Motor Sports

2009 MotoGP Brno (Czech Republic)

Valentino Rossi put in a faultless display to claim his fifth win of the season at Brno today, 13 years almost to the day after he took the first of his 102 Grand Prix wins. The Italian’s 160th career podium also moves him ahead of Giacomo Agostini to top the all-time podium list. It was a devastating day for his team-mate Jorge Lorenzo, as the Spaniard crashed out with just five laps to go when sparring with Rossi at the front.

A stunning day in the Czech Republic saw 130,000 fans make the trip to watch what was expected to be another thrilling duel between the Yamaha pair. Rossi got a great start from pole position but Lorenzo, starting alongside him, dropped a couple of positions and had to battle back to take third first time around. On lap four the Mallorcan moved past Dani Pedrosa to claim second and he and Rossi gradually began to clear a gap from Pedrosa and the chasing pack.

The middle part of the race was largely uneventful, with Rossi retaining a more or less consistent gap of about half a second from his team-mate, but just after the half way point Lorenzo improved his rhythm and suddenly started to look threatening. The two were by now pushing each other hard, lapping nearly two seconds faster than the other riders and on lap 17 Lorenzo made his move, passing Rossi early on to claim the lead and set the fastest lap of the race. The crowd was gearing up for a tense finale but on the next lap Lorenzo made a mistake in braking, ran wide and lost the front, sliding into the gravel to leave Rossi 14 seconds clear at the front. All the 30-year-old had to do then was bring his M1 safely home which he duly did, easing up to cross the line 11.766 seconds ahead of Pedrosa, with Toni Elias back in third.

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Another 25 points for Rossi and zero for Lorenzo means he is now 50 points clear at the top of the championship, whilst Lorenzo stays second, 12 points ahead of the absent Stoner and 27 ahead of Pedrosa. The next stop for the team is the Indianapolis Grand Prix in two weeks time.

Speaking to the press after his thrilling victory at Brno, Valentino Rossi said, “This is a very important victory for us! Jorge had shown all weekend that he was very strong and, when we still weren’t feeling perfect after the warm-up, we decided to make one more small modification to improve the feeling with the front and the result was brilliant; my Yamaha really flew today. I got a good start and I was able to ride exactly how I wanted, using all of the track to get the best lines. At the end, when Jorge passed me, I thought that the fight was starting and I was really ready for it, but then he made a mistake and crashed. Of course I’m sorry; it’s really bad for him but I have to say that it’s great for us because now we have an advantage of 50 points with six races to go. However it would be very stupid to relax now because Jorge is very strong and for sure we expect another hard fight with him in Indianapolis. Today I arrived at the top of the all-time podium list and I’m very proud of this, especially here at Brno where I took my first victory 13 years ago! Thanks to Yamaha and my team for today, it was a great win.”

MotoGP 2009 Brno Results
1. Valentino Rossi (ITA) Fiat Yamaha Team 43’8.991
2. Dani Pedrosa (SPA) Repsol Honda + 11.766
3. Toni Elias (SPA) San Carlo Honda Gresini + 20.766
4. Andrea Dovizioso (ITA) Repsol Honda + 21.418
5. Loris Capirossi (ITA) Rizla Suzuki MotoGP + 21.538
6. Nicky Hayden (USA) Ducati Marlboro Team + 25.544
7. Colin Edwards (USA) Monster Yamaha Tech 3 + 25.676
8. Alex De Angelis (RSM) San Carlo Honda Gresini + 34.109
9. James Toseland (GBR) Monster Yamaha Tech 3 + 35.617
10. Randy De Puniet (FRA) LCR Honda MotoGP + 39.824
11. Chris Vermeulen (AUS) Rizla Suzuki MotoGP + 40.766
12. Niccolo Canepa (ITA) Pramac Racing + 50.661
13. Gabor Talmacsi (HUN) Scot Racing Team MotoGP + 59.188
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Mika Kallio (FIN) Ducati Marlboro Team 2 Lap
Marco Melandri (ITA) Hayate Racing Team 2 Lap
Jorge Lorenzo (SPA) Fiat Yamaha Team 5 Lap
Michel Fabrizio (ITA) Pramac Racing 16 Lap

2009 MotoGP Championship Standings
1. Valentino Rossi (ITA) Fiat Yamaha Team 212
2. Jorge Lorenzo (SPA) Fiat Yamaha Team 162
3. Casey Stoner (AUS) Ducati Marlboro Team 137
4. Dani Pedrosa (SPA) Repsol Honda 135
5. Colin Edwards (USA) Monster Yamaha Tech 3 112
6. Andrea Dovizioso (ITA) Repsol Honda 107
7. Randy De Puniet (FRA) LCR Honda MotoGP 80
8. Marco Melandri (ITA) Hayate Racing Team 78
9. Loris Capirossi (ITA) Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 76
10. Chris Vermeulen (AUS) Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 72
11. Nicky Hayden (USA) Ducati Marlboro Team 68
12. Toni Elias (SPA) San Carlo Honda Gresini 67
13. Alex De Angelis (RSM) San Carlo Honda Gresini 66
14. James Toseland (GBR) Monster Yamaha Tech 3 61
15. Mika Kallio (FIN) Ducati Marlboro Team 34
16. Niccolo Canepa (ITA) Pramac Racing 32
17. Sete Gibernau (SPA) Grupo Francisco Hernando 12
18. Yuki Takahashi (JPN) Scot Racing Team 8
19. Gabor Talmacsi (HUN) Scot Racing Team MotoGP 8

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