I assumed my favorite rider (Ben Spies) was going to do extremely well but he crashed his bike twice during practice and ended up in 11th place for the final standing in the race. He knew something was wrong with his bike and continued to try and earn some points anyway.
3rd- #1 Casey Stoner (Repsol Honda)-Casey was the former world champion and currently carries the #1 on his motorcycle.(The #1 is reserved for the champion of the previous season) Casey complained of a lot of chattering and not having the bike work to his specifics. This was apparent through the race when he almost slid out a few times but managed to hold on to his bike and position.