MotoGP: UK Grand Prix 2009 – A surprise battle

Published on July 27th, 2009

I was calling a few people to accompany me to watch MotoGP last night because I didn’t want to watch it alone at home. At the very least, there must be a glass of ‘sirap bandung’ and someone to comment with during the race. And since I’m the only one at home with a taste for two-wheels, I was simply asked to watch the race elsewhere.

Surprise, surprise.

When Toni Elias high-sided at lap seven, I was telling my other half that the race could bring more riders to the gravel. After explaining to her what high-sided means, Lorenzo, who was leading the frontrunners after Elias’ crash, simply fell down when riding over a slippery rumble strip. He couldn’t restart his bike afterwards, and was forced to admit defeat.

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This rewarded previous race winner Valentino Rossi the number one spot. Following close behind was Dani Pedrosa’s teammate, Andrea Dovizioso, from Repsol Honda.

The race last night could be classified as somewhat moody, with disappointments running high on everybody’s neck. Casey Stoner and teammate Nicky Hayden of Ducati Marlborro team made a very wrong decision for going with full wet tyres on the tarmac, considering the rain was not that heavy. The durability of Bridgestone’s dry tyre also meant that they were simply unable to keep up with the pace. Both riders were lapped twice by the leaders before even the halfway point of the race.

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Rossi, Dovizioso, Colin Edwards from Monster Yamaha Tech 3 and Randy de Puniet from LCR Honda made up the front runners, with Dani Pedrosa following close behind.

Rossi and Dovizioso was battling it out neck to neck when Rossi’s rear tyre lost traction at the Fogarty Esses, with eleven laps remaining. Dovizioso found himself riding against himself and relaxed visibly after Rossi’s crash.

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Dovizioso commented that when Rossi was riding in front of him, all he had to do was to follow Rossi’s line. But after Rossi’s crash, he had to read the lines himself and that made him slow down. But when Edwards and Puniet was closing the gap, he had to ride harder to keep them at his back. Now that sound reassuring, don’t it?

Surviving the crash, Rossi picked his bike back up and reentered the race at eleventh position. He made a quick series of overtaking and reached fifth position on the last lap.

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Closer to the chequered flag, Puniet and Edwards was going full ahead, overtaking each other at each corner. Edwards came out victorious with just under 1.5seconds behind Dovizioso. It was the two rider’s first podium of the 2009 season.

Following behind was Alex de Angelis from San Carlo Honda Gresini and Valentino Rossi.

Right after the victory wheelies, they changed the channel to twenty-two-people-on-the-field-chasing-after-one-ball program. I took the bill to the counter, paid the guy, and drove off, without a single word.

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The race has got to be the most unpredictable and challenging for the riders. Hopefully the next round in August 16 will be more forgiving to both the riders and spectators.

text: Syawal Ahmad  pix: MotoGP

Comments

  1. Posted by zx2rr on July 27th, 2009, 11:54

    Wahahahaha…ko x ske bola ye Syawal? Neway, ya havta see the swapping bikes event in a dry-wet-dry again race…where confusion reigns supreme

  2. Posted by Syawal on July 27th, 2009, 13:38

    I’m one of the few guys who don’t like to watch soccer. Haha.

    Yeah, semi-flag-to-flag race la. I need to watch the race again la, without any Mamak walking in front of the TV, or stand there for a while. Replay!

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