It's That Time Of Year Again

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It's That Time Of Year Again
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It's mid-october, which means that the Motogp season is coming to a conclusion for another year. For those of you who are not au-fait with Motogp, let me explain. It is the world championship for prototype motorcycle racing, taking place over 17 rounds on 4 continents. The bikes have a 800cc engine capacity limit and are festooned with a whole load of electronic rider aides in order to makes the 250bhp bikes more user friendly.

Ducati, Yamaha, Honda, Suzuki and Kawasaki contribute towards a (smaller than usual) grid of 17 bikes. The riders are superstars over much of the sporting world: Valentino Rossi(Yamaha, 8 times champion, pictured), Casey Stoner(Ducati, 2007 Champion), Jorge Lorenzo(Yamaha, 3 x Champion in smaller classes) and Dani Pedrosa(Honda, 3 x Champion in smaller classes). There are American racers too - Nicky Hayden won the title on a Honda in 2006, Colin Edwards is a 2 time World Superbike(Production-based championship) Champ and next season Ben Spies will join the Yamaha Tech3 team. Ben is seen as a champion-in-waiting and the next-big-thing in Motogp.

This season has seen second-year Spaniard challenge his teammate Valentino Rossi, who is widely regarded as one of the greatest racers in the history of the sport, for the 2009 crown. With 2 races left, the first at Sepang in Malaysia on Sunday and last at Valencia in Spain, Rossi holds a 38 point lead over his young rival. With 25 points for a win, Rossi is looking almost certain to retain the championship.

There is so much to write about regarding Motogp that I can only scratch the surface here. It can be fantastic entertainment, with much close action and overtaking the like of which is unheard of in 4 wheeled racing

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