MotoGP 2009 Czech Republic – Lorenzo’s gravel mistake

Published on August 17th, 2009

I wanted to talk about the fashion show I attended on Sunday but my editor told me to get out of the office and buy him some food, and I forgot what I wanted to write. So I’m not going to talk about the fashion show or the babeliciously delicious and flirtatious goody-goody-two-shoes cuties that were present at the show.

So we move on to MotoGP… rather reluctantly from the cuties that I’m still seeing in my dreams.

The tenth round of MotoGP was held in the Czech Republic, at the Brno Circuit. Rossi, once again, is on the first position of the grid, with teammate Lorenzo and Pedrosa sitting close by. After the customary standing-around-the-bike ceremony, the riders began their warm up lap.

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The start of the race showcased Rossi, Lorenzo, Pedrosa, Elias and Dovizioso shooting off for the first advantage. Rossi was determined to gain the first position and very reluctant to let it go even for his dear teammate. Rossi commented that he’d give a perfect race and he was really going for it.

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The pace was quick to be set after first few laps with Rossi leading the pack with the same lineup and at this point the top three riders began pulling away from the train.

Pedrosa was quick to show Lorenzo that he meant business as well by overtaking Lorenzo and stayed on the second position early in the race. The top three riders continued to show unmatched performance by the other riders, but we know from the last race that Pedrosa said he was only following Rossi and had a hard time keeping the pace up after Rossi’s crash. Maybe it’s safe to say that he is just playing follow the leader and won’t be aiming the first position but podium placing nevertheless.

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Lorenzo was also determined to take the fight to Rossi himself by overtaking Pedrosa and started the battle for first position. With sixteen laps to go, Lorenzo and Rossi was going neck-to-neck with Loreno closing the gap turn after turn, leaning further and further. Pedrosa, who was not included at all in the first position battle, was seen riding alone in between the frontrunners and the other part of the train.

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After a series of nail-biting laps, Lorenzo seconded closer to Rossi and overtook the race leader with six laps to go. We could still see Pedrosa at the far end of the camera view

But the victory parade was non-existent as Lorenzo low-sided on turn 3, right beside Rossi. Rossi commented after the race that he was getting ready for a good show to battle for the first position but ultimately Rossi came out unscathed, with fifty points extra for the championship title.

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Lorenzo was clearly pushing the bike too hard when the front tyre gave way, sending him kissing the gravel. After a quick check of the bike, frustrated Lorenzo had to let the race go and paid dearly for his mistake.

Right after Lorenzo’s gravel stunt, the camera showed Mika Kallio (Ducati Marlboro Team) collided with Marco Melandri (Hayate Racing Team) with Kallio trying to continue racing by hugging the rear end of Melandri’s bike before being greeted merrily by the gravel.

Rossi claimed first position, followed by lonely Dani Pedrosa and Toni Elias.

text: Syawal Ahmad  pix: MotoGP

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