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Rossi and Lorenzo talk race results from Mugello

Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi took battling podium positions in the Italian Grand Prix today, after an action-packed afternoon saw the riders forced to swap bikes for the second race in a row due to changing weather conditions. Lorenzo recovered from a crash on the sighting lap to come home in second behind Casey Stoner, whilst Rossi finally surrendered the crown he has worn at his home track for the past seven years and had to be content with third.

Lorenzo, Rossi talk Mugello qualifying results

Jorge Lorenzo took his second pole and fifth front row of the season after a scintillating qualifying session in Italy this afternoon, which left the top four riders separated by less than two tenths of a second. His Fiat Yamaha team-mate Valentino Rossi qualified fourth and finds himself off the front row at Mugello for the first time since 1999, when he was still in 250s.

Lorenzo wins close battle for Mugello pole

Fans at Mugello were treated to a great battle in qualifying on Saturday afternoon, with Fiat Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo upstaging his teammate Valentino Rossi at the World Champion's home track - the Spaniard taking pole and the Italian left off the front row.

In brilliant sunshine at the Gran Premio d'Italia Alice four riders fought for pole right at the death. Lorenzo eventually emerged on top, courtesy of a 1'48.987 time on the 29th of his 30 laps, beating Casey Stoner by a tight margin (0.021s).

Lorenzo and Rossi come out swinging in Mugello

The Fiat Yamaha pairing of Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi got off to a flying start at the Italian Grand Prix today, taking the top two spots in the opening practice session at Mugello. After the rain-interrupted French round, sunny Tuscany is a welcome change for the riders and the Spaniard and the Italian looked in fine fettle around the 5.245km track this afternoon.

Lorenzo leads the championship from his team-mate by just one point and he looked in top form once again this afternoon.

Valentino Rossi is hard to beat at Mugello

Valentino Rossi has an incredible record of success at the Mugello circuit with nine victories across all classes, including seven successive MotoGP wins.

Below is a brief summary of each of his thirteen GP races he has started at Mugello:

1996/125cc/Aprilia: Qualified 8th/Finished 4th: His first Grand Prix appearance at Mugello was just his 5th GP start, and after leading a Grand Prix for the first time he finished 4th just 1.6 seconds behind race victor Peter Ottl.

MotoGP facts on top 4 riders going into Mugello

Jorge Lorenzo has had mixed fortune in recent years at Mugello; he finished 2nd in 2005 after qualifying on the pole for the first time in the 250cc class, won from pole in 2006, but in 2007 qualifi ed down in 20th place in a rain affected session and then after coming through the field to lead he crashed on the final lap and re-mounted to finish 8th.

MotoGP results, winner interview, standings from Le Mans

Fiat Yamaha rider Jorge Lorenzo took a stunning second win of the season in Le Mans today, negotiating varying track conditions and a change of bikes to lead from the first lap to the flag and take the championship lead. It was a doom-laden day for his team-mate Valentino Rossi however as the world champion slid off early on and then had a ride-through penalty to compound his misfortune.

With the track still wet from a rainy morning all riders started the race on rain tyres, with the mechanics readying the dry bikes in pit lane in anticipation of an early change as the track dried out.

Lorenzo, Rossi talk Le Mans qualifying results

Jorge Lorenzo missed out on a second consecutive pole position by just five thousandths of a second during qualifying for the French Grand Prix in Le Mans today, finishing second to fellow Spaniard Dani Pedrosa. His Fiat Yamaha team-mate Valentino Rossi was just edged off the front row at the end of the session and will start from fourth tomorrow.

After yesterdays rain it was another grey morning and the practice session was run in the dry but with track temperatures reaching only 17 degrees.

MotoGP stats and facts on top four riders for Le Mans

Valentino Rossi has had six podium finishes in the premier-class at Le Mans, including three victories; in 2002 riding a Honda, 2005 and last year on a Yamaha. His win in France last year was his 90th GP victory - the same number of GP victories as Angel Nieto. Rossi's win at Jerez was the 12th successive race at which he has stood on the podium.

Casey Stoner's third place finish in 2007 is his only podium in any class of racing at the Le Mans circuit.

Bridgestone pleased with Rossi’s faster race pace

Sole MotoGP tyre manufacturer Bridgestone have, by virtue of their privileged position, little on which to compare themselves against in 2009. However, the company have refused to stand still on development. Average race pace and -in the case of Sunday's Spanish race- Valentino Rossi's winning race time have been the data to analyse and aim to beat at the opening three races.

Despite concerns expressed by some riders about the softness of even the harder compound choice, the Jerez showdown was a quicker outing for eventual victor Rossi than it was for 2008 racewinner Dani Pedrosa.

Rossi takes “On Any Sunday” to another level in Jerez

Fastest on Friday at Jerez but struggling on Saturday, Valentino Rossi's team made overnight changes before the warm-up which helped him to victory in Spain.

Having made a big step forward on Sunday at the Gran Premio de España Valentino Rossi thanked his Fiat Yamaha crew for the changes they made to his bike, after qualifying, which helped him to his first win of 2009.

The MotoGP World Champion built on his two second places at Qatar and Japan with his Spanish success, to give himself an 11 point lead at the head of the standings after three races of his title-defence.

Stoner finally “breaks bread” with Jerez podium

Ducati's Casey Stoner worked hard to get his first ever Jerez podium result on Sunday.

Not normally happy with third place finishes Ducati Marlboro's Casey Stoner was a relieved man after the Gran Premio de España concluded on Sunday, as he stepped onto the rostrum at the Spanish venue for the first time.

Rossi is warmed-up for MotoGP Jerez

After his mixed weekend so far at Jerez, Valentino Rossi stated his Sunday intentions with the fastest time in the MotoGP warm-up.

Enjoying the Spanish sunshine on Sunday morning at the Jerez de la Frontera circuit, and with yesterday's wind having died down, Valentino Rossi looked comfortable once more in the premier class warm-up at the Gran Premio de España.

Rossi and Lorenzo speak about qualifying results from Jerez

Man-of-the-moment Jorge Lorenzo put in a blistering qualifying display at his home race in Jerez this afternoon to take his fifth pole with Yamaha in MotoGP. His Fiat Yamaha team-mate Valentino Rossi meanwhile qualified fourth on a blustery afternoon in Andalucia.

It was Lorenzo's second consecutive pole at this track, having taken the top grid spot this time last year before finishing the race third.

Valentino Rossi to attend Isle of Man TT races with Mr. Dainese

Eight-time MotoGP world champion, Valentino Rossi, has confirmed today that he will make his first visit to the world-famous Isle of Man TT races in June this year with Dainese, who recently renewed their current partnership with the Isle of Man TT races as Official Safety Partner for the second successive year. The company's founder and CEO Mr. Lino Dainese will accompany Rossi and Italian legend Giacomo Agostini on this historic visit.