Dani Pedrosa (26) pushed hard at the end, making a final lap pass on Jorge Lorenzo (99) for the win at Brno.
Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa
pulled through with his second consecutive MotoGP win of the season at Brno, his first in the premier class at Czech circuit. Pedrosa beat current points leader Jorge Lorenzo
of Yamaha Factory Racing with a final lap pass for the win. Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Cal Crutchlow
rounded out the podium, marking his first top-three finish in MotoGP.
Pedrosa and Lorenzo pulled away from the pack and battled back and forth until the final lap when Pedrosa found an inside line, waiting until the last possible moment to hit the brakes, and pushed Lorenzo wide. With just one corner remaining after his move, Pedrosa was able to hold the Yamaha ace back and earn his third win of the season.
“Today was one of my best races in MotoGP ever, to win with a big gap is always nice, but to have a battle like today with Jorge, it's sometimes more rewarding,” said Pedrosa. “It was a difficult last lap because I knew that Jorge was very fast in the middle of the corner and I could hear the bike right on me and I knew that just the smallest gap would allow him to pass. I tried to get the best drive out of the hill and then in the last corner I was beside him, when I released the brakes we were side by side in the corner and I was able to take my line and win the race.”
Crutchlow started from the front row and had one of his best overall race weekends to-date in MotoGP. He was able to pull away from teammate Andrea Dovizioso
during the contest, building a comfortable gap of over six seconds at the checkers. Dovi held steady in fourth, but it was Crutchlow’s day to shine and he was ecstatic at the result.
Cal Crutchlow riding to his first MotoGP podium finish.
“It feels fantastic to finally score my first podium in MotoGP,” said Crutchlow. “This has been the perfect weekend for me because I signed a new contract with the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team
and then scored my best ever qualifying result yesterday. So to cap it all off with a podium is a great feeling and hopefully I've already gone a little way to repaying the faith Tech 3, Yamaha and Monster have shown in me.”
Behind Dovi was LCR Honda’s Stefan Bradl taking fifth, followed by San Carlo Honda Gresini’s Alvaro Bautista
in sixth and Ducati’s Valentino Rossi
in seventh. The reduced field, with Rossi’s teammate Nicky Hayden and Repsol Honda’s Casey Stoner
both out with injury, helped open the door for Power Electronics Aspar’s Randy de Puniet to take one of his best finishes of the season in eighth. Cardio AB Motoracing’s Karel Abraham held to ninth and de Puniet’s teammate Aleix Espargaro rounded out the top ten.
Lorenzo’s factory Yamaha teammate Ben Spies
struggle through yet another string of unfortunate incidents. First his clutch overheated at the start and it took a few laps for it to cool and become fully effective again. By then the American had fallen to 14th, but once back he started to cut through the field and had made it up to eighth by Lap 8. Misfortune continued to follow him though and the events earlier had shaken his focus, contributing to a crash that took him out of the contest entirely.
“The crash today was no other fault than myself, I was trying to get back into a rhythm and catch the group in front of me because I could see they were coming back and I had a good lap times for coming through,” said Spies. “The race was really over for me before turn one because the clutch overheated off the line. It was no one’s fault; we checked the data and my practice starts are identical to my race starts. We checked the clutch and there is nothing wrong with it, it just overheated and took over two laps to cool down enough to give it 100% by which time the race was over. I still tried to get the best out of it I could and just made a small mistake.”
Lorenzo continues to hold the top spot on the points list, though Pedrosa is creeping closer, now just 13 points off the lead. Stoner remains in third, but having missed the round and points at Brno, he is 59 off the lead and will have a difficult road ahead if he hopes to defend his title.
MotoGP Brno Results 2012:
Jorge Lorenzo (99) and Dani Pedrosa (26) would eventually break from the rest of the pack and battle for the front.
1. Dani Pedrosa (Honda)
2. Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha)
3. Cal Crutchlow (Yamaha)
4. Andrea Dovizioiso (Yamaha)
5. Stefan Bradl (Honda)
6. Alvaro Bautista (Honda)
7. Valentino Rossi (Ducati)
8. Randy de Puniet (ART)
9. Karel Abraham (Ducati)
10. Aleix Espargaro (ART)
11. Toni Elias (Ducati)
12. Yonny Hernandez (BQR)
13. Colin Edwards (Suter)
14. Michele Pirro (FTR)
15. James Ellison (ART)
16. Mattia Pasini (ART)
17. Danilo Petrucci (Ioda)
MotoGP Championship Points:
1. Jorge Lorenzo, 245
2. Dani Pedrosa, 232
3. Casey Stoner, 186
4. Andrea Dovizioso, 150
5. Cal Crutchlow, 122
6. Stefan Bradl, 105
7. Alvaro Bautista, 102
8. Valentino Rossi, 100
9. Nicky Hayden, 84
10. Ben Spies, 66