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Messaggio Da larisa46 il Mar Set 02, 2008 5:13 pm

Rossi matches Agostini's record with win number sixty-eight

Rossi reached another milestone in his outstanding career today by
matching the all-time premier-class win record. His 68th premier-class
victory brings him level with his great countryman Giacomo Agostini and
the fact that he was able to do it at his home track of Misano made it
all the more special for the flamboyant Italian. His Fiat Yamaha
team-mate Jorge Lorenzo put the icing on the cake for Yamaha with an
impressive return to the podium to make it the second one-two finish
for the team this season.

Rossi had a good start but Dani
Pedrosa had an even better one and the seven-time world champion was
forced to ride at his maximum to pass the Spaniard back, which he did
on the second lap. Casey Stoner was by then some three seconds clear
but Rossi's M1 was working well and he was gradually able to start
making up some ground, setting the fastest lap of the race on lap six.
One lap eight of 28 Stoner sensationally slid out into the gravel in a
carbon copy of the last race in Brno and Rossi was left in the lead.
There was no opportunity to rest however as the twisty nature of the
circuit was a very different task to face alone than the flowing curves
of Brno and Lorenzo, another three seconds behind, was giving Rossi no
chance of a let-up. The local hero was able to bring his M1 home safely
however to the rapturous cheers of his home fans, who flooded onto the
track in typical Italian fashion.

The sixth win of the season
for Rossi and another non-finish for Stoner means he is now 75 points
clear at the top of the championship, with a maximum of 125 points
remaining from five races.Lorenzo stays in fourth and Yamaha remain on
course for a treble of Teams' and Manufacturers' championships as well.
Valentino Rossi - Position: 1 Time: 44'41.884
is a truly fantastic day and I can't believe that I have matched
Agostini's record! He was one of my heroes so it's quite incredible to
have made it to 68 wins. This was quite a difficult weekend for us from
the start and there has been the added pressure of a home race, which
makes it harder to concentrate because there is so much distraction!
Mugello has always been 'my' track, even though it's further away from
Tavullia, but here, after the bad time last year, we haven't found it
so easy. Once again today however my team gave me a very competitive
bike and I felt very confident. I got a good start but then Dani came
past me very fast and I then lost a lot of time getting past him and
had to take some big risks - I had a big slide! Once I was past him I
could see Casey, although I have to admit that today I wasn't as
confident as I was in Brno that I could win. Anyway I kept pushing
because it's not in my nature to ride for second place and I think it
still could have been a battle; I was very fast once I found my rhythm.
Then I saw Casey slide out. I'm sorry for him once again but this is
very good for our championship so I am happy for our team. We have 75
points, which is a lot, but there are still five races and I will ride
to win at every one, as I always have done throughout my career. Thanks
to my fantastic Yamaha team, to Bridgestone and of course
congratulations to Jorge as well, he kept pushing me today and I wasn't
able to relax even for one minute! It is a great day for us all."
Davide Brivio - Team Mananger
a day! It's very positive for our championship and to come out with 75
points after three wins in a row is amazing. Once again the team and
engineers did an excellent job to fix some problems in time for the
race to give Valentino a competitive bike, so well done to them.
Despite losing a bit of time at the start Valentino was able to come
back and set the fastest lap and keep pushing. Of course the
championship isn't done but our advantage is very big and all the team
are concentrated and motivated for the final five races. It's great to
see Jorge back on the podium as well - a great race and a great team!"
Lorenzo returns to podium with stunning second in Misano
Lorenzo made it a fantastic home-race double podium for the Fiat Yamaha
Team today, finishing second behind his team-mate Valentino Rossi at
Misano. It was the rookie's first podium since the team's last one-two
finish in Le Mans and it was a deserved one following the injuries that
have plagued him since.

Lorenzo lost some time at the start
when Dani Pedrosa passed him and then had to wait for Rossi to pass his
Spanish compatriot before he could make his move, which he did on lap
five. When Casey Stoner crashed out of the lead on lap eight, leaving
Rossi in front, Lorenzo was elevated to second and he rode a strong
race from then on, exerting constant pressure on his team-mate, who was
unable to relax and had to keep pushing to keep the gap at about three
seconds. Lorenzo was followed home by another Spaniard, Toni Elias, who
crossed the line 8.54 seconds off in third.

