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Nic Ladds 1st Jul 2009 - 23:49

Valentino Rossi joins the '100' club

In winning MotoGP's race seven in Assen Netherlands, Valentino Rossi had cause for a double celebration.

Not only did the Fiat Yamaha rider regain the lead in the MotoGP riders Championship standings after being tied with teammate Jorge Lorenzo and Ducati's Casey Stoner, but marked his name in the history books as being only the second rider ever to notch up 100 race wins.

The first?

Not surprisingly one of Rossi's hero's; fellow Italian Giacomo Agostini managed 122 victories before bowing out of the sport.The '100' club: Valentino Rossi & Giacomo Agostini

Race number eight of the 2009 MotoGP campaign sees Rossi looking for win number 101, as the riders take to the challenging Laguna Seca in California, a track featuring the famous 'corkscrew' turn.

Will Valentino Rossi make it three wins in a row in sunny California and lengthen his lead in the Riders' standings this weekend? The odds in William Hill's 'Race Winner' market suggest he just might.

Teammate Jorge Lorenzo will certainly look to close the five point gap, along with Ducati's Casey Stoner also not far from contention.

Odds of 7/10 in the betting for the Sunday victory suggest the Laguna Seca U.S Grand Prix is Rossi's to lose rather than Jorge Lorenzo's to win.

Priced at 27/10 to see the chequered flag first, punters may chance their arm backing the Spaniard but with Rossi back on top form, Yamaha's number one rider will want to keep it that way.

Patriotic punters eyeing up James Toseland after his sixth place finish in Assen can get odds of 199/1 about the pianist winning in California and although this may be a distant dream, backing each-way is still worth one fifth of the odds, so if you think the Yamaha Tech 3 rider has a chance of a place on the podium, you'd be mad to miss this price.

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The 2009 MotoGP Riders' Championship standings.

1 Valentino Rossi ITA Fiat Yamaha Team 131
2 Jorge Lorenzo SPA Fiat Yamaha Team 126
3 Casey Stoner AUS Ducati Marlboro Team 122
4 Andrea Dovizioso ITA Repsol Honda Team 69
5 Dani Pedrosa SPA Repsol Honda Team 67
6 Colin Edwards USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 67
7 Loris Capirossi ITA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 56
8 Marco Melandri ITA Hayate Racing Team 55
9 Chris Vermeulen AUS Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 53
10 Randy de Puniet FRA LCR Honda MotoGP 51
11 James Toseland
GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 39
12 Alex de Angelis RSM San Carlo Honda Gresini 31
13 Nicky Hayden USA Ducati Marlboro Team 27
14 Toni Elias SPA San Carlo Honda Gresini 27
15 Mika Kallio
FIN Pramac Racing 26
16 Niccolo Canepa ITA Pramac Racing 12
17 Sete Gibernau SPA Grupo Francisco Hernando 12
18 Yuki Takahashi JPN Scot Racing Team MotoGP 9

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