It was an exciting race if you are a fan of the Rossi / Lorenzo battle but if you were looking for a 4-way slug-fest at the front…you weren’t going to get it. Valentino Rossi raced his teammate all afternoon long while Casey Stoner sat home, with mystery illness, and Dani Pedrosa struggled to stay int he same zip/postal code as the leaders.
It was a race that was massively attended by rabid MotoGP fans and a good sign the economy may not be hurting MotoGP as bad as it is F1. Rossi was passed by Lorenzo with 6 laps remaining but pressed the Spaniard hard forcing an error that saw his young teammate crash. Lorenzo had made an exceptional pass on the “The Doctor” of MotoGP but wisdom did not prevail as finishing second is better for the championship run that crashing while trying to stave off the sports greatest rider.
The ride of the race for me had to be Tony Elias on the Gresini Honda. What a ride! He held off Andrea Dovizioso for a podium finish while Dani Pedrosa came in second. A good race in all and another example of why MotoGP is a terrific sport.
Pos Rider Bike Time/Gap
1. Valentino Rossi Yamaha 43m08.991s
2. Dani Pedrosa Honda + 11.766s
3. Toni Elias Gresini Honda + 20.756s
4. Andrea Dovizioso Honda + 21.418s
5. Loris Capirossi Suzuki + 21.538s
6. Nicky Hayden Ducati + 25.544s
7. Colin Edwards Tech 3 Yamaha + 25.676s
8. Alex de Angelis Gresini Honda + 34.109s
9. James Toseland Tech 3 Yamaha + 35.617s
10. Randy de Puniet LCR Honda + 39.824s
11. Chris Vermeulen Suzuki + 40.776s
12. Niccolo Canepa Pramac Ducati + 50.661s
13. Gabor Talmacsi Scot Honda + 59.188s
Mika Kallio Ducati 20 laps
Marco Melandri Hayate Kawasaki 20 laps
Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 17 laps
Michel Fabrizio Pramac Ducati 5 laps