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2007 MotoGP Photo Gallery
Casey Stoner - Sepang Test
2007 MotoGP - Check out the action in this MotorcycleUSA.com photo essay
Chris Vermeulen - Sepang Test
Valentino Rossi - Sepang Test
John Hopkins - Sepang Test
Colin Edwards - Sepang Test
Loris Capirossi - Sepang Test
The Doctor - Sepang Test
Nicky Hayden - Sepang Test
KRJR - Sepang Test
Marco Melandri - Sepang Test
Shinya Nakano - Sepang Test
Dani Pedrosa - Sepang Test
John Hopkins - Sepang Test
John Hopkins - Sepang Test
Alex Barros - Phillip Island Test
Alex Hofmann - Phillip Island Test
Casey Stoner - Phillip Island Test
Alex Barros - Phillip Island Test
Loris Capirossi - Phillip Island Test
Carlos Checa hit a seagull during testing at The Island - Phillip Island Test
Toni Elias - Phillip Island Test
Chris Vermeulen in the pits - Phillip Island Test
Hopkins and Co. try and figure things out in the pits - Phillip Island Test
John Hopkins - Phillip Island Test
Shinya Nakano was sick during Day 1 of the three-day test - Phillip Island Test
Marco Melandri - Phillip Island Test
Dani Pedrosa - Phillip Island Test
Nicky Hayden - Phillip Island Test
Kenny Roberts Junior - Phillip Island Test
The Kentucky Kid was fastest on the final day of testing - Phillip Island Test
Colin Edwards - February Sepang Test
Colin Edwards - February Sepang Test
Valentino Rossi returns to action for yet another test at Sepang - February Sepang Test
Randy de Puniet - February Sepang Test
De Puniet and Jacque - February Sepang Test
Rossi and Edwards - February Sepang Test
Sylvain Guintoli - February Sepang Test
Makoto Tamada - February Sepang Test
Valentino Rossi - February Sepang Test
Ilmor GP's Andrew Pitt - February Sepang Test
Ilmor GP's Andrew Pitt - February Sepang Test
The Ilmor GP machine.
The Ilmor GP team.
Alex Barros - Qatar Test
Loris Capirossi - Qatar Test
Colin Edwards - Qatar Test
Valentino Rossi - Qatar Test
Casey Stoner - Qatar Test
John Hopkins - Qatar Test
Colin Edwards - Qatar Test
Hopper - Qatar Test
Barros - Qatar Test
Valentino Rossi was fastest in the final test of the preseason - Jerez Test
Valentino Rossi snagged a new BMW as the fastest man at Jerez. Thumbs up! - Jerez Test
LCR Honda's Carlos Checa - Jerez Test
LCR Honda's Carlos Checa - Jerez Test
Hannspree Honda's Toni Elias - Jerez Test
Reigning MotoGP champion Nicky Hayden - Jerez Test
Team Roberts rider Kenny Roberts Junior - Jerez Test
Hannspree Honda's Marco Melandri - Jerez Test
Konica Minolta Honda's Shinya Nakano - Jerez Test
Konica Minolta Honda's Shinya Nakano - Jerez Test
The two factory Yamahas celebrate - Jerez Test
The Tech 3 Yamaha team of Makoto Tamada and Sylvain Guintoli - Jerez Test
Capi-T-Rex is ready for 2007.
Marlboro Ducati's Casey Stoner.
Pramac d'Antin's Alex Barros - Jerez Test
Pramac d'Antin's Alex Hofmann - Jerez Test
Chris Vermuelen - Jerez Test
The Konica Minolta team has added Varese 2008 as a sponsor.
The Yamaha factory team is sponsor-less no more, enter Fiat for 2007.
The two Yamaha Fiat riders pose for the cameras.
Yamaha's Tech 3 rider Makoto Tamada.
Yamaha's Tech 3 rider Sylvain Guintoli.
Olivier Jacque - Jerez Test
Rossi was the fastest as MotoGP action got underway - Qatar
Rossi and Edwards were all smiles as they claimed front-row starts in qualifying - Qatar
Rizla Suzuki's John Hopkins rode a valiant race with his recent injuries still not completely healed. He finished fourth at Qatar.
Carlos Checa - Qatar
Hayden's off to a poor start, but will the Kentucky Kid be smiling at seasons end?
