The Spanish MotoGP, at the Catalunya circuit in Barcelona, was probably the very best race of this season so far. Casey Stoner blasted off to a brilliant start on his Ducati and led most of the race. Dani Pedrosa gave him some competition, but it was The Doctor who had the battle of a lifetime with the Australian. In the last few laps, the two repeatedly passed each other, giving it all they had and then some, literally riding the wheels off their bikes. Absolutely awesome!
Ultimately, it was Stoner who prevailed, winning the race, closely followed by Rossi in second, and Pedrosa in third place. Rizla Suzuki rider, John Hopkins came in fourth, while Randy de Puniet finished in fifth place on his Kawasaki Ninja ZX-RR. But the main show – and what a show indeed – was the dogfight between Stoner and Rossi, where no.46 came off second best. He now trails Stoner by 14 points in the world championship standings.
While the Ducati still seems to have a slight top speed advantage in the straights, it isn’t as pronounced as it was in the first few races of this season. So if Stoner beat Rossi, it wasn’t only because he had a better bike – it was definitely because of his sheer skill and his unflappable confidence. It seems that after many years of dominance, The Doctor has finally met his match. With seven races down and another 11 to go, we’re sure this is going to be one hell of a MotoGP season!More MotoGP:
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