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DATE News (chronologically)
07/17/11
motogp
Pedrosa wins German MotoGP
Dani Pedrosa fought hard to win in Germany
Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa had his usual great start, taking the hole shot ahead of Lorenzo (Yamaha Factory Racing) and Stoner (Repsol Honda) at the start of the eni Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland MotoGP race in what was to be a 30 lap fight to the finish at the Sachsenring circuit. The Spaniard’s win is his fifth Grand Prix victory at the Sachsenring circuit and only his second race after returning from surgery for his broken collarbone.

At the end of lap one, Lorenzo was in the lead ahead of the three Repsol Honda’s of Pedrosa, Stoner and Dovizioso, who fought amongst each other for second until the Australian made his attack on lap 5 to take the lead, only to have Lorenzo regain the lead status a few laps later. The Mallorcan then tried desperately to defend his line, until lap 21 when Pedrosa got a huge drive out of the last corner to launch himself into the lead for the last time.

Meanwhile a three man battle for fourth ensued behind the leaders between Marco Simoncelli (San Carlo Honda Gresini Team), Andrea Dovizioso (Repsol Honda), Ben Spies (Yamaha Factory Racing), out of which Italian Dovizioso crossed the line first 2 tenths of a second in front of American rider Spies and 4 tenths ahead of fellow countryman Simoncelli.

Another intense fight starred Álvaro Bautista (Rizla Suzuki) and the two Ducati Team riders Nicky Hayden and Valentino Rossi. Bautista crossed the line seventh with Hayden less than a tenth of a second behind the Spaniard and Rossi just 6 thousands behind the American, with of Colin Edwards (Tech 3 Yamaha Monster) following the trio in tenth.

Hector Barberá (Mapfre Aspar) had an off-track excursion in the early stages of the race, who then staged a great comeback from the back of the pack to finish eleventh, in front of Karel Abraham (Cardion AB Motoracing).

Stoner leads the championship with 168 points, just 15 points ahead of Lorenzo. In third is Dovizioso with 132 points.

DANI PEDROSA said afterward, "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. 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. Here I suffered less than in Mugello because of the layout, but in the race today I had a strange feeling, something I've never had before. At the beginning of the race I wasn't feeling great on the bike, I was fourth but I didn't get nervous or worried because I'm still not mathematically out of the Championship battle, but I know it's almost impossible. So, I just let the laps pass and in the middle of the race, with less fuel in the tank and when the tires started sliding, I decided to step it up a little and it worked perfectly. I'm very happy with this victory, I've been suffering a lot even though this race track is not physically demanding, because I'm still weak. So a big thanks to my family and doctors that helped me to be back here because they all know how hard it has been. Also to my team and to all my fans that never gave up, they deserve it also".

Results

Pos.

Points Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Time/Gap
1 25 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 41'12.482
2 20 1 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha +1.477
3 16 27 Casey STONER AUS Repsol Honda Team Honda +1.568
4 13 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Repsol Honda Team Honda +10.513
5 11 11 Ben SPIES USA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha +10.719
6 10 58 Marco SIMONCELLI ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda +10.923
7 9 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki +27.451
8 8 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati +27.510
9 7 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Ducati Team Ducati +27.576
10 6 5 Colin EDWARDS USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha +33.491
11 5 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Mapfre Aspar Team MotoGP Ducati +38.944
12 4 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Ducati +39.148
13 3 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Pramac Racing Team Ducati +39.415
14 2 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha +39.477
15 1 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda +54.516
16 24 Toni ELIAS SPA LCR Honda MotoGP Honda +1'12.335
17 50 Sylvain GUINTOLI FRA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 1 Lap

Championship standings

1 Casey Stoner 168 pts AUS HONDA Repsol Honda Team
2 Jorge Lorenzo 153 pts SPA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing Team
3 Andrea Dovizioso 132 pts ITA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
4 Valentino Rossi 98 pts ITA DUCATI Ducati Marlboro Team
5 Dani Pedrosa 94 pts SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
6 Nicky Hayden 85 pts USA DUCATI Ducati Marlboro Team
7 Ben Spies 85 pts USA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing Team
8 Marco Simoncelli 60 pts ITA HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
9 Colin Edwards 59 pts USA YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
10 Hiroshi Aoyama 57 pts JPN HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
11 Hector Barbera 49 pts SPA DUCATI Paginas Amarillas Aspar
12 Karel Abraham 41 pts CZE DUCATI Cardion AB Motoracing
13 Alvaro Bautista 39 pts SPA SUZUKI Rizla Suzuki MotoGP
14 Toni Elias 35 pts SPA HONDA LCR Honda MotoGP
15 Cal Crutchlow 34 pts GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
16 Loris Capirossi 22 pts ITA DUCATI Pramac Racing
17 Randy De Puniet 15 pts FRA DUCATI Pramac Racing
18 John Hopkins 6 pts USA SUZUKI Rizla Suzuki MotoGP
19 Sylvain Guintoli 0 pts FRA DUCATI Pramac Racing

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