Randy de Puniet - Qatar
Toni Elias - Qatar
Nicky Hayden - Qatar
KRJR - Qatar
Marco Melandri - Qatar
Nicky Hayden - Qatar
Look for Ducati Marlboro rider Loris Capirossi to bounce back after from his wreck at Qatar. - Qatar
Hopper and Capirossi. - Qatar
Rizla Suzuki's John Hopper proved his professionalism as he finished a respectable 4th despite having to ride through pain from injuries he sustained weeks earlier at Qatar. - Qatar
Olivier hangs on tight with Ducati rider Alex Barros pushing hard behind him. - Qatar
Olivier Jacque finished in 12th place for the Kawasaki Racing Team. - Qatar
Now that he's got his first career MotoGP victory out of the way, Stoner might find out he likes being atop the podium. - Qatar
Aussie Casey Stoner was able to hold off Rossi to claim his first-ever MotoGP victory. - Qatar
Stoner and Rossi at Qatar.
Dani Pedrosa claims the pole position at Jerez
Rossi and Edwards celebrate a double podium for the Fiat Yamaha team - Jerez
Valentino Rossi is back on top with his win at Jerez
Alex Barros was 11th at Jerez but finished ahead of fellow Ducati rider Loris Capirossi - Jerez
Capirex was unable to find the right setup on the GP7, with the veteran rider finishing a disappointing 12th in Spain - Jerez
After Hopkins crashed, Chris Vermeulen was the top-place Suzuki in ninth - Jerez
Stoner was unable to match his impressive win at Qatar but he remains tied with Pedrosa for second in the championship - Jerez
The Doctor took control early and was never challenged by Pedrosa - Jerez
Melandri finished eighth, one spot behind Hayden - Jerez
Melandri leads Elias at Jerez. By the race's conclusion, it was the Spaniard who got the better of his Italian teammate - Jerez
Kenny Roberts Junior was running new livery at Jerez, as Team Roberts pickep up some Vegas sponsorship - Jerez
KRJR ran into trouble in the latter laps at Jerez due to problems with the KR212V - Jerez
Hopper has a heartbreaking lowside on Lap 17 while running in fourth - Jerez
We had a hunch Elias would perform well on his home soil and the Spaniard proved us right with a fourth-place finish at Jerez - Jerez
Unable to capitalize on his pole-position victory, Pedrosa gives his best to the home crowd after his second-place finish - Jerez
The Texas Tornado completed an impressive day for the Fiat Yamahas with his third-place podium finish - Jerez
Rossi was able bowl over his five-GP winless streak and get his post-race antics back on track at Jerez - Jerez
Rossi leads the pack and the title after Round 2 - Jerez
Due to new-for-2007 tire regulations, MotoGP riders are limited to 31 total tires which are barcoded and controlled.
Rossi, as always, takes this MotoGP thing much too serious. Perhaps that's why he doesn't have any fans.
Casey Stoner is a giant-killer so far this season, exceeding expecation on the Marlboro Ducati and owning a 10-point lead in the championship after his Istanbul victory - Istanbul
Valentino Rossi is the unquestioned king, but his tires let him down at Istanbul - Istanbul
Alex Barros was a top-5 rider in Turkey thanks to his GP7 and Bridgestone tire combination. The usual back-of-the-pack Pramac's almost found the podium - Istanbul
Pedrosa may have gotten a bit of karma when Olivier Jacque delivered an improbable DNF reminiscent of when the Repsol rider took out his teammate in '06 - Istanbul
Kawasaki's De Puniet gathered an eighth-place finish, thanks in large part to his Bridgestones, which were clearly the better rubber at Turkey - Istanbul
Never count out Toni Elias, as the Spaniard pulls out remarkable results out of the blue sometimes - Istanbul
As with Estoril last season, Elias was a bit wild, but incredibly fast, sliding around the track on his Honda - Istanbul
The group made it through the first turn okay, but later on Jacque took out four riders in a heartbeat - Istanbul
Nicky might consider swapping number-1 for number-7, because three rounds in he's got a pair of seventh-place finishes, giving him seventh overall in the title hunt - Istanbul
Hayden is gritting it out on the RC212V, the Kentucky Kid not getting along on the new mount as well as he did with the 211 - Istanbul
