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GP Week : Issue 19
28 IT has been very many years since there were three such evenly-matched championship runners after the mid-point of the season. The German GP was a big contributor. Never mind distant mathematical possibilities, the top three are within 20 points after 10 races, with eight more to go. Rossi, Pedrosa and Stoner have everything to play for … Former champion Nicky Hayden said before practice: “The racing may be boring, but the championship isn’t;” adding that Pedrosa’s chances were good, because of his consistency. “It was consistency won me the title in ’06.” Dani blew that apart with his headlong crash. Until then, he had only finished off the rostrum once, in France, when he was fourth. Pedrosa’s no-score equals them out. Stoner had his zero in France when his engine blew. Rossi had a virtual non- finish after crashing on the first lap at Assen, though he did pick up five points. In terms of wins, the balance changes. Dani has two so far, backed by three seconds. Rossi has three victories and four second places. But Stoner has the upper hand with chequered flags: Germany was his third in a row, and his fourth of the year. He has only been second once. The overall advantage has swung all three ways this year, but the pendulum is heavily over towards Casey and Ducati right now. Honda and Yamaha need to do some homework in the coming weeks, if their top riders are not to be caught, passed and finally left behind. Title in the balance ‘Awesome Threesome’ set to make for one helluva MotoGP championship fight ...