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2009 MotoGP Misano (San Marino)

Valentino Rossi may have had a donkey on his helmet today but it was ‘The Doctor’ riding the bike once again, as the Italian hero bounced back from his Indianapolis mistake with an emphatic home victory at Misano. His Fiat Yamaha team-mate Jorge Lorenzo finished a strong second, making this the fifth one-two finish for the team this season.

rossi-at-misano

After the boiling heat of the last two days the temperature today was brought right down by a strong wind, which meant track conditions were quite different to how they had been so far. Rossi, starting from pole, dropped to third at the start whilst Lorenzo narrowly escaped a pile up, which claimed three other riders. The Spaniard then got in front of the Italian for a few laps as Dani Pedrosa and Toni Elias battled it out for the lead, but on lap five all changed as Rossi moved into second, passing both his team-mate and Elias, and Lorenzo despatched Elias a few corners later to take third.

Rossi was flying by now and took the lead next time around, gradually opening out a gap as Lorenzo struggled to get by Pedrosa. It took the gutsy 22-year-old six laps to overtake his compatriot and by the time he was through Rossi was two seconds clear and Lorenzo had to settle for second and his tenth podium of the season. Rossi, who lives just 10 km from the track, eventually crossed the line 2.416 seconds ahead, taking his eleventh career win on Italian soil and his sixth of the season to a rapturous welcome from his passionate fans.

roosi-and-lorenzo-at-misano

The gap from Rossi to Lorenzo is now 30 points, whilst Yamaha lead both the Teams and Manufacturers standings by large margins. There is now a four-week break to the next round, at Estoril in Portugal, with four races remaining in total.

MotoGP 2009 Misano Results
1. Valentino Rossi (ITA) Fiat Yamaha Team 44’32.882
2. Jorge Lorenzo (SPA) Fiat Yamaha Team + 2.416
3. Dani Pedrosa (SPA) Repsol Honda + 12.400
4. Andrea Dovizioso (ITA) Repsol Honda + 26.330
5. Loris Capirossi (ITA) Rizla Suzuki MotoGP + 26.539
6. Toni Elias (SPA) San Carlo Honda Gresini + 28.
7. Mika Kallio (FIN) Ducati Marlboro Team + 30.184
8. Marco Melandri (ITA) Hayate Racing Team + 31.757
9. Chris Vermeulen (AUS) Rizla Suzuki MotoGP + 31.909
10. James Toseland (GBR) Monster Yamaha Tech 3 + 38.347
11. Alex Espagaro (SPA) Pramac Racing + 46.673
12. Randy De Puniet (FRA) LCR Honda MotoGP + 52.041
13. Niccolo Canepa (ITA) Pramac Racing + 1’03.198
14. Gabor Talmacsi (HUN) Scot Racing Team MotoGP + 1’22.347
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Alex De Angelis (RSM) San Carlo Honda Gresini 28 Lap
Colin Edwards (USA) Monster Yamaha Tech 3 28 Lap
Nicky Hayden (USA) Ducati Marlboro Team 28 Lap

2009 MotoGP Championship Standings
1. Valentino Rossi (ITA) Fiat Yamaha Team 237
2. Jorge Lorenzo (SPA) Fiat Yamaha Team 207
3. Dani Pedrosa (SPA) Repsol Honda 157
4. Casey Stoner (AUS) Ducati Marlboro Team 150
5. Andrea Dovizioso (ITA) Repsol Honda 133
6. Colin Edwards (USA) Monster Yamaha Tech 3 123
7. Loris Capirossi (ITA) Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 97
8. Alex De Angelis (RSM) San Carlo Honda Gresini 88
9. Randy De Puniet (FRA) LCR Honda MotoGP 88
10. Marco Melandri (ITA) Hayate Racing Team 87
11. Chris Vermeulen (AUS) Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 84
12. Toni Elias (SPA) San Carlo Honda Gresini 80
13. James Toseland (GBR) Monster Yamaha Tech 3 78
14. Nicky Hayden (USA) Ducati Marlboro Team 73
15. Mika Kallio (FIN) Ducati Marlboro Team 51
16. Niccolo Canepa (ITA) Pramac Racing 35
17. Sete Gibernau (SPA) Grupo Francisco Hernando 12
18. Gabor Talmacsi (HUN) Scot Racing Team MotoGP 12
19. Yuki Takahashi (JPN) Scot Racing Team 9
20. Alex Espagaro (SPA) Pramac Racing 8

2 Comments

  1. Great Update!
    Really missing GP update for a sometime on ur post.
    Thanks a lot!

  2. Only missed the last race update. Won’t happen again.

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