Mugello -MotoGP

Sun 6 Jun 2010

Rossi's broken leg means he'll probably be out for the rest of the season

The weekend started on a low, at the Italian circuit of Mugello, when Valentino Rossi broke his right leg.  He was third fastest on the Saturday morning practise, when he crashed near the end of the session.  He  lost control of his Yamaha while changing direction at turn 13 and was thrown off his bike onto the air at 110 mph.  He landed hard on his right leg and after x-ray’s showed it was a bad fracture, it looks he could be out for the rest of the season.

All at ScuderiaAuto wish him a well and a hope he has a good recovery !

Anyway, to the race itself, and the Spaniard Dani Pedrosa took the lead from the first corner, and never looked liked giving it up all the way to the finish flag.

Andrea Dovizioso and American Ben Spies both had good starts from the second row and the Italian was up to third before the end of the opening lap as the pair succeeded in challenging Stoner.  Unfortunately Marco Simoncelli experienced an off early on, as he pushed for position, but managed to stay in the race.  Honda Gresini’s Marco Melandri edged his way up to sixth having started back in fourteenth, whilst Nicky Hayden’s Ducati fell as he went through a downhill section on the same lap.

By halfway Pedrosa’s lead was up to seven seconds.  Whilst Yamaha rider Lorenzo and Honda’s Dovizioso were closely matched, further back the positions were still swapping as Melandri, Randi De Puniet and Casey Stoner battled for position.

Lorenzo took a small advantage over Dovizioso in the last part of the race, whilst on the final lap the fight for fourth came to fruition as Stoner went through on both Melandri and De Puniet.  Up front Pedrosa crossed the line first, followed four seconds later by Championship leader Lorenzo with Dovizioso following.

The rookies did well with Spies finishing seventh, Aleix Espargaró eighth and Simoncelli recovering from his earlier off taking ninth.

Lorenzo now has 90 points at the top of the Championship, with Pedrosa second on 65, Rossi is in third on 61, with Dovizioso on 58

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