Spoiler Alert: 2011 MotoGP Brno results posted below
Following his first podium of the 2011 MotoGP Championship, Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa began strongly Sunday at Brno, getting a quick start typical of the Spaniard.
But by the end of the first lap, the reigning MotoGP Champion Jorge Lorenzo was in the lead, stalked closely by Pedrosa.
Within the first two of 22 laps at the 3.357-mile, 14-turn Brno circuit, it looked as if the two would began a race-long battle. But after Pedrosa regained the lead at the start of the third lap, he lost the front end, crashing out at Turn 4.
This was devastating news for Pedrosa, who was in dominating form all weekend. But while that part of the Repsol Honda team was displeased, the other two-thirds were joyous after Sunday’s Czech Grand Prix, Round 11 of the 2011 MotoGP Championship.
The joy came after Casey Stoner took his sixth win of 2011, followed to the line by teammate Andrea Dovizioso, which was his fifth podium of the season. Taking the final podium position at Brno was San Carlo Honda Gresini’s Marco Simoncelli, which was the Italian’s first podium in the premier class.
When the race got underway, following Pedrosa and Lorenzo at the start were Dovi, Stoner, Yamaha Factory Racing’s Ben Spies, Ducati Team’s Nicky Hayden, Simoncelli and nine-time World Champion Valentino Rossi.
By the end of lap one, Simoncelli passed Hayden, and Stoner overtook Dovi. The Italian Rossi began battling with his teammate Hayden, taking him by the end of lap 2.
Once Pedrosa overtook Lorenzo at the beginning of the third lap, so did Stoner. Following Pedrosa’s crash, though, the lead went to Stoner, who began gapping the field for the remaining 19 laps, unchallenged.
With 18 to go, Dovi passed Lorenzo, who seemed to be struggling with the softer front-tire Bridgestone. The Spaniard would regain the lead four laps later, just to lose it again to Dovi. During thsi time, Simoncelli remained in close distance, stalking Dovi and Lorenzo.
With 11 laps remaining, Simoncelli made a clean pass at Turn 7, taking Lorenzo for third. The order up top would remain, with Stoner eventually finishing 6.532 seconds ahead of Dovi. Simoncelli would finish 7.792 seconds further back.
Although he struggled, Lorenzo held off a charge from teammate Ben Spies to finish fourth. Spies would take fifth, becoming once again the highest-placed American.
Valentino Rossi battled with Rizla Suzuki’s Alvaro Bautista for most of the race, but the Spaniard crashed out at Turn 14 with seven laps to go, the same place he crashed in the 2010 MotoGP Czech GP while battling with Simoncelli; this allowed Rossi to take sixth.
Two Americans followed Rossi to the line – Hayden and Monster Tech 3 Yamaha’s Colin Edwards. Rounding out the top 10 were Simoncelli’s teammate Hiroshi Aoyama and Mapfre Aspar Ducati’s Hector Barbera, respectively.
As for crashes, Monster Tech 3 Yamaha’s Cal Crutchlow and Cardion AB Ducati’s Karel Abraham both wrecked. Abraham was able to rejoin the MotoGP grid, but had mechanical problems, causing a DNF.
With his win, Stoner now holds a 32-point lead over Lorenzo, with Dovizioso a further 55 points behind.
The MotoGP grid will now remain at Brno for an official test at the Czech circuit. Seven races remain in the 2011 MotoGP Championship, beginning with the Red Bull Indy GP Aug. 28.
2011 Brno MotoGP Results
|1.||25||27||Casey STONER||AUS||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||164.8||43’16.796|
|2.||20||4||Andrea DOVIZIOSO||ITA||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||164.4||+6.532|
|3.||16||58||Marco SIMONCELLI||ITA||San Carlo Honda Gresini||Honda||164.3||+7.792|
|4.||13||1||Jorge LORENZO||SPA||Yamaha Factory Racing||Yamaha||164.2||+8.513|
|5.||11||11||Ben SPIES||USA||Yamaha Factory Racing||Yamaha||164.1||+10.186|
|6.||10||46||Valentino ROSSI||ITA||Ducati Team||Ducati||164.0||+12.632|
|7.||9||69||Nicky HAYDEN||USA||Ducati Team||Ducati||163.3||+23.037|
|8.||8||5||Colin EDWARDS||USA||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||Yamaha||163.3||+24.189|
|9.||7||7||Hiroshi AOYAMA||JPN||San Carlo Honda Gresini||Honda||163.2||+25.202|
|10.||6||8||Hector BARBERA||SPA||Mapfre Aspar Team MotoGP||Ducati||162.5||+36.566|
|11.||5||24||Toni ELIAS||SPA||LCR Honda MotoGP||Honda||162.5||+36.679|
|12.||4||14||Randy DE PUNIET||FRA||Pramac Racing Team||Ducati||162.5||+37.109|
|13.||3||65||Loris CAPIROSSI||ITA||Pramac Racing Team||Ducati||161.7||+48.911|
|19||Alvaro BAUTISTA||SPA||Rizla Suzuki MotoGP||Suzuki||159.3||6 Laps|
|17||Karel ABRAHAM||CZE||Cardion AB Motoracing||Ducati||148.8||10 Laps|
|35||Cal CRUTCHLOW||GBR||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||Yamaha||161.8||16 Laps|
|26||Dani PEDROSA||SPA||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||161.0||20 Laps|