The Italian Yamaha rider Valentino Rossi took the victory at the latest Moto GP Grand Prix in the Czech Republic after defeating Ducati rider Casey Stoner despite the Australian’s good performance leading the competition. Toni Elías who is also a Ducati rider arrived in second place after a sensational race.
With this achievement Rossi adds twenty-five extra points to his name and now is fifty points away from the Australian Stoner while there are only six races remaining to finish the championship.
Other two strong rivals are the Spaniards; Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) and Dani Pedrosa (Honda) who did not have a very impressive race and finished in tenth and fifteenth position respectively. Unfortunately for Pedrosa he is no more a candidate to win this year’s title. Another unexpected finish was that of Andrea Dovizioso (Honda) who finished in ninth place.
The Czech Grand Prix was considered a new chapter in the fight both riders Stoner and Rossi put up at Laguna Seca a few weeks ago. During the exit in pole position Stoner quickly took advantage over Rossi who led a small group behind him, among them were John Hopkins (Kawasaki) and, after him, Anthony West (Kawasaki), Chris Vermeulen (Suzuki) and Pedrosa.
In the third lap Elías reached the eighth position while Pedrosa began to fade behind to the ninth place and in the following lap Stoner just could not keep up the paste and also felt behind the group situation that favored Rossi was able to lead with a seven second of advantage.
By the fifth lap Pedrosa had already lost enough positions and was in thirteenth place. The peak of the competition was reached only within seconds after when Stoner completely lost control of his motorcycle falling to the ground. Despite his actions to continue racing and setting his motorcycle on track, he became aware that the right part of the handlebars was broken and he had to withdraw. Rossi was then advised by his teammates that Stoner was no longer behind him and he had the track completely for himself.
For the remaining part of the race the rider Toni Elías showed an impressive display of speed reaching the second place and keeping it until the very end of the race; this was without a doubt an unforgettable weekend for the young rider. Meanwhile, Randy de Puniet also faced mechanical problems and finished last.
Currently, the Italian Valentino Rossi leads the Moto GP World Championship with a total of 237 points followed by the defending champion, the Australian racing star Casey Stoner, who is also one of the favorites to win the title. The Spaniard Dani Pedrosa remains third, with 172 points and Jorge Lorenzo is in fourth place with 120 points. Even though the championship is not over yet we can see how the pieces are adjusting as we start to see whom the next world champion may be.
Who: Cole. What: The 2012 Honda CRF150R. When and Where: It’s available now in Honda dealerships across the USA!
Since it’s release in 2007, the Honda CRF150 has smoked the competition, rewritten the rule books, and made young and old smile in anticipation of throwing a leg over it. And the CRF150R is back stronger than ever for 2012!
This model is on dealership floors now … and Honda is kicking you back 200 bonus bucks and offering 1.99% financing. Sound like a gift that could go under the tree for Christmas?
Supercross.com test rider, Cole Bailey, age 8, is an experienced racer who currently competes in the 65cc and 85cc motocross classes. We headed out to Piru MX Track in Southern California for a day with American Honda and the new 2012 Honda CRF150R. Cole spent several hours riding the new CRF150R, as well as working with the Honda crew adjusting controls, setting sag, and turning clickers.
At the end of the day, we asked Cole (and his dad Sean) what they had to say:
When did you start riding?
Cole: I started riding when I was two … on a PW50, with training wheels.
What bike do you race now?
Cole: A Cobra 65 and a Suzuki RM85.
Tell us about riding the new CRF150R …
Cole: I really liked it because it’s really fast and has lots of top end and bottom end … it’s smooth out of the corners … and it’s really fast … really really fast … and it’s my favorite bike I’ve ever ridden … and it handled good, so you can stay in the ruts and stuff like that.
Sean, what did you think of Cole on the CRF?
Sean: I’m really surprised … he’s riding it very well … he seems very comfortable in the air on it … and he’s 9 seconds per lap faster today on the CRF than he was yesterday on the Cobra 65, and 4 seconds faster than on the Suzuki 85.
Here’s more info on the new, 2012 Honda CRF150R:
New cylinder head, a lighter piston, and a redesigned camshaft produce improved power, torque and response throughout the powerband.
New 32mm Keihin FCR carburetor with an improved accelerator pump circuit provides more accurate fuel metering, resulting in crisp throttle response and improved drivability throughout the powerband.
Revised suspension settings front and rear produce improved action through even the toughest of track conditions.
New racing-style graphics match the newest CRF450R and CRF250R MX machines.
Honda Factory Incentives and Financing – $200 in Bonus Bucks! 1.99% Fixed APR on all Off-Road models! See participating Honda dealers for details!
