Rossi and Lorenzo Coming Down the Stretch
Phillip Island down under and the Iveco Australian Grand Prix are next on the calendar for the MotoGP this weekend and Fiat Yamaha and team are sitting pretty and fighting over who is going to be the MotoGP Premier Class World Champion. Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo are sitting one-two in the MotoGP premier standings, with Lorenzo 18 points behind Valentino, and Dani Pedrosa 77 points behind Valentino and out of the race for the championship with only 3 races left in the 2009 season.
Rossi finished fourth at Estoril to his team mate Lorenzo’s 1st place finish, but Phillip Island is one of Rossi’s favorite and most successful race venues, so expect him to come out and grab and lead and never look back. If he gets on the lead off the start he’ll be hard to catch, so to beat him you need to get in front and stay there. Lorenzo, Pedrosa, Stoner and a few other riders have the bike and skill to grab the lead and stay ahead of Rossi, but they’re few and far between.
Rossi is a front runner who has finished on the podium eleven of the twelve times he has raced at Phillip Island and he won at Phillip Island from 2001 – 2005. Still, Rossi has failed to finish first in his last three races at Phillip Island and if Lorenzo Jorge can manage to finish first, while Valentino finishes worse than third, we’ll have a new leader in the MotoGP Premier Class standings. The pressure is on once again for Valentino Rossi, will our hero be able to once again rise to the occasion or will the young gun pull ahead of him and then go on to become the next MotoGP Premier Class World Champion and fulfill his dreams of glory. Valentino apparently complained of rear traction problems in his last outing and he and the team have been sorting out the problem.
Lorenzo has tasted victory twice on a 250 cc bike at Phillip Island and he finished fourth last year in his MotoGP debut on this track. He shouldn’t be feeling the pressure that Valentino is feeling right now, after all no one really expects him to beat Valentino.
Either way Fiat Yamaha wins though, as with a win by Rossi or Lorenzo, Fiat Yamaha will match the win total they achieved in 2005. Also, a win for either at Phillip Island would match Fiat Yamaha’s longest streak of consecutive wins in MotoGP’s premier class, which they achieved in both 2005 and 2008.
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