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Bugger me - has someone left Rimmer in the cloning machine? Biggest load of twaddle on here in a long time (and that is quite a statement!).
Let's look at this year's championship standings :-
Jorge Lorenzo - 185 points. 5 wins, 2 seconds, 1 retirement (thanks for nothing AB). Definitely on the sweetest bike this year that has adapted well to weight and tyre "updates", but Jorge continues to mature as a formidible rider. Deserves his 1st place.
Dani Pedrosa - 166 points. 1 win, 4 seconds, 3 thirds, 1 fourth. Very consistent and had an important win over Casey to give him confidence. Seems slightly less impacted by chatter issues but needs to find a way to compete with Jorge if he wants to finally win a championship. Deserves his 2nd place.
Casey Stoner - 148 points. 3 wins, 1 second, 2 thirds, a fourth, eighth, and one retirement (plonker). Suffering from bad chatter and other tyre issues, but level on points with Jorge until the last 2 disasterous rounds. Really has to risk all in the second half of the season and go for wins if he wants to get back on top. Deserves his 3rd place.
Andrea Dovizioso - 108 points. 4 thirds with only 1 finish outside the top seven. Adapted very well to Yamaha and staking his claim for a factory ride next year. On results alone he should get it but that's not how it works. Deserves his 4th place.
Cal Crutchlow - 95 points. No podiums but all results in 4th to 8th place. Started off well by beating Dovi in the first 2 races but seems to have plateaued. Consistently finishing ahead of the factory Ducatis but that may not be enough to snare a ride, as the Tech 3 Yamahas are obviously a better bike. Deserves his 5th place.
Valentino Rossi - 82 points. 1 second but other results well off the podium. Still struggling with the Ducati and finished ahead of Nicky in only 5 of 9 races (and could easily have been the other way around). Doesn't look like snaring another podium any time soon unless he has a eureka moment on the Duke. Deserves his 6th place.
I won't go on in case this is boring you, but some people seemed to have missed the whole first half of the season so I thought I should fill them in before they embarrass themselves by posting shite on here.
Oops - too late!