The Kneeslider is not primarily a racing site but if you’ve been following the MotoGP this year you already know how the championship is getting extremely exciting as the season rolls along. Rossi had an awful start this year with setup problems on his Yamaha while Hayden had a lot of consistent podium finishes which eventually gave him the points lead. Rossi mounted a charge as the season progressed, chipping away at Nicky’s lead and it looked like the season finale was going to be a real treat for fans.
Yesterday, Hayden’s team mate, Dani Pedrosa, made what, at first glance, seemed to be an incredibly stupid move, diving inside Hayden on a turn, losing the front and taking them both out of the race. Anyone racing at this level is a rare breed of rider, able to do things with a motorcycle most of us can only look upon with awe but Pedrosa’s move didn’t so much reflect a lack of skill as a lack of thought. When your team mate is leading the championship and defending against a charging Rossi, is that sort of riding appropriate? Had anyone else done that you could say, that’s racing. In Pedrosa’s case, it made no sense.
Colin Edwards, riding in second behind Rossi made anyone trying to overtake really work for the spot, protecting Rossi, and it seems the Yamaha team had already agreed among themselves to certain rules. Honda, according to reports, had no specific rules or plan so Pedrosa could do whatever he wanted with a championship points lead change as a result.
With Rossi out front by 8 points, Hayden may still salvage the championship but Rossi is on a charge and that will be tough, really tough. The last race may still be that barn burner we’ve been hoping for.
On the other hand, if you watched the race and saw Toni Elias win you have to wonder how he could ride a bike like that. It looked like a dirt bike, sliding and drifting in a display that by itself was a wonder to watch. Simply amazing.
Yep, that last race will be interesting …, wow!