Hopkins was looking good for the podium, even leading the venerable Rossi - Istanbul
Although Stoner's lead was never in doubt, there was excellent racing for the remaining podium positions - Istanbul
Hopkins had to pick it up on one particularly aggressive move and the American found himself drop from third to sixth - Istanbul
Melandri was awful in practice and qualifying but still managed a top-5 finish at the circuit he were he had won the previous, and only, two GPs - Istanbul
Hayden is scrambling to catch up with Melandri in the points - Istanbul
Pedrosa's positive beginning to the season went south mighty quick, courtesy of Olivier Jacque's disastrous move - Istanbul
Rossi got steamed at an over-aggressive move from Elias, which caused The Doctor to pick it up - Istanbul
Stoner is beginning to look comfortable on the podium - Istanbul
Stoner found the MotoGP podium last season and was the victor in the inaugural Turkish 250GP - Istanbul
Rossi couldn't fend off the charges of rivals in the latter laps and was relegated to 10th-place - Istanbul
No one was able to match the pace of Stoner, who led almost the entire race - Istanbul
John Hopkins - Shanghai
Valentino Rossi and Colin Edwards claim the 1-3 spots on the grid yet again in qualifying - Shanghai
Casey Stoner won his third GP of the season at Shanghai, with the Aussie now owning a 15-point lead in the title hunt - Shanghai
The Hopper gets his first taste of the podium. - Shanghai
Loris Capirossi rode his Desmosedici GP07 to sixth-place, battling off Rizla Suzuki's Chris Vermuelen and Kawasaki's Randy de Puniet. - Shanghai
Rizla Suzuki's John Hopkins shows off his elation at grabbing a third-place finish in the Grand Prix of China. - Shanghai
A stream of riders jockey for position in the early stages of the race in Shanghai. - Shanghai
The Doctor made Stoner earn his victory, passing him momentarily until running wide off the track into the grass. - Shanghai
This scene is becoming a familiar one so far this year - Stoner leading with Rossi hot on his heels. - Shanghai
The young Australian Stoner has been the man to beat so far in the young MotoGP season. - Shanghai
Nicky Hayden was the victim of a first-lap mishap by Toni Elias that took him out of rostrum-contention early at Shanghai. - Shanghai
Pedrosa rode his Repsol Honda to a fourth-place finish in China and is holding down third place in the championship points standings with 49. - Shanghai
Colin Edwards took the pole position during Saturday's qualifying - Le Mans
The Texas Tornado has room to smile. He just captured pole position at Le Mans with a record-setting time. - Le Mans Qualifying
Rizla Suzuki's Chris Vermeulen celebrates his first career MotoGP win with a wheelie across the finish line at Le Mans. - Le Mans
Casey Stoner kept his Ducati GP7 upright and on the podium - Le Mans
Kawasaki Racing's de Puniet rode bravely in front of the home crowd until the 26-year-old Frenchman lost control of his 800cc Ninja ZX-RR and ended up in the gravel. - Le Mans
The LCR Honda pit crew of Carlos Checa was busy setting up his bike for wet riding conditions. - Le Mans
Chris Vermuelen is joined by Marco Melandri and Casey Stoner on the Le Mans podium. - Le Mans
Kawasaki Racing's Fonsi Nieto rode his Ninja ZX-RR to an 11th place finish, earning five championship points for his efforts. - Le Mans
The Doctor salvaged a sixth-place finish after he opted for a harder-compound wet tire that cost him valuable traction. - Le Mans
Yamaha satellite rider Sylvain Guintoli had the crowd on its feet when he led early in the race before he pushed too hard and crashed out. - Le Mans
Vermuelen entered pit-lane at the end of lap nine to change to his wet-weather prepared Suzuki GSV-R and then never looked back in claiming the Le Mans checkers. - Le Mans
The rain-soaked race saw seven riders DNF. - Le Mans
Rizla Suzuki's Chris Vermeulen won his first-ever MotoGP race at the rain-slickened Grand Prix of France. - Le Mans
Loris Capirossi runs his Marlboro Ducati through the rain-slickened turns of Mugello's free practice Friday.
