Miniatures of Juan Manuel Fangio and a flying Tommi Makinen


Germany 2009


THE GOOD NEWS - CASEY STONER'S ILLNESS HAS BEEN DIAGNOSED AS MILD ANAEMIA AND AN INFLAMED STOMACH LINING. HE CERTAINLY SEEMED BETTER HERE BUT HE HIMSELF IS NOT SO SURE THAT THIS IS THE COMPLETE ANSWER.

THE BIG ISSUE AT SACHSENRING IS THE ABILITY OF THE TYRES TO LAST, BEARING IN MIND THAT THE BIKES ARE HARDLY EVER UPRIGHT! THERE IS VERY LITTLE STRAIGHT LINE RUNNING AND SO A GREAT DEAL OF TIME IS SPENT ON THE SIDEWALL AND UNDER POWER AS THEY ROUND THE BENDS.

QUALIFYING TOOK PLACE IN POURING RAIN WITH A TREMENDOUS NUMBER OF CRASHES, MOSTLY AT THE SAME CORNER, BUT, FORTUNATELY, RACE DAY WAS DRY. POOR STARTS FOR NICKY HAYDEN, 4TH ON THE GRID, AND JORGE LORENZO, 2ND, HAMPERED THEIR PROGRESS BUT JORGE DIDN'T DROP TOO FAR BEHIND AND RECOVERED WHEREAS NICKY DROPPED INTO THE PACK AND SUFFERED.

DANI PEDROSA GOT HIS USUAL FLYER, FROM 8TH, AND WAS CHALLENGING VALENTINO ROSSI BY THE FIRST TURN. FROM THEN ON THE TOP FOUR IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP SHOWED WHY THEY ARE THERE WITH CLOSE RACING FOR THE LEAD. STONER TOOK OVER THE LEAD AFTER THE FIRST FEW LAPS AND HELD IT FOR SOME TIME BUT THEN ROSSI TOOK IT BACK.

IT WAS THEN A RACE BETWEEN HIM AND LORENZO AND, WHILST JORGE DID TAKE THE LEAD, ROSSI GOT IT BACK A COUPLE OF LAPS FROM THE END TO TAKE VICTORY AGAIN.

PEDROSA HAD DROPPED BACK IN MID-RACE BUT EVENTUALLY GOT PAST STONER TO TAKE THE FINAL PODIUM PLACE. BOTH REPORTED TYRE MANAGEMENT PROBLEMS BUT THE WORST CASE WAS THAT OF ANDREA DOVIZIOSO.

WE SAW ON-BOARD FOOTAGE OF HIS FRONT TYRE SHREDDING DURING THE RACE, WHICH EXPLAINED HIS GRADUAL FALL DOWN THE FIELD. THE SITUATION BECAME SO BAD THAT HE HAD TO RETIRE 3 LAPS FROM THE END.





STARTING GRID

1. Valentino Rossi
2. Jorge Lorenzo
3. Casey Stoner
4. Nicky Hayden
5. Alex de Angelis
6. Randy de Puniet
7. Colin Edwards
8. Dani Pedrosa
9. Loris Capirossi
10. Mika Kallio
11. Andrea Dovizioso
12. Chris Vermeulen
13. Marco Melandri
14. James Toseland
15. Niccolo Canepa
16. Gabor Talmasci
17. Tony Elias




RESULT

1. Valentino Rossi
2. Jorge Lorenzo
3. Dani Pedrosa
4. Casey Stoner
5. Alex de Angelis
6. Tony Elias
7. Marco Melandri
8. Nicky Hayden
9. Colin Edwards

 

CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS

Riders :

Valentino Rossi 176
Jorge Lorenzo 162
Casey Stoner 148
Dani Pedrosa 108
Colin Edwards 83
Marco Melandri 70
Andrea Dovizioso 69
Chris Vermeulen 64
Loris Capirossi 61

Constructors :

Yamaha 210
Ducati 148
Honda 139
Suzuki 84
Kawasaki 70

Race Results posted by
David Little
20th July 2009

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