German GP Results
For the second time this season, Dani Pedrosa took the checkered flag, his latest being on Sunday at Sachsenring, Round 8 of the 2010 MotoGP Championship.
In the German Grand Prix that was shortened due to a horrific crash in which Randy de Puniet broke his leg, the Repsol Honda rider held off series leader Jorge Lorenzo, Casey Stoner and the returning Valentino Rossi.
Pedrosa’s victory tightened his second-place in the standings, giving him 138 points with 10 rounds remaining. Pedorsa, who also set a new lap record at Sachsenring, is now 47 points behind the Fiat Yamaha leader, Lorenzo.
The race was red flagged on lap 9 when LCR Honda rider Randy de Puniet crashed at turn 4, bring down two motorcycles. De Puniet, who started on the third row for the 30-lap race, highsided while he was in ninth position.
The wreck brought down both Álvaro Bautista (Rizla Suzuki) and Aleix Espargaró (Pramac Racing), and apparently Pramac racing Ducati rider Mika Kallio ran over the Frenchman’s leg while passing by.
De Puniet was taken to the Clinica Mobile to undergo an X-Ray, which confirmed the fracture of the left tibia and fibula. The LCR rider left the circuit with the helicopter together with Doctor Costa to reach Hartmannsdorf hospital where he will undergo surgery later tonight to insert a pin in his left leg.
When the race resumed 25-minutes later, Kallio went done at turn one, ending his race. Lorenzo quickly took the lead, followed in the same order as it was before the red flag: Pedrosa, Ducati Marlboro rider Casey Stoner, Repsol Honda rider Andrea Dovizioso.
Nine-time world champion Rossi soon overtook Dovizioso. Lorenzo and Pedrosa began swapping the lead up front, and on lap 10 Pedrosa set a new circuit lap record on lap 10 and again on 12, which broke his previous record.
In the back, a big battle was happening for fifth between Marco Simoncelli (San Carlo Honda Gresini Team), Dovizioso and Nicky Hayden (Ducati Team), but the rookie Simoncelli was overtaken.
Pedrosa won 3.355 seconds ahead of Lorenzo. Behind, Stoner battled with Rossi, but took the healing Italian at the end. Finishing fifth was Dovizioso. Simoncelli came back to take sixth, with Americans Ben Spies (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) and Hayden taking seventh and eight, respectively. Héctor Barberá (Páginas Amarillas Aspar) and Marco Melandri (San Carlo Honda Gresini Team) completed the top ten.
Danny Pedrosa says: “I’m very happy because we are back winning races and it’s a great feeling. It wasn’t easy today because when the race is stopped and restarted like that, sometimes you don’t have the same feeling on the machine in the second part. Also you get nervous again on the grid and it’s possible you won’t have the same pace after the restart. But it went very well for us in both races.”
“In the first one I was very close to Lorenzo and the pace was good, but then they stopped the race and we looked at each other saying, Why? It was even better in the second part. We just made one small change with the rear suspension to get a bit more traction, but we didn’t change the tire because we didn’t have any new tires left – we went with the same ones. I made another good start and in the first laps after Lorenzo had passed me I was pushing very to try to take him back.”
“I couldn’t do it with my first attempt, but when I got a second chance I just went for it. Then it was a great feeling to stretch ahead and get the victory – the team deserve it. This victory is even better than the one in Italy because at Mugello I just went away in front and there was no battle with anybody, but here I was battling with Lorenzo in the first and second race, and finally beat him, so this is even more important. Also before the race we were not 100 per cent sure about what the weather would do, but it stayed clear and finally the weekend has ended perfectly.”
“I was really looking forward to wear the Spain shirt on the podium. It was difficult to get it because it wasn’t in the shops and I really wanted to celebrate a win like that. I also want to thank the team because they worked really well this weekend, the bike was very good from Friday onwards and this is the form we need so we can to keep this consistency going from now on.”
2010 MotoGP Sachsenring Results:
1. Dani Pedrosa, Honda, ESP: 28:50.476
2. Jorge Lorenzo, Yamaha, ESP, +3.355
3. Casey Stoner, Ducati, AUS, +5.257
4. Valentino Rossi, Yamaha, ITA, +5.635
5. Andrea Dovizioso, Honda ITA, +17.158
6. Marco Simoncelli, Honda, ITA
7. Nicky Hayden, Ducati, USA
8. Ben Spies, Yamaha, USA
9. Hector Barbera, Ducati, ESP
10. Marco Melandri, Honda, ITA
11. Loris Capirossi, Suzuki, ITA
12. Alex De Angelis, Honda, SMR
2010 MotoGP Point Standings (after 8 of 18 rounds):
1. Jorge Lorenzo, 185
2. Dani Pedrosa, 138
3. Andrea Dovizioso, 102
4. Casey Stoner, 83
5. Nicky Hayden, 78
6. Valentino Rossi, 74
7. Randy de Puniet, 69
8. Ben Spies, 67
9. Marco Simoncelli, 49
10. Marco Melandri, 45