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Yamaha Racing had an incredible weekend in both motoGP and Supercross with RESPECTABLE wins in BOTH! See below for all the details and check out the complete details for both events in these threads!

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Rossi Romps to Victory in Chinese Grand Prix

Valentino Rossi made a triumphant return to the top of the podium aboard his YZR-M1 at the fourth round of the 2008 MotoGP season in Shanghai, China, on Sunday, May 4. The win is the 89th of Rossi?s illustrious Grand Prix career and injects him directly into a three-man championship battle with current points leader Dani Pedrosa and Fiat Yamaha teammate Jorge Lorenzo, who finished a valiant fourth after a brutal practice crash on Friday left him with painful foot and ankle injuries on the eve of his 21st birthday. Meanwhile Yamaha Tech 3's Colin Edwards finished seventh after a brilliant qualifying effort gave the Texan his third career MotoGP pole.

After a frightening high-side bailout he described as the worst of his career, MotoGP rookie sensation Lorenzo showed huge determination by returning to qualify fourth, with Rossi staging next to Edwards in second. In the race Edwards grabbed the holeshot and led the first lap before being passed first by Pedrosa and then Rossi, who soon distanced themselves from the rest of the field. Rossi dogged Pedrosa until out-braking him for the lead after four of 22 laps. But even after posting the race's quickest lap, The Doctor found it hard to get away from his rival until the closing minutes, when he was finally able to open up a useful gap and claim his second career win in China.

"After seven races it is a great feeling to win again - I am very happy!" Rossi remarked after the race. "This is a very important result for us because above all I was able to ride exactly how I wanted from start to finish and this was great fun for me." Lorenzo added, "Without a doubt, this result today is like a victory for me. On Friday I couldn't imagine being able to ride, then yesterday it was a little bit better and then finally today I was not able just to ride, but to be competitive and enjoy myself as well! Now I'm flying back to Barcelona to have treatment on my ankles and I will do everything I can to be back to my physical best in Le Mans."

2008 MotoGP Points 5/4/08

Pos. Rider Points

1 Dani Pedrosa 81
2 Jorge Lorenzo ? Yamaha 74
3 Valentino Rossi ? Yamaha 72
4 Casey Stoner 56
5 Loris Capirossi 33
6 James Toseland ? Yamaha 33
7 Colin Edwards ? Yamaha 31
8 Nicky Hayden 29
9 Andrea Dovizioso 26
10 John Hopkins 26


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Reed Wins 2008 AMA Supercross Championship

In a dream finish to a suspenseful season, Yamaha?s Chad Reed won the 2008 AMA Supercross championship aboard his L&M Racing YZ450F in front of 39,227 fans in Las Vegas, Nev. on Saturday, May 3. Even more dramatically, he came from behind in the main event to win both the race ? his ninth of the year ? and the title. Now with two AMA Supercross titles and 35 career wins to his credit, Reed rides third on the all-time win list behind Jeremy McGrath and Ricky Carmichael. Backing up Reed?s commanding season finale was Yamaha Factory Racing?s Josh Hill, who finished just off the podium in fourth and nailed down fifth in the championship in his rookie year. As an added bonus, Reed's mechanic Oscar Wirdeman earned the prestigious top-mechanic honors from the AMA.

Reed needed a sixth-place finish in the main event to claim the title even if Windham won the race. And he served notice of his intentions to succeed by setting the quickest practice lap - and then battling aggressively with Windham in their heat race. Thus primed and ready, Reed lined up for the main event with a strategic inside gate pick. But he lost a bike length soon after the gate dropped and arrived at the first turn only in mid-pack with Windham near the front.

Windham took the lead on lap four while Reed worked his way forward, getting into second on lap 10 and then into the lead - with a huge roar from the crowd - on lap 14 of 20. From there it was all Yamaha as Reed cranked out a big 6.6-second margin of victory. Befitting such a powerful and emphatic finish, Reed then wasted no time performing a giant celebratory burnout.

"This really is a dream come true," Reed said appreciatively later. "There have been a few bumps along the way but the ups and the downs are what you work hard for. At times this year I've thrown it on the ground, but have been able to get back up on the podium; it's been an awesome learning year and I?ve learnt that every point counts." Reed certainly owes his championship to that vision - especially the defining moments in Detroit when he crashed, went to the hospital, and then returned to the track to finish 12th and score needed points. "You have to fight to the end," he added. "That's why it's a championship."

2008 AMA Supercross Points - Final 5/3/08

Pos. Rider Points

1 Chad Reed - Yamaha 365
2 Kevin Windham 352
3 Andrew Short 281
4 Davi Millsaps 278
5 Josh Hill - Yamaha 228
6 Tim Ferry 218
7 Nathan Ramsey - Yamaha 173
8 David Vuillemin 169
9 Nick Wey 159
10 Paul Carpenter 145<!-- / message --><!-- sig -->
 
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