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Pedrosa ends season with victory

Dani Pedrosa

Pedrosa wins season finale (UK users only)

Spaniard Dani Pedrosa delighted the home fans as he won the final MotoGP race of the season in Valencia.

New world champion Valentino Rossi came second, with his Yamaha team-mate Jorge Lorenzo in third place.

Casey Stoner, who had qualified on pole, missed the race after a cold tyre caused him to crash in the warm-up lap and smash his windscreen.

That ensured Lorenzo finished second in the championship standings behind Rossi with Pedrosa ending the season third.

It was a second victory of the season for the Repsol Honda rider, and afterwards he said he was particularly happy to have won.

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"All week I was only thinking about the race and I really wanted to win," he said.

"In practice we struggled a lot so the team did a great job - with Casey out of the race it was more easy but we did a great race so thanks to everybody."

With Stoner out of contention from the start, Rossi and Lorenzo disputed the lead in the early stages until Lorenzo suffered a bizarre bit of bad luck.

MotoGP podium press conference

He retained control of the bike after a severe wobble, but the movement set off the airbag in his suit, taking a whole lap to go down again, and costing him vital time.

"It was a difficult race - I never felt great at this track, and then my airbag stayed open for one lap. I was not comfortable and Valentino overtook me," he said.

"It was difficult to catch him - I started to, but it was not enough to overtake him."

Britain's James Toseland finished 12th in his last race in MotoGP for the Yamaha Tech 3 team before returning to World Superbikes, and said he was leaving the competition with his head held high.

"I'm really pleased for the team, they've done a great job for me in last two years," he told BBC Sport.

"It has been a tough year, but it's been an honour to represent my country in the elite class of motorcycling.

Toseland says goodbye to MotoGP

"There has been no lack of effort and I don't feel I have failed because I put everything into it."

Britain's Bradley Smith was just edged out by new world champion Julian Simon in the 125cc race, but the biggest drama of the day came in the final ever race in the 250cc category, which will be replaced by the new Moto2 class next season.

Japan's Hiroshi Aoyama came into the race only needing to finish 11th or higher to claim the world title, but he went off track on lap nine, returning to the race in 11th place.

Italy's Marco Simoncelli, who was the only person who could beat Aoyama to the title, was leading when he crashed out with seven laps left, allowing Spaniard Hector Barbera to win the race and take second place in the championship from Simoncelli.


Valencia MotoGP race result:

1 D Pedrosa (Spn) Honda 46'47.553
2 V Rossi (Ita) Fiat Yamaha 46'50.183
3 J Lorenzo (Spn) Fiat Yamaha 46'50.466
4 C Edwards (US) Tech 3 Yamaha 47'20.068
5 N Hayden (US) Ducati 47'22.138
6 T Elias (Spn) Honda 47'22.441
7 B Spies (US) Yamaha 47'25.259
8 A Dovizioso (It) Honda 47'25.917
9 M Kallio (Fin) Ducati 47'30.044
10 A de Angelis (SM) Honda 47'31.242
11 R de Puniet (Fr) Honda 47'33.571
12 J Toseland (GB) Tech 3 Yamaha 47'37.779
13 A Espargaro (Sp) Pramac 47'44.721
14 L Capirossi (Ita) Suzuki 47'54.430
15 C Vermeulen (Aus) Suzuki 47'59.254
16 G Talmacsi (Hng) Honda 48'01.958
17 M Melandri (It) Kawasaki 48'20.978

2009 MotoGP championship final placings:

1 V Rossi (Ita) Fiat Yamaha 306
2 J Lorenzo (Sp) Fiat Yamaha 261
3 D Pedrosa (Sp) Repsol Honda 234
4 C Stoner (Aus) Ducati 220
5 C Edwards (USA) Tech 3 Yamaha 161
6 A Dovizioso (Ita) Repsol Honda Team 160
7 T Elias (Spn) San Carlo Honda Gresini 115
8 A de Angelis (SM) San Carlo Honda Gresini 111
9 L Capriossi (Ita) Rizla Suzuki 110
10 M Melandri (Ita) Hayate Racing Team 108
11 R de Puniet (Fr) LCR Honda MotoGP 106
12 C Vermeulen (Aus) Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 106
13 N Hayden (USA) Ducati 104
14 J Toseland (GB) Tech 3 Yamaha 92
15 M Kallio (Fin) Pramac Racing 71
16 N Canepa (Ita) Pramac Racing 38
17 G Talmacsci (Hng) Scot Racing Team MotoGP 19
18 A Espargaro (Spn) Pramac Racing 16
19 S Gibernau (Spn) Grupo Francisco Hernando 12
20 B Spies (USA) Yamaha Team 9
21 Y Takahashi (Jpn) Scot Racing Team MotoGP 9

250cc race result:

1 H Barbera (Spn) Aprilia 44mins 10.601secs
2 A Bautista (Spn) Aprilia 44:14.264
3 R De Rosa (Ita) Honda 44:16.266

250cc championship final placings:

1 H Aoyama (Japan) Honda 261 pts
2 H Barbera (Spain) Aprilia 239
3 M Simoncelli (Italy) Gilera 231

125cc race result:

1 J Simon (Spn) Aprilia 41mins 17.553secs
2 B Smith (GB) Aprilia 41:17.773
3 P Espargaro (Spn) Derbi 41:29.676

125cc championship final placings:

1 J Simon (Spn) Aprilia 289 pts
2 B Smith (GB) Aprilia 223.5
3 N Terol (Spn) Aprilia 179.5



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see also
Rossi hands ultimatum to Yamaha
08 Nov 09 |  MotoGP
Stoner secures pole in Valencia
07 Nov 09 |  MotoGP
Matt Roberts' MotoGP column
06 Nov 09 |  MotoGP
Stoner focused on 2010 title bid
06 Nov 09 |  MotoGP
Report - Rossi seals title win in Sepang
25 Oct 09 |  Motorsport
Stoner 'stoked' to win in Malaysia
25 Oct 09 |  MotoGP
Steve Parrish's MotoGP column
04 Nov 09 |  MotoGP
Matt Roberts' column
26 Oct 09 |  MotoGP
Cool Rossi crowned world champion
25 Oct 09 |  MotoGP
Stoner holds off Rossi in MotoGP
18 Oct 09 |  MotoGP
Lorenzo wins to reduce Rossi lead
04 Oct 09 |  MotoGP
MotoGP on the BBC
15 Mar 11 |  MotoGP


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