Rossi and Lorenzo Smiling and Racing
Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo are preparing to make their individual runs for the MotoGP Premier Class Individual World Championship. Yamaha is just sitting back and enjoying the show because they win no matter who takes the individual championship. Like a proud parent they may have their favourite but they are classy enough not be making it obvious. Valentino Rossi has always been the racer that I think will eventually close the show, but I am certainly looking forward to a great show on the track at Estoril.
This time of year MotoGP moves back to its more traditional end of season time frame after being held in April last year. The Estoril race begins the final phase of the MotoGP season. The year has been a competitive one and the final four races will determine the winner in the premier class. Once MotoGP finishes its business at Estoril the circus heads overseas for a double header and then the final race at Valencia.
Valentino and Lorenzo are currently one-two in the standings and their rivalry will reach its peak sometime in the next month and a bit. Rossi certainly has the momentum at the moment after finishing strong before this break with a sixth win of the 2009 MotoGP season on his home ground of Misano. His fans will be expecting him to grab the bull by the horns and teach his team mate just what it means to be in a race for the Premier Class World Championship with Valentino Rossi in the last four competitions. It isn’t going to be easy for Lorenzo to take the crown from Valentino, who has always been at his best when in front and making a run for the finish line. Add to this the face that Valentino will be racing on a track where he has more wins and podium finishes then any other racer in MotoGP history and you have an idea of just how difficult it’s going to be for Jorge Lorenzo to win at Estoril. Valentino has finished on the podium all nine times he has raced at Estoril, including five wins, and I don’t expect things to change. There is a bit of light coming down the tunnel for Jorge, he was able to beat Valentino on the track at Estoril last year. He better make sure he knows exactly which tunnel he’s heading down when he gets on the track though because it might be the Rossi train looking for his ninth World Premier Class World Championship.
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