Motor Sports

2009 MotoGP Sachsenring (Germany)

For the second time this season, Fiat Yamaha riders Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo were embroiled in a thrilling head to head battle to the flag at the German Grand Prix in Sachsenring today. As at Catalunya earlier this season, it was the eight-time World Champion Rossi who emerged the winner, but his young team-mate pushed him every step of the way and finished just 0.099 seconds behind, an almost identical gap to that of Catalunya. Rossi’s 101st win means he equals Agositini’s all-time podium record of 159 in all classes.

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Rossi got a brilliant start from pole, in contrast to Lorenzo beside him who slipped several places to sixth at the first split. The 22-year-old soon made up one place however and then Randy de Puniet crashed, elevating him to fourth at the end of the first lap. Lorenzo had a brief exchange with Andrea Dovizioso but soon dispensed with him and it was then Rossi leading from Casey Stoner, Dani Pedrosa and Lorenzo – the four main championship protagonists within three-quarters of a second.

On lap seven Rossi relinquished his lead to Stoner and it remained that way for the next ten laps, although the gap from the Australian to Lorenzo in third was almost nothing. On lap 18 the Italian pulled off a brilliant pass on the brakes at the bottom of the hill into the penultimate turn to retake the lead and his team-mate followed him through, passing Stoner on the finish straight to leave the Yamaha pair lying first and second. They quickly began to eke out a gap from their pursuers and with less than two tenths between them it was clear that they were heading towards another tense finale. Lorenzo made his move at the start of lap 26, passing his team-mate into turn one and hanging onto the lead until the second to last lap, when Rossi overtook him in the same place in what proved to be the decisive pass. A brave attempt from Lorenzo to go around the outside of Rossi at the start of the final lap fell short and a perfect final lap from the 30-year-old sealed his fourth win of the season, leaving Lorenzo to content himself with his eighth podium this year and Pedrosa to cross the line nearly three seconds further back in third.

Rossi’s win means he stretches his lead over Lorenzo in second to 14 points, with eight rounds remaining. The Spaniard in turn lies14 points ahead of Stoner as the paddock moves straight on to the UK for the British Grand Prix at Donington Park.

MotoGP 2009 Sachsenring Results
1. Valentino Rossi (ITA) Fiat Yamaha Team 41’21.769
2. Jorge Lorenzo (SPA) Fiat Yamaha Team + 00.099
3. Dani Pedrosa (SPA) Repsol Honda + 2.899
4. Casey Stoner (AUS) Ducati Marlboro Team + 10.226
5. Alex De Angelis (RSM) San Carlo Honda Gresini + 21.522
6. Toni Elias (SPA) San Carlo Honda Gresini + 30.852
7. Marco Melandri (ITA) Hayate Racing Team + 31.301
8. Nicky Hayden (USA) Ducati Marlboro Team + 31.726
9. Colin Edwards (USA) Monster Yamaha Tech 3 + 32.865
10. James Toseland (GBR) Monster Yamaha Tech 3 + 43.926
11. Loris Capirossi (ITA) Rizla Suzuki MotoGP + 57.375
12. Niccolo Canepa (ITA) Pramac Racing + 1’00.539
13. Mika Kallio (FIN) Pramac Racing + 1’04.155
14. Gabor Talmacsi (HUN) Scot Racing Team MotoGP 1 Lap
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Andrea Dovizioso (ITA) Repsol Honda 5 Lap
Randy De Puniet (FRA) LCR Honda MotoGP 30 Lap

2009 MotoGP Championship Standings
1. Valentino Rossi (ITA) Fiat Yamaha Team 176
2. Jorge Lorenzo (SPA) Fiat Yamaha Team 162
3. Casey Stoner (AUS) Ducati Marlboro Team 135
4. Dani Pedrosa (SPA) Repsol Honda 108
5. Colin Edwards (USA) Monster Yamaha Tech 3 83
6. Andrea Dovizioso (ITA) Repsol Honda 69
7. Marco Melandri (ITA) Hayate Racing Team 69
8. Chris Vermeulen (AUS) Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 64
9. Loris Capirossi (ITA) Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 60
10. Randy De Puniet (FRA) LCR Honda MotoGP 58
11. Nicky Hayden (USA) Ducati Marlboro Team 57
12. Toni Elias (SPA) San Carlo Honda Gresini 51
13. Alex De Angelis (RSM) San Carlo Honda Gresini 45
14. James Toseland (GBR) Monster Yamaha Tech 3 44
15. Mika Kallio (FIN) Pramac Racing 28
16. Niccolo Canepa (ITA) Pramac Racing 20
17. Sete Gibernau (SPA) Grupo Francisco Hernando 12
18. Yuki Takahashi (JPN) Scot Racing Team 8
19. Gabor Talmacsi (HUN) Scot Racing Team MotoGP 1

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