The 21-year-old
Mallorcan's fifth podium of the season sees him consolidate his fourth
place in the championship and his leading rookie status, whilst Rossi
is now 75 points clear of Stoner at the top. There are five rounds
remaining with the next one coming at Indianapolis in the USA in two
week's time

Jorge Lorenzo - Position: 2 Time: +3.163
the party Valentino's fans were making for him around the track today
reminded me how much I want to start winning again, but as a start this
second place is fantastic for us! I lost some ground at the early on
but then I took my rhythm, passed Dani and started to push, and then I
kept pushing until the end. To be one and two on the podium again, like
in Le Mans, is wonderful and after four months of problems I am
enjoying this moment very much - it's perfect. Since the Brno test and
with the improvements that Michelin have made here my confidence has
being going up all the time and my riding style has improved as well,
so I want to say thank you to them. I hope the situation is the same at
the next races, then we can continue to be strong like this. Thanks to
all of my team and congratulations to Valentino and Toni."
Daniele Romagnoli - Team Manager
really great to be back on the podium after a long time and we are very
happy for Jorge. We never lost confidence that he would come back to
this level even though it has been very hard for him at times, but
everyone has kept focused and here we are, so well done to all
involved. Our Michelin tyres have worked much better here and this has
made everything easier to achieve, it seems that the Brno test was a
turning point and the improvement in the tyres has helped us to find a
new set-up. Now we're looking forward with confidence to the next
races. Congratulations to Valentino and the other side of the garage
for a great victory."
James Toseland storms to top six, tough day for Colin Edwards
A fantastic performance by British rider James Toseland saw him claim his fifth top six finish of the season at red-hot
Misano this afternoon.

The Tech3 Yamaha rider was always in contention for his first top six finish since the Catalunya GP after a solid start
from ninth on the grid. At one stage though he looked on course for his best ever MotoGP finish as he held a terrific
fifth having got the better of a tough battle with Andrea Dovizoso and Shinya Nakano.

He slipped to sixth place on lap 22 but then produced a heroic display to hold off intense pressure from Loris
Capirossi and Dovizioso in an enthralling finale to the 28-lap encounter, which was run in punishing 35-degree heat.
Today's result moved Toseland back into the top ten in the world championship standings.

American team-mate Colin Edwards had a difficult afternoon, as any hopes he had of mounting an assault on the top
six were dashed in the early stages. He struggled with rear grip, but was able to run a consistent pace in the second
half of the race to fight his way back into a hard fought tenth.

James Toseland 6th - 85 points
"I got a decent start off the line and held my grid position in ninth, so I wasn't too disappointed and got into the
groove quite quickly. I was battling with Dovizioso and Nakano for the first half of the race. I passed Shinya and then
started chasing Dovizioso but just as I caught him I started having some troubles. But he was too and I managed to
pass him and make it stick. Then Chris Vermeulen came past and pulled away which was a bit frustrating because I
was hoping for fifth to get my best result. Coming from where I'd been in the last few races and to produce a ride like
that was brilliant. That is what I'm here for and I really enjoyed it. I was about ten feet wide on those last few laps and
probably the widest Yamaha in history. I knew Loris and Dovizioso were behind me in those last few laps and they
wanted my place in front of their home fans. Loris passed me on the penultimate lap but I'd blocked the line so he
had to go really deep and he just went slightly wide and he left half a door open and I moved back through. I didn't
touch him so it was all fair and square. On the last lap I blocked into the last two corners and I knew I'd got sixth with
it being a short drag to the line so it was a great feeling. Michelin has had a lot of stick recently but they have
knuckled down and so have I. We have kept working hard and today we showed what we can achieve together with
Tech 3 and Yamaha."

