Round 8 of the championship and home GP for seven-times World Champion Valentino Rossi at Mugello. He'll be hunting down a podium on the Ducati for his home fans.
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Mugello. Up until last year of the talismanic circuit for Valentino
Rossi. But now there's a new hero in town. He may win over the fans
but he's not making friends on the track.
This is unbelievable! Fortunately he does not appear to be hurt.
the future if that happens it will be a problem. Lawrence Hill is down.
I hope he will meant the lesson in the future. Mainly I am sorry. I am
sorry. Yesterday he was laughing if someone would arrest him but maybe
he needs that. Dani Pedrosa is back after seven
weeks out and two operations. But not in the mood to forgive and
forget despite that repeated apologies from Marco Simoncelli for
that crash that left him with a broken collarbone. I am joined by a
MotoGP BT van Mark Webber. What you make of all these a handbags in
MotoGP at the moment? I lost touch a bit in the last few weeks but
obviously Simoncelli has been involved in a few incidents here
and there, some a little bit over the edge. But the riders will sort
it out on track. They always do. So I'm looking forward to the race
today. This is a very physical clap. The Yamaha looks quick. What to
make of this event at? This is a special one? It is phenomenal. This
is motor racing at its best. You see the passion, you have got the
hills and the background. I think we need a Formula 1 race here! It
has got more atmosphere than most of our places. It is a sensational
track. Beautiful for the riders and drivers. Have you asked Casey
Stoner if you can have a go on this? It is probably a bit short
for me but one day I would love to do some laps. It would be so alien
from what I am used to. But respect for the guys. Balancing the bike
right on the edge. They're all just phenomenal. I hope they have a good
safe race today and enjoy it. Pedrosa is back to do and Casey
Stoner in the Repsol Honda team. But not quite back to full fitness
just yet. How long before you are one &? It is hard to say. It was
now it is really painful and I feel I'm not so strong. It is my right
hand, normally I always go with my left and this is the first time I'm
having problems with the right hand. But I hope that I can get back to
the top and try to win some races. Is it just a case of focusing on
yourself and your own performance now? There's so much going on in
the press it must be hard to concentrate full stop I have a
special technique - I read nothing about it and that works. Sounds
like a good technique! Great to see Dani Pedrosa back. It has been well
overdue. It is good to have him back. But how many times have we
seen embracing when his series is already in tatters? Still a lot of
points up for grabs. We just so this shot of the handshake before
the press conference on Thursday. What did you make of it? I thought
it was all to do with the fact that Simoncelli had not washed his hands
after going to the toilet! But it is getting ridiculous. Well one guy
not here this weekend unfortunately his Loris Capirossi. He was injured
and is still a bit battered and bruised. He will be missing from
this race for the first time in 20 years. What a waste. We have seen
some of his best races here. Some great efforts from him. And it is
Courier time as well for us Capirossi I guess. He will have to
ask themselves some questions. think so. He just has not cut it.
And when you get a little bit older it you do not even know why you are
not doing so well. And other Italian, Valentino Rossi. This is
his circuit and it is just not going to plan. You either have to
worry that your Hero has got through it you knew hero has a head
full of straw. Valentino Rossi is struggling with handling. The front
end is still worrying him. thing that will Wherry his fans is
that he is not even the fastest to catty. No, not nearly. They just do
not seem to be able to unlock the bike. At that the merchandising
guys are worried. Today I think she might be found out. They're just
not getting it together. And Jill Burgess is not here this weekend.
Yes his wife is having medical checks. That is awkward because
they need all the help they can get trying to sort out that bike.
we wish him and his wife or the best. He may not be the fastest to
catty, Valentino Rossi, but he is the fastest in the Championship.
He's tough at the moment but you have to imagine that that position
is coming under serious threat now. Ben Spies should be further up the
Championship than he is. He is low on points but now he's Burrell and
feels he is getting results under his belt. And what about Casey
Stoner, 20 points in the lead? Looking good for Casey. The Honda
is arguably the best package out there. He is fast and solid and has
got a great bike underneath them and a good team around him. Well we
will see how he gets on. The man on the move at the moment is Ben Spies.
He's showing all the ingredients to be a future world champion.
AMA Superbike champion. The old Superbike champion.
