MotoGP Info 2011: Pedrosa back to winning ways at Sachsenring

Report Day 3: eni Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland


Dani Pedrosa emerged victorious from a three-man race-long battle for first place at the eni Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland, with Jorge Lorenzo wrestling second from Casey Stoner on the final corner of a thrilling Round 9 race.

Repsol Honda's Pedrosa had his usual great start, taking the hole shot ahead of Lorenzo (Yamaha Factory Racing) and Stoner (Repsol Honda) when the lights went out for a race which was to be a 30-lap fight to the finish at Sachsenring. The Spaniard's win is his fifth Grand Prix victory at the Sachsenring circuit, and came in only his second race after returning from a three-race absence through injury. At the end of lap one, Lorenzo was in the lead ahead of the three Repsol Hondas of Pedrosa, Stoner and Dovizioso, who fought amongst each other for second until the Australian made his attack on lap five to take the lead, only to have Lorenzo regain the lead status a few laps later. The Mallorcan then tried desperately to defend his line, until lap 21 when Pedrosa got a huge drive out of the last corner to launch himself into the lead for the last time.

Meanwhile a three-rider battle for fourth ensued behind the leaders between Marco Simoncelli (San Carlo Honda Gresini Team), Andrea Dovizioso (Repsol Honda) and Ben Spies (Yamaha Factory Racing), out of which Italian Dovizioso crossed the line first, two-tenths of a second in front of American rider Spies and four-tenths ahead of fellow countryman Simoncelli.

Another intense fight starred Alvaro Bautista (Rizla Suzuki) and the two Ducati Team riders Nicky Hayden and Valentino Rossi. Bautista crossed the line seventh with Hayden less than a tenth of a second behind the Spaniard and Rossi just six-thousands behind the American, with Colin Edwards (Tech 3 Yamaha Monster) following the trio in tenth.

Hector Barbera (Mapfre Aspar) had an off-track excursion in the early stages of the race, but then staged a great comeback from the back of the pack to finish eleventh, in front of Karel Abraham (Cardion AB Motoracing). Stoner continues to top the Championship, and now has 168 points which leaves him 15 points ahead of defending World Champion Lorenzo.


Marc Marquez took his third consecutive win - his fourth of the season - in the Moto2 race, ahead of local favourite Stefan Bradl and Alex de Angelis, who completed the podium in third.

Bradl (Viessmann Kiefer Racing) had the hole shot off the start, but pole man Marquez (Team CatalunyaCaixa Repsol) quickly took the lead on the first lap of the Sachsenring race, scrapping for the lead with the German until the Spaniard regained first position on lap 22 of 29 to take the win.

De Angelis (JiR Moto2), who started from the second row, pressured Bradl throughout the race, followed by Aleix Espargaro (Pons HP 40) and fourth row starter Yonny Hernandez (Blusens-STX), until Espargaro and Max Neukirchner (MZ Racing) collided on lap five, ending the race for both of them. De Angelis was not able to make a move on Bradl, with the Italian finishing the race in third, half a second behind the German.

Randy Krummenacher (GP Team Switzerland Kiefer Racing) made his move on fellow countryman Thomas Luthi (Interwetten Paddock Moto2) on the second to the last lap to grab fourth place after the two had sparred with De Angelis for third. Sixth place went to Hernandez, with Scott Redding (Marc VDS Racing), who started 23rd on the grid, in seventh. Simone Corsi (Ioda Racing Project) finished eighth, Jules Cluzel (Forward Racing) ninth and Michele Pirro (Gresini Racing Moto2) in tenth.

A first corner incident took out Julian Simon (Mapfre Aspar), for whom the German GP was his first race back since breaking his leg at Catalunya on June 5th. Simon was unhurt though was unable to rejoin the race. Bradley Smith (Tech 3 Racing) ran off track in the same incident with Simon, rejoined the race, and then later crashed out.

Marquez remains second in the Championship, though has narrowed the gap to leader Bradl to 47 points at the halfway point of the season. The next Moto2 race will be the Brno round on August 14.


A breathtaking last lap battle between Hector Faubel (Bankia Aspar), Johann Zarco (Avant-AirAsia-Ajo) and Maverick Vinales (Blusens by Paris Hilton Racing Team) in the 125cc race saw Frenchman Zarco make a move on Faubel out of the last corner of the race, crossing the finish line at the exact same time as the Spaniard. A video finish determined a tie between the two, and Faubel was awarded his first win of the season by virtue of having set a faster lap during the race than Zarco.

A great start by Sergio Gadea (Blusens by Paris Hilton Racing Team) put him in the lead at the start of the 27-lap race, where he was joined by the likes of Luis Salom (RW Racing GP), Miguel Oliveira (Team Andalucia Banca Civica), Efren Vazquez (Avant-AirAsia-Ajo), Nicolas Terol (Bankia Aspar) in an eight-man tussle for the lead. Meanwhile Vinales was pushed down to tenth at the start, giving the youngster who started on pole a tough job to scrap his way back to the front on the tight and twisty Sachsenring circuit.

Fierce racing ensued, with Terol, Vazquez and Gadea swapping the lead and no break in the front eight until Vazquez was forced off at turn one trying to out-brake everyone and ran off the track, taking him out of the lead pack with 11 laps to go. Vazquez later crashed out of the race while pushing hard to catch the leaders.

With ten laps to go, there were still six riders fighting fiercely at the front, with aggressive passing and bumping for position between the leaders. Terol faded from the front on lap 22, and Gadea was dropped shortly after when it appeared he had an issue with the clutch lever of the bike. Meanwhile Vinales had made his way up to Faubel and Zarco, and the three began the struggle for the lead until the photo finish.

Championship leader Terol finally finished in fourth, with Salom and Gadea in fifth and sixth. Jonas Folger (Red Bull Ajo Motorsport), who had tried to stay with the frontrunners but fell back halfway through, ended the race seventh, while Sandro Cortese (Intact Racing Team Germany), Danny Kent (Red Bull Ajo Motorsport) and Niklas Ajo (TT Motion Events Racing) completed the top ten positions.