Monday, July 23, 2007

American MotoGP: Stoner extends world championship lead over Rossi


Other riders should give up their championship hopes now. 2007 is Casey Stoner's year...

Taking his sixth win of the season, Ducati rider Casey Stoner dominated the USGP at Laguna, ultimately taking 1st place almost 10 seconds ahead of Rizla Suzuki rider Chris Vermeulen, who finished in second place. In third was Gresini Honda’s Marco Melandri, who, by the way, will be moving to Ducati for the 2008 MotoGP season.


Chris Vermeulen finished in second place, about 10 seconds behind Stoner

The Doctor finished in fourth place and is now 44 points behind Stoner in the world championship standings. And the Americans didn’t do particularly well either, at Laguna. Nicky Hayden and John Hopkins collided on the first corner and while Hayden ultimately retired, Hopkins could only finish in 15th place.


Marco Melandri finished third. Next year, he'll be riding alongside Stoner, at Ducati

Nicky’s younger brother, Roger Hayden was the top placed American, finishing in 10th spot on his Kawasaki ZX-RR. His bike’s funky new paintjob didn’t help Colin Edwards. More mild breeze than tornado, Edwards finished in 11th place. Kurtis Roberts, of course, did not finish the race at all. What will happen to Team Roberts in 2008, we wonder...

More MotoGP:
The 2007 MotoGP season unfolds...
2007 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-RR vs other MotoGP bikes
Can The Doctor still come back this year?
John Hopkins to move to Kawasaki in 2008
Loris Capirossi to move to Rizla Suzuki in 2008
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