Yamaha Falls off Earth: Ducati Takes Advantage

The weekend started out so promising for the Fiat Yamaha team. Solid results after FP2; good positions on the starting grid after qualification. And then ... tragedy. Rossi had tyre issues; Edwards had Colin Edwards issues; the team ended up earning a combined six (6) points. Ouch.

As mentioned in a previous post, I felt Ducati would have a solid weekend. Which is kind of a no-brainer. It's like predicting the Canucks will lose to Anaheim in the next round. The bookies aren't going to give you very good odds on that kind of gamble. But still, for Stoner and Capirossi to both be on the podium has to make the owners in Bologna happy. Stoner has been absolutely amazing this year, and I'm sure Ducati is enthralled that they have him under contract. He's a young rider, and will serve as an excellent franchise rider once Capirex retires. It saddens me that Sete has disappeared, but all good things must come to an end.

Nicky Hayden, still rocking out that #1 plate (you'd think that he'd be superstitious enough to get rid of that by now) finished in 7th position, earning him 9 points. He now sits in 7th position in the World standings, a full 35 back of Stoner. It's still too early to make any comments about the World Championship, but Ducati must like their chances with Stoner.


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