THE D-CLUB MOTOGP
15 June 2007 | News
Antonello Caliendo, D-Club member
125cc: A JAPANESE GUY IN SPAIN
Just like the “good old days”, the winners in the lightweight class are finally taking turns once again, and this time, it was the turn of Tomoyoshi Koyam, a Japanese rider for the surprising KTM team that also placed Randy Krummenacher on the winners’ stand in 3rd place wearing Number 34 in honour of Kevin Schwantz, who actually happened to be on hand last weekend in Barcelona and nowhere else but at the Suzuki box, the manufacturer with which he’s worked for years and not only as a racer, but also as the manager of a Suzuki riding school in Texas. Who knows if we won’t be seeing Kevin back in the box again soon as a consultant. Gabor Talmacsi, now at the top of the world’s standings in the class, wiggled his way in between the two KTM rider. Gabor had a bit of luck when Pesek bumped Faubel from behind, and unfortunate Ector could do no better than a 13th place finish. Our own Andrea Pasini, the victim of repeated engine seizure, fared even worse, and the last time it happened he was thrown to the ground. Close behind the top three came Sergio Gadea, Espargaro, Bradley Smith and Simone Corsi, the latter rather disappointed by his bike’s poor performance. Zanetti came in 14th, Sandi 21st, and Iannone didn’t even make it into the points. Above and beyond the end of the dark ages for KTM, the day’s big surprise was Randy Krummenacher, who owes his name to Mamola The Great, and hence the inevitable question: “Is it only just the name?”
250cc: SUNNY SPAIN, LAND OF THE MATADOR
As if there were any real need to prove it…..The matador (Lorenzo, Editor’s note.) is always happy to provide an encore, and this time he gave one complete with record laps, maybe while waiting to step up to the heavy-weight class next year on a Yamaha. Mere rumours, you say? We’ll soon find out; meanwhile the Matador brandished the sword lap after lap, extinguishing the hopes of the other contenders one by one. And guess who was up there on the winners’ stand with him? Alex De Angelis and Andrea Dovizioso, two others who will undoubtedly be joining him in the top class next year. It must be said, however, that Dovizioso clung to Lorenzo’s heels hoping more for a mistake than awaiting the chance to pass. After these “Fantastic 3”, an increasingly more cagey Luthi deserves mention, whereas Alvaro Bautista and Hector Barbera failed to make the showing they obviously longed for on “home” turf, while both Simoncelli and (Listen! Listen!) Locatelli brought home precious points. Roberto, you’re fantastic, but there’s really no hope for you (or anyone else, for that matter) in sunny Spain, home of the Matador!
MotoGP: BASTONER AGAINST THE REST
The Montmelò track was packed like very few MotoGP venues are anymore, but the story’s still the same: the battle by now is always and only between “National monument” Valentino Rossi and “Little big man” Casey Stoner. Dani Pedrosa made his way in between the two, along with a great Hopkins astride a Suzuki that apparently just keeps growing. The first two duelled to the bitter end with breathtaking overpasses studded by longer trajectories. Young Casey showed no reverence, and dominated the Italian ace up to the final curve without mercy. Pedrosa could only stand in their shadow without attempting even a hint of a pass or an attack, and that was well enough for Dani, seeing that the engine of the Honda ridden by Elias exploded when he was in 6th place and that Melandri had to put up with an uncontrollable “engine brake”. Hopkins in 4th place was followed by a die-hard De Puniet, who rode in with a swollen knee as big as a melon the result of his last week’s spill in Mugello. Loris Capirossi on the other Ducati claimed 6th place after starting 17th while finishing further behind were Alex Barros, Marco Melandri, Colin Edwards and Nicky Hayden, more and more a mere shadow of himself, What else can we say? Those who leave the fight and run away……live to fight another day, perhaps?