is it really that time already? it sure is, with only a 6 day turnaround the motogp boys are back underway and well and truly smacking out some cracking laps at Assen. Much to loz's relief, i am sure, our boy Casey smashed the field in thursdays FP1&2 and has pipped the pole position record by one third of a second already. Stoner fans will be hoping he can throw the bike around during tonights qualifying, in order to officially break that record. The only other riders even in the 36's were rossi and edwards (i still remember someone loling edwards last week :? ) and right behind them is hayden on the mighty new...or should i say pneu? honda, heh. Rossi is in new territory here, after winning last year on michelin. this year, as we are all aware, he's running bridgestones, which has the team at Fiat Yamaha working very hard to get the setup right. No good news for suzuki, with Capirossi pushing hard in last nights free practice, only to come unstuck in a nasty, flicky, whippy, highside that saw his right arm caught somewhere between the bike, the road, and the pain threshold. He has been ruled out of the race on saturday, and suzuki has decided against rushing in his stunt-double Ben Spies. But where is Dani? i hear you ask. he is sitting respectably in the low 37's. Michelin want results at Assen, with rossi jumping ship, and I am sure that by race day, Dani will be shod well, and up with the big boys. I'm half expecting hayden to do good things, but when it comes to putting the house, wife and kids on a bet, there really is only a handful of riders to pick from this year. Last weeks stab in the dark, wasnt really so much of a risk. but with the limited sleep i am getting at the moment, i'm throwing all caution to the wind to say; 1. Stoner - @ more than 7 tenths of a second per lap advantage, it's his race to lose. 2. Edwards - because he's talking it up in the media, and needs to do something. 3. ped..nah, ros..nah, Hayden - because i'll look good if he does, and if not, i'll lose the new kid and get some glorious sleep. rossi will run off the track, pedrosa will fight with hayden for third, and jorge will thread the field from the rear to earn some more quality points. over to you.