Motorcycle Racing Recap July 18-19

July 20, 2009
Bart Madson
By Bart Madson
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Bashing away at the MotoUSA keyboard for nine years now, Madson lends his scribbling and editorial input on everything from bike reviews to industry analysis and motorcycle racing reports.

The motorcycle racing action ratcheted up July 18-19, after a relatively quiet Sunday the week prior. Topping the world motorcycle racing headlines was the Sachsenring MotoGP round, with AMA Pro Road Racing and AMA Motocross the big races here in the US. Here’s the recap of what you may have missed, and what to keep your eyes on this upcoming weekend.

Valentino Rossi - MotoGP  Sachsenring Germany
Rossi and Lorenzo continued their championship rivalry at Germany’s Sachsenring, with the Doctor once again winning.

MotoGP Sachsenring

Teammates Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo continued the Fiat Yamaha 1-2 show with an exciting race at Germany’s Sachsenring. The Doctor battled the cheeky Lorenzo right up to the end, only dropping the hammer on the young upstart in the final laps. Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa grabbed the final rostrum position from Ducati’s Casey Stoner, with San Carlo Gresini Honda’s Alex de Angelis rounding out the top 5. Rossi’s 101st career victory extends his points lead over Lorenzo to 14. 

MotoGP now jumps from Germany to the UK, with the Donington GP this upcoming weekend. Also, if you missed them, make sure to check out Motorcycle USA’s exclusive Nicky Hayden interview and Jorge Lorenzo interview.

AMA Pro Road Racing Mid-Ohio

Josh Hayes shocked the American Superbike series with a pair of victories aboard the Yamaha R1.

It’s no surprise when a rider sweeps the American Superbike races in the AMA Pro Road Racing series, at least when that rider is Mat Mladin. No one expected the dominating performance, however, of factory Yamaha’s Josh Hayes, who snared both wins in the premier series – not to mention the extra championship point for pole position. Jordan Suzuki’s Aaron Yates and the usual front-runner, Yoshimura’s Mat Mladin, took the remaining Race 1 podiums. As for the second race, it was Yamaha’s Ben Bostrom and Yoshimura Suzuki’s Tommy Hayden who took the 2-3 spots. Mladin had to settle for an extremely uncharacteristic seventh, though the six-time AMA champ still enjoys a comfortable 126-point points lead.

Buell 1125R rider Danny Eslick logged his best result of the year since the opening rounds, with a clean sweep of the Daytona SportBike series. In Race 1 Graves Yamaha riders Josh Herrin and Tommy Aquino scored podiums, with the points leading Cardenas crashing out of his second-consecutive SportBike race. In Race 2 it was Kawasaki’s Jamie Hacking and Suzuki’s Cardenas who tallied the supporting rostrum positions. Eslick’s triumph closes the points gap to Cardenas to a very manageable 10. 

AMA Pro Road Racing takes a week off before storming the Heartland Park Topeka circuit July 21 – August 2.

Chad Reed - AMA Motocross - Freestone Raceway
Chad Reed extended his points lead at Millville.

AMA Motocross Millville

Suzuki riders Chad Reed and Ryan Dungey both tallied strong performances at Round 7 of the AMA Motocross championship in Millville, Minnesota. Reed scored a 2-1 finish for the overall win, followed by Honda’s Ivan Tedesco (5-2) and fellow RM-Z450 rider Michael Byrne (3-4). Other podium finisher in the 450 class included Moto 1 winner, Yamaha’s Josh Grant, who only managed 10th in Moto 2. Davi Millsaps suffered a similar reversal of Grant’s fate, with a dismal 33rd in Moto 1 followed by a third-place finish in Moto 2. Reed holds a 37-point advantage over the second-placed Andrew Short in the 450 title hunt.

The 250 MX podium saw the exact same top 4 in each moto, with Dungey taking first, points leader Christophe Pourcel second, Honda’s Justin Barcia third and Brett Metcalfe fourth. With his 1-1 sweep, Dungey is now just three points behind Pourcel in the championship. The motocross series rolls into Washougal this upcoming weekend.

British Superbike Mallory Park

British Superbike Mallory Park Pages

The rain at Mallory Park made for some nasty red-flagged races in Round 7 of the British Superbike Championship. The first race was called after a red-flag incident that saw the leading group crash out, including Josh Brookes whose overtaking maneuver collected front-runners Chris Walker, Tommy Hill and Karl Harris. The mayhem turned into unexpected gift for the Airwaves Yamaha team, with James Ellison taking the win followed by the points-leading Leon Camier. Race 2 also came with a red flag and Airwaves Yamaha 1-2 podium, this time Camier taking the top position ahead of Ellison. Fellow Yamaha R1 rider Chris Walker rounded out the second podium. Camier holds a 75-point championship lead over his teammate, Ellison.

What’s Coming Up:

There will be plenty of racing on the docket this weekend. Back-to-back MotoGP races conclude with this week’s Grand Prix in Donington – the final time MotoGP will run the British circuit (at least in the foreseeable future, opting to run next year’s British GP at Silverstone.) World Superbike is also back in action after a lengthy month-long layover, the SBK boys running at Brno, where Ben Spies will attempt to close the 14-point title gap on Noriyuki Haga. Other Superbike action includes the prestigious Suzuka 8 Hours endurance race. In the past, GP and SBK riders have pitched in to run at Suzuka, but with both series in action the talent pool will not be quite as deep.

Motocross doesn’t let up this weekend, travelling from Millville to Washougal, Washington, for Round 8 of the championship. Chad Reed will look to extend his points lead in the premier 450 class, meanwhile fellow Suzuki rider Ryan Dungey is edging up on Kawasaki’s Cristophe Pourcel in the 250 class.

Other racing activities include NHRA Drag Racing at Sonoma and the Hagerstown AMA Flat Track races.

Stay tuned to Motorcycle USA for the latest motorcycle racing news.