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Catalunya MotoGP
Barcelona - 8 June, 2008

Race result after 25 laps:

1 D Pedrosa (Sp) Honda

2 V Rossi (Ita) Yamaha

3 C Stoner (Aus) Ducati

4 A Dovizioso (Ita) JiR Honda

5 C Edwards (US) Yamaha

6 J Toseland (GB) Yamaha

7 C Vermeulen (Aus) Suzuki

8 N Hayden (US) Honda


By Julian Shea


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Lap 25: Orange Honda flags are waving everywhere - Pedrosa is on his way to a comfortable victory. I wonder what Jorge Lorenzo is thinking at the moment.... But Rossi's fans are celebrating his second place as if he has won.

1. Pedrosa 2. Rossi 3. Stoner.

And James Toseland holds off a late charge from Chris Vermeulen right at the death to hold on to sixth place. The most exciting race of the season so far? I think so. Pedrosa was a class apart, but the real drama was elsewhere.

Lap 22: Start celebrating on the train Anon, Rossi's up into second - just at the end of the straight, he timed his breaking to perfection as he sneaked up on the inside of the Australian and into second place.

Lap 21: Rossi is still right on Stoner's tail. Even to get up from ninth to third would be amazing, but to make it into second would be the stuff of legend.

Lap 20: Was it something good by Toseland or something bad by Hayden? Possibly the latter, as the American has slipped back into eight place with Toseland going up into sixth. Great stuff.

Lap 19: Toseland is doing his best to put the pressure on Hayden to sneak up into sixth. That would give him a lift ahead of going into two tracks he knows well, Donington and Assen. No change up the front, anon.

"Just left the house to catch train home. Rossi is awsome pls keep me posted on the gap!"
anon, via text

I'll do what I can. Pedrosa is way clear of everyone, so barring accidents, first place is sorted. You could throw a hanky over Stoner and Rossi in the battle for second place, anon.

Lap 17: As they approach every corner, you can sense Rossi sizing up the angles and trying to work out when and where to pounce on Stoner. Surely it's just a matter of time before he has a go.

Lap 16: Gotcha! Right as they go across the starting line, Stoner hares past Rossi into second place. Who cares about the winner when the race for second is so much more entertaining!

Lap 15: Dani Pedrosa will be home and hosed before the second place bike at this rate, and at the moment Stoner is doing his best to make sure that runner-up will be him, but Rossi is having none of it and holding on for grim death. Hugely entertaining stuff.

Lap 14: Former Superbike champions Toseland and Vermeulen are having a great old battle for seventh place.

"I've neved watched this before, it's making me seasick. They are so brave, talk about Rossi and risks - amazing".
Elizabeth May Pink, via text

Lap 11: Alex de Angelis is off the track - on his bike, no harm done, but he's gone from 10th, and Loris Capirossi has gone too. They were 10th and 11th, it was off camera so no-one is too sure what happened but neither of them looks injured. So that puts James Toseland up into ninth.

And Randy de Puniet crashes out from sixth. You can't complain this isn't a lively race!

Pedrosa is seven seconds clear of the field - I nearly typed seven minutes there. Freudian slip.

Lap 7: Nightmare for Stoner - he goes way too wide and allows Dovizioso to pass him into second. A big blunder by the Australian there, and an absolute gift to the Italian.

Stoner soon makes amends to get back into second, only for Rossi to do two overtakes in as many corners and go up into second - che spectaccolo, as the Doctor would say (Excuse my poor GCSE Italian spelling).

Lap 6: Pedrosa is 4.344 seconds ahead of Stoner.

"He's putting a postcode between himself and Stoner."
BBC Sport's Charlie Cox on Dani Pedrosa's lead

Lap 5: Rossi has already made up three places to move up to sixth, so don't bet against him having a say in what's going on at the front of the field later on. Hold on, he's just gone past de Puniet into fifth.

Lap 3: Two new lap records for Dani Pedrosa, bettering Nicky Hayden's two-year old record twice on consecutive laps. The new best time is 1:42.358.

Just to make things worst for the Kentucky Kid, Valentino Rossi overtakes him on the inside and almost swaps paint with him. It never rains but it pours.

Lap 2: Rossi's up to seventh already - he was the fastest in the warm-up this morning so whatever gremlins were in the engine yesterday have clearly been blown out the pipes.

Lap 1: And we're off - and the first surprise is Dani Pedrosa beating pole starter Casey Stoner into the first corner. Sensational start by Dovisioso leaping up from seventh to third.

1300: Today's attendance is 113,150. Wow.

1245: In his pre-race interview with Suzi Perry, Nicky Hayden's assessment of his frosty relationship with team-mate Dani Pedrosa is "we don't go cup-caking together". What a lovely image - but disappointing news for anyone hoping for a last-minute snack on the front row of the grid.

1230: While many of you would no doubt rather be out in Barcelona rather than in front of your computers or tv screens, spare a thought for those who are currently lining up outside the circuit - a major fuel price blockade by Spanish lorry drivers has caused huge queues on the roads to the venue.

1200: Blue skies and sunshine in Barcelona as we get ready for another day of thrills and spills in the world of MotoGP - and spills is the operative word this weekend, with a number of crashes both in MotoGP and the lower class races.

Jorge Lorenzo is the most high-profile absentee from the starting grid after his fourth crash in as many race weekends cost him his chance to race in front of his home fans.

A real shame for the Yamaha rider whose season got off to such a sensational start, but who seems to have come unstuck big time in the last few weeks - considering how competitive the championship is, you have to think his chances of being champion this season may be fatally damaged by two successive blank weekends.

Casey Stoner and Dani Pedrosa are hardly surprises up the front of the grid, but not many people would have expected to see Nicky Hayden there - or to see Valentino Rossi back in ninth.

This weekend he is wearing his special Italy Euro 2008 livery - for the football team's sake, let's hope his performance so far this weekend isn't some kind of omen for theirs.

see also
Stoner clinches pole in Catalunya
07 Jun 08 |  Motorbikes
Injured Lorenzo misses Grand Prix
07 Jun 08 |  Motorbikes
Steve Parrish's MotoGP column
06 Jun 08 |  Motorbikes
Rossi storms to victory in China
04 May 08 |  Motorbikes
Rossi secures victory in France
18 May 08 |  Motorbikes
Lorenzo claims maiden Moto GP win
13 Apr 08 |  Motorbikes
Pedrosa cruises to Jerez victory
30 Mar 08 |  Motorbikes
Stoner claims win in Qatar opener
09 Mar 08 |  Motorbikes
MotoGP on the BBC
06 May 08 |  Motorbikes
MotoGP standings
30 Mar 08 |  Motorbikes

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