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2009 MotoGP Jerez (Spain)

Valentino Rossi took a stunning win in Jerez yesterday, his first of the season and the 98th of his career taking him 11 points clear at the top of the championship. The reigning World Champion had looked in trouble yesterday but an overnight set-up change saw him fastest in warm-up and he lined up confident that he would be able to mount a challenge.

Starting from fourth on the grid, Rossi held his position at the start and managed to pass Lorenzo on the final turn of the second lap. Casey Stoner was the next target and the Italian quickly began to close the gap, setting the fastest lap of the race on lap four. Rossi and Stoner exchanged a couple of entertaining passes in the next few laps before the Yamaha rider made it stick at the end of the seventh lap, with the gap to Dani Pedrosa in the lead then standing at 1.2 seconds. The middle section of the race saw Rossi making little headway into the Spaniard’s lead but at two-thirds distance he suddenly found a new rhythm and started shaving tenths off the gap, making the definitive move and claiming the lead with 10 laps to go. From then on there was only one winner and the irrepressible 30-year-old brought his M1 home 2.7 seconds clear of second-placed Pedrosa.

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Ever the joker, Rossi took advantage of the moment to replicate one of his most famous post-race stunts ten years on, making a stop on his victory lap to pop into a track side portable toilet, to the delight of the 120,000-strong crowd.

Rossi now leads Stoner by 11 points in the standings, whilst Lorenzo slips to third, 13 points adrift of the Australian. The MotoGP paddock will reconvene on French soil in ten days time for round four in Le Mans.

MotoGP 2009 Jerez Results
1. Valentino Rossi (ITA) Fiat Yamaha Team 45’18.557
2. Dani Pedrosa (SPA) Repsol Honda + 2.700
3. Casey Stoner (AUS) Ducati Marlboro Team + 10.507
4. Randy De Puniet (FRA) LCR Honda MotoGP + 31.893
5. Marco Melandri (ITA) Hayate Racing Team + 33.128
6. Loris Capirossi (ITA) Rizla Suzuki MotoGP + 34.128
7. Colin Edwards (USA) Monster Yamaha Tech 3 + 34.421
8. Andrea Dovizioso (ITA) Repsol Honda + 34.625
9. Toni Elias (SPA) San Carlo Honda Gresini + 42.689
10. Chris Vermeulen (AUS) Rizla Suzuki MotoGP + 45.183
11. Sete Gibernau (SPA) Grupo Francisco Hernando + 48.192
12. Yuki Takahashi (JPN) Scot Racing Team + 51.875
13. James Toseland (GBR) Monster Yamaha Tech 3 + 53.683
14. Alex De Angelis (RSM) San Carlo Honda Gresini + 53.941
15. Nicky Hayden (USA) Ducati Marlboro Team + 1’01.237
16. Niccolo Canepa (ITA) Pramac Racing + 1’10.896

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Jorge Lorenzo (SPA) Fiat Yamaha Team 4 Lap
Mika Kallio (FIN) Pramac Racing 15 Lap

2009 MotoGP Championship Standings
1. Valentino Rossi (ITA) Fiat Yamaha Team 65
2. Casey Stoner (AUS) Ducati Marlboro Team 54
3. Jorge Lorenzo (SPA) Fiat Yamaha Team 41
4. Dani Pedrosa (SPA) Repsol Honda 41
5. Andrea Dovizioso (ITA) Repsol Honda 30
6. Colin Edwards (USA) Monster Yamaha Tech 3 26
7. Randy De Puniet (FRA) LCR Honda MotoGP 24
8. Marco Melandri (ITA) Hayate Racing Team 23
9. Chris Vermeulen (AUS) Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 21
10. Loris Capirossi (ITA) Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 19
11. Mika Kallio (FIN) Pramac Racing 16
12. Toni Elias (SPA) San Carlo Honda Gresini 15
13. Alex De Angelis (RSM) San Carlo Honda Gresini 14
14. James Toseland (GBR) Monster Yamaha Tech 3 9
15. Sete Gibernau (SPA) Grupo Francisco Hernando 8
16. Nicky Hayden (USA) Ducati Marlboro Team 4
17. Yuki Takahashi (JPN) Scot Racing Team 4
18. Niccolo Canepa (ITA) Pramac Racing 2

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