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What Happened to Edwards

Phakisa tends to have a very dusty surface (due to wind and the surrounding arid countryside). The racing line gets cleaned by the bikes, but off the line, traction can be sketchy. Colin was lined up on a very dirty part of the track and spun his tire badly on the start, getting all squirrily. Oliver Jacque shot past him as he veered into Jacque's path. Jacque's bike hit his right bar, steering him hard right, into Hopper. Hopper kept it upright, but the clutch lever crushed into his hand and he finished in pain. McWilliams fork hit Colin's head, but did no damage, and Haga went down as well. Haga was able to restart, but was in serious pain from reinjuring himself after a Saturday qualifying crash.

There is a write up on all this at MotoGP.com and more at Crash.net.

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I am also a Nicky fan, but comparing his finishes to Hoppers' doesn't compute.



Nicky is teammate to the reigning World Champion on what is probably the best bike in the field and is finishing quite a ways back. Hopper is teamed with the 2000 World Champion on a bike that can barely beat the Kawasakis, and that can't beat the 2-stroke Protons. So far, Hopper has beat his former champion teammate 2 for 2.



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Clearly, as long as his tires held up, Troy was the class of the field -- both in power and handling. Just awsome! With a bit more experience (both the team and the riders) on tire selection and management, and they will really shine. Neither Troy not Ducati had ever seen the track until Friday!



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