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2009 MotoGP Season Photo Gallery

Check out the hottest pics from the world's premier motorcycle road racing league here in the MotorcycleUSA 2009 MotoGP photo gallery.

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Kawasaki Racing's John Hopkins - Valencia Test
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Red Bull Rookie riders, Hirua, Fagerhaug and Gagne with Valentino Rossi.
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Red Bull Rookies Cup riders, Gillim and Solis
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Fiat Yamaha - Jorge Lorenzo
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Kawasaki Racing's Marco Melandri - Valencia Test
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Despite bright sunshine in the south of Spain, Hayden was still able to rack up 69 laps, improving his feeling with the bike on each outing and ending the day as the 10th fastest rider on track.
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Team-mate Casey Stoner watching from pit wall.
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With this being the final test for the team until February, these two days are especially important as they continue to develop the 2009-spec M1.
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Lorenzo made the most of the limited time on the track to finish third fastest.
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Niccolò Canepa, after finishing 50 laps, preferred to conclude his day of work around 4.30pm because of the cold breeze and the lower track temperature.
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Mika Kallio accomplishing a total of 64 laps during his test of the Ducati Desmosedici GP9.
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Chris Vermeulen turns laps at Phillip Island in the last test of 2008 before the winter break.
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Andrea Dovizioso tried the 2009 prototype RC212V and was impressed by the bike’s overall performance.
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Pedrosa worked methodically as ever, devoting the first day to trying different engine settings and the second day to working with chassis set-up.
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Niccolò has worked hard on the set up of the bike, concluding just over half a second from his teammate.
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Mika made it to finish with only just a tenth of a second over the third position occupied by Jorge Lorenzo and this underline the good feeling found with the Ducati Desmosedici GP9.
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Hayden worked calmly and methodically despite the limited time available as he continued to get comfortable with the Ducati and Bridgestone tyres.
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Nicky Hayden fifth fastest at the end of a day that saw a particularly late start to the action on track.
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Pramac Racing lost Alice as a sponsor, so it will only be able to support one rider in 2009.
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Claudio Domenicali CEO of Ducati Corse and General Director of Ducati Products talks about the Desmosedici GP9.
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Casey Stoner and Nicky Hayden at Wrooom. Nicky Hayden making his Debut in Ducati Marlboro Team colors.
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Casey Stoner and Nicky Hayden with the Ducati Desmosedici GP9.
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Ducati Desmosedici GP9.
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Nicky Hayden with the Ducati Desmosedici GP9.
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Casey Stoner and Nicky Hayden today unveiled the new livery of the Desmosedici GP9. The bike contrasted perfectly with the snowy backdrop of the Malga Zeledria plane.
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2009 Fiat Yamaha Team - Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi
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Jorge Lorenzo - Sepang Test
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Valentino Rossi - Sepang Test
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Jorge Lorenzo - Sepang Test
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Valentino Rossi - Sepang Test
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Jorge Lorenzo - Sepang Test
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Valentino Rossi YZR-M1 - Sepang Test
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Valentino Rossi YZR-M1 - Sepang Test
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Casey Stoner - Sepang Test
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Nicky Hayden - Sepang Test
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Mika Kallio - Sepang Test
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Casey Stoner - Sepang Test
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Nicky Hayden - Sepang Test
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Niccolò Canepa - Sepang Test
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Valentino Rossi - Sepang Test
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Casey Stoner - Sepang Test
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Nicky Hayden - Sepang Test
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Jorge Lorenzo under the lights at pre-season Qatar test.
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Nicky Hayden tests at Qatar.
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Rossi rolls at Qatar during preseason testing.
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Casey Stoner watches it rain at Losail.
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Valentino Rossi - Qatar Test
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Valentino Rossi - Qatar Test
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Jorge Lorenzo - Qatar Test
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Niccolo Canepa - Qatar Test
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Casey Stoner - Qatar Test
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Nicky Hayden - Qatar Test
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Valentino Rossi - Qatar Test
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Mika Kallio - Qatar Test
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Nicky Hayden - Qatar Test
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Casey Stoner - Qatar Test
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Valentino Rossi - Qatar Test
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San Carlo Gresini Honda
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Jerez Test - Colin Edwards
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Jerez Test - Sete Gibernau
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Jerez Test - Casey Stoner
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Jerez Test - Mika Kallio
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Jerez Test - Jorge Lorenzo
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Jerez Test - Randy De Puniet
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Jerez Test - Valentino Rossi
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Jerez Test - Monster Tech 3 Yamaha Team
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Jerez Test - LCR got a new sponsor...
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Jerez Test - Nicky Hayden
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Jerez Test - James Toseland
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Jerez Test - James Toseland
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Jerez Test - Rossi and Lorenzo
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Jerez Test - Stoner won the BMW M-Award in a special timed qualifying session.
