

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motorcycles. I knew this year we were going have a new bike so I was

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really motivated. Any time you get new parts, when it gets steal, then

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yeah, but last year we struggled. We were on an old bike. A lot of

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old stuff from years ago, and this year starting fresh, and brand-new,

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bits, and it has been real motivating as well. I like working,

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and finding new ways to tinker round with new part, and try and

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extract the most out of them, so it has been a good year. We found a

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couple of things that seem to be working pretty good. You have your

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wife and kids back at home what is life like back in Texas? I have two

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lives. This is my secret double agent life! No, at home is like a

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full-time job. I wake up, bring the kids to school. Go get my wife a

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star buck, bring it home, you know, I am working when I am home. When I

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come here it is like vacation, I get to ride motorcycles and it is

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like two different lives. Now my wife can't come with me, we have

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kids in school, and it is... It, yeah. You have two sides it feels

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like. What are you thinking about the current crop of riders at the

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moment? You know, here you have fast rider, faster rider and the

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fastest rider who I think at the moment is Casey. Everybody's kind

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of lucky he is been with Ducati or he might have dominated the last

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three or four year, so it is tough, as far as impressing me I think

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Simoncelli has been riding well this year. There has been so many

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feuds this year, like old one, new ones and you seem to be the only

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person that just about gets on with everyone. A bit of the father

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figure or the Agony Aunt. Yeah, I think u you know the same

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organisation that let vos vos and didn't penalise him, and Valentino

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used to fight on track all the time. Now they want to pin those guys --

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penalise guys 20 second. Welcome to the MotoGP procession everybody. I

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think it is (BLEEP). It is soft things on track, off track,

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whatever, but all the tack and the BS just kind of, it is too much. It

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is too much. And especially you can't bring gladiators to an opera,

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we come to fight, so you have to It's all over. Talk about pushing.

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He is done. You are a unique character in the paddock. How would

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you like to be remembered in the MotoGP world when crow do leave?

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How would I like to be remembered? I don't know. I don't feel like I

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have ever changed since, since I started racing motorcycles. I never

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felt like I needed to be an bleep because I could ride bikes better

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than the next guy. I am who I am, and if it be outspoken it is not

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cocky, it is just I tell the truth. And sometimes the truth hurts.

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you are I hope you still have a few years left in you Colin. We will

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see. I feel good. Riding good, so, we le will see what it brings.

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he is a true legend is Colin Edwards and I have another one here

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next door in the factory Yamaha garage where they are racing in the

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red-and-white colours. You were the first 500 World Champion for Yamaha

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in these colours, it must be special for you to see them back

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again? Yes, this is the colour when I race, when I started to race in

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74 and 75 and 75 I win the World Champion and the 500 so it is the

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first title of Yamaha in the 500, and I have a very nice time, and I

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hope this colour is a good luck for the rider today, here in Assen, and

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I hope Yamaha have a good result here. Thank you. I hope you enjoy

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it too. It is of course confusing for the riders to be in different

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colours as we saw from Jorge Lorenzo during practise. Have a

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look at this. He is come back in pit lane. He expects to see them in

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blue. Misses the pit box, goes down too far, you are not allowed to

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ride the wrong way so he had to go back out and do another lap. But

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fantastic successful half century for Yamaha in Grand Prix racing and

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Steve has been taking a trip down You cannot believe how much history

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there is for Yamaha. This is a bike built for Bill Ivy. It is just a

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little toy. Tiny drum brakes. It is minuscule. Everything that is made

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is made the same as a motorcycle, but it is so tiny. 56 kilograms,

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about the weight of Dani Pedrosa. I can pick it up easily. This is a

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beautiful 125, four cylinder machine. This is a 1968 model. When

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you start looking around, we are talking about drum brakes, treaded

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tyres as they had in those days. The pistons would be about that

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small, absolutely tiny, and it would do about 18,000 rpm. They

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were so noisy. A 250, another great machine. Phil Reed, 250 cc, again

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four cylinders. Worth millions of pounds, there is nothing like it

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around. This is quite unique as well, ridden by Aggers Deeney, a

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350 Yamaha from the 1975 season. This is very interesting, the gear

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shift is on the opposite side. When I started racing, we always had the

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gearshift on the right and the brake on the left, that turned

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This is quite a serious bike, about 120 brake horsepower, it weighed

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about 130 kilograms. I have crashed one of these many times and a lot

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of my scars are due to bikes like this.

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Deaf and scarred, but otherwise I think you came through that quite

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well! The safety car is out on the track, the bikes are getting lined

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up on the grid. Let's find out what The entire practice and qualifying

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positions for the Assen Grand Prix have been stood on their head --

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qualifying sessions. First by bad weather and then and on President

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event. Oil was spilled around more than two kilometres of this circuit

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-- unprecedented event. All three of the riders went out. Meant a

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really hard push in qualifying. Simoncelli has been leading the

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pace in all sessions, and in qualifying was the man to beat. The

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guy pushing him hardest was Ben Spies for Yamaha. He was only 9004

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of the time set by Simoncelli. Our Thousandths Cal Crutchlow at one

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point was on the front row. Ultimately being pushed back, but

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still starts in sixth, an astonishing performance when you

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consider his recovery from collarbone surgery. For Valentino

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Rossi, he is on a new motorbike, they have re-engineered everything

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but it has just not work. 11th fastest and at one point, he was

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As you can see, we are out on the grid. Some very desperate

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alterations have been made to Jorge Lorenzo's bike. I mentioned it was

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drizzling, it has dried out now. It looks as though they are changing

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too slick tyres. We were hoping to grab a word with Jorge Lorenzo. He

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is speaking to his team manager here. Lots of concern and not easy

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for the riders to keep concentration. He is speaking to

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his crew chief now. He will be filling him in on what changes they

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have made. I am going to hang on for a second. We would like to grab

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a word with Jorge Lorenzo if we can. Is chatting to the Bridgestone tyre

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technicians as well. There was some talk that we might get a full set

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of new slicks from Bridgestone headquarters in Germany, because a

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lot of riders have crashed on cold tyres. The cold tyre problem we

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have seen throughout the season. That move to get a new set in from

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Bridgestone was vetoed by one manufacturer, so it hasn't happened.

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We will come back to Jorge Lorenzo. Maybe he is coming over, just one

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second... We will come back. Let's speak to Casey Stoner, let's go to

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the front row. We will try to get a word with Casey Stoner. He has

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qualified on the front row of the grid. He is leading the

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championship. We will come in the back door. Sorry. Casey Stoner,

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front row start for you. Some consternation about the conditions.

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It seems to be drying up. weekend, it has been pretty bad.

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There is no consistency whatsoever. In both conditions, the track seems

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slippery and unpredictable so in mixed conditions, it is lethal. We

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have seen a lot of crashes and it is not nice going into a race,

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knowing that. It is unpredictable and we are not really sure what

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tyre choice will be best. We are running with what we know at the

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moment. Presumably you will go with slicks? At this moment. The track

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is pretty well drive. It could rain at any time, as you have seen all

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day. We will have do see what happens, how it pans out and stay

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upright. I hope it stays dry. Thank you. Just a reminder, if you are

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new to MotoGP, if it does start to rain during a dry race, the riders

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will be able to come in, change bikes on to a set of wet tyres and

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be able to go back out. We have missed Jorge Lorenzo unfortunately.

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Not to worry, we'll get him another day. Who else is on the second row?

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Let's have a quick chat to Phil Read. Can I interrupt you? We spoke

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to the first premier class world champion earlier, but Phil Reed,

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you won the first world title for them. Yes, many years ago. It was a

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great thrill to ride the yammer our bikes again and get a fantastic

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reaction from the crowd. You did a couple of demo laps. That's right.