John Hopkins - Mugello Qualifying
Chris Vermeulen - Mugello Qualifying
Valentino Rossi - Mugello Qualifying
Capirossi and Stoner lead the charge through a tight turn but the Ducati Factory team was squeezed off the podium by the Pramac d'Antin team on Lap 20. - Mugello
The Doctor put on a clinic at Mugello. - Mugello
Rizla Suzuki's Chris Vermeulen and company. - Mugello
Marlboro Ducati's Stoner and Capirossi engaged in the first straightaway matchup between the GP7 riders, with Capirossi edging out the young Aussie. - Mugello
Jacque missed Le Mans due to an arm injury but gritted it out at Mugello for a 16th place finish. - Mugello
Pramac d'Antin's Alex Barros claimed a spot on the podium with a third place finish. - Mugello
Kawasaki Racing hoped to build on Jacque's second row start, but de Puniet crashed out early and Jacque finished just outside the points. - Mugello
Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa finished on the podium with a second place time of 42'45.459. - Mugello
Pedrosa ran an excellent race at the Tuscan circuit, leading at one time until Rossi tracked him down. - Mugello
Rizla Suzuki's Chris Vermeulen started the race from the front row but was only able to secure an eighth place finish. - Mugello
Pump it up, Rossi. With six consecutive victories at Mugello, he deserves all the accolades he receives. - Mugello
Valentino Rossi has been unbeatable at Mugello, claiming a record sixth consecutive victory on the Italian course. - Mugello
The Doctor at work - Catalunya
Casey Stoner was victorious once again at Catalunya.
Kawasaki Racing's Randy de Puniet fought off the pain of a knee injury and a bum shoulder to capture a best-ever fifth place finish at Catalunya. - Catalunya
John Hopkins kept pace with the frontrunners for most of the race and finished in fourth place. - Catalunya
Thanks to de Puniet's heroic effort, Kawasaki Racing enjoyed its best finish yet this season in motorcycling's premier class. - Catalunya
LCR Honda's Carlos Checa finished well off the pace at Catalunya. - Catalunya
Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa shadowed Stoner and Rossi for numerous laps waiting for his opportunity to capitalize on one the the frontrunner's mistakes. - Catalunya
Pedrosa could get used to this whole podium thing. - Catalunya
The Doctor rode his M1 hard and finished second overall at the Spanish circuit. - Catalunya
Valentino Rossi does his best impersonation of Old Faithful. - Catalunya
Marlboro Ducati's Casey Stoner returned to the top of the podium as his team had the GP7 dialed in better than last week at Mugello. - Catalunya
Stoner and Rossi are hording the share of victories so far this MotoGP season. - Catalunya
The GSV-Rs ran well at Catalunya with Chris Vermeulen knocking down a seventh-place finish. - Catalunya
Not even the rains of England could slow down championship points leader Casey Stoner. - Donington
Capirossi was in fifth place late in the race until crashing out and DNFing. - Donington
Though Kawasaki's Jacque has been replaced, de Puniet has been impressive the last two weeks aboard his ZX-10R and finished sixth at Donington. - Donington
Colin Edwards enjoyed a good weekend, taking the Donington pole and finishing in second place in the main. - Donington
John Hopkins stays focused as Repsol Honda's Nicky Hayden goes down on a rain-slickened Donington course. - Donington
Tech 3 Yamaha's Makoto Tamada was able to stay upright under adverse conditions and rode his M1 to a 15th place finish. - Donington
The Pramac d'Antin squad was pleased with its top ten results as Alex Barros finished seventh and teammate Alex Hofmann took ninth. - Donington
Marlboro Ducati's Stoner continues to be impressive, scoring his fifth victory in eight races. - Donington
The 21-year-old Australian riding phenom Casey Stoner raises the cup. - Donington
It seems like whenever it rains, Vermeulen shines, as the Rizla Suzuki rider tends to find his way atop the podium when it's wet. - Donington
Vermeulen rode hard to stave off The Doctor and secure the final Donington podium spot. - Donington
Newcomer Anthony West did an admirable job in his first MotoGP main event, finishing 11th after crashing earlier in the race. - Donington
Valentino Rossi sports the 1950s Fiat 500 inspired graphics on the Yamaha for the Assen TT.
The Fiat Yamaha 800 looks good in the 1950 Fiat 500 50th Anniversary livery.
Randy De Puinet has come on strong in the last few rounds of MotoGP - Assen TT
Anthony West rides the wheels off his Z-RR in only the second appearance on the bike - Assen TT
Rizla Suzuki's Chris Vermeulen on the way to pole position at Assen.
Colin Edwards in his Fiat Yamaha retro get-up - Assen
Valentino Rossi wins his 3rd race of the year and etches his name in Yamaha lore by earning the 150th GP victory for the marque - Assen 2007
John Hopkins (21) leads Nicky Hayden (1) and Dani Pedrosa (26) - Assen 2007
Chris Vermeulen leads the pack early on at Assen.
