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05 November 2007 | News

By Antonello Caliendo, D-Club member

Hungarian Gabor Talmacsi is the new world champion, and there’s never been a Hungarian world champion before. He certainly deserved to win the title. He started out with Honda on the RS team, then went to Malaguti, and then to KTM, where he helped Mika Kallio lose the title, and was then dismissed at the end of the season. A racer with a big heart in a small pool filled with Spaniards.
Gabor starts the race in the lead, and is followed by Faubel, who in addition to passing him and being required to beat the Hungarian also has to make sure that other racers pass him, too, in order to beat his opponent’s 10 point advantage and prevent him from getting any more. Faubel sets the pace and the others follow.
Sergio Gadea is the usual “three’s a crowd” and does everything he can, but he comes on too late. During the race, the two contenders pass each other repeatedly but never let anyone else come between them.
Faubel wins the race in the straightaway but loses the world title. He’ll have to think about next year, when he’ll be stepping up to 250 cc competition with Mattia Pasini and Lukas Pesek, neither of whom made the winners’ stand this time.
Simone Corsi came in 12th , Raffaele De Rosa fell, and Zanetti pulled out. The red, white and green flag waves above, but it’s the Hungarian and not the Italian colors. In a few years, the Hungaroring will probably be featured on the international circuit, and we’ll remember World Champ Gabor Talmacsi, a guy with a serious, slightly sad face but with lots of character.

Mika Kallio wins in Valencia. The race begins with the usual duals between Jorge Lorenzo, Andrea Dovizioso and Alex De Angelis, who got off to a bad start but began passing the others, lap after lap. Lorenzo doesn’t really seem up for the battle and Dovizioso has his usual engine problems, so De Angelis finds himself all alone out in front.
Alvaro Bautista skids into the sand, Hector Barbera rides a colorless race, and even Marco Simoncelli goes off the track but then gets back into things. The race looks already won for De Angelis, who’s already dreaming of his second victory on the very same track as last year, but then his tires begin fraying and Mika Kallio starts gaining on him. At a certain point, Kallio passes De Angelis and wins the race by a mere 3 tenths of a second, followed by Debon and Dovizioso 7 seconds later, then Barbera, Simon, Lorenzo, Luthi, Hiroshi Aoyama and Takahashi. Simoncelli finishes 11th and Roberto Locatelli comes in 13th ahead of Alex Baldolini.
KTM ends the season in the best of all possible ways, thanks to a determined rider like Mika Kallio. Now that he doesn’t have any “heavyweight” opponents blocking the path ahead of him (because they’ve all moved up to the next class), next season he’ll be able to express all his cold-blooded drive to the best.

Dani Pedrosa beats them all. Casey Stoner and Ducati fought hard but were helpless when faced against the might of the little Spaniard who also benefited from the hometown crowd cheering him on. Stoner jumped into the lead at the start, but Dani was waiting “just around the corner” and finally passed him and won by more than 5 seconds.
John Hopkins said goodbye to Suzuki and came in 3rd around 20 seconds behind the winner but ahead of Marco Melandri who passed Loris Capirossi in his last race for Ducati. In more than one way, things are over and we were forced to bid an affectionate farewell to both Alex Barros, who came in 7th in his final race in a 21-year career and Carlos Checa, who finished 12th after spending more time in the hospital than on the track this weekend for a suspected appendicitis.
Nicky Hayden, on the other hand, opted for a soft choice for his front tire that simply did not pay off.
Valentino Rossi pulled out of the race, angry with Yamaha in the same way as someone else we know before him was but who could not, however, vaunt the same team. The Champ from Pesaro deserves compliments for racing even with a triple fracture in his hand that could have caused even worse problems than it did. Val started slowly and then caught up with the rest of the group to add a few more points to his final score. The group included West, Tamada, Nakano, Edwards and Checa.
Suddenly in a curve, Rossi almost left the track, but then continued making his comeback, even if it was only for a few more laps, but in the end he finally had to pull out of the race. Mechanical problems, maybe. But Rossi thinks it was Yamaha’s fault for making him lose even the 2nd place finish, on the M1 bike that he had developed and tested and was announced as the favorite at the start of the season. First he had problems with his tires, then he had trouble with the bike. Anyway, the season is over. Next year he’ll be racing with Bridgestone, the excellent tires that he himself has praised, while Michelin will continue supplying his rivals, and then we’ll see that he who laughs last laughs best.