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It was great. Lorenzo, I am amazed he has changed everything before

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the race, hoping it is going to stay dry. It is a gamble. A big

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gamble. Great to see you, enjoy the race. It is going to be exciting.

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Phil Reed, three-times world champion in three classes. The only

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other guy to do that is Valentino Rossi. Jorge Lorenzo, Dovizioso and

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Crutchlow, on the second row. Cal Crutchlow is getting energy gel

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into him before the start of the race. Can we grab a quick word? It

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is hard to speak to anybody in these conditions. I will try to

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speak to his crew chief. Can you tell us which set you are going

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for? We are going for dry set for shock, the race is tries to win a

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start with price-setting -- a dry setting for sure. The race is dry

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so we must start with dry settings. Let's get on to the fourth row of

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the grid. This is where Valentino Rossi is, from 11th position. That

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is where he started in 2007, and you may remember, in the Fiat 500

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special edition colours, he went on to win that race. Let's grab a word

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with his team manager. Just a quick word. What setting are you guys

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going for? Are you going to take a gamble? It is one of those races.

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No, the race is dry, we start with a dry bike. I don't know exactly.

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If it is a good choice. Every bike has this setting, this tyre. We

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hope. I suppose for you guys, with the current predicament you find

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yourselves in, it is perhaps not the worst situation. Terrible this

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weekend. We tried every practice and qualifying, we tried this

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setting and we hope it is a good choice. Thank you, good luck today.

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Not easy for any of the riders. Sorry. I don't think anybody really

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wants to ride in conditions like A message to Dani Pedrosa on the

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front of his bike. Come back soon. I will hold that up for them. The

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news is that Dani Pedrosa will be back next weekend to take his place

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in the Repsol team. Looks like we are being kicked off the grid. If

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we get a split race, it will make it longer. They like to get this

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sorted out quickly. John Hopkins is here this weekend. He is in Suzuki

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colours, even though he is riding in the British Superbike champion

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ship at the moment, he is planning to write a second Suzuki as a wild

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card in the Czech Republic. It seems as though John has

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disappeared... Here he comes. Let's grab him as we walk off the grid.

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Giving Cal Crutchlow a nudge. John, a quick word. Great to see you back

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in a MotoGP grid, are we going to see you on a bike any time soon?

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There should be an announcement pretty soon, we are working hard on

:26:19.:26:23.

getting the wild card dialled in. I am happy to be a guest with the

:26:23.:26:29.

twizzlers Suzuki, to be here on the grid is awesome. Great to be back

:26:29.:26:36.

in MotoGP -- Rizla or Suzuki. not easy for the riders. Mixed

:26:36.:26:40.

conditions, sat on the grid, what is going through your mind? You are

:26:40.:26:43.

scrambled, you want to get a good start, but when it is half white,

:26:43.:26:50.

it is a gamble. Hopefully it works out. I think it is going to be a

:26:50.:26:58.

dry race -- when it is half wet. Right now, it is a gamble. You want

:26:58.:27:01.

to ride smart and have the aggression, but keep it up right.

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It is a tough call. Banks was speaking to us. It may not be much

:27:05.:27:10.

fun for the riders -- thanks for speaking to us. It will be a lot of

:27:10.:27:20.
:27:20.:27:21.

fun for us. The Gladiators are now Those conditions are horrible out

:27:21.:27:29.

there. They really are. The worst conditions you could ever have.

:27:29.:27:33.

There will be a white flag if it starts raining and then the guys

:27:33.:27:37.

can come in and change to the other bike, that they will be trying to

:27:37.:27:47.
:27:47.:27:59.

get sorted out into a wet setting is, but bear in mind, he won from

:27:59.:28:06.

that position a few years ago. He was in much more form back them.

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This is an extraordinary position to see him in. We will talk about

:28:10.:28:15.

it during the race, which I am sure will spread out a bit as time goes

:28:15.:28:19.

on. They are throwing everything at it, including a new machine. They

:28:19.:28:22.

have had trouble getting the tyre temperatures up in perfect

:28:22.:28:26.

conditions. It is colder today than yesterday. It is about 13 degrees

:28:26.:28:31.

on the track, very cold. There was this situation where we might have

:28:31.:28:35.

seen a softer Bridgestone tyre introduced. I think Simoncelli said,

:28:35.:28:39.

I might use the harder ones, so I don't want a softer one. He was

:28:40.:28:44.

covering himself. I think the softer option which they are

:28:44.:28:47.

running is working for him, but maybe not some of the other teams

:28:47.:28:51.

and riders. I think some of the other teams and riders would have

:28:51.:28:58.

liked a softer option. Indeed. Let's talk about the track. This is

:28:58.:29:04.

the new modified part of the circuit, it is tight around here.

:29:04.:29:08.

It is so important for getting power onto the back straight.

:29:08.:29:13.

longest part of the circuit, the longest streak that you have got.

:29:13.:29:19.

As you come out of that, it is a 180 degree, slow corner, the

:29:19.:29:24.

slowest corner on the circuit. The straight isn't really a straight,

:29:24.:29:28.

there are kinks and bumps but it is a place where you nail it and then

:29:28.:29:32.

on the brakes for this new chicane that has been put in. The track has

:29:33.:29:40.

been changed immensely over the years. It has turned into a full on

:29:40.:29:50.
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the corner that caught out Casey Stoner and Andrea Dovizioso. That

:29:54.:29:59.

is where their fired themselves at the scenery. It is round this

:29:59.:30:09.
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corner that Aoyama threw his bike down the road. There are the

:30:13.:30:16.

standings there. Valentino Rossi has a bit of work to do. It's a

:30:16.:30:20.

good opportunity for Casey Stoner toex tend his lead. He only

:30:20.:30:22.

qualified third but he hurt himself in that practise crash yesterday

:30:22.:30:29.

morning, so it is quite likely that he will, if he is not too sore he

:30:29.:30:33.

might find pace. He did do the splits but he will be out there

:30:33.:30:37.

riding as hard as possible. Even at the moment or in the u first few

:30:37.:30:41.

laps will be cautious, it is awkward. The tyres have taken three

:30:41.:30:48.

laps to get up to temperature. We saw that in qualifying. You can see

:30:48.:30:54.

front and soft rear tyres for just about everybody apart from

:30:54.:30:59.

Simoncelli. But the best position he has had is fourth. Is he going

:30:59.:31:05.

to get a podium or even a win? are up, we are ready for a start in

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Holland. A belting start from Simoncelli, at least across the

:31:09.:31:14.

line. Time will tell. Bike 11 Ben Spies going with him. Lorenzo

:31:14.:31:21.

trying to find way round and it looks like he has done it. Spies

:31:21.:31:26.

gets back past Lorenzo. They feed in through this series of right

:31:26.:31:30.

handers. Round and round they go. In a minute they hit the left

:31:30.:31:34.

hander, and that will be really really critical. They will want to

:31:34.:31:40.

tap on that power. Oh. Simoncelli. It looks like he lost the front,

:31:40.:31:46.

straight down he goes. That is a nightmare. That is Lorenzo down,

:31:46.:31:50.

alongside him. Man oh man. Can you believe that? That was Simoncelli

:31:50.:31:56.

went down first, and we just, we were saying is he going to get a

:31:56.:32:02.

podium. He certainly isn't. Ben Spies has a lead. I do not believe

:32:02.:32:08.

it, Simoncelli what will he are to do to get a result? Can you imagine

:32:08.:32:13.

what Lorenzo will be saying about him. He was calling him a lunatic

:32:13.:32:17.

earlier. If you were Lorenzo you would want to kill him. If you were

:32:17.:32:21.

