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Lorenzo powers to victory in Japan

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Japan has become the latest territory to have the flag planted in it marking it as Lorenzo's Land as Jorge Lorenzo powered to victory in the Japanese MotoGP, for the second top-class win of his career.

Valentino Rossi got off to a great start but his young team-mate refused to let him get out of reach, and after a bit of paint-swapping between the pair, Lorenzo got past him after about one third of the race and never let him back into the lead.

Rossi held on for second spot, ahead of Dani Pedrosa, who made light of serious pre-season injuries to claim a very creditable third place, with Casey Stoner fourth and Andrea Dovizioso fifth.

After the madness of Qatar, fortunately things were a bit more sane in Japan and it's the racing rather than the weather that is the main talking point. So what do you make of events in Japan? Does Lorenzo have what it takes to stay on the pace all season? What do you think of Pedrosa's display? James Toseland made it into the top 10 - are things finally looking up for him? And what about Ducati - Stoner finishing off the podium and more bad luck for Nicky Hayden, taken out by another rider banging his back wheel?

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posted Apr 26, 2009

Smith finished 10th, 30 secs behind - wasn't up in time to see the race so can't tell you if he fell or not, but he was also 10th in the warm-up.

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posted Apr 26, 2009

good i was fearing Braders had hurt himself agian. I always look out for what he has done in the 125cc.

Also what a good Moto GP race, Pedrosa did a smashing job coming from 11th and taking 3rd. Well done to Lorenzo for beating Rossi.

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posted Apr 26, 2009

Nice battle between Rossi and Pedrosa with 6-7 laps to go - Pedrosa tried to take him twice on the brakes but lost the line slightly, then managed to pass him on the 3rd attempt. Following lap Rossi overtook again though and then pulled an extra half second out of the bag on...what a surprise eh...

I wonder if Rossi would have been able to chase Lorenzo down if Pedrosa hadn't tangled him up in that battle...

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posted Apr 26, 2009

Doubtful - it looked like Lorenzo had the better of Rossi. Even though Rossi picked up pace towards the end I reckon Lornazo would have still held him off.

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posted Apr 26, 2009

Bradley did hurt himself. He had a major 'almost off' but managed to stay on. Unfortunately he smashed his fairing with what at first looked like his helmet. But watching the EuroSport feed after the race you could see him being taken to the medical area by his team with what looked like a nasty gash across his throat, with blood all down his chin. Seems to be a lucky boy if he did indeed do the injury to his throat.

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posted Apr 26, 2009

Excellent race from last season's rookies Lorenzo and Dovi. Rossi and Stoner had better watch out! Roll on Jerez...

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posted Apr 26, 2009

All the best Valentino as you head to Spain. Put behind your immediate past two (2) results, and concentrate on the next races.

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posted Apr 27, 2009

I found the 125 race extremely exciting as the guys with wet tyres had a very good start but lost their advantage as it got dryer. Amazing Iannone went to 12th position from pole and then to pole again. I always find the 125 much more entertaining. I am a big fan of Simoncelli and was very upset about his misfortune. I hope he will catch up as well as he did last year. MotoGP was ok but I felt people were a bit more nervous than usual. Well done for Yamaha and Honda. Looking forward to the next race!

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posted Apr 27, 2009

Enjoyed all the races, shame about qualifiying, could have made a difference if they had time to set up the bikes. Still managed to record all 3 races OK, so why are some people saying they can't record on the red button? smiley

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comment by Tim (U4766339)

posted Apr 28, 2009

Moto GP is now so boring.When the 125 and 250 classes go MotoGP will die.Years ago if you went to a Grand Prix you had 50,80,125,250,350,500, sidecars and at some meetings, F750 races.It has gone down hill since we lost the 990's.I think the best thing to do is to merge with World Superbikes.MotoGP also needs more riders-at least 30 on the grid.

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