Casey Stoner rode from the pole to the finish line and never looked back after passing Pedrosa on the first lap. Last year, Stoner often rode very well, contending for the top positions but ending his races early with a crash. This year, he is just riding extremely well, period.
Nicky Hayden did the bump and jostle with John Hopkins on the first lap, eventually ending his day early.
Nicky’s brother, Roger Lee Hayden, did a great job. Taking his wild card ride on the Kawasaki to 10th place after having only a few hours of total practice time on the bike. I have to believe he’ll be getting calls from a few people about possible opportunities.
Melandri rode to third after a crash the previous day that injured his left ankle. Very nice job. Ducati then signed him to ride with Stoner next year which leaves Capirossi looking for a ride.
The Fox television coverage of the race? I particularly liked the commercial breaks with 6 commercials in a row followed by a return to the track that focused on mechanics watching their television monitors while a promo for an upcoming show ran on the lower portion of the screen. No reason to quickly get back to racing, after all, the race runs for hours right? Wait a minute, that’s NASCAR. Oops. Well, let’s interview a rider and get some other non racing color coverage, oh, OK, let’s take a quick look at the racing after this short commercial break. I wonder if anyone at Fox ever watched the TV coverage when they run in other countries, quick breaks, immediately back to racing, knowledgeable commentators, … quite a difference. Someone tuning in for the first time to see what MotoGP was all about would have been confused and disappointed. Knowledgeable fans tuning in to see some racing were certainly disappointed. Maybe next year.