The Spaniard rider Daniel Pedrosa dominated the eigth round of the 250cc Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix (MOTOGP) disputed today at Sachsenring raceway. Both Aprilia drivers Sebastian Porto and Alex de Angelis completed...
The Spaniard rider Daniel Pedrosa dominated the eigth round of the 250cc Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix (MOTOGP) disputed today at Sachsenring raceway.
Both Aprilia drivers Sebastian Porto and Alex de Angelis completed the podium.
It will be hard to forget for Pedrosa this third victory of the 2004 season that has the young driver as the main candidate for the championship.
Starting from fifth place wasn't a problem for the Honda rider that quickly took third in the beggining. With great authority he passed the poleman Porto and on lap two jumped to the first place leaving behind the momentary leader Roberto Rolfo, also at the wheel of a Honda.
Pedrosa drove an overwhelming Honda and took advantege of the twisty german circuit. On lap ten the 125cc World Champion had a gap of almost three seconds, something unusual in the 250cc races.
Porto, once again the best Aprilia, seemed to be only that could follow the leader, but Pedrosa pushed hard and finished with the hopes of the Argentinian of change his saturday pole for a victory in sunday.
"I couldn't be happier and also sourprised. I didn't think to be so quick today. The rhythm of the race has been really good. I was focused all the race and could control the tire wear", commented the winner.
"I was worried for the start because I was in the left side and it is a very closed turn. But I did a great start and I knew that if I push, the group would split. This is a very important victory for us, but the championship ends on November and we shouldn't loose the head", explained the young Honda star.
Pedrosa had 6 seconds over Porto and almost 20 with the third! This fantastic dominium is becoming in a big sign of alarm for the Aprilia people. After eight races Pedrosa has three victories, four times second and only one DNF. Who will be able to knock him down?
The second position was a good result for Porto after all. The Argentinian took home 20 important points and cut the gap with Randy de Puniet in the standings, something good in the middle of Pedrosa's dominium. "This result is excellent for me, because I gave the top and the Aprilia has worked very good", stated Porto.
The Argentinian iniciated the race from the pole position but he was unable to keep this place and lost to fourth in the first two laps. However he quickly recovered until second place on lap fourth, his position until the end of the competition.
Despite setting the fastest lap of the race, Porto couldn't fight against his main rival in the championship. By half-way trhough, the Repsol - Aspar team rider suffered with the tire wear in his Aprilia in a circuit that doesn't help to show the best of his bike, the engine.
Porto drove a smooth race. Like Pedrosa, he raced always alone, far away of the leader and from the fight for the third place, out of any problem.
This is the fourth podium for Porto in the season, with two victories (Mugello and Assen) and a third place in the season opener round at South Africa. Now Porto must find the regularity to fight the championship until the end.
"I leave happy, this is the road we must continue working on. I added imporant points and I continue third in the championship", commented the Argentinian.
De Angelis, native from San Marino, arrived to the podium for the first time in his short campaign in the 250cc. World Championship.
The 23 years old rider closed the fight with French De Puniet two laps before the end in a fantastic move that left De Puniet without the chance to answer back.
With the 16 points of his third place, De Angelis is now sixth in the standings and will try to catch the victory before the season ends.
The Japanesse rider Hirosi Aoyama completed the great weekend for the Honda Telefonica Movistar team taking fourth place at the end of the race.
"I fought a lot woth De Puniet, Rolfo and Toni Elias. I'm very happy with the result. I already arrived fourth at Spain, but this was a much better race for mi coming from the back", mentioned Aoyama.
The fantastic number of 207.000 people were present at Sachsenring to see the best of the Moto GP show, with it three categorities.
In the standings, Pedrosa is now more confortably with 155 points. De Puniet, arrived fifth after all, continues second with 130 while Porto is closer with 108 points.
On next week at Donington Park, ninth round, will be another chance of Pedrosa to kepp his dominium of for the Aprilia cards to appear in the scene.