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Moto GP kicks off. Stoner smokin'!

A well deserved first ever win for Casey Stoner, even if he is an Aussie!

From BBC News earlier.


Stoner holds off Rossi in Qatar

Stoner celebrates his first ever MotoGP victory

Casey Stoner won a cat-and-mouse battle with Valentino Rossi to take victory in the season-opening Qatar MotoGP.
The pair, who started at the front of the grid, traded the lead throughout the race with Australian Stoner finally prevailing for his first MotoGP win.
Rossi's Yamaha was superior on the turns but Stoner's Ducati gave him the edge with awesome straight-line speed.
Reigning champion Nicky Hayden looked ill at ease on the new Honda and finished down in eighth place.
Moto GP Highlights: Stoner wins in Qatar


Hayden's team-mate Dani Pedrosa won a hard-fought battle with American John Hopkins to take third place.

A win is better but second is not so bad



Valentino Rossi


Northern Ireland rider Jeremy McWilliams was not fit enough to take part after hurting his leg in a crash during Friday's qualifying.
Rossi started on pole and held the lead until the end of the first lap when Stoner's power down the straight propelled him past the Italian.
From then on, the pair shared the lead and began to pull away from Spaniard Pedrosa.
606: DEBATE

I've no doubt Rossi will be champion but Stoner will push him all the way



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Stoner held the lead for the majority of the second half of the race and when Rossi tried to make a move with four laps to go, the Australian immediately went back in front.
The 21-year-old then put in his fastest lap on the last circuit of the track to claim victory.
"We struggled in a few parts of the track during the race where Valentino was a bit quicker but I just used what we had to our advantage," said the Australian.
Five-time champion Rossi was more than satisfied with his start to the season.
"The Yamaha was well balanced and took the corners well," the 28-year-old told BBC Sport. "I am happy because we made the right tyre choice."
"A win is better but second is not so bad."

Qatar MotoGP result:
1. Casey Stoner (AUS) Ducati 43min 02.788 seconds
2. Valentino Rossi (ITA) Yamaha +2.838 secs
3. Dani Pedrosa (ESP) Honda +8.530
4. John Hopkins (USA) Suzuki +9.071
5. Marco Melandri (ITA) Honda +17.433
6. Colin Edwards (USA) Yamaha +18.647
7. Chris Vermeulen (AUS) Suzuki +22.916
8. Nicky Hayden (USA) Honda +23.057
9. Alex Barros (BRA) Ducati +25.961
10. Shinya Nakano (JPN) Honda +28.456

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It is amazing what those guys do.

After getting into "track days", I have an infinite amount of respect for guys that actually race...let alone on motorcycles.
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Congrats to Stoner...particularly since he beat Rossi. I can't say why, but I've never been a Rossi fan.

I think I have a clue as to Stoner's so good; didn't he used to bull's-eye womp rats in his T-sixteen back home?

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It is amazing what those guys do.

After getting into "track days", I have an infinite amount of respect for guys that actually race...let alone on motorcycles.
Exactly, those guys are almost magical. And if you go back a few years to the era of the 500cc stroker screamers, most of us wouldn't even be able to ride one around the track. These big 4-strokes are pussy cats by comparison, but still they are breaking lap records.
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Exactly, those guys are almost magical. And if you go back a few years to the era of the 500cc stroker screamers, most of us wouldn't even be able to ride one around the track. These big 4-strokes are pussy cats by comparison, but still they are breaking lap records.
Hey, DR, you ever read Kevin Cameron's stuff? His insights into racing developments -- and how they develop pussy cats -- are excellent.

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Hey, DR, you ever read Kevin Cameron's stuff? His insights into racing developments -- and how they develop pussy cats -- are excellent.
No I haven't-will look out for it. I have however read a few of Keith Code's 'A twist of the wrist series' and seen the video. Without doubt they can make any biker safer and faster on road or track. I remember really getting into 'counter steering' when I first got my ZZR 1100. It seemed to make about 50kgs disappear when muscling the fatty into the twistys. I also turned the chain adjusters through 180 degrees to jack-up the rear and make it turn-in faster.Wikkid!
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He should get extra points for the killer name.
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^^^^^

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Gawd, they should knight that guy; Sir Lovetoke. Priceless!
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