2009 Laguna Seca MotoGP Race Result - Last Corner Lunge Fails To Take Win

Results of the Laguna Seca MotoGP race:

Dani Pedrosa won the 2009 Red Bull US Grand Prix race, his first win in over a year. Pedrosa got a rocket start and looked to have the race in the bag by about half way, with a lead of over 3 seconds. With 2 laps to go, the lead was still nearly 2 seconds, but Rossi closed Pedrosa nearly all the way down, and came within a few yards of a successful last corner lunge to take the win. Jorge Lorenzo braved the pain to take 3rd, and came within a whisker of beating his team mate, while Casey Stoner lost strength once again, dropping away from the leaders after halfway, but finishing 4th.

Excellent news for Nicky Hayden fans, as the Kentucky Kid had a strong race to finish 5th, directly behind his team mate. Fellow American Colin Edwards had a more difficult day, finishing 7th. But the race was a real war of attrition, with 4 crashers (Talmacsi, Capirossi, Dovizioso and Gibernau) and a black flag for James Toseland, who failed to come in for a ride through penalty for a jump start.

Dani Pedrosa, Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo on the podium at the 2009 Laguna Seca race


Pos. No. Rider Manufacturer Time Diff
1 3 Dani PEDROSA HONDA 44'01.580  
2 46 Valentino ROSSI YAMAHA 44'01.924 0.344
3 99 Jorge LORENZO YAMAHA 44'03.506 1.926
4 27 Casey STONER DUCATI 44'14.012 12.432
5 69 Nicky HAYDEN DUCATI 44'23.243 21.663
6 24 Toni ELIAS HONDA 44'23.621 22.041
7 5 Colin EDWARDS YAMAHA 44'31.781 30.201
8 7 Chris VERMEULEN SUZUKI 44'34.437 32.857
9 14 Randy DE PUNIET HONDA 44'41.905 40.325
10 33 Marco MELANDRI KAWASAKI 44'49.608 48.028
11 15 Alex DE ANGELIS HONDA 44'50.390 48.810
12 88 Niccolo CANEPA DUCATI 45'20.111 1'18.531
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  4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO HONDA 8'23.703 26 laps
  59 Sete GIBERNAU DUCATI 8'32.190 26 laps
  65 Loris CAPIROSSI SUZUKI 4'19.395 29 laps
  41 Gabor TALMACSI HONDA 4'22.278 29 laps
  52 James TOSELAND YAMAHA    
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Good race today. I could have done seeing 100% less of Alberto Puig though. What is wrong with Toseland though? The guy is already probably on the hot seat in that team and he decides not to do his ride through for a jumped start so he gets excluded. Edwards must be loving every second of Toseland's misfortune.

Don't underestimate how hard it is for riders to see their pit boards down the front straight at Laguna. It's a short straight and there's a lot going on down there, and the pit boards are on the far inside of the track. It's an easy mistake to make, though not one that should be made at this level. 

I was sitting in the grandstands on the front straight and I was watching every time Toseland went past. On his pitboard it kept saying RIDE THROUGH once he was given the penalty. The marshalls also showed a flag with the rider's number above the flag for multiple laps.
Once he was black flagged his pitboard said something like PIT, but I can't remember correctly. The marshalls also put out a black flag with his number above it.

I must admit though, his pitboard was pretty much about 20 meters from the end of turn 11, so he would have to turn right away to see what his board said, not a good placement. Guys like Rossi, Lorenzo, Stoner, and Hayden had their pitboards up near the starting line. The marshalls are up near the starting line, so it should have been easier for him to see the flag.