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Stoners dominance puts Ducati ahead on all fronts

Stoners dominance puts Ducati ahead on all fronts

With each race of the MotoGP World Championship Casey Stoner appears to be edging closer to what would be an incredible World title in his very first season with Ducati aided of course by the awesome performances of his Desmosedici GP7 and his Bridgestone tyres.

With each race of the MotoGP World Championship Casey Stoner appears to be edging closer to what would be an incredible World title in his very first season with Ducati aided of course by the awesome performance of his Desmosedici GP7 and his Bridgestone tyres.

Stoner is 44 points ahead of Valentino Rossi as MotoGP takes its summer break, and his six victories and consistent form in the opening 11 rounds of the 2007 season have also helped to put Ducati and Ducati Marlboro at the head of the respective standings in the Constructors and Teams World Championships.

While the Italian factory and Stoners Ducati Marlboro team enjoy healthy leads on both those fronts 36 points in the Constructors championship and 28 in the Teams classification the title races are sure to throw up plenty more twists and turns.

Ducati have a good Constructors points tally overall thanks to Stoners record of scoring decent points at every round, but they would be further ahead of Yamaha and Honda if Loris Capirossi had not had such an inconsistent campaign. The popular Italian veteran, who became a father for the first time this year, has had two podium finishes but has also failed to finish four races including the last Grand Prix before the summer break at Laguna - and consequently lies eighth in the general standings.

For Yamaha their big points scorer is of course Valentino Rossi, who has notched three victories and three podium finishes, though he and Colin Edwards would have hoped for better results at certain Grands Prix their Michelin tyres occasionally leaving them wanting when Bridgestone riders have got the better of them.

Likewise for Dani Pedrosa and World Champion Nicky Hayden, who have not quite achieved what they would have wanted for Honda thus far in 2007, but some recent tweaks to the RC212V appear to be improving things for the Repsol backed pair. Marco Melandri has also contributed significantly to the Honda cause, though he will not be doing so next year having recently agreed a deal to ride with Ducati for the next two seasons.

In the Teams World Championship it is a similar story, with Ducati Marlboro leading the way ahead of Fiat Yamaha and Repsol Honda but a special mention goes to Rizla Suzuki who have until recently been ahead of Repsol Honda in third position having demonstrated a new level of competitiveness in the 800cc era with strong showings from Le Mans winner Chris Vermeulen and Kawasaki-bound John Hopkins.

The seven remaining rounds of the season, starting with a visit to Brno in the Czech Republic on 19th August promise to provide plenty more spills and thrills for the riders, factories and teams alike with the added element of an intriguing tyre battle between Bridgestone and Michelin adding extra excitement.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2007, RED BULL U.S. GRAND PRIX, Casey Stoner

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