Posts Tagged ‘MotoGP’

Indianapolis -MotoGP

Sun 29 Aug 2010

The eleventh round of eighteen was at the famous US Brickyard.

Ben Spies was in pole position ahead of Jorge Lorenzo and Nicky Hayden.  Valentino Rossi, who recently announced he would be racing for Ducati next year, was back on the third row in seventh place, next to his fellow Italian Marco Simoncelli.

Spies got away cleanly at the start, and the Repsol Honda of Andrea Dovizioso who started in 4th moved through into 2nd with his team mate Dani Pedrosa moving from 5th to 4th.   Lorenzo was eaten up and slipped back into 5th, whilst Casey Stoner, who was three places further back from his grid position in 9th, had  lots of work to do.

Spies held the lead, but on lap 6 Pedrosa displayed the Honda’s sheer power and went flying past on the start/finish straight.  On the same lap the 2007 champion Stoner, who at the time was in 6th on the tail off Rossi, lost his front end and slid off -his race was over.

With 17 laps gone Lorenzo managed to get past Pedrosa to take third.  Two laps later Dovi ran wide and Rossi was in the ideal position to take a tight inside line.  He then went after third position Jorge, but it was not to be.

So, at the finish line it was Pedrosa with his third win of the season, with Spies taking second and Lorenzo third.  Rossi took fourth, nearly 10 seconds ahead of Dovizioso who was followed by Hayden, with Simoncelli and Alvaro Bautista taking it to the line with the Italian just beating the Suzuki rider.  The next two positions went to the Spanish riders Aleix Espargaro, and Hector Barbera who took 9th and 10th respectively, with Loris Capirossi, Hiroshi Aoyama, Randy De Puniet being the last riders to cross the line.

Unclassified was Mika Kallio finishing with 10 laps to go, Colin Edwards 2 laps before.  Casey Stoner went off back on lap 6, and Marco Melandri just 3 laps in.

In the riders championship it’s Lorenzo with 251 points, Pedrosa with 183, Dovizioso moves up a place with 126 points and Stoner with 119.  Rossi is hanging in with 114 and Spies with just a one point lead over Hayden, who has 109.

Silverstone -MotoGP

Sat 19 Jun 2010

Jorge Lorenzo was on fine form at Silverstone for the British MotoGP, as it was his turn to dominate all the way from pole position to crossing the line.

Other than last years winner Honda’s Andrea Dovizioso, who he swapped positions with on the first lap, no one else ever looked like challenging him.

Marco Melandri crashed out on the opening lap, but his Honda Gresini team-mate Marco Simoncelli had better fortunes as he climbed through the pack. The main battles of the race were between Dovizioso and Randy De Puniet fighting for second place, with American Nicky Hayden on their tails. Back in eighth Casey Stoner was lapping at similar pace to the Jorge, but it wasn’t until lap 13 he managed to get past Dani Pedrosa.

Yamaha Tech 3 rider Ben Spies put in a great performance and joined the battle for the remaining podium places, and with just three laps left Hayden and Spies both managed to pass De Puniet, and it wasn’t long before Stoner also did. On the final lap Spies squeezed past Hayden, and gained the final step of the podium for himself.

No magical mystery tour here, as he knew exactly where he was going – the top step of the podium !

Dovizioso’s second place was his best result of the season, breaking his duck on four third places. Ducati riders Hayden and Stoner took fourth and fifth, with Frenchman de Puniet taking sixth. Simoncelli who is in his first MotoGP season had his best result so far, to take seventh. In eight was Pedrosa, who had a horrible weekend after falls in both Saturday qualifying and Sunday practice, sustaining bruising to his knees. The final two positions, in the top ten, went to Colin Edwards and Aleix Espargaró.

The Spaniard Lorenzo, who celebrated his win dressed as a Beatle from ‘Sergeant Peppers Lonely Heart Band’, is now surely the favourite to take the tile. He has 115 points over Dovizioso’s 78 and Pedrosa’s 73, and his team-mate Valentino Rossi, who broke his leg in practice for the Italian Grand Prix a couple of weeks back, looks to be out for the foreseeable future.

