Pedrosa celebrates his birthday with a race win in Aragón, Rea finishes 7th

In an intense battle between the two Championship contenders, it was Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa who emerged as victor, for the fourth time this season. His team mate, Jonathan Rea, took an impressive 7th in just his second MotoGP outing.

After an early crash in yesterday's qualifying session, Dani's team had to completely rebuild the bike to prepare for today's 23 lap race and the dominant victory was the best present for himself and his crew on his birthday weekend.

Starting from second on the grid, Dani took the lead on the seventh lap, after setting the fastest lap of the race on lap 3 (1'49.109) and running consistently in 1'49's he pulled away from Lorenzo until crossing the finish line with more than a 6 second gap. Pedrosa is now 33 points behind Lorenzo in the World Championship standings with 4 rounds remaining.

Jonathan Rea completed his second strong race for the Repsol Honda Team. The British rider, who is replacing injured Casey Stoner, maintained a consistent gap to Honda rider Alvaro Bautista but was unable to chase him down.

Honda lead the Constructors Championship by 6 points as they head to their home Grand Prix in Motegi, Japan. It will be confirmed next week by Honda Racing Corporation if the 2011 World Champion, Casey Stoner, will return for the next round in two weeks time, he remains 3rd in the standings with 186 points.

DANI PEDROSA | 1st | World Championship Position: 2nd with 257 points

["It's been a tough weekend in general, with discussions about the last race with race direction and the crash in qualifying yesterday which created a lot of hard work for the mechanics. In the race I remained calm and was able to focus, Jorge began very fast in the early laps but I was able to stay with him and then after a few laps I saw I could increase the pace and I passed him and tried to find my own rhythm. I was concentrating so hard that I almost forgot that it was a race, then I realised there were only 4 laps to go! I had a few issues with the clutch into the corners, shifting down, as I did yesterday, but overall the bike was working well so thanks to all my team for their hard work last night and to my fans and family for their support, this victory is for them all!".

JONATHAN REA | 7th | World Championship Position: 19th with 17 points

["I'm happy I achieved my goal of reducing the gap to the guys at the front, in the end we managed it by 10 seconds but it was another difficult race as I found myself on my own again. At the beginning I let Alvaro have too big a gap and when I tried to make a push, it wasn't enough and we were only taking tenths out of him but I'm quite satisfied and I've learned a lot. In this race it was quite confusing for me as I was playing with the traction control buttons, the torque settings and the engine braking just to try and figure out what was happening, then there came a point where I told myself just to ride this thing and see what happens. It's been amazing to get this chance and I'm not totally sure what's happening for Motegi but my best wishes go to Casey and I hope he comes back and shows the World the rider he is and ends his final season on a high. I want to thank all of HRC and the Repsol Honda Team for this opportunity and for treating me like one of their own, not like a replacement rider, it's been an amazing experience. This is my tenth year in the Honda family and hopefully I can come back here someday".

Race Result - Round 14
1 Dani Pedrosa 42'10.444 SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
2 Jorge Lorenzo +6.472 SPA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing Team
3 Andrea Dovizioso +11.047 ITA YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
4 Cal Crutchlow +11.184 GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
5 Ben Spies +13.786 USA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing Team
6 Alvaro Bautista +28.166 SPA HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
7 Jonathan Rea +32.290 GBR HONDA Repsol Honda Team
8 Valentino Rossi +44.432 ITA DUCATI Ducati Team
9 Karel Abraham +57.417 CZE DUCATI Cardion AB Motoracing
10 Aleix Espargaro +58.525 ESP ART Aspar Team MotoGP
11 Randy De Puniet +59.863 FRA ART Aspar Team MotoGP
12 Hector Barbera +1'14.561 SPA DUCATI Pramac Racing
13 Yonny Hernandez +1'16.159 COL BQR-FTR BQR
14 James Ellison +1'16.580 GBR ART Paul Bird Racing
15 Michele Pirro +1'25.815 ITA HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
16 Mattia Pasini +1'31.801 ITA ART Speed Master
17 Danilo Petrucci +1'42.300 ITA IODA Ioda Racing Project
18 Colin Edwards +1 lap USA SUTER NGM Mobile Forward Racing
19 Stefan Bradl DNF GER HONDA LCR Honda MotoGP
20 David Salom DNF SPA BQR-FTR BQR
21 Nicky Hayden DNF USA DUCATI Ducati Team
Championship standings
1 Jorge Lorenzo 290 pts SPA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing Team
2 Dani Pedrosa 257 pts SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
3 Casey Stoner 186 pts AUS HONDA Repsol Honda Team
4 Andrea Dovizioso 179 pts ITA YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
5 Cal Crutchlow 135 pts GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
6 Valentino Rossi 128 pts ITA DUCATI Ducati Team
7 Alvaro Bautista 128 pts SPA HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
8 Stefan Bradl 115 pts GER HONDA LCR Honda MotoGP
9 Nicky Hayden 93 pts USA DUCATI Ducati Team
10 Ben Spies 88 pts USA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing Team
11 Hector Barbera 64 pts SPA DUCATI Pramac Racing
12 Randy De Puniet 53 pts FRA ART Aspar Team MotoGP
13 Aleix Espargaro 51 pts ESP ART Aspar Team MotoGP
14 Karel Abraham 32 pts CZE DUCATI Cardion AB Motoracing
15 Yonny Hernandez 28 pts COL BQR-FTR BQR
16 Michele Pirro 25 pts ITA HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
17 Colin Edwards 22 pts USA SUTER NGM Mobile Forward Racing
18 James Ellison 19 pts GBR ART Paul Bird Racing
19 Jonathan Rea 17 pts GBR HONDA Repsol Honda Team
20 Mattia Pasini 13 pts ITA ART Speed Master
21 Danilo Petrucci 11 pts ITA IODA Ioda Racing Project
22 Ivan Silva 11 pts SPA BQR-FTR BQR
23 Toni Elías 10 pts SPA DUCATI Pramac Racing
24 Steve Rapp 2 pts USA N/A Attack Performance
25 David Salom 1 pts SPA BQR-FTR BQR
26 Franco Battaini 0 pts ITA DUCATI Ducati Team
27 Chris Vermeulen 0 pts AUS SUTER NGM Mobile Forward Racing
28 Aaron Yates 0 pts USA N/A GP Tech
Circuit information
First race 2010
GPs held 3
Laps 23
Race distance 116.794km / 72.565miles
Track length 5.078km / 3.155 miles
Track width 12-15m
Longest straight 0.968km / 0.601 miles
Corners Left: 10, Right: 7
Pole position Right

La Ciudad del Motor de Aragón
Ctra TE-V-7033, km 1
Apdo de correos 174
44600 Alcañiz, Teruel (Spain)
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[Circuit records
Pole position 1m48.451s (168.562Km/h) Casey Stoner (Honda, 2011)
Race lap 1m49.046s (167.643Km/h) Casey Stoner (Honda, 2011)
Race time 42m10.444s (166.159km/h) Dani Pedrosa (Honda, 2012)
MotoGP Wins 2 (Casey Stoner 2010, 2011)
2011 Winner Casey Stoner (Honda)