-- world. MotoGP rookie of the year. And now all in just his second
season, a MotoGP race winner. You have had the best part of a
week now to reflect, has its own kin that you are a winner? Honestly
it has not. It has started to. Once I got back to Italy and went
downtown and had some dinner I could see how different it was to
be an MotoGP winner and how will the people were just so excited
that for me. It was more excited than I was. It is going to take a
while to sink in. It may not happen again, I don't know. But I do know
it helps me in my head as a rider knowing that when the bike is there
and I'm riding well, that I can't win it. I felt more relieved than
joyful that it is over and done with. But now it is done I can
concentrate just on going back to the track and work on getting the
job done. Generally in MotoGP there seems to be a lot of riders who
have fallen out with each other. How do you get on with the other
riders? I get along with everybody pretty much. Motegi P E with the
riders, the hospitality, it is a travelling family. And when you
travel so much during the year and you're in this world, I want to get
along with everybody. When the green flag drops, I do not have any
friends out there. But it is nice to be able to go and chat with the
riders. I do not need - some people need animosity to race better but I
do not care. If it is my best friend I would probably raise them
harder than somebody I do not like. You said it was like a family but
you also have your mother here as well. You or relationship with your
mother is quite unique, and she helps you out professionally?
is the reason that I'm here. She worked three jobs when I was a kid
and if it was not for her I would not be here. I owe her basically
everything. As much as Siddique supports it I'm sure that it's
vital trip I was done with the racing she would be happy. If you
did decide tomorrow you did not want to do MotoGP any more, his
cycling but think that you would turn to? For fun. But I'm not good
enough to be a professional cyclist and I do not want to suffer so much
as they do. I would do it hard core for 10 days and then go back to a
real job. But it is a good week for me to turn it my brain of MotoGP
racing. But apart from that I do not know what I would do. I do not
have any great skills. But that is my favourite hobby and I like to do
it. I would race and have fun but I'm genetically not gifted enough
to do that well at it. And your hopes for this weekend? This is
almost like another home race for you? The Italian people have been
very good to me and it is like a second home race basically. I
definitely want to back up what we did last weekend. We want to show
the confidence and we need to be upfront again. But there was a lot
of stuff happening here. Valentino has the best track record here. It
is their home test track. So I expect him to be pulling some stuff
alt. All we can do is give it 100% like we always took and hope it
comes together. Good luck. Well Ben species back include this weekend.
What a weekend that was for him. The first dry race winner since two
dozen than six. It was a different story with his old team last
weekend. They had severe problems with their front tyres. You can get
a look at the where on that. It was a difficult weekend for them and
this is another circuit that places huge demands on the tyres. We went
to have a look and find out more. Down here at Bridgestone, the TEC
three guys at young had did not know what had gone on. Can you shed
any light? It was a slightly strange situation. It was 29
degrees colder it than last year. So the guys went out to the grids
on the wet tyres. And it is very unlikely that you can go from the
wet tyres straight to the heart. And pretty much everybody used the
softer front tyre. Of course that warms up quicker but it does not
last so long. And we got that graining. The bikes and the riders
use the tyres differently. The Tech 3 Yamaha bikes used them harder and
You're using you the asymmetric tyres for the first time. Should
this work better here? The world record was set at Mugello last year
by Dani. This year, as part of this lane to the riders and providing
something softer that warms up quickly, we brought asymmetric
tyres which means the left shoulder is a little softer, to give them
more grip on the left Tyneside and more consistency.
Hopefully asymmetric ties will militate against the problems we
saw Simoncelli had last time. A big problem for Bridgestone is trying
to prevent tyre degradation. Take the main straight. They are doing
0-100 mph. It generates so much heat that it runs the risk of
disintegrating the stock and even bigger problem is tired degradation
through constant corners. -- tyre degradation. They hit the brakes
and the suspension possums out and the tyre wall goes like that. Then
they get on the gas. They stuck to head up the hill. They never stand
the bike up. Then they get to the crest of the hill and the tyre
grows light. It is still grinding and yet at another angle again.
They are putting it on an angle grinder and trying to destroy the
edge of it. Bear in mind that this track is all brand new, so it is as
rough as an emery board. It is a trap that demand -- is
demanding on ties but divides his signing of the theatre for the
thousands of fans who have descended here for what is for them
a treat tribal gathering. The never are the colours so vivid
all the support so passionate as here in Mugello Kong where the
Italian riders get fanatical Over the years, there has been a
sea of red and white in this, the Ducati stand. Meanwhile, over here,
they have been sticky yellow. This is Valentino Rossi territory. --
strictly Ella. Where once they competed to be the biggest and the
loudest, this year the once sworn enemies have formed an eagerly
anticipated Alliance. I was Ducati and then Valentina. We have Italian
pilots and Italian bikes. Ducati yes but Valentina is the God.
Valentina is the best. He is the first rider, for up Italy he is
number one. Ducati is Italian. Work, work, Ducati will go.
The doctor needs a miracle cure if he is to recreate the races that
have made him the most successful rider here at the Mugello circuit.
