The Doctor Produces Magical Medicine To Win Spanish MotoGP

Billy SextonAnalyst IMay 3, 2009

MOTEGI, JAPAN - APRIL 24:  Valentino Rossi of Italy and Fiat Yamaha Team in action during free practice for the MotoGP World Championship Grand Prix of Japan at Twin Ring Motegi on April 24, 2009 in Motegi, Japan.  (Photo by Kiyoshi Ota/Getty Images)

Valentino Rossi, aka 'The Doctor', put in a stunning performance earlier today to win the Spanish MotoGP in Jerez.

The current world champion scored his first win of the season after coming from fourth on the grid to beat home favourite and Repsol Honda rider, Dani Pedrosa.

Casey Stoner got his first Jerez podium and proves that he is still the only man who can ride the Ducati bike, with team mate Nicky Hayden languishing down in 15th and only scoring a single point.

Pole sitter Jorge Lorenzo had a bad afternoon prior to his 22nd birthday. He was leapfrogged by fellow country man, and also arch rival, Dani Pedrosa off the start line and was overtaken by both Stoner and Rossi to drop to fourth.

Things went from bad to worse for the former 250cc World Champion as he came off his bike whilst chasing down Stoner for the final podium place, he later retired, relinquishing his lead in the championship.

The afternoon really belonged to Valentino Rossi though. He overtook three rivals and highly talented riders to glide over the finish line in first place.

The Doctor always puts fans into a state of shock and awe because when it seems he is dropping off the pace a few laps later he is all over the back of his next, albeit unfortunate, 'patient'.

This was the case today, when Valentino hunted down Dani Pedrosa. He was roughly 1.2 seconds down on the Spaniard when he suddenly tore 0.6 seconds out of the Honda man. There was then no doubt that Rossi would go on to win after a textbook overtaking manoeuvre at turn 13.

Other notable performances on race day include Randy de Puniet on the works Honda bike, bringing it home in a respectable fourth place. Just behind was Ducati refugee Marco Melandri on the Hayate (Kawasaki) bike, after a difficult winter, it was a good result for the Italian.

Those who performed badly include James Toseland and Nicky Hayden. Both former champions (both Superbikes and MotoGP) only just got into the points... and if it wasn't for Jorge Lorenzo's retirement, Hayden wouldn't have scored points at all. The pair must start putting in better performances to match their team mates, otherwise the will be job hunting come November.


Spanish MotoGP race result

1 V Rossi (It) Yamaha
2 D Pedrosa (Spn) Honda
3 C Stoner (Aus) Ducati
4 R de Puniet (Fr) Honda
5 M Melandri (Ita) Kawasaki
6 L Capirossi (Ita) Suzuki
7 C Edwards (US) Yamaha
8 A Dovizioso (Ita) Honda
9 T Elias (Spn) Honda
10 C Vermeulen (Aus) Suzuki
11 S Gibernau (Spn) Ducati
12 Y Takahashi (Jpn) Honda
13 J Toseland (GB) Yamaha
14 A de Angelis (SMR) Honda
15 N Hayden (US) Ducati