Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Stoner vs Rossi: The battle continues…


Now that he's on Bridgestones, The Doctor is happy. And fast...

In 2007, Stoner won the MotoGP world championship and Rossi had one of his worst seasons ever, finishing in third place behind Stoner and Pedrosa. Of course, finishing in third place in the MotoGP world championship would not be such a bad thing for most racers. But for Rossi…?

Anyway, The Doctor will be pushing hard – perhaps harder than he’s ever pushed – to make a comeback in 2008. Rossi tested his new Bridgestone-shod Yamaha at Jerez yesterday, and said he’s already convinced he’s done the right thing by leaving Michelin! Rossi’s best time of 1:40:514 was 0.293 seconds slower than Stoner’s (who was also testing the Ducati GP8 there…) best time, and 0.159 seconds than Pedrosa’s best, but 0.4 seconds faster than his own fastest lap time, which he clocked during the 2007 Spanish MotoGP in March this year.

‘The first impression is good and I am happy. Having these tyres is not like having a magic wand to fix our problems but the stability in acceleration is good and I am fast for the whole day – from this morning to the afternoon – with some different conditions. The tyres are exactly what I expected,’ said Rossi. He also admitted that he would have to adapt his riding style to the new tyres. ‘The front I have to understand a little more because I have to ride a little bit differently,’ said The Doctor.


Bridgestones or no Bridgestones, Rossi will be fighting this man - Mr Stoner - every inch of the way in 2008. It's not going to be easy...

We expect Rossi to get faster over the next two months, as his broken hand mends, as he gets more familiar with Bridgestone rubber and as Yamaha make improvements to the YZR-M1. Of course, Stoner will also be right there – every inch of the way. And if anything, he’ll be faster, more confident and more aggressive in 2008. The reigning MotoGP world champ also tested his new bike – the Ducati GP8 – at Jerez, and was the fastest of the lot, despite having a major crash during the day.

Talking about the Ducati GP8, Stoner said, ‘It's pretty similar to what we rode last season. Today we were quite a bit faster than we were when we raced here back in March, which is very important because we have improved at a track that used to be a bit difficult for us.’

So, the signs are all good and the Stoner vs Rossi rivalry looks all set to continue in 2008. And now that Rossi will be on Bridgestones and Yamaha will (hopefully…) make a bike that actually goes, turns and stops without blowing up, the battles should be fiercer than ever. We can’t wait for the 2008 MotoGP season to begin…!

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Michael Schumacher could have been in MotoGP...!

External links:
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