Rossi retains world championship lead

While I was in the middle of the North Okanagan house-hunting, I managed to miss Spain's MotoGP race. "Gran Premi Cinzana de Catalunya" was held on Sunday, with Pedrosa being the home-town favourite to win. Rossi had a pretty shite qualifying session, and started from 9th position, which greatly reduced his chances of 3 victories in a row.

Again, I didn't actually see the race myself (and haven't gotten around to downloading it yet, though I might this evening), so all I can report is hear-say. Rossi apparently had a fantastic session, and climbed up to a solid 2nd place finish, which allowed him to regain the lead in World Championship points over Pedrosa (Rossi 142, Pedrosa 135). Pedrosa, as mentioned racing at his "home" track, took the victory by a solid 2.8 seconds over Rossi, and 3.3 seconds over 3rd place Casey Stoner (4th in World Championship, 92 points).

Nicky Hayden continued to screw the pooch (8th position, 22.28 seconds back of Pedrosa; 9th in World Championship, 48 points), and you have to think he can no longer blame the valves on the RC212V, after Pedrosa managed such a convincing victory. Randy De Puniet, Alex De Angelis and Loris Capirossi all failed to finish the race.

Expect an update to this post if/when I get around to actually watching the race.

Next up: Donington Park on June 22nd.

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