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Mugello Race - Sunday 31 May 09
 valentin0_rossi - (xxranielxx)
 
03:54pm 01/06/2009
 
 
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So I just haven't posted here in forever! But I watched the Mugello race yesterday and I felt the old excitement rising up as Vale worked his magic, earning a very respectable 3rd place in the race and a place on the podium. Of course I wud have liked him to win, but the competition out there on the track was just incredible and all bets were off right until the end when Casey Stoner finally crossed the line in 1st place with Lorenzo and Vale hot on his tail! Below is the official report of the race.. and I plan on doing a little work on this community soon, so watch this space ^^

'Valentino Rossi's seven-year reign at his home Italian Grand Prix has finally been broken after Casey Stoner took victory in a wet/dry race at Mugello. The last non-Rossi victory at Mugello was by Alex Barros in 2001, but Stoner was able to hand Ducati its long awaited first home grand prix victory by 1.001sec from Jorge Lorenzo after a strong performance on both his wet and dry bike. The win was Stoner's second of the season, after round one in Qatar, and puts the Australian back on top of the MotoGP World Championship standings by four points ahead of previous leader Lorenzo.

After a wet warm-up, dry 125cc race and wet 250cc race, the MotoGP main event began on a wet but drying track - an almost exact repeat of conditions at Le Mans two weeks ago. On that occasion Lorenzo had won his second race of the year after building a comfortable advantage in the wet, then holding the lead after a late switch to his dry weather bike. But the Mugello pole sitter suffered a confidence denting scare even before Sunday's race had begun, falling from his Fiat Yamaha on the way to the grid. The 22-year-old remounted and returned to the pits where the mud-splattered Spaniard grabbed his spare bike. Meanwhile, with bike swaps certain to take place, Lorenzo's team set about franticly repairing his number one bike as quickly as possible.

When the race got underway, Lorenzo wobbled away from pole while countryman Dani Pedrosa took the early lead for Repsol Honda from eighth on the grid. Suzuki's wet weather master Chris Vermeulen was soon a force to be reckoned with, but it was fellow Australian Stoner who was ahead by the end of the lap. Stoner, Vermeulen and Andrea Dovizioso began pulling away from fourth placed Rossi, and it was Repsol Honda rider Dovizioso who became the first of many Italians to lead on Sunday when he hit the front on lap four of 23. Countrymen Rossi and Marco Melandri - second to Lorenzo at Le Mans and second to Casey Stoner in this morning's wet warm-up - were also in hot pursuit, the #46 rising swiftly through the lead group to take the lead from Dovizioso on lap eight. Melandri demoted Dovi from second soon after then, on lap ten, made a move unthinkable at the start of the year - overtaking Rossi for the lead of his home grand prix! Meanwhile, James Toseland had been the first rider to gamble on changing bikes, the Briton diving into the pits at the end of lap four - and by lap eight he was the fastest man on track. Dovizioso was the first of the frontrunners to pit on lap nine and at the end of lap ten the four leading riders - Melandri, Rossi, Lorenzo and Stoner - did likewise. Melandri's Hayate emerged back in the lead, but Dovizioso was already up to full racing speed and carved his way to the front by 2.9sec over Stoner by the end of the lap, with Melandri third, Lorenzo fourth, Loris Capirossi fifth and Rossi sixth. Former Ducati team-mates Stoner and Capirossi - running the softer compound slicks - then emerged as the men to beat; Stoner retaking the lead from Dovizioso with ten laps to go, then losing out to Capirossi's Suzuki. Suzuki have not had a rider finish on the podium at Mugello since Daryl Beattie was second in 1995, but Loris looked to be gunning for a repeat of his 2000 500cc Mugello win for Honda. The constantly drying track may have been working against the GSV-R, but only Stoner had got past Capirossi with two laps to go; whereupon the #65 fell victim to both Lorenzo and Rossi. The last lap began with Lorenzo less than one second from Stoner, with Rossi a further second back. Any hopes of a miraculous last lap by Rossi to snatch an eighth consecutive home victory were soon dashed as the reigning six time MotoGP world champion instead found himself under pressure for the final podium position from Dovizioso.

