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Sepang: MotoGP Post Race Review

46 wins for the #46

This past weekend at Malaysia’s Sepang Motorcycle Grand Prix was to host not only one victory, but two! On race day Fiat Yamaha’s resilient Valentino Rossi managed a second first place podium finish, the first was in the season opener in Qatar. Next was Rossi’s nemesis and teammate, Jorge Lorenzo. Confirming his fate and realizing a dream come true by placing third on the podium; Lorenzo achieved his well deserved first premier class title, officially classifying him as the 2010 MotoGP World Champion.

Even though Jorge Lorenzo had it in the bag on who was going to take the crown for the season, it was still an exciting race. With tropical temperatures reaching into the triple digits, Lorenzo shot out of the grid with a strong first pole position, keeping to the front of the pack into turn one. Repsol Honda’s Andrea Dovizioso exhibiting great form, managed to keep a tight reign over the Spaniard for most of the sweltering 24 lap race.

With a less than favorable 6th place start on the grid, Fiat Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi lost even more ground on the opening lap by dropping into a 11th spot. But this was not to last long as the irrepressible Rossi made his way back up the line and recovered back into fourth position by the third lap. Rossi continued to produce fast laps, rapidly closing in on Dovizioso and Lorenzo and capturing the third position by the fourth lap.

By the ninth lap, Dovizioso was giving Lorenzo pressure and overtook the Spaniard, obviously playing it more safe than sorry with his clear cut MotoGP title.

Rossi also soon passed his teammate and was on to Dovizioso. The two Italians once again swapped first position, making it a rip-roaring fight to the end!

Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Ben Spies took a dignified fourth place with Rizla Suzuki’s Alvaro Bautista, taking a content fifth spot.

Marlboro Ducati’s Casey Stoner, a strong contender for a place on the podium with his last two back to back wins; suffered a big disappointment when he went down on the opening lap. This was to end his race for the day and forcing the Aussie to take a DNF.

The streak of bad luck continued on for Rizla Suzuki’s Loris Capirossi with a crash and another electrical problem over the weekend. His crash was on the first lap during the first free practice round. After an injury to his right foot, Capirossi was taken for x-rays at the local medical center, where it was determined he had a bad bruising to his heel and ankle. On race day Capirossi was forced off the track on lap 5 in 11th place after an electrical problem, also having to claim a DFN for the day. Luckily, this time, his pride was only hurt!

Capirossi’s teammate Aleix Espargaro unfortunately went down and had to take a DNF along with Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Colin Edwards, after experiencing difficulty with his bike.

For Valentino Rossi, Sepang marks 46 wins for the number 46 M1! In these last two races, Rossi once again proved that you can’t keep a good man down with his miraculous comebacks from residual injuries, putting him back front and center on the podium this weekend!

To quote Valentino:

“I want to say congratulations to Yamaha and to Jorge; he has been fast all season, at all tracks and in all conditions and he deserves to be the World Champion,” said Rossi, who went on to discuss his own result.

“This is a wonderful moment for me, I am so happy to win like this and take my 46th win with Yamaha on ‘my’ M1,”

“I rode so well and it was a fantastic race, one of the best of my career I think. I wanted this 46th win so much because as everyone knows it’s a special number for me! Thanks to my team because everyone worked so hard this weekend and I think this is a great repayment for everyone. To win like this, from 11th at the first corner, is a great feeling.”

 

Andrea Dovizioso has put on a strong effort these past two races, working his way up the ranks and placing him on the podium twice giving the Italian a slim chance for the second spot on the Championship podium. If  he loses out this season, his efforts will certainly not be lost, but launch him into a strong race season for 2011. 

To quote Andrea:

“I’m very happy with this second place today and it was a great race. We have been fighting for the victory at the last two races at two very different tracks, and also in different conditions, so this is really positive.”

“I tried to stay close to Valentino on the last lap but in the final braking area I wasn’t close enough to take him in the middle of the corner, even though he was too late on the brakes and went wide. Anyway, this result for Honda, Repsol and my team is really important. Last year we were 40 seconds behind the winner in the race here, so to be just 0.2s behind means we’ve moved forward a lot.”

 

Sunday was clearly an emotional day for MotoGP World Champion Jorge Lorenzo. Not only did he win the premier-class crown, but made history as only the second Spanish rider to win the title, Alex Criville being the first.

Lorenzo also respectfully accomplished his 13th podium finish for the season!

To quote Lorenzo:

“This is my first title in the premier category and my dream has come true!”

“This is really the maximum a motorcycle rider can achieve in his career so we have to celebrate and enjoy these hours, minutes and seconds like it’s the end of the world”.

“You imagine this moment in your head your whole life but when it comes you don’t know how to act or what to say. I am trying to be relaxed, to speak clearly and not say anything crazy!”
“Motorcycling is my passion and my job but it’s also a game, and this is what I was saying when I held up the sign saying ‘game over.’ Today it’s over for this season because I am the World Champion!”

“I don’t think about the future now, I just want to celebrate my first MotoGP title and I can’t think beyond this night. The future will be tough and exciting, with giants for my rivals, but we don’t need to think about that now, we can just enjoy the moment.
“We have come such a long way; some things happen very slowly in your career and some very fast.”

“When I started in the World Championship I was almost last in the 125 class but in only eight years I have become MotoGP World Champion. It’s incredible how life can change.”

