Monday, July 06, 2009

Valentino Rossi in fifth place on the list of world’s top earning athletes


Rossi's will earn US$35 million this year. Not too bad for riding a bike around a couple of tracks for a few months in the year... ;-))

According to a recent list compiled by Sports Illustrated, Valentino Rossi’s earnings for the current year stand at around US$35 million, which puts him in fifth place in the list of top earning athletes in the world. According to SI, ‘the average earnings of the top 20 non-American sportsmen are at an all-time high $29.5 million.’

Brit David Beckham is on top of SI’s list, with an annual pay packet of $45.2 million, Finnish F1 driver Kimi Räikkönen is in second with $40.1 million, Philippino boxer Manny Pacquiao is in third with $40 million, Argentinian soccer player Lionel Messi in fourth with $39.9 million and Spanish F1 driver Fernando Alonso and MotoGP’s Valentino Rossi are in a tie for fifth place, at $35 million each.


2009 US MotoGP: Race results from Laguna Seca


Dani Pedrosa took a rather unexpected victory at Laguna Seca...

2009 US MotoGP: Race results from Laguna Seca


1. Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda Team 44min 1.580 sec
2. Valentino Rossi Fiat Yamaha Team 44min 1.924 sec
3. Jorge Lorenzo Fiat Yamaha Team 44min 3.506 sec
4. Casey Stoner Ducati Marlboro Team 44min 14.012 sec
5. Nicky Hayden Ducati Marlboro Team 44min 23.243 sec
6. Toni Elias San Carlo Honda Gresini 44min 23.621 sec
7. Colin Edwards Monster Yamaha Tech 3 44min 31.781 sec
8. Chris Vermeulen Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 44min 34.437 sec
9. Randy de Puniet LCR Honda MotoGP 44min 41.905 sec
10. Marco Melandri Hayate Racing Team 44min 49.608 sec
11. Alex de Angelis San Carlo Honda Gresini 44min 50.390 sec
12. Niccolo Canepa Pramac Racing 45min 20.111 sec

DNF:
Gabor Talmacsi Scot Racing Team MotoGP
Loris Capirossi Rizla Suzuki MotoGP
Andrea Dovizioso Repsol Honda Team
Sete Gibernau Grupo Francisco Hernando

DSQ:
James Toseland Monster Yamaha Tech 3

Pics from the 2009 American MotoGP/qualifying at Laguna Seca

Sunday, July 05, 2009

MotoGP in pictures...

As we wait for the USGP to begin in the next few hours, here are some pics from various other races in the 2009 MotoGP season. And as for who's going to win at Laguna, we are of course rooting for Rossi...!