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Old 2nd July 2006, 19:39   #1
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Default Pedrossa shines but Rossi glows at Donington Park!

Dani Pedrossa won his 2nd premier class race in just his 1st year astride a MOTOGP bike, but Valentino Rossi was the man who actually brought sunshine at Donington Park.

Pedrossa started from pole position, having had a great weekend, but the actual surprise was Marco Melandri who found his way to the front of the grid on the third spot. A very bad weekend for Rossi, Edwards and Hayden saw them line up at 12th, 10th and 11th places respectively.

The race started and Melandri took the lead with Pedrossa close on his heels, and then the latter committed a horrible mistake by braking real hard and late and ran really wide, followed by a scary highside but still managed to stay on the bike (damn!). He then overtook John Hopkins and Macro Melandri and ran a solo race from there. Meanwhile, Rossi charged through the pack from 12th on the grid though he was bottled up behing Nakano for quite a while. Since he had selected a hrad rear, it came good towards the end of the race. He was 2 1/2 seconds behind Stoner in 6th, which he cut and reached third in a matter of 3-4 laps. He then overtook Melandri, who then did a Rossi on Rossi and dived on his inside to regain 2nd spot. Rossi, not to be outdone, made the same move a lap later and took 2dn place by a whisker, while Hayden finished 7th after making a bad mistake at the Fogarty SS. The next race is at Germany in a coupla weeks.

Jorge Lorenzo again won the 250cc race, 9 seconds ahead of his opponents, after championship leader Andrea Dovizioso who stalked him for a while crashed but still managed to finish 6th.

As usual, thanks to a power cut, I missed the 125cc race again.

Let's pray to see Rossi on top this year again!
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Truly great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Being a big Rossi fan, its good to see Rossi put in the really competitive classic Rossi performance. Hope he does even better rest of the season. Good ride by Melandri and Pedrosa.
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Rossi is a true racer... Racing with raw broken bones and finishing with points was really great last week, now competing for the podium in the very next is really superb. He should be 100% fit for the next race...Waiting to see doctor on the top step.
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MOTOGP has always been a lot more interesting then F1. Team BHPians should start watching it.

Rossi has also shown that sheer genius and talent is enough to propel a not-so-good machine to victory also, unlike our dear MS.
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MOTOGP has always been a lot more interesting then F1. Team BHPians should start watching it.

Rossi has also shown that sheer genius and talent is enough to propel a not-so-good machine to victory also, unlike our dear MS.
I watch both and in my view F1 is no way in comparision to MotoGP. In F1 driver influence is <50% of MotoGP.

Balance while cornering can be controlled by the rider in MotoGP which can add up to a few tenths of second per lap but nothing can be done in F1. This is where Rossi excells....

MotoGP riders are exposed to danger when compared to their F1 counterparts.
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watched the motogp race on sunday, the last lap was just too good!! Le doctor back to doing what he does best!!

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MOTOGP has always been a lot more interesting then F1. Team BHPians should start watching it.

Rossi has also shown that sheer genius and talent is enough to propel a not-so-good machine to victory also, unlike our dear MS.
I have been screaming my lungs out since 1994 (GO MICK DOOHAN !!!) about this, but my friends just arent convinced. Glad to see some sensible people on this forum.
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