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Old 14th October 2006, 20:33   #1
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Default Moto GP : Estoril! 2006

Valentino Rossi claimed his1st pole position at Estoril and his 4th of the season today for the Portuguese GP. He will be joined by team-mate Colin Edwards who is just in front of Nicky Hayden. The former has stated that he will try and aid Rossi's championship lunge.

Dani Pedrossa starts 4th, and old foe Casey Stoner starts alongside him in 5th. Stoner apparently hampered Pedrossa's momentum on his final flying lap, but also apologized to the young Spaniard soon after.

Ducati's Gibernau and Capirossi were 8th and 10th respectively. Looks like the Bridgestones may not have the performance they have in hot weather, but the race may prove me wrong.

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With the championship now down to the wire, Rossi needs to get at least some riders between him and Hayden.
That just might be the case with Edwards ready to support his team-mate, and Pedrossa just might rocket off the line too if Hayden still has clutch problems, which Honda were supposed to have sorted out yesterday.
Rossi needs to make up quite some points since the next Ricardo Tomco GP runs in an anti-clockwise direction, just like Laguna Seca and Phillip Island, which Nicky Hayden adores, and we have seen how strong he was at those races....

Don't have a proper conclucion to give because the atmosphere in the paddocks is pretty misty and so is my mind...

Watch the race.

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Old 15th October 2006, 20:00   #2
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oh man oh man oh man oh man
what a buzz!
hayden ws knocked out by his own partner pedrosa............and its all looking red and rosy for rossi.............whoz looking set to take his 6th consecutive title
and what a race by elias too
phew!!!!
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Default Rossi Takes 8 Point Lead IN MOTOGP!!!!!

Finally V.ROSSI HAS TAKEN AN 8 POINT LEAD IN THE PORTUGAL GP WITH ONLY ONE RACE REMAINING....NIKI HAYDEN CRASHED OUT due to a rider trying to take 3rd place from him....DO U PPL THINK HE COULD CLINCH THE MOTOGR CHAMPIONSHIP!!!!!!!

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Damn, Nicky had some real bad luck today. His own team mate crashing into him!! Repsol Honda have some serious sorting out to do cuz Nicky was furious.
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What happened in this race man? Nothing that was expected!

Toni Elias took victory 0.002 secs ahead of Valentino Rossi. Dani 'Wonderboy" Pedrossa took out Nicky Hayden with him, rather than supporting him for the championship. That was what primarily worked in Rossi's favour giving him an 8 point lead in the championship.

Rossi was visibly dejected after the race (understandably). He stated he was not happy losing by 2-thousandths of a second. Rossi stated his rhythm was not really impressive and that could be seen by the fact that he could not break away from the pack though Edwards tried to slow the rest of them down.

Edwards had made really bold moves on both Pedrossa and Hayden initiallyafter they overtook him. Pedrossa then tried to go round the inside of Hayden but lost the front end and took out Hayden just the way Stoner took out Gibernau. In the last few laps Elias and KRJR both took turns at their chances at Rossi, but the world champion was always in front.

Felt really bad for Hayden though...he was almost in tears and there was no-one in the Repsol Honda paddock...This is definitely not a way to lose the championship.

Last lap, and Rossi was 3rd. However, in a do-or-die kind of battle, he took both Hondas 1-by-1 but Elias got the better of him thanks to the slipsream and the better horsepower of the Hondas...and that was that.

Bridgestones seemed to have not such a good weekend and even Carlos Checa on Dunlops ended up in front of Capirex in the end.

This race has done Elias and Edwards a lot of good. Elias now might retain his ride in Fortuna Honda next year rather than been thrown back to the 250s. Rossi, however, states that Yamaha need to focus and anyway, 8 points is not that big a lead.

MOTOGP results are going F1's way. Waiting for the last race at Valencia where Hayden just loves the left-hand turns.

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This race would have to be the most whacked out race of the season. Everything is so close now... wish I could go see the race in Valencia myself.
GO ROSSI !!!
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