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09-Jul-2012
Season-first win for Pedrosa as Lorenzo regains lead at Sachsenring

 

The MotoGP™ classes encountered glorious sunshine, torrential rain and an incredibly dramatic last lap at the eni Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland at the Sachsenring, where Repsol Honda Team’s Dani Pedrosa took his first victory of the season in front of Jorge Lorenzo and Andrea Dovizioso.

It was Pedrosa who got the best start as he led into turn one ahead of teammate Casey Stoner and the Yamaha Factory Racing duo of Ben Spies and Jorge Lorenzo. The grid was tightly bunched early on, with Stoner soon passing his teammate for the lead, as the Australian looked to have more pace in the opening stages.

With 27 laps to go, San Carlo Honda Gresini’s Michele Pirro retired with a mechanical issue, while a lap later Spies ran wide and let Lorenzo into third, to chase down the Repsol Hondas. As Speed Master’s Mattia Pasini crashed out of the race with 25 laps left, Spies’ mistake had let the tussling Monster Yamaha Tech 3 pair catch up, with Dovizioso and Crutchlow switching places as they looked for a way past Spies. Two laps on, the pair made it past Spies, who looked to be slowing, as the Repsol Honda pair started to pull out a gap at the front.

With 12 laps left, Pedrosa made his move past Stoner into turn one, shortly after which the Austrian had a big wobble on his bike trying to keep up with the Spaniard. However, this was just momentary, as Stoner continued to stick to Pedrosa’s rear wheel. With just seven laps remaining the three-way Yamaha tussle was getting ever more fierce as Crutchlow continued to look for a way past Dovizioso in fourth. It was however not to be as the Brit out-braked himself going into turn one and ran into the gravel. He managed to keep his bike upright and re-joined behind San Carlo’s Álvaro Bautista, leaving Spies and Dovizioso to fight it out alone.

The last few laps were a thrilling affair as Stoner and Pedrosa were neck and neck, but there was huge drama in the final turns as Stoner crashed out chasing down the Spaniard. After the race Stoner was highly critical of the track marshals, claiming they did not help him get back on track.

Pedrosa was setting a record pace as he fought hard for his maiden win of the season, and crossed the finish line first in front of Jorge Lorenzo and Andrea Dovizioso, who recorded his third podium this season. This result puts Lorenzo 14 points clear in the championship with Pedrosa now in second, a further four points ahead of Stoner in third. The first non-podium finisher was Ben Spies in fourth, followed by LCR Honda MotoGP’s Bradl and Ducati Team’s Valentino Rossi, whose sixth place was his best dry result this season. Bautista, Crutchlow, Pramac Racing Team’s Héctor Barberá and Ducati’s Hayden complete the top ten, while Power Electronics Aspar’s Randy de Puniet finished as top CRT bike in 11th.

Race Result - Round 8
1 Dani Pedrosa 41'28.396 SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
2 Jorge Lorenzo +14.996 SPA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing Team
3 Andrea Dovizioso +20.669 ITA YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
4 Ben Spies +20.740 USA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing Team
5 Stefan Bradl +27.893 GER HONDA LCR Honda MotoGP
6 Valentino Rossi +28.050 ITA DUCATI Ducati Team
7 Alvaro Bautista +28.246 SPA HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
8 Cal Crutchlow +28.447 GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
9 Hector Barbera +29.053 SPA DUCATI Pramac Racing
10 Nicky Hayden +29.226 USA DUCATI Ducati Team
11 Randy De Puniet +53.176 FRA ART Aspar Team MotoGP
12 Colin Edwards +58.204 USA SUTER NGM Mobile Forward Racing
13 Aleix Espargaro +1'04.654 ESP ART Aspar Team MotoGP
14 Yonny Hernandez +1'13.543 COL BQR-FTR BQR
15 James Ellison +1'30.318 GBR ART Paul Bird Racing
16 Franco Battaini +1 lap ITA DUCATI Cardion AB Motoracing
17 Danilo Petrucci +1 lap ITA IODA Ioda Racing Project
18 Ivan Silva +1 lap SPA BQR-FTR BQR
19 Casey Stoner DNF AUS HONDA Repsol Honda Team
20 Mattia Pasini DNF ITA ART Speed Master
21 Michelle Pirro DNF ITA HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini

Championship standings
1 Jorge Lorenzo 160 pts SPA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing Team
2 Dani Pedrosa 146 pts SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
3 Casey Stoner 140 pts AUS HONDA Repsol Honda Team
4 Andrea Dovizioso 92 pts ITA YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
5 Cal Crutchlow 85 pts GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
6 Valentino Rossi 71 pts ITA DUCATI Ducati Team
7 Alvaro Bautista 67 pts SPA HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
8 Nicky Hayden 65 pts USA DUCATI Ducati Team
9 Stefan Bradl 62 pts GER HONDA LCR Honda MotoGP
10 Ben Spies 61 pts USA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing Team
11 Hector Barbera 53 pts SPA DUCATI Pramac Racing
12 Randy De Puniet 24 pts FRA ART Aspar Team MotoGP
13 Aleix Espargaro 23 pts ESP ART Aspar Team MotoGP
14 Michelle Pirro 16 pts ITA HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
15 Mattia Pasini 12 pts ITA ART Speed Master
16 James Ellison 10 pts GBR ART Paul Bird Racing
17 Danilo Petrucci 9 pts ITA IODA Ioda Racing Project
18 Colin Edwards 8 pts USA SUTER NGM Mobile Forward Racing
19 Yonny Hernandez 6 pts COL BQR-FTR BQR
20 Ivan Silva 5 pts SPA BQR-FTR BQR
21 Karel Abraham 4 pts CZE DUCATI Cardion AB Motoracing
22 Franco Battaini 0 pts ITA DUCATI Cardion AB Motoracing
23 Chris Vermeulen 0 pts AUS SUTER NGM Mobile Forward Racing