Colin Edwards 10th - 108 points
"It was a very tough race and not what I'd expected. I thought it was going to be tough, but not that tough and
obviously I wanted to do better for my guys at Tech 3 who tried everything to solve some of our issues here.
Unfortunately some of the issues we can't control, and I was struggling for grip in the early stages. I just couldn't get
any temperature in the rear tyre and I didn't have the confidence to push like I wanted to. Those first three laps just
dictated my result because once I got into my pace my lap times were pretty decent and good enough to be fighting
much further up. But I lost too much in the early part of the race. The problem is on a short track when everybody is
doing pretty much the same lap time; it is impossible to make up a lot of time. I got through to tenth and I've got a
chance to put things right on home soil in Indianapolis next time out."
Herve Poncharal - Team Manager
"It was a fantastic race from James and I am really pleased to see him back up there fighting as we know he can do.
When he suffers the whole team suffers and it is not been an easy period for him, but he has never let his head drop
and he always kept his motivation and given Tech 3, Yamaha and Michelin 100 per cent. This result will give him a
big boost for the remainder of the season, and maybe a podium is not impossible before the end. He came under a
lot of pressure but he kept concentrated and showed the James we saw at the start of the season. I am sorry for
Colin. His lap times showed at the end of the race he had the speed, but for some reason in the early part of the race
he was not able to run the pace we had hoped. But it was a strong weekend for Tech 3 and for Yamaha. I'd like to
congratulate Valentino and Jorge and I think we saw that Michelin and Bridgestone are really close together. I'd like
to thank Michelin for the way they have responded to the last few races."

Race 1

Pos., Rider, Manu., Nat., Total Time

1, Valentino Rossi, Yamaha, ITA, 44'41.884
2, Jorge Lorenzo, Yamaha, ESP, 0'3.163
3, Toni Elias, Ducati, ESP, 0'11.705
4, Daniel Pedrosa, Honda, ESP, 0'17.470
5, Chris Vermeulen, Suzuki, AUS, 0'23.409
6, James Toseland, Yamaha, GBR, 0'26.208
7, Loris Capirossi, Suzuki, ITA, 0'26.824
8, Andrea Dovizioso, Honda, ITA, 0'27.591
9, Marco Melandri, Ducati, ITA, 0'33.169
10, Colin Edwards, Yamaha, USA, 0'36.529
11, Sylvain Guintoli, Ducati, FRA, 0'42.081
12, Shinya Nakano, Honda, JPN, 0'43.808
13, Anthony West, Kawasaki, AUS, 0'54.874
14, John Hopkins, Kawasaki, USA, 0'55.154

Best Lap

Rider, Manu., Nat., Total Time

Valentino Rossi, Yamaha, ITA, 1'34.904

Rider Standings 31/08/2008

Pos., Rider, Manu., Nat., Points
1, Valentino Rossi, Yamaha, ITA, 262
2, Casey Stoner, Ducati, AUS, 187
3, Daniel Pedrosa, Honda, ESP, 185
4, Jorge Lorenzo, Yamaha, ESP, 140
5, Andrea Dovizioso, Honda, ITA, 118
6, Chris Vermeulen, Suzuki, AUS, 110
7, Colin Edwards, Yamaha, USA, 108
8, Shinya Nakano, Honda, JPN, 87
9, Loris Capirossi, Suzuki, ITA, 86
10, James Toseland, Yamaha, GBR, 85
11, Nicky Hayden, Honda, USA, 84
12, Toni Elias, Ducati, ESP, 82
13, Alex De Angelis, Honda, SMR, 49
14, Marco Melandri, Ducati, ITA, 48
15, Sylvain Guintoli, Ducati, FRA, 47

Team Standings 31/08/2008

Pos., Team, Points
1, FIAT Yamaha Team, 402
2, Repsol Honda Team, 269
3, Ducati Marlboro Team, 235
4, Rizla Suzuki MotoGP, 198
5, Tech3 Yamaha, 193
6, Honda Gresini, 136
7, Team Alice, 129
8, JIR Scot Team, 118
9, Kawasaki Racing Team, 75
10, Honda LCR, 40

Manufacturer Standings 31/08/2008

Pos., Manufacturer, Points

1, Yamaha, 291
2, Ducati, 228
3, Honda, 223
4, Suzuki, 139
5, Kawasaki, 66

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