He has nine wins in all classes here, including one very special
L&G comes in steaming with the brakes. He muscles his way past
Rossi. Rossi's has not on your life. The land leases come up Ia and
going to take it anyway. This is great stuff. This is the part of
the circuit there really plays to Rossi. P Reid takes the lead. They
have won a corner to go. A slide from Loris Capirossi. This is a
last corner. What can Capirossi do? Canny comeback? Cannae get the
power down? Will it be a Ducati podium on the home circuit? Yes, it
An Italian classic. Now there is a new generation of local lads
looking to make their mark in front of this incredible crowd. Here is
how they got on yesterday in qualifying.
Casey Stoner came out on top in their rain-affected qualifying
session. He set a new circuit record of 1:0.4. Ben Spies was
second quickest, half a second behind Stoner. Completing the front
row was Marco Simoncelli who look like a poor contender for much of
the session. But he got tangled up a little bit in the rain. Cal
Crutchlow was in line for a desperate top-six position right
till near the end of the session when Colin Edwards knocked him off
back to 7th. As for the home fans' favours, he is back in 12th. No
sign yet that Valentino Rossi and Ducati are any closer to solving
There he is, Casey Stoner, number 27. He has 27 wins to his name and
his -- this is his 27th pole. We spoke to him earlier on. The same
position as Assen a week ago. Hope for the same result? There is
always a hope. We got good confidence at Assen. We just want
to get a good start and see where we can be at the end. Yamaha is
working really good here. We can't expect Assen to happen every week.
It was fun while it lasted and we would try to get a good start here.
It was 0.08. I think we will have a good race. We could see four guys
go at it until the end. Ben Spies second on the grid for the second
race in succession. Who else to round up the front row? For the 6th
successive race, Marco Simoncelli, Dani Pedrosa is coming through as
well. Colin Edwards qualified on the outside of the second row just
behind Marco. It was right at the end of the session he knocked off
his team-mate, Cal Crutchlow. You really didn't need the rain
yesterday, did you, on a track that you are learning? I know you find
it quite difficult on this track as well. No, not at all. We had the
worst warm-up this morning I think you could ever have. We will see
what we can do here. It is just track experience. We are going to
gamble and run the soft tyres. They probably will not last the race but
we will try our best. Let's move on because behind Cal Crutchlow we
have Dani Pedrosa. There was a lot of talk about his motivation after
all those crashes for coming back to racing. I can tell you he has
been all smiles and pretty relaxed here this weekend. He was second
fastest on Friday and he has been pretty happy with the rain in the
sessions. He was talking earlier about the pain he has been feeling.
So it remains to be seen what he can do in race distance. But as we
know, he is really good for his start.
He is a demon starter and it is a long straight down towards the
first turn. Some way further back is Valentino Rossi in 12th. I have
his team manager here. What is going on? Valentino's struggling
with Ducati still and been beaten by other Ducatis as well. Yesterday
was a tough day but I think this morning in the warm-up we had a
difference and he felt better. So we think this is the start we look
for in the race. And of course we looked to go ahead of all the other
Ducatis. More Rossi magic? Yes, maybe. We hope to find the same
edition that was in the warm-up. Good luck.
Just one more before we get kicked off that I would like so catch up
with. De Puniet. He is not there. The talkies that Sylvain is going
to replace Capirossi in two weeks' time. We are all set up now for the
start. 23 laps. We have pool men in particular are very much on the
pace. All eyes on one of them, Marcus Simoncelli. Steve Benjani in
the commentary box as usual. Our first 23 laps, you'd have to say
Simoncelli in particular the first nervous about. Probably the left-
hander. Over the crest of the whole, there is a chance to get it sorted
out and get back up the hill. But then the tide and twisted turn that
we will have a look at in the laps, the journey. It is quite a
circuit. Talking to the riders, it doesn't necessarily look that way
but it is fast changes of direction. It goes on and on with chicanes and
hills. There is no time to get a breather. It is very, very
difficult and very, very hot. I think we are 28 a 29 degrees. It is
looking like being at Cocking race. We saw Ben Spies saying that he
reckons there will be a bunch of them, Parnaby four guys battling it
out. This guy is looking lonesome on the 4th row. There are two other
Ducatis faster than him on the Forth Road, which is always very
difficult. Word coming to me is that Simoncelli has some problems.
You do not need to bomb stark one of those bikes on the start-line.