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Jerez Test - Rossi looks ready for '09
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Jerez Test - Lorenzo's new windscreen sticker.
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Jerez Test - Stoner won a BMW 135i coupe for setting the fastest time of the special session.
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Jerez Test - Nicky Hayden
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Jerez Test - Nicky Hayden
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Mika Kallio - Jerez Test
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Niccolo Canepa - Jerez MotoGP Testing
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Jorge Lorenzo - Jerez MotoGP Testing
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Valentino Rossi - Jerez MotoGP Testing
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Colin Edwards - Jerez MotoGP Testing
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James Toseland - Jerez MotoGP Testing
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Andrea Dovizioso - Jerez MotoGP Testing
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Chris Vermeulen - Jerez MotoGP Testing
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Loris Capirossi - Jerez MotoGP Testing
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Capirossi held the fastest time for a Suzuki with the sixth fastest time overall. - MotoGP - Losail
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'Today everything went quite well. I made it to be really constant and this gives me a lot of trust for Sunday's race.' - MotoGP - Losail
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Valentino Rossi comes in for a pass around Chris Vermeulen - MotoGP - Losail
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Rain in Qatar? It delayed the season opening race until Monday. MotoGP - Losail
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Casey Stoner sprung off the front of the grid to take the early lead. MotoGP - Losail
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Stoner out front. That's three in a row for the Aussie at the Qatar venue. MotoGP - Losail
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British rider James Toseland shadowed Randy de Puniet and Mika Kallio in the early stages, but just as he closed in for an attack, he ran off into the gravel trap at the final corner on lap seven after a tangle with Toni Elias. He would finish in 16th. MotoGP - Losail
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Hayden had a rough start to his Ducati career, with a sickening highside in qualifying and running into the gravel trap on Monday. MotoGP - Losail
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Rossi being .... well, Rossi! MotoGP - Losail
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3rd-placed Lorenzo - proving he was the best of the rest in the desert. MotoGP - Losail
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'The middle part of the race was great fun and I made six or seven good laps to come much closer, but I knew I wouldn’t be able to continue in that rhythm, it was too risky for the tires and I decided it was more important to take the 20 points. Valentino Rossi' - MotoGP - Losail
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Rossi celebrating after his second place finish in Qatar. He was followed in third by his Fiat Yamaha teammate Jorge Lorenzo.
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Doviziozo accompanied by the Respol Honda umbrella girl before the race in Qatar. Dovizioso managed his traction problems well to finish 5th in the race. MotoGP - Losail
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Fourth-placed Colin Edwards faired far better than his teammate James Toseland, who ran off into the gravel trap at the final corner on lap seven after a tangle with Toni Elias. MotoGP - Losail
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De Puniet playin' it cool before the race in Qatar. He finished in 10th place and said: 'I am a bit disappointed because I expected a better result after my performances in the practice sessions.' MotoGP - Losail
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Hayden spent a good portion of the weekend in the gravel. MotoGP - Losail
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Ducati's Nicky Hayden is still acclimating to a new bike with new tires and recovering from a huge highside in qualifying. MotoGP - Losail
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Marlboro Ducati's Casey Stoner ended up with the win, followed by the two Fiat Yamaha riders, Rossi and Lorenzo. MotoGP - Losail
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Stoner wins the opening round of MotoGP in Qatar with a commanding lead over returning Champion and runner-up Valentino Rossi.
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'I think that we can be back fighting again in Motegi. I am so glad we could race today after yesterday and I am satisfied to be leaving here having made a good start to the season – it is long!' Valentino Rossi - MotoGP - Losail
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Valentino Rossi practicing on Friday in the Land of the Rising Sun.
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After qualifying was canceled on Saturday due to rain, the riders returned for an extended 40 minute warm-up on Sunday. Although initially wet things cleared by the time the race kicked off. Fiat Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi assumed the pole position from his Friday results.
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Overly confident and slightly smug, Rossi's winning personality is starting to rub off on to his teammate Jorge Lorenzo, to good effect.
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What were we suppose to be doing here? . . . oh, that's right, photographing a MotoGP race.
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Yamaha has suplemented its pre-race arsenal of umbrella girls with 'prison bait girls' - sometimes you have to take risks to end up on top.
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Dani Pedrosa, 3rd: 'In the end I was near the front for the whole race, had a good battle for second, and finished on the podium so this is great. We still have to sort out some issues on the machine, but it’s a very positive result going in to the Jerez.'
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The worst opening lap belonged to Nicky Hayden, who was unceremoniously t-boned by the sole Japanese rider on the grid, Yuki Takahashi.
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Dani Pedrosa took a hard-fought third place for Respol Honda at the Twin Ring Motegi circuit, at points passing Rossi for second.
