The crash of Casey Stoner while leading last weekend's Czech MotoGP reminded me of the crash that befell Max Biaggi at the very same circuit in 2001 while being pressured by the very same Valentino Rossi. Biaggi was leading and, after Rossi had hunted him down, the Roman tipped off, ironically only yards away from where Stoner fell on Sunday.
That night in 2001, Rossi got properly stuck in at a nightclub in Brno that had an outside bar and a swimming pool. Everyone was dragged in, including me, as he celebrated a tipping point in that year's championship charge.
He did of course go on to win the first of his premiere class titles in 2001, and one doesn't need to be a brain surgeon to see him on his way to title number six in half a dozen races time. Rossi now has a 50-point lead - two clear race wins - with six races remaining.