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MotoGP: Jorge Lorenzo Signs off 2010 Season with a Win at Valencia

World Champion Jorge Lorenzo signed off his victorious season in style today, taking his ninth win in front of his home fans at Valencia. Valentino Rossi finished third on his 117th and final appearance for Yamaha, bringing to a close a wonderful seven-year partnership with his YZR-M1.

Lorenzo and Rossi both dropped places at the start, the Mallorcan slipping to fifth and the Italian right back to ninth in the race to the first corner. Lorenzo soon began looking for a way past Marco Simoncelli but almost crashed in the process, somehow making a spectacular save but dropping several places to ninth. Rossi meanwhile made it up to fourth by the end of the third lap and was on the hunt for third, trying to get by his determined fellow Italian Simoncelli.

On lap six Rossi moved into third and Lorenzo, who had brilliantly recovered his composure after his near-miss to gain back the places he had lost, followed him through next time around to take fourth, with Dani Pedrosa and Casey Stoner in front of the Yamaha pair. At one third of race distance Rossi and Lorenzo dispatched Pedrosa and then it was Lorenzo’s turn to pass his team-mate, moving into second behind Stoner. Rossi tried his best to go with him but the shoulder that has plagued him all season stopped him riding at the maximum on the twisty track and he dropped off, content to at least finish on the podium for one final time with Yamaha.

Lorenzo was unstoppable by this stage and the cool-headed 23-year-old stormed ahead of Stoner on lap 23 to take a final win on home soil. His win today brings his season points-tally to 383, a new record for a rider in a premier-class season.

Rossi’s final podium for Yamaha secured third place in the standings and the Italian bid an emotional farewell to his beloved M1, stopping on the cool down lap to kiss his bike in an echo of the first of his 46 Yamaha wins, at Welkom back in 2004 when the ‘Yamaha and Rossi’ story first began.

Jorge Lorenzo – Position: 1st Time: 46’44.622
“Coming here to Valencia I really wanted to win one more time in this fantastic season, in front of my home fans. In the practices I was fast all weekend, but it seemed like Casey was even faster. I made a good start today but in the second corner trying to pass Casey I got overtaken by three or four riders, then I had a hard fight with Simoncelli when I nearly fell! I kept calm after that and concentrated and then lap-by-lap I recovered. I had a wonderful fight with Casey at the end. Winning here in front of my home crowd at this special track is one of the happiest moments of my life. We are proud to have got the record for the most number of points with 383, I used to be known as a crazy rider who crashed too much so to demonstrate consistency in this way makes me proud. Thanks to Yamaha and everyone involved for a fantastic season – now we have time to celebrate tonight before we start working for 2011 on Tuesday. Finally I want to say goodbye and good luck to Valentino – I am looking forward to racing him next year!”

2010 Valencia MotoGP Results

1 Lorenzo 46.44.62
2 Stoner 0.04.58
3 Rossi 0.09.00
4 Spies 0.17.64
5 Dovizioso 0.19.16
6 Simoncelli0.20.67
7 Pedrosa 0.26.80
8 Barbera 0.29.29
9 Bautista 0.29.45
10 Puniet 0.29.86
12 Edwards 0.33.60

MotoGP: Ben Spies in Talks with Yamaha to Extend Current Contract

Ben Spies is locked in talks with Yamaha about an extension to his current MotoGP deal.

The Texan, who clinched the Rookie of the Year crown in Phillip Island last weekend with fifth place, is negotiating an extension to his current contract that could keep him on a YZR-M1 machine until the end of 2013.

We understand a new contract could be agreed by the final race of the season in Valencia before the former World Superbike champion leaves the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 squad to partner Jorge Lorenzo.

Spies has one year left on his current contract Spies Said: “There’s talks and from both sides we’d like to sort something. If I’m going to the factory team I’d like to go for a couple of years at least.

“With the 1000s coming in 2012 they probably don’t want me to help with development and then not go and ride the thing the following year. I’d like to tag on another year and maybe sort an option for 2013 or something like that.”

Source | MCN

MotoGP: Yamaha gives Valentino Rossi Blessing to Test Ducati After Valencia

Valentino Rossi recently signed with Ducati to ride for the Italian firm for the next 2 seasons.  The problem that remained was that Yamaha had Valentino under contract until the end of the year not the season.  That meant that Rossi would not be able to test the Ducati Desmosedici GP11 after the race in Valencia.  With the amount of testing for teams dramatically reduced compared to seasons in the past this would have put both Rossi and Ducati and a disadvantage to the other teams.

Well after a lot of negotiatings between Rossi’s camp and Yamaha boss Masao Furusawa Yamaha finally gave in to Rossi.  The situation between departing riders and teams allowing for testing has always been more of a gentlemen agreement.  Yamaha was holding off for as long as possible to release the news.  It is finally out in the open now hat Rossi will be able to test after Valencia on the Ducati.

Testing after the Valencia GP will see Rossi sport the Ducati bike and leathers for the first time while departing Ducati rider Stoner will be moving to Honda.  Day 1 of the 2011 season is right around the corner.

