MotoGP Laguna Seca – Pedrosa’s Revival

Published on July 7th, 2009

We’re reminded again of the beautiful machines that come with two wheels last weekend as the top riders of the world converged on one of the biggest racing event in the world; the MotoGP.

Many diehard fans of Valentino “The Doctor” Rossi must’ve gone home in disappointment seeing their favourite rider fell a step behind Dani Pedrosa at the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix in California last Sunday.

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Winning the race seemed like a second chance for Pedrosa to prove his worth on the tarmac, especially after the disaster crash in Sachsenring, Germany last year.

“It was a nice race and a nice weekend for us,” Pedrosa told motogp.com. “It has been tough but we did a good job and to finally get a win here (at the race) is a good feeling. After a whole year with so many troubles and injuries, this is perfect.”

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Viewers were also served with numbers of crashes including Pedrosa’s teammate, Andrea Dovizioso, who crashed on lap seven.

Dani Pedrosa, followed by a string of crashes and injuries, started fourth on the grid and returned to his very best, carving the tarmac in a pace none of his opponents could match.

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He created a significant gap between him and Rossi at one point during the race. But the Doctor refused to be backed down and chased Pedrosa down on the final lap but there was simply no overtaking Pedrosa’s flawless performance.

A strong win for Pedrosa, but he still have some more corners to take before he can seriously compete for the World Championship points, which is now being led by Valentino Rossi and followed by Jorge Lorenzo and Casey Stoner.

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Lorenzo, with injury to his shoulder and foot, had to be content with third place after a wrong move when trying to overtake Rossi. Stoner stayed with the frontrunners for most of the race, staying within touching distance of Fiat Yamaha pair Rossi and Lorenzo. He finished fourth. Nicky Hayden achieved his first top five result since joining Ducati, finishing just ahead of Toni Elías of San Carlo Honda Gresini.

Colin Edwards (Monster Yamaha Tech 3), Chris Vermeulen (Rizla Suzuki), Randy de Puniet (LCR Honda) and Marco Melandri (Hayate Racing) completed the top ten.

text: Syawal Ahmad  pix: MotoGP

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