Dani Pedrosa, with a factory Honda, earned his maiden victory today in Shanghai circuit of China, where the fourth round of the FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix (MotoGP) took place. Standings leader, Nicky Hayden, and Yamaha racer`s...
Dani Pedrosa, with a factory Honda, earned his maiden victory today in Shanghai circuit of China, where the fourth round of the FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix (MotoGP) took place. Standings leader, Nicky Hayden, and Yamaha racer`s Colin Edwards completed the podium.
The Repsol Honda rider, who started from pole, came back from a quiet start to lead the entire second half of the race ahead of teammate Hayden.
"This is a perfect result for me and it was a fantastic race for the whole Repsol Honda team. They have been working really hard and it was a great result for both riders -- so I'm really happy", commented Dani later.
Pedrosa slipped back from his pole position start to lie fifth at the end of the first lap, but soon began moving up through the field, reeling in the leaders with a series of fastest laps. By lap nine he passed Rizla Suzuki`s John Hopkins for second place and a lap later overtook the early leader Colin Edwards on the Yamaha.
"I did a good start this time but I left the braking a little bit late for the first corner and I went slightly wide so I was not able to keep a tight line and lost a few places. But I was able to pick off the positions one by one. Once in the lead I was always looking at the pit board and seeing zero point something", the Spaniard explained.
"Winning is always very special but the level in MotoGP is higher, so this is extra special for me", he finished.
Pedrosa`s victory in China made him the equal second- youngest winner ever in the premier class
Hayden shadowed Pedrosa for the whole race, with the gap hovering at one second as the Repsol Honda pair traded fastest laps. The American tried to apply pressure to his teammate but the reigning 250 World Champion didn`t crack.
"I tried to go a little bit faster every lap and put some heat on Dani, but that dude just wouldn't crack! So I definitely give Dani credit because he rode a really strong race. I felt good when I upped the pace, but it just wasn't enough and when I got close to him I didn't want to do anything silly", stated the Kentucky boy.
Hayden has no wins yet this season, but thanks to his second place finish today extended his lead in the championship.
"I'm trying to be consistent in every race and every session, and while getting the points and podiums is good, I really want to win. I like to think the that win's not far away. It's nice to pull out a little gap in championship but it's early days", Nicky commented.
Pedrosa and Hayden gave the Repsol Honda team a fantastic result in a perfect race for them and also the first Repsol Honda one-two since the 2002 Catalunya Grand Prix.
Edwards managed to get his first podium of the season and saved Camel Yamaha squad after a horrible weekend with their star Rossi. The American drove consistency the M1 to take an important personal result after some not-so-good races this season.
The American had a strong performance and was able to fight for victory until the Honda boys just left him behind in the field. "The freight train came past with Dani and Nicky but I couldn't hang on to the back, they were both just too fast", was the honestly of Colin.
"I got a really good start and just decided to go as fast as I could over the opening laps. I was close to losing control on a couple of occasions but I decided that I'd rather crash out of the lead today than miss my chance of finishing on the podium, which meant I just couldn't back off", Edwards said.
Hopkins put the Suzuki on fourth after a start on front row closing a great weekend for the him and a 2-3-4 places for American riders, while rookie Casey Stoner had another strong performance in the Honda of LCR. The Aussie is having a fantastic debut season in MotoGP, just darkened by Pedrosa`s pace.
Makoto Tamada, Marco Melandri, both Ducati boys --Loris Capirossi and Sete Gibernau- and Shinya Nakano completed top ten places.
Seven times World Champion Valentino Rossi saw his spectacular fightback through the field cut short by a tyre problem.
The Continental Circus action doesn`t have a break now as the fifth round is expected next weekend, back in Europe, for the French GP in Le Mans circuit.