The essence of racing is the variety of potential winners.
Sunday's race was one of those great races where virgin front runners like Sylvan Guintoli also lead the race.
It was great to watch Randy DePuniet leading his home race and heartbreaking to see his slicks could only provide so much grip.
Especially when the rain came down hard.
Vermeulen played a very strategic race and changed to rain-slicks early, running consistently fast laps and securing a deserving win!!
I have always felt Hopkins's race distance strategy is usually incomplete.
Vermeulen has less experience on the GSVR than Hopkins but has scored more podiums than the entire MOTOGP career of Hopkins.
Nicky is a Dirt-Tracker by trade and is very comfortable sliding his bike. Dani grew up racing 2 strokes which dont like to slide very much.
So, in the wet Nicky is stronger. Of course too much sliding in the rain will usually put you on the ground.
I felt bad for Nicky as he was running a great race pace.
Rossi played it smart since a top 10 finish will give you points but a very fast race pace will risk a crash.
No points if you crash:)
Biggest disappointment was Colin Edwards.
From pole to DNF.
Hope his luck changes at Laguna Seca.
I wish him well. Again:)