He has got it going. But it doesn't do well to get on it and sort it
out afterwards, if I was you, Marco. The last thing you need is being
hot and bothered before the start of the race. It ruins your
composure. It could wreck your hair! I hope we didn't fire of his
airbag. You will see some real shots onto the bottoms of the
riders that they have airbags. Casey usually holds back. Valentino
Rossi will hopes he stars as well as in the warm-up. He is important
rider to watch aside from the fact of all the nonsense being talked
about him. They are ideally as many people around Simoncelli's track as
Valentino Rossi's. These are these winding corners, left to right,
left to right. They go for 110 to 140 back to 110 mph. Pedrosa is
going to find this very, very hard going indeed. There is lots of
downhill and off camber and big stocks. I have a feeling Dani
Pedrosa will be better once the race gets going. It is funny how
Payne seems to disappear when after his win. Lots of results. A
wonder if Yamaha will look at the team order at any stage. We just
saw the safety car or going through. For Valentino Rossi, a last year he
left Mugello in an ambulance. the grid it is important to keep
our eyes out for Dani Pedrosa. at the crowd. It is a big one.
Casey Stoner on the left. Similar Shelley on the right. And where
weighty for the start and there are a wave. Marco Simoncelli has
dropped back behind Lorenzo. Dovizioso trying to come through
the middle. Riding with Valentino Rossi. We take our first left-
hander. It over the Crest of the hill. So Margot Zemin Shelley did
not make a lot of that there but a to find a way past Marco's
Simoncelli. Casey Stoner in the lead. Dovizioso is always a strong
has up their sleeves. Tony Elias is up into 7th place. In front of Cal
Crutchlow. I do not know what went on there. Casey Stoner is at the
front. One lap down and he leads. And what a first lap that was.
Bautista goes down the inside. is Nicky Hayden. Straight back onto
the track. He was really in good shape there. What about the crowd
here today? The Ducati fans are not getting a great deal. Down the hill
we go. Look at Alvaro Bautista! I do not Megawati had for breakfast.
-- I do not know what he had for breakfast. It is getting busy.
Already we are going to find out whether Lorenzo can stay in touch
with Casey Stoner or if Dovizioso gets all over him. The Honda is
good on this circuit. It looks like Casey Stoner is bolting at this
moment. That was a shocker. Nicky Hayden. There running with the
hounds before that. Casey Stoner with the fastest lap. Bautista or
having an outstanding ride. The whole of this circuit has been
resurfaced. There's not a more beautiful band of tarmac in the
world. Working our way down the hill. Margot's Simoncelli is not
really in Dovizioso. Realistically Margesson and cherry does not want
to go and do anything silly. -- ma Championship. Take a look at this.
There's number 19 in front of Colin Edwards, in front of Cal Crutchlow
and a whole clutch of other people. Including Valentino Rossi.
Qualifying shuffled things up. But just to have a shot at qualifying.
They cut tiers wrong. But this is better than anything we have seen
from Zizzo keep this year. There is talk of Suzuki not entering the
race next year. Cal Crutchlow has never been here before. It is going
to be a tough race for Valentino Rossi. Cal Crutchlow still pretty
so air from his broken collarbone from Silverstone. Pretty much all
the front guys have gone for the harder tyres. Cal Crutchlow is one
who has gone for the softer at tyre. But the top four or are all on the
hard tyres. It is really going to play itself out in the second part
of the race with the heat, the sun. It is much hotter than these guys
have experienced all weekend. much Ellie's last lap was the 10th
of the second to faster than the two guys in front of him. So he is
creeping up. Has Lorenzo gone too deep? Just hangs on to it. It is
one of those corners. It goes down whole -- Downill and it just wants
to subacute in. Ben Spies will be slightly frustrated having
qualified second for this. He's having to write a hard to keep in
touch with these guys. Including his team-mate. A lot of people have
been saying about Simoncelli being wild and crazy but this circuit in
2006, I can remember Casey Stoner appearing out of the dust. The bike
literally exploded into mid-air as if it had been fired from a harpoon
missile launcher. Casey Stoner used to have the most spectacular
stomach wrenching crashes you have ever seen. And how many times has
Lorenzo done the same thing? board with Casey Stoner. They do
not use the first year around this circuit. -- first year. Valentino
Rossi closing in on the back of Colin Edwards. Cal Crutchlow just
in behind that lot. We took about Valentino Rossi, he is having
another look on the inside. Colin Edwards is his next victim. But he
has got so much pressure on him. Looking at Valentino Rossi, and we
have got Edwards, and in front but Mr. -- Bautista. Valentino Rossi,
one of his favourite passing places is Casanova of. Round the outside
at Casanova's. A all his fans used to be there. He was right in front
of his own crowd. I remember it not long ago when Alvaro Bautista will
slammed down the inside of the Jorge Lorenzo. Lorenzo finished up
meandering through the crowd. That is how long the grudges go back in
his class. That is Lorenzo and that is Dovizioso. He has spent much of
his career chasing Lorenzo around the pack. The old boys are in it
and the crowd are just loving it. Valentino Rossi is through. He has
passed Cal Crutchlow. Now he has to get past Hector Barbera. Valentino
Rossi has moved up into its eighth position. Doing a great job because
he has no confidence in the front of the bike. That is the bike with
a different rear suspension system. There's so much grip on those. And
the new surface here has helped a great deal. It is all in it really
great shape. We must talk about the Ducati. Casey Stoner at the front
just stroking it away. Let's have a look at what Valentino Rossi can do.
