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GP Week : Issue 19
29 www. GPWEEK. com Pos # Rider Nat Team Time 1 1 Casey Stoner AUS Ducati Marlboro Team 47’30.057 2 46 Valentino Rossi ITA Fiat Yamaha Team 47’33.765 3 7 Chris Vermuelen AUS Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 47’44.059 4 15 Alex de Angelis RSM San Carlo Honda Gresini 47’44.181 5 4 Andrea Dovizioso ITA JiR Team Scot Honda 48’12.079 6 50 Sylvain Guintoli FRA Alice Team Ducati 48’16.705 7 65 Loris Capirossi ITA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 48’34.540 8 14 Randy De Puniet FRA LCR Honda MotoGP 48’34.645 9 56 Shinya Nakano JPN San Carlo Honda Gresini 48’46.830 10 13 Anthony West AUS Kawasaki Racing Team 48’59.332 11 52 James Toseland GBR Tech 3 Yamaha 47’41.757 12 24 Toni Elias SPA Alice Team Ducati 47’43.954 13 69 Nicky Hayden USA Repsol Honda Team 48’13.749 DNF 5 Colin Edwards USA Tech 3 Yamaha +10 Laps DNF 33 Marco Melandri ITA Ducati Marlboro Team +21 Laps DNF 2 Dani Pedrosa SPA Repsol Honda Team +25 Laps DNF 4 Jorge Lorenzo SPA Fiat Yamaha Team +28 Laps MOTOGP | Round 10 SachSEnRinG Points – MotoGP: Rossi 187, Pedrosa 171, Stoner 167, Lorenzo 114, Edwards 98, Dovizioso 90, Vermeulen 73, Hayden 73, Toseland 65, Nakano 64. 250cc: Simoncelli 164, Kallio 153, Bautista 118, Debon 114, Barbera 113, Pasini 108, Aoyama 98, Luthi 86, Takahashi 85, Simon 68, Locatelli 52. 125cc: Di Meglo 166, Corsi 136, Talmacsi 109, Bradl 101, Olive 94, Terol 91, Smith 79, Espargaro 75, Cortese 68, Redding 65, Gadea 62. M oto GP germany >> THE German GP and next week’s US race are crucial for two riders uncomfortably vying for last place: Kawasaki’s Anthony West and Ducati’s Marco Melandri. Melandri’s case is more acute, because factory team-mate Stoner has been winning while he’s been at the back. Germany and US were crunch time, team chief Livio Suppo told GPWeek at Assen. Progress there would determine his future with the team. At Kawasaki, team-mate Hopkins was better than West, but also struggling, and crashing a lot … finally getting hurt at Assen. But the Australian’s job is under threat for next year, with none other than Melandri the prime candidate. He told GPWeek his results in Germany and the US would be crucial. Ironically, conditions turned to favour them. Melandri was transformed after qualifying 16th. After three laps getting his bearings, he was off through the field, and had taken seventh from Capirossi after setting fastest lap so far when he fell victim to the treacherous surface. “This time I feel angry, not disappointed. I felt good: fast, happy and positive.” West qualified behind him but took off even faster in the rain, up to seventh behind Vermeulen after only six laps. He too crashed – his third of the weekend, but was able to remount to save tenth. Full marks to both for spirit and effort. But will it be enough to save their jobs? The US GP will be last chance for each. Crunch time for back-markers