>


Advertisement
Hot News
for your iPhone
for your iPad
Go to our forums to discuss this news
DATE News (chronologically)
10/04/09
motogp
Lorenzo beats Stoner in Estoril
Jorge Lorenzo repeated his 2008 Estoril victory from pole on Sunday to significantly boost his title chances as Valentino Rossi could only manage fourth place at the challenging Portuguese circuit.

The Fiat Yamaha pair got away in first and second places on the grid but Rossi was unable to match the pace of Lorenzo as he pulled away quickly at the front. On his return to action Ducati’s Casey Stoner rode brilliantly to follow Lorenzo across the line in second place, whilst Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa was third.

Lorenzo will now feel that with three races to go and an 18 point deficit to Rossi the championship is far more achievable than before the visit to Portugal. The Spaniard was in unstoppable form in the Atlantic Coast sunshine and his fourth win of the year was eventually secured by a 6.3s margin.

Stoner performed admirably on his return to action after two months away due to illness, achieving his first podium since Assen in June – and he now has his home race at Phillip Island to look forward to in a fortnight’s time.

Pedrosa rode smoothly from fourth on the grid, taking the holeshot with one of his traditionally rapid starts onboard the factory RC212V and briefly holding the lead before Lorenzo slipped through. Pedrosa’s third place was his eighth podium of 2009.

World Champion Rossi appeared to be off-color throughout the race, finishing off the podium for the first time at Estoril in the premier class. The championship leader will undertake a comprehensive inquest into his lack of competitiveness with his Fiat Yamaha crew after finishing 23 seconds behind Lorenzo.

Behind the MotoGP big guns at the front, Colin Edwards (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) was 10 seconds back on Rossi in fifth place, whilst Toni Elías (San Carlo Honda Gresini) held off Andrea Dovizioso (Repsol Honda) for sixth on the line.

The top ten also featured Nicky Hayden (Ducati Marlboro), James Toseland (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) and Chris Vermeulen (Rizla Suzuki), with Mika Kallio (Pramac Racing) crashing out early on and Loris Capirossi (Rizla Suzuki) and Alex de Angelis (San Carlo Honda Gresini) retiring due to technical problems.

Results

Pos

Rider Time Nat Bike Team
1 Jorge Lorenzo 43m 35.522 SPA YAMAHA Fiat Yamaha Team
2 Casey Stoner +6.294 AUS DUCATI Ducati Marlboro Team
3 Dani Pedrosa +9.889 SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
4 Valentino Rossi +23.428 ITA YAMAHA Fiat Yamaha Team
5 Colin Edwards +32.652 USA YAMAHA Tech 3 Yamaha
6 Toni Elias +35.709 SPA HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
7 Andrea Dovizioso +35.723 ITA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
8 Nicky Hayden +38.830 USA DUCATI Ducati Marlboro Team
9 James Toseland +44.093 GBR YAMAHA Tech 3 Yamaha
10 Chris Vermeulen +52.863 AUS SUZUKI Rizla Suzuki MotoGP
11 Randy De Puniet +55.698 FRA HONDA LCR Honda MotoGP
12 Marco Melandri +1m 04.515 ITA KAWASAKI Hayate Racing Team
13 Niccolo Canepa +1m 04.538 ITA DUCATI Pramac Racing
14 Gabor Talmacsi +1m 27.299 HUN HONDA Scot Racing Team MotoGP


Championship standings

1 Valentino Rossi 250 pts ITA YAMAHA Fiat Yamaha Team
2 Jorge Lorenzo 232 pts SPA YAMAHA Fiat Yamaha Team
3 Dani Pedrosa 173 pts SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
4 Casey Stoner 170 pts AUS DUCATI Ducati Marlboro Team
5 Andrea Dovizioso 142 pts ITA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
6 Colin Edwards 134 pts USA YAMAHA Tech 3 Yamaha
7 Loris Capirossi 97 pts ITA SUZUKI Rizla Suzuki MotoGP
8 Randy De Puniet 93 pts FRA HONDA LCR Honda MotoGP
9 Marco Melandri 91 pts ITA KAWASAKI Hayate Racing Team
10 Toni Elias 90 pts SPA HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
11 Chris Vermeulen 90 pts AUS SUZUKI Rizla Suzuki MotoGP
12 Alex De Angelis 88 pts SMR HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
13 James Toseland 85 pts GBR YAMAHA Tech 3 Yamaha
14 Nicky Hayden 81 pts USA DUCATI Ducati Marlboro Team
15 Mika Kallio 51 pts FIN DUCATI Pramac Racing
16 Niccolo Canepa 38 pts ITA DUCATI Pramac Racing
17 Gabor Talmacsi 14 pts HUN HONDA Scot Racing Team MotoGP
18 Sete Gibernau 12 pts SPA DUCATI Grupo Francisco Hernando
19 Yuki Takahashi 9 pts JAP HONDA Scot Racing Team MotoGP
20 Aleix Espargaro 8 pts SPA DUCATI Pramac Racing

Hot News Archives
2000 2001 2002 2003
2004200520062007
2008200920102011
2012201320142015

Search Hot News
Search Help