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Rossi vs Lorenzo - Dorna Shows That Very Occasionally, They Get The Internet

Dorna, the body responsible for organizing, promoting and marketing the MotoGP series, has traditionally done a fantastic job in selling the series to television broadcasters, making the series the second biggest form of motor racing on TV, behind only Formula One, with TV viewing figures not far off the numbers for F1, and hundreds of millions of TV viewers watching the sport online. Unsurprisingly, Dorna has come to think of its job as selling TV broadcast rights.

The tragic consequence of this concentration on old media is that they have singularly failed to grok the internet, as the expression has it. To Dorna, the internet is a threat, a force they can neither understand nor control, and what's worse, a medium without an obvious method of generating an income from. Exacerbating the problem is the rise of peer-to-peer technologies such as BitTorrent and video sharing websites like Youtube. Torrents of MotoGP races appear online within minutes of the events finishing, while clips of the most exciting and controversial parts of MotoGP races likewise flood onto Youtube almost immediately after they happen.

Youtube, in particular, has been a target of Dorna, the site's reputation for taking material subject to copyright claims down first, then asking questions about it later - effectively reversing the burden of proof - making Dorna's job a lot easier. Videos of MotoGP footage on Youtube tend to disappear within a few days of going up, with Dorna firing off takedown notices at a vast rate.

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2009 MotoGP Catalunya Race Report - Triumph Of The Will

A motorcycle racer must possess many qualities, both physical and mental, to be successful. They must have instantaneous reflexes; a gyroscope-like sense of balance; and a tough, wiry physique combining strength with low body weight. They must have the endurance of a triathlete combined with the fast-twitch muscle speed of an Olympic sprinter.

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2009 Catalunya Post-Race Test Times - Updated

Testing has started in the first of the extremely restricted test programs, the amount of testing having been slashed for cost-cutting purposes over the winter. Dani Pedrosa is sitting out the test, preferring to rest in the hope that his injured femur will recover in time for Assen, while the Tech 3 team are also absent.

Andrea Dovizioso is testing the new chassis for HRC, while Ducati is testing a new rear shock, the carbon fiber swingarm and some electronics updates, as well as a revised tail section which lifts the seat higher.

Yamaha has little to test, and so Jorge Lorenzo is mainly working on refining setup. According to MCN, Valentino Rossi is due test a revised version of the M1 engine, designed to last for two races, ready for the new regulations which come into effect after Brno. From then, the riders will have 5 engines to last 7 races, and Yamaha need to ensure that the new engine has not sacrificed performance for durability. As of 1pm, Rossi had yet to take to the track, though. Rossi is notorious for his hatred of early mornings, and will probably wait until the afternoon to make an appearance.

Update - Valentino Rossi took to the track during the afternoon session, run between 2pm and 6pm, but is without Jerry Burgess, who is headed back to Australia for the funeral of his mother, who died on Saturday. One incident of note was the consequences of a crash by Pramac Ducati's Niccolo Canepa: The Italian had crashed going very slowly (about 40 km/h, according to GPONe.com) while testing the carbon fiber swingarm. As a result of that crash, the swingarm cracked, underlining the risks of using CF as a structural material. However, both Canepa and Kallio were about half a second quicker with the new CF swingarm than they were on the aluminium one yesterday, so its benefits outweigh the disadvantages.

Final times (courtesy of GPOne.com)

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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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Round Number: 
6
Year: 
2009

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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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Round Number: 
6
Year: 
2009

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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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Round Number: 
6
Year: 
2009

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