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15/10/2012 AFTER MOTEGI

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by Nico Cereghini


Jorge Lorenzo didn't even try to win and seemed quite happy just to watch Pedrosa. It was certainly not a pretty sight and doesn't do the sport any justice. His performance was in stark contrast to the way Spanish riders always ride with outstanding bravado as shown all too clearly by Marc Marquez. He was superb in Moto2 following a disastrous start (he had forgotten to engage the first gear!)and a fight back to go down in the annals of history.

Pedrosa, Lorenzo, Bautista. All Spanish podiums in MotoGp and Moto2 (Marquez, Espargaro and Rabat). Simply beautiful races (except for the most famous one) that were a pleasure to watch unfold. Forgetting Lorenzo, who by now only needs three third places to take the title and who did the absolute minimum, Dani Pedrosa deserves credit for his fifth win of the season. He seems to have developed a taste for his present dominating form. The same applies to Alvaro Bautista who took his Gresini Honda to another podium place just like at Misano. He was involved in a titanic battle with Crutchlow until the British rider suffered engine problems. A very tired Dovizioso struggled home in fourth much like Stoner who is still not 100% fit and finished fifth ahead of Bradl whose ride was not as exuberant as usual.

Valentino crossed the line in seventh, 26 seconds behind the winner and although he is still fifth in the Championship, ha had a few bitter words to say after the race. "Ducati have found about half a second compared with a year ago but the others have made much more progress. Yamaha and Honda are now perfect bikes. Despite all the efforts of the team and riders throughout the season, it just hasn't been enough. I wish the Ducati riders in 2013 all the best".

Last we had the magnificent ride in Moto3 from Alessandro Tonucci from Team Italia. The nineteen year old rider from Fano who is in his fourth season finally exploded on to the scene at Motegi and found himself up with the leaders of the pack. He might even have finished second had it not been for Cortese who tried an impossible passing move on the last lap that ended in a clash that favoured Vinales who crossed the line second behind Kent. The Moto3 race was an all-out battle. Although Cortese fell, he got back on the bike and managed to finish sixth and keep his 44 point lead. Then there was the Louis Salom's mistake during a very optimistic passing manoeuvre that slammed him into Folger for which he was later punished by the Race Management. Salom will start five places back in the next round in Malaysia.