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MotoGP GP Results Brno

Sunday, August 16, 2009
Rossi showing that he could give it the extra millimeter of effort in Catalunya.
He's the G.O.A.T. Valentino Rossi is the Greatest Of All Time!
Valentino Rossi once again proved he is the G.O.A.T. (Greatest Of All Time), besting his Fiat Yamaha teammate Jorge Lorenzo in a battle that ended with Lorenzo in a gravel trap with five laps to go at the Cardion ab Czech GP. Lorenzo, who up until now was a close championship contender, showed another a chink in his armor as he folded under pressure and crashed out once again – for the second meeting in a row. 

The young Spaniard had crashed out of the damp Donington GP a few weeks back when he hit a painted line under braking. This time the 22-year-old from Mallorca was pushing to stay in front of Rossi after getting a less-than-perfect start and lost the front in the left-hand Turn 3. The young Spanish star was “sorry" for his mistake...

Jorge Lorenzo tops the time charts in Fridays practice session - Brno 2009
Lorenzo: "Unfortunately for me Valentino was just as strong as he’d been all weekend and I had to push very, very hard to stay with him. Towards the end I began to close the gap and after I passed him I was doing everything to stay in front, but then I made a mistake and crashed."
“I got a bad start and had to get by some people, and then I just didn’t have the same pace that I’d had all weekend. I was slower than in the practices and it really wasn’t what I was expecting,” said Lorenzo. “Unfortunately for me Valentino was just as strong as he’d been all weekend and I had to push very, very hard to stay with him. Towards the end I began to close the gap and after I passed him I was doing everything to stay in front, but then I made a mistake and crashed. There’s nothing more I can say except that I’m so sorry to the team and to Yamaha and I will do everything I can to make it up in America.”

“Thanks to my team as we make very many changes this weekend,” said winner Rossi. “After warm-up we weren’t fast enough but we made more modify with the front tire and I know that today would be very tough because Jorge (Lorenzo) in the practice go with a fantastic rhythm. So I try and make the perfect race and when he overtake me six (laps) from the end I was ready for the battle. I was confident with the bike and I think it is possible to make a good show, but shortly after he lose the front in Turn 3. It is bad for Jorge but good for us because now we have a 50-point lead in the championship.”

Dani Pedrosa is slated to return for 2010 as a factory Honda rider - Brno 2009
Pedrosa" “In the race I was concerned with my rhythm if I could go fast. Slowly they (the lead pair) start to go away and then I was third, alone, just trying to keep the pace and arrive to the end on the podium. But then Lorenzo made a mistake and I was second. So, for this point it was good, but unfortunately we were not that fast,"
Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa inherited second spot, though over 11 seconds back at the finish.

“In the race I was concerned with my rhythm, if I could go fast,” said the diminutive Spaniard. “Slowly they (the lead pair) start to go away and then I was third, alone, just trying to keep the pace and arrive to the end on the podium. But then Lorenzo made a mistake and I was second. So, for this point it was good, but unfortunately we were not that fast, so tomorrow we have an important day of testing and we will look to find speed.”

Pedrosa’s teammate Andrea Dovizioso battled Gresini Honda’s Toni Elias for the final podium spot. Elias would get the spot and his first podium in quite a long time. And it couldn’t have come at a better time as it was just announced this weekend he would be out of a job at the Gresini Honda squad for next year. 

San Carlo Hondas Toni Elias - Brno 2009
How many other free agents have been on the podium every year they have been in MotoGP? It's crazy to think Toni Elias could be left for in the cold for 2010.
"The future is really tough for me right now,” said Elias after th race. “But all weekend we just try and focus and we did a great job, my team did a great job, and finally Jorge (Lorenzo) crash and give me a podium. I am really happy for that and for my team. It seems strange to me to be on the podium every year and to not have a bike (next year). How many riders are on the podium every year and don’t have a bike? It is just strange to me that I don’t (have a ride next year). But we will go to Indianapolis and keep pushing and see what happens.”

