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Sepang MotoGP Results

With a third place finish today, Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo secured his first MotoGP championship at Sepang.  Lorenzo dominated the first half of the series, but wrapped up the title with three races remaining largely due to injuries suffered by rivals Valentino Rossi (Yamaha) and Dani Pedrosa (Honda) that caused them to miss several races.  Rossi took the win at Sepang today ahead of Honda factory rider Andrea Dovizioso with Lorenzo third. 

For additional details, results and points, visit the official MotoGP site here.

10 Comments

  1. mickey says:

    Rossi’s ride was indeed inspired. He’s the only rider that can come from 2/3 of the way through the pack to the front. To catch and pass Lorenzo was amazing, but then to run down and pass Dovisioso had me yelling at the screen. He’s truly one of a kind when it comes to racing a Moto GP motorcycle.

    Most Moto GP’s are parades after the second or third lap, with the top 2 or 3 taking a huge lead in front of the second group of #’s 4, 5 & 6. Then there is the 7,8, 9 group, and then the last few guys. Imagine what Moto GP could be like if there were more top caliber riders. They announced that the top 10 riders were within a second and a half in qualifying. After 10 laps thats 15 seconds and after a 20 lap race that puts back runners a half a minute or more behind the leaders. Maybe they should drop the last 4 or 5 riders who are always at the back and just run the top 10 qualifying riders in the race?

    Congrats to Lorenzo for winning the championship. He certainly proved more worthy than Hayden did the year he won. What did Hayden win, ONE race that season? I think he has only won 3 Moto GP’s in his entire career. Hayden is a top 10 rider, but not much more than that. I like Nicky and wish him well, but podium finishes are very rare for Nicky. And how Edwards hangs on to his ride is a total mystery to me.

  2. Calvin and Hobbes says:

    i wonder if Rossi will stick with his current leather livery (very fluorescent) when at ducati, vs. the symbolic all red leathers….

    Colin Edwards, there doesn’t seem to be much left in him, but he persists
    Ben Spies, this guy must have a factory bike wrapped in the Tech3 skin…if not, next year will be scary. Not to mention, has he even crashed once during a race this season?
    Rossi, the crystal ball can’t seem to predict what will happen aboard the unrefined tyrannosaurus ducati next year. Will there be time for him to “smooth” out this beast for his riding?
    Nicholas Hayden, we can only hope Rossi brings with him some kind of refinement that helps Hayden become more consistent, otherwise I’m routing for him.
    Pedrosa, as much as I am not a fan, him on the honda, should be amazing, if he can keep from injuring himself
    Andrea Dovi, by far the most underrated rider, not sure where he’ll end up next year, it would be sweet to see 3 Honda bikes though
    Stoner, see comments about Pedrosa, and the video camera should give more time to his wife…good gravy!
    Jorge Lorenzo, see comments about Stoner, except with Yamaha, and he should stay off of dirt bikes
    Everyone else, good luck

  3. Brinskee says:

    Rossi is indeed back. He’s displaying a hunger we have not seen in quite some time. 10th to first, with some passes that looked effortless. I’m mirroring everyone’s statement obviously, but next year will be spectacular. With Spies on a factory team, it’s going to just be incredible!

  4. cgates1 says:

    I’d like to congratulate MotorcycleDaily.com for this piece, which is far more balanced – indeed it probably goes too far! – in its reportage on the race today. I’ve been harshly critical of the anti-Rossi stance adopted by this site, but this article is simply fair reportage.

    In fact, we won’t know whether Lorenzo would have won against an uninjured Rossi, but Lorenzo was very, very strong indeed this year. Next year should be simply cracking.

    • Brian says:

      Anti Rossi
      For once I don’t want what your smoking
      M-daily has always presented facts, and stated when they are only opinions(IMO).
      They have never had harsh words any rider (except DanP, deservedly)
      That’s some serious Rossi Cool-aid that your drinking to think this site is anti Rossi.

  5. Tim says:

    Rossi is back. Anyone who doubted him and thought he was washed up was sadly mistaken. Granted, Lorenzo didn’t push today, and rode a smart race, chosing to sacrafise this race for the championship, but it was still an amazing performance from Rossi. This may have been one of Rossi’s most impressive races ever, having been in 10th soon after the start. He was making up as much as half a second on the leaders on a couple of the laps. That’s simply unheard of at this level. The Doctor is back and sent notice to the rest of the field that he will have to be reconded with next season.

    As for Patrick’s comments on Spies…he’s just a really, really talented guy. I do suspect he’s been getting the good parts from the factory, since Rossi announced he was going to Ducati next year, but he’s been a consistent high finisher all year, even with satellite team parts.

    Motorcyclist has an interesting article this month about how the Tech 3 team riders only started with 4 engines (compared to 6 for the factory guys) and how the factory supplies the software each week that controls how hard the engine is allowed to run (not to intentionally slow down specific riders, but to make sure the engines will hold out for the entire season.) Moto GP limits all teams to 6 engines this year, which have to last them the entire year. The limits put on the engines by the software guys in the factory, is probably why the Yamaha’s have been running a little slower than the Ducatis and Hondas of late (until today.) In any event, it is a great article for those of you who have an interest in the inner workings of Moto GP.

    Now that Yamaha has secured the title, I’m sure the Yamaha teams’ motors will all be allowed to run pretty much all out the rest of the season. Look for Rossi and Lorenzo to mix it up the next few weeks in a good old fashioned all out pissing match.

  6. Mark says:

    What’s with Hayden?

    • b says:

      He’s a bigger guy than the rest of the lineup and the 800cc bike seems to put him at a disadvantage. It’s rather hard to find any other reason he’d go from a world champion to running in the back nearly all the time. I’m hoping it’ll get better in 2012 with the 1000cc bikes.

  7. Patrick Lawrence says:

    Ben Spies, another top 5 finish. What I want to know is, how is this guy consistantly within the top 5 or 6 on a privateer team (up with all of the factory bikes) yet all of the other privateer teams/riders can rarely break the top 10? We all have seen, from AMA and WSB, that Spies is the REAL deal, but is he that much better than the others? I am in aawwhh of this guys performances.