2012 Sachsenring MotoGP | Results

2012 MotoGP Championship

Spoiler Alert: 2012 MotoGP Championship results from Sachsenring, Germany, listed below

For the first time in the 2012 MotoGP Championship, a rider other than Repsol Honda’s Casey Stoner or Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo was victorious.

The man? Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa, who took a hard-fought victory at round eight of 18 Sunday, the Spaniard winning the eni Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland at the Sachsenring. With his victory, Pedrosa now has six wins at Sachsenring across all classes.

Joining Pedrosa on the podium in the drama-filled race was Lorenzo and Monster Tech 3 Yamaha’s Andrea Dovizioso, respectively.

Getting his typical fast start, Pedrosa got out front first on the 2.281-mile circuit containing 13 corners. Following Pedrosa was Stoner, Yamaha Factory Racing’s Ben Spies and Lorenzo. But soon the reigning MotoGP Champion was in the lead, and him and Pedrosa began a race-long battle for first.

Behind, many two-way battles were forming, including Spies and Lorenzo for third, the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha duo of Cal Crutchlow and Dovizioso for fourth, and Ducati Team’s Nicky Hayden and LCR Honda’s Stefan Bradl for sixth.

With 27 laps to go, San Carlo Honda Gresini CRT’s Michele Pirro DNF’d with a mechanical issue, and a lap later Spies ran wide, giving third to Lorenzo. With 25 to go, Speed Master’s Mattia Pasini crashed out.

As the Monster Tech 3 duo began catching Spies, two other riders joined the Hayden and Bradl battle – Ducati Team’s Valentino Rossi and Pramac Racing Ducati’s Hector Barbera.

With 23 laps remaining, Dovi and Crutchlow would both make a pass on Spies, who seemed to be slowing. But Spies caught back up to the group, and the three began battling for the fourth.

Up front, Pedrosa and Stoner were alone battling for the lead, with Lorenzo in a lonely third. With 12 laps remaining, Pedrosa passed Stoner on Turn 1. But the Australian wouldn’t back down, and had some scary moments while staying on Pedrosa’s tail.

With seven to go, Cruchlow attempted to out brake his teammate for fourth, but ran into the gravel trap heading into turn one. Although the Brit kept the Yamaha YZR-M1 upright, he was forced to rejoin the grid in the back, leaving Dovi and Spies to battle it out for fourth.

The big drama came on the final lap, when Stoner and Pedrosa were battling intensely. On the final turns, while attempting to chase down Pedrosa, Stoner crashed out, bring about his first DNF of the season.

This gave the win to Pedrosa, with Lorenzo taking an easy second, 14.996 seconds behind. Dovi held off Spies for the final podium position.

Bradl would finish in fifth, with sixth going to Rossi, which was his best dry-race finish aboard the Ducati GP12. Completing the top 10 were San Carlo Honda Gresini’s Alvaro Bautista, who was forced to start from dead last due to taking out Lorenzo at Assen, Crutchlow, Barbera and Hayden, respectively. The top CRT finisher was once again Power Electronics Aspar’s Randy de Puniet, who finished in 11th.

With his second-place finish, Lorenzo now leads the MotoGP Championship with 160 points, 14 ahead of Pedrosa. Stoner is in third with 140 points. Dovi is in fourth with 92 points, followed by Crutchlow in fifth with 85 points.

The 2012 MotoGP Championship finishes up a three-week run with at Mugello next weekend for round nine of 18.

2012 Sachsenring MotoGP Results:

1.2526Dani PEDROSASPARepsol Honda TeamHonda159.341’28.396
2.2099Jorge LORENZOSPAYamaha Factory RacingYamaha158.4+14.996
3.164Andrea DOVIZIOSOITAMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha158.0+20.669
4.1311Ben SPIESUSAYamaha Factory RacingYamaha158.0+20.740
5.116Stefan BRADLGERLCR Honda MotoGPHonda157.6+27.893
6.1046Valentino ROSSIITADucati TeamDucati157.6+28.050
7.919Alvaro BAUTISTASPASan Carlo Honda GresiniHonda157.5+28.246
8.835Cal CRUTCHLOWGBRMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha157.5+28.447
9.78Hector BARBERASPAPramac Racing TeamDucati157.5+29.053
10.669Nicky HAYDENUSADucati TeamDucati157.5+29.226
11.514Randy DE PUNIETFRAPower Electronics AsparART156.0+53.176
12.45Colin EDWARDSUSANGM Mobile Forward RacingSuter155.7+58.204
13.341Aleix ESPARGAROSPAPower Electronics AsparART155.3+1’04.654
14.268Yonny HERNANDEZCOLAvintia BlusensBQR154.8+1’13.543
15.177James ELLISONGBRPaul Bird MotorsportART153.7+1’30.318
16.2Franco BATTAINIITACardion AB MotoracingDucati153.61 Lap
17.9Danilo PETRUCCIITACame IodaRacing ProjectIoda153.11 Lap
18.22Ivan SILVASPAAvintia BlusensBQR152.21 Lap
Not Classified
1Casey STONERAUSRepsol Honda TeamHonda159.31 Lap
54Mattia PASINIITASpeed MasterART153.326 Laps
51Michele PIRROITASan Carlo Honda GresiniFTR142.127 Laps

2012 MotoGP Championship Points (after eight of 18 rounds):

1.Jorge LORENZOYamahaSPA160
2.Dani PEDROSAHondaSPA146
3.Casey STONERHondaAUS140
4.Andrea DOVIZIOSOYamahaITA92
6.Valentino ROSSIDucatiITA71
7.Alvaro BAUTISTAHondaSPA67
8.Nicky HAYDENDucatiUSA65
9.Stefan BRADLHondaGER62
10.Ben SPIESYamahaUSA61
11.Hector BARBERADucatiSPA53
14.Michele PIRROFTRITA16
17.Danilo PETRUCCIIodaITA9
18.Colin EDWARDSSuterUSA8
21.Karel ABRAHAMDucatiCZE4