MotoGP 101: The Art of Winning
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It wasn’t easy by any stretch of the imagination and needed a perfect ride to the finish. And defending MotoGP champion Valentino Rossi just happened to have one in his kitty on Sunday. Fighting teammate Jorge Lorenzo, Rossi needed to be on his toes throughout the race that saw Lorenzo lose the lead with just two laps to go, giving Rossi number 4 for the season and 101 for the career. >
The race started in true Fiat Yamaha style as both Rossi and Lorenzo left the pack behind to battle on their own. Lorenzo was persistent when behind Rossi, and exhilarating when in front. The Italian bullied the Spaniard from behind and showed incredible finesse & skill when leading. The battle was heating up with Lorenzo in the lead towards the end of the race. Just when another Barcelona looked likely, Rossi took the lead on Lorenzo with two laps to go, ending the Spaniard’s hopes for the race win.
“Like at Montmeló we lost the battle, but it’s not a problem. I think we have to be happy because we are always towards the top and we are improving. It was a very hard race because this track is quite slow and you have to push your body to the maximum, so to keep with the pace of Valentino was difficult. It was hard to get past him because he was braking so hard and so late,” said Lorenzo after the race.
He continued, “Of course I’m disappointed to lose another very close race, it is always sad but I know that we are capable of fighting with Valentino and considering his experience this is something I must be proud of. Second is important today and we still have a long way to go in this championship.” >
Daniel Pedrosa was incredible despite starting from 8th spot on the grid. He blazed off the starting grid and was soon leading the way for the rest of the pack. For a brief period, Pedrosa gave the top two a strong fight however, in the end he was left battling the others off in third place.
Passed by Pedrosa with just 5 laps to go, Casey Stoner’s dismal season continued as he let Rossi move further away at the top of the standings. Stoner had a better race than he himself expected to and once he gave away third position to Pedrosa, Stoner struggled to hold on to challenge him back for it, especially after a sit-up with 4 to go.
The San Carlo Honda Gresini Team had a wonderful outing with their two riders, Alex de Angelis and Tony Elias coming 5th and 6th respectively. It was indeed a wonderful race for Elias who began the race from last position on the starting grid.>
Another win to the total takes Rossi one step closer to the top of the standings with teammate Lorenzo hot on his trail. With just 6 points separating the two, things aren’t quite over as far as far as the championship is concerned. Going by the close finishes in Barcelona and Germany, it seems likely that the World Championship title may also be decided on the last turn of the last lap of the last race of the season.
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