Since We’ve Been Gone: Rossi, Pedrosa and Stoner Win

Stoner Winning at Donington

Casey Stoner winning at Donington.  Photo courtesy of motogp.com

Old news:  Rossi won his third race in a row at Mugello in Italy.  Pedrosa stopped the win streak at 3 by winning at Catalunya in Spain.  Stoner on his Ducati broke through for his first win since Round 1 by winning the Great Britain GP at Donington, sharing the podium with the usual suspects, Rossi and Pedrosa.

MotoGP World Standings After Round 8

1   Valentino ROSSI   ITA   Fiat Yamaha Team   162

2   Dani PEDROSA   SPA   Repsol Honda Team   151

3   Casey STONER   AUS   Ducati Marlboro Team   117

4   Jorge LORENZO   SPA   Fiat Yamaha Team   104

5   Colin EDWARDS   USA   Tech 3 Yamaha   82

6   Andrea DOVIZIOSO   ITA   JiR Team Scot MotoGP   68

7   Nicky HAYDEN   USA   Repsol Honda Team   57

8   James TOSELAND   GBR   Tech 3 Yamaha   53

So far this season, here’s what we know.

Yamaha and Honda own 7 of the top 8 spots.  The top riders include two Spaniards, two Italians, two Americans, a Briton and an Australian.  More than half of the season remains, and it’s a four man race.  The top four riders are the only ones to have won a race this season.   Lorenzo is hanging in after crashing in practice at Catalunya.  Colin Edwards hasn’t given Americans much to cheer about, and 2006 world champion Nicky Hayden hasn’t been seen on a podium yet.

In most sports, that would be it for the season.  MotoGP, by being contested on two wheels and at, like, 12,000 rpms, has plenty of potential for drivers to drop out of races.  As Mr. Berra remarked, it ain’t over until it’s over.

Stoner, the reigning world champion on his badass Ducati, has put himself in contention after a 6 race drought.  Rossi, in the midst of another great season, leads in points; he and Pedrosa have been on the podium in every race this year, a pretty remarkable feat in itself.

On to Assen this week.

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