MotoGP: Tense on the Losail

Published on April 13th, 2010

Welcome welcome welcome to the 2010 season of MotoGP, which started its very first race early Monday morning (local time, obviously) in the most dramatic way possible. We saw the display of skills from the legendary Valentino Rossi, Jorge Lorenzo, a surprising Andrea Dovizioso who battled it out side-by-side with Nicky Hayden, new MotoGP rider Ben Spies, Randy de Puniet, the quick-on-first-corner-but-finished-somewhere-down-the-ladder Dani Pedrosa, Colin Edwards, and the ol’skool Capirossi.

The race started off with Casey Stoner of Ducati Marlboro sitting comfortably and confidently on the 1st position and the Fiat Yamaha duo bringing up the rear with Rossi hot on Stoner’s, err… exhaust. Directly behind them was de Puniet, Capirossi, Dovizioso, Pedrosa, Edwards, Hayden, Aoyama and Ben Spies completing the top eleven.

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As soon as the lights went off, Dani Pedrosa shot forward towards the first corner, followed by Rossi and Stoner. Stoner retook first position on the first few laps but front-end slip on Lap 6 caused the Australian to go walkabout on the gravel, ending his reign in Qatar with no points.

Stoner’s crash gave everyone else a boost, quite literally. With Stoner out of the race, it began to look quite possible for other riders to claim victory over the train. Rossi was left leading the race, with Hayden, Pedrosa, Dovizioso, Lorenzo and Ben completing the train.

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Lorenzo, who was seen to be bidding his time on now 4th position, overtook Pedrosa with 16 laps to go. Rossi, Hayden, and Dovizioso was seen battling it all out for the 1st position, with Hayden and Dovi overtaking each other and Dovi tried to conquer Rossi.

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Ben was seen pressuring the now-behind Pedrosa and overtook him with 15 laps to go. De Puniet overtook Pedrosa with 12 laps to go and Ben started to move closer to Lorenzo. At the front, Hayden started the battle with Dovizioso with 11 laps to go, and they went side by side most of the time, overtaking each other all the way to the last lap.

Lorenzo was still bidding his time on 4th.

Then Dovizioso did a surprising move by overtaking Rossi with 7 laps to go, but Rossi did a Rossi and overtook him immediately after that. Hayden overtook Dovizioso with 5 laps to go, but Dovizioso took it back. The riders stayed on their position for three more laps.

With two laps to go, Lorenzo began closing in on Hayden and overtook him, and immediately after that overtook Dovizioso at a corner. Lorenzo is riding with a damaged right hand, by the way.

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Coming on the last corner, Hayden overtook Dovizioso at the last two corners, but on the last corner Hayden stayed on the inside, which gave Dovizioso a chance to overtake from the outside and build up speed faster.

Rossi crossed the finished line first, followed by Lorenzo, and Dovizioso won the third position by eleven thousand of a second (0.011) ahead of Hayden, who won fourth. Ben took fifth, followed by de Puniet on sixth, Pedrosa on seventh, Edwards on eighth and Capirossi on ninth.

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Alvaro Bautista, Capirossi’s teammate from Rizla Suzuki MotoGP, crashed on the last lap.

Rossi: “I was worried of Dovizioso towards the end, but I managed to stay in front. I was actually looking forward to fight with Casey Stoner, but I lost quite a bit of time with Dani Pedrosa. It became more easy after Casey crashed. It was quite difficult to stay in front because I keep on sliding. But I gave my maximum, and it’s a great way to start the season. We’ll try to continue like this.”

Lorenzo: “My hand was not perfect but I tried although there were a lot of slidings. I did the most maximum I could to overtake Hayden and Dovizioso, and I did it.”

Dovizioso: “It was a strange thing to have the rider in front of you to be on the inside of the final corner, so when Hayden did that mistake, I could overtake him. We’ll definitely improve, and to start the race as the fastest rider is important.”

By the way, a little trivia, Rossi was the slowest overall rider in the race.

There you have it. The very first race of the 2010 season. See you in two weeks in Japan!

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text: Al-mu Syarisyawal Ahmad  pix: MotoGP

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  1. Posted by Ducati ST2 on April 13th, 2010, 21:43

    I love all things ducati, and love this article, but can’t see many comments. Anyway great stuff.

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