Marlboro Ducati's Loris Capirossi had front tire problems early on and a slipping clutch had him retire to the pits by Lap 9. - Assen 2007
Nicky Hayden found himself on the podium for the first time this season, finishing third behind Rossi and Stoner. - Assen 2007
Marco Melandri leads the pack down the straightaway with Hayden and Pedrosa in hot pursuit. - Assen 2007
When push came to shove, The Doctor stepped up to the challenge, roaring to the victory after starting back in the pack in 11th place. - Assen 2007
Marlboro Ducati's Casey Stoner has had his share of champagne showers this season and retains a 21 point lead over Rossi in the championship points standings. - Assen 2007
Anthony West finished ninth at Assen, cracking the top ten in only his second MotoGP race ever. - Assen 2007
Casey Stoner didn't go for broke, instead finishing a consistent fifth and extending his lead over Rossi to 32 - Sachsenring
Dani Pedrosa will work his way back into championship contention with more results like his win at Germany - Sachsenring
Nicky Hayden surged in the latter laps, overtaking fading Bridgestone riders with his Michelin-clad Honda - Sachsenring
Loris Capirossi seems to solve the mystery that has plagued him in 2007 with his second-place finish in Germany - Sachsenring
Anthony West has been impressive in his few MotoGP appearances, finishing for a solid eighth-place result at Sachsenring.
Colin Edwards benefited from his Michelins to surge up to fourth by the finish - Sachsenring
Rossi pitched it after passing De Puniet, who also earned a DNF - Sachsenring
Pedrosa celebrates his first win of the season - Sachsenring
John Hopkins has yet to win a race, but the American sits fourth in the standings after his seventh-place finish - Sachsenring
Kurtis Roberts is filling in for his big bro on the KR212V, but with similar back-of-the-pack results - Sachsenring
Marco Melandri was in the hunt for the podium, until his Bridgestones gave out - Sachsenring
Michel Fabrizio opportunity to prove himself on the Gresini Honda resulted in a 10th-place finish - Sachsenring
Nicky Hayden seems to be finding some of his mojo again with two podiums - Sachsenring
The two Repsol riders atop the podium - Sachsenring
The Doctor wasn't able to save the low-side this time and earned a costly DNF - Sachsenring
The Sachsenring circuit looks like fun!
At 32 points down, Rossi is finding himself in a similar position as 2006 - Sachsenring
Dani Pedrosa led from the first turn to the last - Sachsenring
Colin Edwards and his posse are digging his red-white & blue M1 - Laguna Seca
Colin Edwards' 2007 Fiat Yamaha M1 in Texas Tornado colors - Laguna Seca
Loris Capirossi with Hayden in the background - Laguna Seca
John Hopkins aboard the Rizla Suzuki - Laguna Seca
Factory Yamaha riders Valentino Rossi and Coline Edwards - Laguna Seca
Casey Stoner and Nicky Hayden - Laguna Seca
Stoner heads down the corkscrew. Laguna Seca was no problem for the points leader.
Davies didn't score a point, but his brought the Pramac d'Antin Ducati to the finish line - Laguna Seca
Edwards was sporting new livery for the USGP - Laguna Seca
Edwards knows Laguna, but it didn't result in a top-10 finish for the Texan - Laguna Seca
Chaz Davies was an unexpected replacement for Alex Hofmann - Laguna Seca
Duhamel started on Sunday but couldn't finish it out - Laguna Seca
It seems like Edwards should be a podium finisher, but he hasn't found the pace at home on the GP machines - Laguna Seca
Neil Hodgson - Laguna Seca
Nicky Hayden - Laguna Seca
The number-1 plate is proving to be unlucky in '07 - Laguna Seca
The Kentucky Kid's 2007 campaign got worse at home - Laguna Seca
Hayden's second-row qualifying looked positive, but it all fell apart on Lap 1 - Laguna Seca
Hayden's three-peat plans were thwarted by his fellow American - Laguna Seca
Dani Pedrosa was looking like a lock for the podium, but faded as the laps wore on - Laguna Seca
Roger Hayden's 10th-place finish was the tops for an American - Laguna Seca
Rossi rules still, but is behind Stoner in the points - Laguna Seca
The Doctor was not his usual masterful self in the States - Laguna Seca
Rossi's rear tire and M1 held up in 2007 - Laguna Seca
Rossi still couldn't find the podium, but his fourth-place finish was better than last year - Laguna Seca
Rizla Suzuki's Chris Vermeulen was second at Laguna Seca
Casey Stoner was unstoppable in the U.S. - Laguna
The podium featured no Americans.
