Monday, October 5th, 2009

MotoGP Heads to Summer Break

August 1, 2009 by Warren Hayashi  
Filed under Racing

MotoGP is heading off for a short summer break that all the drivers and teams have been waiting for and they all deserve after a hard fought season, so far. Looking back over the last ten rounds of the MotoGP Championship to date Yamaha’s dominance has been evident since the start of the year. The top two racers this year both ride for Fiat Yamaha, Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo, and they currently sit 140 points clear of their nearest competitor in the Teams’ World Championships rankings. This situation is not a rosy one for the rest of the teams looking forward to the next competition after the break, but then no one is going to cut them any breaks.

Valentino Rossi is preparing to put the finish touches on another premier class World Championship

Valentino Rossi is preparing to put the finish touches on another premier class World Championship

In fact, the MotoGP’s last visit to Donington Park for the British Grand Prix marked the initial time this season that neither of these two races has finished on the podium for Fiat Yamaha. This talented pair of world class athletes has been on the podium together seven times in ten competitions so far this year.

Fiat Yamaha’s current lead gives them a strong chance of once again completing the triple crown of MotoGP, by winning the Rider, Team, and Constructors’ World titles in the same year. Rossi’s still had a strong finish in British Grand Prix, despite falling and pulled ahead of his teammate in the rider standings by 25 points, which gives him a decided advantage coming to the part of the year when he starts to get going. Two top riders on the same team might be more than either of these gigantic individuals can handle and seeing them on separate teams next year, would not be a surprise. For now however, Yamaha Motor Racing Managing Director Lin Jarvis and Fiat Yamaha squad can sit back and enjoy the view.

Yamaha’s M1 has been the fastest bike on the circuit this year in terms of all around performance and competitiveness and the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 team has done a good job

Repsol Honda sit second in the Teams’ World Championship rankings, despite an up and down season that has left us wondering which team and bike will show up week to week. Repsol riders, Dani Pedrosa and Andrea Dovizioso have both won one race this year and were hoping in the second half of the season, they can get their RC212V up to speed.

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