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Multiple battles to be contested at final round at Valencia (November 8)

Monday, 02 November 2009

Valentino Rossi may have sealed the 2009 MotoGP World Championship at Sepang, but there are still scores to be settled involving Jorge Lorenzo, Casey Stoner, Dani Pedrosa, and a host of other riders in the final round of the season at Valencia.

A ninth world title was wrapped up by Valentino Rossi in Malaysia, leaving the remainder of the MotoGP class to decide the final standings beyond first place for the 2009 season at the Gran Premio Generali de la Comunitat Valenciana.

Rossi’s Fiat Yamaha team-mate Jorge Lorenzo pushed him the closest for the title this year, and now the 22 year-old looks primed to secure second spot in his second season in the premier class. With a 25-point margin between him and Casey Stoner in third, it would take a non-point scoring finish from the Spaniard and a race win for the Ducati Marlboro man to dislodge Lorenzo from the runner-up position.

Far likelier for Stoner, who comes into round 17 in a rich vein of form having won his last two races at Sepang and Phillip Island, is third place to round off a season interrupted by illness. Speculation will linger as to how the final standings could have looked had the 2007 World Champion not missed Brno, Indianapolis and Misano due to fatigue, but the focus is now on preventing Dani Pedrosa from regaining third place. With victory last year and second the season before, the 24 year-old Australian has a strong pedigree at Valencia.

Repsol Honda’s Pedrosa is 11 points adrift in fourth, and needs a strong showing at a track where he won in 2007 and finished second at last time out.

The competition for fifth place is still very much alive, with just six points the difference between Andrea Dovizioso and Colin Edwards. The Italian’s crash at Sepang was not largely capitalised on by Edwards, whose 13th-placed classification means that the fight for fifth will now go down to the wire at Valencia.

Seventh place, meanwhile, is still to be decided upon between no less than six likely candidates. Marco Melandri (Hayate Racing), Loris Capirossi (Rizla Suzuki), Alex de Angelis and Toni Elías (both San Carlo Honda Gresini), Chris Vermeulen (Rizla Suzuki) and Randy de Puniet (LCR Honda) are all separated by just seven points from positions seven to 12.

All have top-ten finishes at Valencia within the past two seasons, with Melandri’s fourth in 2007 the most notable recent result from the pack. Nicky Hayden, at a further eight points adrift of De Puniet, has an outside chance of challenging for seventh if he manages his second podium of the year and other results go his way.

Also riding at Valencia will be American star Ben Spies, who will take to the track as a wildcard for Yamaha in preparation for his first full MotoGP season with Monster Yamaha Tech 3 in 2010.

LINK: Multiple battles to be contested at final round at Valencia | The Official MotoGP Website

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TV Coverage

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MotoGP 250 and MotoGP World Championship, Valencia Grand Prix, in Valencia, Spain, Speed, 5 (same-day tape)

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MotoGP to go back to 1000cc?

MotoGP to go back to 1000cc?

Friday 06 November 2009

When Valentino Rossi said: “I believe that the 800s are the greatest error of the World Championship in the last 15 years. A lot of the spectacle of riding has been lost because on them the electronics have advanced so much”” and “for me the manufacturers committed a great error in coming from 990 to 800cc.” almost everyone who has been following MotoGP in the last years could only nod their heads in complete agreement.

The 800’s are unpopular not only with fans, but with riders too. The displacement change from 990cc to 800cc, that was originally proposed to limit horsepower and reduce top speeds (it didn’t work) forced all the manufacturers to redesign a new bike costing millions of dollars in R&D, now with the world trying to climb out of the economic crisis and manufacturers reeling from their losses, Dorna’s CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta has come out again with the idea of going back to the 1000cc.

As the rules enforcing the 800 class end at the 2011 season, we could see the 1000’s back in 2012, only if there were to be an unanimous agreement among the manufacturers, but at least they’re going to be talking about it this weekend at Valencia and that is at least a step in the right direction.

LINK:MotoGP to go back to 1000cc?

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Casey Stoner fastest with late attack

Valencia MotoGP: Casey Stoner fastest with late attack

06 November 2009

Aussie Casey Stoner comfortably set the fastest time in Valencia today after producing a brilliant series of fast laps in the final minutes of opening practice for Sunday’s final MotoGP race.

