MotoGP race results from Mogeto Japan
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Jorge Lorenzo emerged victorious from a thrilling Polini Grand Prix of Japan at Twin Ring Motegi, the second win of his MotoGP career and a result that retained his 100% podium record in the 2009 season.
The Fiat Yamaha rider took little time in taking the reigns of the race, having started from the front row and showed no fear when faced with the likes of Dani Pedrosa and Valentino Rossi in front of him. However, despite a relatively comfortable advantage, Lorenzo was never quite able to pull clear of his rivals as the action heated up. He held on to cross the line with a gap of less than two seconds between him and second placed teammate Rossi.
Lorenzo moves up into first place in the overall classification, for the second time in his MotoGP career. The battle for second place in the race was MotoGP at its finest, as Repsol Honda man Pedrosa exchanged overtaking moves with Rossi in the middle third of the 24 laps. Pedrosa ultimately took third, having had a storming start from the fourth row of the grid.
Ducati Marlboro rider Casey Stoner was unable to break away as he had done in Qatar, finishing fourth and keeping up the pressure in the general standings. Andrea Dovizioso completed a fine day for Repsol Honda in fifth, ahead of Marco Melandri, Loris Capirossi, Mika Kallio, James Toseland and Chris Vermeulen.
Home rider Yuki Takahashi crashed out of the race in a collision with Nicky Hayden on the second lap.
|1||J. LORENZO||SPA||Fiat Yamaha Team||43’47.238|
|ITA||Fiat Yamaha Team|| +|
|SPA||Repsol Honda Team|| +|
|AUS||Ducati Marlboro Team|| +|
|ITA||Repsol Honda Team|| +|
|ITA||Hayate Racing Team|| +|
|ITA||Rizla Suzuki MotoGP|| +|
|FIN||Pramac Racing|| +|
|GBR||Monster Yamaha Tech 3|| +|
|AUS||Rizla Suzuki MotoGP|| +|
|FRA||LCR Honda MotoGP|| +|
|USA||Monster Yamaha Tech 3|| +|
|RSM||San Carlo Honda Gresini|| +|
|ITA||Pramac Racing|| +|
|SPA||San Carlo Honda Gresini||1 Lap|
|SPA||Grupo Francisco Hernando||7 Lap|
|Not finished 1st lap|
|USA||Ducati Marlboro Team|
|JPN||Scot Racing Team MotoGP|