Simoncelli you would make a beeline for the back of the fence and jump

:32:21.:32:29.

it. We will get lots of looks at it. I did remark on the cold tyre issue.

:32:29.:32:34.

Didn't he get it. All he can hope for is if it is going to rain. We

:32:34.:32:42.

will see if it starts raining. White flags will indicate. He has

:32:42.:32:47.

smashed the, he has done something. He has broken the camera mount. Ben

:32:47.:32:55.

Spies, he was only 9,000. Is he in a fantastic position. There is

:32:55.:33:00.

another flag up there. It is all going off here. So Andrea Dovizioso

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in second, behind him is Casey Stoner, trying to find a way

:33:03.:33:08.

through. That is Karel Abraham. He is holding his wrist. That is bad

:33:08.:33:17.

news. Nightmare. But there is Casey Stoner at 27 being followed by

:33:17.:33:23.

Andrea Dovizioso. I don't believe it. Randy de Puniet has gone out

:33:23.:33:29.

and he was the sole surviving Pramac rider. So that is both

:33:29.:33:33.

Pramacs out now. What is going on here? This is going to cause some

:33:33.:33:36.

issues here. Running these tyre, everyone wants the softer tyre, but

:33:36.:33:39.

at the moment they are having to cope with it. They have to be

:33:40.:33:46.

careful. Look at the lead that Ben Spies has, he went over the line

:33:46.:33:56.
:33:56.:33:57.

last time. He had 2.58. Here they go. Down the inside. Rear left.

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Left side. Left cold side of the tyre went down. Well he needed that

:34:03.:34:11.

like a third armpit, Simoncelli. Lin Jarvis wasn't impressed. Their

:34:11.:34:17.

man Jorge Lorenzo, is right at the back at the moment. That, he is

:34:18.:34:23.

having a, all of a sudden, Lorenzo, I don't know who was leading the

:34:23.:34:28.

Championship is having a nightmare. Stoner is through, that is

:34:28.:34:31.

important. Jorge Lorenzo was right down the back there, was in front

:34:31.:34:35.

of Simoncelli, and certainly in front of Abraham who is out. Cal

:34:36.:34:42.

Crutchlow what about that? Brill Janet stuff, he is into fourth. --

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brill Janet stuff. I imagine the seat is broken up. We will get a

:34:46.:34:52.

view. Bits and pieces are flying off that bike. There it is. It is

:34:52.:34:56.

smashed up. There was contact with Lorenzo after he went down and

:34:56.:35:02.

Lorenzo's bike went into the back section. He took out that beautiful

:35:02.:35:06.

red-and-white Yamaha bike. Not the anniversary they wanted as bits of

:35:06.:35:11.

the seat are hanging off. This may be a black flag issue if he is not

:35:11.:35:20.

careful. Back at the front 3.5 seconds near enough for in man, Ben

:35:20.:35:25.

Spies. He was gifted that in terms of that crash that opened up the

:35:25.:35:29.

field. Valentino Rossi, keep your eyes out for him because he is

:35:29.:35:35.

going forward. Two guys are in front of him, maybe three, but he

:35:35.:35:41.

is in touch. Cal Crutchlow is in fourth. That man eight days ago was

:35:41.:35:47.

having an operation to have a plate in his shoulder. Getting out wide.

:35:47.:35:51.

You are supposed to be still mending and you are very sore, but

:35:51.:35:54.

stone I can tell you is gingerly making his way round there. He

:35:54.:36:00.

won't be pushing too hard. His main contender, he will know is out of

:36:00.:36:05.

the race. He was behind at the time. That is a very important point. Ben

:36:05.:36:09.

Spies is back in ninth in the championship with 36 points so it

:36:09.:36:13.

doesn't matter to Casey Stoner if he wins the race and Casey takes 20

:36:13.:36:19.

points out of the equation. As we lock at the battle of the Texans.

:36:20.:36:24.

Nicky Hayden and Colin Edwards. Part of the walking wounded squad

:36:24.:36:34.
:36:34.:36:36.

markers here but it all happened at the front. They must be very

:36:36.:36:44.

unhappy in Yamaha. Obviously very sad faces here in Jorge Lorenzo's

:36:44.:36:50.

garage now. It is very disappointed for us. We know circumstances are

:36:50.:36:56.

difficult and the riders know, they are all nervous, but to make such

:36:56.:37:02.

action at an early stage, I don't think it was the smartest one to do,

:37:02.:37:09.

but yes, it is an accident. Lorn he was on the wrong place at wrong

:37:09.:37:19.

moment. The race is still on. is riding 13th place, and yeah,

:37:19.:37:24.

what I can -- can I say? We are leading the race with one Bic, and

:37:24.:37:29.

with the -- bike and with with the other one we have such a bad

:37:29.:37:33.

situation. Hoping for rain then? Yes, whatever happens it would be

:37:33.:37:38.

nice to have a change on tyres, whatever. From our side of the

:37:38.:37:43.

garage. From Ben's side of the garage, he is leading the race, so

:37:43.:37:48.

let's see what will happen. Thank you. Anything could happen I

:37:48.:37:51.

suppose when the dice is thrown like that. But the Simoncelli

:37:51.:37:54.

incident, I mean, that is racing when someone has a crash in front

:37:54.:37:58.

you have and you get involved. How do you call it? It was an incident.

:37:58.:38:03.

He got on the gas a bit early. Everyone got round there, he triped

:38:03.:38:07.

to -- tried to tap it on to that cold tyre, there it is, you will

:38:07.:38:11.

see the back end come rourpbgsd flicked him off. He was down-and-

:38:11.:38:14.

out and that was the situation, and it was just, you can see it again

:38:14.:38:20.

there, he was off, and Lorenzo has nowhere to go. But, he is still

:38:20.:38:28.

going to get blame over it. Lorn won't be impressed. But what about

:38:28.:38:32.

this man, Ben Spies, could he be going on to take his first MotoGP?

:38:32.:38:36.

In a way it will be great when he does for him, but it will be

:38:36.:38:41.

bitter-sweet, because he would like to beat everybody on the feet. Cal

:38:41.:38:46.

Crutchlow has had tho give best to Valentino Rossi. Rossi is moving up

:38:46.:38:51.

into fourth Cal in fifth. Getting back to that Jorge Lorenzo issue,

:38:51.:38:57.

with Simoncelli, it was, it all started the whole problem getting

:38:57.:39:00.

that needlessly severe penalty in Le Mans. All of that started with

:39:00.:39:05.

Jorge Lorenzo in a press conference saying "This guy's dangerous,

:39:05.:39:08.

anything happens to me then there will be trouble." Now it has

:39:08.:39:12.

happened so there will be trouble. Simoncelli is going to get arrests

:39:12.:39:17.

then! That is what he said! I think there will be the Spanish police

:39:17.:39:25.

round to grab him actually. But any way it is still going at the moment.

:39:25.:39:31.

As you were.ing out, mate, four seconds down the road to Ben Spies.

:39:31.:39:37.

We might have 20 laps to go but if he can keep stroking a long. But

:39:37.:39:40.

this man Casey Stoner will have taken time to get the heat in the

:39:40.:39:45.

tyres. He will be comfortable. It is coming to him. We know it took

:39:45.:39:53.

at least three laps. There is Karel Abraham. I had walk round the track

:39:53.:39:59.

and showed what a dangerous coner that is, and it would have been

:39:59.:40:05.

pressient if we had seen it. How about this? Getting a bit of a

:40:05.:40:11.

battle. Akiyoshi in the thick of it. He will want to take a freeze frame

:40:11.:40:15.

of that. From is Lorenzo fighting through. That has moved him up into

:40:15.:40:18.

