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2009 MotoGP - Valencia Photo Gallery

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

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The Sterilgarda Yamaha M1, prepped for Ben Spies' 2009 Valencia GP debut.
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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.
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Nicky Hayden in the Ducati Marlboro pit box at Valencia.
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During his MotoGP career, Casey Stoner has missed the podium only once out of four visits at Valencia.
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Ducati Marlboro's Casey Stoner during free practice at Valencia.
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Alex De Angelis is chasing his second podium finish for 2009 at Valencia.
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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.
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For the 2009 season, Andrea Dovizioso has one podium finish. The Italian won the British Gran Prix round after starting in fifth.
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Andrea Dovizioso - Valencia MotoGP
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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
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Jorge Lorenzo will be fighting for second in the championship at the finale in Valencia.
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Rizla Suzuki's Loris Capirossi struggled with set-up during Friday's free practice at Valencia.
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Sterilgarda Yamaha and Ben Spies are sporting special one-off livery for the special round at Valencia.
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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.
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'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.
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'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
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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.
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Qualifying in second is Fiat Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo. This marks the 16th time the Mallorcan has been on the front row this season.
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'I'm happy to have ended the season on the front row, where I have been for all but one race!' stated Jorge Lorenzo.
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Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa is hoping for a second win for the 2009 season while on home soil at Valencia.
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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.'
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Mika Kallio has been honored with the 2009 Rookie of the Year Award aboard the Pramac Racing Ducati.
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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.
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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.
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2009 World Superbike Champ Ben Spies qualified for ninth-place for Sunday's MotoGP finale.
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This weekend in Valencia is the fourth MotoGP for the 2009 World Superbike Champion Ben Spies.
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'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.
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Fastest in both free practice sessions and qualifying is Ducati Marlboro's Casey Stoner.
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Ducati Marlboro's Casey Stoner has won the past three consecutive rounds of MotoGP after recovering from his illness.
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The 24 year-old Casey Stoner celebrated his second win and birthday last month at Sepang on the Ducati.
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'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.
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Rizla Suzuki's Loris Capirossi was the highest placed Suzuki at Valencia in 14th.
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Rizla Suzuki's Chris Vermeulen finished the 2009 MotoGP season in 12th place in the championship race.
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Chris Vermeulen on the MotoGP grid for Rizla Suzuki one last time at Valencia.
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Ducati Marlboro's Nicky Hayden finished the final MotoGP race of 2009 in fifth-place but outside the top-ten in the championship fight.
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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.
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The Kentucky Kid captured his third fifth-place finish for the 2009 season at Valencia.
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Fiat Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo finished a mere 0.283 seconds behind teammate Valentino Rossi.
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Jorge Lorenzo did his part to win second in the championship and Yamaha's triple crown award.
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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.
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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.
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Alex De Angelis had his best finish of the 2009 MotoGP season at Indy where he finished the race in second-place.
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Randy De Puniet took 11th in the 2009 championship standings. The Frenchman will return in 2010 aboard the LCR Honda.
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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.
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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.
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Colin Edwards (5) got around San Carlo Gresini Honda's Toni Elias (24) relegating him to sixth-place at Valencia.
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Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa (3) makes his move on fellow Honda rider Gabor Talmacsi - Valencia.
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Dani Pedrosa enjoyed a flag-to-flag victory at Valencia on the Repsol Honda RC212V.
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Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa on his flying lap after taking the win of the final round in front of his Spanish fans.
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'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.
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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.
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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.
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Rizla Suzuki - Valencia
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2009 World Superbike Champion Ben Spies is racing as a wildcard entry during the final MotoGP round at Valencia.