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Shangai expecting the world" top riders Almost without time to digest the results of the exciting race in Turkey, the World Championship travels to China for a new date in the calendar, and one where it is hoped that Dani Pedrosa and Valentino...

Shangai expecting the world" top riders

Almost without time to digest the results of the exciting race in Turkey, the World Championship travels to China for a new date in the calendar, and one where it is hoped that Dani Pedrosa and Valentino Rossi will be back in form because the two had problems in Istanbul. The Spanish rider, now recovered from his fall, will be dying for a victory at a circuit where he got his first ever win in the top category.

Although the circuit of Shangai was designed by the German Herman Tilke, also responsible for Istanbul, it is a special circuit because it was conceived exclusively for Formula 1 racing. The Chinese track has two very fast straights that lets the bikes reach 320kph and these are combined with two curves that bring a turn of almost 360º and zones with strong braking, which means that all the power has to be squeezed out of the engines.

The straights are the longest in the championship -- 1 202 metres and the first curve is very long, this obliges the riders to change gear with the bike leaning over and while climbing. The seventh curve obliges them to leave it very fast as the next section is a straight where maximum acceleration is needed, then this ends with a tight curve before the home straight.

The weather will also be very important since it is very unpredictable. The debut for this circuit in the MotoGP Championship in 2005 saw torrential rain but last year it was the heat that created the problems, temperatures reached 31º and affected the races.

The favourites go to Shangai hungry for victory after Rossi finished in a disappointing tenth place and Pedrosa fell. The Italian admits that this circuit is not one of his favourite since last year he had problems with his front tyre and had to retire, although in 2005 he won ahead of Olivier Jacque.

In spite of feeling a lot of pain after falling in Turkey, Dani Pedrosa has one clear objective: to set good times in training and so start the race at the front of the grid since a bad start can mean that he is not in the leading group. Pedrosa has good memories of China since he got his first ever victory in MotoGP there last season.

On the other hand there is Toni Elias who has become the surprise rider so far this season. His aim is to be consistent and so stay in the fight for the world title since he does not even rule this possibility out. Casey Stoner will be hoping to maintain his good form arriving as leader of the World Championship and will obviously be wanting to repeat his victory in Turkey. The Ducati rider will be aiming to strengthen his good start to the season and open up a gap with respect to Pedrosa and Rossi.

-credit: repsol

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Valentino Rossi , Toni Elias , Hermann Tilke , Dani Pedrosa