Two Aussies and a Spaniard: not what we expected for the USGP.
Valentino Rossi hasn't quite found that USGP mojo.
The Doctor on the run at Laguna.
Roger Hayden was ultra-impressive on the ZX-RR as the top-finishing American in 10th-place.
Rossi flies down the corkscrew.
This pic was from early in the race, as it was as close as Stoner was victorious by a great margin.
Nicky just might have had what it took, if Hopkins hadn't been right next to him.
Dani Pedrosa wasn't able to repeat his Laguna Seca podium from 2006, but the young Spaniard did get a top five at least - Laguna Seca
Vermeulen was on the gas, but couldn't match his countryman's race-winning pace - Laguna Seca
Loris Capirossi leans into the turn with The Doctor hot on his rear tire. - Brno
Carlos Checa rounded out the top ten on his LCR Honda. - Brno
Carlos Checa chases Toni Elias with Anthony West in pursuit. - Brno
Randy dePuniet rode his Ninja ZX-RR to an eighth-place finish after jockeying for position with Rossi, Vermeulen and Capiroosi. - Brno
Nicky Hayden equaled his best finish of the year at Brno, finishing atop the podium in third place. - Brno
After a dismal start to the season, Repsol Honda's Nicky Hayden is finally adjusting to the 800cc MotoGP bike and seeing the results in podium finishes. - Brno
John Hopkins posted his best MotoGP results of the year at Brno, finishing in second place. - Brno
It's a shame Hopper is taking his game to a new team next season. The GSV-R's have shown a lot of promise this season. - Brno
Anthony West battled up from his 16th place start for a 12th-place finish. - Brno
Kawasaki's Anthony West had problems with his qualifying tires and had to start on the grid in 16th place. - Brno
Tech 3 Yamaha's Makoto Tamada played the part of caboose on the MotoGP train at Brno, finishing in 17th place. - Brno
Is there a Doctor in the house? Rossi's results recently are a hard pill to swallow for the five-time MotoGP champion.
Casey Stoner has been enjoying an unforgettable season and looks primed to run away with the championship. - Brno
Casey Stoner notched his seventh win of the season at Brno in dominating fashion, leading from start to finish. - Brno
Rizla Suzuki's Chris Vermeulen inked a deal to don the Rizla blue for another season earlier in the week then came out and posted a 5th-place finish at Brno. - Brno
Anthony West saw his string of top ten finishes come to a close, finishing in 12th on a tough Brno circuit. - Brno
Randy de Puniet (Airborn) crashes into Dani Pedrosa on lap one - Misano
Chris Vermeulen (71) chases down John Hopkins (21) at San Marino - Misano
Ducati's Casey Stoner crosses the finish line in style - Misano
Rizla Suzuki's Chris Vermeulen celebrates his fourth podium of the year with John Hopkins - Misano
Ducati Xerox teammates Casey Stoner and Loris Capirossi gave the Misano Ducati fans plenty to cheer about. - Misano
Rumor has it that Colin Edwards will no longer be on the Fiat Yamaha team next year and will opt to join former teammate James Toselend in the Yamaha Tech 3 camp. - Misano
Marco Melandri and Loris Capirossi fought it out for the 4th and 5th positions. - Misano
The race gods did not smile on The Doctor at Misano as the Fiat Yamaha rider DNFed due to mechanical problems. - Misano
Casey Stoner continues to live out a dream season. His win at Misano means he can mathematically close out the championship at Estoril. - Misano
Rizla Suzuki's Chris Vermeulen pops it up in celebration of his second-place finish. - Misano
MotoGP hadn't visited Misano in 14 years, and now the course runs in the opposite direction making it virtually a new track. - Misano
Anthony West signed on to race for Kawasaki again next year and then ran a solid race at Misano to earn an eighth-place finish. - Misano
Carlos Checa mixed it up in the middle of the pack and finished in seventh at Estoril. - Estoril
A mechanical problem took Kawasaki Racing's Randy de Puniet out of the race. - Estoril
Nicky Hayden captured pole on Saturday then ran a solid race on Sunday to earn a fourth-place finish. - Estoril
Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa battled it out against Fiat Yamaha's Valentino Rossi with Marlboro Ducati's Casey Stoner in hot pursuit. - Estoril
John Hopkins: 'I made up as many positions as I could at the start, but I got stuck behind Marco and Nicky and they were getting kind of crazy at the beginning – they were all over the place passing each other.' - Estoril
Marco Melandri diced it up with Repsol Honda's Nicky Hayden and finished with a respectable fifth place. - Estoril