Thanks again to American Honda for the invite and fun!
Husqvarna apparently didn’t show all it had to offer at the 2011 EICMA show in Milan, Italy several weeks ago. Debuting the Husqvarna Strada concept at the Paris Motor Show today, the Swedish brand continues its expansion into the on-road market. While the business case is strong for why Husky is currently on a street-bike tear, excitement over the Strada might pale in comparison to the hype that surrounded the 2012 Husqvarna Nuda 900. Based on …
Round 10 of the Moto GP world championship took place under the sweltering summer sun in Germany at the Sachsenring track on the 15th July. Many feared that tyres would be a deciding factor as the excessive heat might cause the tyres to break up over the 30 lap race.
On pole started the Australian chamipionship leading Ducati rider Casey Stoner out to prove that being on pole is not cursed as many fear and the only way he could do that was to win. Starting in a very good 2nd position on the grid was Dani Pedrosa on his Repsol Honda and alongside him closing out the front row was Marco Melandri on his Gresini Honda. Randy de Puniet started in 4th place on his Kawasaki, lining up next to him was the American John Hopkins on his Rizla Suzuki and aside him the ever-threatening Valentino Rossi on his Fiat Yamaha. Following these top 6 riders from qualifying was, in order, Loris Capirossi, Alex Barros, Sylvain Guintoli, Shinya Nakano closing out the top 10 and Chris Vermeulen started in 11th. Nicky Hayden started way down in 14th place, his team having already apologised to the Texas Tornado for not providing him with a decent bike for the weekend as he had struggled with various problems since Friday.
Dani Pedrosa got off to a good start and led into turn one, Casey Stoner in 2nd place and bringing up 3rd was Marco Melandri, coming out in 4th after the 1st corner was John Hopkins. On lap 2 Marco Melandri got passed Stoner who didn’t seem to put up too much of a fight. Casey Stoner re-passed Melandri at the end of lap 2 and then got passed Dani Pedrosa as well, but only for a few metres as Pedrosa came straight back at him to re-take the lead of the German Moto GP. With 3 laps gone Carlos Checa went down but was able to eventually get his bike back up and into the pits. There his team changed his gear lever which had broken and he went back out onto the track with his race obviously over.
Valentino Rossi found himself stuck behind the green Kawasaki of Randy de Puniet and not being able to find a way past the Frenchman. Chris Vermeulen’s race was effectively over as it was announced that he needed to serve a “driver-through” penalty for jumping the start of the race. Frenchman Sylvain Guintoli’s race came to an early end as he crashed out with 26 laps to go.
Then came one of the most important parts of the race. Valentino Rossi pushed too hard into a corner trying to pass on the inside of Randy de Puniet and he and his bike went down sliding across the asphalt and into the gravel trap. Rossi struggled with his bike to try and get back into the race but simply couldn’t; his handlebars were broken in the fall.
With a full 22 laps left in the race Dani Pedrosa was already starting to pull away from Casey Stoner and his Ducati with his lead being extended to slightly more than 0.8 seconds. On lap 10 Alex Barros crashed out on his Ducati, his race over immediately while he clutched his injured right hand tightly to his chest to avoid further injury to it. With 14 laps to go Nicky Hayden passes fellow American Colin Edwards while the gap from Pedrosa’s Repsol Honda to Aussie Stoner’s Ducati had grown to as much as over 2.5 seconds. With 12 laps left of the race not only was Stoner falling further and further back from away from the Spaniard Pedrosa, who was now lapping the German track 2 seconds faster than the Australian, but he was now comeing into the clutches of the chasing Marco Melandri and Loris Capirossi. Into corner one of the Sachsenring gp track Stoner became the center of a Capirossi and Melandri sandwich as they both tried to pass him, Melandri taking the outside line and Capirossi the inside. Melandri ran wide though and had to abort the pass while Capirossi went through and up into 2nd place.
While Dani Pedrosa rode unchallenged at front heading to his first win in over a year, the rest of the pack were fighting for the final positions and points. With 9 laps left in the race Marco Melandri managed to pass the defending Stoner who was clearly just trying to hang on with his tyres having fallen away drastically by now. He now was in damage limitation mode with both Nicky Hayden and John Hopkins closing in on the current championship leader. On lap 23 the flying Texas Tornado was able to get passed both John Hopkins and Casey Stoner, Hayden’s compatriot Colin Edwards was also able to pass the other American John Hopkins. With 6 laps to go Nicky Hayden even managed to pass Marco Melandri for the final podium spot, having started way down in 14th place. With 4 laps left Casey Stoner passed Marco Melandri for 5th position.