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

Le Mans overview -MotoGP

Sun 23 May 2010

It’s been a long wait since the last race, after Mexico was cancelled due to the disruption caused by the ash cloud. We were all looking forward to seeing the return of MotoGP at the Circuit of Le Mans.

Valentino Rossi led at the start with Stoner in chase, but on just the second lap Casey pushed it too far, and left the circuit in dramatic fashion. He was up okay, but did not get back onto the damaged bike or the track.

By lap 7 Jorge Lorenzo was starting to seriously challenge Rossi and they both battled position for a few laps, before Jorge finally made it stick on lap 10, and once past Rossi he managed to stretch his lead to a clear six seconds.

For the middle part of the race the majority of the field held positions, with very few passes and nothing exciting worthy of a mention, until near the end.

Popcorn for Lorenzo at Le Mans

Popcorn for Lorenzo at Le Mans

Dovizioso took Pedrosa on the last lap, and even though they were slowly gaining ground on Rossi, they were too busy fighting their own battles to ever seriously put any pressure on him.

Hanging on close behind, watching, was Haydon who then took Pedrosa for fourth, moving Dani into fifth position by the line.

So it was the Yamaha’s of Lornezo and Rossi from Dovizioso, with Hayden and Pedrosa coming in close behind. Melandri and De Puniet were too far behind to be a challenge, but took points for sixth and seventh.

This time Jorge celebrated his win by sitting in front of a giant viewing screen, with a bag of popcorn, to watch the replay of his win.

Jerez -MotoGP

Sun 2 May 2010

A thrilling race and lots of action in Jerez.

Dani Pedrosa started in pole and managed to stay out in front for the whole race… well almost.

Rossi who was back in fourth had a good start moving up to second, and stayed with Dani for some time, however as he slipped slowely backwards Lorenzo hunted him down and took him with just six laptops to go.  He then had Pedrosa in his sites, and after lots of pressure took him on the last lap.

Rossi, who earlier in the week had damaged his shoulder in a motocross fall, came in just behind holding onto third, with the Ducati’s of Nicky Hayden and Stoner taking fourth and fifth, some eight seconds behind.

Lorenzo takes a swim to enjoy his win

Lorenzo takes a swim to enjoy his win

Jorge celebrated his great win and his birthday, by jumping into a lake still in his leathers.  I think he was happy !

So Jorge now heads the riders championship with 45 points, followed by Rossi with 41, Pedrosa 29, and Dovizioso and Hayden both on 26.

Qatar overview -MotoGP/Moto2

Sun 11 Apr 2010

It’s the start of the track bike season, and some fantastic racing in Qatar.

The new Moto2 formula looks like it could shape up to be something exciting. Lots of close racing, late corner overtaking, and the inevitable crashes and falls. Two of the expected front runners Stefan Bradek and Alex de Angelis spectacularly crashed out on just the third corner of the race, R De Rosa a little later and Takahashi was running in third when he fell.

Toni Elias put up a brave fight throughout the race, but just couldn’t hang on for a podium finish, as his tires looked to be suffering. So it was left to surprise newcomer, Japanese rider Tomizawa who took the lead from about halfway, to take an easy win, with Debon and Cluzel taking the next two steps on the podium.

Hopefully the first MotoGP race was also a sign of things to come.  Casey Stoner took a good early lead but crashed out on lap five. Valentino Rossi took over and fought with Andrea Dovizioso and Nicky Hayden for most of the race, but near the end managed to take a small lead. Lorenzo who had been hiding in fourth, on the last few laps took a rush for one of the top positions, and came in an exciting second. Dovizioso, who at one point even managed to take the lead from Rossi, in the end had to battle his way to the line, crossing just eleven thousands of a second in-front of an unlucky Nicky Hayden.

So it was a Yamaha 1 and 2 with Rossi, Lornezo and then Dovizioso for Honda on the podium. The best Rookie was Ben Spies who came in an excellent fifth, with possible title challengers De Puniet and Pedrosa taking sixth and seventh. Rossi’s close friend, Marco Simoncelli in his first MotoGP race, took a respectable 11th.

An excellent start to the season !