2010 Japan MotoGP (Motegi): Valentino and Lorenzo fighting it out for 3rd

2010 Japan MotoGP

Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo put on an amazing show for the Japanese fans at Motegi MotoGP today, fighting it out for the final podium position in a battle that came down like edge to edge racing. Rossi just prevailed over his team-mate to take third, his sixth podium of the season, while Lorenzo’s fourth place sets up his first Championship match-point at Sepang next weekend.

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Valentino Rossi

The Italian underdog now sits 4th in standings with 159 points.

Just when it looked like it was over for the wounded and soon to be resigning Fiat Yamaha team member, Valentino Rossi not only put on a brilliant show for the fans, but obviously got his groove back by exhibiting a strong lead over the course of the weekend landing him in the front row and back on the podium once again!

Rossi and Lorenzo then settled into a rhythm with a gap of a few tenths between them, although they were unable to make much headway on the leaders, who were nearly two seconds ahead of them by that point.

As the MotoGP race sped towards its climax Rossi’s tyres began to slide a little and Lorenzo took the fight to him, making his first move on lap 18 but unable to stay in front.

On the penultimate lap an incredible passing sequence led to the pair touching fairings on more than one occasion and the excitement did not end there, as they swapped positions several more times before Rossi just gained the advantage in the final few corners and crossed the line half a second in front.

Jorge Lorenzo: “This was a big battle between Valentino and I, two warriors with the killer instinct, I have to say that at some points I do not think he was completely fair, we were both on the limit but some of his moves were maybe a bit too much and he touched me and pushed me wide when I don’t think it was right.”

Valentino Rossi: “What a great race!”  “Of course I would have preferred to be battling for the win but anyway it was a great feeling, a real show and I want to congratulate Jorge because he was very strong and didn’t give up! Unfortunately I lost time at the start when he passed me so Stoner and Dovizioso got away, and by the time I passed him again they were too far ahead. At the end I was tired and my tire was sliding a lot, it was a bit softer than I would have liked, so I knew I was going to be in trouble but I wanted the podium so much. Jorge came back at me and we had a great battle, proper racing – I think everyone watching enjoyed it.”

Casey Stoner: “With this track being so heavy on the front we were trying to make the bike a lot more stable. We had a lot of problems with the brakes and the bike doing wheelies, and every time we improved that we made the rear worse so we were having a bit of a disaster weekend!” he explained.

“We just couldn’t get any grip on the bike so we went a little closer to more traction rather than stability on the brakes, and it paid off for us. We found that time that we were missing. We tried something else but it didn’t really work in warm up this morning and we didn’t feel that comfortable. We went more or less back to what we had in qualifying with another step in another direction, a little bit of a lucky dip, but it worked!”

“After the first couple of laps and when I saw the times I was able to do I thought we were in with a chance of winning this one, but it wasn’t without a fight, Andrea was there the whole way, pushing me, and every time I thought I had a small gap to take a breather he came back again. I had to keep pushing the whole race and it wasn’t until the last lap that I really got to relax. It was a big victory for us, especially at this circuit, and it means a lot to us.”

Final Notes: Fiat Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo reached an agreement with Yamaha Motor Co. Ltd and will be signing for another two years with the factory. Joining him will be former Monster Tech 3 rider Ben Spies. It was determined by the Repsol Honda Team that Dani Pedrosa’s crash was due to a faulty throttle cable, which lead to the demise of his race start and a trip to the hospital for surgery on a broken collarbone. It is unknown at this time if he will be attending Sepang this weekend.

Motegi, Sunday, October 03, 2010 Pos. Points Num.

Rider Nation Team Bike Km/ Time

1 25 27 Casey STONER
AUS Ducati Team Ducati 160.0 43’12.266
2 20 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO
ITA Repsol Honda Team Honda 159.8 +3.868
3 16 46 Valentino ROSSI
ITA Fiat Yamaha Team Yamaha 159.7 +5.707
4 13 99 Jorge LORENZO
SPA Fiat Yamaha Team Yamaha 159.6 +6.221
5 11 5 Colin EDWARDS
USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 158.4 +27.092
6 10 58 Marco SIMONCELLI
ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 158.2 +30.021
7 9 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA
SPA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki 158.1 +31.826
8 8 11 Ben SPIES
USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 157.9 +35.572
9 7 14 Randy DE PUNIET
FRA LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 157.1 +47.564
10 6 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA
JPN Interwetten Honda MotoGP Honda 157.0 +49.598
11 5 33 Marco MELANDRI
ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 157.0 +49.999
12 4 69 Nicky HAYDEN
USA Ducati Team Ducati 156.9 +50.703
13 3 40 Hector BARBERA
SPA Paginas Amarillas Aspar Ducati 156.9 +51.422
14 2 41 Aleix ESPARGARO
SPA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 156.8 +52.843
15 1 36 Mika KALLIO
FIN Pramac Racing Team Ducati 155.5 +1’14.668
Not Classified    65 Loris CAPIROSSI
ITA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki 158.0 3 Laps

2010 MotoGP Championship Points:
1. Jorge Lorenzo, 297
2. Dani Pedrosa, 228
3. Casey Stoner, 180
4. Andrea Dovizioso, 159
5. Valentino Rossi, 156
6. Ben Spies, 139
7. Nicky Hayden, 129
8. Randy de Puniet, 88
9. Marco Simoncelli, 84
10. Colin Edwards, 81

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