Latest MotoGP Results

2009 Donington 250cc FP1 Result - Debon Edges Aoyama

The Spanish veteran Alex Debon topped the free practice session for the 250 class at Donington, setting the fastest time in the final minutes of the session. Marco Simoncelli and Mattia Pasini had made the early running, but as the clock ticked down, a mass of other riders got involved with the race for the top of the timesheets. In the end, Debon beat out Hiroshi Aoyama and Alvaro Bautista, forcing Simoncelli down into 4th. The 250 riders were lucky, though, as they were the only class not to have rain disrupt their session.


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2009 Donington MotoGP FP1 Result - Pedrosa Takes Fastest Time In Final Seconds

Dani Pedrosa took first blood at Donington, taking advantage of a quickly drying track to set the fastest time in the first session of free practice for the MotoGP class. The session started out wet, rain falling just minutes before the session was due to start, and continuing to fall early on. In the early soaking conditions, it was Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi who dominated, with Casey Stoner not far behind.

As the track started to dry, the balance shifted in Stoner's favor, the Ducati rider soon getting a significant lead, though Lorenzo and Rossi were soon giving chase.

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2009 Donington 125cc FP1 Result - Rain Lashes Field From The Start

Esteve Rabat topped the timesheets for the first session of free practice for the 125cc class, but the result was distorted by a huge downpour which came just a few minutes into the session. The torrential downpour chased the 125 riders back into their garages, only to re-emerge once the deluge had abated, at which point the riders made use of the time to work on their wet setup skills. This being England in July, they are likely to need it.


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2009 Sachsenring MotoGP Race Result - Thriller Decided By Less Than A Tenth Of A Second

Results of the MotoGP race at the Sachsenring:

Valentino Rossi beat his team mate Jorge Lorenzo by just 0.099 seconds, after a race-long thriller between Rossi, Lorenzo, Casey Stoner and Dani Pedrosa. Stoner led for a while, but his tires seemed to go off towards the end of the race, and both Rossi and Lorenzo got past. Pedrosa closed, but could not get close enough to pass. Rossi and Lorenzo swapped places several times before the final lap.  

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2009 Sachsenring 250cc Race Result - Lead Held To Line Despite Desperate Chase

Race result and summary of the 250cc German Grand Prix at the Sachsenring:

Marco Simoncelli won a rain-shortened 250cc race at the Sachsenring, but his victory didn't come easy. The Italian led away from the line at the first time of asking, but rain started falling almost the moment the bikes left the line, and after Jules Cluzel crashed heavily at the fast and frightening Turn 11, the race was red-flagged, rescheduled, and shortened from 29 to 19 laps.

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2009 Sachsenring 250cc Qualifying Practice Result - Favorites Come Through In Final Minutes

Results and summary of 250cc qualifying practice:

Marco Simoncelli will start from pole for tomorrow's 250cc German Grand Prix. The Italian was quickly up to speed, taking over the pole from a surprising Karel Abraham, the Czech rider impressing in the rain. After holding on at the top of the timesheets for most of the session, Abraham's hopes of a front row start were dashed in the dying seconds, after first Hector Barbera, then Alvaro Bautista and Hiroshi Aoyama dived under Abraham's mark. 

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2009 Sachsenring MotoGP Qualifying Practice Result - Last Ditch Pole Amid Crash-Strewn Session

Results and summary for the MotoGP qualifying practice session:

Valentino Rossi put in a last-gasp flying lap to take a dominant pole at the Sachsenring, dislodging his Fiat Yamaha team mate Jorge Lorenzo. The session was dominated by the rain, and by the crashes it caused, with Toni Elias, Alex de Angelis, Niccolo Canepa, Marco Melandri, Randy de Puniet and Nicky Hayden all hitting the ground, almost all of them in the section around Turn 6, which had become treacherous in the rain.

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2009 Sachsenring 250cc FP2 Result - Abraham Surprise Leader Of Another Soaking Session

Karel Abraham was the surprise leader at the end of the second session of free practice for the 250cc class. But the Czech rider's position was largely a result of good timing, Abraham getting out and putting in a fast lap just before the rain came. The rain was so heavy that it left the timesheets largely unchanged, though Marco Simoncelli put in a good string of laps in the wet to climb up to 3rd. The wet weather practice will be very useful to the field, as the rain is expected to continue during qualifying this afternoon.

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2009 Sachsenring MotoGP FP2 Result - Lorenzo Leads Top 11 Under Lap Record

Jorge Lorenzo led the field during the second session of free practice for the MotoGP class at the Sachsenring, crushing the opposition by dipping under the 1'22 barrier, and finishing nearly 4/10ths ahead of Casey Stoner. The Fiat Yamaha rider had struggled yesterday, but was clearly a good deal more comfortable on the second day of practice.

Jorge Lorenzo at the Sachsenring

Behind Casey Stoner, Dani Pedrosa took the 3rd time, ahead of Stoner's Ducati team mate Nicky Hayden in 4th and Valentino Rossi in 5th, while a surprising Marco Melandri was 6th fastest in the session. Hayden's performance is a clear sign of progress, with the American leading the session at one point, and continually featuring in the top echelons. Melandri was similarly impressive, taking full advantage of the fact that horsepower is less of a factor at the tight Sachsenring circuit.

The field is once again very close. Lorenzo's gap to 2nd place man Stoner is the only large gap in the top 6, with less than 0.2 seconds separating Stoner in 2nd from Melandri in 6th. Even more impressive is the fact that the top 11 riders all the way down to Colin Edwards are inside Dani Pedrosa's race lap record from 2007.

Results of the MotoGP FP2 session:

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2009 Sachsenring 125cc FP2 Result - Simon Tops Aspar 1-2-3 In Damp Session

Julian Simon topped another damp session of practice for the 125cc session, the track drying out towards the end, allowing Simon to get ahead of his Bancaja Aspar team mates Sergio Gadea and Bradley Smith.

Results of the 125cc FP2 session:

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