12th. Still points and he will need them at the owned of the season. A

:40:18.:40:25.

long way to go and he has moved up another place. Two people, into

:40:25.:40:31.

11th. Jorge Lorenzo last year's champion. Nice manners there. He

:40:32.:40:36.

could see Lorenzo coming through. So Lorenzo, here is the man. He is

:40:36.:40:41.

40 seconds down the road from his, this guy here, from his team-mate

:40:41.:40:51.
:40:51.:40:54.

notice how different that Ducati looks. I am talking about Valentino

:40:54.:41:01.

Rossi's. It is the only one that has the brand-new, it is called the

:41:01.:41:06.

11.1 chassis. But it is basically next year's 2012 chassis. We talk

:41:06.:41:11.

about it but the energy is the chassis, the big difference is the

:41:11.:41:18.

rear suspension. The way the link cadge works. Now, the Ducati that

:41:18.:41:23.

Rossi is riding has a suspension system where the shot bolts on to

:41:23.:41:28.

the back of the engine. The team there at Ducati have been working

:41:28.:41:32.

hard. More importantly the factory are been working hard to give him

:41:32.:41:36.

that. But this morning in warm up they felt it was running better.

:41:36.:41:41.

There you can see Rossi and Crutchlow when they are braking and

:41:41.:41:51.
:41:51.:41:53.

putting on the throttle. I wonder if Cal Crutchlow in his hospital

:41:53.:41:58.

bed about a week ago thinking I would be racing with Valentino

:41:58.:42:02.

Rossi at Assen. Probably hoping he would be in front of him knowing

:42:02.:42:12.
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Cal. The track is dry. Those white lines will still probably be a bit

:42:15.:42:20.

slippery but they are using every part. It is a nice drying day as my

:42:20.:42:27.

mum would have said. A bit of a breeze out there. Look at that lead

:42:28.:42:32.

There is the race leader. We can count it down. They are starting ev

:42:32.:42:36.

so slightly to make inroad here. These two Stoner and dove, the

:42:36.:42:46.
:42:46.:42:48.

team-mates, there is only a little in it. So they just have take an

:42:48.:42:53.

tenth or so out of Ben Spies, nothing for Ben to worry about. 19

:42:53.:42:57.

laps to go. These guy are still going to have to get their heads

:42:57.:43:01.

down if all stays dry, if they want to get on terms with Ben Spies. One

:43:02.:43:06.

of the hardest things in racing is to keep your rhythm up when you are

:43:06.:43:10.

buy yourself. Very dif. He is the one who has to work out the track

:43:10.:43:15.

conditions. He will look at his pit board, and I will be coming back

:43:15.:43:23.

down a bit. We will work out how robust that camera is, because it

:43:23.:43:29.

is getting a proper work out on the back of that seat that is falling

:43:29.:43:34.

off. Simoncelli is, his lap times are very much in the hunt. He is

:43:34.:43:38.

lapping, well last time round a 37, which is pretty good lap time.

:43:38.:43:44.

Considering he is making his way through the pack. But at the front,

:43:44.:43:50.

35.966 for Ben Spies. They only took a tenth out of him. It is a

:43:50.:43:55.

very long way to go. They will have to get a clip on or he would have

:43:55.:44:00.

to make a mistake. Ben Spies, when he gets his eye on he is a good

:44:00.:44:07.

rider. Broadly he gets his head down, stays focused. A quiet

:44:07.:44:15.

achiever. Stoner has gone faster at 35.5. He has taken four tenths out.

:44:15.:44:20.

Cal Crutchlow is not down with Valentino Rossi yet Yes. Taken four

:44:20.:44:25.

tenths out. You don't have to be up their exhaust pipe to put them

:44:25.:44:30.

under pressure. You see the lap board and you think "I know I am

:44:30.:44:33.

losing time." So they could force an error out of Ben Spies even

:44:33.:44:37.

though he is half a mile down the road. It takes that lap for him to

:44:37.:44:43.

see the pit board to realise he has to get a move on. Toni Elias in

:44:43.:44:53.
:44:53.:45:03.

The yammer half, it hasn't changed apart from its colour scheme -- the

:45:03.:45:13.
:45:13.:45:20.

yammer half. -- the Yamaha. It has better fuel consumption. Because

:45:20.:45:26.

there are so few riders in this race, Marcus Simoncelli is in the

:45:26.:45:36.

points, even though he is last. It is worth him flogging around.

:45:36.:45:40.

we are going to find out if the gap has come down. Ben Spies going over

:45:40.:45:50.
:45:50.:45:50.

the line. 3.572. He has responded. A good lap from them. He knows he

:45:50.:45:55.

has got to get a ripple on. Speaking of which, it seems as if

:45:56.:46:05.

Mr Stoner is pushing on and leaving Dovizioso behind. Valentino Rossi

:46:05.:46:14.

is not shaking off the terrier-like performance of Cal Crutchlow.

:46:14.:46:18.

can't have a new plate in your shoulder and not be very sore at

:46:18.:46:22.

this point of the race. He has done a lot of clubs over the weekend but

:46:22.:46:31.

when you have to string them together... I know you struggled

:46:31.:46:40.

with your wrist, Justin commentary. On board with your race leader --

:46:40.:46:46.

he will be absolutely furious. Jorge Lorenzo will be fuming,

:46:46.:46:51.

incandescent with rage. He has not liked Simoncelli much, since he has

:46:51.:46:55.

caused problems with other riders. What ever will be said now, I

:46:55.:47:05.

cannot imagine. It is fair to say, that will not impress him one

:47:05.:47:11.

little bit. The Warsi himself as a prophet, he will say he warned you

:47:11.:47:16.

of this -- he will see himself. Jorge Lorenzo is the one with steam

:47:16.:47:22.

coming out from under his helmet, getting past Bautista or now. A

:47:22.:47:30.

stunning performance to regroup and get going. The bike basically went

:47:30.:47:40.
:47:40.:47:44.

along on top of the bike. It had a softened blow. The bike ended up on

:47:44.:47:54.
:47:54.:48:00.

top of the stricken Simoncelli under someone has, you have got to

:48:00.:48:07.

tap the power. It is good job we can't hear them -- under someone

:48:07.:48:16.

else. It was terrible to happen so early in the race and lucky that it

:48:16.:48:25.

was only two riders. We have 16 laps. If you can do half a second a

:48:25.:48:30.

lap, they would be there in no time, if they can do two tents, they

:48:30.:48:35.

would make it in the time. definitely have a race on. -- two-

:48:35.:48:39.

tenths. Casey Stoner will be leaving for

:48:39.:48:45.

miles if he stays on the podium. Jorge Lorenzo, back in tenth. We

:48:45.:48:51.

already have been nice cushion of 18 points. -- he already had the

:48:51.:49:00.

nice cushion. A big gap is now official. There is not much in it.

:49:00.:49:06.

