Valentino Rossi Wins at Milano Again
Valentino Rossi left any doubts about him bouncing back from his DNF in Indianapolis in his dust on the pavement of Milano, Italy Sunday afternoon, by taking his second consecutive win in two years at this Italian circuit with a crowd thrilling ride in the Gran Premio Cinzano di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini. Rossi over came the early lead Dani Pedrosa had due to his quick start and then vaulted ahead of Pedrosa and his teammate Jorge Lorenzo, who was in pursuit of the two front runners. Lorenzo was able to get past Dani Pedrosa after a short battle in which Pedrosa couldn’t match the pace of his Fiat Yamaha. In the end, Pedrosa finished third, ten seconds behind the Fiat Yamaha pair. Lorenzo did his best to stick close to his teammate Rossi over the 28 lap competition, but he lost ground and eventually crossed the finish line 2.4 seconds behind The Doctor. This win certifies Valentino Rossi’s lock on the race for the 2009 MotoGP Premier Class World Championship and lays to rest any comments about him losing his dominance.
This was a heart stopping race for Alex de Angelis of San Carlo Honda Gresini as he appeared to misjudge the first corner and fell, taking out the American pair of Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Colin Edwards and Ducati Marlboro’s Nicky Hayden in the process. This made the day even worse for the American pair, since they didn’t even really get a chance to ride, before they were taken out of the race. Accidents are part of sports and life, so there was nothing anybody could do about it and they’ll just have to accept it and go on.
Repsol Honda’s Andrea Dovizioso and Rizla Suzuki’s Loris Capriossi battled it our behind the three front runners that was exciting and entertaining to watch. Dovizioso managed to just beat Capriossi to the line by two-tenths of a second for his third fourth place finish in a row.
Toni Elias was the early race leader but he fell back and eventually finished in sixth place, Mika Kallio finished in seventh riding for Ducati Marlboro, while Marco Melandri finished eighth. Rizla Suzuki’s Chris Vermeulen had a pretty good race and finished ninth and the top ten was rounded out by Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s James Toseland.
In a separate note, rumors have been swirling around the rumor mill about a possible move by Valentino Rossi to Italian factory team Ducati. Rossi has only stated that he is under contract to race for his current team through 2010, so any such talk is only in the air, at the moment.
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