MotoGP »

Rossi: Bad for Lorenzo, good for us!

History repeated itself for Valentino Rossi in Sunday's Czech Republic Grand Prix when, for the second year in succession, his nearest title rival crashed out while holding a narrow lead - handing the Italian victory and a 50 point championship advantage.

In 2008 it was Ducati's Casey Stoner who lowsided out of the race, but in 2009 it was Fiat Yamaha team-mate Jorge Lorenzo who appeared to succumb to the pressure.

While Stoner had fallen on lap 7 while being hunted down by Rossi, Lorenzo had fought forwards from fourth at turn one to take second behind Rossi on lap 4 of 22.

From then on it was a two-man race, the M1 riders blasting around Brno over one-second a lap faster than their nearest rivals, led by Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa.

“We tried a modification to close the gap with Jorge, who in practice was faster than us, so we began the race a little bit blind,” said Rossi. “I got a good start and tried to push like a devil. In the first two or three laps I knew the bike was working well. I was waiting for the battle with Jorge, but I still made it hard work for him to catch me.”

Lorenzo finally overtook Rossi for the first and last time with six laps to go, squeezing inside the Italian on the brakes into turn three.

The reigning six time MotoGP champion then made a half-hearted attempt to retake the lead at the same turn on the following lap. Rossi hadn't even got alongside Lorenzo when the #99 lost the front and lowsided into his second retirement in a row.

“When Jorge overtook me I thought 'now we will have another big battle' like so many times this year. I felt strong and I was ready. But unfortunately Jorge made a mistake; he lost the front and crashed,” said Rossi. “After that was relaxed, I rode around like a tourist - looking at everything!”

Lorenzo now has just six races to try and claw back the lost points, meaning an average of 8.3 points per race.

It's will be a huge task: Rossi left Brno 2008 with an identical 50 point lead over Stoner with six rounds to go - and went on to win his eighth world championship by 93 points.




Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Rossi,  Czech MotoGP 2009
Rossi at 2016 Monza Rally Show (Monster)
Jorge Lorenzo, Mercedes AMG Petronas, Silverstone [Credit: Monster Energy]
Zarco`s Yamaha, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2016
Zarco`s Yamaha, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2016
Zarco`s Yamaha, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2016
Zarco`s Yamaha, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2016
Zarco`s Yamaha, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2016
Zarco`s Yamaha, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2016
Zarco`s Yamaha, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2016
Zarco`s Yamaha, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2016
Zarco`s Yamaha, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2016
Rossi, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2016
Rossi, Redding, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2016
Rossi, Valencia MotoGP tests, November 2016
Rossi, Valencia MotoGP tests, November 2016
Lorenzo, Valencia MotoGP tests, November 2016
Rossi, Valencia MotoGP tests, November 2016

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.


Taz - Unregistered

August 16, 2009 5:05 PM

@borgo panigale What a lot of cobblers. He'll see his days out at Yamaha, why not, he's built a great team round him. Why go to Ducati and have to listen to Stoners tantrums. He'll be off rallying after a two or three more years



© 1999 - 2016 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.