Rossi held on by just 0.053sec at the flag and the visibly disappointed Italian joined a delighted Stoner and Lorenzo on the podium. Dovi thus lost out on his first rostrum of the year by one place for the second race in succession, while Capirossi dropped to the tail of the group in fifth. But Dovizioso's fortunes were far better than team-mate Pedrosa. The Spaniard, who began the race nine points behind Lorenzo but nursing a hip injury sustained in a near-highside on Saturday morning, was flung from his RC212V while holding eleventh on lap 13. The triple 2009 podium finisher was slow to move and eventually carried away on a stretcher. Pedrosa has now dropped 33 points from the world championship lead, while Rossi has slipped from joint second with Stoner to third, nine points behind the Australian.

Toseland's early bike change saw the Englishman dispute sixth with LCR's Randy de Puniet for much of the second half of the race, before Monster Tech 3 Yamaha team-mate Colin Edwards snatched the position from him on the very last lap. Behind de Puniet, rookie Niccolo Canepa made good use of his Mugello knowledge to claim a best yet ninth for Pramac Ducati - having also opted for an early bike change after struggling in the wet - while Vermeulen's form went in the other direction and he slipped back to tenth in the dry. Melandri was another to suffer as the weather improved, crossing the line eleventh, with Nicky Hayden finishing his first Italian Grand Prix for Ducati in twelfth, ahead of Pramac's Mika Kallio. Gresini Honda riders Toni Elias and Alex de Angelis completed the field. de Angelis remounted after a crash, while Scot Honda's Yuki Takahashi joined Pedrosa in going down and out.

Grupo Francisco Hernando Ducati rider Sete Gibernau is not present this weekend after fracturing his left collarbone at the French Grand Prix.



Italian Grand Prix:
1. Stoner
2. Lorenzo
3. Rossi
4. Dovizioso
5. Capirossi
6. Edwards
7. Toseland
8. de Puniet
9. Canepa
10. Vermeulen
11. Melandri
12. Hayden
13. Kallio
14. Elias
15. de Angelis

GREAT RACE!! \0/
 
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 valentin0_rossi - (xxranielxx)
 
10:43am 21/07/2008
 
 
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Post Race Video

Valentino Rossi ended Casey Stoner's four-race winning streak to earn his first win at the Laguna Seca track after a thrilling US MotoGP.
In the last race before the summer break, the pair fought a fierce battle for the lead until Stoner was forced into the gravel with eight laps to go.
But they were so far ahead that he returned to the race still in second, ahead of third-placed Chris Vermeulen.
Rossi now leads nearest rival Stoner by 25 points in the championship table.
The Italian's Yamaha team-mate Jorge Lorenzo is thought to have broken a bone in his foot after coming off in spectacular fashion early in the race.

The battle for the lead between Rossi and Stoner was the closest and most exciting there has been this season, but afterwards Stoner was clearly not entirely happy with the way it had been fought.
"I completely made the mistake, it was all my own (going off the track)", he told BBC Sport.
"But at the beginning of the race, with some of those overtaking moves, I was so nearly on the floor that it wasn't funny.
"I know it's hard racing, I've been in hard racing all my life, but some of that was past the point. I don't think it was necessary."
But Rossi was adamant he had done nothing wrong.
"This is racing, every overtake was very clear for me - I never touched him," he said.
"The reality is I am stronger in braking, so I try to use this advantage. I deserved it, I think he made the mistake alone - it happens."

Rossi now goes into the summer break with an entire race-worth of points advantage on Stoner, who is second in the championship standings, and Dani Pedrosa's failure to compete this weekend has all but ended his slim title hopes.
"It was a great weekend," said Rossi.
"These 25 points are like gold for our championship."

