The MotoGP grid leaves merry ole’ England with a fresh look to the 2006 championship. After Haydens poor showing, rumored to be caused by HRC wanting to “develop” the RC211V over the race weekend, Pedrosa and Rossi capitalized and we have a championship on our hands again as we head off to Sachsenring. The week break should also allow the hammered bodies of Capirossi, Melandri and Rossi to heal up. Gibernau may also make a return for Ducati, after the poor showing by substitute Alex Hoffman. Harsh I know but he was well beaten by a bruised and battered team mate. Quote Loris Capirossi: It only hurts when I breathe… Sachsenring is a bit of a multiple personality type circuit. It has a very tight infield section demanding good slow speed handling. The MotoGP bikes can feel a little ponderous in the infield section, but Sachsenring slowly opens up and get progressively faster in the outer section, with one of the hairiest corners in all of MotoGP. Turn 12 is a slight kink to the right that ends up flying down hill through the black forest into a fast Turn 13. Colin Edwards has very fond memories of jumping off a very fast, very flaming Aprilia BBQ into this second last turn. The circuit is also known for being very hard on the left had side of the tire. The Repsol Honda boys are really in form now with both little shy Pedrosa and Nicky Hayden both in contention. People may biatch about Pedrosa’s demeanor after winning, but personality means squat when you hand out bike riding lessons to your more experienced colleagues. Hayden may have to get a bit rude with HRC management to stop them fiddling with his bike, as he needs a good showing here (i.e. win) so he can carry the form over to Laguna Seca. Despite being on the back foot, Vale looks like he is actually having fun. He knows it’s just been a bit of bad luck to put him his current position, so by some bizarre physics warp, all of the pressure is now on the HRC squad to stop him. Colin Edwards must still be pissed about his off at Assen, because his showing at Donington was not to flash. Rossi needs him firing to take points from his rivals, but he can’t wait till Laguna Seca for that to happen. I feel for Ducati this year as they seem to have a top bike, but have been let down by injuries to top class riders and intermittent tire performances by Bridgestone. They can at least sleep at night knowing they once made the world’s baddest arsed 990 cc MotoGP bike in history. It’s red too. Suzuki also looks to have found some speed but was also let down by tires, and Kawasaki has not improved much from the start of the season. Both teams keep showing promise, but I feel they are a little step away from the likes of Ducati and Yamaha. If I don’t mention Kenny Roberts Jr, people have threatened to kill me, so here goes. He actually seems to enjoy riding again, and has battled at the top end of the field several weeks in a row. It is actually good to see because many forget that he is an ex world champ and he did it on a Suzuki which makes it more amazing. Gasp!! (Oh Oh, I feel another apology coming on…) Well I am set to fry up some bratwurst and drink a waist high beer and watch a race that will make some little competition called the World Cup look like a kindergarten party. I humbly apologize to all Soccer and Suzuki fans worldwide for my callous and thoughtless remarks that trivialized such and important and significant event. Phew.