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Old 11-03-2009, 08:09 AM   #1
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Multiple battles to be contested at final round at Valencia
Monday, 02 November 2009
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Valentino Rossi may have sealed the 2009 MotoGP World Championship at Sepang, but there are still scores to be settled involving Jorge Lorenzo, Casey Stoner, Dani Pedrosa, and a host of other riders in the final round of the season at Valencia.


A ninth world title was wrapped up by Valentino Rossi in Malaysia, leaving the remainder of the MotoGP class to decide the final standings beyond first place for the 2009 season at the Gran Premio Generali de la Comunitat Valenciana.

Rossi’s Fiat Yamaha team-mate Jorge Lorenzo pushed him the closest for the title this year, and now the 22 year-old looks primed to secure second spot in his second season in the premier class. With a 25-point margin between him and Casey Stoner in third, it would take a non-point scoring finish from the Spaniard and a race win for the Ducati Marlboro man to dislodge Lorenzo from the runner-up position.

Far likelier for Stoner, who comes into round 17 in a rich vein of form having won his last two races at Sepang and Phillip Island, is third place to round off a season interrupted by illness. Speculation will linger as to how the final standings could have looked had the 2007 World Champion not missed Brno, Indianapolis and Misano due to fatigue, but the focus is now on preventing Dani Pedrosa from regaining third place. With victory last year and second the season before, the 24 year-old Australian has a strong pedigree at Valencia.

Repsol Honda’s Pedrosa is 11 points adrift in fourth, and needs a strong showing at a track where he won in 2007 and finished second at last time out.


The competition for fifth place is still very much alive, with just six points the difference between Andrea Dovizioso and Colin Edwards. The Italian’s crash at Sepang was not largely capitalised on by Edwards, whose 13th-placed classification means that the fight for fifth will now go down to the wire at Valencia.

Seventh place, meanwhile, is still to be decided upon between no less than six likely candidates. Marco Melandri (Hayate Racing), Loris Capirossi (Rizla Suzuki), Alex de Angelis and Toni Elías (both San Carlo Honda Gresini), Chris Vermeulen (Rizla Suzuki) and Randy de Puniet (LCR Honda) are all separated by just seven points from positions seven to 12.

All have top-ten finishes at Valencia within the past two seasons, with Melandri’s fourth in 2007 the most notable recent result from the pack. Nicky Hayden, at a further eight points adrift of De Puniet, has an outside chance of challenging for seventh if he manages his second podium of the year and other results go his way.

Also riding at Valencia will be American star Ben Spies, who will take to the track as a wildcard for Yamaha in preparation for his first full MotoGP season with Monster Yamaha Tech 3 in 2010.
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Old 11-03-2009, 09:49 AM   #2
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Wildcard BEN SPIES!!!! Whoo hoo, can't wait to see how the Texas Tornado does.

So Mokie, who won the Mfg championship? Was it Yamaha and I had it confused with WSBK?
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Old 11-03-2009, 11:43 AM   #3
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Wildcard BEN SPIES!!!! Whoo hoo, can't wait to see how the Texas Tornado does.

So Mokie, who won the Mfg championship? Was it Yamaha and I had it confused with WSBK?
WSBK= DUCATI
MOTOGP=YAMAHA, I think.
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Old 11-05-2009, 10:08 AM   #4
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Cool Ben Spies Wild Card Colors!

The Sterilgarda Yamaha Team unveils Ben Spies’ livery for Valencia | The Official MotoGP Website
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Old 11-05-2009, 10:15 AM   #5
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Texas will be represented well for the next two seasons. Go Ben!
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Old 11-05-2009, 05:57 PM   #6
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Go Ben go!!
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Old 11-06-2009, 03:44 PM   #7
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Cool 1st free practice

