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GP Week : Issue 59
>>Moto GPBRNO Biaggi slide to earth inches in front of him in 2001. Here also, on the turn three-four combination, he saw Casey Stoner crash out of a lead that he was busily whittling away. And on the entry to the same corner set, in 2009, he watched Fiat Yamaha team-mate and would-be upstart rival Jorge Lorenzo do exactly the same thing. Rossi had taken the lead at the same spot D from fast-starting Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda) on the first lap, and stayed in front as he and Lorenzo gradually outpaced the pursuit, in front of a sun-baked crowd of 138,096 on Sunday afternoon. Lorenzo stayed close, and mounted his challenge on the 17th of 22 laps, stealing the lead on the way into the same corner. Rossi sat on his back wheel, and seemed set to challenge him next time he got there. He didn’t have to. Lorenzo was wide on the entry, and as he leaned it in the front wheel tucked under, and he was down. With Pedrosa already well out of touch, it took the sting out of the race, and a great deal more from the championship battle. Rossi stretched his lead over his fallen team- mate to 50 points … a two-race cushion, with six rounds left. “Is a good margin, but there are a lot of races to go,” the jubilant Italian said. He had qualified on pole ahead of Lorenzo, but not by enough of a margin for comfort. “This morning we tried something with the front, but it didn’t work, so we made some more modification for the race, and I was starting with a lot of doubt. I pushed like the devil, and after the first two or three laps I felt the bike was as I want. “When Jorge passed me I was ready for a good battle in the last laps, like at other tracks this O you ever get a feeling of déjà vu? Valentino Rossi surely must, at the Brno circuit. It was here that he watched Max year. But he lost the front.” Pedrosa knew that his second place was a gift. “I was behind and trying to make a good race, but unfortunately not so fast,” he said. “Tomorrow we need to improve in testing to get in the fight.” There had been furious action not far behind, where Toni Elias (San Carlo Honda) had been valiantly fending off the factory machine of Andrea Dovizioso. Loris Capirossi (Rizla Suzuki) was right with them in a strong ride his upgraded machine. Dovi did get ahead of Elias briefly with four laps to go, but the Spaniard prevailed for a popular first rostrum of the year. A little way behind, a gang of four had been trading blows for most of race distance. Nicky Hayden (Marlboro Ducati) got ahead of Colin Edwards (Monster Tech 3 Yamaha) by the end, staying there by just over a tenth. But Marco Melandri (Hayate Kawasaki) and Stoner’s Marlboro Ducati replacement Mika Kallio didn’t make the finish, crashing out in a tangle of bikes and arms and legs at the end of the penultimate lap, when Melandri had just got ahead at the last chicane. Alex de Angelis (San Carlo Honda) had been with the group, but almost crashed on lap 18, dropping out of touch, and coming under pressure at the finish from James Toseland (Monster Tech 3 Yamaha). Randy de Puniet (LCR Honda), nursing a recent broken ankle, dropped back by the end for tenth, but managed to fend off Chris Vermeulen (Rizla Suzuki), the only rider to have chosen a softer rear tyre. Niccolò Canepa (Pramac Ducati) and Gabor Talmacsi (Scot Honda) trailed in, but with Michel Fabrizio (in place of Kallio at Pramac Ducati) retiring from last place with 16 laps to go, there were only 13 finishers and points for all. Rossi now dominates impressively on 212 points, with no-score Lorenzo on 162. Stoner has 150, then Pedrosa 135 and Edwards 112. Do you ever get a feeling of déjà vu? 25