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Well I think that was the best race of the year so far for the Ducati boys by a long way!
After the tragic Malaysian Grand Prix the mood in the Valencia paddock ahead of the last race of the 2011 MotoGP season was sombre. It was almost as though we were all pleased to see the end of the championship, and not for happy reasons, either. The crowd seemed to sense the mood, and stayed away: it was the lowest turn-out I have ever seen at a race in Spain despite the fact that Dani Petrosa could still finish third in the championship despite missing two races through injury.
Sunday was a mixed day for a lot of us in MotoGP, but it could not have gotten any better for Casey Stoner. Not only did he win his home round in Phillip Island for the fifth time in succession, but he scored his second world championship – at home, in Australia.
The Japanese Moto Grand Prix promised so much for PUMA’s partner team Ducati, yet in the end delivered just a seventh place for Nicky Hayden. Valentino Rossi, riding the second red bike, was pushed wide and into the gravel on the opening lap, ending the Italian legend’s impressive run of 26 consecutive points’ finishes.
Last year Aragon delivered one of Ducati’s best performances, so PUMA’s partner team was looking forward to an improvement in fortune following some challenging recent performances. After a win and third place here in 2010, both Valentino Rossi - having his first ride for Ducati at the complex in central Spain - and Nicky Hayden, travelled to the circuit in a confident frame of mind.
If anyone doubts that Valentino Rossi is still highly motivated despite the present challenges being faced by PUMA’s partner team Ducati, then a review of the start of today’s San Marino Grand Prix at Mugello on the Adriatic coast should dispel those thoughts.
“Must improve”. There simply is no other way of describing the performance of PUMA’s MotoGP partner team Ducati in the weekend’s Indianapolis Grand Prix.
Last week we had chat with MotoGP ace and PUMA motorsport pundit Alex Hofmann to ask him the questions that really matter to you, the PUMA Motorsport community.
Here’s six of the best, as submitted by you!
The eleventh round of the MotoGP championship in Brno, Czech Republic may have ended with a walkover for Honda’s championship leader Casey Stoner, but the outcome was in doubt before the start of the 22-lap race after Dani Pedrosa again proved the fastest rider out there.
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