the shanghai gp was the first round this year that i enjoyed from end to end. three televised hours of great action.
the weekend started off with a bang, especially for jorge lorenzo (fiat yamaha). on his 11th lap of the first practice session, lorenzo was launched into orbit as his m1 highsided.
upon touchdown, he fractured both ankles as he smashed into the unforgiving tarmac. you know it’s bad when rossi covers his eyes. unbelievably, he returned the next day suffering more troubles (a horrendous tankslapper in qualifying) and subsequently finished a stellar 4th, salvaging a rough weekend for the rookie. the boy deserves my R-E-S-T-E-C-P.
after 2 podiums this year, valentino rossi (fiat yamaha) was itching for a victory to keep his championship hopes alive. he and his crew finally got the package (rider/bike/tires) right and nabbed the much-needed win. but it wasn’t easy. dani pedrosa (repsol honda) brought the fight pushing rossi until the end. pedrosa erred on the side of caution and eased the pace on the waining laps. he, along with most of the field, was caught out by the tailwind on the back straight as engines were tap dancing on the rev limiter. rossi nailed the setup of his m1 perfectly.
casey stoner (marlboro ducati) came in a lonely 3rd with lorenzo coming on strong at the end of the race. i wonder if rossi would have had to battle with his teammate if he was 100%?
marco melandri (marlboro ducati) and toni elias (alice ducati) both seemed to tame their wild gp8’s coming in 5th and 8th, respectively. melandri probably saved his seat on the factory squad with this ride. hopefully, it’ll continue throughout the season.
shanghai seemed like a tire neutral circuit as bridgestones and michelins were nicely spread throughout the field.
i’d like to point out that this weekend’s tv converage was very well produced cutting to action wherever it was, which was everywhere. mad props, bro!
with four winners from as many rounds, the championship is up for grabs as only 9 points separate the top three. grab your beret and baguette because in a fortnight we’ll be at le mans. a bientot!