Miniatures of Juan Manuel Fangio and a flying Tommi Makinen


Malaysia 2009


RAIN DELAYED THE START OF THE RACE AND IT WAS DESIGNATED A WET RACE BECAUSE OF THE STANDING WATER BUT CASEY STONER SEEMED DETERMINED TO MAKE UP FOR LOST TIME, BOTH BECAUSE OF THE RAIN DELAY AND ALSO HIS ENFORCED RECENT ABSENCE!

ALTHOUGH DANI PEDROSA GOT TO TURN 1 FIRST AS USUAL, CASEY THEN TOOK THE LEAD BEFORE THE END OF LAP 1 - FROM 4TH ON THE GRID. NOT ONLY DID HE TAKE THE LEAD BUT HE JUST RACED AWAY FROM THE REST OF THE PACK AND BY MID-RACE HE HAD OPENED UP A LEAD OF SOME 17 SECONDS.

WHERE WAS VALENTINO ROSSI? WHERE WAS JORGE LORENZO? VALENTINO JUST WENT BACKWARDS DOWN THE ORDER - SPECULATION WAS THAT HIS SET-UP WAS FOR A DRYING TRACK, NOT A FULL WET ONE AS IT WAS AT THE START, AND HE WOULD COME GOOD BY THE END OF THE RACE. JORGE'S BIKE WOULD NOT START AND, BY THE TIME THE SPARE BIKE WAS INTRODUCED, HE HAD TO START AT THE BACK OF THE FIELD BUT THEN QUICKLY GAINED MANY PLACES.

IT DID SEEM A LITTLE IRONIC THAT THE TWO TITLE CONTENDERS SHOULD BE RACING EACH OTHER IN THE MID-FIELD RATHER THAN AT THE HEAD OF THE RACE BUT THAT WAS THE SITUATION. THEY BOTH IMPROVED AS THE RACE WORE ON, HELPED BY THE DRYING TRACK, BUT THEY WERE NEVER GOING TO CATCH STONER.

DANI HUNG ON GAMELY TO TAKE SECOND PLACE AHEAD OF ROSSI AND LORENZO BUT VALENTINO HAD DONE ENOUGH TO TAKE THE TITLE WITH ONE RACE TO GO AT VALENCIA. BUT MOMENTOUS AS HIS 9TH WORLD TITLE IN ALL CLASSES ACTUALLY IS, IN SOME WAY IT WAS OVERSHADOWED BY THE SCALE OF CASEY'S WIN. ROLL ON 2010 WHEN, HOPEFULLY, THE BATTLE OF THE 4 TOP RIDERS WILL NOT BE INTERRUPTED BY ILLNESS, INJURY ETC.!





STARTING GRID

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




RESULT

1. Casey Stoner
2. Dani Pedrosa
3. Valentino Rossi
4. Jorge Lorenzo
5. Nicky Hayden
6. Chris Vermeulen
7. Tony Elias
8. Marco Melandri
9. Loris Capirossi

 

CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS

Riders :

Valentino Rossi 286
Jorge Lorenzo 245
Casey Stoner 220
Dani Pedrosa 209
Andrea Dovizioso 152
Colin Edwards 148
Marco Melandri 108
=Loris Capirossi 108
Alex de Angelis 105

Constructors :

Yamaha 366
Honda 272
Ducati 261
Suzuki 131
Kawasaki 108

Race Results posted by
David Little
26th October 2009

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