Valentino Rossi Falls, Jorge Lorenzo Wins
The 2009 MotoGP became a race for the championship again as Sunday at the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix Jorge Lorenzo cut Valentino Rossi’s lead in the MotoGP World Championship Premier Class in half, as Valentino’s lead dropped from 50 to 25 points. Valentino Rossi suffered his first DNF of the 2009 MotoGP season and with just five races remaining his lead is looking a little sparse. This certainly puts Fiat Yamaha in a position all the other teams would love to be in with two riders in the top two in the championship standings. They are looking good for a least one rider grabbing the 2009 MotoGP Premier Class World Championship and it probably doesn’t matter to them who wins it.
Lorenzo crossed the finish line 9.5 seconds ahead of his closest competitor, San Carlo Honda Gresini’s Alex de Angelis. This second place podium finish gives Gresini’s quest to stay in the premier class of the MotoGP a needed boost that will make him look better in the eyes of those who make such choices.
Current MotoGP Premier Class World Champion Valentino Rossi was jostling for the lead with Jorge on lap 9, when he lost control and hit the ground. Rossi did try to remount and continue, but damage to his M1 made it impossible for him to continue. This is the first time Valentino Rossi hasn’t finished a MotoGP race since he failed to finish Valencia in 2007.
Nicky Hayden raced a brilliant race after starting sixth on the grid, repeating his 2008 Indianapolis podium, with a third place finish that’s his best result for Ducati, so far. He managed to get the better of Italian racer Andrea Dovizioso, the man who replaced him with the Repsol Honda team and the fourth place finisher behind Hayden.
Dani Pedrosa also had an unfortunate crash on the fourth lap while leading the race from the pole position. He did hold his head high and tried to get back on his RC212V and get in the race. He had to start in last place after his crash but racer his way back to tenth place by the time he made it over the finish line.
Colin Edward added to the American influence as he finished fifth for Monster Yamaha Tech 3 and with two Americans in the top five in the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix we can certainly enjoy the moment.
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