Donington Park Greets MotoGP for Last Time
The MotoGP competitions at Donington Park came to an end Sunday after a history that has seen its share of amazing moments and tragic events. This marks a point in history that’s both a pity and turns a page in the history books of the fastest sport on two wheels that will never be forgotten. Andrea Dovizioso will rank a note or two in the history books as the last premier class winner at the Midlands circuit, but this competitive racer is probably just glad to grab a needed 25 points toward his goal of a world championship.
The last competition at Donington Park was a chaotic affair from the drop of the flag, with twists and turns along the way that included the top two riders in the World Championship falling, rain on the track and a disastrous pre-race decision that left one of the top runners out of the race from the start.
Dovizioso was chasing the lead racers after the opening laps, but was able to pick up the pace and take advantage of mistakes by the leaders to pull in front. He battled with current World Champion Valentino Rossi to the lead through the middle of the race, but when Valentino Rossi fell at the Fogarty Esses with just eleven laps remaining, he found himself alone in front. After that it was just a matter of keeping his pace fast and the bike standing tall for him to take his first ever premier class victory and mark his place in the history of Donington Park.
Colin Edwards and Randy de Puniet had a very entertaining race for second place, with Edwards pulling ahead of Puniet on the final hairpin and then accelerating toward the finish line to finish just 1.5 seconds behind Dovizioso. Disappointing for Puniet, certainly, but he still managed his first podium finish of the 2009 MotoGP season, so he did make some progress in England. Edwards also grabbed his first podium finish of the year with this result, so both racers should be smiling tonight as they think forward.
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