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MotoGP Finale - Grand Prix of Valencia (SPA)

Discussion in 'Racing, Motorsports, and Track Days' started by VtrElmarco, Oct 25, 2006.

  1. Ola’ everybody!!

    The worlds best soap opera is coming to its thrilling season finale at the sun soaked Spanish state of Valencia. With just a scant 9 points deciding the championship it can simply be summed up as the Rossi and Hayden show. The Circuito de la Comunitat Valenciana is a 4 km long goat track. It has 5 right handers and 8 left handers condensed into a stadium type complex that can seat 125 thousand rabid, drunk, flare lighting Spanish fans. While the fans party themselves stupid, many riders don’t really like the place as it is a real handful on the big MotoGP bikes.

    The Repsol Honda squad, in there infinite wisdom and foresight, have finally implemented some team orders and structure, after the mini Spanish cannon ball, Dani Pedrosa performed one of the most bone-headed moves in GP history. While he will certainly redeem himself with some stellar performances in future seasons, he can only make it up to the infinitely nice guy Nicky Hayden by beating Rossi. Somehow.

    As for the Kentuky Kid, he is still in with a good shot, as Rossi doesn’t particularly like this track, and Hayden was fast here during preseason testing. HRC have pulled there heads out of there arses and finally given him a clutch that works, and he will be a real threat to win on race day. Now if only Rossi will comply by finishing third…

    Rossi is riding a wave of end or season good luck that is completely offsetting his miserable start to 2006. He also has the complete backing of the Camel Yamaha team including Colin Edwards. I am a big fan of the Tornado, and it was good to see him run at the front at Estoril setting an easy pace trying to run blocker for Vale. He will be a key player for Rossi in this last race as it has usually been up to Rossi to single handedly beat a swarm or factory Honda’s.

    As for the rest, there are a few dark horses that could upset the apple cart come race day. Loris Capirossi and Troy Bayliss are both very fast on there Ducati’s at Valencia. As a “reward” for being a good boy, Bayliss has been recalled to the premier class to replace the mega unlucky Sete Bibernau (Apparently he is more steel than man). With nothing to lose, I can picture Bayliss sideways everywhere on an out of control red Ducati. Beautiful!

    Marco Melandri is another with no team orders and is riding a wave of end of season form. He should be over his injuries picked up at an Estoril practice crash and should provide great entertainment come race day.

    As for the rest, it doesn’t really matter for them now. Some are racing to retain there seats. Others are already thinking about 2007. One team to keep an eye out for is the Ilmor X3 with Gary McCoy as pilot. Developed by Mario Illien of F1 fame, we have seen some spectacular failures in the past using so called F1 expertise. Anyone remember the super flaming Aprilia Cube? One good thing it that they have hit the ground running with there 800 cc bike already, and could be a team to watch in 2007 (A precursor for BMW team perhaps?)

    Enough of the foil hat type stuff. I am going to eat too much BBQ and drink some beer and bid a hearty farewell to the 2006 MotoGP season. It is sure to go down in history as one of the greatest.