Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa nailed his second win of the season at the Sachsenring circuit in Germany.
In only his second race since returning from injury, Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa
declared victory at the Sachsenring circuit in Germany on Sunday. By a margin of just 1.477 seconds Pedrosa scored his second win of the 2011 MotoGP
Championship after a race long battle between teammate Casey Stoner and Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo. For the second round in a row Stoner had his runner-up finish snatched away in the final lap as Lorenzo darted past the Aussie in the last corner to claim second across the line just 0.091 seconds ahead of Stoner. This is the third consecutive round that Stoner has been off the top of the podium, though he remains 15 points ahead in the championship standings.
"It's an incredible feeling to be back and win a race so early; I didn't expect it, but this circuit has been always very good for me and I made it happen," said Pedrosa. "I was already surprised yesterday with second position in qualifying and to finish the weekend in this way is amazing, a huge relief for me after a very hard time with injuries."
Lorenzo was quick off the line from third on the grid and led during the opening lap ahead of Pedrosa, Repsol Honda
’s Andrea Dovizioso, Stoner, San Carlo Honda’s Marco Simoncelli, Yamaha’s Ben Spies, Ducati’s Nicky Hayden and Monster Yamaha
Tech 3’s Colin Edwards. As the three Repsol riders fought amongst themselves for second behind
Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo (#1) earned second at the checkers with a final lap pass on Casey Stoner (#27).
Lorenzo, Stoner made his move beginning on Lap 4. The Aussie overtook Pedrosa for third, then continued his push forward to take the lead on Lap 5. Further back a three-rider battle developed for fourth between Simoncelli, Dovizioso and Spies after Pedrosa advanced ahead of Dovizoso for third place on Lap 9. A few laps later Simoncelli edged ahead of the trio for fourth, but the Italian could only hold the position over the next five laps before Dovizoso moved back ahead.
On Lap 14 Lorenzo retook the lead ahead of the field. Just two laps later Pedrosa passed his teammate, Stoner, to move into second right behind the Mallocran. After starting near the back of the pack Ducati’s Valentino Rossi
had worked his way up to ninth on Lap 15 where he became caught in a tight battle for seventh with Hayden and Rizla Suzuki
’s Alvaro Bautista. On Lap 18 Rossi broke ahead of Bautista, but it wasn’t the last he’d see of the Suzuki rider. Meanwhile Lorenzo still maintained the lead, but Pedrosa was barreling down on him from behind.
On Lap 21 Pedrosa stole the lead away from Lorenzo after getting a terrific drive out of a corner. On the same lap Simoncelli moved back into fourth ahead of Dovizioso, the two Italian continuing to sawp positions just ahead of Spies. Three laps later Stoner moved ahead of Lorenzo into second as Rossi, Hayden and Bautista’s battle raged on for seventh.
Pedrosa went on to control the race for the remaining laps after passing Lorenzo. It was a bitter defeat for Stoner, who finished third less than a tenth of a second behind Lorenzo after being the victim of the Spaniard’s final lap pass.
Honda's Casey Stoner posted his third consecutive podium finish without winning in Round 9.
“I’m very happy," Lorenzo said. "It has been a fantastic race today. From the middle of the race I got very tired in my left hand so I didn’t know where I could find the force to push and keep pushing to the end. Then Casey stopped the bike a lot two corners from the end so I took profit from it, opened full throttle and in the last corner I went for it. It was a miracle pass!"
Dovizioso nabbed fourth in the order after crossing the line just two-tenths ahead of Spies, who saved his best for last to make the pass on Simoncelli for fifth on the penultimate lap.
"We caught up to them with three laps to go and then all hell broke loose," said Spies. "Simoncelli started trying to find a way past Dovizioso and every time I tried to look to go past one of them was on one side of the track and the other on the other side. It was fair play, they were racing each other but it kind of messed up my game plan! Simoncelli ran wide at the end so I got him again in the last corner."
Bautista displayed a gritty performance after posting his fastest time on the final lap to rip seventh away from both Hayden and Rossi. Edwards rounded out the top-10 finishers more than 33 seconds off the pace of the leader.
