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2009 MotoGP Catalunya results

Yamaha riders Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo dominated an incredible Catalan Grand Prix today, delivering a show-stopping performance from start to finish at Montmeló in front of a packed house. It was the reigning World Champion Rossi who finally emerged the winner, taking a memorable 99th career victory after a stunning last-corner pass on his 22-year-old team-mate, but the Fiat Yamaha pair were separated by under one hundredth of a second after 25 thrilling laps.

After running at a near identical pace all weekend it always looked like being a head-to-head between them and they set off in grid order with Lorenzo leading from Rossi and Casey Stoner. The Italian made his first move at the end of the straight on lap four and passed the Mallorcan into turn one, but all three remained within half a second of each other until four laps later, when the Yamaha duo on their YZR-M1s began to pull away from Stoner, quickly opening out a second’s gap and leaving the rest of the field trailing in their wake. With just a couple of tenths between them there was no margin for error but at the end of the back straight on lap thirteen Lorenzo saw a way through and passed his team-mate to take the lead.

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They continued wheel to wheel until Rossi made another move ten laps later, but the race still wasn’t over and there were several more nail biting changes of lead between them before Lorenzo looked to have it sewn-up half way round the final lap. The nine-time champion had one more card to play on the youngster however and edged his machine through in an inch-perfect last corner challenge to take his ninth win in all classes at this track.

With Stoner finishing third, the three incredibly now have 106 points apiece after six races, meaning something of a championship restart for them at the Dutch TT in Assen in two week’s time, a favourite track for both Rossi and Lorenzo.

2009 MotoGP Catalunya results:
1. Valentino Rossi (ITA) Fiat Yamaha Team 43’11.897
2. Jorge Lorenzo (SPA) Fiat Yamaha Team + 00.095
3. Casey Stoner (AUS) Ducati Marlboro Team + 8.884
4. Andrea Dovizioso (ITA) Repsol Honda + 9.936
5. Niccolo Canepa (ITA) Pramac Racing + 19.831
6. Dani Pedrosa (SPA) Repsol Honda + 22.182
7. Colin Edwards (USA) Monster Yamaha Tech 3 + 23.547
8. Randy De Puniet (FRA) LCR Honda MotoGP + 25.265
9. Mika Kallio (FIN) Pramac Racing + 31.797
10. Nicky Hayden (USA) Ducati Marlboro Team + 33.593
11. Chris Vermeulen (AUS) Rizla Suzuki MotoGP + 36.683
12. Alex De Angelis (RSM) San Carlo Honda Gresini + 36.874
13. James Toseland (GBR) Monster Yamaha Tech 3 + 39.433
14. Marco Melandri (ITA) Hayate Racing Team + 44.788
15. Sete Gibernau (SPA) Grupo Francisco Hernando + 46.754
16. Niccolo Canepa (ITA) Pramac Racing + 55.873
17. Gabor Talmacsi (HUN) Scot Racing Team MotoGP + 1’27.640
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Toni Elias (SPA) San Carlo Honda Gresini 16 Lap
Yuki Takahashi (JPN) Scot Racing Team 25 Lap

2009 MotoGP Championship Standings:
1. Jorge Lorenzo (SPA) Fiat Yamaha Team 106
2. casey Stoner (AUS) Ducati Marlboro Team 106
3. Valentino Rossi (ITA) Fiat Yamaha Team 106
4. Andrea Dovizioso (ITA) Repsol Honda 69
5. Dani Pedrosa (SPA) Repsol Honda 67
6. Colin Edwards (USA) Monster Yamaha Tech 3 54
7. Marco Melandri (ITA) Hayate Racing Team 50
8. Loris Capirossi (ITA) Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 49
9. Chris Vermeulen (AUS) Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 42
10. Randy De Puniet (FRA) LCR Honda MotoGP 42
11. James Toseland (GBR) Monster Yamaha Tech 3 28
12. Mika Kallio (FIN) Pramac Racing 26
13. Alex De Angelis (RSM) San Carlo Honda Gresini 24
14. Toni Elias (SPA) San Carlo Honda Gresini 23
15. Nicky Hayden (USA) Ducati Marlboro Team 18
16. Niccolo Canepa (ITA) Pramac Racing 10
17. Sete Gibernau (SPA) Grupo Francisco Hernando 9
18. Yuki Takahashi (JPN) Scot Racing Team 7

One Comment

  1. Incredible race..

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