-- the gap is now visual. 3.4 is the distance, but it always makes a

:49:06.:49:11.

difference... Cal Crutchlow is pulling into the pits. I was about

:49:11.:49:21.
:49:21.:49:35.

imagine that, frankly, but you imagine it would be a problem with

:49:35.:49:40.

him. Are they going to change the front tyre? Something silly like a

:49:40.:49:48.

puncture? They saw something was wrong. That is terrible luck. He

:49:48.:49:52.

had pushed the boat out and he was running hard, running with the

:49:52.:49:57.

hounds, even though he was fat. Spies will be seeing his pit board,

:49:57.:50:02.

he will be seeing the time coming down and know he has got to pick up

:50:02.:50:07.

the pace to take his first MotoGP win. He has been second, he has had

:50:07.:50:15.

pole position, but he has never won. I think we have some news in the

:50:15.:50:20.

tech three garage. Cal Crutchlow sitting in the corner, he is not

:50:20.:50:29.

looking at the moment. They are pulling off the front tyre now. The

:50:29.:50:33.

right shoulder of the front tyre is shredded. It is a dodgy tyre, they

:50:33.:50:41.

are putting a new one on. Hopefully he can go back out. Cold comfort

:50:41.:50:46.

but at least he will get some points. Absolutely but it will be a

:50:46.:50:52.

long job, they have to take the steel discs off. It will be a long

:50:52.:50:58.

process. The carbon discs, I beg your pardon. Something very strange

:50:58.:51:03.

about that tyre. He has gone for the hard option and that is cold

:51:04.:51:11.

tear. Are they going to put the softer option in? It is really

:51:11.:51:15.

peculiar for that to happen. Unusual for Bridgestone to have a

:51:15.:51:20.

faulty tyre. It was very much a cold tears situation. The reason

:51:20.:51:25.

they are having to change the desks is that they are matched to the

:51:25.:51:28.

brake pads and they have to go as one. They have had to put them on

:51:28.:51:33.

the spare wheel, a new tyre going on, which would have been on the

:51:33.:51:40.

tyre warmer. He will have to be careful, first-lap out. There are

:51:40.:51:43.

points in the table, he will be in the points if he finishes the race.

:51:44.:51:47.

The worst thing, he will have to regroup and refocus and get his

:51:47.:51:52.

head around things. There is nothing worse than having your

:51:52.:51:55.

concentration jarred and tried to convince yourself it is worth going

:51:55.:52:03.

out. -- trying to convince yourself. Ben Spies has pulled away, that is

:52:03.:52:13.

very impressive. He is two-tenths faster than Stoner. He is -- Jorge

:52:13.:52:22.

Lorenzo is still battling away, putting in good times. Lorenzo is

:52:22.:52:28.

passed Elias now, putting him up into eighth place. We watched the

:52:28.:52:33.

disconsolate figure of Crutchlow inching his way back to join this

:52:33.:52:43.
:52:43.:52:43.

race, a couple of laps down. Lorenzo was coming up on Aoyama.

:52:43.:52:49.

You don't need a lap board to work out the gap. Riding with Lorenzo,

:52:49.:52:55.

Aoyama is just ahead of us, about to turn in. You have some more news

:52:55.:53:02.

in the pit lane. Cal Crutchlow has gone back out onto the track. They

:53:02.:53:07.

didn't change the rear tyre, it is still the same one. It was stood

:53:07.:53:11.

there for a good 30 seconds to a minute, so that would have dropped

:53:11.:53:15.

dramatically. Cal Crutchlow needs to take it steady over the next

:53:15.:53:20.

couple of laps. Hopefully he will. There will be no dividend in

:53:20.:53:25.

passing on. He will finish 14th no matter what, unless somebody else

:53:25.:53:35.
:53:35.:53:37.

hops off. That is Jorge Lorenzo. he gets past Aoyama, he will move

:53:37.:53:42.

up into 7th, and it is only a matter of time. That looks like the

:53:42.:53:49.

time. Lorenzo carries the speed through. Who is next up the road

:53:49.:53:57.

from Aoyama? Quite a long journey to Nicky Hayden, the next target.

:53:57.:54:03.

The bigger bets are further down the track. Bike number 11 is the

:54:03.:54:09.

race leader. Ben Spies. He has got the hammer down in the last few

:54:09.:54:16.

laps. He has got the fastest lap of the race so far. Very impressive,

:54:16.:54:22.

the man from Memphis Tennessee. 26 years old, World Superbike champion.

:54:22.:54:29.

A pretty good start from Ben Spies, he switched to the inside. He was

:54:29.:54:33.

behind Jorge Lorenzo going in to turn one, then he cut back on the

:54:33.:54:40.

inside. Yes, Simoncelli got off the line instantly very quickly. Then

:54:41.:54:46.

it went sour for him. Great acceleration from Spies. Very much

:54:46.:54:54.

so. Jorge Lorenzo was just there, then Spies cut back on the inside.

:54:54.:55:04.
:55:04.:55:12.

Getting the drive out of this number-one collided. Simoncelli is

:55:12.:55:20.

past Hector Barbera. Our wonderful robust camera, maybe it has finally

:55:20.:55:29.

died. Barbera is having a lacklustre season, you expected a

:55:29.:55:35.

lot from him, he was one of the heart 250 charges. That was down

:55:35.:55:45.
:55:45.:56:03.

in this race, the lap times are relatively slow. The lap record is

:56:03.:56:08.

held by Dani Pedrosa from last year, we are about a second offer of lap

:56:08.:56:13.

record pace. But with track temperatures being so cold, last

:56:13.:56:19.

year the track temperature was 40 degrees, today it is only 13.

:56:19.:56:25.

Spies has put a lap on Akiyoshi. An extraordinary turn of events in

:56:25.:56:32.

this class of racing, with 11 laps to go. Most certainly is. He still

:56:32.:56:38.

has the 4.194 advantage, that is a pleasure to see, when you see your

:56:38.:56:42.

pit board and you are extending your leave. You can see how much he

:56:42.:56:46.

is sliding the Yamaha round. We said it would suit this track, it

:56:46.:56:51.

has already -- always gone well around here. It is not only about

:56:51.:56:56.

speed but change in direction, a lot to do with the fast sweeps

:56:56.:57:04.

around the circuit. Stoner has got a comfortable gap over Dovizioso.

:57:04.:57:12.

4.7 ahead, and 4.7 behind the race leader. Everybody, well and truly

:57:12.:57:20.

gaps, having a lonely time. Rossi is behind Ben Spies. Colin Edwards

:57:20.:57:25.

is right behind him, four seconds down the road from him. We have the

:57:25.:57:30.

commentator's nightmare, a massively gap to field. We have.

:57:30.:57:35.

Casey Stoner will pick up 20 points if he stays in that position.

:57:35.:57:41.

that is smart. Ben Spies is in ninth place so he will not worry

:57:41.:57:46.

him. Jorge Lorenzo is the closest, and then Dovizioso. He will

:57:46.:57:50.

stretches advantage in this championship by the time we get to

:57:50.:57:57.

next weekend, around eight. For anyone that has switched on, they

:57:57.:58:01.

will be wondering what has gone wrong with Jorge Lorenzo so far

:58:01.:58:06.

back. It all happened when Simoncelli crashed and took him out

:58:06.:58:15.

with him, on the 4th corner. Ten laps remaining, Ben Spies, looking

:58:16.:58:21.

like making history, by taking his first MotoGP race. It will be

:58:21.:58:25.

frustrating for Ben Spies. It will be a delight, unbridled delight to

:58:25.:58:34.

win a race. But it will be slightly frustrating for him... As we watch

:58:34.:58:39.

the art of the man... That he did not beat Lorenzo on the track. He

:58:39.:58:43.

was out-qualifying him, he was faster across the weekend and it

:58:43.:58:47.

would have been slightly more emphatic. Fair point, but in

:58:47.:58:52.

reality, he was in front of him when unfortunately, Jorge Lorenzo

:58:52.:59:02.

got taken out. Anyway, a win is a win. It certainly is. We have dust

:59:02.:59:08.

has some news from Karel Abraham's team. -- just had some news. They

:59:08.:59:12.

are saying that a touch with Aoyama caused the crash and it looks like

:59:12.:59:20.

a broken little finger. That is very painful and awkward but they

:59:20.:59:23.

can strap it all up. I remember Barry Sheene having his job off

:59:23.:59:28.

because it didn't work properly. will be lighter. You have got to

:59:28.:59:32.

think about that. A broken finger will be extremely painful but I'm

:59:32.:59:36.

sure he will be out racing again. He is having a good season, at

:59:36.:59:41.

least until the date. Nicky Hayden has basically had the edge across

:59:41.:59:48.

the weekend. -- until today. Spies is putting a lap on Barbera.