Fifth place was a promising finish for Rizla Suzuki ‘s Loris Capirossi, while behind him was American Nicky Hayden in sixth spot, the top finishing Ducati, another small plus in what has otherwise been an off-season for the Kentucky Kid. He just nipped fellow Statesman, Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Colin Edwards by 0.1 second, who was disappointed with seventh-place after qualifying fifth. Gresini Honda’s Alex de Angelis was eighth with Edwards’ teammate James Toseland ninth, continuing his less-than-impressive season on the Tech 3 Yamaha. Finally, rounding out the top-10 was the recently injured Randy de Puniet on the LCR Honda, who broke his ankle in a motocross training crash just one week ago.

RESULTS
1. Valentino ROSSI (Yamaha)
2. Dani PEDROSA (Honda), -11.766 seconds
3. Toni ELIAS (Honda), -20.756
4. Andrea DOVIZIOSO (Honda)
5. Loris CAPIROSSI (Suzuki)
6. Nicky HAYDEN (Ducati)
7. Colin EDWARDS (Yamaha)
8. Alex DE ANGELIS (Honda)
9. James TOSELAND (Yamaha)
10. Randy DE PUNIET (Honda)
11. Chris VERMEULEN (Suzuki)
12. Niccolo CANEPA (Ducati)
13. Gabor TALMACSI (Honda)
14. Mika KALLIO (Ducati)
15. Marco MELANDRI (Kawasaki)
16. Jorge LORENZO (Yamaha)
17. Michel FABRIZIO (Ducati)
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Rider Bios - MotoGP
Valentino Rossi Bio
The most popular rider on planet earth? His name is Valentino Rossi and he won the '08 MotoGP Championship.
Casey Stoner Bio
The 2007 MotoGP Champion and runner-up in '08, Australian Casey Stoner is a rising star in Grand Prix racing.
Nicky Hayden Bio
The fastest of the Hayden racing brothers, Nicky has left Honda to join the Ducati Marlboro MotoGP team for '09.
Chris Vermeulen Bio
Chris Vermeulen jumped from WSB in 2006 to MotoGP, but after four years, the Aussie has returned to WSB to chase his title dreams.
Colin Edwards Bio
The Texas Tornado, aka: Colin Edwards II, raced his way into MotoGP with a pair of World Superbike titles.
Loris Capirossi Bio
Loris Capirosssi is the elder statesman of the MotoGP paddock.

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Comments
Aaron -Rossi  August 25, 2009 05:55 PM
I see elements of Ben Spies' tarantula style in the GOAT's cornering pictured here.
Racer1 -Ducati ride  August 17, 2009 01:33 PM
If I were Ducati I'd be dropping Hayden in a heartbeat and snatching up Tony Elias. Elias just beat the factory Honda heads up on an inferior machine and has shown frequent flashes of brilliance. Great shot of Rossi BTW - elbow pucks anybody?
IL Bastardo -Hayden for 2010?  August 17, 2009 12:06 PM
At this point Nicky might be the only game in town for Ducati! Stoner may well be done for the season. Kallio is showing some real immaturity by blaming Melandri for his race crash and also racking up quite a repair bill for the Ducati guys to rebuild the bikes he wrecked this weekend! So Ducati may just go shopping for some top level talent for 2010. But who is available and willing to ride this beast aside from the young guys with big stones and not much to lose. Until they figure out how to broaden the sweet spot (setup-wise)on the thing it will be tough to move development forward!
KT -Hayden  August 17, 2009 07:30 AM
I don't think Hayden has forgotten how to ride, he just isn't as confident on the duc as he was on the Honda. I think it would be a stretch to say he will be back with the ducati team next year.
Tessier -Hayden  August 17, 2009 04:57 AM
Hayden does seam to be gradually improving. Maybe just maybe he could get on the podium again.
bob -rossi  August 17, 2009 03:51 AM
could he possibly lean it over any farther, i don't think so, unbelivable!