Sunday, April 13, 2008

Spanish One, Two - Estoril MotoGP 2008

Jorge Lorenzo came in a comfortable first ahead of Dani Pedrosa and Valentino Rossi.  After taking 3 Pole Positions from the first three races of the season Jorge Lorenzo has taken a well deserved victory in Portugal.  What gave him the victory?  Was it his decision to wear his red practice helmet instead of the gold race helmet?  Was it the Michelin tyres over the Bridgestones?  Was it his animosity with Pedrosa?

It may be a combination of many things but the main reasons are that he is an aggressive and skilled rider and is showing that he is not prepared to be the Rookie in preparation to win future races - he wants to win now!

It's interesting to see that the first three on the grid started and finished in the same positions.

Portuguese MotoGP results
1 Jorge Lorenzo (Spain) Yamaha - 45min53.089
2 Dani Pedrosa (Spain) Honda +1.817sec
3 Valentino Rossi (Italy) Yamaha +12.723
4 Colin Edwards (U.S.) Yamaha +17.223
5 John Hopkins (U.S.) Kawasaki +23.752
6 Casey Stoner (Australia) Ducati +26.688
7 James Toseland (Britain) Yamaha +32.631
8 Chris Vermeulen (Australia) Suzuki +36.382
9 Loris Capirossi (Italy) Suzuki +38.268
10 Shinya Nakano (Japan) Honda +39.476
11 Alex de Angelis (San Marino) Honda +1min01.306
12 Toni Elias (Spain) Ducati +1min03.867
13 Marco Melandri (Italy) Ducati +1min09.525
14 Sylvain Guintoli (France) Ducativc +1min09.634
15 Randy de Puniet (France) Honda +1min11.542
16 Anthony West (Australia) Kawasaki +1min23.629

MotoGP points standings
1 Jorge Lorenzo (Spain) Yamaha - 61
2 Dani Pedrosa (Spain) Honda - 61
3 Valentino Rossi (Italy) Yamaha - 47
4 Casey Stoner (Australia) Ducati - 40
5 James Toseland (Britain) Yamaha - 29
6 Loris Capirossi (Italy) Suzuki - 26
7 John Hopkins (U.S.) Kawasaki - 24
8 Colin Edwards (U.S.) Yamaha - 22
9 Andrea Dovizioso (Italy) Honda - 21
10 Nicky Hayden (U.S.) Honda - 19
11 Shinya Nakano (Japan) Honda - 16
12 Chris Vermeulen (Australia) Suzuki - 14
13 Marco Melandri (Italy) Ducati - 12
14 Randy de Puniet (France) Honda - 8
15 Alex de Angelis (San Marino) Honda - 7
16 Toni Elias (Spain) Ducati - 7
17 Anthony West (Australia) Kawasaki - 3
18 Sylvain Guintoli (France) Ducati - 3

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