Sunday, March 30, 2008

Pedrosa Wins in Jerez

Dani Pedrosa took a decisive victory in the MotoGP in Jerez a couple of seconds in front of Rossi, who gained his 100th podium in MotoGP, and Lorenzo.  Pedrosa led from the first corner getting his second brilliant start from two rounds.  In the interviews on the Spanish television channel TVE Lorenzo was obviously gutted to "only" come in third but was magnanimous in his congratulations to Pedrosa and Rossi.  The interview with Pedrosa was typical of his style and he talks as though he's talking to his mechanics complaining about problems with the tyres, if only everyone had his problems!

Another interesting part of the MotoGP in Jerez was the presence of the King of Spain, Juan Carlos, showing that motorcycling is becoming more and more a sport of the masses.  Juan Carlos also took Pedrosa and Lorenzo by the hands and got them to shake but it didn't seem to make much difference to the frosty attitude they have to each other.

Prior to the MotoGP Rossi had a laugh when asked about the tension between Lorenzo and Pedrosa and said that it reminded him of the time he first came in to MotoGP and his relationship with Capirossi who, by the way, finished 5th on his Suzuki with Toseland behind in 6th.

The Kentucky Kid, Hayden, had a great ride to come in 4th while Stoner couldn't seem to stay on the track but he still came in 11th.

To repeat myself this year is looking like a great year for MotoGP in all the catagories with closely matched riders determined to win.

1. Dani Pedrosa
2. Valentino Rossi
3. Jorge Lorenzo
4. Nicky Hayden
5. Loris Capirossi
6. James Toseland
7. John Hopkins
8. Andrea Dovizioso
9. Shinya Nakano
10. Chris Vermeulen
11. Casey Stoner
12. Marco Melandri
13. Anthony West
14. Alex de Angelis
15. Toni Elias
16. Sylvain Guintoli

Didn't Finish:
Colin Edwards
Randy de Puniet

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