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The race was decided as Rossi pulled away from Pedrosa in the latter stages to take second after Lorenzo for the the Fiat Yamaha clean sweep. With both teammates intent on wining the championship, expect more neck-to-neck races between the Spaniard and Italian.
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Lorenzo claimed ownership of Motegi in his personal manifest destiny to conquer the MotoGP Championship.
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Tension builds between the Fiat Yamaha team as Lorenzo steals the points lead from Stoner and Rossi. There can be only one alpha male in the Championship, and Rossi will be looking to reestablish his dominance in Lorenzo's own territory in the next Grand Prix in Jerez, Spain.
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Who needs Red Bull when you can actually fly.
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The Rizla Suzuki team keeping Vermeulen's GSV-R in good form.
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Lorenzo giving the Spanish Fist Jab, get use to it.
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Jorge Lorenzo on the gas at Jerez.
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Valentino Rossi burning-out in front of the Eiffel tower on a special edition Monster Energy Yamaha YZF-R1.
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The rainy Sunday morning meant all the riders started the race on rain tires, and the Rizla Suzuki umbrella girls had thier work cut out for them keeping Vermuelen and Capirossi dry.
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Lorenzo, starting from second, slipped a place at the start but had passed both Casey Stoner and Dani Pedrosa by the end of the first lap to take the lead.
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Starting 9th on the grid Marco Melandri improved upon his incredible fifth in Spain as he claimed his first podium, powering into second behind Lorenzo. The only Kawasaki rider in the paddock now sits fifth in the points standings.
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Reigning World Champion Valentino Rossi was the first man to change to slick tyres, but his decision proved precipitous and he crashed during his out lap, with the track still damp in places.
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In the end Jorge Lorenzo was the last of the front-runners to pit, a gamble which paid off brilliantly as he was by then nearly 34 seconds clear and was able to rejoin the race in the lead on lap 13.
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The MotoGP Le Mans Podium (left to right): Marco Melandri (Kawasaki) in second, Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) with the Super Mario Jump win, and Dani Pedrosa (Honda) in thrid
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Jorge Lorenzo showed his dedication to the local Spanish football team at Catalunya.
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Lorenzo topped qualifying on Saturday in Catalunya.
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Rossi and Hayden show off in Spain.
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It was a showdown between between the two Fiat Yamaha riders at the Catalunya MotoGP.
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Rossi showing that he could give it the extra millimeter of effort in Catalunya.
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Rossi made a triumphant return to the top of the podium in Catalunya after losing his home round to Lorenzo.
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Alcaro Bautista crashing behind Hiroshi Aoyama during the 250 MotoGP in Assen.
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Valentino Rossi - 2009 MotoGP, Assen
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Valentino Rossi 100th career win - 2009 MotoGP, Assen
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Valentino Rossi - 2009 MotoGP, Assen
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Pramac Racing Team at the Assen TT entrance - 2009 MotoGP, Assen
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Rizla Girls - 2009 MotoGP, Assen
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Jorge Lorenzo - 2009 MotoGP, Assen
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Valentino Rossi with the patented leg shake, now widely adopted by most of the top rider in MotoGP - 2009 MotoGP, Assen
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Dani Pedrosa - MotoGP, Laguna Seca
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Dani Pedrosa - MotoGP, Laguna Seca
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Dani Pedrosa - MotoGP, Laguna Seca
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Alex de Angelis - MotoGP, Laguna Seca
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Chris Vermeulen - MotoGP, Laguna Seca
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2009 Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix.
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Jorge Lorenzo - MotoGP, Laguna Seca
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Jorge Lorenzo - MotoGP, Laguna Seca
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Nicky Hayden - MotoGP, Laguna Seca
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Nicky Hayden - MotoGP, Laguna Seca
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Rizla Girls - MotoGP, Laguna Seca
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Valentino Rossi - MotoGP, Laguna Seca
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Valentino Rossi - MotoGP, Laguna Seca
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Valentino Rossi - MotoGP, Laguna Seca
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Gabor Talmacsi - MotoGP, Laguna Seca
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Loris Capirossi - MotoGP, Sachsenring Germany
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Andrea Dovizioso - MotoGP, Sachsenring Germany
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Casey Stoner - MotoGP, Sachsenring Germany
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Casey Stoner - MotoGP, Sachsenring Germany
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Marco Melandri is the black sheep of the 2009 MotoGP paddock as the sole Kawasaki riders. Rumors abound that he might join Gresini Honda next year.
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Valentino Rossi - MotoGP, Sachsenring Germany
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Valentino Rossi - MotoGP, Sachsenring Germany
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Rizla Girls - MotoGP, Sachsenring Germany
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Valentino Rossi - MotoGP, Sachsenring Germany
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A contemplative Jorge Lorenzo - MotoGP, Sachsenring Germany
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Chris Vermeulen suffered a nasty highside in Friday practice as the wet track began to dry - Sachsenring 2009
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Nicky Hayden - MotoGP, Sachsenring Germany
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Aprilia 125 rider Julian Simon in action at Donington.
