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GP Week : Issue 184
>>> MOTOGP FEATUrE The Montmelo circuit outside Barcelona witnessed one of the most classic race finishes of the modern era in 2009. The scene is set for a potential and crucial repeat next weekend. If it happens, if history repeats itself, it will be as much a turning point as it was back then. The Catalunyan GP was the sixth round, and Jorge Lorenzo was in his second season at Yamaha alongside Rossi, and beginning to prove a thorn in his side. He’d just beaten him at home at Mugello, and was five points ahead. Now at his own home Jorge had planned a perfect race, to claim his revenge. He could already taste the champagne after taking control on the final lap (left) to lead into the crucial last corner set. Surely nobody could stop him now. Nobody but Valentino Rossi. The grand master devised a completely new and unexpected strategy. As his team-mate took the fastest wide sweeping line into the last right hander, suddenly there was Rossi at the apex. Jorge’s plan was in ruins. Rossi seized the win by less than a tenth. It was a pivotal – not to say humiliating – moment for the current number one rider in the Yamaha factory team. Rossi won five more races that year and took the last of his seven top-class titles (last so far, anyway). The balance shifted for good in 2010 – Valentino was already trailing when breaking his Lorenzo seeks revenge; Rossi seeks redemption. MICHAeL sCOTT explains ... CATALUNYAN ENCORE? 24 GPWEEK.com // 24 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: