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GP Week : Issue 77
THERE was a time when third would have been a disappointment, but after months -- even years -- of criticism and doubt, it was enough to light up the smiles in the Repsol Honda factory team pit. Not least because Andrea Dovizioso's narrowly won rostrum spot came because the Honda had better acceleration and top speed than ... a Ducati! Almost unthinkable, ever since the 800s arrived in 2007. This was as clear an indication as any that the electronics experts HRC poached from Yamaha for this year have had an effect. The surprise was that the breakthrough didn't come from top rider Dani Pedrosa. He seemed to redeem himself with a lightning start and strong early laps, but by the finish he wasn't even second Honda. That was Randy de Puniet's privateer bike, which had outqualified him as well. His was one unsmiling face in the pit after the race. Honda smiles at last THIS is the second race in succession where Stoner has thrown away what seemed a certain victory by crashing. The last one, at Valencia, was a little different. It came on the warm-up lap, and after the rear wheel had spun out from under him. But it had the same effect. This was a front-end slide ... exactly like those that ruined his title defence in 2008, when he crashed out at Brno and Misano. A front-end slide being, traditionally, the hardest crash to save. Is it a bad habit? A repeated weakness? If you look at the number of races where he didn't fall off, and frequently won, you could hardly call it such. Just the sometimes costly consequence for a rider who doesn't know any other way to ride but right at the outer limit. Front wheel fandango Moto GP RACE >> 25