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2009 MotoGP Valencia (Spain)

Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo finished second and third in the season-ending Grand Prix of Valencia yesterday, the ninth time the pair have shared the podium this season.

It ensured that Yamaha won the Triple Crown for the second year running after Rossi took the Riders’ title, Fiat Yamaha the Teams’ and Yamaha the Constructors’. Yesterday’s result also sealed Lorenzo the runner-up spot in the Championship in just his second year in MotoGP. Between them the Italian and the Spaniard have taken ten wins and a further seventeen podiums, Yamaha’s most successful year ever in MotoGP.

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With pole-man Casey Stoner crashing on the warm-up lap the first corner shuffle saw Dani Pedrosa take the lead followed by Toni Elias, Rossi and Lorenzo, who quickly passed Rossi to re-take third. The first few laps were a mini battle between the Yamaha team-mates as Lorenzo fought to hold off Rossi and look for a way past Elias at the same time. He passed his fellow Spaniard in the last sector of lap three and Rossi followed quickly in his footsteps, overtaking Elias on the brakes into turn one on the fourth lap. A huge slide by Lorenzo soon after however left the 22-year-old unbalanced and shaken up and Rossi went through, leaving Lorenzo to take a bit of time to find his rhythm again.

The World Champion set off after Pedrosa and for a little while looked like he was gaining but Valencia is a notoriously tricky track to make up ground on and in the end he was content to chase home the Spaniard for second place, his best result at Valencia since 2004. Lorenzo finished just three tenths off Rossi but was delighted to seal second in the championship in front of his home fans.

As well as Yamaha sealing the Triple Crown and filling the first two spots in the championship, a brilliant performance from Tech 3 rider Colin Edwards today saw him take fourth and ensure fifth place in the championship, the top non-factory rider. Yamaha wild-card Ben Spies finished a brilliant seventh in his first MotoGP race on the M1 and James Toseland finished 12th in his farewell race for the team.

2009 MotoGP World Champions

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MotoGP 2009 Valencia Results
1. Dani Pedrosa (SPA) Repsol Honda 46’47.553
2. Valentino Rossi (ITA) Fiat Yamaha Team + 2.630
3. Jorge Lorenzo (SPA) Fiat Yamaha Team + 2.913
4. Colin Edwards (USA) Monster Yamaha Tech 3 + 32.515
5. Nicky Hayden (USA) Ducati Marlboro Team + 34.585
6. Toni Elias (SPA) San Carlo Honda Gresini + 34.888
7. Ben Spies (USA) Sterilgarda Yamaha Team + 37.706
8. Andrea Dovizioso (ITA) Repsol Honda + 38.364
9. Mika Kallio (FIN) Ducati Marlboro Team + 42.491
10. Alex De Angelis (RSM) San Carlo Honda Gresini + 43.689
11. Randy De Puniet (FRA) LCR Honda MotoGP + 46.018
12. James Toseland (GBR) Monster Yamaha Tech 3 + 50.226
13. Alex Espagaro (SPA) Pramac Racing + 57.168
14. Loris Capirossi (ITA) Rizla Suzuki MotoGP + 1’06.877
15. Chris Vermeulen (AUS) Rizla Suzuki MotoGP + 1’11.701
16. Gabor Talmacsi (HUN) Scot Racing Team MotoGP + 1’14.405
17. Marco Melandri (ITA) Hayate Racing Team + 1’33.425

2009 MotoGP Championship Standings
1. Valentino Rossi (ITA) Fiat Yamaha Team 306
2. Jorge Lorenzo (SPA) Fiat Yamaha Team 261
3. Dani Pedrosa (SPA) Repsol Honda 234
4. Casey Stoner (AUS) Ducati Marlboro Team 220
5. Colin Edwards (USA) Monster Yamaha Tech 3 161
6. Andrea Dovizioso (ITA) Repsol Honda 160
7. Toni Elias (SPA) San Carlo Honda Gresini 115
8. Alex De Angelis (RSM) San Carlo Honda Gresini 111
9. Loris Capirossi (ITA) Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 110
10. Marco Melandri (ITA) Hayate Racing Team 108
11. Chris Vermeulen (AUS) Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 106
12. Randy De Puniet (FRA) LCR Honda MotoGP 106
13. Nicky Hayden (USA) Ducati Marlboro Team 104
14. James Toseland (GBR) Monster Yamaha Tech 3 92
15. Mika Kallio (FIN) Ducati Marlboro Team 71
16. Niccolo Canepa (ITA) Pramac Racing 38
17. Gabor Talmacsi (HUN) Scot Racing Team MotoGP 19
18. Alex Espagaro (SPA) Pramac Racing 16
19. Sete Gibernau (SPA) Grupo Francisco Hernando 12
20. Ben Spies (USA) Sterilgarda Yamaha Team 9
21. Yuki Takahashi (JPN) Scot Racing Team 9

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