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Qatar claims place on close finish list

Official MotoGP statistics have confirmed that last month's Qatar Grand Prix produced the closest ever top four finish in the 800cc class, which began in 2007.

At the end of the 22 lap race distance - and after Casey Stoner had crashed from the lead - Valentino Rossi (Yamaha), Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha), Andrea Dovizioso (Honda) and Nicky Hayden (Ducati) were covered by just 1.876sec.

However, it was only the tenth closest top four finish of all-time in the premier-class (in a grand prix that has completed full distance).

The closest top four finish was the 2006 (990cc) German Grand Prix at Sachsenring, when Rossi, Marco Melandri, Hayden and Pedrosa were covered by just 0.307sec!


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billace - Unregistered

April 29, 2010 2:44 PM

Rossi's bike wasn't broke, this was the engine rules in full effect. Honda dialed it up to 10 because the bike has been a nail all preseason. Yamaha did the smart thing and gave the bikes enough power to win. I bet they still have the override switch to open up the revs if needed but its a long season and the smart teams will use just enough power to win and no more.



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