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Dutch MotoGP
Assen - 27-28 June, 2008



Dutch MotoGP result after 26 laps:

1 C Stoner (Aus) Ducati

2 D Pedrosa (Spn) Honda

3 C Edwards (US) Yamaha

4 N Hayden (US) Honda

5 A Dovizioso (Ita) Honda

6 J Lorenzo (Spn) Yamaha

7 C Vermeulen (Aus) Suzuki

8 S Nakano (Jpn) Honda

LATEST ACTION AS IT HAPPENS (ALL TIMES BST)

By Julian Shea

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"That was a present from God."
Herve Poncharal, Colin Edwards's team boss on his surprising third place finish.

Lap 26: Casey Stoner must be wondering who else is competing in the championship these days, it's so long since he saw any of them apart from on the grid.

1. Stoner 2. Pedrosa 3. Edwards

Stoner wheelies over the line to another triumph, but the real shock there is Colin Edwards snatching third spot on the podium from Nicky Hayden.

The Repsol Honda rider was using a new engine and it all but stopped dead in its tracks with just metres to go. Bizarre. Hayden thumps his fuel tank in disappointment, but Edwards will feel a slight sense of justice after his disastrous crash handed victory to Hayden two years ago.

Lap 23: The crowd are on their feet - at the chicane, Rossi nips past Elias into 11th spot. Surely he can't close the gap on Sylvain Guintoli in 10th, can he?

Lap 20: On their last lap, Rossi was 1.7 seconds faster than 11th placed Toni Elias - if he can get himself up to 11th, Rossi would earn five points, which could prove priceless come the end of the season.

Lap 17: Stoner is eight seconds clear with seven laps remaining. At the opposite end of the field, Rossi moves up into 12th.

Jorge Lorenzo catches Vermuelen off guard and almost takes a layer of paint off the left-hand side of the Australian's bike with a neat overtake on the inside as he moves up to seventh place.

"The reason Ben Spies is not racing for Suzuki today is so he is allowed to test at Indianapolis on Tuesday. If he raced Assen he wouldn't be allowed."
anonymous, via text, who answers the question a few people were wondering

Lap 16: Rossi was 19 seconds off the pace when he rejoined the race, but amazingly he's managed to pull himself back up to a position where he can overtake someone. Admittedly it's Marco Melandri, who might as well be on a skateboard, he's having such a shocking season, but points win prizes and if Rossi can pull himself up into 12th place, he gets more points.

Lap 15: Vermeulen takes the scenic route across the grass and slips back ot seventh, behind Shinya Nakano. Dani Pedrosa has kept his head down and done nothing spectacular at all today, but is on course to be the world championship leader at the end of the day.

"Rossi in 13th - it's a three-way championship now on!"
hygroscopic, via 606

Lap 12: Colin Edwards, who so famously crashed out here just metres from his first MotoGP victory two years ago, moves up into fourth place. No chance of catching Stoner today unless something unbelievable happens, but who's to say he won't make the podium.

"All of a sudden, Chris Vermeulen is up to his backside in alligators."
BBC Sport's Charlie Cox gives his unique take on the Suzuki rider's sudden loss of pace.

Lap 10: Dovizioso passes Vermeulen into fourth place, and Colin Edwards is closing in on that little battle, just to add to the intrigue.

Lap 9: Only 13 riders left on the track now. The top three are strung out over quite a distance, but well clear of the rest of the field. Stoner is 4.097 seconds ahead of Pedrosa, with Hayden in third closing the gap on his team-mate.

Lap 7: Stoner is over three seconds clear of Pedrosa now, and Colin Edwards has nipped ahead of James Toseland into eighth place. Dovizioso and Vermeulen are having a real old battle for fourth.

Another one bites the dust - under no pressure, Anthony West loses his balance and slides off the track, just to complete a miserable weekend for Kawasaki, following John Hopkins' injury yesterday.

With the field being thinned out at such a rate of knots, that could lift Valentino Rossi up in the points scoring despite his disastrous start. With the title race looking like it could go down to the wire, how significant might that prove to be at the end of the season?

Lap 4: All too inevitably, Stoner is so far ahead he is almost competing in the next race of the championship, but there is a fierce battle for fourth place between Dovizioso, Vermeulen and Nakano.

Lap 3: A new lap record for Stoner.

Lap 2: Rossi restarts in 14th place, 29 seconds off the lead - replays suggest Rossi was at fault for the crash. Stoner, who is now in the lead, is 45 points behind Rossi going into today's race, but that's bound to change now.

Lap 1: At the second corner - ROSSI AND DE PUNIET ARE OFF! What a start! And Alex de Angelis is down too, in a separate incident, and does not look in a good state. We only started with 16 riders, and those numbers are down already.

1300: And we're off! Dani Pedrosa, Casey Stoner and Nicky Hayden are first into the opening corner.

1255: James Toseland's manager Roger Burnett is certainly adopting a more low-key approach this time round, saying how knowing how to ride a circuit on a Superbike is only of limited value for MotoGP riding, because you have to recalibrate everything. But he's optimistic they've found a decent setting for the bike this morning. We'll find out in a few minutes.

1235: Pre-race conditions; nice and warm, not much wind and the humidity has gone down since this morning, which will probably be a relief to the riders who have seen a fair few slide-offs this morning.

No John Hopkins on the grid today, he picked up three minor fractures to his lower leg and ankle when he crashed yesterday in qualifying. Under the circumstances, his nickname of Hopper seems all the more appropriate now. Get well soon JH.

1230: All set for another afternoon of fun and games bike fans? If this morning's racing is anything to go by, expect the unexpected and be ready for some real hi-jinx.

The 125cc race was another incredible dogfight, which was halted by rain and restarted as a five-lap mad scramble for the line.

Bradley Smith had crashed out of the lead just after the red flag went up, so got a second bite at the cherry, but had to settle for fifth place in the re-run race, behind defending world champion Gabor Talmacsi - his first win of the season - Joan Olive and Simone Corsi.

The 250s race was another fair old set-to, with Alvaro Bautista coming home just ahead of Thomas Luthi, and Marco Simoncelli third.

Although this season's MotoGP has been very entertaining to watch, surely the one thing all fans are crying out for is some real wheel to wheel battles for the lead right down to the wire, rather than some of the processions we've seen recently.

Hopefully the morning races, which were both affected by the weather, will have set the tone for the afternoon - here's hoping!




see also
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21 Jun 08 |  Motorbikes
Donington verve not dampened
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Practice pace encourages Toseland
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All geared up for Donington
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MotoGP on the BBC
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