:59:48.:59:53.

It is club racing, getting lapped at this level. I don't understand

:59:53.:59:58.

what is happening to Barbera, he has faded from view this year.

:59:58.:00:02.

guess you have to say, the Ducati has not suited him. It was better

:00:02.:00:06.

last year, it is as if they have taken a backward step. We know how

:00:06.:00:11.

much development is going on, or the work going on with Valentino

:00:11.:00:14.

Rossi riding with Ducati and how much they are changing the bike. It

:00:14.:00:19.

is pretty much unheard of, to turn up with a completely revamped bike

:00:19.:00:23.

in round seven, particularly as we move to the new bikes for next year.

:00:23.:00:27.

The budget that Ducati was working too would have been thrown out the

:00:27.:00:37.
:00:37.:00:50.

Nicky Hayden is in fifth, six seconds further back.

:00:50.:00:54.

interesting thing and the thing that will cheer Ducati up, is quite

:00:54.:01:00.

simply, the fact that Valentino Rossi's lapping as fast as we see

:01:00.:01:03.

Casey Stoner leave a massive big black line out there. That rear

:01:03.:01:09.

tyre has probably seen its best. Casey Stoner will not want to be

:01:09.:01:12.

doing anything silly now with the to points he's has in the bag with

:01:13.:01:19.

eight laps to go. If you are just joining us Simoncelli got tadge

:01:19.:01:24.

tangled up and ran into Jorge Lorenzo. We lost kaib cane -- Karel

:01:24.:01:27.

Abraham and Randy de Puniet in a crash. What is the shuffle there.

:01:27.:01:31.

Your season seems to be going from bad to worse. What happened with

:01:31.:01:39.

that last crash? I crash in exit to the first corner. I think I was a

:01:39.:01:44.

bit wide on the border, and that's it, I am disappointed for me, for

:01:44.:01:49.

the team, because we had the possibility to be in the top eight

:01:49.:01:54.

this weekend, we improve a bit during the weekend, and we on a

:01:54.:01:59.

good way, and that is why I am disappointed. But we need to

:02:00.:02:06.

continue, to work and to hope next week will be a good weekend for us.

:02:06.:02:14.

It is a Ducati track. And I like the Mugello and I will try to do a

:02:14.:02:19.

good race. Now that is a problem for those guys, but it looks like

:02:19.:02:25.

dove has one too. And stone, the front tyres look like they are

:02:25.:02:33.

shred up. The close up shot we had of the two Repsol Hondas, the right

:02:33.:02:38.

side of the tyre... It is important to recap the issue of tyres and

:02:38.:02:42.

taerge -- alternative people had on tyres that was denied them. What

:02:42.:02:45.

happened yesterday, a lot of the teams got together and they were

:02:45.:02:51.

not impressed with the left tyre, the left side of the rare tyre

:02:51.:02:56.

saying it wasn't getting up to temperature quick enough.

:02:56.:03:02.

Bridgestone said they had a different tyre. They will give them

:03:02.:03:06.

two tyres, any way they turned up and they had a soft and medium. But

:03:06.:03:10.

it turns out they had a softer tyre but they hadn't put it into the

:03:10.:03:14.

allocation at the start of the week. When the track temperature was so

:03:14.:03:18.

cold they found another tyre, but Simoncelli said, no, I am happy

:03:18.:03:23.

with the one I have got. I don't want a softer tyre. I bet he wishes

:03:23.:03:29.

he has one now. It is orn nick, it seems as though word came from the

:03:29.:03:32.

Simoncelli team, they did want to change the tyres. It has to be

:03:32.:03:36.

every member of the teams and riders say it is OK if we change

:03:36.:03:41.

the tyres. He didn't want to. was the pacesetter and the fastest

:03:41.:03:48.

guy across the week. That is very much the case. We look at the 291.

:03:48.:03:53.

That is in the fastest section into turn seven. We are at turn eight.

:03:53.:03:58.

We are about to come up to turn eight as we turn right. Third gear

:03:58.:04:03.

corner, and then will is a kink. The next corner we co-come up to,

:04:03.:04:07.

this is where Stoner, and Andrea Dovizioso crashed out yesterday in

:04:07.:04:15.

the first session, yesterday morning. Along, long right here.

:04:15.:04:22.

Turn ten and 11. And ten turn 12 which is a skreerm. Look through

:04:22.:04:32.
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Yamaha, celebrating their 50th anniversary in Grand Prix racing,

:04:38.:04:41.

new colour schemes, to take the win. I think they would have expected

:04:41.:04:45.

that win to have come from Jorge Lorenzo but it isn't going to be

:04:45.:04:48.

because he is down in seventh courtesy of Simoncelli, but

:04:48.:04:54.

nevertheless they will take a win and they won't care who it is.

:04:54.:04:58.

would be regarded by many as overdue for Ben Spies to knock off

:04:58.:05:05.

a win here, he was regarded as the fifth alien you remember last year.

:05:05.:05:10.

The leading guys in there, there are four then Simoncelli, add Ben

:05:10.:05:18.

Spies to it. You would have to say that Ducati, I guess, the change of

:05:18.:05:22.

of the system, the suspension system on the back, must be working,

:05:22.:05:26.

or it is giving Valentino Rossi a place in front of Nicky Hayden.

:05:26.:05:34.

Nicky Hayden is till on last year's, he will be frustrated as we look at

:05:34.:05:41.

the two Tech 3 bikes, that was crutch's leg sticking out. -- Cal

:05:41.:05:46.

Crutchlow. Made -- Nicky Hayden is supposed to get the suspension

:05:46.:05:51.

system that Rossi has. As I said earlier on in the show, Rossi only

:05:51.:05:54.

ha has three energies left now for the rest of the season, and if he

:05:54.:05:57.

goes to more than that, that was the indent again as we saw

:05:58.:06:01.

Simoncelli taking out lorn. If you have to use your seventh engine and

:06:01.:06:06.

I am talking about this guy here, you have to start from the pit lane.

:06:06.:06:11.

But I think one of the reasons that Nicky Hayden has not gone for this

:06:11.:06:15.

system, because he would then have to go into new energies and he had

:06:15.:06:19.

used four of his six, means he has two for the rest of the season.

:06:19.:06:22.

That is probably one of the reason, look at that Lorenzo through on

:06:22.:06:29.

Colin Edwards. So that shows you who is next down the road for

:06:29.:06:35.

Lorenzo, getting up into sixth position. Which is a laudable

:06:35.:06:41.

performance under the circumstances. Under the problems he has suffered.

:06:41.:06:48.

Lorenzo is pushing very hard. He is lapping mighty quickly. A 35.7.

:06:48.:06:53.

was about to say he is lapping faster than anyone on the track.

:06:53.:07:01.

Now we are looking at 24, tell, last time round, Jorge Lorenzo with

:07:01.:07:07.

35.788. So four tenths faster than the race leader. It shows you what

:07:07.:07:12.

anger does. Simoncelli meanwhile, still back there in 11th place, but

:07:12.:07:17.

I would say his bike was slightly more beaten up. Not only did he

:07:17.:07:26.

crash on the ground it has a Yamaha sat on top as it was sliding along.

:07:26.:07:30.

Toni Elias still having a difficult time although the record books will

:07:30.:07:36.

show this will be a top ten finish. He is pushing the envelope. He has

:07:36.:07:40.

finished in front of Alvaro Bautista. It is better than he has

:07:40.:07:44.

been doing and as far as the Championship is concerned, those

:07:44.:07:48.

two are battling it out for 14th and 15th place in the series, but

:07:48.:07:52.

not a bad ride for Toni Elias. Back with Ben Spies coming over the line.

