Spoiler Alert: Sachsenring MotoGP results below
For the 14th year, MotoGP took on the Sachsenring circuit in Germany, the second shortest track (2.281 miles) besides Laguna Seca.
Sachsenring challenged the 17-rider grid Sunday for Round 9 of 18, the anti-clockwise track featuring a technical section from turn 1 through 7, to a flowing faster section from turn 8 through 13.
There were many lead changes throughout the 30-lap race, but once Dani Pedrosa took it on lap 21, the Spaniard held it to the checkered flag.
The Sachsenring MotoGP victory was the second one this season for the Spaniard. It was also Pedrosa’s fifth victory at the German circuit. Joining Pedrosa on the podium Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo and Repsol Honda’s Casey Stoner, who started from the pole.
Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda RC212V MotoGP) says: "This is an unbelievable feeling. To come back so soon and win so soon is unbelievable and I’m very happy. Even with the front row yesterday I was so happy, but I didn’t expect this.
"I wasn’t feeling perfect with the bike but as the race went on I was feeling better and had a better rhythm. I knew I would suffer less here than Mugello because it’s more lefts but still I was suffering a lot physically by the end. I’m really satisfied with the victory and I want to thank everyone who’s been with me during this hard time."
When the MotoGP began, Pedrosa took the holeshot, followed by Lorenzo, Stoner, San Carlo Honda Gresini Marco Simoncelli, Repsol Honda’s Andrea Dovizioso and Lorenzo’s teammate Ben Spies.
But by the end of lap one, Lorenzo was in the lead, with some battles brewing for second between the three Repsol Honda boys – Stoner, Pedrosa and Dovi. Stoner took the lead for a bit, but Lorenzo regained it quickly.
By mid race, Lorenzo, Pedrosa and Stoner were running up front alone. And on lap 21, Pedrosa took the lead, holding it to the checkered flag. He would finish 1.477 seconds ahead of Lorenzo, with Stoner 1.568 seconds behind.
A further 10 seconds behind the lead group was an intense MotoGP battle for fourth between Spies, Simoncelli and Dovizioso. The Italian Dovizioso would finish two-tenths of a second ahead of Spies, and four-tenths of a second ahead of Simoncelli.
Rounding out the top 10 were Rizla Suzuki’s Alvaro Bautista, the Ducati Team duo of Nicky Hayden and Valentino Rossi, and Monster Tech 3 Yamaha’s Colin Edwards.
Following his third-place Sachsenring finish, Stoner retained the MotoGP championship lead, 15 points ahead of Lorenzo. Dovi reamins in third with 132, Rossi in fourth with 98.
The MotoGP Championship now heads to Laguna Seca for Round 10 at the shortest track on the 2011 schedule.
2011 Sachsenring MotoGP: Germany Results
|1.||25||26||Dani PEDROSA||SPA||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||160.4||41’12.482|
|2.||20||1||Jorge LORENZO||SPA||Yamaha Factory Racing||Yamaha||160.3||+1.477|
|3.||16||27||Casey STONER||AUS||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||160.3||+1.568|
|4.||13||4||Andrea DOVIZIOSO||ITA||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||159.7||+10.513|
|5.||11||11||Ben SPIES||USA||Yamaha Factory Racing||Yamaha||159.7||+10.719|
|6.||10||58||Marco SIMONCELLI||ITA||San Carlo Honda Gresini||Honda||159.6||+10.923|
|7.||9||19||Alvaro BAUTISTA||SPA||Rizla Suzuki MotoGP||Suzuki||158.6||+27.451|
|8.||8||69||Nicky HAYDEN||USA||Ducati Team||Ducati||158.6||+27.510|
|9.||7||46||Valentino ROSSI||ITA||Ducati Team||Ducati||158.6||+27.576|
|10.||6||5||Colin EDWARDS||USA||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||Yamaha||158.2||+33.491|
|11.||5||8||Hector BARBERA||SPA||Mapfre Aspar Team MotoGP||Ducati||157.9||+38.944|
|12.||4||17||Karel ABRAHAM||CZE||Cardion AB Motoracing||Ducati||157.9||+39.148|
|13.||3||14||Randy DE PUNIET||FRA||Pramac Racing Team||Ducati||157.8||+39.415|
|14.||2||35||Cal CRUTCHLOW||GBR||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||Yamaha||157.8||+39.477|
|15.||1||7||Hiroshi AOYAMA||JPN||San Carlo Honda Gresini||Honda||156.9||+54.516|
|16.||24||Toni ELIAS||SPA||LCR Honda MotoGP||Honda||155.8||+1’12.335|
|17.||50||Sylvain GUINTOLI||FRA||Pramac Racing Team||Ducati||154.0|
2011 MotoGP Point Standings (After nine of 18 rounds)
|17.||Randy DE PUNIET||Ducati||FRA||15|