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GP Week : Issue 46
>>Moto GPFRANCE yate Sanction The question is, will Kawasaki give Melandri any Hayate updates after sensational second? IF a Kawasaki had taken second in any MotoGP, it would have been a major moment. In fact, it happened only twice in six years. Then the company pulled out at the end of last season. This left the racing team high and dry, and both Marco Melandri and John Hopkins without a ride. Melandri’s position was rescued after frantic brokering by Dorna chief Carmelo Ezpeleta, but Kawasaki insisted on renaming the team Hayate, and said there would be no development on the already-constructed 2009 bike after the start of the season. Not even they could have anticipated that Melandri would take two top six places in the first three races, and then hit the rostrum at the fourth. Ezpeleta persuaded the company to change its mind about quitting GP racing. Perhaps now Melandri’s results will persuade Kawasaki into another policy shift. Watch this space to see if the company bring any upgrade parts for its unexpected new star. hamp’s Raindance THE track was even wetter for the 250s than the 125s, and the race somewhat similar, only less so, with a lower rate of attrition – only 15 crashes, and 14 finishers out of 24 starters. The win was another runaway for defending champion Marco Simoncelli (Metis Gilera), while several of his stronger rivals paid the price of too much enthusiasm with too little grip. The only one who might have challenged him for a lead that was almost five seconds after just three laps was Mattia Pasini (Toth Aprilia), who came charging through to on the fourth lap; only to crash directly afterwards, before he had a chance to close the gap. The battle for second came much later. Swiss rider Thomas Luthi (Emmi Caffe Latte Aprilia) had seemed secure in the position until half distance. Then Alex Debon (Aeropuerto Castello Aprilia) broke free from his battle with Hector Faubel (Valencia CF Honda) and closed up rapidly. He was also going to fast, but his crash under braking as he was about to attack took himself and Luthi out of the action. This left Faubel in a safe second, managing to stay ahead of second Gilera rider Roberto Locatelli. The popular veteran took third. Pos 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 MotoGP| Round LE ManS # Rider 99 Jorge Lorenzo 33 Marco Melandri 3 4 Dani Pedrosa 27 7 5 65 52 24 15 69 72 14 88 46 Andrea Dovizioso Casey Stoner Chris Vermeulen Colin Edwards Loris Capirossi James Toseland Toni Elias Alex de Angelis Nicky Hayden Yuki Takahashi Randy de Puniet Niccolo Canepa Valentino Rossi DNF 36 Mika Kallio DNS 59 Sete Gibernau Team Fiat Yamaha Team Hayate Racing Team Repsol Honda Team Repsol Honda Team Ducati Marlboro Team Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Monster Yamaha Tech 3 San Carlo Honda Gresini San Carlo Honda Gresini Ducati Marlboro Team Scot Racing Team LCR Honda MotoGP Pramac Racing Fiat Yamaha Team Pramac Racing Grupo Francisco Hernando Points – MotoGP: Lorenzo 66, Rossi 65, Stoner 65, Pedrosa 57, Melandri 43, Dovizioso 43, Edwards 35, Vermeulen 31, Capirossi 27, de Puniet 26. 250cc: Alvaro Bautista 67, Hiroshi Aoyama 66, Hector Barbera 48, Raffaele de Rosa 31, Roberto Locatelli 30, Thomas Luthi 29, Jules Cluzel 28. 125cc: Julian Simon 55, Bradley Smith 49.5, Andrea Iannone 46.5, Sergio Gadea 38, Jonas Folger 33, Sandro Cortese 32, Pol Espargaro 31.5. 2 Time 47:52.678s +17.7s +19.8s +20.4s +30.5s +37.4s +40.1s +45.4s +50.3s +53.2s +53.5s +56.6s +56.6s +1:11.2s +1:15.3s +2 Laps +17 Laps