Valentino Rossi Moves Closer to Title
Casey Stoner won for the third consecutive campaign and continued his dominance on the track of Phillip Island by beating Valentino to the line by 2 seconds Sunday in the Iveco Australian Grand Prix. Casey looked like he was happy to be back on the track after three races off due to fatigue and injury and he was able to celebrate his birthday in style with his third win of the 2009 MotoGP season as he moved into third into the standings. He’s looking good for next year and if he didn’t have so many problems this year, he would have given Rossi and Jorge a run for their money. The 2010 MotoGP Premier Class season is going to be a real barn burner with three maybe four real contenders for next year’s title. The 2009 title on the other hand is starting to look like it’s going to be Valentino Rossi’s seventh.
Valentino Rossi raced smart and fast Sunday on the pavement of Phillip Island amid the beauty of the Australian landscape and finished second in the Iveco Australian Grand Prix. This finish is enough in combination with his team mate Jorge Lorenzo’s crash on the first lap to extend his lead to 38-points over Jorge in their race for the 2009 MotoGP Premier Class World Championship. Jorge touched bikes with Nicky Hayden in the first corner of the first lap and went sailing off the track, finished for the day. Jorge was unable to continue after the fall and did show his frustration with his failure to have a good race. Hayden on the other hand was able to get back on his bike and continue.
This result gives Valentino a little room to manoeuvre during the last two races of the 2009 MotoGP campaign and will make his work a lot easier to complete, now that he has a little elbow room. Rossi only has to make six points in the last two races to secure his seventh MotoGP Premier Class World Championship and my money is on him to complete the task in the next race. Sepang is a race track that he has success on, although there aren’t many he hasn’t had success racing on in the world of MotoGP, and six points is going to be a relatively easy achievement for the six-time MotoGP Premier Class World Champion.
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