Motorsport Wrap for Monday 9th Nov 2009
PEDROSA TAKES SECOND VICTORY OF SEASON
Spaniard Dani Pedrosa took his second win of the MotoGP season at home in Valencia, marking his second victory since switching to Bridgestone tyres in the latter stages of last season.
Pedrosa dominated from start to finish after Australia's Casey Stoner - who had qualified on pole - suffered a crash on the warm-up lap that ruled him out of the race.
Pedrosa opted for the harder option Bridgestone slick tyres both front and rear. World Champion Valentino Rossi finished second followed by teammate Jorge Lorenzo.
"I am very happy for this win because I really wanted it and I was only thinking for the win here. In practice we struggled a lot but the whole team did a great job," Pedrosa said.
The Valencia race marks the end of the 2009 MotoGP season, but Bridgestone is already preparing to test for next year.
"I am happy with the way this season has gone for us, and that there have been five different race winners and eleven different riders on the podium," said Hiroshi Yamada, Manager of Bridgestone's Motorsport Department.
"I look forward to getting a taste of what we can look forward to in 2010 when we start the official test tomorrow."
DAVISON LOSES GROUND IN V8 TITLE CHASE
Ford's Jamie Whincup has put some breathing room between himself and the rest of the V8 Supercar field after a dramatic weekend of racing at Phillip Island.
Whincup won both races while Will Davison - driving a Bridgestone-sponsored HRT Commodore - struggled in midfield.
The results mean that Whincup takes a 122 point break over Davison into the next round at Barbagallo in Western Australia after coming to Phillip Island with just a 32-point lead.