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Motegi: MotoGP Post Race Review

This past weekend at Japan’s very own Grand Prix at Motegi, Marlboro Ducati’s  Casey Stoner managed to pull another rabbit out of the hat by winning two races back to back! Making headway throughout the free practice rounds,  Stoner set himself up nicely after a hard earn for a solid placement in third position on the grid for race day. With the unfortunate crash by Dani Pedrosa in Friday’s free practice round, a broken collarbone ejected the threatening Spaniard out of the remaining race weekend, giving a much-needed advantage to the rest of the GP riders. 

But Sunday’s front-runners did not prove to be a nail-biting experience.  Taking the lead in the very first turn over his closest rival Repsol Honda’s Andrea Dovizioso, Stoner kept a consistent half second gap over the Italian for most of the race until the last seven laps, where he pulled ahead with a full second lead after crossing the finish line. Stoner’s second consecutive victory this past weekend, grants a 22nd placement in premier-class successes and moves him up to 8th in the all-time winners, such as the legendary Geoff Duke and Kenny Roberts Sr. 

To quote Casey: 

“With this track being so heavy on the front we were trying to make the bike a lot more stable. We had a lot of problems with the brakes and the bike doing wheelies, and every time we improved that we made the rear worse so we were having a bit of a disaster weekend!” he explained. 

“We just couldn’t get any grip on the bike so we went a little closer to more traction rather than stability on the brakes, and it paid off for us. We found that time that we were missing. We tried something else but it didn’t really work in warm up this morning and we didn’t feel that comfortable. We went more or less back to what we had in qualifying with another step in another direction, a little bit of a lucky dip, but it worked!” 

“After the first couple of laps and when I saw the times I was able to do I thought we were in with a chance of winning this one, but it wasn’t without a fight, Andrea was there the whole way, pushing me, and every time I thought I had a small gap to take a breather he came back again. I had to keep pushing the whole race and it wasn’t until the last lap that I really got to relax. It was a big victory for us, especially at this circuit, and it means a lot to us.” 

 The Australian dark horse, now places 3rd in standings with 180 points. 

The surprising but deserving second place went to Repsol Honda’s Andrea Dovizioso giving a fight to the end performance against first place Casey Stoner. After a dry spell in not being able to accomplishing a podium finish in the last 8 races since Silverstone, Dovizioso welcomed the finish line results after giving it his all at the two ring circuit. Since his recent achievement, Andrea’s  spirit remains high, giving  him added encouragement for next weekends race at Sepang. 

To quote Andrea: 

“I pushed at 100% for the whole race and the lap times of Casey and me were pretty impressive and very consistent,” At the beginning, Casey was really fast when the tyres weren’t fully up to temperature and at that moment I knew it was going to be a hard fight with him. I don’t know what Casey did to up his pace today but his speed was amazing. There were two or three places on that lap where he was faster than me every time, but I saw that he was also on the limit and so I kept pushing.” 

The Italian underdog now places 4th in standings with 159 points. 

Just when it looked like it was over for the wounded and soon to be resigning Fiat Yamaha team member, Valentino Rossi not only put on a brilliant show for the fans, but obviously got his groove back by exhibiting a strong lead over the course of the weekend landing him in the front row and back on the podium once again! 

From the flash of the green flag the excitement began between Valentino Rossi and closest rival Jorge Lorenzo, going back and forth in an all out battle that could have made you believe that it was more than just about a race. Lorenzo made his move early, passing Rossi around the outside in turn 2 exiting him into 3rd place, with Rossi in 4th. Although both riders were unable to make much headway to the front-runners, Stoner and Dovizioso, they were both diligent in refusing to let the other take the third position. The second to last lap proved to be the actual nail biter of the day, when the dueling duo actually brushed fairings on more than one occasion in the vacillating back and forth fight for the third and final spot on the podium! 

With fans on the edge of their seats, Rossi ended the race by crossing the line at a mere half second in front of his teammate, claiming his well-deserved 3rd in status on the podium and Lorenzo taking an unfamiliar back seat to a 4th. 

