MotoGP – Yamaha high as Doctor does the Double Dutch!

Published on June 30th, 2009

If you weren’t decked out in lemon yellow and sported the number 46 somewhere on your anatomy this weekend at Assen in Netherlands then you would have surely gone home with a frown on your face.

Like it or not, Valentino ‘The Doctor’ Rossi has once again rode the entire Moto GP field into the dirt this season and last weekend’s Assen Moto GP was no different except for one minor detail, the Doctor hit his century mark of wins while leading team mate Jorge Lorenzo to a Yamaha one-two.

Right from the get-go, it was destined to be a Rossi procession to mark his century of wins as he overtook Ducati Marlboro’s Casey Stoner on the second lap, with Lorenzo repeating the cycle on lap five after a slow start, right after Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa hit the black top a lap earlier while in third.

Perhaps taking the team mate thing a tad too far, Pedrosa’s stable mate, Andrea Dovizioso, crashed on the same spot on lap 10, leaving Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Colin Edwards and Rizla Suzuki’s Chris Vermeulen to complete the high five and that was exactly how it stayed till the chequered flag was waved.

With the infamous Laguna Seca up next on the calendar, it seems a mere certainty that the Doctor will administer his corkscrew onto the rest of the starting grid as he did so last year.

Rossi wasn’t the only one with an ear to ear grin that weekend as Yamaha managed to place all four of its bikes in the top six with Stoner’s Ducati in third and Vermeulen’s Suzuki in fifth splitting the Yamaha’s. The big H only managed to snag seventh and eighth spots with Randy de Puniet and Toni Elias after the Repsol bikes made a beeline for the containers.

It was a real dogfight in the middle of the pack as the likes of Loris Capirossi, Nicky Hayden and de Puniet thrashed it out for the sixth to 11th tags. Hayden did snagged eighth spot though, a season best although not a personal one.

Summing up the weekend, it was a familiar sight again atop the podium with only the fact that it was Rossi’s century of wins making the celebrations that much more meaningful. Nonetheless, hope lays well-sowed for Laguna Seca for even if the Doctor sits victorious again (which looks very likely considering his form and track record so far) we can certainly hope that the infamous circuit will at least spew out some thrilling two-wheeled action.

Head over to MotoGP for the full result.

words: Dinesh Appavu  pix: MotoGP


  1. Posted by zx2rr on June 30th, 2009, 09:05

    another 23 wins to go for rossi to overhaul agostini’s record…


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