:07:52.:07:57.

Four laps to go. Four laps to go for Ben Spies. This has been a bit

:07:57.:08:02.

of time coming. He has shown so much speed. He has had 27 MotoGP

:08:02.:08:07.

starts now, he has had three podiums. He has had a pole position

:08:07.:08:11.

and his best result is 2nd place. He has been knocking on the door.

:08:11.:08:14.

It has been coming for a long time. I uing think we thought it would

:08:14.:08:19.

have come before this. His last pole position was Indianapolis last

:08:20.:08:28.

year. He wasn't on pole today. If he gets the win he will forget ant

:08:28.:08:34.

that, he will get over it. It will vault him ahead. Currently only

:08:34.:08:38.

ninth in the Championship. He has had three races with where he has

:08:38.:08:41.

not finished. And Spies piest the man we are look at, he was saying

:08:41.:08:45.

he thought he could have gone faster but the lap he wanted to do,

:08:45.:08:55.
:08:55.:08:55.

the lap he thought he was going to, Capirossi pulled out. He had a

:08:55.:08:59.

fantastic start. Wasn't first into turn one. Taking the iron sideline,

:08:59.:09:03.

getting in front of Simoncelli and Jorge Lorenzo. And not mixed up

:09:03.:09:10.

with the accident on that left hander at. So that is what the

:09:10.:09:15.

points would look like. Casey Stoner picking up 20 points if he

:09:15.:09:19.

finishes in second. Lorn, as you can see would hold on to second

:09:20.:09:27.

place, but 28 points adrift of Casey Stoner, so Stoner easing up

:09:27.:09:33.

that lead. It will help Spies but it won't affect anybody. Simoncelli

:09:33.:09:37.

not really taking any prisoners there. Jamming in but nice move.

:09:37.:09:42.

Nice and relatively clean. Didn't seem to upset Alvaro Bautista too

:09:42.:09:50.

much. What is going on with that Suzuki for Simoncelli to crash and

:09:50.:09:51.

still get past. They have struggled with not getting temperature. When

:09:51.:09:55.

the track is so cold they don't seem to generate enough heat and

:09:55.:10:00.

the big problem is now we have a controlled tyre, Bridgestone supply

:10:00.:10:04.

the tires It won't suit every bike. For some reason it would like to

:10:04.:10:09.

run softer tyres but you can only go as soft as softer option. You

:10:09.:10:13.

nearly have to build a motorcycle to suit the tyres. So it is all

:10:13.:10:20.

about working that out. Now, Ben Spies now coming round to... Finish

:10:20.:10:26.

this race in what a majestic race it has been for him as well. Very

:10:26.:10:30.

solid. Consistent all the the way through. I was going to say Casey

:10:30.:10:35.

Stoner decided to settle for second but he never settles for anything

:10:35.:10:39.

much. Even sew it is -- so, it is interest he has not been able to

:10:39.:10:43.

come to terms with Spies spoist at all. He must be carrying some sort

:10:43.:10:47.

of injury, from yesterday's crash, but don't take it away from Ben

:10:47.:10:51.

Spies, he is riding very well. As we have discussed and talked about

:10:51.:10:57.

yesterday in qualify, it is a good Yamaha track because it's a circuit

:10:57.:11:01.

of fast direction change and it's a well behaved bike. Very much so. As

:11:01.:11:04.

Valentino Rossi had a podium of course this year but not a bad

:11:04.:11:08.

result for him, fourth place. mean, that is exactly right.

:11:08.:11:12.

Useful.s for fourth. It will read like fourth place. But I would

:11:12.:11:19.

remind you he is 24 seconds behind this guy here, Ben Spies, so the

:11:19.:11:24.

highly clever boys in the Ducati team will know they have a bit on

:11:24.:11:29.

yet. They have. Last lap and stone had been working this out. It is

:11:29.:11:34.

handy 20 points for him. 16 for Andrea Dovizioso and Valentino

:11:34.:11:37.

Rossi will keep place in the Championship with his fourth place

:11:37.:11:40.

finish. Dani Pedrosa who was currently fifth is going to drop

:11:40.:11:47.

back down behind Nicky Hayden. The talk is that Dani Pedrosa will be

:11:47.:11:52.

back at Mugello next week. It has been a long time for him. That

:11:52.:11:57.

accident an incident we had in Le Mans and he missed the British

:11:57.:12:05.

Grand Prix, now missing Assen. the front it is Ben Spies. Champion

:12:05.:12:11.

in AMA in America. World Superbike champion. This is an important one

:12:11.:12:16.

to tick off the list. When he turned up in Europe having come

:12:16.:12:20.

from AMA American charm champion and did something special. Didn't

:12:20.:12:22.

mow the track. Generally a required has to learn the tracks but he came

:12:23.:12:26.

ore, learned the track but he won the Championship and was an

:12:26.:12:30.

absolute class act. Jumped straight into this. Went with Tech 3 Yamaha

:12:30.:12:35.

and did a great job for them of course, finishing up sixth in the

:12:35.:12:40.

Championship, straight into the factory team. So Lin Jarvis the

:12:40.:12:43.

stone face of Lin Jarvis, still recovering from the fact that Jorge

:12:43.:12:50.

Lorenzo was knocked off in the first lap, but this will ameliorate

:12:50.:13:00.
:13:00.:13:06.

matters none. Fantastic result His first win finally done at

:13:07.:13:09.

absolutely brilliant. Casey Stoner getting across the line for very

:13:09.:13:13.

valuable points in second place, and then right after him, Andrea

:13:13.:13:18.

Dovizioso takes a podium, well earned, well raced. Across the line

:13:18.:13:26.

That is fair enough too. Encouragement for the guys in

:13:26.:13:32.

Ducati. Work to do but still fourth place for Valentino Rossi, and

:13:32.:13:36.

fifth place for Nicky Hayden, so that won't hurt the Championship

:13:36.:13:40.

hunt at all and Jorge Lorenzo after that amazing issue at the start,

:13:40.:13:44.

still shaking his head because he is still cross, as is Mr Jarvis his

:13:44.:13:49.

boss, he has come home in sixth place. Colin Edwards now just

:13:49.:13:57.

finishing off the single file in seventh. And away they go, a hugely

:13:57.:14:03.

gap field, we have 14 finish, one Cal Crutchlow who had that terrible

:14:03.:14:09.

tyre problem gets himself across the line. Aoyama an unspectacular

:14:09.:14:15.

eighth, and Simoncelli, where will he finish? It looks like a top ten

:14:15.:14:20.

finish. It might be ninth. Yes, he gets in front of Toni Elias who has

:14:20.:14:23.

had another lacklustre performance, it wasn't for this guy. Biestbiest

:14:23.:14:28.

-- Ben Spies. This is his 28th rate. Race, he has finally done.

:14:28.:14:31.

Congratulations from Valentino Rossi, acknowledging the enormous

:14:31.:14:35.

achievement, of Ben Spies, who has had so much promise, has not really

:14:35.:14:39.

troubled him in the Championship so much this year, he has had a

:14:39.:14:44.

difficult year. But after last year where he showed he had the pace,

:14:44.:14:54.
:14:54.:14:58.

this race he has shown he can make Ben Spies always races with his mum,

:14:58.:15:04.

not literally but she travels with him. Congratulations, how do you

:15:04.:15:10.

feel, your son's first win in MotoGP? Nervous, had become a

:15:10.:15:17.

really happy for the crew and for Ben. Fantastic, go and enjoy it.

:15:17.:15:27.
:15:27.:15:33.

