With the race bikes clocking speeds up to 350 kmph and negotiating hairpins and dangerous corners at insane speeds, watching MotoGP races can be a thrilling experience. Over the years, the sport has produced some of the best battles. Here’s my pick of the top 5 which took place in the recent past…
2009 Catalunya GP: Valentino Rossi vs Jorge Lorenzo
Valentino Rossi (#46), one of the MotoGP legends and who is popularly called ‘The Doctor’ for his precision on the track, was up against his young team-mate Jorge Lorenzo (#99). Technically they’re team-mates but they are considered bitter rivals riding the same bike. This battle went on fiercely till the last corner of final lap and considered one of the greatest races in MotoGP.
2008 Laguna Seca GP: Valentino Rossi vs Casey Stoner
Riding a Yamaha M1, Valentino Rossi(#46) battles with Casey Stoner(#1) who clinched the world championship the previous season. Prior to this race, Stoner won two races on the trot on Ducati. Check out if Rossi broke his winning streak…
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2012 Le Mans GP: Valentino Rossi vs Casey Stoner
Rossi (Ducati) battles with defending champion Casey Stoner (Honda) for the second place on a wet track…
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2012 Brno GP: Jorge Lorenzo vs Dani Pedrosa
It’s the battle between the top-two championship contenders of 2012 season. Riding Yamaha, Spaniard Jorge Lorenzo (#99) takes on his compatriot Dani Pedrosa (#26, Honda). Arguably, this was the best battle of 2012 season.
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2005 Jerez GP: Valentino Rossi vs Sete Gibernau
Valentino Rossi (#46) takes on Spaniard Sete Gibernau (#15) on Honda. This was almost a physical fight as the bikes made a contact and one of them went off the track into the gravel. Interestingly, the winner was booed by the audience as they considered his move too aggressive and unfair.
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These are my top 5 battles on the MotoGP circuit in the recent past. Which ones are yours?