Wet MotoGP: Stoner’s win, Rossi’s victory, Monster’s struggle

Published on October 26th, 2009

What a day, what a race. Watching MotoGP from the spectators’ point of view and not the mediocre LCD screen was not just satisfying but it was almost magical. Fans screaming, demonic engine sounds and the display of sheer skills made the traffic jam afterwards all worth the freaking while, with quite a few cursings.

And to make the race much, much more interesting, it rained very heavily just before the race and drizzled throughout the entire 28 laps. Somebody would definitely be low-sided.


Casey Stoner was clearly seen to be the dominant rider yesterday, with a gap of over 10 seconds ahead of Dovizioso and Pedrosa starting from the lights-off. De Puniet high-sided early in the race, quite a nasty one at that, despite having a strong position on fourth from the start. Rossi had a somewhat slow start, dropping to tenth place on turn 1. Lorenzo’s bike had some problem and was forced to start second from the end tail.


When Rossi and Lorenzo fell down the ladder, the fan’s cheer was deafening. Rossi and Lorenzo gave a fantastic display of catching up, with Rossi taking corners at 160-180kmh. After a few laps, Casey was already way ahead with Dovizioso and Pedrosa on his tail. Following right behind after de Puniet’s crash was Casey’s teammate, Nicky Hayden.


Rossi did a number of very close overtaking, even on his closest rival Lorenzo. Wet tarmac made the whole race slippery, with The Doctor and other riders losing tractions quite a few times on the rear wheel.


Casey Stoner was first, followed some ten seconds behind by Dovizioso, Pedrosa, Hayden, Rossi and Lorenzo. Rossi gave Hayden an overtaking lesson, another close one, and Lorenzo followed suit. Rossi and Lorenzo were closing the gap but Lorenzo was seen not to be pushing hard enough to overtake Rossi. Rossi was closing in for the kill with seven laps to go, aiming for the championship.


Then Dovizioso fell. The whole track literally went quiet. And then, the whole area exploded with cheers.


Immediately after Dovizioso fell, Rossi stopped pushing his bike hard and was just following Pedrosa. One might sees it as ‘being professional’, well, he did win the World Championship after all and all he needed was fourth position.


Stoner crossed the finish line first, followed by Pedrosa, Rossi and Lorenzo. Rossi won the World Champion title for the ninth time.


Chris Vermeulen (Rizla Suzuki), Toni Elías (San Carlo Honda Gresini), Marco Melandri (Hayate Racing), Loris Capirossi (Rizla Suzuki) and Mika Kallio (Pramac Racing) completed the top ten.


On the other side, Aleix Espargaró finished eleventh in his third MotoGP race for Pramac. Monster Yamaha Tech 3 riders were both struggling with Colin Edwards finishing thirteenth and James Toseland on fifteenth.


A point to ponder upon. When the race has ended, I was walking towards the parking area located at where the MAM-SIC RallySprint 2009 was held. Leaving the Grandstand area, rubbish was everywhere. Dustbins were simply overwhelmed by trashes, cigarette buds were literally covering the floor and posters and flags were on the seats.


We have held numerous international events, but sadly our mentality has yet reached an international level. The traffic jam afterwards was another story of improper traffic control. I mean, come on, two hours just to exit the parking? Another hour to reach KLIA toll?

It was simply ridiculous. Luckily my friend and I had two movies to watch in my friend’s DVD player in the car. What a day.

text: Syawal Ahmad  pix: Syawal Ahmad & MotoGP

Head over to the Gallery section for more pictures, taken by Hazrin Yeob Men Shah



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