Repsol Honda rider Dani Pedrosa rode immaculately to secure a dominant win in the German Grand Prix today, setting the five fastest laps of a shortened race at the Sachsenring and setting a new lap record along the way. It was Pedrosa's second ...
Repsol Honda rider Dani Pedrosa rode immaculately to secure a dominant win in the German Grand Prix today, setting the five fastest laps of a shortened race at the Sachsenring and setting a new lap record along the way. It was Pedrosa's second victory of the 2010 season and his tenth since he moved up to the MotoGP class with Repsol Honda in 2006. The win for the 24-year-old Spaniard closed the gap in the World Championship standings by five points to Jorge Lorenzo, who finished second today. Pedrosa's team-mate Andrea Dovizioso fought to a valiant fifth place today - in a race which was restarted and reduced to 21 laps after a crash brought out the red flag - halting the race.
Pedrosa and his Honda RC212V looked very strong all weekend at the Sachsenring and were clearly the fastest combination this afternoon. In the first part of the race Pedrosa and Lorenzo took off at the front, with Lorenzo fractions of a second ahead when the red flag came out on lap 10 after a crash involving Randy De Puniet, Alvaro Bautista, and Aleix Espargaro, during which De Puniet was unfortunate to suffer a broken leg.
At the restart, Pedrosa took the lead into the first corner and led lap one before being demoted by Lorenzo to second place, where he stayed in close attendance for eight more laps. At the end of lap nine, Pedrosa made his decisive move, getting a better drive out of the final corner and sliding alongside Lorenzo on the start-finish straight before holding a tight line into turn one. From that moment he never looked back and relentlessly stretched away at the front to win by 3.355s. It was Pedrosa's second MotoGP win at Sachsenring, following on from his victory in 2007 when he won by a huge 13.166s margin. On the podium today, Pedrosa wore the shirt of the Spanish national football team in homage to Spain's victory in last weekend's World Cup final in South Africa.
Dovizioso looked impressive and committed at the start of both today's races and was in third place when the red flags came out after the crash. In race two he was up to third again and the 24-year-old Italian was determined to take the battle to the frontrunners, but all the time he was struggling for grip and he eventually slipped to seventh before mounting a spirited fight-back and clawing his way up to fifth at the chequered flag. Dovizioso remains in third position in the World Championship standings after eight rounds of the 18-race MotoGP series.
The next MotoGP race - the U.S. Grand Prix - takes place in one week's time at the Laguna Seca circuit in California, where the Repsol Honda Team will be seeking another victory.
DANI PEDROSA -- 1st -- World Championship position 2nd 138 points
"I'm very happy because we are back winning races and it's a great feeling. It wasn't easy today because when the race is stopped and restarted like that, sometimes you don't have the same feeling on the machine in the second part. Also you get nervous again on the grid and it's possible you won't have the same pace after the restart. But it went very well for us in both races. In the first one I was very close to Lorenzo and the pace was good, but then they stopped the race and we looked at each other saying, "Why?". It was even better in the second part. We just made one small change with the rear suspension to get a bit more traction, but we didn't change the tyre because we didn't have any new tyres left - we went with the same ones. I made another good start and in the first laps after Lorenzo had passed me I was pushing very to try to take him back. I couldn't do it with my first attempt, but when I got a second chance I just went for it. Then it was a great feeling to stretch ahead and get the victory - the team deserve it. This victory is even better than the one in Italy because at Mugello I just went away in front and there was no battle with anybody, but here I was battling with Lorenzo in the first and second race, and finally beat him, so this is even more important. Also before the race we were not 100 per cent sure about what the weather would do, but it stayed clear and finally the weekend has ended perfectly. I was really looking forward to wear the Spain shirt on the podium. It was difficult to get it because it wasn't in the shops and I really wanted to celebrate a win like that. I also want to thank the team because they worked really well this weekend, the bike was very good from Friday onwards and this is the form we need so we can to keep this consistency going from now on."
ANDREA DOVIZIOSO -- 5th -- World Championship position 3rd 102 points
"I really gave it everything today so of course I cannot be happy to finish fifth, especially after qualifying in fourth. Simply I was not fast enough to stay with the top riders today and in fact I was riding very aggressively and maybe even overriding a little to try and stay with them. When you do this you use up the tyre more quickly and also use more energy so I knew it wasn't the right way, but I had to try to stay with the frontrunners. This weekend we didn't quite find the right electronics set-up and machine settings, and between the first and second parts of the race we tried to change some electronics settings because the set-up was not 100 per cent in the first part. I was losing a lot in turn seven, turn 12 and on the straight because I didn't have the perfect set-up to use all the potential of the bike. Now I'm just looking forward to Laguna Seca next week and to getting right up front and being fully competitive again. My compliments go to Dani today. He rode at an incredible pace and the win is good for the team."
TOSHIYUKI YAMAJI - REPSOL HONDA TEAM MANAGER
"This was great win for Dani and the team and I'd like to say congratulations to him. To be honest this victory is not a surprise because Dani has been in good shape all weekend, but it's still very gratifying when all the pieces fall into place and we get a result like this. For Andrea it was a frustrating race because he was confident beforehand and he rode at the maximum level to try to stay with the leaders. There was something missing in the machine settings here for him however, and he fought very hard to maintain fifth place. He can be strong again in Laguna, and the whole Repsol Honda Team will use today's result to give us even more motivation for the next race."