Estoril has been kind to Rossi. He has podiumed in all seven MotoGP races he's entered at the Portugal track. - Estoril
The Doctor edged past Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa and won by a slim 0.175-second margin. - Estoril
Michelin doesn't mind Rossi sacrificing a few tires as long as he wins races. - Estoril
Though Casey Stoner didn't solidify the championship title this week, he still leads the points race by 76. - Estoril
Stoner showers Rossi with champagne but had to store the bubbly Ducati's got set aside for his championship celebration, at least until next race. - Estoril
Vermeulen, Guintoli and de Puniet bring up the rear in Portugal. - Estoril
Makoto Tamada held down 8th place for much of the race before crashing out with only four laps to go. - Estoril
Rizla Suzuki's Chris Vermeulen started near the back of the pack and was never able to mix it up with the leaders at Estoril. - Estoril
Dani Pedrosa inks a new two-year deal with HRC - Motegi
Dani Pedrosa - Motegi
Loris Capirossi's victory at Motegi marks his third consecutive at the Japanese circuit.
2007 MotoGP Champion Casey Stoner
2007 MotoGP Champion Casey Stoner
Marlboro Ducati's Loris Capirossi should think about becoming a naturalized Japanese citizen - he has won Motegi three years in a row.
Gresini Honda's Toni Elias ran a determined pace at Motegi and was rewarded with his first podium of the season. - Motegi
The Kawasakis were fast on the Japanese circuit, with Anthony West finishing seventh while teammate Randy dePuniet grabbed second. - Motegi
A cluster of MotoGP racers grab for the brakes and look for a line through the congested turn. - Motegi
Marco Melandri finished fifth, placing both Gresini Honda riders in the top five. - Motegi
The champagne would rain down on Loris Capirossi, Randy dePuniet and Toni Elias during their Motegi podium celebration. - Motegi
The Rizla Suzuki team struggled all weekend and spent most of the time looking up the exhausts of other riders. - Motegi
There will be no sixth championship this year for Fiat Yamaha's Valentino Rossi as The Doctor's 13th-place finish handed the title to Ducati's Casey Stoner. - Motegi
Fist pumps and thumbs up filled the Marlboro Ducati garage as Casey Stoner clinched the 2007 World Championship title and teammate Loris Capirossi won the race. - Motegi
Tech 3 Yamaha's Sylvain Guintoli barely missed a podium spot, finishing in fourth place behind Gresini Honda's Elias. - Motegi
For the Phillip Island round, Rizla Suzuki ran colors honoring the late Barry Sheene.
Chris Vermeulen was running this retro livery scheme in honor of Barry Sheene, the late racing legend having played a part in Vermeulen's early career.
Capirossi and Rossi mixed it up for much of the race, but it was the Marlboro Ducati that would eventually cross the line first. - Phillip Island
Champagne shower, anyone? - Phillip Island
Fiat Yamaha's Colin Edwards finished ninth at Phillip Island, claiming seven points and moving up one place in the championship to eighth. - Phillip Island
Kawasaki Racing's Randy de Puniet has come on strong in the last few races and earned a hard fought sixth-place finish in Australia. - Phillip Island
John Hopkins had his work cut out for him, starting back in 14th, but the Rizla Suzuki ace rode hard and finished in a respectable seventh place. - Phillip Island
Wet weather wreaked havoc during the practice and qualifying rounds but it was clear and sunny come race day. - Phillip Island
Tech 3 Yamaha's Makoto Tamada 'I was very happy with the bike setting we had and the front tire was great but I didn't have a lot of side grip in the rear.' - Phillip Island
Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa started in the pole position but tire deterioration prevented him from taking the battle to Rossi and Capirossi for very long. - Phillip Island
Fiat Yamaha's Valentino Rossi earned a podium spot at Phillip Island for the tenth consecutive year. - Phillip Island
Rizla Suzuki's Chris Vermeulen finally flashed some of the brilliance Sheene recognized on race day after struggling with his bike's setup all weekend long. - Phillip Island
Kawasaki Racing's Anthony West: 'I tried to push as much as I could until I'd pretty much destroyed the rear tire. I couldn't keep my speed up through the corners and it was particularly difficult to feel comfortable when the bike was leaned over on the left hand side.' - Phillip Island
Randy de Puniet in action at Sepang.
