Dani Pedrosa took today his fourth victory of the season at the wheel of a Honda in the British Grand Prix of the 250cc disputed at Donington Park. The Argentinian rider Sebastian Porto and the French Randy de Puniet completed the top three ...
Dani Pedrosa took today his fourth victory of the season at the wheel of a Honda in the British Grand Prix of the 250cc disputed at Donington Park. The Argentinian rider Sebastian Porto and the French Randy de Puniet completed the top three finishers.
The ninth round of the 250cc Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix (MotoGP) was a near-exact copy of what happened a week ago at Sachsenring Raceway.
The Spanish rider dominated the 27 laps of race from the green light to the chequered flag, and noboby could fight against the overwhelming Honda of Pedrosa.
He jumped from fourth place in the start and quickly took the leadership, position he would keep for the rest of the competition.
"It was a fantastic race", stated the winner with a big smile on his face and the freshness of someone that doesn`t look he just raced during 42 minutes at 200 km/h. This is the most pure sample of how superior was Pedrosa and Honda at Donington.
Because it seemed almost easy for the 18 years old driver. After 12 laps, the leader had a gap of almost 5 seconds over the second in the classification, Porto with Aprilia.
"It all worked perfect: the start, the gap we built from the third lap on, and the stilness of the last part of the competition", mentioned Pedrosa.
In the nine races of the 2004 season, always that Pedrosa finished a race, it was in the top two places, another key of why the Spaniard is the comfortably leader in the Championship.
About how the race was, Pedrosa explained: "During the first laps it was cool because we must take care of the tires. From that moment I could complete several quick laps and the rhythm has been pretty good, although the wind push hard", said the winner.
Always with a big smile of who did the things correctly, Pedrosa ended: "Now we have vacations, to come back for the second part of the championship with strength".
Also like at the German GP, Porto arrived in the second position far away of the winner. The Argentinian could maintain his place of the starting grid in the first move and followed the Honda until the grip problem appeared in his Aprilia from lap six on. Despite Porto tried to continue in the fight, the fastest lap set by Pedrosa on lap 11, left the best Aprilia rider almost happy with his second place and the fifth podium of the season.
"I`m not a 100% satisfied with today`s result because we work to win", mentioned Porto after the podium ceremony, while he continued: "In the beggining of the race we started ok and I kept close to Dani during the first six laps. Later the bike started to skid and I lost contact, just like in Germany".
However the Argentinian took something positive of England: "What leaves me happy is that I gave the maxium and bike had also worked during the weekend. We are not in the front for other situations, but well, I`m ok with those two podiums of the last races", commented the Repsol - Aspar team driver.
"I`m now going to Argentina with my family, and let see if we can be strong in the last part of the season.", finished the winner of two GP this year.
The last step of the podium ahd the same main protgonist of Germany. De Puniet and Alex de Angelis, who took his first pole position on saturday, argued during most of the 27 laps for the third position.
This time the French had his revenge and returned to the podium after two races without good results at Rio de Janeiro and Sachsenring.
Pedrosa conitnues in the leadership of the standings with 180 points, followed by De Puniet with 146 and Porto with 124 points. Fonsi Nieto (fifth) and De Angelis complete the top five places.
Now the Continental Circus will have almost a month of vacations until August 22th. for the Gauloises Grand Prix Ceske Replubiky.