Nicolas Terol (Bankia Aspar) had a stunning return to competition after missing the last 125cc MotoGP race in Assen due to injury, shooting off the second row to lead the start of the Gran Premio d’Italia TIM Mugello race with first time pole man Zarco (Avant-AirAsia-Ajo) moving quickly into second, chasing his first 125 GP victory.
IRTA has recognised the fantastic event which was the third round of the 2009 MotoGP season at Jerez, by awarding the Spanish circuit the 26th annual Best Grand Prix award.
Over 120,000 fans were present at the Gran Premio bwin.com de España in May as Valentino Rossi took his first win of the season on his way to his ninth World Championship title, and the superb organisation of the event has led to the title of Best Grand Prix returning to the track.
With the renewal of its sponsorship deal with MotoGP rights holder Dorna Sports S.L., bwin is continuing its commitment to top international motorcycle racing.
bwin will continue its title sponsorship of the Gran Premio de Espana in Jerez and the Grande Premio de Portugal in Estoril, and will have an important presence in the Grands Prix of Misano and Brno. The deal builds on bwin’s existing partnership with MotoGP since 2004 and represents a prestigious sponsorship with global reach.
With the renewal of its sponsorship deal with MotoGP rights holder Dorna Sports S.L., bwin is riding into another round of top international motorcycle racing.
The deal, which builds on bwin’s existing close partnership since 2004 with MotoGP, represents a prestige sponsorship with a global reach and frequency. bwin will continue to be title sponsor of the Gran Premio de España in Jerez and the Grande Premio de Portugal in Estoril, and will have an important presence in the Grands Prix of Misano and Brno.
In the second flag-to-flag race in as many rounds, Casey Stoner ended Valentino Rossi’s Mugello winning streak with a polished performance to give Ducati their first ever victory at the circuit.
Much of the Gran Premio d’Italia Alice race came down to tactics again in front of the 80,000-strong Italian crowd, the riders once more starting on a wet surface and completing the 23 lap contest on slick tyres, with Stoner this time judging things to perfection.
The first MotoGP free practice of the Gran Premio d’Italia Alice weekend went with form on Friday afternoon at Mugello, as the top four riders in the World Championship standings ended the day in their corresponding positions.
That meant that Jorge Lorenzo was the man at the top of the timesheet, his best time of 1’49.870 on the 20th of his 27 laps in the hour long session giving him an early psychological advantage.
Since the Gran Premio bwin.com de España, where there were disappointing results for Ducati other than Casey Stoner’s best ever Jerez result, the Italian factory has taken several steps to improve their overall competitiveness.
A three-day test commences on Tuesday at Mugello, where Ducati test rider Vittoriano Guareschi will be joined by Troy Bayliss to focus on using the data from the opening three rounds of the season to further develop the GP9.
A slower pace on race day than in practice left Jorge Lorenzo’s Fiat Yamaha team scratching their heads at the Gran Premio bwin.com de España. The Spanish rider’s late crash was the result of pushing a bike on which he did not feel comfortable, and his crew are set to make a detailed analysis of the reasons for a lack of feel.
"We are a little bit disappointed, and we really didn’t expect either the result or the problems.
On another problematic weekend for James Toseland at the Gran Premio bwin.com de España the satellite Yamaha rider came away with just three points having qualified 13th and finishing in the same position.
Toseland’s supporters, and indeed his team, were expecting him to kick on in his second MotoGP season, after he learned the majority of the tracks on the calendar last year, so his early 2009 season results have been a major disappointment with just one top ten finish so far.
Reflecting on the Gran Premio bwin.com de España Repsol Honda’s Andrea Dovizioso admitted he must do better after finishing eighth in Sunday’s race and being overtaken in the standings by his team-mate Dani Pedrosa, who raced to a brilliant second place at Jerez.
Dovizioso qualified in eighth place and started the race well, despite his later complaints of traction problems, making it up to sixth place in the opening laps.