Melandri takes win on amazing day of MotoGP
Marco Melandri was the last-gasp winner of a fantastic Grand
Prix of Turkey at the Istanbul Park Circuit, taking victory from
Casey Stoner in the closing seconds of the race.
Melandri took victory under dramatic circumstances, when it
looked as if it would be a straight battle between Stoner and
Dani Pedrosa in a repeat of last year’s 250cc race. Pedrosa
crashed on the start of the last lap in a heartbreaking moment
for the Spaniard.
Stoner was close to becoming the joint youngest winner of a
MotoGP, but the Honda LCR rider had to make do with his first
podium in the premier class in only his third race.
Nicky Hayden, run wide by Melandri when he looked to be
shaping up to make an overtaking manoeuvre, continued his
long run of podium finishes. The third place also places him at
the top of the tree in the overall classification.
Valentino Rossi was largely anonymous at the start of the race,
dropping to 14th after running wide. He made his way up the
field diligently to come near to taking third from Hayden’s
grasp, taking Toni Elias along for the ride.
Loris Capirossi was off the podium for the first time this season,
ahead of pole-man Chris Vermeulen. The Australian did
superbly to hold off the field on the first lap, and pushed his
Suzuki to the full in order to avoid dropping down the running.
Shinya Nakano, Colin Edwards and Makoto Tamada completed
the top ten, on a day which was dry apart from a few light
drops of rain during the MotoGP race itself.
38123 spectators flocked to the Istanbul Park Circuit, and none
of them will have left disappointed, with three races of the
highest quality at one of the most exciting circuits on the