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July 31st, 2008, 05:00 AM   #1
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I was just kicking it around in my head today. How is 2008 going to finish out? Are we gonna have another points battle that comes down to the wire in Valencia? Thats how I think it's going to go. Rossi and Stoner have thrown the gloves off and it is going to be ugly (in a good way) for the last few races.

I remember how on the edge of my seat I was watching 2006 unfold, wondering if it was going to be Rossi or Hayden taking the crown. I have a feeling it's going to be like that but on an even higher level! This season Rossi seems hungry and is pulling out his best stuff. Stoner has been flawless and now Rossi really will need to ride like the god people say he is in order to pull out the championship.
It's so much more exciting when there's a battle for the points! I'm going to be biting my nails every Sunday for a while to come.

I cannot WAIT for the next race, and that's something I haven't said about MotoGP in what feels like a long time. It's great to have that anticipation and suspense back.

Here's to the battle for the 2008 MotoGP Crown!! [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/punk.gif[/img]
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July 31st, 2008, 05:42 AM   #2
 
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Yes but we're still in 2008!
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July 31st, 2008, 05:57 AM   #3
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I'll be in Brno! Anyone know how to get paddock/VIP passes cheaper?
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It would probably take a lot of bad luck of injuries to take the exitement out until crossing the line in the last race.
A DNF by stoner now in the first rounds would be the worst that could happen for the championship.
That would enable Rossi to calm down and walk in the championship. Let's hope for a fight to the bitter end.
Injured juniors and them being more or less out of the fight will lead to a string of Rossi/Stoner finishes and in most of the rounds they will fight for 1st and 2nd.
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July 31st, 2008, 07:23 AM   #5
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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (rgvneil @ Jul 31 2008, 05:42 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}><div class='quotemain'>Yes but we're still in 2008!

Good point [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/dry.gif[/img]

I am looking forward to the second half of the season although I will not forget the first half. The points are close, super [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/dry.gif[/img] However there was only one good race IMO so its really bitter sweet for me. We need more close racing like Laguna and I am not going to hold my breath waiting for one. Many fans only remember the last race which I think Laguna has saved this season and sparked new interest from fans that have been jaded by runaway parade racing.

Here is to damn good racing and an injury free second half of the season. [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/toot.gif[/img] [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/toot.gif[/img]
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OMG there's going to be a completely artificial sense of competition created by Ezy giving Vale Bridestones.

OMG! I can't wait.

The real champion is still evident. Ducati/Stoner are miles ahead of any other legally constructed team.
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July 31st, 2008, 07:45 AM   #7
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2008 indeed. Fixed. I gotta give up the sake. [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/tongue.gif[/img]

The way Stoner is looking, I really can't see anything but a battle down to the wire.
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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (mylexicon @ Jul 31 2008, 03:29 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}><div class='quotemain'>OMG there's going to be a completely artificial sense of competition created by Ezy giving Vale Bridestones.

OMG! I can't wait.

The real champion is still evident. Ducati/Stoner are miles ahead of any other legally constructed team.


Yes, a joint criminal investigation by Italian AND Japanese authoritites was recently turned over to Interpol. They are looking into how Fiat Yamaha used "extortionary" tactics to sign with Bridgestone.

Initially, it was a joint investigation between Italian and Japanese police forces, but they were arguing over jurisdiction so much that the investigation was turned over to Interpol to avoid any bureaucratic slowdown in the investigation.

Interpol asked the United States' Central Intelligence Agency for forensic help, but they refused.

Investigators are saying that if any wrong-doing is found, Rossi, Burgess, Furusawa, and even Jarvis could face jailtime and fines in the range of US$5-10M. As well, the FIM has stated that if any wrongdoing is found, all of points earned in 2008 by Rossi will be negated. This includes Fiat Yamaha's team points and Yamaha's constructor points that were earned by Rossi.

Finally, all groups involved; the FIM, MSMA, etc. are considering a lifetime ban on Rossi and Burgess for their illegal tactics.

The grid may have one less rider next year. Who can fill Vale's boots at Fiat Yamaha?
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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Parc Ferme @ Jul 31 2008, 06:24 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}><div class='quotemain'>Yes, a joint criminal investigation by Italian AND Japanese authoritites was recently turned over to Interpol. They are looking into how Fiat Yamaha used "extortionary" tactics to sign with Bridgestone.

Initially, it was a joint investigation between Italian and Japanese police forces, but they were arguing over jurisdiction so much that the investigation was turned over to Interpol to avoid any bureaucratic slowdown in the investigation.

Interpol asked the United States' Central Intelligence Agency for forensic help, but they refused.

Investigators are saying that if any wrong-doing is found, Rossi, Burgess, Furusawa, and even Jarvis could face jailtime and fines in the range of US$5-10M. As well, the FIM has stated that if any wrongdoing is found, all of points earned in 2008 by Rossi will be negated. This includes Fiat Yamaha's team points and Yamaha's constructor points that were earned by Rossi.

Finally, all groups involved; the FIM, MSMA, etc. are considering a lifetime ban on Rossi and Burgess for their illegal tactics.

The grid may have one less rider next year. Who can fill Vale's boots at Fiat Yamaha?

And all this extrodinary news are documented where? I'm sure there must be hundreds of magazines and on line sites quoting FIM and MSMA wit this sensational news?
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July 31st, 2008, 09:58 AM   #10
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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Babelfish @ Jul 31 2008, 10:55 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}><div class='quotemain'>And all this extrodinary news are documented where? I'm sure there must be hundreds of magazines and on line sites quoting FIM and MSMA wit this sensational news?

If I read it correctly I think that Parc was having a play at Lex using sarcasm to exploit Lex's inside vision of the sport and politics behind it.
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