The fortunes of champions

The fortunes of champions

As Valentino Rossi's star burns brighter than perhaps it ever has, is Casey Stoner's beginning to fade away? Toby Moody looks at the differing fortunes of two of MotoGP's great modern champions

Exactly the same spot and exactly the same accident with exactly the same rival.

Jorge Lorenzo fell off at turn three at Brno last weekend while battling with Valentino Rossi, just as Max Biaggi had fallen off the 500cc Yamaha at the same place in 2001 battling the same #46. It struck me before Jorge had come to a halt how similar it all was to that afternoon eight years ago. Biaggi never really recovered from that or the vicious feud that engulfed them both.

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