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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!
Two down, one to go! It's a hectic part of the MotoGP season and we've just had the second in three consecutive races in Germany, where there was another massive twist in the championship.
Once again it was a crazy weekend thanks to the weather. I have never seen it that extreme in Germany! One moment it was 30ºC and the sun was out, and then within ten minutes we had rain, thunderstorms and temperatures of closer to 15ºC. It was weird and it was hard on the fans and the riders.
The impression I got from day one at Assen was that Valentino Rossi and Nicky Hayden seemed to be quite happy, especially with the softer tyre choice which gives more grip.
MotoGP heads into a busy spell of action as the Assen TT kicks off three weekends of back-to-back racing.
It was not as entertaining a race as last week at Jerez but it was still a very good one!
Overall the weather was the key to the whole weekend at Jerez. It just wasn't normal for this time of the year in Spain and everybody felt like they were actually in Britain or Germany!
With the 2011 MotoGP World Championship having last week been decided in favour of Honda rider Casey Stoner - adding to the title he won with Ducati in 2007 - the series can look forward to the final two rounds with relish, for now the riders can get down to doing what they do best: racing.
MotoGP’s hectic 18-race schedule means this weekend sees the picturesque Phillip Island circuit situated 100 kilometres south-east of Melbourne host the series’ 16th round, with Malaysia’s round in Sepang following a week later ahead of the season finale on the 6th November in Valencia
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.
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