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MotoGP Valencia Insider

Tuesday, November 10, 2009
"Obviously this is a frustrating and disappointing way to finish the season. There have been plenty of highs and lows throughout the year and we have ended on a low, but with another lesson learnt for next season. We have had this strategy for two years and not had a problem until today so I guess it is better it happened here than in the first race of next season in Qatar!”
The 24 year-old Casey Stoner celebrated his second win and birthday last month at Sepang on the Ducati.
Ducati Marlboro's Casey Stoner suffered an uncharacteristic crash during the warm-up for Sunday's MotoGP finale.

That was the official statement from Casey Stoner and the Marlboro Ducati team following his shock rookie error, highsiding in Turn 2 of the warm up lap, 90 seconds before the start of the race, after completely dominating practice and qualifying. Only Pedrosa was expected to be able to go with his fellow ‘alien’ in the 30-lap race, the rest eyeing up a podium at best.

Stoner stormed out of the track just as fast as he exited the race and quicker than you could say ‘no comment’. His team left red-faced and trying to put a positive spin on the fact their Aussie starlet screwed-up. The cooler than normal track temperatures, suppressed by a gusting 32 km/h wind had dropped tire temperatures below a normal operating level. Casey did his normal procedure of saving fuel and cruising slowly away at the beginning of his warm up lap, letting the entire field pass him. By now he was at the entry of Turn 2. He gets hard on the gas to catch up and presto-crasho!

Respected veteran journalist Dennis Noyes pointed out that Stoner mathematically may have had time to get back to the pit lane and start on his spare. He had until the leader completed his first lap to do this, but he would have been fighting for a mere few points and not the race win he was expecting. 

Colin Edwards was one rider gleefully eyeing up the vacant pole position as the lights went out. Involved in a scrap with works HRC star Andrea Dovizioso for fifth in the championship and the first ‘human being’ after the four unbeatable ‘aliens’, more points were now up for grabs.
Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Colin Edwards is another rider who has competed in all 52 races since the 800cc regulation was introduced at the start of 2007.
Monster Yamaha Tech 3's Colin Edwards was quite pleased with his new teammate, Ben Spies, and his efforts that granted Edwards fifth-place in the championship. 

“I got a great start and the bike was working awesome but those three out front were untouchable. I don't know how they do it, what they've got or what they eat for breakfast, but I couldn't run their pace,” said Edwards. “In the middle of the race I couldn't carry the corner speed I wanted to so I tried to smooth myself out and just rode out of my skin. I was doing the best I could but wasn't sure where Dovizioso was. It turns out Ben (Spies) got by him and that point proved crucial. I gave him a big hug after the race and anything he wants me to buy him, he can have it! I'm glad he adapted so quickly to the Yamaha because him riding so well is what got me that fifth overall and I'm really looking forward to working with him.”

Spies was very impressive, as expected: "It was a good day. We got a good start which something I didn't think was going to happen,” commented the Texan. “For the first six or seven laps I wasn't really on it, I wasn't used to the way the tires come in so I was halfway taking it easy and halfway getting pushed around because I didn't want to do anything silly. Once we got into a rhythm I got to follow some people and it was ok, then I slowly started to pass some people and got my eyes set on the guys in front. Once I got passed Dovizioso I could see Nicky Hayden and Tony Elias up ahead. I knew I wasn't going to catch them but I tried to keep my pace going and was able to keep it steady. It's been a dream first weekend for us, to get seventh on a track I don't particularly favor is pretty cool, the feeling is the same as winning a superbike race. I'm happy we've kept the bike off the ground and made solid progress all weekend which was our number one goal.”
2009 World Superbike Champ Ben Spies qualified for ninth-place for Sundays MotoGP finale.
Ben Spies was happy with the progress he made during his wildcard entry for Yamaha at the final round in Valencia.

But the real hard work starts for Ben now. There’s huge expectation from Yamaha in Japan for him to succeed in MotoGP. He is stated to be the Japanese manufacturer’s man to move to the full factory Fiat Yamaha Team and replace either Rossi or Lorenzo should they move for 2011.

