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Some things to take from the race:
1. It looked to me like Hopper made a conscious decision to run the leading pace and show total disregard for killing his rear tire. I guess running up front for 5 laps and then finishing in the back is better than finishing mid-pack. By contrast, Vermeulen conserved and finished 5th(?) or was it 6th, either way, much better than Hopkins. I really wish they'd give JH a bike already.
2. Casey Stoner - great race and I don't want to take anything away, but how in the hell did you not know Melandri was coming up the inside at the braking area before the last section? I'm screaming at the monitor to "move over!"... he did, but no where near far enough. The trick is to balk all the way to the inside and then move back out while braking, short of a banzai move it's impossible to pass. That's what he will improve on to become a consistent winner.
3. Marco Melandri - Watching him reminded me of something Barry Sanders once said when asked why he never celebrated after touchdowns : "Well, when I get to the endzone it should look like I've been there before... because I have. There's no need for it." Well Marco could learn from Barry. 3 or 4 times I was on the edge of my seat thinking he was going to wad it on the cool down lap... wheelies down pit lane? stoppies down pit lane? Wheelies veering off to the last inch of the track? I know someone will say "what about Rossi", but it's totally different. Rossi has class... Melandri apparently has none.