Nicky Hayden will be furious with himself. Because he does speak
himself up especially here in front of the home crowd as far as Ducati
are concerned. How about that? Lorenzo has just been done by to
the tyres again. He is pointing at the front tyre. What is going on?
That is out rages if that is the case. Everyone has gone for the
harder option. I don't know what is going on there but what a
Dovizioso said thanks. The rear wheel came up in the air a touch.
Left a yard or so. Now it is Repsol top of the show what was going on
there. Talking to Bridgestones. It was the Tech Three on the guys who
had this problem last time in cold conditions. And Dovizioso was one
of the other ones who had a problem with the tyre wearing in odd places.
Honda have never won in this category. They have won with the
990 bikes. At the moment, Honda are so desperate to win the 800s. A new
lap and circuit record for Stoner. That wasn't bad. Down the hill we
go. The lap record is not as fast a time as the qualifying times. But
nevertheless, as I said before, the Times these guys are banging out
are fast. You don't get a dull race here very often. It is a slight
worry when the field is a bit depleted. In fact, where his Rossi?
I think he got past Barbera. Barbera has got back past him again.
I need to get some paperwork done This is the battle for second. I
will keep an eye on Simoncelli's time. He would be getting a spell
of the exhaust fumes... He nearly drove up those exhaust fumes.
Barbera now at the head of that. now got Barbera to try to deal with.
-- Bautista in blue. Close stuff there. Lorenzo de squeezed his way
past. He ran into the corner too hot. In 4th place, Marco Simoncelli
is watching all this going on. You can see that he is much closer. Ben
Spies not dropping off either. Rossi now is in to 6th position.
fairness, he had the better of a battle in the last couple of laps.
Rossi started 12th and has battled his way through and he has had to
race all the way through this lot. Over the line goes the leader. I
look at Bhagat. It is 2.3 seconds. That is comfortable for Casey
Stoner. I know he takes a different line through there. Lorenzo. But
he... Here they come. Brace yourself! It is a lovely set of
cross about this and I think the crowd will as well. But they played
so Hector Barbera. He has not had a great year but he is having a good
race here. He is way down in the championship. This is an absolute
belter. Ducati, Suzuki. Up the whole we go. Then the Honda and
then the Yamaha. It is a great clutch of bikes. Rossi on the
inside. Can Barbera hang him off? He has got to be slipped streaming
down this long, long straight. It is 0.7 of a mile long. And it is
downhill. That is the part of the circuit where Rossi hurt himself
last year. The Ducati team give very good customer engines.
Absolutely. If anything, Lorenzo is struggling with the brakes a little
into that corner. I think he is faster in the middle of the corners.
But sometimes you are in the slipstream at 200 mph and it upsets
the bike. This is a reverse of their 250 days. It used to be
Lorenzo in front. A beautiful move. That is down at Casanova again.
Third gear corner, about 110 mph. Simoncelli keeps nudging his way
closer and then he loses it. To ritzier so cannot turn when he
wants to. -- Andrea difference here so it can't turn when he wants to.
Our life is like a time warp together. So that gap at the front,
comes up. Shifting gear and then the other part of the ramp. Jorge
Lorenzo this time. Ben Spies is not done with. He has definitely closed
up on Marco Simoncelli. Meantime, he is tried to get them if he
possibly can. I think they eventer keep each other tangled enough to
do it. Try to have a look at Barbera. We have the other battling
Ducatis. I would not look over my shoulder now. I think he looked
over his shoulder not to upset Nicky Hayden. He has let him
through. Nicky Hayden was let through by Karel Abraham. That is
Nicky Hayden, who has now moved up to 11th spot. Number 69. He went
into the gravel on lap two. 2.1 seconds, the advantage he has got.
