Repsol Honda victory and another double podium in Sachsenring

GRAND PRIX OF GERMANY | MotoGP Round 9 : Sachsenring circuit, 15-17 July

Date : 17/07/2011
Weather : Dry
Temperature : Air: 21 degrees, Ground: 29 degrees
Humidity : 49%

The Repsol Honda Team dominated the German Grand Prix in a hard fought thirty lap race. The 101,309 spectators at Sachsenring witnessed an incredible battle for the win between Pedrosa, Stoner and Lorenzo, with Dani Pedrosa finally clinching victory. There was also an exciting fight for fourth position between Dovizioso, Simoncelli and Spies with Repsol Honda rider Andrea Dovizioso coming out on top and finishing behind team mate Casey Stoner.

It was a great race for Dani Pedrosa who returns to the top step of the podium at only his second race after having missed three races due to an injury to the right shoulder. The Repsol Honda rider today sealed his second win of the 2011 season and his fifth Grand Prix victory at the Sachsenring circuit (three wins in MotoGP class, and two in 250cc). On lap twenty, Dani also broke his own Circuit Record Lap record here at Sachsenring with a 1'21.846.

Championship leader Casey Stoner celebrated a seventh successive podium finish today, a personal record in MotoGP class. He led the race for nine laps but was unable to match the pace of Pedrosa and was robbed of second place at the very last corner by Jorge Lorenzo.

Andrea Dovizioso had an exciting duel with Marco Simoncelli, finally finishing ahead of him in fourth and retaining his third position in the Championship standings.

The Repsol Honda Team will have no time to rest, as they pack all the race equipment tonight and leave for the United States tomorrow. The U.S GP hosted at the fascinating circuit of Laguna Seca will take place next Sunday, July 24th.

DANI PEDROSA - 1st - World Championship Position: 5th with 94 points
"It's an incredible feeling to be back and win a race so early; I didn't expect it, but this circuit has been always very good for me and I made it happen. I was already surprised yesterday with second position in qualifying and to finish the weekend in this way is amazing, a huge relief for me after a very hard time with injuries. Here I suffered less than in Mugello because of the layout, but in the race today I had a strange feeling, something I've never had before. At the beginning of the race I wasn't feeling great on the bike, I was fourth but I didn't get nervous or worried because I'm still not mathematically out of the Championship battle, but I know it's almost impossible. So, I just let the laps pass and in the middle of the race, with less fuel in the tank and when the tyres started sliding, I decided to step it up a little and it worked perfectly. I'm very happy with this victory, I've been suffering a lot even though this race track is not physically demanding, because I'm still weak. So a big thanks to my family and doctors that helped me to be back here because they all know how hard it has been. Also to my team and to all my fans that never gave up, they deserve it also".

CASEY STONER - 3rd - World Championship Position: 1st with 168 points
"We knew today would be a hard race, we found a good set up yesterday in qualifying but we had an issue with the rear tyre and the temperatures getting too high, with it spinning too much. We took it easy in the early part of the race and thought we'd try to preserve the tyre and warm it up slower than we did in Mugello. After a few laps I decided to make a move to the front to see what we could do and we were able to pull a small advantage, but too small compared to the effort we were putting in so I backed off on my pace a little and tried to stay as smooth as possible and see what happens. They came past me and Dani was riding so strong and was able to get past Jorge before I got there, he built a small advantage and by the time I got past Jorge and I struggled to chase him down. I made a few small mistakes and that left just Jorge and I for the last few laps. I tried everything I could, riding the cleanest lap possible and trying to block my line, but Jorge came up on the dirty part of the track and I thought it would be too high a risk but he made it stick and I have to settle for third place. I'm still leading the Championship and I'm thankful for the points here today".