Casey Stoner leads the pack at Sepang.
Sepang marks Stoner's 10th win of the 2007 campaign and his MotoGP victory compliments the Aussie's Sepang wins in the 125cc and 250cc classes.
Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa grabbed the pole on Saturday then rode to a third-place finish on race day. - Sepang
Rizla Suzuki's John Hopkins and Marlboro Ducati's Loris Capirossi duke it out in Malaysia. - Sepang
Randy de Puniet and a slew of riders fight for the holeshot while heading down the front straight. - Sepang
Ant West dices with Valentino Rossi early in the contest. - Sepang
Gresini Honda's Marco Melandri enjoyed his best results of the season, grabbing a second place finish. - Sepang
So you want to be a MotoGP racer? Think you could handle running into a corner three abreast with Rossi hot on your tail? - Sepang
Just as he's done for much of the season, Casey Stoner waved goodbye to the opposition at Sepang. - Sepang
Chris Vermeulen finished seventh at Sepang, just ahead of Rizla Suzuki teammate John Hopkins. - Sepang
Casey Stoner on the gas at Valencia
Pedrosa celebrates his win and second place in the championship. - Valencia
Stoner found himself in an unfamiliar situation, with a rider ahead of him. - Valencia
The Spanish fans were rooting for their boy, Pedrosa. - Valencia
The newest members of the MotoGP paddock, JiR Team Scot. - Valencia
Valentino Rossi goes over data with the Fiat Yamaha team before Sunday's race. - Valencia
Loris Capirossi earned a fifth-place finish at Valencia in his last race aboard a GP7. Capi T-Rex is headed to Rizla in 2008. - Valencia
Kawasaki Racing's Randy de Puniet got off to a slow start and struggled with tire problems that prevented him from putting up a strong final showing aboard the ZX-RR. - Valencia
It was not a stellar day for Fiat Yamaha, with Colin Edwards finishing in 13th place while Rossi DNfed. - Valencia
The Hopper ran a solid race at Valencia, capturing a podium spot in his last race for Rizla Suzuki. The talented rider will race for Kawasaki next year. - Valencia
Hopkins and Melandri battled it out for the 4-5 spots in the final point standings, with Hopkins claiming the fourth position courtesy of his podium finish in Spain. - Valencia
Kawasaki Racing's Anthony West had his worst weekend of racing at Valencia, bringing up the rear in 16th place. - Valencia
Marco Melandri overcame midseason injuries to race strong in the final quarter of the MotoGP season, finishing fifth in the overall point standings, only two points in back of Rizla's John Hopkins. - Valencia
The Doctor manned up and kept his consecutive race streak intact but mechanical problems kept him from finishing the race and securing the single point he needed to wrap up second place in the point standings. - Valencia
It's OK, Casey, occasionally you've got to let somebody else win. We look forward to your title defense next year. - Valencia
Toni Elias finished in tenth. Not bad for a guy who's still on the mend from a broken leg. - Valencia
Rizla Suzuki's Chris Vermeulen will run the No. 7 plate in the 2008 MotoGP season , using the iconic crossed seven made famous by Suzuki's double World Champion Barry Sheene.
Fiat Yamaha's Valentino Rossi and newcomer Jorge Lorenzo stand with the M-1 at the official team launch in Turin.
The 2008 Rizla Suzuki Team of Chris Vermeulen and Loris Capirossi
Randy de Puniet on his way to the fastest lap of Day One's testing session at Sepang.
Loris Capirossi on the GSV-R during testing in Malaysia.
Valentino Rossi headed the small contingency of riders testing at Sepang this week.
The introduction of the 2008 Repsol Honda team.
Casey Stoner posted the fastest time at the BMW M Award qualifying shooutout at Jerez and won a BMW Z4 M Roadster for his efforts.
Casey Stoner was the fastest rider after the first official night test at Qatar.
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