Been looking forward to this round for some time, and the first 10 minutes of qualifying showed why. Stoner is just unreal around this track, and it's nothing to do with a home track advantage. He just has the will to do well. Hayden impressed me a lot and some of the slides he was making were pretty awesome. Stoner over lukey heights and through turn 3 are the best places to see the movement of the bike, and just goes to show he really does use less traction control than anyone else.
Capirossi and Aoyama have been pretty impressive this weekend. Aoyama really looks like he's going for it, you can tell with the body language on the bike.
Stoner won't wrap up the title tommorow, at least i think not. Can't see Lorenzo finishing off the podium.
Rossi Rossi Rossi ... do people still believe it's fully the bike which is the problem ? let's try and be serious for a minute. Can some tell me why he is the last Ducati, only beating a rookie and Cudlin who won't even compete in the race due to injury. Hayden has gone 8/10's quicker here than he did last year and is 1.5 seconds ahead of Vale. We have a 40 year old who is about to retire and Depuniet who had been hampered with injuries all year outclassing him on satellite bikes. It's a joke. I remember in 05/06 wanting to see Rossi go to Kawasaki and see what he could do there. and yes i thought he probably could win on it(i was young and dumb obviously) and it just goes to show, Rossi needs the perfect bike, a bike with a clear handling advantage. Rossi has 7 titles, but the majority of those titles are against riders either retired or racing in WSB.. think about it.
At this rate, he'll be finishing 8th in the championship (if Simo doesn't crash and Ducati allow Hayden to finish in front of him) and with a record low amount of points for Ducati's number one rider in a long time.
One thing that would be hilarious now, is if Stoner came out and said 'it's tough to judge how good the Ducati is, as Rossi doesn't appear to be trying that hard' but he's not like that.. good on him.