Result and summary of the final MotoGP round of 2009 at Valencia:
Dani Pedrosa saved his 2009 MotoGP season by taking his second victory of the year in the final race at Valencia. Pedrosa did have a little help from Casey Stoner, the Australian highsiding off on the warmup lap, the bike too broken to remount and get back to the line.
Most of the credit for victory must go to Pedrosa, though. The Spaniard got his usual rocket start off the line, diving into Turn 1 ahead and inching away from the front. Toni Elias was 2nd into Turn 1, ahead of Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo. The two Fiat Yamaha men were clearly ready to sort out the pecking order inside the team for 2010, Lorenzo diving up the inside of Rossi to take over 3rd.
Getting past Rossi may have been easy, Toni Elias presented a larger problem. The Spaniard resisted Lorenzo's very forceful attentions for two laps, but had to submit into the final corner, Rossi following Lorenzo past into Turn 1 at the end of the straight. Lorenzo put his head down to try and catch Pedrosa and drop Rossi, but he was pushing a little too hard, nearly losing the bike at the edge of the track at Turn 11, allowing Rossi past and into 2nd.
From then, the race turned into the usual MotoGP game of cat-and-mouse, with the gaps between Pedrosa, Rossi and Lorenzo growing and contracting without it ever producing a fight. Pedrosa came home first, well ahead of Rossi, while Lorenzo closed his team mate down on the very last lap, but not quite enough to take him out of 3rd.
There was more interest behind the remaining 3 aliens, Colin Edwards and Nicky Hayden had edged past Elias in the first half of the race, but Hayden couldn't catch Edwards, and Edwards had no chance of catching the front three. Elias was left to finish 6th, while Ben Spies capped an extremely impressive MotoGP debut with a 7th finish, after dropping down to 12th in the early part of the race and elbowing his way past Melandri, Kallio, De Angelis and Dovizioso.
|10||15||Alex DE ANGELIS||HONDA||47'31.242||43.689|
|11||14||Randy DE PUNIET||HONDA||47'33.571||46.018|