2010 MotoGP Season Review Part 2


With Rossi out of the picture, Lorenzo had to force home the advantage of his main rival being out, and ensuring his monster lead stayed that way. As the championship leader headed home to Catalunya, he continued to hammer home his dominance with yet another pole position. However at the start of the race it was another homecoming kid, in the shape of Dani Pedrosa, who had a trademark lightning start from the 2nd row of the grid to claim 1st into turn 1 but then ruined it by running wide and dropping down to 9th, but it wasn’t long before he was back up to 3rd.

As Pedrosa was recovering, team-mate Andrea Dovizioso was fighting with Lorenzo for the lead, with Stoner fighting for 3rd behind. As Stoner pushed too hard, he ran wide, dropping to 5th allowing Randy De Puniet and Pedrosa on through. Lap 14 proved decisive for the race result, as Dovizioso pushed that little bit too hard and fell. He eventually rejoined in 15th. As Lorenzo raced away in the lead, Stoner and Pedrosa scrapped for 2nd, and it was Dani who emerged victorious by just 0.2s in a repeat of the Assen podium.

The grid then moved to Germany, and the Sachsenring produced a dramatic qualifying session. At the halfway stage, whilst heading down the main straight at high speed, Lorenzo’s Yamaha M1 engine let go in spectacular style, fireball and all, leaving a trail of oil behind. As Ben Spies on the satelite Yamaha and the already injured Randy De Puniet were just behind, they both hit the oil and went flying into the gravel. Luckily the pair were cleared to race on the Sunday.

Lorenzo held on to claim his 4th Pole in a row, with Stoner and Pedrosa joining hime on the front row and Valentino Rossi made he comeback with a 5th place on the grid.

The race started and stayed in the grid order as the pack started the race, however on lap 9 the race was red flagged as LCR Honda of Randy De Puniet spilled from underneath him but left him stranded in the middle of the track. The Pramac Ducati of Aleix Espargaró and the Rizla Suzuki of Álavaro Bautista couldn’t avoid the rider and the bike, and a pile up ensued leaving De Puniet with a broken left leg.

On the restart the race was shortened and it was business as usual at the front, with Lorenzo leading from Pedrosa, Stoner in 3rd and Rossi fighting with Dovizioso for 4th. The two Spaniards at the front continually switched places until the end of the race but it was Pedrosa who emerged on top, a clear 3s ahead of Lorenzo. Rossi defied all expectations to have a race long scrap with Stoner for 3rd, but it was the Australian who edged out the returning champ for 3rd on the final corner.

Round 9 saw the grid move across the Atlantic to Laguna Seca, and yet again it was Lorenzo who grabbed pole ahead of Stoner and Dovizioso, who is starting from the front row for the first time in his career.In the race, Pedrosa grabbed 1st into Turn 1 after another lightning start but it all came undone on Lap 11 when he crashed out, leaving Lorenzo to grab yet another win with Stoner in 2nd after trying to chase down Lorenzo throughout the race and the final step on the podium was occupied by Rossi, yet another amazing achievement considering he wasn’t fully fit, ahead of Dovizioso.

Round 10 moved to the Czech Republic and the Brno circuit, which saw Dani Pedrosa grab his 3rd pole of the season, followed by Monster Yamaha Tech3 rookie Ben Spies, who looked on course to grab a debut pole, and Jorge Lorenzo completed the front row. In the race proper, it was Lorenzo who took an early lead, exchanging fastest lap times with Pedrosa, but the championship leader slowly crept away to secure win number 7 of the season. Pedrosa stuck out to claim 2nd and Stoner grabbed yet another 3rd place. Ben Spies grabbed 4th with Valentino Rossi just behind.

The grid then moved back across the Atlantic for Round 11, to the historic “Brickyard” – Indianapolis. At his home race, this years standout rookie Ben Spies went one better than Brno and grabbed an amazing pole position ahead of Lorenzo, and a man out of form last year, Ducati’s Nicky Hayden. As the race got underway Spies held on for as long as he could at the head of the field, but the man on the move was Pedrosa from the second row of the grid. By the end of Lap 7 Pedrosa took the lead and never looked back. The Spaniard took his 3rd win of the season almost 4s ahead of Spies, who held onto 2nd despite pressure from Lorenzo late on.

Misano, and Rossi’s home circuit, held Round 12 and the man to beat yet again was Dani Pedrosa. With his final lap of qualifying the championship contender grabbed another pole, ahead of leader Lorenzo and Stoner. As the race got underway Pedrosa ran away from the pack, a full 1.5s ahead by the end of Lap 3. With Pedrosa coasting to a 4th win of the season and Lorenzo riding to a lonely 2nd, the main action was for 3rd, with Rossi hounding Stoner for 3rd. As soon as Rossi had put in a move to pass the Australian, so did Dovizioso who went on to badger Rossi for 3rd, but it was the reigning champion who held on to grab a podium in front of his home crowd.

As the season moved into the final 3rd, Lorenzo was still at the top of the table on 271, with Pedrosa behind on 208, Dovizioso on 139 and Stoner and Rossi tied onn 130.