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2009 MotoGP - Valencia Photo Gallery

See photos of the 2009 MotoGP Valencia round in the 2009 Valencia MotoGP gallery.

The Sterilgarda Yamaha M1, prepped for Ben Spies' 2009 Valencia GP debut.
Ducati Marlboro's Nicky Hayden won the MotoGP title in 2006 for his third-place finish at Valencia and hopes to grace the podium again during the final round.
Nicky Hayden in the Ducati Marlboro pit box at Valencia.
During his MotoGP career, Casey Stoner has missed the podium only once out of four visits at Valencia.
Ducati Marlboro's Casey Stoner during free practice at Valencia.
Alex De Angelis is chasing his second podium finish for 2009 at Valencia.
Randy De Puniet is one of four riders who have competed in all 52 races since the 800cc regulation was introduced at the start of the 2007 season.
For the 2009 season, Andrea Dovizioso has one podium finish. The Italian won the British Gran Prix round after starting in fifth.
Andrea Dovizioso - Valencia MotoGP
Since the introduction of the four-stroke MotoGP formula in 2002, Honda have been the most successful manufacturer at Valencia with four victories. Toni Elias - San Carlo Gresini Honda
Jorge Lorenzo will be fighting for second in the championship at the finale in Valencia.
Rizla Suzuki's Loris Capirossi struggled with set-up during Friday's free practice at Valencia.
Sterilgarda Yamaha and Ben Spies are sporting special one-off livery for the special round at Valencia.
Gabor Talmacsi (Scot Honda) joined the MotoGP class midway through the 2009 season leaving him at a disadvantage to his rivals who have ridden the premier class motorcycles for most if not all of the season.
'I am sure if we can get things right we can be very fast here and have a good end to the season!' said Loris Capirossi about his Rizla Suzuki GSV-R.
'I’ve not been feeling too good this week, but hopefully all’s well that ends well and I can get over it quickly and be back on the pace in time for the race.' Chris Vermeulen - Rizla Suzuki
Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Colin Edwards is another rider who has competed in all 52 races since the 800cc regulation was introduced at the start of 2007.
Qualifying in second is Fiat Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo. This marks the 16th time the Mallorcan has been on the front row this season.
'I'm happy to have ended the season on the front row, where I have been for all but one race!' stated Jorge Lorenzo.
Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa is hoping for a second win for the 2009 season while on home soil at Valencia.
Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa said, 'We will push for the win because I think the race is not decided. Sure Stoner is in good shape but we will try to do our best and hopefully we can have a great race.'
Mika Kallio has been honored with the 2009 Rookie of the Year Award aboard the Pramac Racing Ducati.
Fiat Yamaha's Valentino Rossi will add more horsepower to his stable as he was the winner of a brand new BMW M3 for being the best qualifier of the 2009 season.
Already crowned the MotoGP Champ of 2009, Valentino Rossi struggled during qualifying for the perfect set-up and will start Sunday's race from Row 2.
2009 World Superbike Champ Ben Spies qualified for ninth-place for Sunday's MotoGP finale.
This weekend in Valencia is the fourth MotoGP for the 2009 World Superbike Champion Ben Spies.
'I know who I am riding against and they are the world's best riders, who have been on these bikes for a long time. So I can understand not being higher up the grid, and the riders around me are fast guys!' said Sterilgarda Yamaha's Ben Spies of his ninth-place grid position.
Fastest in both free practice sessions and qualifying is Ducati Marlboro's Casey Stoner.
Ducati Marlboro's Casey Stoner has won the past three consecutive rounds of MotoGP after recovering from his illness.
The 24 year-old Casey Stoner celebrated his second win and birthday last month at Sepang on the Ducati.
'I also want to say I feel sorry for Chris that he had to finish with this result. I have worked with him for two seasons and he is a great team-mate and we have a good friendship,' said Loris Capirossi on his teammate's departure for World Superbike next year.
Rizla Suzuki's Loris Capirossi was the highest placed Suzuki at Valencia in 14th.
Rizla Suzuki's Chris Vermeulen finished the 2009 MotoGP season in 12th place in the championship race.
Chris Vermeulen on the MotoGP grid for Rizla Suzuki one last time at Valencia.
Ducati Marlboro's Nicky Hayden finished the final MotoGP race of 2009 in fifth-place but outside the top-ten in the championship fight.
During warm-up for the final round of MotoGP, Casey Stoner high-sided thereby dashing his hopes for second in the championship when he couldn't return to the race.
The Kentucky Kid captured his third fifth-place finish for the 2009 season at Valencia.
Fiat Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo finished a mere 0.283 seconds behind teammate Valentino Rossi.
Jorge Lorenzo did his part to win second in the championship and Yamaha's triple crown award.
Valentino Rossi won his seventh premier class title at Sepang, but he continued to fight at Valencia. The Doctor finished in second behind Pedrosa at the final round.
Wildcard entry Ben Spies pushed his Sterilgarda Yamaha to take a top-ten spot at Valencia. He joins fellow Texan Colin Edwards for the 2010 MotoGP season.
Alex De Angelis had his best finish of the 2009 MotoGP season at Indy where he finished the race in second-place.
Randy De Puniet took 11th in the 2009 championship standings. The Frenchman will return in 2010 aboard the LCR Honda.
Repsol Honda's Andrea Dovizioso couldn't hold his position ahead of Ben Spies at Valencia and in doing so lost fifth in the championship to Colin Edwards.
The 2009 MotoGP season was the second for Repsol Honda's Andrea Dovizioso. During his two years in MotoGP, the Italian has two-podium finishes and 27 top-ten spots out of 35 races.
Colin Edwards (5) got around San Carlo Gresini Honda's Toni Elias (24) relegating him to sixth-place at Valencia.
Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa (3) makes his move on fellow Honda rider Gabor Talmacsi - Valencia.
Dani Pedrosa enjoyed a flag-to-flag victory at Valencia on the Repsol Honda RC212V.
Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa on his flying lap after taking the win of the final round in front of his Spanish fans.
'It's been a tough season. Third place is good, but we are far off the top-two - or even top-three sometimes - so we will analyze that and work harder for next year,' said Dani Pedrosa as he looks forward to the 2010 MotoGP season on the Repsol Honda.
Dani Pedrosa (3) is the most successful rider at the Valencia circuit with four wins; twice in the 250cc class and once each in the 125cc and MotoGP classes.
With his third place finish at Sepang, Valentino Rossi has now accumulated a points total of 4006 during his Grand Prix career – the first rider to pass the 4000-point milestone in Grand Prix racing.
Rizla Suzuki - Valencia
2009 World Superbike Champion Ben Spies is racing as a wildcard entry during the final MotoGP round at Valencia.