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    MotoGP: 2012 France

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    The saying goes that there are six million stories in the naked city, and several personalities on the grid this weekend would vie to put theirs on the tips of everyone's tongue. But the biggest one this weekend is Casey Stoner who, in his last outing, managed to jab the final piece of a matching set. With his hard fought victory over a very determined Jorge Lorenzo Stoner has now earned top honors at every track on the GP calendar. Better yet for him, the recurring arm pump issue that slowed him down and cost him at least one victory this year, has proven to be more distraction than hinderance as the season progresses. The the symptoms continue to plague the reigning champion, Stoner has been able to moderate his riding and push through for the checkered flag despite the discomfort. Better yet for him is that France is not one of his voyeur tracks. With what is proving to be a successful race strategy in hand the man the the #1 plate will be looking for the top step again.

    Jorge Lorenzo is the top Yamaha rider by a country mile. He is the only rider proving capable of actually racing against Casey Stoner so far this season, the two factory riders having provided tension filled races as they hound each other from flag to flag. Aboard the "better handling" (if you believe the rumors - both official and not) M1 Jorge's style is silky smooth, his Yamaha always seeming planted as it flows around the track; stark contrast to his main rival whose RC212V tends to kick out and slide. This, the experts say, is the most effective way to exploit the speed of the current crop of prototypes. Yet all of this - the top manufacturer rider, efficient style and close racing - count for nothing when you continue to come in second. Yet Jorge is one of the few to hoist the GP trophy at season's end. He knows the war for the trophy can be one through as many smaller victories as can be had over the course of a year, and the way he haunted Casey's every turn of the wheel in the last race proves that he is up for the fight. So while his view from the top may have him looking up at Casey, he at least knows what his fEver for any given day must be; and that it's still a long way down.

    Valentino Rossi is once again the fastest Ducati on track. This was a distinction that he had enjoyed since starting with the Italian manufacturer but had been noticeably absent this year. Despite radical changes to the GP12 over the past several months Rossi's form continued to decline, resulting in thinly veiled barbs at the manufacturer and a maelstrom of rumors that he would - and here you can take your pick, with likely candidates ranging from departing the Marlboro team to join a satellite Yamaha squad, to retiring from GP racing mid-season, to having Stoner's illegitimate love child. However after battling mainly with the satellite Ducati (on the abandoned but not forgotten frameless GP12) and sometimes coming out worse for wear, the most decorated rider on the track has managed to mount something of a resurgence by claiming 7th in the last race. Yet if Lorenzo can take small comfort in knowing just how far down he has to fall from his position as the top Yamaha, it must gnaw at Rossi to crane his head and realize how far up he must climb as the top Ducati. Not only is the lowly 7th position his best finish of the year, it comes after abandoning his formerly Japanese setup methodology in favor of a Jew one based heavily on his teammate's settings. Rossi claimed that the Ducati was simply too alien to continue forcing the issue of setup, and that the new baseline gave him more of the feeling that he wanted while sacrificing some of the direction that Tue team wanted to pursue. He is hoping that the experience gained from a full race on those settings, and any new parts released from Corse, will provide the footholds needed to ascend the precipice to starring once again.

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    im sorry im to drunk to comment other to say what a aweome write up and i was rivited .well done ill re read when sober hahahaha

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    Thanks Warren, although I'm jealous as I'd much rather be drinking than at work.

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    would that be GRAND PRIX DE FRANCE or have i missed the point ? thats easy to do at the mo. again mate a awesome write up and its not often i read every word but yours was riviting, cheers

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    I think it's "new" in reference to his riding style. Nice read, should be an interesting race.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 02RSVVT View Post
    I think it's "new" in reference to his riding style. Nice read, should be an interesting race.
    Really? I thought Rossi had a religious conversion trying to find a few seconds of improvement to his lap times.
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    Well done once again Budoist.
    Your write ups are the best keep them coming

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    it's been a big day for Stoner. Tells the world he's going fishing, and comes out and smashes FP1; love his style!

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    Thanks Budoist, you obviously put a lot of thought and effort into your commentary and its always enjoyed!
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    Good stuff Budoist, enjoy the write up all the time. Stoner dominating FP, Rossi 1.3 sec down,Pedalosa and Jorge behind Stoner.
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    I'm going to stick my neck out with this one:

    1. Stoner
    2. Pedrosa
    3. Jorge
    8. Rossi

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    Budoist=superb.

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    FP3, Cal Crurchlow!!! Go you good thing!!! Ohh, and clearly Stoner has lost the very will to live after yesterdays press conference........................................ ..........................

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    Qualifying

    Pos. Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time Gap 1st/Prev.
    1 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 303.7 1'33.638
    2 1 Casey STONER AUS Repsol Honda Team Honda 306.0 1'33.941 0.303 / 0.303
    3 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSOITA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 304.0 1'33.976 0.338 / 0.035
    4 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 300.8 1'34.104 0.466 / 0.128
    5 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 302.4 1'34.178 0.540 / 0.074
    6 11 Ben SPIES USA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 299.0 1'34.669 1.031 / 0.491
    7 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Ducati Team Ducati 298.5 1'34.907 1.269 / 0.238
    8 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 300.4 1'34.922 1.284 / 0.015
    9 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 305.1 1'34.950 1.312 / 0.028
    10 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Ducati 301.8 1'35.250 1.612 / 0.300
    11 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 298.5 1'35.291 1.653 / 0.041
    12 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Power Electronics Aspar ART 286.5 1'35.694 2.056 / 0.403
    13 6 Stefan BRADL GER LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 300.7 1'35.862 2.224 / 0.168
    14 51 Michele PIRRO ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini FTR 283.7 1'36.646 3.008 / 0.784
    15 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ COL Avintia Blusens BQR 283.6 1'37.202 3.564 / 0.556
    16 77 James ELLISON GBR Paul Bird Motorsport ART 279.2 1'37.666 4.028 / 0.464
    17 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Power Electronics Aspar ART 281.3 1'37.760 4.122 / 0.094
    18 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Came IodaRacing Project Ioda 269.5 1'37.767 4.129 / 0.007
    19 22 Ivan SILVA SPA Avintia Blusens BQR 282.0 1'38.198 4.560 / 0.431
    20 54 Mattia PASINI ITA Speed Master ART 279.3 1'38.511 4.873 / 0.313
    21 7 Chris VERMEULEN AUS NGM Mobile Forward Racing Suter 281.8 1'38.658 5.020 / 0.147

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    Thanks for the compliments guys, and pardon the errors. Android auto correct is a bitch. "Jews"? Really?

    It's probably a sign of the times that somebody other than the amazing duo snatched a pole, but Randy qualifying ahead of the prototypes must make Gigi quite happy. Lorenzo is giving himself lot of work to do this time around. I wonder if Pedrosa is trying to find an extra something to stay on at Honda. Tue big rumor is Marquez coming abode anrd continuing to secure the Repsol sponsorship. If Stoner retires and Marquez starts living up to his promise then Danny's seat remains in jeopardy. Rossi's best qualifying so far this season, and he likes the track. Could be a dog fight.

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