Monday, June 29, 2009

Rossi: pole position and champion in the 100 to the assen

Valentino Rossi reached yet another milestone in his astounding career as he claimed his 100th victory at grand prix level with a dominant performance in the Assen. “It’s a fantastic achievement. 100 victories is a great number. Thanks to all the guys who have helped me to reach this number –my teams over the past ten years, Jeremy Burgess and especially all my close friends and family for giving me motivation. We hope to win some other races though!” said Rossi after stepping onto the podium with a custom made ‘100’ flag. On the race itself, which he led for almost the entirety after starting from pole, the reigning World Champion commented that: “I had a good feeling and knew that I was very fast on two or three points in the track, so I tried to get out to the front as soon as possible and impose my rhythm. It was a perfect race because any mistakes would have a high cost. I knew that Lorenzo was very strong, so I tried to take an advantage.

World Championship

1 Valentino ROSSI ITA Fiat Yamaha Team 131
2 Jorge LORENZO SPA Fiat Yamaha Team 126
3 Casey STONER AUS Ducati Marlboro Team 122

4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Repsol Honda Team 69

5 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team 67

6 Colin EDWARDS USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 67

7 Loris CAPIROSSI ITA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 56
8 Marco MELANDRI ITA Hayate Racing Team 55
9 Chris VERMEULEN AUS Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 53
10 Randy DE PUNIET FRA LCR Honda MotoGP 51

11 James TOSELAND GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 39
12 Alex DE ANGELIS RSM San Carlo Honda Gresini 31

13 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Marlboro Team 27

14 Toni ELIAS SPA San Carlo Honda Gresini 27

15 Mika KALLIO FIN Pramac Racing 26
16 Niccolo CANEPA ITA Pramac Racing 12

17 Sete GIBERNAU SPA Grupo Francisco Hernando 12

18 Yuki TAKAHASHI JPN Scot Racing Team MotoGP 9

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