2009 Brno MotoGP Race Result - Crash Settles Race With 4 Laps To Go

Results of the MotoGP race from Brno:

Valentino Rossi took victory in the MotoGP race at Brno, after a mistake by Jorge Lorenzo handed him victory. Rossi quickly took the lead, with Dani Pedrosa and Jorge Lorenzo following, and the three of them soon dropped the rest of the field. Once Lorenzo got past Pedrosa on lap 4, the two Fiat Yamaha men left Pedrosa behind, and a tense battle unfolded for the lead, with each man smashing the lap record on alternating laps. 

Rossi had been leading but with 6 to go, Lorenzo stuffed it inside his team mate into turn 3. Rossi settled behind Lorenzo, and tried pushing the Spaniard back, taking a long hard look at Lorenzo at a number of places round the track. On the next approach to turn 3, Rossi took another look at Lorenzo, Lorenzo braking later, wider and deeper than ever to hold the Italian off. Too deep, as it turned out, and Lorenzo folded the front, crashing out and handing another 25 points to Valentino Rossi. The Italian now has a 50 point lead over his team mate with just 6 races left. Rossi's 7th MotoGP title just go an awful lot closer.

Dani Pedrosa came home in 2nd, well off the pace, while Toni Elias did his prospects of finding another MotoGP ride good by taking the final spot on the podium ahead of Pedrosa's team mate Andrea Dovizioso.

Pos. No. Rider Manufacturer Time Diff
1 46 Valentino ROSSI YAMAHA 43'08.991  
2 3 Dani PEDROSA HONDA 43'20.757 11.766
3 24 Toni ELIAS HONDA 43'29.747 20.756
4 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO HONDA 43'30.409 21.418
5 65 Loris CAPIROSSI SUZUKI 43'30.529 21.538
6 69 Nicky HAYDEN DUCATI 43'34.535 25.544
7 5 Colin EDWARDS YAMAHA 43'34.667 25.676
8 15 Alex DE ANGELIS HONDA 43'43.100 34.109
9 52 James TOSELAND YAMAHA 43'44.608 35.617
10 14 Randy DE PUNIET HONDA 43'48.815 39.824
11 7 Chris VERMEULEN SUZUKI 43'49.767 40.776
12 88 Niccolo CANEPA DUCATI 43'59.652 50.661
13 41 Gabor TALMACSI HONDA 44'08.179 59.188
Not Classified
  36 Mika KALLIO DUCATI 39'38.278 2 laps
  33 Marco MELANDRI KAWASAKI 39'38.518 2 laps
  99 Jorge LORENZO YAMAHA 33'15.284 5 laps
  84 Michel FABRIZIO DUCATI 12'13.902 16 laps
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You've got to feel for Lorenzo, but the over-riding response to that race simply has to be 'greatest of all time'. In fact I got to wondering whether Rossi might eventually go down as the greatest sportsman (of any category) of all time by the time he finally hangs the helmet up. Who can compare?

Even if Kallio was technically in the right, (I'm not saying he was, it looked to me like Melandri had it clean) it was stupid to not be watching well enough to avoid that mess.

I'm not one for the concept of GOAT, but since you're asking, I'd have to say Babe Ruth (certainly the greatest baseball player of all time as he had Hall of Fame stats both as a pitcher and a batter..., plus he could do it loaded a good part of the time).

Lorenzo really screwed himself on a risky move there. He seems to have effectively handed the championship over to Rossi. Barring engine problems due to the rationing rules or some falls, Rossi appears untouchable. On top of that is the psychological blow to Lorenzo. I feel bad for him, but this really underscores the need for him to just re-up with Yamaha and work on staying on the bike.

I was really looking forward to a closer season.

Did I hear this right? Lorenzo's team manager saying that he cracked under the pressure from Rossi? (or words to that effect).

I'm not entirely sure that I would want my manager telling the world press that I was buckling under pressure - let them draw those conclusions themselves! To say that he made a mistake would be enough, and leave it at that.

Anyway, had to agree with the Eurosport guys, we were robbed of was was going to be another classic finale to a race!