The next round of the MotoGP championship is at Brno in the Czech Republic on 17 August.

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US MotoGP result:

1 V Rossi (Italy) Yamaha 44mins 04.311secs
2 C Stoner (Aus) Ducati 44:17.312
3 C Vermeulen (Aus) Suzuki 44:30.920
4 A Dovizioso (Ita) Honda 44:39.212
5 N Hayden (U.S.) Honda 44:39.974
6 R de Puniet (France) Honda 44:41.979
7 T Elias (Spain) Ducati 44:45.940
8 B Spies (U.S.) Suzuki 44:46.238
9 J Toseland (GB) Yamaha 44:47.330
10 S Nakano (Jpn) Honda 44:48.702

World championship standings:

1 V Rossi (Ita) Yamaha 212
2 C Stoner (Aus) Ducati 187
3 D Pedrosa (Spin) Honda 171
4 J Lorenzo (Spn) Yamaha 114
5 A Dovizioso (Ita) Honda 103
6 C Edwards (US) Yamaha 100
7 C Vermeulen (Aus) Suzuki 89
8 N Hayden (US) Honda 84
9 J Toseland (GB) Yamaha 72
10 S Nakano (Jpn) Honda 70

 
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09:16pm 20/07/2008
 
 
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07:31pm 06/07/2008
 
 
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 valentin0_rossi - (xxranielxx)
 
10:36am 02/07/2008
 
 
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So here we are half way through the season and here are the standings following the Dutch race ..

After Dutch Grand Prix

 

Riders' standings
Name Bike Nat Points
1 Dani PedrosaHonda Spa 171
2 Valentino Rossi Yamaha Ita 167
3 Casey Stoner Ducati Aus 142
4 Jorge LorenzoYamaha Spa 114
5 Colin Edwards Yamaha US 98
6 Andrea Dovizioso Honda Ita 79
7 Nicky Hayden Honda US 70
8 James Toseland Yamaha GB 60
9 Chris Vermeulen Suzuki US 57
10 Shinya Nakano Honda Jpn 57
11 Loris Capirossi Suzuki Ita 51
12 Toni Elias Ducati Spa 33
13 John Hopkins Kawasaki US 32
14 Marco Melandri Ducati Ita 32
15 Alex de Angelis Honda SMr 25
16 Sylvian Guintoli Ducati Fra 24
17 Randy de PunietHonda Fra 22
18 Anthony West Kawasaki Aus 16
19 Ben Spies Suzuki US 2
20 Tadayuki Okada Honda Jpn 2


Shame about Vale's tumble in the first lap. 
`Unfortunately I made a mistake on the first lap, on the first left corner,´ admitted Rossi frankly after the A-Style TT Assen. `I went in too fast with a cold tyre and lost the rear.´
The Italian remounted his M1 and fought his way back to eleventh place after overtaking Marco Melandri and Toni Elias, but the rider taken out in his first lap fall was unable to do so. Rossi extended his apologies to LCR Honda´s Randy de Puniet, holding up his hand for the collision between the two.
`I took De Puniet with me when I crashed, so I have to say sorry to him. It was a bad mistake, because today we improved the setting of the bike and had great pace, and could even have challenged for the win,´ lamented the rider, having conceded the lead in the World Championship to Dani Pedrosa.
`It was an important mistake for the championship, but we are on the pace, we are fast and the championship is very long. One mistake in a year is possible after seven races on the podium.´

GO VALE!!
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 valentin0_rossi - (xxranielxx)
 