We are waiting to see if he has extended it or lost it. It is just
enough of a lead. He cannot go too mad with it. But it is useful
enough. This is where thickness comes into it now with 11 laps
remaining. The Yamahas do such a good job there. The Honda
particularly. What a great start for Casey Stoner and also getting a
breaking-point right. You never get a chance to test job breaking point
of the start line. The watch the blue bike at the back, 19. What
about any as? He is right on the inside there. I think he went with
Battista. There is Elias with the yellow helmet. Karel Abraham got
shuffled out there. The gap from Stoner back to Lorenzo is 1.9. That
has gone down from 2.1. We have 10 laps remaining. There is the leader,
right. I get so excited. There is just too much going on! It is
electric! A will Casey Stoner be able to respond to this? Ben Spies
is right on the back wheel of Marco Simoncelli. Marco Simoncelli has
run out of puff. I reckon his head has got hot. Maybe his hair will
melt off. These two will now be working their way back on to it.
Yes, Simoncelli has really got to concentrate. Ben Spies has got the
monkey off his back of Assen. I would have thought Marco Simoncelli
could block him out. He didn't need a second invitation! A little tiny
gap like a rat up a drainpipe and he was through. He has got the
taste for racing now after last week. He got his head down. It
wasn't an error from Simoncelli so much. It was just a fantastic bit
of work from Ben Spies. He managed to keep it nice and tight there. He
got it loped down very nicely. Down the hill through Casanova. 15 left.
We are on board with Marco the bike goes light. Yes, indeed.
Nine laps to go. This is going to be a long nine laps. Here is the
replay. Ben Spies has a look and see is the gap and it is just about
the way it of a Yamaha. Beautiful move. Simoncelli, nice and polite,
tucked his arms in. The critical thing for Simoncelli is actually
tried to keep it on the island and make sure everything works. He has
got to finish even if it is 5th. eight laps gone. Gap is 1.3. We
have a race on here. I know I said that in place two but we didn't. --
less than 1.3, I would have said. They are reeling in Casey Stoner
big time. Very much so, yes. Jorge Lorenzo said his fastest lap of the
race. -- set his fastest lap. We are on board with Casey Stoner for
gear. Can Casey Stoner respond? It is your worst nightmare. This will
be something else. Lorenzo is the man bleeding the Championship. This
is going to be a special for the current world champion. Nice clear
vision as he goes over the line. From 1.3 down to 1.0. That has let
Lorenzo off the hook a bit and will give him some breathing space to
really get his head down and get on top of Casey Stoner. Lorenzo in
qualifying, it is not traditionally as Yamaha's circuit. It looks like
the Yamaha is the one that has less degradation in its tyres. Because
Lorenza can keep up the pace and it looks to me as if Casey Stoner
cannot. We said about this Championship, no put him trying to
keep in front of Lorenzo and crashing out. The best thing that
Casey Stoner can do is make sure he gets across the line. If he has got
issues... He is in big trouble. some locally. -- absolutely. Casey
Stoner getting reeled in now will be style. The clock. Any minute now.
The crowd trying to wake him on. Not 0.3 of a second it is. While
all this is going on the one man not in the thick of it is Cal
Crutchlow. What happened to. could not afford to crash and I
knew I was going to crash. We struggled for a set up all weekend
and be we chasing I tell. -- we were chasing our tail. That tyre
completely chewed up. I was wide at every single corner in that race.
So decided to pit. That is devastating for me because I never
give in but I have got my shoulder to think of as well. I don't want
to run what we have put in so far. We will go away from here having
learnt some stuff I think. world champion is back in front
with a new lap record. The fastest lap of the race. Down again into
Casanova's. A lovely move. That was terrible news for Cal Crutchlow. He
was being prudent, not wanting to hurt himself. But this Championship
is going to be booted wide open again if Lorenzo can pick up these
points. If he cannot extract that kind of performance from the Yamaha.
Has Casey Zdenek decided to that he wants to hang on to the coat tails
of the Yamaha and? Is going to hang on to Lorenzo and have a go?
key will be where their Jorge Lorenzo can crowbar open a gap. It
looks as if Lawrence Hill is leaving Casey Stoner behind. That
is bad news for Casey Stoner because the last thing he needs is
Dovizioso to take it away. He could lose another it for all points in
that case. That has got to be issues with the tyres unless the
Honda has been burning up too much fuel. In that case the engine
management system will shut itself down. I suspect it is more likely
to be the tyres. Casey Stoner has perhaps Murren down those tyres a
start for Valentino Rossi. He had a bit of a run-down into the first
turn. It seems they have had electrical problems with the Ducati
bike. There's Hector Barbara haven't a good run at the moment.
Ben Spies 18 seconds further up the road. It looks like the Battle of
the Repsol Honda to get second and third. Jorge Lorenzo are looking
good with four laps remaining. Casey Stoner has got a second
problem. He is trying to respond to Lorenzo but Dovizioso has just as
quick. Here is a replay. Then spies and was not close enough. It is
easy to see at Gap and think you can get through it. Colin Edwards
having a reasonable run out there at the moment and Nicky Hayden has
come back pretty good. Casey Stoner trying to hang on to his team-mate.