In cloudy but windy conditions, Stoner didn’t move to the top of the timesheets until the final six minutes when he moved just 0.169s clear of Fiat Yamaha rival Jorge Lorenzo.

On his next lap he extended his advantage to 0.353s and just less than three minutes of the session remained when his best lap of 1.32.813 moved him 0.448s ahead of the Spaniard.

Lorenzo hit back with a lap of 1.33.195 late on to cut the gap to the 2007 world champion but it was first blood to factory Ducati rider Stoner with another impressive showing.

Successive victories in Australia and Malaysia have given him a slender chance of snatching second place from Lorenzo in the final championship standings.

Lorenzo though only needs to score one-point to clinch second behind Yamaha YZR-M1 team-mate Valentino Rossi.

Lorenzo dominated for long periods in the session and his best lap kept Repsol Honda rider Dani Pedrosa at bay by just 0.046s.

Nine-times world champion Rossi had to settle for fourth and he never led at any stage during a tough session for the 30-year-old.

He ran of the track at the first corner shortly after the halfway stage and eventually clocked a best time of 1.33.499 to finish a massive 0.686s adrift of Stoner.

Rossi is chasing his seventh victory this weekend and he was ahead of Randy de Puniet on the LCR Honda.

The majority of eyes in today's practice session were fixed firmly on the performance of Texan Ben Spies.

The reigning World Superbike champion made his Yamaha debut today and produced an encouraging start.

The triple American superbike champion logged a best time of 1.35.052 to finish in 15th position. He was faster than Chris Vermeulen on the factory Suzuki and his best time was only 0.187s behind British rider James Toseland, who Spies will replace in the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 squad in 2010.

Toseland ended up 13th quickest with a fastest time of 1.34.865, but was 0.7s adrift of team-mate Colin Edwards, who could still claim fifth in the championship from Andrea Dovizioso.

LINK:Valencia MotoGP: Casey Stoner fastest with late attack - | Motorcycle Sport | MotoGP News | MotoGP Results | MCN

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MotoGP Valencia Qualifying

MotoGP Valencia Qualifying

Saturday, November 07, 2009

Ducati's Casey Stoner (27) snagged pole position for the final race of the 2009 MotoGP season.

The sun was out but heavy winds created havoc for the MotoGP qualifying at Valencia today. Riders struggled for traction around the 2.48-mile circuit, but Ducati Marlboro’s Casey Stoner pushed his way through to a pole position start for Sunday’s race. Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa and Fiat Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo will join Stoner on the front row.During his MotoGP career Casey Stoner has missed the podium only once out of four visits at Valencia. Ducati's Casey Stoner (27) snagged pole position for the final race of the 2009 MotoGP season.

2009 World Champion Valentino Rossi was in and out of the pits for most of the session making changes to his Fiat Yamaha, but his best was fourth on the grid. The Doctor's fourth-place position was enough to secure him the BMW M Award for best-qualifier in the 2009 season.

Rounding out the second-row is fellow Yamaha rider Colin Edwards, who starts in fifth-place for the eighth time this season, and Stoner's Ducati teammate, Nicky Hayden.

On Turn 1, Randy De Puniet laid down his LCR Honda but the Frenchman used his back-up to qualify for seventh. San Carlo Gresini Honda’s Toni Elias grabbed eighth and wildcard entry and the 2009 World Superbike champ Ben Spies in ninth aboard his Sterilgarda Yamaha. The American was as high as a provisional seventh early on in the qualifying session.

Pedrosa’s teammate, Andrea Dovizioso, will start from Row 4. The Italian will be joined by the 2009 Rookie of the Year Mika Kallio on his Pramac Racing Ducati and Honda satelitte rider Alex De Angelis taking the final fourth-row slot.

Rizla Suzuki’s Loris Capirossi will start from Row 5 in 13th place with Monster Yamaha’s James Toseland, who is racing his final MotoGP in 14th, and Marco Melandri in 15th aboard the Hayate Racing Kawasaki.

