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2009 MotoGP Estoril (Portugal)

Jorge Lorenzo was untouchable once again in Portugal this afternoon and took a stunning fourth win of the season, 16 months on from his maiden MotoGP victory at this same track. His Fiat Yamaha team-mate Valentino Rossi had a disappointing day and came home a distant fourth, although the Fiat Yamaha Team secured the Teams’ Championship title, the first leg of the ‘triple crown’.

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22-year-old Lorenzo had looked invincible all weekend and today was no different as he blasted off from pole for the 35th time in his career, reaching turn one in second place but regaining the lead a couple of corners later. Wearing special ‘astronaut’ leathers and helmet to commemorate the Moon Landing and match the one-off white ‘Fiat Punto Evo’ livery on his YZR-M1, the Mallorcan was unchallenged from then on and stretched his lead until the end, finishing a commanding 6.294 seconds clear of Casey Stoner to take his 26th career win.

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Rossi had struggled to match his team-mate’s pace all weekend and a problem with rear grip plagued him today and compounded his difficulties. He dropped to fourth on the first lap after starting from second and was unable to make any headway into the gap to Stoner and Pedrosa, eventually coming home some 13 seconds behind the Spaniard. It was the Italian’s 100th start for Yamaha, from which he has won an incredible 43 times.

Yamaha are now assured of one of their riders being crowned World Champion but with Rossi’s lead now cut to 18 points from Lorenzo in second, the tension is mounting as to which one it will be. MotoGP now has a week off before the ‘flyaway’ double-header in Australia and Malaysia.

MotoGP 2009 Estoril Results
1. Jorge Lorenzo (SPA) Fiat Yamaha Team 45’35.522
2. Casey Stoner (AUS) Ducati Marlboro Team + 6.294
3. Dani Pedrosa (SPA) Repsol Honda + 9.889
4. Valentino Rossi (ITA) Fiat Yamaha Team + 23.428
5. Colin Edwards (USA) Monster Yamaha Tech 3 + 32.652
6. Toni Elias (SPA) San Carlo Honda Gresini + 35.709
7. Andrea Dovizioso (ITA) Repsol Honda + 35.723
8. Nicky Hayden (USA) Ducati Marlboro Team + 38.830
9. James Toseland (GBR) Monster Yamaha Tech 3 + 44.093
10. Chris Vermeulen (AUS) Rizla Suzuki MotoGP + 52.863
11. Randy De Puniet (FRA) LCR Honda MotoGP + 55.698
12. Marco Melandri (ITA) Hayate Racing Team + 1’04.515
13. Niccolo Canepa (ITA) Pramac Racing + 1’04.538
14. Gabor Talmacsi (HUN) Scot Racing Team MotoGP + 1’27.299
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Loris Capirossi (ITA) Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 8 Lap
Alex De Angelis (RSM) San Carlo Honda Gresini 20 Lap
Mika Kallio (FIN) Ducati Marlboro Team 23 Lap

2009 MotoGP Championship Standings
1. Valentino Rossi (ITA) Fiat Yamaha Team 250
2. Jorge Lorenzo (SPA) Fiat Yamaha Team 232
3. Dani Pedrosa (SPA) Repsol Honda 173
4. Casey Stoner (AUS) Ducati Marlboro Team 170
5. Andrea Dovizioso (ITA) Repsol Honda 142
6. Colin Edwards (USA) Monster Yamaha Tech 3 134
7. Loris Capirossi (ITA) Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 97
8. Randy De Puniet (FRA) LCR Honda MotoGP 93
9. Marco Melandri (ITA) Hayate Racing Team 91
10. Chris Vermeulen (AUS) Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 90
11. Toni Elias (SPA) San Carlo Honda Gresini 90
12. Alex De Angelis (RSM) San Carlo Honda Gresini 88
13. James Toseland (GBR) Monster Yamaha Tech 3 85
14. Nicky Hayden (USA) Ducati Marlboro Team 81
15. Mika Kallio (FIN) Ducati Marlboro Team 51
16. Niccolo Canepa (ITA) Pramac Racing 38
17. Gabor Talmacsi (HUN) Scot Racing Team MotoGP 14
18. Sete Gibernau (SPA) Grupo Francisco Hernando 12
19. Yuki Takahashi (JPN) Scot Racing Team 9
20. Alex Espagaro (SPA) Pramac Racing 8

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