2009 MotoGP Three Man Race
Valentino may currently lead the MotoGP World Championship competition between him, Casey Stoner, and his Fiat Yamaha team mate Jorge Lorenzo, but both these two gentlemen and the rest of the MotoGP racers have him firmly in their cross-hairs race after race, and yet he continues to win and smile all the way to the bank.
A simple wall separates Valentino and Lorenzo in the Fiat Yamaha garage they work in day after day, but these two friends and rivals have been even closer on the track. Lorenzo has had a really strong showing and if he’s the heir apparent to the World Champion and legendary Valentino Rossi, then he appears to have the ingredients of a champion. Another podium finish in Assen gave him his fifteenth and continued his consistent run of podium finishes in 2009 that has seen him miss only one. Lorenzo crashed racing for third place at Jerez, a mistake a young racer will make, and one that hopefully has taught him a lesson. He’s left wondering what could have been though; if he had been a little faster off the line on Saturday in Assen he might have been the one standing on the top of the podium.
Lorenzo seemed to mature as a motorcycle racer a bit on Saturday, at several points he seemed to be fighting the urge to race beyond the limits of his bike, but decided to ride within the limits the bike had set for him, and in the end settled for second place and the points. He crashed out at Laguna last year, just seconds after the start of the race, so he’ll be looking to win for the first time on this legendary track.
Ducati Marlboro racer Casey Stoner has apparently been racing at less then one hundred percent capacity lately, nursing some kind of ailment that has decreased his energy output and probably had him deciding to be the mature racer and stay within his bodies current limits, and grab the points he could. An Australian and former World Champion Stoner still managed a podium finish at Assen that left him exhausted after the race according to the doctors and is currently trying to rest up for the race at Laguna Seca this week.
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