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Pedrosa takes victory at Mugello

The first Italian MotoGP since 2000 to take place without Valentino Rossi has been won by Dani Pedrosa, who dominated the 23-lap race for his and Honda's first victory of the 2010 season.

Reigning seven time MotoGP champion Rossi missed his home race after fracturing his lower right leg in a Saturday morning highside and could be sidelined for months.

Just before the start, Lorenzo held up a message for Fiat Yamaha team-mate Rossi saying "Everyone can feel pain, but not everyone can be a legend”, while the whole of the Ducati grandstand displayed the word “Vale” with red and white cards.

Rossi himself then gave a message via telephone from hospital, which was broadcast over the circuit PA system to the fans. Rossi, who was watching on TV (see separate story), said he missed everyone and would be back soon.

In Rossi's absence, Pedrosa converted pole into the race lead and simply rode into the distance, helped by nearest rivals Lorenzo and Dovizioso exchanging second place in the early stages.

Pedrosa's lead over the Lorenzo/Dovizioso battle reached eight seconds, before the Spaniard put his factory RCV into cruise control to claim his ninth MotoGP victory by 4.014sec.

Lorenzo shook off Dovizioso in the closing stages to be the only rider to finish all four races this season on the podium, and the #99 now holds a 25 point lead over new nearest rival Pedrosa, with Rossi slipping to third.

Dovizioso at least had the honour of being top Italian and standing on his home podium, after his third third-place of the year.

On the podium, an unhappy Lorenzo - he later said he wanted to win to dedicate it to Rossi and couldn't understand his lack of pace - wore a “VR 46” t-shirt.

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Stevo - Unregistered

June 06, 2010 2:32 PM

I was sorry to see Nicky Hayden lose the front end of his bike. However, I guess that shows Casey was having to deal with a new Ducati that is just not providing the goods. I hope Ducati can fix this handling issue because I really want to see Nicky and Casey doing well, they are my 2 favorite riders in motogp :)

funnstuff - Unregistered

June 06, 2010 2:43 PM

Well congrats to Pedrosa, a good win. A smart ride by Lorenzo doing points management for the championship. Obviously he could of battled for the win but would of risked crashing. Lorenzo has matured nicely (remember too many crashes last season cost him the title). Stoner and Hayden well, well, well. Now we see it's not Stoner's fault losing the front, the NEW Ducati has lots of problems. Stoner used the old fork and Hayden did not and look who crashed this race, and look who came in fourth.The exact opposite result from earlier races. In preseason I told you guys Ducati changing bikes could be a massive problem. It takes a long time to make a bike competitive at this level, a shame.

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