04:24pm 19/06/2008
 
 
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This weekend's British Grand Prix at Donington park will mark Valentino Rossi's 200th grand prix start.
Having been left off the Donington Park podium for the first time since 1998 during last season's wet British Grand Prix, Valentino Rossi is determined to bounce back at the 2008 event - as he seeks to protect a slim world championship lead.
Valentino Rossi is the most successful grand prix rider ever at Donington Park, venue for this weekend's British Grand Prix, having won on no fewer than seven occasions in all classes - including his first ever 500cc win back in 2000.
This year the 29-year-old arrives on top form, leading the world championship and expecting the usual fanatical level of support despite recently moving from London back to his native Italy.
Rossi lived in the English capital from 1999 to last year and built up an army of British fans, but hasn't had the opportunity to celebrate victory with them since 2005 - a situation he will aim to remedy on Sunday as he defends a shrinking seven-point lead from Catalan Grand Prix winner Dani Pedrosa.
"Without doubt, Donington is one of my favourite race tracks in the world and I have some fantastic memories of it, including of course my first 500cc win in 2000, when I had a fantastic battle with Jeremy McWilliams and Kenny Roberts," said Rossi.
"It's a track that has everything; it's fast and flowing but also technical, although like most people I'm not so keen on the last section!
"Racing in the UK is also very special for me because for a long time I lived there and, even though now I live in Italy again, I would still like to think of it as a second home and I hope the fans will give me as much support as they always do.
"I was very disappointed to miss the podium last year because the Donington podium is something special, so I will be aiming to get back on it this year!" he declared.
"We have a lot of great memories of Donington Park and it is traditionally a good track for Valentino so we're looking forward to this weekend," added team manager Davide Brivio. "We arrive there leading the championship but Pedrosa is very close behind us so it is going to be a close and exciting battle."
However, reflecting on the current points standings, Brivio insists that the 2008 title is far from a Rossi/Pedrosa duel.
"As far as the points situation is concerned Dani is looking like the most dangerous rival right now but Lorenzo and Stoner are still in the fight," he said. "Stoner is in fourth place but only 50 points behind and over eleven races that is not an impossible gap, so our target is to keep finishing on the podium.
"We also want to improve and when you look at Barcelona you can see we need to do this at the start of the race. On Friday and Saturday we didn't find the best setting for the bike, which restricted our qualifying position, and even though the team did a good job overnight we suffered for it in the race.
"However, we gathered a lot of information at the test and tried out some solutions with the qualifying tyre so hopefully this can help us be even more competitive at Donington," he added.

 
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06:27pm 20/10/2007
 
 
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After qualifying just ninth on the grid, and failing to find a competitive race set-up, Valentino Rossi fears he has little chance in Sunday's Malaysian Grand Prix.

Having been just 16th on Friday, Rossi provided hope of a recovery by setting the seventh fastest time in Saturday's final free practice session, only for his hopes to evaporate in the afternoon heat.

The Fiat Yamaha rider spent most of the hour-long session outside the top ten as he struggled for grip on race tyres, before briefly firing up to second place with a qualifying Michelin. But that became ninth by the end of the session and The Doctor sees little reason for optimism.

"This morning things were feeling better for us and we were a little bit more confident. Unfortunately this afternoon, with the higher temperatures, our tyres didn't work in the same way and we were much slower and sliding quite a lot," said Rossi. "With the qualifying tyre I was quite confident and they worked quite well, as they have all season, and I thought there was a chance for the front row. With the second one I thought we could improve again but I had a slide in the third section and lost some time, and so now we are on the third row.

"I am quite disappointed because our race pace is not good at the moment and we needed to be on the front row to give us the best chance possible for tomorrow. It will be difficult to use the warm-up to our advantage because the conditions are different to those we will probably have during the race, but anyway we will do what we can and try to make the best from the situation," he shrugged.

Team-mate Colin Edwards just 13th and, unusually for the Texan, was almost lost for words.

"There's really very little to say about today and I think it's better if I say 'no comment!' stated Colin. "We've got some big problems and it hasn't been fun. I want to say thanks to all my guys; they're working so hard to try and make a difference and find a way to improve things and I know they won't give up at any point. It's going to be a very hard race but it's not over till it's over so we'll just have to wait and see what we can improve before 3pm tomorrow and what happens after the lights go out."

Let's hope they can pull things around tomorrow.

 
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