Stoner Fastest In First Practice At Valencia MotoGP
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Friday, November 06, 2009
Pos. Rider Team Bike Time
1 Casey Stoner Ducati Marlboro Ducati 1:32.813
2 Jorge Lorenzo Fiat Yamaha Yamaha 1:33.195
3 Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda Honda 1:33.241
4 Valentino Rossi Fiat Yamaha Yamaha 1:33.499
5 Randy De Puniet LCR Honda Honda 1:33.910
6 Alex De Angelis San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 1:34.106
7 Colin Edwards II Tech 3 Yamaha Yamaha 1:34.123
8 Andrea Dovizioso Repsol Honda Honda 1:34.382
9 Loris Capirossi Rizla Suzuki Suzuki 1:34.427
10 Nicky Hayden Ducati Marlboro Ducati 1:34.462
11 Mika Kallio Pramac Racing Ducati 1:34.696
12 Marco Melandri Hayate Racing Kawasaki 1:34.859
13 James Toseland Tech 3 Yamaha Yamaha 1:34.865
14 Tony Elias San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 1:34.873
15 Ben Spies Tech 3 Yamaha Yamaha 1:35.052
16 Chris Vermeulen Rizla Suzuki Suzuki 1:35.131
17 Gabor Talmacsi Scot Honda Honda 1:35.258
18 Aleix Espargaro Ducati 1:35.458
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2nd practice: Superbikeplanet

1 Casey Stoner Ducati Marlboro Ducati 1:32.819
2 Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda Honda 1:32.987
3 Jorge Lorenzo Fiat Yamaha Yamaha 1:33.065
4 Valentino Rossi Fiat Yamaha Yamaha 1:33.354
5 Nicky Hayden Ducati Marlboro Ducati 1:33.664
6 Andrea Dovizioso Repsol Honda Honda 1:33.717
7 Colin Edwards II Tech 3 Yamaha Yamaha 1:33.784
8 Randy De Puniet LCR Honda Honda 1:33.857
9 Alex De Angelis San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 1:34.004
10 Mika Kallio Pramac Racing Ducati 1:34.089
11 Tony Elias San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 1:34.111
12 Ben Spies Yamaha 1:34.196
13 Marco Melandri Hayate Racing Kawasaki 1:34.210
14 Loris Capirossi Rizla Suzuki Suzuki 1:34.407
15 Aleix Espargaro Pramac Racing Ducati 1:34.626
16 James Toseland Tech 3 Yamaha Yamaha 1:34.673
17 Chris Vermeulen Rizla Suzuki Suzuki 1:34.693
18 Gabor Talmacsi Scot Honda Honda 1:34.871
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Spies almost 0.5 seconds quicker than Toseland. 0.6 seconds slower than 5th place Hayden. Not too shabby so far. It's one thing to reel off a hot lap but consistant fast laps are more important. As Ben gets more seat time on the M1, he'll get that consistancy. He's proven that in the past.
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Cool Qualifying Is Over,....

Ducati's Stoner On Pole At Valencia MotoGP
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Saturday, November 07, 2009
Pos. Rider Team Bike Time
1 Casey Stoner Ducati Marlboro Ducati 1:32.256
2 Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda Honda 1:32.519
3 Jorge Lorenzo Fiat Yamaha Yamaha 1:32.537
4 Valentino Rossi Fiat Yamaha Yamaha 1:32.922
5 Colin Edwards II Tech 3 Yamaha Yamaha 1:33.085
6 Nicky Hayden Ducati Marlboro Ducati 1:33.154
7 Randy De Puniet LCR Honda Honda 1:33.391
8 Tony Elias San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 1:33.475
9 Ben Spies Yamaha 1:33.539
10 Andrea Dovizioso Repsol Honda Honda 1:33.678
11 Mika Kallio Pramac Racing Ducati 1:33.809
12 Alex De Angelis San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 1:33.844
13 Loris Capirossi Rizla Suzuki Suzuki 1:34.097
14 James Toseland Tech 3 Yamaha Yamaha 1:34.107
15 Marco Melandri Hayate Racing Kawasaki 1:34.188
16 Alex Espargaro Pramac Ducati 1:34.308
17 Gabor Talmacsi Scot Honda Honda 1:34.357
18 Chris Vermeulen Rizla Suzuki Suzuki 1:34.537
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