ANDREA DOVIZIOSO - 4th - World Championship Position: 3rd with 132 points
"It was a tough race because this circuit is small and difficult. Our target was the podium so I'm a little disappointed with fourth position, but if we look at today's race in a bigger perspective, we took a big step forward in terms of race pace compared to my previous records at this circuit. We had a good start and tried to stay with the front riders. It was a good battle with Simoncelli and Spies for fourth position and I'm happy we won this battle! We were consistently fast during the whole weekend and even though today we were struggling, we finished fourth. We confirm that we are there and we have retained third position in the Championship, even if we aimed to gain more points on Lorenzo and Casey. My congratulations go to Dani, Casey and Jorge for a great race".

Race Result - Round 9

1 Dani Pedrosa 41'12.482 SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
2 Jorge Lorenzo + 1.477 SPA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing Team
3 Casey Stoner + 1.568 AUS HONDA Repsol Honda Team
4 Andrea Dovizioso + 10.513 ITA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
5 Ben Spies + 10.719 USA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing Team
6 Marco Simoncelli + 10.923 ITA HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
7 Alvaro Bautista + 27.451 SPA SUZUKI Rizla Suzuki MotoGP
8 Nicky Hayden + 27.510 USA DUCATI Ducati Marlboro Team
9 Valentino Rossi + 27.576 ITA DUCATI Ducati Marlboro Team
10 Colin Edwards + 33.491 USA YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
11 Hector Barbera + 38.944 SPA DUCATI Paginas Amarillas Aspar
12 Karel Abraham + 39.148 CZE DUCATI Cardion AB Motoracing
13 Randy De Puniet + 39.415 FRA DUCATI Pramac Racing
14 Cal Crutchlow + 39.477 GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
15 Hiroshi Aoyama + 1'12.335 JPN HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
16 Toni Elias + 1 lap SPA HONDA LCR Honda MotoGP
17 Sylvain Guintoli FRA DUCATI Pramac Racing

Championship standings

1 Casey Stoner 168 pts AUS HONDA Repsol Honda Team
2 Jorge Lorenzo 153 pts SPA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing Team
3 Andrea Dovizioso 132 pts ITA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
4 Valentino Rossi 98 pts ITA DUCATI Ducati Marlboro Team
5 Dani Pedrosa 94 pts SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
6 Nicky Hayden 85 pts USA DUCATI Ducati Marlboro Team
7 Ben Spies 85 pts USA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing Team
8 Marco Simoncelli 60 pts ITA HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
9 Colin Edwards 59 pts USA YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
10 Hiroshi Aoyama 57 pts JPN HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
11 Hector Barbera 49 pts SPA DUCATI Paginas Amarillas Aspar
12 Karel Abraham 41 pts CZE DUCATI Cardion AB Motoracing
13 Alvaro Bautista 39 pts SPA SUZUKI Rizla Suzuki MotoGP
14 Toni Elias 35 pts SPA HONDA LCR Honda MotoGP
15 Cal Crutchlow 34 pts GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
16 Loris Capirossi 22 pts ITA DUCATI Pramac Racing
17 Randy De Puniet 15 pts FRA DUCATI Pramac Racing
18 John Hopkins 6 pts USA SUZUKI Rizla Suzuki MotoGP
19 Sylvain Guintoli 0 pts FRA DUCATI Pramac Racing

Circuit information

First race 1961 (Modified 2004)
GPs held 26
Laps 30
Race distance 110.130km / 68.430miles
Track length 3.671km / 2.281miles
Track width 12m
Longest straight 0.780km / 0.485miles
Corners 14 (10 left, 4 right)
Pole position Left

AM Sachsenring
09353 Oberlungwitz

Circuit records

Pole position 1m21.067s (163.020Km/h) Casey Stoner (Ducati, 2008)
Race lap 1m21.846s (161.469Km/h) Dani Pedrosa (Honda, 2011)
Race time 41m21.769s (159.752Km/h) Valentino Rossi (Yamaha, 2009)
MotoGP Wins 4 (Valentino Rossi 2002, 2005-06-09)
2010 Winner Dani Pedrosa (Honda)

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