Jorge remains 1st in standings with 297 points 

Rossi as remains in 5th in standings with 156 points 

To quote Valentino: 

“What a great race!”  Of course I would have preferred to be battling for the win but anyway it was a great feeling, a real show and I want to congratulate Jorge because he was very strong and didn’t give up!” 

“Unfortunately I lost time at the start when he passed me so Stoner and Dovizioso got away, and by the time I passed him again they were too far ahead. At the end I was tired and my tyre was sliding a lot, it was a bit softer than I would have liked, so I knew I was going to be in trouble but I wanted the podium so much. Jorge came back at me and we had a great battle, proper racing – I think everyone watching enjoyed it. 

To quote Jorge: 

“This was a big battle between Valentino and I, two warriors with the killer instinct, I have to say that at some points I do not think he was completely fair, we were both on the limit but some of his moves were maybe a bit too much and he touched me and pushed me wide when I don’t think it was right.” 

Colin Edwards made an impressive return to the top sixth spot at the Japanese circuit, putting him in a well-earned 5th position. With rain threatening to appear, the dry conditions enabled Edwards to pick up a fast pace starting from 5th on the grid, where he stayed for the first two laps. Delighting the crowd with his overtaking skills, Colin managed to stay comfortably within arms reach of the front-runners and confidently competed with Marco Simoncelli and Loris Capirossi by revising a front and rear suspension set-up. San Carlos Gresini’s rookie Marco Simoncelli placed an inspiring 6th place, next down was Rizla Suzuki’s Alvaro Bautista in 7th and Monster Yamaha’s Tech 3 Ben Spies in 8th. 

Unfortunately, Ben Spies and Ducati Team Nicky Hayden ran off the track at turn five simultaneously on the second lap, pushing them both back in order. Rizla Suzuki’s Loris Capirossi continues to struggle returning after a finger surgery by being forced to quit after his bike stalled and ran wide. 

Motegi, Sunday, October 03, 2010 

Pos. Points Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/ Time
1 25 27 Casey STONER AUS Ducati Team Ducati 160.0 43’12.266
2 20 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Repsol Honda Team Honda 159.8 +3.868
3 16 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Fiat Yamaha Team Yamaha 159.7 +5.707
4 13 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Fiat Yamaha Team Yamaha 159.6 +6.221
5 11 5 Colin EDWARDS USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 158.4 +27.092
6 10 58 Marco SIMONCELLI ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 158.2 +30.021
7 9 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki 158.1 +31.826
8 8 11 Ben SPIES USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 157.9 +35.572
9 7 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 157.1 +47.564
10 6 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN Interwetten Honda MotoGP Honda 157.0 +49.598
11 5 33 Marco MELANDRI ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 157.0 +49.999
12 4 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 156.9 +50.703
13 3 40 Hector BARBERA SPA Paginas Amarillas Aspar Ducati 156.9 +51.422
14 2 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 156.8 +52.843
15 1 36 Mika KALLIO FIN Pramac Racing Team Ducati 155.5 +1’14.668
Not Classified
    65 Loris CAPIROSSI ITA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki 158.0 3 Laps

 2010 MotoGP Championship Points:
1. Jorge Lorenzo, 297
2. Dani Pedrosa, 228
3. Casey Stoner, 180
4. Andrea Dovizioso, 159
5. Valentino Rossi, 156
6. Ben Spies, 139
7. Nicky Hayden, 129
8. Randy de Puniet, 88
9. Marco Simoncelli, 84
10. Colin Edwards, 81

Foot notes: 

Fiat Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo reached an agreement with Yamaha Motor Co. Ltd and will be signing for another two years with the factory. joining him will be former Monster Tech 3 rider Ben Spies. 

It was determined by the Repsol Honda Team that Dani Pedrosa’s crash was due to a faulty throttle cable, which lead to the demise of his race start and a trip to the hospital for surgery on a broken collarbone. It is unknown at this time if he will be attending Sepang this weekend.

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October 4, 2010 - Posted by | Alvaro Bautista, Andrea Dovizioso, Ben Spies, Casey Stoner, Colin Edwards, Dani Pedrosa, Ducati, Jorge Lorenzo, Loris Capirossi, Motegi, MotoGP, motorcycle racing, motorcycles, Valentino Rossi, Yamaha

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