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2007 MotoGP Photo Gallery

2007 MotoGP - Check out the action in this MotorcycleUSA.com photo essay

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