The two pole positions he took in Brno and Misano weren't enough for our rider Casey Stoner to guarantee the sterling results we have got used to. Bad luck appears to persist in plaguing him. Two harmless slides while at the front of both races have led him to loose the close contact he had with Rossi in the championship standings. Things appear to be better for Marco Melandri who, a bit more at ease on his Desmosedici, took seventh and ninth place at Brno and Misano, respectively. Next race on the new Indianapolis race course on 14 September.