MotoGP: Alice Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland – Rossi proven worthy

Published on July 21st, 2009

I had just arrived at Pelita Ampang for some Nasi Kandar treat when the MotoGP logo appeared on the screen, of which point that I told my other half to just ignore any sound I’ll be making throughout the race and she will be ignored completely.

The race was simply astounding with Valentino Rossi of Fiat Yamaha leading the pack and followed closely by Casey Stoner of Ducati Marlboro and Dani Pedrosa of Repsol Honda.

As soon as the race started after the warm up lap, Randy de Puniet of LCR Honda crashed before even completing his first lap for opening the throttle too early. A disappointing one at that, since he started third behind Pedrosa, winner of the previous round in Laguna Seca.

Rossi, Pedrosa, Stoner, Lorenzo was leading the pack with Stoner giving pressure continuously for the first few laps. Stoner overtook Pedrosa in a fast late braking corner on lap 5 and Rossi on lap 7. Stoner was leading the pack for quite a few laps, but I’d say it’s a little too early to be in the front.


Sure enough, pressure was kept at the maximum by Rossi throughout the rest of the race.

In the meantime, another battle for third place was also going on between Pedrosa and Lorenzo. Lorenzo gave Pedrosa a lesson in overtaking at lap 9 and Rossi took back the leader status from Stoner on lap 17. Stoner seemed to be losing his focus after the overtaking and Lorenzo was quick to snap 2nd position from him on lap 18.


The order was the same for a little while but the race was focused on two riders pretty much through out the race. With ten laps to go, Lorenzo took the fight to Rossi and the two riders went neck to neck with Lorenzo clocking a mere 0.162 seconds behind Rossi.

Rossi kept Lorenzo at bay for a little while but Lorenzo was determined to grab the first position. After a small mistake by Rossi for going wide on one of the corners, Lorenzo took a fast swipe on Rossi, taking the first position for on lap 26.

With four laps to go, Casey Stoner was given another lesson in overtaking by Dani Pedrosa who has been bidding his time to catch up with the top three riders.


On lap 26, Pedrosa pushed Stoner down one level and claimed third position. Stoner seemed to give up on trying and was seen to be contented with fourth position.

Rossi was not willing to give up and kept within 0.129 seconds behind Lorenzo. With spectators began to bite their fingernails or anything they can get a hold of, Rossi took a very well calculated risk by late braking on a corner, leaving Lorenzo to smell his fumes.

Lorenzo followed with a mere 0.099 seconds behind Rossi on lap 30. Rossi claimed the chequered flag with a wheelie and followed by a one-wheeler by Lorenzo. Dani Pedrosa joined the victory wheelie with disappointed Stoner following behind.


Alex de Angelis and Toni Elías had a successful salvage operation for the San Carlo Honda Gresini Team, placing fifth and sixth, respectively. Elías was particularly impressive, having started from last place.

The only retirees from the race were Randy de Puniet, who crashed on the opening lap, and Andrea Dovizioso, who fell prey to excessive front tyre wear and was forced to retire before the end of the 30-lap Grand Prix.


There you go. Stoner seemed to be holding back a lot, Lorenzo and Rossi gave one of the best battles, and Dani Pedrosa refused to be pushed down. Only then I realised that my friends have already arrived at the table and was trying to slap me out from one of the best MotoGP race this season.

Watch out for the next round of MotoGP on July 28 in the United Kingdom.

text: Syawal Ahmad  pix: MotoGP


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