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Sachsenring–MotoGP Traffic Report Saturday 7/18/09.

July 18, 2009

It was after Mugello, which Stoner won in late May to lead the standings that some of us began to suspect it might be his year again.  At round five, he looked very tough.  But then he was a wreck after Catalunya, having given up the lead, and he faded noticeably at Assen and again at Laguna.  Going into this mid-season weekend, he was thought by many, including moi-même, to have his work cut out for him at Sachsenring.  So, on a wet track he has the top practice lap on Friday.  Perhaps he’s feeling better?  A little too soon to say.

Notice how on Fridays (Thursdays in the Netherlands) guys like Toni Elias, de Puniet and de Angelis, de bums, always seem to have something going on.  Some weeks, it carries over to Saturday, and they end up in the second row on the grid, fully enjoying the sweeties with the umbrellas.  But it almost never carries over to Sunday.  De Puniet’s fourth in Jerez was a gift, de Angelis has finished as high as sixth—at Qatar—with Elias scoring a sixth at Laguna.  There’s a whole lot of difference between running one fast lap and running thirty fast laps.

And the sick part of this sport?  The hellers are doing laps in eighty-three seconds and the “bums” are taking all of eighty-five seconds.  Like they’re going slow.

Last year in Germany, Lorenzo and Pedrosa went out early.  Stoner beat Rossi (the last race Rossi would lose until October 5th at Philip Island), with Vermeulen on the podium and the aforementioned de Angelis in 4th place.  In the background, on the jukebox, you’d swear you could hear bits and pieces of Patsy Cline’s haunting, “Crazy…”               Yes, that’s right, Alex de Angelis finished in 4th place.

Will it be Germany where Stoner reasserts his claim to the top spot?  I think not.  But all that needs to happen is for, say, Stoner to win, Pedrosa to finish 2nd, Lorenzo 3rd, and Rossi, uh, 7th, whence the championship standings would look like this– 🙂 —

Stoner                160

Rossi                   160

Lorenzo              158

Pedrosa               112

At roughly the same time pigs fly. 

Bummer for our boy Casey, who hasn’t been sandbagging.  He’s probably not winning this race, nor is Signor Rossi going to loaf his way to seventh.  I expect Rossi and Pedrosa to slug it out, with Lorenzo injured, lurking and dangerous, Stoner fading, Dovizioso threatening, Hayden being heard from, and even a Marco Melandri around if it rains. 

And I hear your boys Dani and Dovi got themselves brand new engines for the Sachsenring Rennen.

My question–who’s gonna LOSE it this year at Sachsenring? 

Probably not Signor Rossi.

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The forecast: rain for qualifications; cloudy and cool on race day.

IMS MotoGP Lap of Champions

August 5, 2008

This from the Motor Speedway:

MotoGP: Riders can take Lap of Champions at IMS to benefit charity.

Written by Indianapolis Motor Speedway       Thursday, 31 July 2008

Motorcycle enthusiasts can ride into history Saturday, Sept. 13 by taking a parade lap on the road course at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the Lap of Champions, a charity event during the inaugural Red Bull Indianapolis GP:

Lap of Champions participants will ride around the IMs circuit during the historic first MotoGP race at IMs. Riders can participate in the Lap of Champions at a variety of levels, with proceeds for this Ride for Kids® event benefiting the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation:

$100:  One pass for the Lap of Champions, perfect for riders who already have their race tickets.

$300:  Participants will receive one pass for the Lap of Champions, one three day ticket to the Red Bull Indianapolis GP from Sept. 12-14 with reserved Paddock Penthouse seating and VIP parking, a commemorative T-shirt and hat, and one ticket for a drawing that includes fantastic prizes.

$425: Participants will receive one pass for the Lap of Champions, two three-day tickets to the Red Bull Indianapolis GP from Sept. 12-14 with reserved Paddock Penthouse seating and VIP parking, two commemorative T-shirts and hats, and one ticket for a drawing that also includes fantastic prizes.

Great motorcycle-oriented prizes will be awarded in the drawing, including an AGV GP Tech helmet, AGV Sport leathers, boots and gloves, a set of Dunlop tires and much more.

Additional drawing tickets are $200 each for participants at the $300 and $425 levels. Drawing ticket holders must be present to win. (When was the last time you saw that?)

The top fundraiser for this event will receive his or her choice of an Aerostich Roadcrafter or Darien riding suit.

This event is limited to 250 riders, so prompt registration is encouraged.

Register today online at . For more information about the event or the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, call (800) 253-6530 or (828)  665-6891.

The Lap of Champions is scheduled for 5:20 p.m. (ET) Saturday, Sept. 13, rain or shine.

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