The MotoGP teams roll up the cheap Turkish rugs they purchased from the shifty bazaars and head off to the Sinopec Great Wall Lubricants Grand Prix of China which is quite possibly the worst name for a MotoGP event ever. Only two years old, the previous wins have been split by Valentino Rossi and Danni Pedrosa. Held at the flashy new Shanghai Circuit which contains two massive top speed straights linked together by some very slow to medium speed turns, its technological advancement is not matched by any other circuit in the world but this does not mean it is a favorite of the riders. Casey Stoner has consistently thrown egg on my face all season where I initially predicted Loris to be the faster Duck rider. He has truly proven me wrong and is riding well fast and seems to be doing it very easy at the same time which is a great combination. You canâ€™t deny Ducati had a massive tire advantage at Turkey but you can still rest assured Bridgestone wonâ€™t be resting on there laurels either. The huge straights should also favor the red bikes from Bologna and if I were Dorna, I would be checking to see of Ducati actually removed the required 190 ccâ€¦ Yamaha can only hope the head of Michelin Tire development has recovered sufficiently from his stale baguette beating of all beatings and will supply a round black thing to go the distance for Rossi and all. Edwards has a different reason to blame the French after being punted off the bike in a chain reaction caused by a very optimistic, late braking Olivier Jacque. Turkey was a nightmare for the Yamaha team but you can guarantee they will bounce back strong. Honda also had a woeful showing in Turkey with Nicky Hayden being the fastest Michelin rider and only coming in seventh and little Danni Pedrosa was left writhing in agony in a gravel trap. You can bet there will be some polite yet stern emails sent around the HRC camp, as they donâ€™t tolerate performance like this from there tire suppliers. Tony Elias showed that the bike is not all bad with a sterling Turkish performance, but he does not have the race to race consistency for HRC to back for the season. Melandriâ€™s also starting to show some of last seasonâ€™s pre injury promise as well. Suzuki must also be smiling as the over achieving Japanese team had a competitive Hopkins scoring some nice points at Turkey, and while Chris Vermeulen was delayed after an unwanted piggy back from and errant factory Honda, he set some very fast times while pissed off with a bent handlebar. I feel the long straights at Shanghai may hurt the slowish Suzukis though, and I pray for rain to level the playing field for them. I wonder what went through Randy De Punietâ€™s head as he belted past Rossiâ€™s mishandling Yamaha in Turkey. It wouldnâ€™t happen too often, but at least it was a better showing than his country man Olivier Jacque. I can only imagine the nightmare it must be for the Kawasaki team manager dealing with not one, but two French riders. Shudderâ€¦ (Just kidding French people, just kidding) As usual, the Dunlop shod Yamahaâ€™s where no where to be seen at Turkey, but surprisingly neither was Kenny Roberts Jnr. on his old mans bike. I donâ€™t know whether it was tire trouble, bike trouble or that they are just slow. But counteracting the usual poor performances of the customer teams, the Pramac Dâ€™Antin Ducatiâ€™s showed a decent turn of speed at Turkey in the capable hands of Alex Barros. Well thatâ€™s about it for the week so to match the local Shanghai ambiance, fill your lounge with some industrial quality air pollution, order in some dodgy Chinese takeaway and crack a can of cold Sinopec Great Wall Lubricant as the worlds best soap opera for blokes gets underway for Round 4 in China.