Speaking of which, Rossi has laid his cards on the table, continuing to say that bitter rival Jorge Lorenzo remains with ‘his team’ for 2010 and is not happy with it.

"Yamaha have to choose between me and Jorge for 2011," Rossi told English BBC TV. "I could change bike, ride for Ducati and try to win the world championship with an Italian bike. That would be great motivation, although I prefer at this moment to stay with Yamaha because the love between me and Yamaha, our relationship, is something special."

Rossi still holds all the cards. The whole team and factory is Rossi-run unlike his time at Honda. Generally what VR wants, VR gets. Opinion here is split between whether his intentions are to oust Lorenzo from Yamaha and see his time out there, or if he could try and win the title with an Italian bike at Ducati and maybe by that time surpassing Giacomo Agostini’s record 123 all-time GP wins. If Lorenzo gets stronger next year, which on current form appears likely, and is ahead of Valentino when 2011 contact time arrives next June, it will put Yamaha in a very difficult position!
Already crowned the MotoGP Champ of 2009  Valentino Rossi struggled during qualifying for the perfect set-up and will start Sundays race from Row 2.
Will Valentino Rossi get his way and have Yamaha boot teammate Jorge Lorenzo for 2011?

To fan the Rossi-to-Ducati rumor flames further, the bombshell news that Ducati’s MotoGP team manager Livio Suppo is moving along the pit lane to HRC as Marketing Director. As I’ve previously told you here, the fickle Italian media have reported that the move was designed to appease Valentino Rossi who does not get along with Suppo prior to him moving to Ducati. The Italian journos are now speculating that the move to Honda is part of a HRC master plan to poach Stoner from Ducati who is out of contract for 2011. More likely is that Suppo has been brought in to find major sponsors for the team. Repsol are rumored to be paying peanuts as a title sponsor and may well leave with Pedrosa should he decide to move after next year. Suppo is credited with bringing the big money to Ducati and it is the only team that’s costs are completely covered by sponsorship. All the other MotoGP teams rely on manufacturer money as well as secondary sponsors.

In a complete turn-around, MotoGP looks like it is headed back to 1000cc for 2012! Something that was dismissed out-of-hand only a year ago after 800s had been blamed for dour racing after the tail-sliding, fire-breathing 990 era. The proposal from the controlling manufacturer body the MSMA has been confirmed by Dorna chief Carmelo Ezpeleta after the manufacturers had failed to come up with any good cost-cutting idea’s to combat the current shrinking grid. Four-cylinder 1000cc engines could come from any source, although current production based engines would need major modifications to enable them to run alongside the full-pedigree bikes run by the current manufacturers. It is aimed to enable new teams and manufacturers to enter the championship to bolster the grids, bringing down costs and also hopefully spice up the racing. Interesting…

That’s all for this season, folks. Thanks for tuning in!
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The 2007 MotoGP Champion and runner-up in '08, Australian Casey Stoner is a rising star in Grand Prix racing.
Nicky Hayden Bio
The fastest of the Hayden racing brothers, Nicky has left Honda to join the Ducati Marlboro MotoGP team for '09.
Chris Vermeulen Bio
Chris Vermeulen jumped from WSB in 2006 to MotoGP, but after four years, the Aussie has returned to WSB to chase his title dreams.
Colin Edwards Bio
The Texas Tornado, aka: Colin Edwards II, raced his way into MotoGP with a pair of World Superbike titles.

