2008 Donington Race Result


11Casey STONERDUCATI44'44.982 
246Valentino ROSSIYAMAHA44'50.7715.789
32Dani PEDROSAHONDA44'53.3298.347
45Colin EDWARDSYAMAHA44'57.66012.678
54Andrea DOVIZIOSOHONDA44'59.78314.801
648Jorge LORENZOYAMAHA45'00.67215.690
769Nicky HAYDENHONDA45'03.17818.196
87Chris VERMEULENSUZUKI45'06.64821.666
956Shinya NAKANOHONDA45'14.33629.354
1013Anthony WESTKAWASAKI45'26.01241.030
1124Toni ELIASDUCATI45'29.40844.426
1214Randy DE PUNIETHONDA45'31.18146.199
1350Sylvain GUINTOLIDUCATI45'33.71348.731
1411Ben SPIESSUZUKI45'34.57349.591
1515Alex DE ANGELISHONDA46'07.1681'22.186
1633Marco MELANDRIDUCATI46'15.0031'30.021
1752James TOSELANDYAMAHA45'32.2341 lap
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 21John HOPKINSKAWASAKI24'18.02114 laps




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A bit processional, although there's a certain tension in watching to see if the superiority bubble will burst when someone had such a seeming stranglehold on practice and warm-up; with Rossi riding, anything can happen to anybody else who seems to have it sewn up, Rossi is that good. Stoner was pure professionalism and must have some sort of racing switch that drops out the nerves; shades of Doohan.  Yet watching him at the post-race conference, he obviously hates facing the Press, he just about broke his hands clutching them that tightly to try to calm his nerves.   Poor Marco, it's time to resign with the honour of admitting that he and the Duc can't get it together, and I say that with sadness, I thought he was going to be a damn good team mate to Stoner.

Spies performance shows just how hard it is to adapt to these bikes, no disgrace there.  Westy showed that he wasn't just making it all up about the problems he was having with the Kwack and ran about where he can be on a reasonably competitive bike in the dry.  I think there is life in the rest of the season..