The twelfth round of the 250 cc. Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix (MotoGP) was, as the preview expected, a clear dominium of Honda at it home race. Dani Pedrosa achieved this fifth victory of the season followed by Toni Elías and Hirosi Aoyama, all three at the wheel of Honda.
For Pedrosa, this was another convincing victory this season. However this time the Spaniard had in Elías a close fighter in the first place.
But it was Pedrosa, who supported by the flying Honda of the Telefonica Movistar Team, ended with Elías hopes setting the fastest lap in the last part of the exciting competition.
"It's been a hard race since the start with Elías", said Dani. "This is a very imporant victory for many reasons: because the weekend began with a strong fall and because It was very important for Honda to win here".
During the 23 laps of race, the lead was a matter between both Spaniards riders. Many times with dangerous moves, Pedrosa tried to passes Elías, and Toni the same. This situation made believed the definition would come in the chequered flag, however Pedrosa knocked his rival with fantastics laps times in the end. It was all finished for Elías.
"The last sprint was the key to win", expressed Pedrosa. "Aprilia had some problems, but this is a Honda circuit. I also want a congratulate Hiro (Aoyama) for his first podium".
Despite Elías was happy with second place, after taking victory two weeks ago at Portugal, the Spaniard explained why it was Dani who finally won. "Clearly the difference between Pedrosa's 44 kilos and my 57 are very important", commented Elías. Pedrosa's weight has been a main matter this season in the 250cc championship. Many drivers and team managers complained about this situation.
Daniel Amatriain, Fortuna Honda's team manager, made a warning after the race on the category's future. "I think today's race should make us reflect, given that riders like Porto, De Puniet, Rolfo, Fonsi and the other were so far from the front places today. I want to make an appeal to the rule-makers in the class so that they seriously consider the situation, especially as the teams have had their say on the issue", mentionned Elías's boss.
The Japanesse Hirosi Aoyama completed the Honda dominium and achieved his first podium in the World Championship as a factory rider after the convincing perfonmance shown at Motegi.
Aoyama fought in the start with Randy de Puniet and wildcard rider Yuki Takahashi, but from lap 10th., Pedrosa's teammate went clean trough the podium at his home Grand Prix, nothing less. "This was the most important race of the season to me and I'm in the podium", he said.
Aoyama, whose brother also raced today reaching eighth place, is now sixth in the overall standings. "The team has worked very good all the weekend and I gave it all. I'm very happy. There's still four more races and I want to improve", finished Aoyama with the biggest smile.
Once again the best Aprilia in the classification was the one drove by Sebatián Porto taking fourth place. The Argentinian rider had a difficult weekend at the Honda home. "Before we came, we knew this would be a bad track for us, and that's what happened", he said.
For the first time this season, Porto iniciated the race from the second row and lost until ninth place in the beginning. The Argentinain pushed hard to recover and lost important time behind Anthony West and Roberto Rolfo in the first laps.
After all, Porto could recover until fourth final place, but the gap with Honda is a matter of concern. "We could not get Honda in all the weekend. I trust that in Aprilia will work hard facing the last four races of the season", expressed the Repsol - Aspar team rider.
Pedrosa is now leading with more difference the standings with 234 points. De Puniet is, after his fall and the 11th. final place, 47 units behind with 187 and near followed by Porto with 186 points. Elías and Alex de Angelis complete top five positions.
On October 2nd. will continue the action of the World Championship at a new circuit. The Grand Prix of Qatar at the Losail International Racetrack.