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2009 MotoGP Motegi (Japan)

After it looked as if the Grand Prix of Japan would be a complete washout, the sun broke through the dark clouds and streamed onto the Motegi circuit. With qualifying having been cancelled yesterday due to the heavy rain, riders started the race according to their times from Friday’s free practice. Following a stunning race, Jorge Lorenzo took the glory of standing on the top step of the podium, after coming through a brilliant scrap with his team-mate Valentino Rossi, who finished a close second.

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Starting from third on the grid Lorenzo briefly lost a position on the first lap, but was soon back up to his starting spot as they crossed the line for the first time. With a superior pace to his compatriot Pedrosa it seemed as though the Mallorcan was being held up, and sure enough on lap three the Spaniard edged into second place.

Once there he had the unenviable task of closing a two-second gap to his team-mate Rossi, but gradually edged nearer his colleague. The two enjoyed a good head-to-head fight, swapping positions at the V-corner before Lorenzo finally found a way past Rossi. From that point there was no looking back, and as Rossi was entangled in the battle with Pedrosa behind, Lorenzo sealed a glorious second victory in MotoGP.

Leading from the first corner, Rossi had opened up the gap on the Spaniards in the early stages, but once Lorenzo had found a way past, it was Pedrosa who caused the champion most problems. With Pedrosa attacking on several occasions, the Italian was forced to keep his wits about him, but always seemed to have enough edge to keep ahead. The killer move come heading into the tunnel at turn five, and the race was decided as Rossi pulled away from Pedrosa in the latter stages.

With Lorenzo leading the championship on 40 points, one ahead of Rossi, the MotoGP World Championship moves on to his home race at Jerez in just a week’s time.

2009 MotoGP Motegi Results
1. Jorge Lorenzo (SPA) Fiat Yamaha Team 43’47.238
2. Valentino Rossi (ITA) Fiat Yamaha Team + 1.304
3. Dani Pedrosa (SPA) Repsol Honda + 3.763
4. Casey Stoner (AUS) Ducati Marlboro Team + 5.691
5. Andrea Dovizioso (ITA) Repsol Honda + 9.207
6. Marco Melandri (ITA) Hayate Racing Team + 30.555
7. Loris Capirossi (ITA) Rizla Suzuki MotoGP + 32.756
8. Mika Kallio (FIN) Pramac Racing + 39.416
9. James Toseland (GBR) Monster Yamaha Tech 3 + 43.106
10. Chris Vermeulen (AUS) Rizla Suzuki MotoGP + 43.245
11. Randy De Puniet (FRA) LCR Honda MotoGP + 44.834
12. Colin Edwards (USA) Monster Yamaha Tech 3 + 46.540
13. Alex De Angelis (RSM) San Carlo Honda Gresini + 53.525
14. Niccolo Canepa (ITA) Pramac Racing + 1’21.804
15. Toni Elias (SPA) San Carlo Honda Gresini + 1’38.443

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Sete Gibernau (SPA) Grupo Francisco Hernando 7 Lap
Nicky Hayden (USA) Ducati Marlboro Team 24 Lap
Yuki Takahashi (JPN) Scot Racing Team 24 Lap

2009 MotoGP Championship Standings
1. Jorge Lorenzo (SPA) Fiat Yamaha Team 41
2. Valentino Rossi (ITA) Fiat Yamaha Team 40
3. Casey Stoner (AUS) Ducati Marlboro Team 38
4. Andrea Dovizioso (ITA) Repsol Honda 22
5. Dani Pedrosa (SPA) Repsol Honda 21
6. Colin Edwards (USA) Monster Yamaha Tech 3 17
7. Mika Kallio (FIN) Pramac Racing 16
8. Chris Vermeulen (AUS) Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 15
9. Alex De Angelis (RSM) San Carlo Honda Gresini 13
10. Marco Melandri (ITA) Hayate Racing Team 12
11. Randy De Puniet (FRA) LCR Honda MotoGP 11
12. Loris Capirossi (ITA) Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 9
13. Toni Elias (SPA) San Carlo Honda Gresini 8
14. James Toseland (GBR) Monster Yamaha Tech 3 7
15. Nicky Hayden (USA) Ducati Marlboro Team 4
16. Sete Gibernau (SPA) Grupo Francisco Hernando 3
17. Niccolo Canepa (ITA) Pramac Racing 2
18. Yuki Takahashi (JPN) Scot Racing Team 1

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