MotoGP: German Sunshine Heats up Championship

07/20/2009 @ 5:51 pm, by Jensen Beeler1 COMMENT


Because nothing is ever predictable in MotoGP, the sunshine appeared after soaking the Championship riders all week in Germany. With a dry track ahead of them, teams had to gamble, guess, and pray on bike setups for Sunday’s race. With that, we got to see some new riders near the top of the pack, but it was the usual suspects+1 who were the real show stoppers.

Fiat-Yamaha managed another 1-2 victory Sunday, after their 1-2 qualifying stunt on Saturday. Like the day before, it was Rossi who lead Lorenzo by a slim margin, just 1/10th of a second. Casey Stoner was in the hunt too, and lead most of the race until a rear-tire issue caused him to fall behind the pace.

Dani Pedrosa was also up in the mix. Hot off his Seca win, Pedrosa finished on the bottom podium step, also citing issues with his tires for holding him back from a GP victory.

“A podium is good, but I think that we could have won. We were strong enough to win, but I had a front tire problem when I was going fast. My teammate seemed to have a big problem with it, so I’m happy to have got on the podium, but anyway I thought that today we could have been faster.”

On the other Repsol Honda, Dovizioso found his third DNF in row, completing one of the most unwelcomed hat-tricks in the sport. After battling with his tires, Dovi focused on finishing the race, which had only 5 laps remaining. But, an electrical issue with his RSV212V forced the young rider out of the race.

The Sachsenring was kind however to the Honda Gresini team, with De Angelis and Elias taking 5th and 6th place respectively. Elias, despite finishing behind his teammate, probably had the ride of the race, having started from the very last position on the grid. He and De Angelis are now tied in the Championship standings with 47 points each.

Race Results from MotoGP at Sachsenring, Germany:

146Valentino ROSSIYAMAHA41’21.769
299Jorge LORENZOYAMAHA41’21.8680.099
33Dani PEDROSAHONDA41’24.6682.899
427Casey STONERDUCATI41’31.99510.226
515Alex DE ANGELISHONDA41’43.29121.522
624Toni ELIASHONDA41’52.62130.852
733Marco MELANDRIKAWASAKI41’53.07031.301
869Nicky HAYDENDUCATI41’53.49531.726
95Colin EDWARDSYAMAHA41’54.63432.865
1052James TOSELANDYAMAHA42’05.69543.926
1165Loris CAPIROSSISUZUKI42’19.14457.375
1288Niccolo CANEPADUCATI42’22.3081’00.539
137Chris VERMEULENSUZUKI42’25.4141’03.645
1436Mika KALLIODUCATI42’25.9241’04.155
1541Gabor TALMACSIHONDA41’22.3381 lap
Not Classified
4Andrea DOVIZIOSOHONDA35’10.1505 laps
Not finished first lap