He loses the tier at the front, it takes out Jorge Lorenzo. -- loses

:15:33.:15:39.

the tyre. Did not trouble this guy, the tyre. Did not trouble this guy,

:15:39.:15:49.
:15:49.:15:54.

Fantastic victory for Ben Spies, what did you make of it? We had

:15:54.:16:00.

been expecting it, we know what a brilliant rider he is. It has been

:16:00.:16:04.

overdue. Absolutely faultless. He played it from the front, look at

:16:04.:16:09.

his pit board and did everything he should have done. He has had a

:16:09.:16:14.

really difficult first few rounds, for various reasons. It has been a

:16:14.:16:18.

crash and bash, think she would not expect from him. He has had a bad

:16:18.:16:22.

start to the season but I think his season has started properly here

:16:22.:16:28.

today at Assen. A great way for Yamaha to celebrate their 50th

:16:28.:16:32.

anniversary. I think they were expecting it to come from Jorge

:16:32.:16:36.

Lorenzo but they will take it, and it is great to see those red and

:16:36.:16:40.

white colours, after 50 years, still winning races. It will have

:16:40.:16:45.

scared Casey Stoner, how well the Yamaha has gone. Casey Stoner,

:16:45.:16:48.

probably the big winner, with Jorge Lorenzo being taken out. He has

:16:48.:16:55.

edged further ahead. Yes, he just wanted those 20 points, it has

:16:55.:16:59.

given him a lovely lead and he has just got to keep things together.

:16:59.:17:04.

It looked like he had a front tyre issue as well. Paul Cal Crutchlow,

:17:04.:17:14.
:17:14.:17:16.

Paul he was aiming for a top five and it looked like a cold tear from

:17:16.:17:26.
:17:26.:17:27.

the Bridgestone. I am sure we will find out before we get to Mugello.

:17:27.:17:31.

Simoncelli was his own worst enemy again. What is going to happen? Can

:17:31.:17:36.

you imagine the rift as far as the Spanish and the Italians, Lorenzo

:17:36.:17:41.

and Simoncelli? It was a mistake from Marco, he tipped it on, he

:17:41.:17:44.

knew the cold tier would be an effect. He said he didn't want the

:17:44.:17:49.

softer tyres so he has got a smack in the face. Take us through the

:17:49.:17:59.
:17:59.:17:59.

Apology for the loss of subtitles for 59 seconds

:17:59.:18:58.

Congratulations, your first MotoGP when, in front of all the legends,

:18:58.:19:05.

with all the history here. There was a little pressure, I guess. I

:19:05.:19:09.

could see what happened in the first turn and I had a really good

:19:10.:19:13.

feeling on the warm-up laps. I wanted to go as far as I could in

:19:13.:19:17.

the beginning. Once I saw I had a gap, I tried to be as consistent as

:19:17.:19:23.

I could, tried to keep Casey Stoner at three-and-a-half, four seconds.

:19:23.:19:28.

The bike worked great today. It was hard to lead by myself but I tried

:19:28.:19:36.

to raise myself and my clock. -- race myself. To do it in front of

:19:36.:19:44.

the Assen fans and the 50th anniversary, it is really special.

:19:44.:19:54.
:19:54.:19:59.

You can see a lot of pick up on those tyres. The motor O2 guys were

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There were lots of marbles out there. If you look at the right

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hand up shoulder on the front of the tier of Dovizioso, look at

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Stoner's front tyre as well. Not as badly knocked about as Dovizioso's,

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and it was good enough to put him into second place. A very important

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point. Thanks. Everything has been going tough. For the race, we were

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a bit disappointed because we did not get to test our setting. There

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were if the conditions and there was no way to get a track time. It

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worked better than we had during the weekend, but it still was not

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quite there. Ben Page and marker had a pay side could not match. --

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Ben and Marco had a place I could not match. I think even if I could

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have caught up to Ben Spies, he would have had the advantage. I am

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very happy with the result. It is something to keep us cheerful.

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Thank you, congratulations. Very cheerful indeed, it has been proved

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his point position. Jorge Lorenzo is back on 108 points, he has

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opened up that gap. More than one race wins worth. He is 28 points in

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front. Valentino Rossi, not hopelessly out of touch but on 81

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points in fourth. Nicky Hayden, 71, in fifth. Ben Spies moves up to

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seventh with 61 points from where He is a crestfallen a lad. Another

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look at it, inside Lorenzo. He taps on the power, the bike takes

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Lorenzo with him, everybody else sales surpassed -- sails past and

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Ben Spies is given a useful lead. There is the view from Lorenzo, the

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accident happened in front of him, it was one at present Simoncelli's

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accident, took out Jorge Lorenzo -- it was 100% Simoncelli's accident.

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Lorenzo will know there will be repercussions, he will not be on

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anybody's Christmas card list. A big day for Honda, but a huge day

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for Yamaha, winning against the odds. Very, very difficult. Honda

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has shown itself to be the horsepower bike, the bike to beat.

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Important to talk about Cal Crutchlow as well. He finished 14th,

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still in the points. They had a very long pit stop. He was two laps

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down by the end of it, but still in the points. Cal Crutchlow is 13th

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Nevertheless, getting some useful A couple of technical problems for

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Matt and Steve. Back into parc ferme. Watching the end of those

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interviews, a couple of points for Cal Crutchlow. He was running with

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the hounds, in spite of the collarbone injury. He was intact

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and dicing with Valentino Rossi when he had to come in. -- he was

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in touch. He gets a pittance of consolation points. Aoyama had a

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useless race, really. Finished eighth, way off the pace. He will

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be disappointed by that. Come back soon, Dani Pedrosa, you are not

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kidding! Could do with the numbers on the grid apart from anything

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else. Extraordinary scenes out there, Barbera getting lapped,

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which is baffling. Akiyoshi, also getting lapped, not what you would

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Excellent for the Yamaha team, with his 50th celebration, to be

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knocking over a result like this. Dovizioso, this time last year, he

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finished 5th. An improvement for him. He is third in the

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championship. He has improved his contact with the guys at the front,

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and given himself just a bit more of a gap over Valentino Rossi, who

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will be breathing down his neck a little bit. That is also quite

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useful. Ben Spies, on the top step of the podium, didn't think I would

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be saying that. No, apologies to everybody that we did not get a

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chance to speak to him, some technical problems. We will catch

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up with him next week at the Italian Grand Prix in Italy. What a

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day for Ben Spies and his whole family. Absolutely. We got to talk

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to his mum and she was pretty pleased, she has been here all

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season waiting for that. It was great for Yamaha, it has started

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Ben Spies' season. Yamaha need some updates, they have got to get a bit

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faster to keep up with Casey Stoner, but let's hope we can have a battle

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for the championship. It is not looking like it, with Casey Stoner

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on such fantastic form. Repsol Honda are leading the team

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championship by a stretch as well and he is looking pretty

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unstoppable. Things are not going the way of Jorge Lorenzo. It isn't.

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Defending is often harder than winning in the first place. Some of

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it, you can't blame him for. The crash at Silverstone, he was mad at

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himself but he knew he had work cut out, with the speed of the Honda's.

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Casey Stoner probably thought, let's keep finishing races, and he

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 59 seconds

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The American national anthem sounds again here at Assen, just as it did

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in 2006 when Nicky Hayden won the race, and he went on to take the

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championship as well. Maybe this will be the first of many for Ben

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Round 7 and the Championship is at Assen for the Dutch TT and one of the most exciting circuits in the calendar. With the mid-point of the season fast approaching, can Casey Stoner continue his dominant display after taking the Championship lead from Spain's Jorge Lorenzo last time out in Silverstone? And will Britain's own Cal Crutchlow be back on the grid after breaking his collarbone at his home grand prix?


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