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Mick Doohan makes sense of the extraordinary proceedings in Valencia

Mick Doohan makes sense of the extraordinary proceedings in Valencia

Well, after a race like that it´s hard to know where to start. Probably the first thing to discuss is tyre choice. There were a few different combinations out there, with the lads who took a gamble on slicks finally coming out on top and others, like Valentino who chose a cut front and intermediate rear paying the price for not going with the majority, which is always the safest bet.

It was a fantastic result for Sete Gibernau, who has made himself a Spanish hero this weekend with a brilliant ride. To take your first win is quite something, and although he would possibly have preferred to do it in sunny conditions you take whatever you get in this game and Sete deserves a slice of fortune. His win was not just down to luck though. He rode well with slick tyres on a wet track at the beginning and came out on top in the battle with Barros, who is never easy to get past at the best of times, but especially on a tight circuit like Valencia. It was a great day for Suzuki, who will be delighted with two podium positions after a difficult season.

It wasn´t a bad weekend for Valentino Rossi by any stretch of the imagination, even though he finished back in eleventh. His aim now is to consolidate his position at the top, and he did that on Sunday by losing just one point to Biaggi. He knows that two wins from the last four races will guarantee him the World Championship, and I´m sure he is confident of pulling that off.

However, days like Sunday just show that anything can happen in motorcycling and nothing is over until it´s absolutely over. One thing is for sure: there´s an exciting month ahead.

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