June 12, 2009

Lorenzo bucking Rossi team-mate dominance trend

Jorge Lorenzo has already finished ahead of Valentino Rossi three times this season, but Rossi traditionally has a great record against his team-mates.

In his 123 MotoGP races since the start of 2002 Valentino Rossi has been beaten by his team-mate on just 12 occasions and six of those have come in the last two seasons, with Jorge Lorenzo beating him three times in 2008 and three times already this season.

The young Spaniard already has a great record against his illustrious Fiat Yamaha colleague and Lorenzo will need to maintain that emerging trend if he wants to take the MotoGP title from Rossi this year.

Rossi’s former team-mates Tohru Ukawa and Carlos Checa beat him just once each, whilst Colin Edwards managed to finish ahead of the multi-title winner on just four occasions.

In the list below and in the accompanying video the successes of Rossi’s team-mates against him in races are put into perspective, with Lorenzo enjoying some relative glory.

2002/South Africa/Welkom: 1st - Ukawa, 2nd – Rossi
2004/France/Le Mans: 2nd - Checa, 4th - Rossi
2005/USA/Laguna Seca: 2nd - Edwards, 3rd - Rossi
2006/Spain/Jerez: 11th - Edwards, 14th - Rossi (Rossi crashed on first lap and re-started)
2006/Valencia/Ricardo Tormo: 9th - Edwards, 13th - Rossi (Rossi crashed and re-started)
2007/Great Britain/Donington: 2nd - Edwards, 4th - Rossi
2008/Qatar/Losail: 2nd - Lorenzo, 5th - Rossi
2008/Portugal/Estoril: 1st - Lorenzo, 3rd - Rossi
2008/Dutch TT/Assen: 6th - Lorenzo, 11th - Rossi (Rossi crashed on first lap and re-started)
2009/Japan/Motegi: 1st - Lorenzo, 2nd - Rossi
2009/France/Le Mans: 1st - Lorenzo, 16th - Rossi (Rossi crashed and re-started)
2009/Italy/Mugello: 2nd - Lorenzo, 3rd - Rossi


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