With his fifth win of the season at Donington Park today, Casey Stoner now leads the 2007 MotoGP world championship by 26 points. During this, the eighth race of the year, Stoner came out on top yet again, followed by Colin Edwards (who started from pole position) in second place and Chris Vermeulen, who's proving to be a bit of a wet weather specialist, in third. 'I think that this victory proves once and for all that top speed isn't Casey's advantage, because top speed means nothing at this track, especially in these conditions. Casey is a genius, he is so good at managing a race. He started today's race very calmly, then when he was ready to go, bang, he could go away at the front,' declared an obviously delighted Livio Suppo, Ducati's MotoGP project director.
No.46, The Doctor finished in fourth spot – things are just not going his way this year. The same can also be said for reigning world champ Nicky Hayden, who crashed during the race but remounted his bike to finish last, in 17th spot. The other Repsol Honda rider, Dani Pedrosa finished in eighth place – doesn’t look like he’ll be a contender for the 2007 MotoGP world championship after all.
All said, The Stoner Express seems quite unbeatable this year. Colin Stoner, Casey's dad, talks about his son's grit and steely resolve here. Interesting. In the meanwhile, is the 2007 world championship decided already? Much as we love Rossi, we wouldn’t bet against Stoner taking the crown this year. And perhaps it’ll take another young gun – maybe Jorge Lorenzo, when he moves up from the 250cc class next year – to take on Stoner in 2008…Also see:
Hi-res Casey Stoner wallpaper here, here, here and here
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