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Bookies favourite Rossi still odds on to regain title

Bookies favourite Rossi still odds on to regain title

Despite his tyre problems at the Grand Prix of Turkey which saw him finish tenth and the fact that Casey Stoner now leads the World Championship, the bookmakers still have Valentino Rossi as their firm favourite to win the 2007 title.

Despite his tyre problems at the Grand Prix of Turkey, which saw him finish tenth, and the fact that Casey Stoner now leads the World Championship, the bookmakers still have Valentino Rossi as their firm favourite to win the 2007 title.

The Doctor is of course desperate to reclaim the title this season having lost out in 2006 to Nicky Hayden after five years of uninterrupted dominance of the premier class.

Rossi was 3/4 favourite for the title before the season started and three races in to the campaign the most generous prices available are still odds-on, around the 1/2 mark.

The bookies were well aware of World Champion Nicky Hayden's difficulties in adapting from the 990cc era to the smaller 2007 prototypes and he was just third or fourth favourite with odds of up to 8/1 available on him defending his crown before the season opening Qatar Grand Prix.

Indeed the Kentucky Kid's disappointing start to the season on his new RC212V, which has not yet seen him manage a top six finish and leaves him seventh in the general standings, has seen his odds widened to up to 60/1, with six riders fancied ahead of the 25 year-old Repsol Honda rider.

It is a completely different story for Ducati Marlboro's Stoner, following the Aussie's sensational 61-point championship haul from the opening three rounds on his formidable Desmosedici GP07 and his impressive wins in Qatar and Turkey. The bookies have slashed his odds from 25/1 to 2/1, making him second favourite to take the title in his second season in the premier class and his first campaign with Ducati.

Stoner has jumped ahead of Dani Pedrosa and team-mate Loris Capirossi in the bookies' title ratings - odds on the diminutive Spaniard lengthening slightly from 5/1 preseason to 7/1 following his crash in Turkey.

Capirossi can be found at up to 33/1 as the joint fourth favourite with Honda Gresini pair Marco Melandri and Toni Elias following the team's ultimately successful weekend in Turkey. The punters who had money on Elias at 120/1 before the action commenced in Qatar maybe starting to believe their dreams could come true after his battling second place finish at Istanbul Park.

Another rider still worth an outside bet could be Colin Edwards, despite his unfortunate involvement in Sunday's crash in Turkey. The Texas Tornado has looked steady so far in amounting 26 points in the opening two rounds, belying the preseason odds of 80/1 and current price of 60/1 available at bwin.com, though getting the better of team-mate Rossi on the same machinery would be a tall order for anyone.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2007, Valentino Rossi

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