MotoGP »

Pedrosa wins at Valencia

Dani Pedrosa won the last race of the 2009 MotoGP season, at Valencia on Sunday.

There was drama even before the start when Casey Stoner, winner of the last two races and fastest in all track sessions at Valencia, crashed out on the warm-up lap - instantly handing Jorge Lorenzo second in the world championship.

The accident went on to cost Stoner third in the standings, with Pedrosa comfortably vaulting the eleven point deficit to the Ducati star at the end of the 30 race laps.

Valencia was a classic Pedrosa win - the Repsol Honda rider blasting from his inherited 'pole' into an early lead, then quickly breaking clear of his rivals before monitoring his advantage over Yamaha riders Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo for the rest of the race.

Pedrosa's victory means he keeps his record of two-wins-a-season in MotoGP intact and confirmed Honda as second in the 2009 constructors' championship, between Yamaha and Ducati.

Lorenzo had overtaken newly crowned seven time MotoGP world champion Rossi for third place during the opening lap, then snatched second from Toni Elias into the final turn on lap three.

But Rossi was shadowing Lorenzo's every move and when the young Spaniard was kicked out of the seat on the following lap the Italian effortlessly moved into second. It seems that Lorenzo's airbag may have been deployed by the near highside.

Pedrosa was already 2.5sec clear when Rossi moved into second and he went on to win by 2.630 after backing off significantly in the closing stages.

Lorenzo had been 2.5sec behind Rossi at the halfway stage, then got his teeth into the Italian during the second half of the race to be less than one second behind with three laps to go.

But Rossi held on and crossed the line just a few tenths ahead of Lorenzo.

Colin Edwards, who needed to bridge a four point gap to take fifth in the championship from Pedrosa's factory Honda team-mate Andrea Dovizioso, did just that - with a little help from his 2010 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 team-mate Ben Spies.

Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Pedrosa, Valencia MotoGP 2009
Pedrosa, Valencia MotoGP 2009
Nicky Hayden - A tribute
Private testing action from Barcelona
Morning (left) and afternoon (right) lap times from Weds at Barcelona test
Marquez fall at private Barcelona test
Barcelona Circuit of Catalunya chicane final sector
New Catalunya chicane during private test
New chicane in use at Catalunya MotoGP test
Pedrosa, Zarco, Vinales, French MotoGP 2017
Vinales, French MotoGP 2017
Crowd, French MotoGP 2017
Baz, French MotoGP 2017
Rossi, Vinales, French MotoGP 2017
Iannone, French MotoGP 2017
Folger, French MotoGP 2017
Crowd, French MotoGP 2017
Dovizioso, Crutchlow, French MotoGP 2017

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.

Hot Rod - Unregistered

November 08, 2009 2:35 PM

Unlucky Casey, WEll done Dani, Congrats Ben, Im so happy about the quick transition i was a bit worried before this weekend. Well done Colin great way to win it. Sorry James not the way it should have ended. And all those people still kicking james give it a rest. The guy is down and out at his lowest point and you still find pleasure in spitting on him. Shame on you, I don't know how any one considered human can get such pleasure out of someones misery and misfortune. Your lower than scum

© 1999 - 2017 Crash Media Group

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