An eventful Qualifying Session saw Ducati’s Nicky Hayden and the two Yamaha riders Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo become high-profile crashers as Tech 3’s Great Texan Hope Ben Spies dominated the field, until Honda’s Dani Pedrosa eventually pipped him to pole by a mere 0.338 seconds.
Would the Race be as eventful and exciting as the Qualifying Session? When and where will Rossi make that announcement? The air was thick with anticipation and expectation as the riders lined up on the grid.
The first 5 laps were nail-biting as Poleman Pedrosa took his usual rocket-starts and led the pack, but his lead was cut short by Lorenzo and Spies briefly demoted him to 3rd. The HRC man came back to snatch 2nd from Spies and played hunter-and-prey with his fellow Spaniard for several more laps, but even before the halfway mark, the first 4 spots were already established and the gaps were becoming evident: Lorenzo 1st, Pedrosa 2nd, Stoner, who hunted down Spies, in 3rd and Spies in 4th.
HRC Rider Andrea Dovizioso suffered a heart-in-mouth moment when his bike slid he was left stranded in the middle of the track with a field of riders charging towards him. He was safe but couldn’t salvage his race in the end. Jorge then charged through the Chequered Flag clutching a near 5-second gap to Pedrosa, and Man-of-the-Moment Valentino Rossi had to settle for 5th.
The showboat Spaniard then celebrated by playing “a round of golf in the 7th hole”, symbolizing his 7th win of the season. *stifles yawn*
Now, for possibly the most anticlimactic and worst-kept secret in recent MotoGP history:
So, yes, it is real and it is happening.
At least he’s not moving to F1 (at least not yet). He can’t, the Motorcycling world still needs him. Badly.
Is it a bit wrong for a part of me to wish that this season would be over soon so we can fast-forward to 2011? I really think 2011 will be a frickin’ kickass season. Mark my words.
For those who missed all the action: