So, last weekend proved to be an eventful one in the world of MotoGP as always as Casey Stoner crashed out in practice breaking his right ankle in the process. Thanks to a combination of sheer guts and modern medicine Stoner managed to compete in the race at Indianapolis and finish in the points with a highly creditable 4th place which is actually incredible given the circumstances. When the dust settled after the weekend Stoner learnt the true extent of his injuries and has conceded that he will miss this weekend’s race in the Czech Republic and that the subsequent loss of points effectively puts him out of the championship.

I don’t entirely agree that he’s down and out as anything can happen in motorbike racing and it only takes a similar spot of bad luck from Lorenzo or Pedrosa and he’s back in the running again. However given that he and Dani Pedrosa are teammates at the Honda factory outfit and that Stoner is a proven double as well as defending world champion then it doesn’t take a genius to work out that whatever Honda say they would always take more interest in Stoner than Pedrosa. Now things have changed. Pedrosa is the more likely of the two riders to be able to compete with Jorge Lorenzo. I have thought for a while that given the Honda’s edge over the Yamaha when it comes to top end straight line speed that Pedrosa’s diminutive size gives him the best power to weight ratio on the grid. And in the world of racing be it cars, bikes, horses or humans, power to weight is key. I’m going to stick my neck out and predict that Pedrosa will overhaul Lorenzo by the end of the season and claim his maiden world championship. You read it here first!