Well, at first I thought, this is one of those times that I really don't mind screwing my picks as the kid was doing so good in 2nd place behind stoner, after a few laps though, he started to get a bit ragged and I figured that he was using all the bike and tires just to be able to keep up with Stoner but I never figured he would do a Rossi Trick and smoke his engine but... that he did.
Valentino and Pedrosa were having issues at the beginning, middle and latter parts of the race and you could see them struggling but, at the end of the day, only the ducatis seemed to be the ones finishing at the top, the rest of the Bridgestone shod bikes were no were to be found so it begs the next question... Are the Michelin tires that bad?
With the strong rumor running rampant about Valentino and Pedrosa switching to Bridgestone for next year, is it really that simple? change to Bridgestone tires and inmediately you string a bunch of podiums and wins? I didn't see a Honda on the podium or a Kawasaki or a Suzuki for that matter and they have been doing very good throughout the season.
Are 3 or 4 months of testing good enough for a solid marriage between bike and tire for a 2008 championship Battle? ducati has been with Bridgestones for a long time now and seem to be the only one capables of a good marriage, Kawasaki & Suzuki can't really say that even though they have improved a lot this year but that could be because Honda/Michelin and Yamaha/Michelin really screw the pooch and not necessarely because they have a good marriage with bridgestone (Kawi & Zook). Even if those two want to switch, Can Bridgestone really produce tires for all of them w/o sacrificing something else later on? There is no data for Yamaha/Bridgestone setups, does that mean that we're going to have another testing year for Vale while he gets used to this tires? Can he just throw a switch and make the BS tires go like the wind?
Let's look at Tamada here, yeah you can't compare the two (Tamada & Vale) but for arguments sake, How many races did Tamada won with the Rookie Bridgestones and how competitive he was as opposed to Tamada with Michelins? can that happen to Vale or Pedrosa as well?
Stoner did what he had to do and he desimated the competition for sure, I don't care how good Vale is and how mentally strong he could be, he has got to be demoralized by what stoner is doing to him and the competition... Hell, all of them are but Vale's pride is heavier than the others as he's got more to answer to the media as the 7 world champion... it goes with the territory so to speak.
Where am I going with this rant? who the hell knows, I am just pissed off that I waited until 1:00 A.M. at night to watch yet, another disturbing and boring race. Yeah, it had its moments but it was a BORING race nonetheless and P.I. usually gives us very good races... I guess this is a Bizarre year for motoGP racing.
I know that most of you won't reply until later on today but I am bored and pissed off dammit... cut me some slack!