Monday Night MotoGP Roundup

What Happens When You Accidentally Fall Asleep Between Tire Changes

— I have no idea what happened in the 125 race.  Its not been on TV yet, and if you’re annoyed that I’m not telling you what happened, you’re missing out on hundreds of more informative and more detailed websites (like this one).

— Granted, I fell asleep momentarily (if by momentarily one were to mean for 12 laps), but the 250 race was entertaining.  Aoyama led from the start and took the lead in the championship with the win.  But, it was behind him that the interesting race occurred.  With typical British summer weather, Donington Park went from dryish conditions to rain and back again.  Quite a few riders came in to change tires (not the entire bike like MotoGP), but there was no catching Aoyama…even if Bautista tried.  Fabulous was the back and forth dicing between Mattia Pasini, Marco Simoncelli, and Alex Debon (who finished 3rd, 4th, and 6th).

— Finally, the MotoGP race and its unusual but well-deserved podium (Andrea Dovisioso, Colin Edwards, and Randy de Puniet).  Check out some great recaps here, here, and here.  See the new championship standings at the official website here.  Stoner and Hayden took a gamble on their Ducatis and started on rain tires.  It did them little good, finishing last (14th and 15th, respectively).  According to Stoner, he knew on lap 10 that the gamble hadn’t paid off (read the interview with Stoner and Hayden about the wet tire choice here), and Hayden felt it was time to try “a chance like that to be a hero every now and then.”  Also, Stoner’s physical issues would be better for him in the wet.  The gamble and Lorenzo’s crash after touching the white line (see pics here) gave Rossi a bit more space in the championship.

Good night, and good luck to Felipe Massa and Mika Kallio (soon to undergo surgery for his injured finger).


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