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GP Week : Issue 6
E STORIL became Lorenzo’s Land on Sunday. And Spain’s flamboyant young MotoGP rookie earned the right to plant his black flag in the gravel trap with a landmark performance. It included an audacious overtake for the lead that had all the hallmarks of his victim Valentino Rossi’s own technique. His so-called team-mate in the divided Fiat Yamaha squad had no answer – and when Lorenzo’s deadly rival Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda) followed through to take up the challenge, Lorenzo steadily gapped him to win by almost two seconds. His third successive rostrum finish put him equal with Pedrosa at the head of the championship table. “I never expected this. I’m in heaven,” he said. It was not that surprising, however … Jorge had been fastest from qualifying where he extended his record of rookie poles to three in three races, and left with the lap record as well. At the other end of the spectrum was Casey Stoner, whose good start at Qatar was eroded by his worst weekend of the year. “A disaster,” he said. He qualified only ninth on a plainly twitchy and nervous Marlboro Ducati. Then in the race a control box for the on-board camera equipment came adrift. “It was hitting me on the clutch hand, jamming in the clutch, in the steering … I didn’t know what would happen if I ripped if off. Eventually I worked out what to do with it, but the race was long gone by then,” he said. Moody weather on a cold weekend almost spoiled everything. Rain was spotting on the warm-up lap, and threatening to get really dangerous for the first few laps. As officials hung out the white flags (declaring a ‘Wet Race’, allowing riders to switch bikes) the threat was lifted. Pedrosa led the jostle into the first corner, Rossi pushed him aside, but it was Lorenzo in front at the end of lap one. Rossi promptly outbraked him at the end of the straight, and stayed ahead of a close battle that included an amazing second rookie Andrea Dovizioso (JIR Honda), and for the early laps a hard-charging John Hopkins on the Kawasaki, until he dropped away with bad tyre chatter. Dovizioso lasted until lap 16, still right with them when he fell, and happy to be fourth on an outclassed satellite Honda. Pedrosa pushed into second on lap 11, only for Lorenzo to pass him back two laps later, and then surge inside Rossi into the chicane on the same lap, 20