He just could not get the power. He has lost grip on the rear of that
bike. You can see him try to shift his body weight. He was definitely
in trouble coming out of that bottom end corner. I could see him
trying to shuffle his weight around to try to get more grip. Lorenzo at
the front with A1 second lead over these guys. Dovizioso has recovered
quickly as they work their way up the hill. The elevation changes are
enormous. There is Lorenzo, the reigning world champion. But the
guy that is in the front in the series his way back down the road.
This is probably about the best race I have ever seen for work
Jorge Lorenzo. To come back from where he was in third place to
fight his way back up to the front. Putting in its solid and consistent
times. Running down the hill from the penultimate time. Casey Stoner
seems to have Dovizioso it under control but anything can happen in
the last lap. This is where I expect Dovizioso to be able to get
into the slipstream. You would think he would try to slip through.
Side by side over the hill. Casey Stoner tries to cut back. Dovizioso
throws Casey Stoner. What a belter! Casey Stoner looked to go to the
inside. You can see him go for it the gap. He will not be pleased
about that. That was the most amazing bit of breaking by
Dovizioso. We're down through Casanova's. What can Casey Stoner
do to help his Championship here at the moment the? Was all Dovizioso
in the slip Stream. He may have to stuff him into the last corner,
which is coming up very soon. The two team-mates have to make sure
they do not take each other out. Casey Stoner it seems to be
struggling on the exit of the corners. It looks like Dovizioso is
getting out of their. Jorge Lorenzo has pulled off a magnificent win in
Italy. Dovizioso eclipses Casey Stoner. And a nice one there for
Ben Spies who sees off Simoncelli. The crowd are cheering him over the
line. That was very nice work by Valentino Rossi. What a race he had.
There is Nicky Hayden who made something out of it. And
disappointing to see Alvaro Bautista a, he was so much in the
hunt for so long. I think that is the best race I have seen. The
Honda is such a great bike. Tremendous stuff from the younger
Spaniard. Absolutely brilliant. That was now his 16th win. He has
the body language of someone who looks really surprised by it.
not even think he will have any celebrations. It was not looking
good at the start of the weekend. That is good stuff. Today it ran it
incredibly well. EMI have was good on the tyres. Casey Stoner will not
be pleased. He still picks up some points but not what he was
Dovizioso, whose -- whose voice is just breaking! The unbridled joy a
of being the lead Honda home and a team win. Beating fair and square
Casey Stoner is a belter. Tight round the bottom there. Excellent
move from him out of that final corner. OK, what a way in. -- what
a win. A fantastic win. Where did those
Lamb times come at the end from Jorge Lorenzo? A race like this,
only he can make. It is like a robot. He doesn't like that name.
It is unbelievable how he is doing that and the rest was just
hammering and pushing and finally we did it again. Is the
championship back on now? Were well, that is hard to say. Of course,
these are the moments where we can make the difference and catch up
with Casey a bit. It was good that Dovizioso came second as well. We
clutch up nine points. There are still a long way to go. We are
ready to do more. We were told yesterday you put some 2010 parts
back in the pike. Is that what is making it work? No, not really. It
is a combination. It is still a 2011 bike. That is what matters.
Basically, we improved the set-up and it is a bit different from last
year. We are not sure why we are able to have to change the package
so dramatically. Finally, it is not a 2010 bike. Yes, we are using some
parts but race by a brace, we are making changes. It is a good bike.
Enjoy the party. He must be absolutely... It is an
interesting point about whether they have actually found something
on the bike more than Lorenzo just getting a bit lucky. Yes, what a
ride for this man. It is not a 2010 bike. They have a 2011 registration.
Jorge Lorenzo, current world champion. He didn't have confidence
in the old one. We have all done that. Gone back to start again.
That was a proper little triumph for Dovizioso. I'm sure there will
be congratulations between the team next. I don't think Stoner will
bear in any ill will. I thought at the beginning when Stoner got his
head down and set out to Matt Baggott, botty was gone.
Congratulations there. It was fair and square, wasn't it? This is
where we expected it, losing a bit of paint on the side. Stone in
nearly ran into the back of him. I don't think he could believe that
Dovizioso managed to get it stopped so well and so good. He looked more
under control than Casey. The one thing this championship needs is
more riders. Have you found one, Matt?