Keep posted for more updates.

MotoGP: Jorge Lorenzo Snags Fourth Pole in a Row after Engine Failure, Rossi Fifth

Jorge Lorenzo overcame a spectacular engine failure (pictured), which subsequently caused two riders to fall and temporarily halted qualifying at the Sachsenring, to take pole position for Sunday’s German Grand Prix.

The MotoGP World Championship leader was holding third place when his M1 erupted in a ball of smoke and fire along the home straight just after the halfway mark of the hour, sending oil pouring onto the track.

Lorenzo pulled off at the end of the straight, but satellite Yamaha rider Ben Spies and then satellite Honda rider Randy de Puniet fell at high speed after hitting the fluid. Both have been declared fit to race, although de Puniet, who hit Spies’ bike as it lay in the gravel, took no further part in the session.

On the resumption of action Lorenzo put in a string of fast laps in the high 1min 21sec, eventually taking pole with four minutes to go before improving again to hold off challenges from Ducati’s Casey Stoner and Honda’s Dani Pedrosa, with whom he will share the front row tomorrow.

“Since the new engine rule everyone has been starting to feel like these engines never have problems and it was honestly a surprise for me today when I came onto the straight and felt it stop!” said Lorenzo. “It was so hot and there was oil on my feet so I had to go into the wall.

“I’m really sorry that Ben and Randy crashed and especially that Randy was slightly injured, it is good news that he will be able to race tomorrow.

“This pole position was very hard because Casey and Dani were so fast; I had to push at the maximum and ride really well. Well done to my team because we have improved so much since yesterday and now I’m looking forward to the race tomorrow,” added the Spaniard, who starts round eight with a 52 point lead over Pedrosa, having won the last three rounds.

Team manager Wilco Zeelenberg said the cause of the engine failure was unclear, but did reveal that it wasn’t a new engine.

“As for the engine, we now have one less from our allocation of six and we need time to understand what happened; luckily it wasn’t a new engine, it’s been in use a long time but it’s never nice when something like this happens,” he said.

“We’re very sorry for the riders that fell and especially for Randy because he has some pain, things happening at that speed are always dangerous and we wish him our best and very much hope it won’t affect him in the race tomorrow.”

Lorenzo’s returning team-mate Valentino Rossi will start from fifth.

Source | Crash.net

MotoGP: The Doctor is Back! Valentino Rossi will be at the German GP this weekend

FIAT Yamaha has officially confirmed that record-breaking MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi is to rejoin the fray at the Sachsenring in Germany this weekend – meaning the 2010 title battle is back on with a vengeance!

What had begun to look like turning into a one-horse race for the 2010 MotoGP laurels is set to be reignited in this weekend’s German Grand Prix at the Sachsenring, with confirmation from FIAT Yamaha that following a six-week injury absence, record-breaking multiple world champion Valentino Rossi will return to the grid.

Having broken his leg during practice at Mugello early last month, Rossi has spent the past six weeks convalescing at home in Italy, and the general paddock consensus was that his chances of clinching an extraordinary eighth premier class crown had shattered into the bargain.

However, so swift and successful has the Urbino native’s recovery been that – subject to the full approval of the circuit’s chief medical officer on Thursday, having already received the all-clear from his own doctors – he will rejoin the competitive fray on Friday, following an intensive rehabilitation programme that culminated in a brace of positive test outings on a World Superbike Championship Yamaha R1 over the last few days, far earlier than expected.

Should he indeed prove fit to compete in Germany, the reigning world champion will have missed only four of the 18 races this season, and whilst at just seventh in the standings at 104 points adrift of team-mate and runaway championship-leader Jorge Lorenzo, with 275 points left to play for the title might now be an uphill challenge but it is equally by no means out-of-the-question.

Moreover, ‘The Doctor’ has produced some masterful displays at the Sachsenring over the years, including a superb performance in 2006 when he triumphed from tenth on the grid – one of five victories there since 2000 – and he is palpably champing at the bit to get back on-track again, if cautious about his prospects.

“I’m really excited that my doctors think I can ride this weekend,” enthused the 31-year-old. “Tomorrow I will see the medical officer and then we will have the final decision. I felt good on the R1; I know my M1 at the track is a different thing and it will be hard for me, but I miss my bike and my team and I want to try.

“I am really looking forward to seeing everyone and being back in the paddock – I was tired of being at home! Wataru [Yoshikawa] will be there as well, so if there is a problem he will ride my bike again.”

Indeed, Yamaha’s veteran Japanese test rider will be on-hand again in case of need, but it is clear that Rossi’s team manager Davide Brivio is eager to see his talisman rider back on the grid.

“Valentino has made a big effort to be ready to race in Sachsenring this weekend,” affirmed the Italian. “He really wanted to be back riding his M1 as soon as he could, so he’s worked hard to make his recovery as quick as possible. We expect him to take a couple of races to be up-to-speed and competitive at the top after his injury, but it’s very nice to see him back with us.”

Source | Crash.net