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INDY: HURRICANE VALENTINO!

15/09/2008

The second leg of MotoGp racings in America on the renowned Indy 500 track was run on wet asphalt brought on by the passage of Hurricane Ike. After fitting their bikes with rain tires, everyone on the starting grid was ready to go. Finding himself in 4th place after the start, like Ike, Vale began blowing his opponents away in a show of breathtaking passing, flying past Casey Stoner first then Andrea Dovizioso before setting his sights on hometown boy Hayden. Val watched his opponent closely before making his move, and when the moment arrived he passed him as well and made his break for the finish line. There was no one ahead of him but lots of heat from behind, together with no end of nasty weather. Six laps from the finish, the sign that many were awaiting arrived and the red flag went up signaling the end of the race. The wind and the rain were just too strong and the risks of accident and injury were just too high. Hurricane Valentino snagged his 4th straight victory; Hayden came in behind, followed by a raging Lorenzo who battled desperately in vain for that 2nd step on the winners’ stand. Bradl, another Dainese flag-bearer, scored a 3rd place finish in 125 cc competition.
The 250 cc class race was washed out, leaving our Simoncelli still at the top of the standings

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