MotoGP Valencia Qualifying Results:

1. Casey Stoner (Ducati) 1’32.256
2. Dani Pedrosa (Honda) +0.263
3. Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) +0.281
4. Valentino Rossi (Yamaha) +0.666
5. Colin Edwards (Yamaha) +0.829
6. Nicky Hayden (Ducati) +0.898
7. Randy De Puniet (Honda) +1.135
8. Toni Elias (Honda) +1.219
9. Ben Spies (Yamaha) +1.283
10. Andrea Dovizioso (Honda) +1.422
11. Mika Kallio (Ducati) +1.553
12. Alex De Angelis (Honda) +1.588
13. Loris Capirossi (Suzuki) +1.841
14. James Toseland (Yamaha) +1.851
15. Marco Melandri (Kawasaki) +1.932

LINK:MotoGP Valencia Qualifying - MotoGP 2009 News - Motorcycle USA

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November 8, 2009

Victory on home soil saw Dani Pedrosa end the 2009 FIM MotoGP World Championship on a high at the Gran Premio Generali de la Comunitat Valenciana, as the Repsol Honda man enjoyed a start-to-finish win in the final race of the 2009 season.
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Victory on home soil saw Dani Pedrosa end the 2009 FIM World Championship on a high at the Gran Premio Generali de la Comunitat Valenciana, as the Repsol Honda man enjoyed a start-to-finish win in the final race of the 2009 season and Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo completed the podium.

The drama started before the race had even commenced, as pole position holder Casey Stoner’s high-side crash on the warm-up lap meant he was unable to take his place on the grid. That allowed Pedrosa to lead the grid from second position on the front row, and after taking the holeshot he did not look back, sealing third spot in the overall standings in the process.

World Champion Valentino Rossi followed the Spaniard home in second place, finishing 2.630s behind Pedrosa as he ended his title-winning season with his 13th podium of the campaign.

The Italian’s Fiat Yamaha team-mate Jorge Lorenzo, who did well to hold onto his bike when a moment on the opening lap almost threw him off, was a further 0.283s behind as he took third, having already sealed second spot in the Championship by virtue of Stoner’s non-start.

Stoner ended the season in fourth place overall, with Colin Edwards’ fourth place in the race allowing him to snatch fifth in the 2009 standings from Andrea Dovizioso.

The top five on the day was completed by Stoner’s Ducati Marlboro team-mate Nicky Hayden, who held off the challenge of Toni Elías as the Spaniard came in sixth in his final race with the San Carlo Honda Gresini team.

Wildcard rider Ben Spies rode to an impressive seventh-placed finish, and in depriving Dovizioso of that spot – the Italian finished eighth – played a direct role in helping his future Monster Yamaha Tech 3 team-mate Edwards take fifth in the Championship.

There were also top-ten finishes for Rookie of the Year Mika Kallio (Pramac Racing) and Alex de Angelis (San Carlo Honda Gresini).


A dramatic 250cc race ended with Hiroshi Aoyama claiming the World title after defending champion Marco Simoncelli crashed out when in the lead, as Héctor Barberá took the victory.

Álvaro Bautista (Mapfre Aspar Team) and Raffaele de Rosa (Scot Racing) completed the podium, as Barberá won by a margin of 3.663s and sealed second spot in the World Championship standings ahead of Simoncelli.

Scot Racing Team rider Aoyama survived a run-off in lap nine, which dropped him down to eleventh position – the lowest finish he could afford in order to claim the title – as an engrossing race then saw Simoncelli lose the front of his bike when going into turn two with seven laps to go, thus ending his race.

Thomas Luthi (Emmi - Caffe Latte), Ratthapark Wilairot (Thai Honda PTT SAG) and Karel Abraham (Cardion AB Motoracing) all finished ahead of Aoyama in the race. The new World Champion also survived an earlier scare when nearly touching bikes with Bautista, before Simoncelli recovered from falling to eighth place from first on the grid to lead the race.

Aoyama’s run-off then added more entertainment, before Simoncelli’s crash handed him the title as both Mike di Meglio (Mapfre Aspar) and Jules Cluzel (Matteoni Racing) also suffered spills which ended their seasons on a low.


It was a third straight one-two for Bancaja Aspar team-mates Julián Simón and Bradley Smith in the 125cc contest, as the pair put on another enthralling display which went down to the last lap.

