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04 July 2007 | News

Antonello Caliendo, D-Club member


Just bear in mind that he started 11th. . The rest is a familiar story. Stoner jumped out into the lead, hounded by Suzukis. Casey knew he’d have to fight those snapping dogs at his heels but completely undervalued "The Doctor" on the way. One fastest lap after another, Valentino blew by them all as if they were merely out for a leisurely stroll. The big pass that came about at the 23rd lap, just 3 from the end, didn’t leave the Aussie ace much chance, and he came in beneath the checked flag a full two seconds behind, followed by Nicky Hayden and Daniel Pedrosa. The reigning world champion was did fine this time. John Hopkins came in 5th, while Chris Vermeulen finished last after an accident with Randy De Puniet.
Behind 4th place finisher Pedrosa came Colin Edwards, Alex Barros, Alex Hofmann, Tony West and Marco Melandri, who came out fighting right from the start but eventually faded, probably due to the inadequate preparation of his bike for dry road conditions. Carlos Checa and Shinya Nakano are in a bit of a mood about their bikes (Honda) but will both have to bust a gut because the updates won’t be ready before the race in Brno. Others gaining points that day were: Makoto Tamada, Sylvain Guintoli and Kurtis Roberts. Loris Capirossi had to pull out 9 laps from the finish line on account of his front tire, even if he looks like he’s having other types of problem as well. After this race in Assen, the battle for the title has decidedly livened up. Casey Stoner showed fine form by sincerely congratulating Valentino Rossi at the end of the race, which all in all provided an excellent lesson by both the defeaters and the defeated.

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Carlo Carderi, D-Club member

How do you change 11 into 1, the highest step on the winners’ stand? And who’s smart enough to do the trick? Only a good Doctor knows the right medicine and has the stuff to make miracles and come back to life in a just a few days…and only a champion like Val can produce a masterpiece like the one we watched on the Assen track.
Rossi started the race far behind the first rows and gradually worked his way up through the ranks gaining position one by one, curve after curve, and then - just a few laps from the end, his legendary jersey bearing No. 46 flashed past a solid Casey Stoner to snatch a well-deserved victory with the perfect score of 10 – 10 passes, that is – cum laude. Stepping up to the winner’s stand together with the day’s two heroes was Nicky Hayden, while there wasn’t much to celebrate for the other Italians: Loris Capirossi pulled out after 17 laps, while Marco Melandri didn’t do better than 10th on his Honda.
The saying “Those who are the last will one day be the first” is really true, as is its opposite, seeing as how Chris Vermeulen succeeded in finishing last after starting first (the pole position).
On this unusual Saturday – without the on-strike announcer’s voice – the roar of the engines and the cheers of Valentino’s fans reigned supreme...The outburst began after Vale passed his Australian rival and didn’t stop until after Valentino stepped down from the winners’ stand after being newly crowned King of Holland. The name of Valentino will go down in history once again after this spectacular comeback.

Now he’s only got 21 points to recover, but if the Champ can change 11 into 1, I do believe that we’ll soon see him transform – to +....GO, VALE!
Cheers to one and all from your “on-track” correspondent (...at Ostia beach bar in company of sundry friends and acquaintances with cool cocktail toasting The Doctor’s success – not being an accredited journalist, I elected not go on the strike called by the respected members of the professional category and therefore penned these lines)...here’s to you and the next GP.

p.s. Y’all remember to read the message I posted in the Area D-Club, D-Challenge 2007 D-Club Area PIT STOP, MOTOCARLO and vote for it as the best message...Thanks a lot

p.p.s. I hope to see pretty Paola (nick name: paoladv12) at the next GP posing again as “umbrella” and I hope I’ll be able to get a good shot (with my camera that is) and maybe also get her to do an exclusive interview for Dainese.