 

Look for the GP action to start all over again this Friday October 15th on the other side of the equator in Phillips Island in Australia! These last few reamaining races will be a fight to the finish for the second place winner of the MotoGP World Championship!

 

Friday FP results

Pos. Rider Team Bike Time
1 Valentino Rossi Fiat Yamaha Yamaha 2:02.724
2 Andrea Dovizioso Repsol Honda Honda 2:02.833
3 Jorge Lorenzo Fiat Yamaha Yamaha 2:02.898
4 Casey Stoner Ducati Marlboro Ducati 2:03.160
5 Alvaro Bautista Rizla Suzuki Suzuki 2:03.338
6 Colin Edwards II Tech 3 Yamaha Yamaha 2:03.393
7 Marco Melandri San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 2:03.438
8 Aleix Espargaro Pramac Racing Ducati 2:03.471
9 Ben Spies Tech 3 Yamaha Yamaha 2:03.477
10 Randy De Puniet LCR Honda Honda 2:03.539
11 Marco Simoncelli San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 2:03.680
12 Loris Capirossi Rizla Suzuki Suzuki 2:03.717
13 Hector Barbera Paginas Amarillas Aspar Ducati 2:03.760
14 Hiroshi Aoyama Interwetten Honda MotoGP Honda 2:03.769
15 Nicky Hayden Ducati Marlboro Ducati 2:03.947
16 Mika Kallio Pramac Racing Ducati 2:04.023

 

Saturday second FP round results

Pos. Rider Team Bike Time
1 Jorge Lorenzo Fiat Yamaha Yamaha 2:01.949
2 Casey Stoner Ducati Marlboro Ducati 2:01.971
3 Valentino Rossi Fiat Yamaha Yamaha 2:02.192
4 Andrea Dovizioso Repsol Honda Honda 2:02.311
5 Marco Simoncelli San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 2:02.543
6 Alvaro Bautista Rizla Suzuki Suzuki 2:02.617
7 Randy De Puniet LCR Honda Honda 2:02.638
8 Colin Edwards II Tech 3 Yamaha Yamaha 2:02.774
9 Hector Barbera Paginas Amarillas Aspar Ducati 2:02.769
10 Ben Spies Tech 3 Yamaha Yamaha 2:02.818
11 Nicky Hayden Ducati Marlboro Ducati 2:02.849
12 Aleix Espargaro Pramac Racing Ducati 2:02.921
13 Hiroshi Aoyama Interwetten Honda MotoGP Honda 2:03.069
14 Marco Melandri San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 2:03.456
15 Mika Kallio Pramac Racing Ducati 2:03.711

 

2010 MotoGP Sepang Qualifying for Saturday

Pos. Rider Team Bike Time
1 Jorge Lorenzo Fiat Yamaha Yamaha 2:01.537
2 Nicky Hayden Ducati Marlboro Ducati 2:01.637
3 Andrea Dovizioso Repsol Honda Honda 2:01.829
4 Ben Spies Tech 3 Yamaha Yamaha 2:01.993
5 Casey Stoner Ducati Marlboro Ducati 2:02.023
6 Valentino Rossi Fiat Yamaha Yamaha 2:02.030
7 Colin Edwards II Tech 3 Yamaha Yamaha 2:02.097
8 Alvaro Bautista Rizla Suzuki Suzuki 2:02.394
9 Loris Capirossi Rizla Suzuki Suzuki 2:02.522
10 Marco Melandri San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 2:02.624
11 Marco Simoncelli San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 2:02.690
12 Aleix Espargaro Pramac Racing Ducati 2:02.723
13 Randy De Puniet LCR Honda Honda 2:02.775
14 Hiroshi Aoyama Interwetten Honda MotoGP Honda 2:02.778
15 Hector Barbera Paginas Amarillas Aspar Ducati 2:02.928
16 Mika Kallio Pramac Racing Ducati 2:04.167

 

Final race results

Pos. Rider Team Bike
1 Valentino Rossi Fiat Yamaha Yamaha
2 Andrea Dovizioso Repsol Honda Honda
3 Jorge Lorenzo Fiat Yamaha Yamaha
4 Ben Spies Tech 3 Yamaha Yamaha
5 Alvaro Bautista Rizla Suzuki Suzuki
6 Nicky Hayden Ducati Marlboro Ducati
7 Hiroshi Aoyama Interwetten Honda MotoGP Honda
8 Marco Simoncelli San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda
9 Marco Melandri San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda
10 Randy De Puniet LCR Honda Honda
11 Hector Barbera Paginas Amarillas Aspar Ducati
12 Mika Kallio Pramac Racing Ducati

 

2010 MotoGP Championship Points:

1. Jorge Lorenzo, 313

2. Dani Pedrosa, 228

3. Valentino Rossi, 181

4. Casey Stoner, 180

5. Andrea Dovizioso, 79

6. Ben Spies, 152

7. Nicky Hayden, 139

8. Randy de Puniet, 94

9. Marco Simoncelli, 92

10. Marco Melandri, 86

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October 11, 2010 - Posted by | Alvaro Bautista, Andrea Dovizioso, Ben Spies, Casey Stoner, Colin Edwards, Dani Pedrosa, Ducati, Jorge Lorenzo, Loris Capirossi, Mika Kallio, Motegi, MotoGP, motorcycle racing, motorcycles, Sepang, Valentino Rossi, Yamaha

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