2009 Le Mans MotoGP Race Result - Drying Track Produces Chaotic Race And A Miracle

Results of the MotoGP race at Le Mans:

The MotoGP race was run on a drying track, the riders leaving on rain tires. Lorenzo grabbed the lead on the first lap, and left the rest of the field behind. Pitting early for tires turned out to be a big mistake, riders who did so taking a long time before their slick tires could do times to match the fading wets. Valentino Rossi was first into the pits, and the biggest loser of the day, crashing after changing to slick tires, then remounting, going back into the pits for another bike, then a ride through, then switching bikes again.

Jorge Lorenzo had no such problems, riding a perfect race, his lead never in any danger. Marco Melandri stayed out for a long time too, and scored a fantastic podium on the Kawasaki, the best result for a long time. Dani Pedrosa caught team mate Andrea Dovizioso on the last lap, then passed to snatch 3rd.

Results 

Pos. No. Rider Manufacturer Time Diff
1 99 Jorge LORENZO YAMAHA 47'52.678  
2 33 Marco MELANDRI KAWASAKI 48'10.388 17.710
3 3 Dani PEDROSA HONDA 48'12.571 19.893
4 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO HONDA 48'13.133 20.455
5 27 Casey STONER DUCATI 48'23.217 30.539
6 7 Chris VERMEULEN SUZUKI 48'30.140 37.462
7 5 Colin EDWARDS YAMAHA 48'32.869 40.191
8 65 Loris CAPIROSSI SUZUKI 48'38.099 45.421
9 52 James TOSELAND YAMAHA 48'42.985 50.307
10 24 Toni ELIAS HONDA 48'45.896 53.218
11 15 Alex DE ANGELIS HONDA 48'46.228 53.550
12 69 Nicky HAYDEN DUCATI 48'49.325 56.647
13 72 Yuki TAKAHASHI HONDA 48'49.366 56.688
14 14 Randy DE PUNIET HONDA 49'03.977 1'11.299
15 88 Niccolo CANEPA DUCATI 49'08.063 1'15.385
16 46 Valentino ROSSI YAMAHA 49'28.685 2 laps
Not Classified
  36 Mika KALLIO DUCATI 20'47.302 17 laps

 

Round Number: 
4
2009
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