Sunday, May 04, 2008

Rossi Wins MotoGP China 2008

In what looked like a dull race on a dull day at a track with few spectators Valentino Rossi pushed his Yamaha to the very edge of its capabilities to take a victory in the Chinese MotoGP to win by nearly 4 seconds after a seven-race winless streak.
Dani Pedrosa came in second after clinging to Rossi's tail for most of the race and a long way back, nearly 16 seconds behind Rossi, came Casey Stoner in third.
The race may have looked fairly boring at the front but Rossi rode a fantastic race and clearly outpaced and outrode the rest of the field.
Jorge Lorenzo fought back with a fractured ankle to take fourth place and keep in the title contention.
Rossi was really animated after the race and in his interview with Spanish TVE he joked with Angel Nieto that he had equalled his record and only needs one more win to take it.  What is that record?
Race Results
  1. V. ROSSI ITA Fiat Yamaha Team 44'08.061
  2. D. PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team + 3.890
  3. C. STONER AUS Ducati Marlboro Team + 15.928
  4. J. LORENZO SPA Fiat Yamaha Team + 22.494
  5. M. MELANDRI ITA Ducati Marlboro Team + 26.957
  6. N. HAYDEN USA Repsol Honda Team + 28.369
  7. C. EDWARDS USA Tech 3 Yamaha + 29.780
  8. T. ELIAS SPA Alice Team + 30.225
  9. L. CAPIROSSI ITA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP + 31.440
  10. S. NAKANO JPN San Carlo Honda Gresini + 35.969
  11. A. DOVIZIOSO ITA JiR Team Scot MotoGP + 36.246
  12. J. TOSELAND GBR Tech 3 Yamaha + 43.191
  13. R. DE PUNIET FRA LCR Honda MotoGP + 43.442
  14. J. HOPKINS USA Kawasaki Racing Team + 45.855
  15. S. GUINTOLI FRA Alice Team + 46.330
  16. A. DE ANGELIS RSM San Carlo Honda Gresini + 50.593
  17. A. WEST AUS Kawasaki Racing Team + 1'05.593
MotoGP World Championship Standings
  1. Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team 81
  2. Jorge LORENZO SPA Fiat Yamaha Team 74
  3. Valentino ROSSI ITA Fiat Yamaha Team 72
  4. Casey STONER AUS Ducati Marlboro Team 56
  5. Loris CAPIROSSI ITA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 33
  6. James TOSELAND GBR Tech 3 Yamaha 33
  7. Colin EDWARDS USA Tech 3 Yamaha 31
  8. Nicky HAYDEN USA Repsol Honda Team 29
  9. Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA JiR Team Scot MotoGP 26
  10. John HOPKINS USA Kawasaki Racing Team 26
  11. Marco MELANDRI ITA Ducati Marlboro Team 23
  12. Shinya NAKANO JPN San Carlo Honda Gresini 22
  13. Toni ELIAS SPA Alice Team 15
  14. Chris VERMEULEN AUS Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 14
  15. Randy DE PUNIET FRA LCR Honda MotoGP 11
  16. Alex DE ANGELIS RSM San Carlo Honda Gresini 7
  17. Sylvain GUINTOLI FRA Alice Team 4
  18. Anthony WEST AUS Kawasaki Racing Team 3