2009 Misano MotoGP FP2 Result - Rossi Takes Round Two From Lorenzo

The intense rivalry between Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo continues apace, the next instalment taking place on Saturday morning during the second session of free practice for the MotoGP class. After Rossi took first blood yesterday, Jorge Lorenzo set about extracting revenge, but that would be no easy task. Rossi and Lorenzo swapped the lead multiple times during the session, with Dani Pedrosa getting involved early on, before the two Fiat Yamaha men cracked into the 1'34s and left the Repsol Honda rider behind.

Lorenzo looked like clinching the session with a blistering final lap, but Rossi had crossed the line with a couple of seconds on the clock, and another shot at a lap. He made it count, destroying the race lap record and besting Lorenzo's time by two tenths of a second. Pedrosa ended up in 3rd, comfortably ahead of the LCR Honda of Randy de Puniet and Pedrosa's Repsol Honda team mate Andrea Dovizioso. Ducati's Nicky Hayden finished the session in 6th, continuing to improve, while Monster Tech 3 Yamaha's Colin Edwards was 7th.

Result:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Previous
1 46 Valentino ROSSI YAMAHA 1'34.528    
2 99 Jorge LORENZO YAMAHA 1'34.732 0.204 0.204
3 3 Dani PEDROSA HONDA 1'35.001 0.473 0.269
4 14 Randy DE PUNIET HONDA 1'35.289 0.761 0.288
5 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO HONDA 1'35.340 0.812 0.051
6 69 Nicky HAYDEN DUCATI 1'35.382 0.854 0.042
7 5 Colin EDWARDS YAMAHA 1'35.479 0.951 0.097
8 15 Alex DE ANGELIS HONDA 1'35.584 1.056 0.105
9 24 Toni ELIAS HONDA 1'35.966 1.438 0.382
10 44 Aleix ESPARGARO DUCATI 1'35.999 1.471 0.033
11 65 Loris CAPIROSSI SUZUKI 1'36.002 1.474 0.003
12 7 Chris VERMEULEN SUZUKI 1'36.187 1.659 0.185
13 36 Mika KALLIO DUCATI 1'36.247 1.719 0.060
14 88 Niccolo CANEPA DUCATI 1'36.491 1.963 0.244
15 52 James TOSELAND YAMAHA 1'36.513 1.985 0.022
16 33 Marco MELANDRI KAWASAKI 1'36.518 1.990 0.005
17 41 Gabor TALMACSI HONDA 1'37.794 3.266 1.276
Round Number: 
13
2009
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Comments

That session really looked - from the Live Timing on motogp.com. at least - as if Rossi is really, seriously targeting Lorenzo for a light flogging with extra salt. To grab the top of the sheet in the last gasp in one session may be considered fortuitous; to do it twice appears premeditated.

So much for sparing the engines...