Taking their duel to the very last corner of the race again, Simón managed to hold off his rival for another thrilling finish, as he eventually finished 0.220s ahead.

Pol Espargaró (Derbi Racing Team) completed the podium after riding a lonely race in third, confirming fourth place in the World Championship, with Nico Terol finishing tenth in the race as he sealed third in the season’s overall standings.

Simone Corsi won the battle for fourth place ahead of the impressive Marcel Schrotter, with Joan Olivé (Derbi Racing Team), Efrén Vázquez (Derbi Racing Team), Sandro Cortese (Ajo Interwetten) and Randy Krummenacher (Degraaf Grand Prix) all finishing inside the top ten.

2009 Valencia Grand Prix: MotoGP Race Results

Pos. Points Num. Rider Nation Team Motorcycle Total time Km/h Gap
1 25 3 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 46'47.553 154.062

2 20 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Fiat Yamaha Team Yamaha 46'50.183 153.918 2.630

3 16 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Fiat Yamaha Team Yamaha 46'50.466 153.903 2.913

4 13 5 Colin EDWARDS USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 47'20.068 152.299 32.515

5 11 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Marlboro Team Ducati 47'22.138 152.188 34.585

6 10 24 Toni ELIAS SPA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 47'22.441 152.172 34.888

7 9 11 Ben SPIES USA Sterilgarda Yamaha Team Yamaha 47'25.259 152.021 37.706

8 8 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Repsol Honda Team Honda 47'25.917 151.986 38.364

9 7 36 Mika KALLIO FIN Pramac Racing Ducati 47'30.044 151.766 42.491

10 6 15 Alex DE ANGELIS RSM San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 47'31.242 151.702 43.689

11 5 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 47'33.571 151.578 46.018
12 4 52 James TOSELAND GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 47'37.779 151.355 50.226
13 3 44 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Pramac Racing Ducati 47'44.721 150.988 57.168
14 2 65 Loris CAPIROSSI ITA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki 47'54.430 150.478 1'06.877
15 1 7 Chris VERMEULEN AUS Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki 47'59.254 150.226 1'11.701
16 41 Gabor TALMACSI HUN Scot Racing Team MotoGP Honda 48'01.958 150.085 1'14.405
17 33 Marco MELANDRI ITA Hayate Racing Team Kawasaki 48'20.978 149.101 1'33.425
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27 Casey STONER AUS Ducati Marlboro Team Ducati

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Valencia GP: MotoGP Race Results - Pedrosa Takes Second Win Of The 2009 Season :: PaddockTalk :: F1, Formula 1, NASCAR, IndyCar, MotoGP, ALMS, And More!

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Rossi: It's me or Lorenzo at Yamaha

Rossi: It's me or Lorenzo at Yamaha in 2011!

During an interview with the BBC, Valentino Rossi warned that Yamaha must choose between re-signing him or team-mate Jorge Lorenzo for the 2011 MotoGP season.

"Yamaha have to decide between me and Jorge for 2011," he said. "I have a great option to join Ducati."

Lorenzo has been Rossi's closest rival this year, only losing the title to nine time world champion Rossi at the penultimate round of the season.

Rossi has repeatedly stated his displeasure at developing a bike that will also benefit his closest championship rival.

Both Rossi and Lorenzo will remain at Fiat Yamaha next

LINK:Rossi: It's me or Lorenzo at Yamaha in 2011! | MotoGP News | Nov 2009 | Crash.Net

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MotoGP: Fiat Yamaha Statement On Winning

MotoGP: Fiat Yamaha Statement On Winning the 2009 MotoGP Triple Crown

Message from Tsunji Togami, President & CEO, Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd.

"It gives me the greatest pleasure to announce that, for the second consecutive year, Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. has achieved its ultimate goal in MotoGP competition by winning the Triple Crown of rider, team and manufacturer championship titles.

"We owe this great achievement today to the spirited support of the many Yamaha fans and our sponsors, and I would like to take this opportunity to extend to all of you my heartfelt appreciation.

"We at Yamaha Motor believe that our participation in MotoGP and our challenge to win titles makes it possible to share the excitement and deep satisfaction we call Kando with people all over the world, while also contributing to the marketing of our motorcycles.

