MotoGP : Il Dottore captivates the Catalunya crowd
A corking last lap saw Valentino Rossi trade 1st place with Jorge Lorenzo 3 times in a cracking race with the diminutive Italian pipping his Spanish teammate to win the 6th round of the 2009 MotoGP Championship in Catalunya today. Wonderful entertainment also saw Casey Stoner use his Ducati to useful effect, keeping Dovizioso’s Repsol Honda at bay to take 3rd.
Nice to see the heavily partisan Spanish crowd salute the Italian’s win as Rossi took a bow in front of the grandstand. Even home-boy Lorenzo managed a sporting smile for the cameras as Valentino gave him a commiserating hug. Brit James Toseland clung onto 13th on board his Monster Tech 3 Yamaha, not managing to get the setup he wanted to keep pace with the Works’ team.
The result puts Stoner, Rossi and Lorenzo tied at the top of the table, resetting the Championship race and signalling a superb next round at Assen on 27th June. Nice to see the BBC giving prime coverage slots to the MotoGP calendar and being rewarded with excellent viewing and bound to draw growing numbers, despite recent complaints on their coverage priorities. Good value from the commentary team of Steve Parrish and Matt Roberts, with Suzy Perry doing the walk-and-talk to excellent effect. Well worth the time for motorsport fans.