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MotoGP does the fandango in Italy

Misano MotoGP Post Race Review:

In a flawless performance, reigning World Champion, Jorge Lorenzo finds heaven on earth at the center podium last Sunday after two previous nightmare races. Dani Pedrosa exhibited exceptional strength and endurance as he once again lands himself on the podium, coming in second for the Repsol Honda team. While teammate, Casey Stoner, broke his 3 race winning streak by just making the podium in third at the Coastal circuit.

Looming dark cloudy skies threatened the arid Italian track as the 17 premier riders poised themselves on the start line; ready to go as they waited in edgy anticipation for the lights to change. Though the rain did not come, the hot and heavy air remained as the mass set in motion to what was to be an exciting series of events. It looked to be another potential win for Casey Stoner as he flew straight to the front before the first turn. But, his position did not last long when Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo passed the Aussie in the first lap, ultimately blasting his way to the finish line. Virtually untouched, the intent Mallorcan displayed incredible stamina by holding the fast pace for 28 laps at the physically demanding track. Setting a new track lap record of 1’33.906 and narrowing the gap to Stoner for the Championship to 35 points in standings.

Lorenzo, Stoner and Pedrosa stuck together like glue for a few laps, until Lorenzo and Stoner made it a two-man fight for the finish in the first 10 laps. With each lap that passed Lorenzo began to gain seconds ahead of Stoner, who looked to be fading fast with fatigue from all the fast breaking. This left the two Repsol Honda’s to fight it out. Pedrosa, in an effort to conserve fuel on the gas guzzling track, drafted himself behind Stoner for the remainder of the race until he made his move and passed the faltering Aussie at lap twenty-two.

Ducati fans watched in total dismay as two of their beloved Ducati riders exited the track in the first portion of the race. Nicky Hayden went down for the count after mysteriously losing his front end in the third lap at turn fifteen, ejecting him from the San Marino track for the fourth time in five years. The return of bad luck puts the American rider at greater risk in maxing out his 6 limit supply of GPll engines, which could result in a DFN for the season!

Adding insult to injury, just after publicly announcing his retirement from MotoGP for good, Pramac’s Loris Capirossi pits his Ducati in the same lap as Hayden. The veteran Italian rider reentered the track briefly only to exit in the 10th lap for the very last time at Misano.

San Carlo Honda Grisini’s Marco Simoncelli suddenly flipped on his switch and accelerated up the line putting pressure on Ducati’s Valentino Rossi in the 4th lap, after his strong start from 11th in pole to 5th position.

Doing his usual gutsy move, the wild-haired Italian passed Rossi on the inside and set his sights on Repsol Honda’s Andrea Dovizioso for the fourth spot in the sixth lap and passes his compatriot in the following lap.

The heat was on at the upper mid-section of the pack as Simoncelli, Dovizioso, Rossi, and Yamaha’s Ben Spies went to war over fourth position in the 13th lap, bringing the crowd to their feet with excitement! Spies passed Rossi in the 15th lap, stealing 6th. But the determined Italian did not give up and hungout with Dovizioso and Spies, vying for 5th.

With Lorenzo at the front with a comfortable 6.8 second lead, Stoner and Pedrosa continued to fight for second in the last 5 laps of the race. But the real nitty-gritty of the afternoon was in the final stages of the race when Simoncelli, Dovizioso and Spies were at each others throats, so close they looked like they were attached! The three talented riders went back and fourth for the last 4 laps until Simoncelli ultimately won by a nose hair for fourth place, Dovizioso in fifth, Spies in sixth and Rossi over 5 seconds behind in seventh.

Rizla Suzuki’s Alvaro Bautista was in great form on his shiny new metallic GSV-R livery this weekend by placing higher in pole in 8th, as well as in 8th over the finish line. The Solo Spaniard trailed behind Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Colin Edwards until he flew past in the 16th lap after the Texan started to lose momentum.

The threat of rain at the initial start left the majority of the GP riders a bit nervous and Mapfre Aspar’s Hector Barbera was no exception. The Satellite Spaniard had a good start into the pre-race weekend, but lost confidence with a combination of uncertain road surfaces and breaking points in the first few laps of the race. As the precipitation held at bay, Barbera’s confidence grew, enabling him to cross the finish line in a respectable 9th position.

Edwards and teammate Cal Crutchlow briefly went at it for 9th in the 20th lap, but the American lost his driving force and 4 spots when he started to experience “arm pump” problems. A loss of feeling in his arm, due to holding on to the grip too tight, it’s a controversial condition that leaves riders wondering if it’s actually physical or mind over matter?

Crutchlow gave up 9th to Barbera, but managed a long-awaited 10th after passing the checkered flag.

Aperol di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini also announced at the start of the race weekend that the flush Italian track signed another 5 year contract with the Grand Prix.

Look for the thirteenth round to commence in less than two weeks time in Spain’s Motorland Aragon on Friday, September 16, starting at 10:10am (GMT+2)

Misano, Sunday, September 04, 2011

Pos. Points Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time/Gap
1 25 1 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 160.6 44’11.877
2 20 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 160.2 +7.299
3 16 27 Casey STONER AUS Repsol Honda Team Honda 159.9 +11.967
4 13 58 Marco SIMONCELLI ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 159.6 +17.353
5 11 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Repsol Honda Team Honda 159.6 +17.390
6 10 11 Ben SPIES USA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 159.5 +18.092
7 9 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Ducati Team Ducati 159.2 +23.703
8 8 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki 158.8 +30.678
9 7 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Mapfre Aspar Team MotoGP Ducati 158.4 +37.502
10 6 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 158.4 +37.720
11 5 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 158.3 +39.548
12 4 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE CardionABMotoracing Ducati 158.2 +40.506
13 3 5 Colin EDWARDS USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 157.5 +53.349
14 2 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 156.9 +1’02.366
15 1 24 Toni ELIAS SPA LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 155.9 +1’20.156
Not Classified
    65 Loris CAPIROSSI ITA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 132.0 20 Laps
    69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 151.4 26 Laps

MotoGP World Standings 2011

Pos. Rider Bike Nation Points
1 Casey STONER Honda AUS 259
2 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha SPA 224
3 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Honda ITA 185
4 Dani PEDROSA Honda SPA 150
5 Ben SPIES Yamaha USA 135
6 Valentino ROSSI Ducati ITA 133
7 Nicky HAYDEN Ducati USA 105
8 Marco SIMONCELLI Honda ITA 93
9 Colin EDWARDS Yamaha USA 87
10 Hiroshi AOYAMA Honda JPN 82
11 Hector BARBERA Ducati SPA 69
12 Alvaro BAUTISTA Suzuki SPA 57
13 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati CZE 50
14 Toni ELIAS Honda SPA 47
15 Cal CRUTCHLOW Yamaha GBR 45
16 Randy DE PUNIET Ducati FRA 29
17 Loris CAPIROSSI Ducati ITA 29
18 John HOPKINS Suzuki USA 6
19 Kousuke AKIYOSHI Honda JPN 3

September 6, 2011 - Posted by | Alvaro Bautista, Andrea Dovizioso, Aragon, Ben Spies, Casey Stoner, Colin Edwards, Dani Pedrosa, Ducati, history of MotoGP, Jorge Lorenzo, Loris Capirossi, marco simoncelli, Misano Italy, MotoGP, motorcycle racing, Nicky Hayden, Valentino Rossi, Yamaha

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