I have found one. First of all, look at the crowd coming up at the
bank. I have a former Grand Prix rider with me. He speaks better
English than myself friend Charlie put together. It seems you are
going to be joining a compatriot in the next round at Germany. -- in
Germany. Yes, we're going to start tomorrow so I can get to grips with
the bike. It is nearly three years since I rode it. I can't wait to be
back on it and try the Tantastic bike again. The plans are for the
Saxon ring. We were chatting at the start of the race and you said you
missed that being when all the bikes go off together. What did you
make of the race today? First of all, it was the noise. I was
sitting here with the race director when they started the race. When
the bike goes, I just forgot how loud it was. I used to be on the
grid, so I had the ear plugs. get down to the podium.
Casey, congratulations. Damage limitation, though. What happened?
I did everything I could during the race. We started off up all right
and the bike felt all right. We had a problem in the warm-up. As soon
as the temperature warmed up, we lost grip. We decided whether or
not to change the pressure and I was recommended not to change it
for the race. But as you can see, it was so much hotter. The tyre
pressure got up private at -- too high and I lost my grip. There was
no pressure on the front and has started closing the fund. We
thought let's try to keep a consistent pace, but it was too
slow. There was nothing we could do. We lost all the grip in the rear
and you can't do anything without it. Thank you.
I should say, Casey called her Lucy. He is calling her a different name
every week. Casey was saying that the extra heat today was causing
problems for grip. A difficult weekend because not much dry track
for these guys. It makes it hard. It is hard on the tyres and pop --
and hard physically. After 45 minutes on the bikes, you can feel
it. Of course, it would have been really hard. Casey's pace came down
a bit at the end. Lorenzo was on fire.
Congratulations. Important victory and important to see this by
winning again. The Yes, I'm so happy. I put everything, all the
energy I have in my body on the track. In the end I win the race
which at the beginning seemed so difficult. Casey was so quick.
Little by little, I was recovering. I was not able to overtake them on
the heartbreakings. But I saw the opportunity on the downhill.
Congratulations. Tang Q. What a performance from Jorge
Lorenzo. You were marvelling at his consistency, particularly towards
the end of the race. His pace was unbelievable. It was very
impressive. You could tell he wanted it so badly. He was really
pushing hard. Then Dovizioso gave Stoner a hard time at the end. It
was a great race overall because it is not so often you get the
surprise of people coming back like this. A great podium for the home
fans to celebrate. Congratulations on the podium. You
have given them something to cheer about. Already last year I came
third. It is something I have been waiting to feel. It is something
not many people can feel and it is very special. We made a really good
race. The pace was good. We made a really good weekend. Thank you to
the team. To be the first Italian in Italy is something special.
will and enjoy it. I'm up sure he will enjoy it.
Sylvain, standing on the podium in front of a home crowd and a crowd
like this as well. Look at this. Incredible scenes. It is
unbelievable. I was just thinking, last year you could see everybody
was in yellow but now you can see red and yellow. You're going to be
riding one of these Ducatis. It is not the quickest bite out there at
the moment. A bit of a handful. They are working on it. For a shock,
they are difficult. Everyone is very close in competitions like
this. You just need that little step. Compared to what I'm used to,
this is a very different way of using a bike and I can't wait. When
you push the bikes, there is nothing better in the world. Let's
have a look and some stuff from Valentino today. He always gives
these guys something to watch and A real fight between the three of
them. Barbera did a great race. I was really impressed with how he
wrote. He fought with Valentina until the last laps. Fair play to
him. He is struggling as well. You're fighting with Valentino
Rossi on his home track. You can hear the support for Valentino. It
has been a great race for him. Ducati had the pace here. Overall,
I would say not such a bad weekend the Ducati. I would say they are
probably coming back a little bit. Let's have a look at Jorge Lorenzo.
We all marvelling at him. He not only had the consistency at the end,
but he made some perfect passes as well. It is easy to make a mistake
with the adrenalin rushing. The way he passes Lorenzo, he was so fast
around the corner. Stoner. Yes, Stoner. You cannot tell how steep
it is on the television. He was very good towards the end of the
race. His pace was very quick. You could tell by the body language as
well that he was confident. Today, Lorenzo is back. I think he was
probably hungry from the Assen experience. I would say so. The
No that opportunity for cases don't have to take women number 28. A tip
for Germany. You are going to be on the grid, up 3. If yes, I think so.
It is my favourite track. I got my best race in the Saxon rain in 2008.
Banks were talking to us. We will see you in a couple of weeks.
speaking to you. We will see you there in a couple
of weeks' time as well, Sunday afternoon at 12.30 on BBC Two. In
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Round 8 of the championship and home GP for seven-times World Champion Valentino Rossi at Mugello. 2010's race ended in disappointment for Rossi and his adoring fans after crashing during free practice, fracturing his leg and ruling himself out of the race. In 2011 he'll be hunting down a podium on the Ducati for his home fans and maybe even add a win to his other seven at the Mugello circuit.