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MotoGP Misano Italy Race Review

MotoGP- 1st Free Practice Round Friday September 3, 2010

Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa seems to be keeping up the pace from last weekends Indianapolis round. Today his diligence enabled him to continue control over the first practice round at Misano. With a flawless 1.34 lap time, Pedrosa was the only rider under 1.35, just skimming by teammate Andrea Dovizioso by being sixteenths of a second faster.

The home town boy, Divizioso, did his team proud as well by coming in second at 1.35, just ahead of champion leader Jorge Lorenzo.

Keeping a comfortable leading position for the season, Lorenzo is now struggling, finishing third in standing. Not something he’s used to! He is once again finding frustration in amassing confidence in the balance of his Yamaha M1. With consistent grip issues with the rear Bridgestone tyre and working out braking, corner speed, and acceleration problems, the Fiat Yamaha Team has their work cut out for them if they don’t want a repeat of last weekend.

Teammate Valentino Rossi with all his set-backs still felt quite happy after today’s practice round.  Making a few substantial improvements towards the end, Rossi was able to achieve faster lap times. This helped to elevate confidence levels, even with his exigency in wanting to feel healthier.

Team Fiat Yamaha will continue to work on the electronics and tyre settings for tomorrows Second Free Practice Round.

The Monster Yamaha Tech 3 duo, Colin Edwards and Ben Spies came in at a respectable 5th and 6th place today. Edwards managed to tuck in and draft right behind Rossi, just three tenths of second behind him, with Spies crossing the line right after.

MotoGP- 2nd Free Practice Round Saturday September 4, 2010

While the weather is a noticeably cooler 77 degrees (25C) in Misano, Dani Pedrosa  continued on with his hot streak in dominance on the track by seizing his 4th pole position for the season. After the hour long qualifying session was over, Pedrosa beat out yesterdays lap time with a 1.33, again, making him the only rider to do so and putting him at the top of the timesheet.

Pedrosa is undoubtedly putting the pressure on Jorge Lorenzo, even after a brief moment in possessing the lead. Despite taking a backseat to Pedrosa, he will still maintain his record on placing pole in the front row and feeling more relaxed about the settings on the Yamaha M1.

Another rider to place front row on the grid for tomorrow is Ducati’s Casey Stoner. Even after crashing out 20 minutes into the round at turn 4 and leading the pack, he made third in pole with a time of 1.34.

Valentino Rossi place 4th and second row on the grid, while Ben Spies will take off along side Rossi, coming in 5th and LCR Honda Randy de Puniet secured 6th in pole.

MotoGP Race Day Sunday September 5, 2010

Dani Pedrosa did not falter in his exceptional race weekend at Misano by taking his 4th win of the season and second back to back premier class victories.

Although it was a bittersweet Triumph for Pedrosa after learning of the tragic death of a 19 year old Moto2 rider by the name of Shoya Tomizawa just minutes before the race was to begin. Tomizawa has been the second fatality in the past two week span of the GP circuit calendar, with 13 year old USGPRU racer Peter Lenz passing the week before at Indianapolis. Truly a disturbing occurrence to everyone concerned.

To quote Dani:

“There are no words to say how it feels after this victory – it feels like nothing. It’s so sad, terrible, and these things should never happen. As a person I can only say that he was a very funny boy, always happy and making jokes, and as a rider he earned respect from everybody in a very short time, he was fast and brave.”

Considering the sad circumstances, Pedrosa was able to set an impeccable pace right from the start by clearing almost 1.5 seconds off Lorenzo. It was clear early on there would be no contest in the 28 lap race by the 3rd lap between the two adversaries.

Unfortunantly, at turn 1, Loris Capirossi and Nicky Hayden went down simultaneously together. Both unhurt, Hayden rejoined the race, but Capirossi had to take a disappointing DNF, especially since Misano was to mark his 200th premier class start.

The real battle was between Rossi and Stoner, both rallying for the third position. Going back and forth a few times, Rossi, giving his numerous yellow clad fans in the stands a thrill,  he dove for the 3rd spot with Dovizioso also passing Stoner shortly after.

Jorge Lorenzo now stands 63 points over Dani Pedrosa with Valentino Rossi coming into his seemly comfortable 4th position, nine points behind Andrea Dovizioso.

Misano Adriatico, Sunday, September 05, 2010 final

Pos. Points Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time/Gap
1 25 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 160.0 44’22.059
2 20 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Fiat Yamaha Team Yamaha 159.9 +1.900
3 16 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Fiat Yamaha Team Yamaha 159.8 +3.183
4 13 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Repsol Honda Team Honda 159.6 +6.454
5 11 27 Casey STONER AUS Ducati Team Ducati 158.9 +18.479
6 10 11 Ben SPIES USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 158.3 +28.385
7 9 5 Colin EDWARDS USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 157.9 +34.934
8 8 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki 157.8 +38.157
9 7 40 Hector BARBERA SPA Paginas Amarillas Aspar Ducati 157.6 +40.943
10 6 33 Marco MELANDRI ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 157.5 +42.377
11 5 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 157.3 +45.906
12 4 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN Interwetten Honda MotoGP Honda 157.3 +46.394
13 3 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 157.0 +50.481
14 2 58 Marco SIMONCELLI ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 155.2 +1’23.143
Not Classified
    36 Mika KALLIO FIN Pramac Racing Team Ducati 155.3 11 Laps
    69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 122.9 25 Laps
    65 Loris CAPIROSSI ITA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki   0 Lap

 

Footnotes:

Marco Melandri announced that he will be leaving team San Carlos Honda Grisini, his last race with the team will end at Valencia.

To quote Marco:

“It was a difficult decision because this is the best team I have worked with in my career. But I felt that I needed a new challenge and the genuine opportunity to be back fighting for wins and podiums led me to make this choice. It will be a big change for me but I would like to thank Fausto and everybody else at Team San Carlo Honda Gresini for the opportunity they gave me this season.”

 

British World Superbike racer Cal Crutchlow will be expanding his horizons with Yamaha by extending his relationship with MotoGP and moving up to Team Monster Yamaha Tech 3 for 2011.

To quote Cal:

“It is hard for me to explain how excited I am about the prospect of riding in MotoGP next season with the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team. Joining MotoGP is like a dream come true for me, and I want to thank Yamaha and Hervé Poncharal for giving me such a wonderful opportunity. Yamaha have been fantastic to me and without their incredible support I wouldn’t be where I am today. And I’m really looking forward to working with the Tech 3 Team.”

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September 6, 2010 - Posted by | Andrea Dovizioso, Ben Spies, Casey Stoner, Colin Edwards, Dani Pedrosa, Ducati, Indianapolis MotoGP, Jorge Lorenzo, Loris Capirossi, Moto2, MotoGP, motorcycle racing, motorcycles, Valentino Rossi, Yamaha

1 Comment »

  1. Another great read Cindi..enjoyed that especially as I never got to see the race..thanks for geting me right back up to speed. 🙂

    Comment by Jen Watson | September 6, 2010 | Reply


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