Barcelona, Catalunya, Spain

2009 MotoGP World Championship Standings After Round 6, Barcelona, Catalunya

1 ROSSI Valentino ITA 106  
2 LORENZO Jorge SPA 106 0
3 STONER Casey AUS 106 0
4 DOVIZIOSO Andrea ITA 69 -37
5 PEDROSA Dani SPA 67 -39
6 EDWARDS Colin USA 54 -52
7 MELANDRI Marco ITA 50 -56
8 CAPIROSSI Loris ITA 49 -57
9 DE PUNIET Randy FRA 42 -64
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2009 250cc World Championship Standings After Round 6, Barcelona, Catalunya

1 BAUTISTA Alvaro SPA 108  
2 AOYAMA Hiroshi JPN 96 -12
3 BARBERA Hector SPA 75 -33
4 PASINI Mattia ITA 64 -44
5 SIMONCELLI Marco ITA 61 -47
6 LUTHI Thomas SWI 52 -56
7 DE ROSA Raffaele ITA 45 -63
8 FAUBEL Hector SPA 41 -67
9 LOCATELLI Roberto ITA 36 -72
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2009 Catalunya 250cc Race Result - Easy Victory After Early Drama

Race results and summary of 250cc race at Catalunya:

Alvaro Bautista took a very comfortable victory in front of his home crowd at Barcelona, winning by over 7 seconds. Hector Barbera was fastest off the line, but the title rivals Alvaro Bautista and Marco Simoncelli were soon charging through to the front.

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2009 125cc World Championship Standings After Round 6, Barcelona, Catalunya

1 SIMON Julian SPA 84  
2 SMITH Bradley GBR 82.5 -1.5
3 IANNONE Andrea ITA 71.5 -12.5
4 GADEA Sergio SPA 59 -25
5 TEROL Nicolas SPA 57.5 -26.5
6 MARQUEZ Marc SPA 49 -35
7 FOLGER Jonas GER 45 -39
8 CORTESE Sandro GER 45 -39
9 ESPARGARO Pol SPA 44.5 -39.5
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2009

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2009 Catalunya MotoGP Qualifying Report

Qualifying for Sunday's Catalunya Grand Prix took place in intense heat, making the conditions difficult for both riders and bikes. The riders were thankful that this was the first outing for Bridgestone's asymmetric dual compound tires, for the combination of very high track temperatures and the Barcelona track's endless right handers made a very hard compound necessary on the right-hand side of the tire, but a relatively softer compound on the left-hand side.

The heat meant that the early running was made by the riders on the hardest of the tires available, the extra-hard rear and the hard front, the compounds the teams are almost certain to be using in the race tomorrow. It was Jorge Lorenzo who took practice for the race to the greatest extreme, the Spaniard starting out the session with a monster run of 17 laps, over two thirds of race distance.

It wasn't just a long run, however, Lorenzo also demonstrated he was on race pace, taking the top spot after just a couple of laps, briefly ceding it to Andrea Dovizioso, then snatching it back, the first rider to lap under 1'43, with a time of 1'42.990. A lap later, Lorenzo took another two tenths off his time, setting out a marker of where race pace will be, and following it up with a long string of laps in the high 1'42s and low 1'43s.

The only person capable of following was Lorenzo's Fiat Yamaha team mate, Valentino Rossi. Rossi too ran low 1'43s, taking a provisional 2nd place on the grid with a quarter of the session gone. The other candidates for victory tomorrow were all running mid-1'43s, a couple of tenths off Rossi's pace.

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