Stoner still leads the series, but Lorenzo made up four points on the Aussie thanks to his late pass. Pedrosa, who was back in seventh before Round 9, moved up two places into fifth more than 70 points behind Stoner.
"I tried everything I could, riding the cleanest lap possible and trying to block my line, but Jorge [Lorenzo] came up on the dirty part of the track and I thought it would be too high a risk but he made it stick and I have to settle for third place," said Stoner. "I'm still leading the Championship and I'm thankful for the points here today."
Sachsenring MotoGP Results:
1. Dani Pedrosa (Honda)
2. Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha)
3. Casey Stoner (Honda)
4. Andrea Dovizioso (Honda)
5. Ben Spies (Yamaha)
6. Marco Simoncelli (Honda)
7. Alvaro Bautista (Suzuki)
8. Nicky Hayden (Ducati)
Yamaha's Ben Spies achieved fifth after overtaking Marco Simoncelli in the final corner.
9. Valentino Rossi (Ducati)
10. Colin Edwards (Yamaha)
11. Hector Barbera (Ducati)
12. Karel Abraham (Ducati)
13. Randy de Puniet (Ducati)
14. Cal Crutchlow (Yamaha)
15. Hiroshi Aoyama (Honda)
16. Toni Elias (Honda)
17. Sylvain Guintoli (Ducati)
2011 MotoGP Championship Points:
1. Casey Stoner, 168
2. Jorge Lorenzo, 153
3. Andrea Dovizioso, 132
4. Valentino Rossi, 98
5. Dani Pedrosa, 94
6. Ben Spies, 85
7. Nicky Hayden, 85
8. Marco Simoncelli, 60
9. Colin Edwards, 59
10. Hiroshi Aoyama, 57
Team CatalunyaCaixa Repsol’s Marc Marquez notched his third consecutive victory on Sunday in Moto2 at Germany’s Sachsenring circuit. Starting from pole position, Marquez quickly took the lead on the opening lap while fending off Viessmann Kiefer Racing’s Stefan Bradl. JiR Moto2’s Alex de Angelis pressured Bradl throughout most of the race, the two regularly swapping positions. On Lap 5 Pons HP 40’s Aleix Espargaro and MZ Racing’s Max Neukirchner collided with each other and both were unable to finish the race.
In the end Marquez held on for the win just 0.896 seconds ahead of Bradl, who lost the lead on Lap 22 and couldn’t regain it. De Angelis rounded out the top-three finishers, the Italian unable to make his way around Bradl at the finish line. GP Team Switzerland Kiefer Racing’s Randy Krummenacher grabbed fourth in the order after passing Interwetten Paddock Moto2’s Thomas Luthi on the penultimate lap. Behind Luthi, sixth place went to Blusens-STX’s Yonny Hernandez, who started in the fourth row but climbed his way just ahead of Marc VDS Racing’s Scott Redding. Ioda Racing Project’s Simone Corsi, NGM Forward Racing’s Jules Cluzel and Gresini Racing Moto2’s Michele Pirro rounded out the top-10 finishers, with Pirro crossing the line more than 12 seconds behind Marquez.
Sachsenring Moto2 Results:
1. Marc Marquez (Suter)
2. Stefan Bradl (Kalex)
3. Alex de Angelis (Motobi)
For the third consecutive race Marc Marquez claimed victory after a close race with Germany's Stefan Bradl.
4. Randy Krummenacher (Kalex)
5. Thomas Luthi (Suter)
6. Yonny Hernandez (FTR)
7. Scott Redding (Suter)
8. Simone Corsi (FTR)
9. Jules Cluzel (Suter)
10. Michele Pirro (Moriwaki)
11. Kenan Sofuoglu (Suter)
12. Dominique Aegerter (Suter)
13. Pol Espargaro (FTR)
14. Andrea Iannone (Suter)
15. Claudio Corti (Suter)
2011 Moto2 Championship Points:
1. Stefan Bradl, 167
2. Marc Marquez, 120
3. Simone Corsi, 84
4. Alex de Angelis, 82
5. Bradley Smith, 79
6. Thomas Luthi, 77
7. Andrea Iannone, 66
8. Yuki Takahashi, 58
9. Randy Krummenacher, 52
10. Julian Simon, 49