Well, that was probably one of the strangest MotoGP races you’ll ever see.
Jorge Lorenzo eventually took victory in a race that saw Valentino Rossi and Casey Stoner re-ignite their feud. Valentino Rossi charged from 12th position to 4th in only a handful of laps, but then crashed out, taking Stoner with him as he went for 3rd position.
After the race when Rossi went to apologise to Stoner, Casey was heard to say “your ambition outweighs your talent”, as well as making some sarcastic jibes about the health of Rossi’s shoulder.
Back on the track the action wasn’t over and spectators were treated to an unpredictable set of events that included:
- Simoncelli taking the lead, only to highside himself out of the race.
- Lorenzo keeping his cool and managing to fight off a charge from Pedrosa, eventually stretching out a gap that Pedrosa had no chance of bridging.
- Cal Crutchlow contend for 5th place, only to crash, and rejoin the race and eventually take 8th position
- Colin Edwards looking like a certaintly for 3rd place, only to be forced to retire with a failed engine
- Rossi still managing to finish in 5th place due to the likes of Ben Spies, Colin Edwards and others crashing out or running off track
Full results below:
MotoGP Jerez Race Results:
1 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha Factory Racing 50’49.046
2 Dani PEDROSA Repsol Honda Team 19.339
3 Nicky HAYDEN Ducati Team 29.085
4 Hiroshi AOYAMA San Carlo Honda Gresini 29.551
5 Valentino ROSSI Ducati Team +1’02.227
6 Hector BARBERA Mapfre Aspar Team MotoGP +1’08.440
7 Karel ABRAHAM Cardion AB Motoracing +1’14.120
8 Cal CRUTCHLOW Monster Yamaha Tech 3 +1’19.110
9 Toni ELIAS LCR Honda MotoGP +1’42.906
10 John HOPKINS Rizla Suzuki MotoGP +1’48.395
11 Loris CAPIROSSI Pramac Racing Team +1’51.876
12 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Repsol Honda Team 1 Lap
Colin EDWARDS Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1 Lap
Ben SPIES Yamaha Factory Racing 3 Laps
Randy DE PUNIET Pramac Racing Team 11 Laps
Marco SIMONCELLI San Carlo Honda Gresini 16 Laps
Casey STONER Repsol Honda Team 20 Laps
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