This week in MCN... in 2007

Mo­togp was en­ter­ing the 800cc era and some guy called Stoner had just signed for Du­cati

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The year started with plenty of de­bate over Mo­togp which was un­der­go­ing a ma­jor change with bikes now lim­ited to just 800cc – down from 990. Valentino Rossi may have ruled from 2001 to 2005 but Nicky Hay­den caused a stir by claim­ing the ti­tle in 2006 af­ter Rossi crashed in the last race of the sea­son.

Casey Stoner, mean­while, had just signed for Du­cati but few ex­pected him to mount a se­ri­ous chal­lenge for the ti­tle. Of course he walked it, lead­ing to crack­ing con­fronta­tions with Rossi both on and off the track for years to come.

This was also the year James Toseland would take his sec­ond World Su­per­bike ti­tle af­ter an epic bat­tle with Noriyuki Haga. The Brit pipped the pop­u­lar Ja­panese rider to the ti­tle by only two points be­fore jump­ing ship to Mo­togp.

‘I’ve got a lot of un­be­liev­able fans in Bri­tain and their sup­port def­i­nitely helped me win’ JAMES TOSELAND

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