Pedrosa Breaks Through In MotoGP
SACHSEN, Germany — Dani Pedrosi got the best start and charged to his first MotoGP victory of the season Sunday afternoon at the Saschenring.
The Repsol Honda rider got the jump on his teammate Casey Stoner, who started on the pole, but surrendered the lead to Stoner early on.
With 12 laps left, Pedrosa made his move past Stoner into turn one, shortly after which the Austrian had a big wobble on his bike trying to keep up with the Spaniard. However, this was just momentary, as Stoner continued to stick to Pedrosa’s rear wheel.
The last few laps were a thrilling affair as Stoner and Pedrosa were neck and neck, but there was huge drama in the final turns as Stoner crashed out while chasing down the Spaniard.
Pedrosa was setting a record pace as he fought hard for his maiden win of the season, crossing the finish in front of Yamaha Factory rider Jorge Lorenzo and Andrea Dovizioso, who recorded his third podium this season, also riding a Yamaha. Lorenzo leaves Germany with a 14-point championship lead over Pedrosa, who is now second in the standings. Stoner, who was credited with 19th, is third, another four points behind.
American Ben Spies finished fourth for Factory Yamaha, while Stefan Bradl was fifth on a Honda.
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