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Lorenzo provides Rossi’s biggest team-mate challenge.

At the Italian Grand Prix, Jorge Lorenzo finished in front of Fiat Yamaha team-mate Valentino Rossi for the third time this year.

Finishing behind his team-mate is a rare event for reigning six time MotoGP world champion Rossi and has happened just twelve times - when both he and his team-mate have finished - in the 123 MotoGP races held since the start of 2002.

Those twelve times are listed below.

On four of these occasions Rossi has crashed and remounted, but in short Rossi was beaten once by Honda team-mate Tohru Ukawa (2002), once by Yamaha team-mate Carlos Checa (2004), four times by Yamaha team-mate Colin Edwards (2005-2007) but already six times by Lorenzo (2008-present).

2002/South Africa: Ukawa 1st - Rossi 2nd
2004/France: Checa 2nd - Rossi 4th
2005/USA: Edwards 2nd - Rossi 3rd
2006/Spain: Edwards 11th - Rossi 14th (Rossi crashed on first lap and re-started)
2006/Valencia: Edwards 9th - Rossi 13th (Rossi crashed and re-started)
2007/Great Britain: Edwards 2nd - Rossi 4th
2008/Qatar: Lorenzo 2nd - Rossi 5th
2008/Portugal: Lorenzo 1st - Rossi 3rd
2008/Dutch TT: Lorenzo 6th - Rossi 11th (Rossi crashed on first lap and re-started)
2009/Japan: Lorenzo 1st - Rossi 2nd
2009/France: Lorenzo 1st - Rossi 16th (Rossi crashed and re-started)
2009/Italy: Lorenzo 2nd - Rossi 3rd

Lorenzo will start this Sunday's Grand Prix of Catalunya, round six of the championship, five points ahead of Rossi and four behind Ducati's Casey Stoner.


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BLOAT46 - Unregistered

June 11, 2009 10:54 AM

Rossi blocked JB & Yamahas attempts to sign Stoner to the Yamaha squad in 2006. He is now doing his best to thwart Lorenzo by insiting on keeping the team divided with the wall. He only ever thinks of himself. When he has to compete on equal terms or against a better package like the 2007 Ducati GP7 he looks nothing like the GOAT and more like a very good rider who has been INCREDIBLY lucky in his career. I love Valentino but his whinging fanboys and his rampant ego have been a huge turnoff and I really think against quality opposition (Rainey, Doohan, Lawson) he would have won races but no way would he have enjoyed the success he has had without the special tyres, best bike etc

Choked! - Unregistered

June 11, 2009 8:57 AM

"In 2006 Rossi would have been dominant,he just had some really bad luck" As did the guy who beat him, maybe even more so as I don't recall Valentino being taken out by his own "team mate". 2006 was Valentino's chance to prove how good he really was and his fight back was quite impressive but he went to Valencia with one hand on the trophy and Nicky ended up being the tougher guy. Valentino had real pressure for once and couldn't hack it, end of! That's what lost him the title in 06.



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