Suddenly Casey Stoner is The Man

Winner of two straight, all of a sudden Casey Stoner is back.  Back in contention to repeat his 2007 championship.  Heading to Germany on July 13, and Laguna Seca on July 20.  It’s starting to get interesting.

Dani Pedrosa, who finished second at Assen, now leads the series.  Valentino Rossi fell on lap 1 and still sits in 2nd place, followed by Stoner.  Jorge Lorenzo and American Colin Edwards round out the top 5.

Edwards and Nicki Hayden finished 3rd and 4th, the strongest American showing of the year.  They are undoubtedly looking forward to late July in California.  If it’s not on fire by then.  😦

As Rossi showed this past week, anything can happen in MotoGP.  The race at Laguna Seca on July 20 will be a the last race before a 4 week vacation.  They come back in the Czech Republic on August 17, then to fabulous San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini, for God’s sake, on August 31.

No wonder people don’t know about it.  Where the heck is Riviera di Rimini?

Whatever.  On September 14 it’s happening in Indianapolis in what promises to be the largest stop on the MotoGP tour.  Riders from 32 states will make the trip to Circle City, supported by a cast of thousands.  An AMA Flat Track race at the Fairgrounds,  Kenny Chesney at the new stadium, X-Fest at Verizon Music Center.  Broad Ripple, the Arts District, the circle, Fountain Square, 16th & Georgetown will be jumping.  Exhibition riding competition at the War Memorial.  Something for every taste and budget, as it were.

This just in:

NBC will offer live coverage of the inaugural Red Bull Indianapolis GP from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on September 14th at 3-4pm ET.

Van Wagner Sports and Entertainment will coordinate production of the race with NBC.

Assen Results

Pos. Rider Nation Team Total time
1 C. STONER AUS Ducati Marlboro Team 42’12.337
2 D. PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team + 11.310
3 C. EDWARDS USA Tech 3 Yamaha + 17.125
4 N. HAYDEN USA Repsol Honda Team + 20.477
5 A. DOVIZIOSO ITA JiR Team Scot MotoGP + 27.346
6 J. LORENZO SPA Fiat Yamaha Team + 28.608

Pos.

CHAMPIONSHIP

Rider

Nation

STANDINGS

Team

Points

1

Dani PEDROSA

SPA

Repsol Honda Team

171

2

Valentino ROSSI

ITA

Fiat Yamaha Team

167

3

Casey STONER

AUS

Ducati Marlboro Team

142

4

Jorge LORENZO

SPA

Fiat Yamaha Team

114

5

Colin EDWARDS

USA

Tech 3 Yamaha

98

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