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Simon Corsi in action in the 125 race at Donington.
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Nicolas Terol on the gas at Brno in the 125 contest.
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Rizla Suzuki's Loris Capirossi kicking up the water at the East Midlands circuit - Donington Park 2009
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Casey Stoner turns the wet Donington Park surface during Friday's practice session.
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Rizla Suzuki Girl - British Grand Prix
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Behold, the sky opens before the great Rossi - Motogp, Donington Park
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Start of the 2009 MotoGP British Grand Prix
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With an early lead, Fiat Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo at the British Grand Prix.
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Andrea Dovizioso - MotoGP, British Grand Prix
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2009 British Grand Prix Podium - Colin Edwards, Andrea Dovizioso, Randy De Puniet
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Alex De Angelis at Brno. He finished in eighth on the San Carlo Gresini Honda.
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Mika Kallio crashed in qualifying as the factory Ducati fill-in for Casey Stoner - Brno 2009
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Michel Fabrizio - Brno MotoGP
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Dani Pedrosa is slated to return for 2010 as a factory Honda rider - Brno 2009
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Valentino Rossi takes the checkers at Brno MotoGP
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Randy de Puniet is still nursing a injury suffered in an motocross accident during summer break.
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Friday's first MotoGP Free Practice session was run under wet conditions.
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Repsol Honda's Andrea Dovizioso tips it into the corner at Indy.
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Monstrous babes at Indy MotoGP.
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Fiat Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo was second quickest today at Indianapolis
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Fiat Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo gets superman high after winning the Red Bull Indianapolis GP.
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Alex de Angelis takes out both american motoGP riders - 2009 MotoGP Misano
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Americans Nicky Hayden (69) and Colin Edwards (5) were involved in an early crash with Alex De Angelis (15) at MotoGP Misano.
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Valentino Rossi and Dani Pedrosa battle for position - 2009 MotoGP Misano
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Rossi was sporting a special donkey helmet for his home GP at Misano.
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Jorge Lorenzo, Valentino Rossi, and Dani Pedrosa celebrate - 2009 MotoGP Misano
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At the start of MotoGP Estoril, with Pedrosa out front.
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Setting his sights on the win, Jorge Lorenzo dominated the race from start to finish.
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Astronaut-for-the-day Lorenzo plants his victory flag on the Portuguese moon.
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Jorge Lorenzo made a repeat performance of his 2008 Estoril race.
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During early sessions at Phillip Island, rain fell making track conditions slick.
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Dani Pedrosa grabbed the holeshot and led Lap 1.
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Devoted fans show their support for their hometown favorite, Casey Stoner at Phillip Island.
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Valentino Rossi (46) would close the gap between him and Casey Stoner (27) before falling back to a solid second place at MotoGP Phillip Island.
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High atop of the podium at Phillip Island is Ducati Marlboro's Casey Stoner.
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Typical of the 2009 season, Dani Pedrosa took an early lead on his Repsol Honda at Sepang MotoGP.
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Heavy rains delayed the start of the MotoGP race and caused some riders to crash out during the Sepang MotoGP.
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Ducati Marlboro pilot Nicky Hayden gave pause to Jorge Lorenzo at mid-race with the two playing cat & mouse around the Sepang circuit.
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Gallina Vecchia! It means, The old chicken makes good soup, but it's no use for laying eggs. Valentino Rossi and his fans put together a trackside celebration poking fun at his age.
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Casey Stoner took the won at the Sepang circuit, but it was Valentino Rossi who collected his ninth championship title.
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Casey Stoner crosses the line almost 18 seconds ahead of Pedrosa during the rain at Sepang.
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Casey Stoner, Dani Pedrosa and Valentino Rossi on the podium at Sepang MotoGP.
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Pramac Ducati's Mika Kallio won the 2009 Rookie of the Year Award.
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2009 World Superbike Champion Ben Spies, as seen here in his special MotoGP livery, raced in the final round of MotoGP in Valencia as a wildcard entry.
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During the warm-up lap for the final round at Valencia, Ducati's Casey Stoner crashed and the Aussie wasn't able to return before the start of the race.
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Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa appeared to hesitate when Ducati's Casey Stoner didn't line up on the grid, but the Spaniard recovered and took a flag-to-flag victory at Valencia.
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San Carlo Gresini's Toni Elias ran near the front for part of the race at Valencia but eventually finished in sixth at Valencia.
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Sterilgarda Yamaha's Ben Spies came home in seventh during his wildcard ride at the final round in Valencia. Spies' placement at the checkers granted an extra point to future teammate, Colin Edwards, who ended up fifth-overall in the points standings.
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Dirty? The Rizla Suzuki babes are armed and ready.