Rarely does one finds several riders wishing another rider speedy recovery during interviews before the start of a race and even rarer still is a sight of fans from a competing team (Ducati), holding up their place cards to spell the name of a rider, which more often than not, dashes their hope of a podium finish! However this is exactly what happened at Mugello GP yesterday, as riders and spectators alike, wished Valentino Rossi a speedy recovery after he underwent operation, following a crash at Mugello during practice session.
This crash has meant that Rossi is effectively out of 2010 MotoGP Championship running, as he would be missing out on quite a few of the upcoming races due to leg injury and had to contend with watching Mugello GP on TV, like us mere mortals. In fact this was the first time Rossi has not started a race since he began his illustrious career over fourteen years ago in Malaysia at the age of 16, and currently holds the record of 230 consecutive starts!
Coming back to the race, it was quite an interesting start with almost all riders pumped for action, as if believing that with Rossi gone, they too have a shot at the championship. However it was Rossi’s teammate, Lorenzo, who initially took the lead. But soon realised that he was not able to keep yesterday’s blistering pace and quickly lost ground to fellow Spaniard as he became embroiled in a fight with Andrea Dovizioso.
Dovizioso passed Lorenzo on lap three, only to be over taken by Lorenzo three laps later, the pair then remaining locked closely together until three-quarter of the race distance, when Lorenzo managed to stretch his lead to over half a second. By then Pedrosa was several seconds ahead and went on to win the Mugello GP.
When it came time for the podium, Lorenzo wore Rossi’s yellow number 46 shirt to show his respect to his teammate and fellow rider, who until a few days ago, was locked in a fierce battle with him for the first place!
2010 Mugello MotoGP Results
1.Dani Pedrosa (SPA) Repsol Honda Team42’28.066
2.Jorge Lorenzo (SPA) Fiat Yamaha Team+ 4.014
3.Andrea Dovizioso (ITA) Repsol Honda Team+ 6.196
4.Casey Stoner (AUS) Ducati Marlboro Team+ 25.703
5.Marco Melandri (ITA) San Carlo Honda Gresini+ 25.735
6.Randy de Puniet (FRA) LCR Honda MotoGP+ 25.965
7.Ben Spies (USA) Monster Yamaha Tech 3+ 28.806
8.Aleix Espargaro (SPA) Pramac Green Team+ 40.172
9.Marco Simoncelli (ITA) San Carlo Honda Gresini+ 41.394
10.Loris Capirossi (ITA) Rizla Suzuki MotoGP+ 42.107
11.Hiroshi Aoyama (JAP) Interwetten-Honda MotoGP+ 43.095
12.Hector Barbera (SPA) Aspar Team+ 43.363
13.Colin Edwards (USA) Monster Yamaha Tech 3+ 1’14.393
14.Alvaro Bautista (SPA) Rizla Suzuki MotoGP+ 1’24.389
Mika Kallio (FIN) Pramac Green Team15 Lap
Nicky Hayden (USA) Ducati Marlboro Team18 Lap
Valentino Rossi (ITA) Fiat Yamaha Team
2010 MotoGP Championship Standings
1.Jorge Lorenzo (SPA) Fiat Yamaha Team90
2.Dani Pedrosa (SPA) Repsol Honda Team65
3.Valentino Rossi (ITA) Fiat Yamaha Team61
4.Andrea Dovizioso (ITA) Repsol Honda Team58
5.Nicky Hayden (USA) Ducati Marlboro Team39
6.Randy de Puniet (FRA) LCR Honda MotoGP36
7.Marco Melandri (ITA) San Carlo Honda Gresini32
8.Casey Stoner (AUS) Ducati Marlboro Team24
9.Marco Simoncelli (ITA) San Carlo Honda Gresini23
10.Ben Spies (USA) Monster Yamaha Tech 320
11.Colin Edwards (USA) Monster Yamaha Tech 319
12.Hector Barbera (SPA) Aspar Team19
13.Hiroshi Aoyama (JAP) Interwetten-Honda MotoGP18
14.Aleix Espargaro (SPA) Pramac Green Team16
15.Loris Capirossi (ITA) Rizla Suzuki MotoGP13
16.Mika Kallio (FIN) Pramac Green Team12
17.Alvaro Bautista (SPA) Rizla Suzuki MotoGP8