The MotoGP Season Ends at the Valencia GP

10/26/2008 @ 8:38 pm, by Jensen BeelerComments Off on The MotoGP Season Ends at the Valencia GP

Well that’s it folks, the MotoGP season is over. Not to spoil it, but Randy de Puniet was not the come-from-behind points winner for the rider’s cup. Click on the jump to see every dirty spoiler.

 

Stoner, Pedrosa, Rossi…

This season ended the same way it started, with Casey Stoner riding the Ducati all the way to the finish line…ahead of everyone else. Stoner pulled out an early lead, after reeling in Dani Pedrosa, leaving the rest of the pack to play “follow the leader” for the rest of the race.

Valentino Rossi could only watch from his third place position while Dani and Casey lengthened their leads on him lap after lap. Valencia is a track that has plagued the multiple (and no record number) World Champion Valentino Rossi, and today was no different. The Italian still showed the crowd what Champions are made of, but was unable to give them a top podium finish. In typical Valentino style before the race, Rossi made remarks of doubt about his expected performance citing issues getting the bike to respond the way he wanted in the rain and damp of qualifying and testing.

Despite his podium, Stoner finishes the season in second place 93 points behind Rossi. The Australian superstar of last year has certainly had a season worthy of praise, but lacked the complete and total domination that Ducati had last year.

Other star performances came from Danny Pedrosa, who was up to his usual rabbit starts, but was unable to hold off Stoner’s advances, and had to be content to finishing the race over three seconds behind the Australian.

Andrea Dovizioso who has had an amazing season by any racer’s standards, let alone a rookie. No surprises there, Dovi is sure to be a racer to watch in the next few seasons. Despite his epic rides, Dovi couldn’t stop the other resident Rookie Jorge Lorenzo from taking the rookie of the year crown. Lorenzo has had a stellar season, which has only been marred by his physical injuries. Hopefully he can heal up over the winter months, and make a proper bid for superstardom next season.

Anthony West didn’t get achieve his goal of besting Marco Melandri who is to replace him at Kawasaki nextseason. Marco finished three seconds ahead of Anthony.

Tomorrow starts a whole new season, with almost all the 2009 MotoGP teams starting their testing at Valencia. Say goodnight sweet prince…of cake…or…have your cake, and eat it too. Damn, I can’t decide what pun to use.

 

2008 Valencia Results:

Pos. Rider Nation Team Total time
1 C. STONER AUS Ducati Marlboro Team 46’46.114
2 D. PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team + 3.390
3 V. ROSSI ITA Fiat Yamaha Team + 12.194
4 A. DOVIZIOSO ITA JiR Team Scot MotoGP + 24.159
5 N. HAYDEN USA Repsol Honda Team + 26.232
6 C. EDWARDS USA Tech 3 Yamaha + 32.209
7 S. NAKANO JPN San Carlo Honda Gresini + 34.571
8 J. LORENZO SPA Fiat Yamaha Team + 35.661
9 L. CAPIROSSI ITA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP + 38.228
10 A. DE ANGELIS RSM San Carlo Honda Gresini + 47.583
11 J. TOSELAND GBR Tech 3 Yamaha + 52.107
12 S. GUINTOLI FRA Alice Team + 52.350
13 C. VERMEULEN AUS Rizla Suzuki MotoGP + 52.833
14 J. HOPKINS USA Kawasaki Racing Team + 53.227
15 R. DE PUNIET FRA LCR Honda MotoGP + 53.411
16 M. MELANDRI ITA Ducati Marlboro Team + 1’08.387
17 A. WEST AUS Kawasaki Racing Team + 1’11.181
18 T. ELIAS SPA Alice Team + 1’37.055

 

 

Final 2008 MotoGP Championship Standings:

Pos. Rider Nation Team Points
1 Valentino ROSSI ITA Fiat Yamaha Team 373
2 Casey STONER AUS Ducati Marlboro Team 280
3 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team 249
4 Jorge LORENZO SPA Fiat Yamaha Team 190
5 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA JiR Team Scot MotoGP 174
6 Nicky HAYDEN USA Repsol Honda Team 155
7 Colin EDWARDS USA Tech 3 Yamaha 144
8 Chris VERMEULEN AUS Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 128
9 Shinya NAKANO JPN San Carlo Honda Gresini 126
10 Loris CAPIROSSI ITA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 118
11 James TOSELAND GBR Tech 3 Yamaha 105
12 Toni ELIAS SPA Alice Team 92
13 Sylvain GUINTOLI FRA Alice Team 67
14 Alex DE ANGELIS RSM San Carlo Honda Gresini 63
15 Randy DE PUNIET FRA LCR Honda MotoGP 61
16 John HOPKINS USA Kawasaki Racing Team 57
17 Marco MELANDRI ITA Ducati Marlboro Team 51
18 Anthony WEST AUS Kawasaki Racing Team 50
19 Ben SPIES USA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 20
20 Jamie HACKING USA Kawasaki Racing Team 5
21 Tadayuki OKADA JPN Repsol Honda Team 2

 

Source: MotoGP.com Photos: MotoGP.com

Randy de Puniet…we’ve never seen someone look so good, going so slow.

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