We confess, we’d started thinking maybe it just wouldn’t be possible for Valentino Rossi to beat Casey Stoner. At one time, Rossi decimated the likes of Biaggi and Gibernau and now perhaps Stoner would do the same to Rossi. Well, we’ve been proved completely wrong!
The Doctor started the 2007 Dutch TT at Assen from the fourth row of the grid, and at one point in the race he was five seconds behind race leader Stoner, who started from the front row. And then, as Rossi sliced his way through the field, he showed us why he’s seven-time world champion and why the 2007 MotoGP world championship is still very much open.
Passing pretty much everybody along the way – Capirossi, Edwards, Vermeulen, Hopkins, and Hayden – Rossi finally caught up with Stoner. And after an epic battle – one that reminded us of Rainey vs Schwantz dogfights – he finally passed Stoner and won the Dutch TT. Hayden, who finally rode like a world champion, took a well deserved third place, while Pedrosa came in fourth. Are HRC also making a comeback…?
It was an emphatic race win for Rossi – The Doctor has finally shown that he can indeed beat Stoner. After nine races in this season, Stoner still leads the 2007 world championship by a significant 21 points, but this could be the turning point. Looks like no.46 has made up his mind to fight back – fight back hard – after all. If we’re getting the Valentino Rossi of old back for the remaining races in 2007, it’s going to be one hell of a MotoGP season!
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