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MotoGP: Ducati goes ‘Open’ for 2014

So factory racing in MotoGP is no longer quite so factory.

Ducati is choosing the ‘Open’ rules option for 2014, an admission that they can’t quite compete with Yamaha and Honda on even terms.

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MotoGP Indy – Yamaha victory – Rossi crashes

A jack rabbit start by Honda man Dani Pedrosa came to tears just laps later as he threw his bike down the road, tucking the front end on a slow but bumpy right hander. The Spaniard’s miscue handed the race to Yamaha.

Jorge Lorenzo, Yamaha-mounted, with a Captain America lid atop his smiling noggin, dogged teammate Valentino Rossi throughout the early stages of the race. On lap eight, Lorenzo drafted past Rossi on the long front straight in front of Indy sold out grandstands. Then Rossi, just laps later, tucked the front end on turn in.

From then on Lorenzo, building upon a ten second lead, was never threatened. Rossi would remount, only to retire in a few laps.The win for Lorenzo cut the championship gap to Rossi in half. Lorenzo, aping Helio Castroneves and Tony Stewart, climbed the catch fence on the front straight.

Nicky Hayden got away in sixth initially, his Ducati behind Pedrosa, Rossi, Lorenzo, Edwards, the Indy revelation, de Angelis. Hayden pushed past Edwards with twenty laps to go with outside-inside move on left right combo.

Texan Colin Edwards was handed podium position by Pedrosa’s crash, his Tech 3 Yamaha down on power to de Angelis’ Honda, but clearly more nimble through Indy’s brutally tight infield right handers. But Edwards came under attack by slew of Hondas and Hayden’s Ducati, and gave ground throughout the race. Edwards would finish fifth.

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Pedrosa remounted his Honda, only lightly damaged, to trail the field. But he quickly regained form, getting up to eleventh in a demon display of determination.

The race found James Toseland and his Tech 3 Yamaha battling up through the field. But deAngelis, out of a ride for next year continued to put on a show, circulating in second.

deAngelis would make the U.S. round of MotoGP 2009 both revelation and redemption.

Andrea Dovizioso, on the second Respol factory Honda, brutually hunted down Hayden’s Ducati late in the race, having carved up the the field from a poor start. With a lap to go, Dovi was tight to Hayden, until his rear cut loose, bouncing Dovi out of the seat. He recovered, only to have Hayden hang out the rear, blocking the Honda’s path.

Hayden stretched his lead to handful of bike lengths off the last corner, bravely earning another podium upon the difficult to tame Ducati Desmosedici.


For Hayden, the podium was reward enough. “Dovi made me earn it. Man, I was on the limit, and some. I wasn’t sure I was going to bring it home, but I wasn’t going to bring it home with less than podium,” said Hayden.

Melandri, dropped his Hayate while fighting the Toseland with three laps to go, his bike tumbling down the track with cartwheels.

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