by Nico Cereghini
Pedrosa, and seven. No one has ever won more than Dani this year in MotoGP. Six wins for Jorge and five for Casey.
Chaotic, the last race: track still wet, no rain in sight, slick or rain? Lorenzo made the right choice with slick tyres, Pedrosa choose slick at the last minute and started from the pit lane with Hayden, Crutchlow and Bautista; lastly, Vale and Dovi, on rain, pulled into the pits after four laps to change bikes.
When the Honda 26 regained lost ground and reached the leader after 11 laps, the two Spaniards could have battled for the title, more than half the race was left; instead Jorge spectacularly crashed out and, luckily, without consequences. Overly eager to lap Ellison, the error was a sign of edginess: Jorge was racing for glory, he wanted to win to confirm his rightful title, instead he lost the race that equalled out the bikes: on that track only the drive and strategy counted.
Numerous crashes. Hayden, Crutchlow and even Stefan Bradl crashed out when he was third and decided to end his brilliant first season on the podium. Heavy losses for Dovizioso and Rossi, lapped, in sixth and tenth place.
The Valentino-Ducati team finished in line with their two-year streak: disastrous, unfortunately.
Michele Pirro, fifth overall and first in CRT, did well. Danilo Petrucci not far behind finishing eighth. Lastly, at his farewell race, Casey Stoner who didn’t want to risk it gained his last podium: third behind the Japanese rider Nakasuga. Although not clearly captured on film, he appeared to be crying during his victory lap and his showmanship and class will be sorely missed.
The Moto3 race was fantastic and uncertain with champion Cortese bested on the last lap by team mate Kent with third going to the ever more convincing Khairuddin finishing before Binder, Faubel and Rossi. A poor finish for the Italians, with Antonelli 13th ahead of Tonucci. Fenati, who can’t take the rain, has a lot to work for in the future, just 18th. Moto2 was more exciting, with so much water on the track and with Marquez moved to the back of the pack on penalty (he made Corsi crash in trials) but able to win it. Gino Rea and Simone Corsi stood out in the first laps, Pol Espargaro until he touched the Roman and crashed (in eighth), Terol and Simon. Marc was in the lead two laps from the finish and this consecrated his new world champion title. But engine superiority crushed his performance: the powers should be similar, the engines are drawn at random, but his always seems to be the best, he left half the pack 500 metres behind with pure acceleration as the lights went green.