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GR -Ultimate MotoGP Season-2012  November 13, 2009 12:20 PM
You know what? Let Rossi and Marco S. go team up at Ducati! let's see if Rossi can turn Ducati around with his bike development abilities like he's shown with honda and yamaha! Stoner can go to HRC with Dani... let Ben move up to the Fiat team with Jorge! Hayden can join Edwards at Tech 3 for another American team! 800cc or 1000cc machines? does it really matter? The world is waiting to see who will beat Rossi down before he moves on... and i think Rossi wants that too! Rossi just doesnt want the bastard to be on the same squad using the data he's collected against him!!! So whatever moves they need to do with riders, bikes, and management... I say make it happen already! Everybody can prepare for the ULTIMATE SHOWDOWN... sons of bitches!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! let me get my tickets for the States first though... he-he.
KM - Yes  November 11, 2009 07:20 PM
Why did we change in the first place; no one builds a 800CC Super Bike. I am glad that someone got there head out of there A**.
MV Man -Best Rider??  November 11, 2009 11:57 AM
I suppose for the time being, it doesn't matter how big or small the motor or rider are....Vale is the only one who has won championships on all of them. For my money, give me the big motor and ditch the traction control, you'll find out who the best rider is....real quick!
zman -Liter bikes make for better racing  November 11, 2009 10:05 AM
MotoGP was much better when the bikes were liter bikes, and, if they return to a 1000cc formula they will immediately lap faster than the 800s. The racing was better with 1000s and more guys could run up front. The 800cc formula was devised by Dorna and Honda to give tiny guys like Pedrosa an advantage over Rossi. It has worked to some extent, but Rossi's brilliance has denied Honda and Pedrosa their title. Other than Rossi the guys consistently running up front are very small. Motorcycle racing shouldn't necessitate jockey sized riders. I say bring back the liter bikes so that normal sized guys have a fair shake.
will parker -800's are faster...  November 11, 2009 09:45 AM
any idiot can can go fast in a straight line..who goes fastest into, through, and exiting a corner usually determines the best riders...

i like the 60 degree lean angles, they open the throttle in the corners much more than they used to on the literbikes...

800's, best show in motorcycling...
Yep, me again -RE: WILL the bad news.. - will parker ...please stand up, please stand up  November 11, 2009 08:50 AM
Lean angles? They were scraping elbows with the 990's, how much more lean angle do you want? stop comparing MotoGP to Superbikes...GP's are PROTOTYPE bikes that were running their own V4/V5 configuration (not production based inlines), so don't give me your lap time BS. Shouldn't you be watching NASCAR or something?
bad news.. -will parker  November 10, 2009 02:49 PM
what will distinguish them from Superbikes now?..the reason i watch Motogp is for the lean angles and corner speed that will be diminished with the point and shoot style...just b/c rossi says they should go back to 1000's they do...he always gets everything he wants...they haVE their head clear up his ASS...
Niles SoCal -Hellllllll YES!!!!!!  November 10, 2009 02:30 PM
I have been waiting for them to get the hint, and move back to the 990cc class. Nicky rox on a 990, but sux on this 800. I was SO FREAKING disappointed when he chainged over. I really liked him on the repsol. BUT NOW.....two of my favs..BEN AND NICKY....give them all hell....Rossi is thru in my opinion. He is a supurb rider, but there's no compatition without the 990's. I want to see Spies, Rossi & Hayden showdown with 1000cc's of hell breathing machine in Laguna. Ahhhhh 2006 all over!
Leslie D'Amico -Good racin'  November 10, 2009 02:05 PM
1000cc MotoGP bikes! Rossi on Ducati! Ben Spies in MotoGP! Lorenzo, Pedrosa, Stoner, Hayden and a cast of fast guys we haven't even heard of yet, it doesn't get any better than this!!!!!!!!!!!
23 -1000cc  November 10, 2009 12:06 PM
I know he is a walking wound, but Suzuki..."BRING BACK HOPPER!"
hmm... -RE: hmmm... - 800's out? Good, it's GP again!  November 10, 2009 11:58 AM
Bring back the V5, and the King Kenny Team...and of course the fire breathing Team Green!
hmmm... -800's out? Good, it's GP again!  November 10, 2009 11:55 AM
Back to 1000cc for MotoGP in 2012??? Best news I've heard this year...music to my ears...literally.

I can only speculate that the pecking order for podium regulars might be those mirroring 2006. Hopefully Hayden will still have a factory ride come this time.
MV Man -1000's in 2012!  November 10, 2009 11:47 AM
Great news....1000cc's in 2012! There is hope for us "rear wheel steering" Americans on the horizon! Go on and "GET SOME" Ben!!