"In these efforts, I ask for your ongoing support of our company and our teams."

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Champion collapses after ride with Stoner

Champion collapses after ride with Stoner

November 11, 2009

LEADING Australian cyclist Stuart O'Grady has spent two nights in a Spanish hospital and was still being assessed last night, Australian time, after collapsing at the Valencia MotoGP.

The former Paris-Roubaix champion and two-time Tour de France stage winner bit his tongue and hit his head heavily after passing out while being introduced to competitors in the race by Australia's Casey Stoner.

While O'Grady's condition is not considered life-threatening, it is the third time the tough Saxo-Bank rider has had an episode of that nature since he was the victim of a street attack in France a decade ago. O'Grady's skull was fractured in the 1999 mugging and he suffered bleeding on the brain. The multiple world champion on the track and Olympic medallist was able to send a text message to his Australian-based manager, Max Stevens, before he spent his second night in hospital.

''I'm fine. I've got a very, very sore head at the moment. I bit my tongue but I'm OK,'' part of the message said.

Stevens said O'Grady was having tests and that the collapse had occurred soon after he rode a fast lap of the MotoGP course on a motorbike with Stoner as part of a pre-race corporate promotion.

O'Grady, 36, had to receive medical clearance before doing the lap.

''It could be a combination of his blood pressure being a little down at the moment, he could have been dehydrated, he just can't put a finger on exactly what's happened,'' Stevens told The Age last night.

''Having spoken to people from the Australian Institute of Sport today … it's not uncommon for someone to come off a motorbike after going 250 or 300 kilometres an hour [and collapse].''

O'Grady's career has been littered with health disorders.

Early on he was troubled by an abnormally quick heartbeat, and in 2002 he needed surgery to remove a blockage in an artery that was deemed to be causing power imbalance in his legs.

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O'Grady given all clear to leave hospital

O'Grady given all clear to leave hospital

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VALENCIA, Spain — Australian cycling star Stuart O'Grady was cleared to leave hospital later on Wednesday after his collapse in the wake of a 'hot lap' of the Valencia MotoGP circuit on Sunday according to Cycling Australia.

The 2004 Madison track cycling Olympic champion collapsed and suffered a seizure soon after the high speed thrill ride and believes it was probably triggered by the stress on his body from the extreme experience.

However, doctors have given the 36-year-old 2007 Paris-Roubaix winner the all clear after a series of medical tests including an MRI scan.

"When the ride finished of course I could feel my heart rate soaring, my blood pressure rising, but I didn't give it much more thought," said O'Grady, who has also won two stages of the Tour de France.

"But then I started having blotchy vision and 20 minutes later I had a seizure and collapsed.

"It was possibly the extreme 'hyper tension' or maybe an old scar on my brain from one of my previous crashes but there's no use speculating or guessing, it's happened and that's that."

O'Grady, who owns three other Olympic medals all on the track, said that he had, nevertheless, experienced a real thrill being on the Ducati bike which was piloted by American motorcycling legend Rany Mamola.

"The ride around the Valencia circuit was unbelievable," said O'Grady, who laos has won two world track cycling titles in the Team Pursuit in 1993 and 1995.

"I've jumped out of planes, been in a Russian fighter jet, a V8 Supercar, the works - but the twin seater Ducati blows them all out of the water!

"I have never come close to the experience of hanging on for your life.

"The braking on those bikes had my feet coming off the rear pegs, and my butt way off the seat, the acceleration meant I needed my full strength to hang onto the machine and not get flicked out onto the track in front of 90 thousand fans," he explained.

"It was something I will never forget and would do again tomorrow if my body could handle it."

But during his almost two decade career at the top level of professional cycling O'Grady has had more than his fair share of injuries.

In the past he has broken numerous bones, been treated for an abnormally high heartbeat and had surgery to repair a blocked artery.

In 2007 a high speed crash during the Tour de France left him with five broken ribs, a broken shoulder and a punctured lung and earlier this year he was sidelined due to injuries sustained in a crash during the Milan - San Remo event.

So from O'Grady's perspective this latest incident is nothing to be concerned about.

"It takes more than one lap to get rid of me," said O'Grady.

LINK:AFP: O'Grady given all clear to leave hospital
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