Thrilling win for Pedrosa in Czech Republic

Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa scored his second consecutive win and eighth successive podium today in Brno, in an intense battle with Jorge Lorenzo that went down to the wire.

Dani starting from 3rd on the grid was able to pass Cal Crutchlow, in second position, before the first corner and closely tracked pole man Jorge for the first 11 laps, with the two Spanish riders trading record fastest race laps. Only hundredths of seconds separated the two and eventually on lap 12 Dani made a pass and held onto the lead until the final lap. With only a few corners remaining, Jorge passed Dani and both were involved in a dramatic final few turns which resulted in Dani squeezing out Jorge and taking the victory, a perfect gift to his father on his birthday!

This is Dani's 3rd win of 2012 and his 41st career victory, all on a Honda, equalling Mike Hailwood in most victories ever on a Honda, behind Mick Doohan (54) and Jim Redman (45).

Dani has now reduced the gap to Championship leader Jorge to 13 points with 6 rounds of the 2012 season remaining. Casey Stoner, ruled out of this race due to injury remains in 3rd position with 186 points.

The Repsol Honda Team will be back on track in Brno tomorrow for an Official Test day, which will see, as previously announced, Ten Kate Honda's Jonathan Rea step in for the injured Casey Stoner.

DANI PEDROSA | 1st | World Championship Standing: 2nd with 232 points

["Today was one of my best races in MotoGP ever, to win with a big gap is always nice, but to have a battle like today with Jorge, it's sometimes more rewarding. It was a difficult last lap because I knew that Jorge was very fast in the middle of the corner and I could hear the bike right on me and I knew that just the smallest gap would allow him to pass. In fact, in that left corner I opened the door just a little more than normal and 'boom' he was there, I could see his bike in my face! With just half a lap to go, I was a little more nervous than before but I knew I had some strong points coming to the end of the lap. I tried to get the best drive out of the hill and then in the last corner I was beside him, when I released the brakes we were side by side in the corner and I was able to take my line and win the race. It was amazing and I'm really happy with this victory, for all my team and also for my father because it is his birthday! For the Championship we must keep up this momentum as Jorge is riding very strong and consistently in the top two. Testing will be important to set us up for the final part of the season, so let's see what we can do".

### Race Result - Round 12
1 Dani Pedrosa 42'51.570 SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
2 Jorge Lorenzo +0.178 SPA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing Team
3 Cal Crutchlow +12.343 GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
4 Andrea Dovizioso +18.591 ITA YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
5 Stefan Bradl +25.582 GER HONDA LCR Honda MotoGP
6 Alvaro Bautista +29.451 SPA HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
7 Valentino Rossi +34.514 ITA DUCATI Ducati Team
8 Randy De Puniet +1'04.285 FRA ART Aspar Team MotoGP
9 Karel Abraham +1'08.278 CZE DUCATI Cardion AB Motoracing
10 Aleix Espargaro +1'09.972 ESP ART Aspar Team MotoGP
11 Toni Elías +1'10.003 SPA DUCATI Pramac Racing
12 Yonny Hernandez +1'24.040 COL BQR-FTR BQR
13 Colin Edwards +1'27.898 USA SUTER NGM Mobile Forward Racing
14 Michele Pirro +1'36.165 ITA HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
15 James Ellison +1'40.565 GBR ART Paul Bird Racing
16 Mattia Pasini +1'41.226 ITA ART Speed Master
17 Danilo Petrucci +1 lap ITA IODA Ioda Racing Project
18 Ivan Silva DNF SPA BQR-FTR BQR
19 Ben Spies DNF USA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing Team
20 Casey Stoner DNS AUS HONDA Repsol Honda Team

 

### Championship standings
1 Jorge Lorenzo 245 pts SPA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing Team
2 Dani Pedrosa 232 pts SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
3 Casey Stoner 186 pts AUS HONDA Repsol Honda Team
4 Andrea Dovizioso 150 pts ITA YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
5 Cal Crutchlow 122 pts GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
6 Stefan Bradl 105 pts GER HONDA LCR Honda MotoGP
7 Alvaro Bautista 102 pts SPA HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
8 Valentino Rossi 100 pts ITA DUCATI Ducati Team
9 Nicky Hayden 84 pts USA DUCATI Ducati Team
10 Ben Spies 66 pts USA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing Team
11 Hector Barbera 60 pts SPA DUCATI Pramac Racing
12 Aleix Espargaro 45 pts ESP ART Aspar Team MotoGP
13 Randy De Puniet 41 pts FRA ART Aspar Team MotoGP
14 Karel Abraham 25 pts CZE DUCATI Cardion AB Motoracing
15 Yonny Hernandez 21 pts COL BQR-FTR BQR
16 Michele Pirro 18 pts ITA HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
17 Colin Edwards 17 pts USA SUTER NGM Mobile Forward Racing
18 James Ellison 14 pts GBR ART Paul Bird Racing
19 Mattia Pasini 13 pts ITA ART Speed Master
20 Ivan Silva 11 pts SPA BQR-FTR BQR
21 Toni Elías 10 pts SPA DUCATI Pramac Racing
22 Danilo Petrucci 9 pts ITA IODA Ioda Racing Project
23 Steve Rapp 2 pts USA N/A Attack Performance
24 Franco Battaini 0 pts ITA DUCATI Ducati Team
25 Chris Vermeulen 0 pts AUS SUTER NGM Mobile Forward Racing
26 Aaron Yates 0 pts USA N/A GP Tech

 

### Circuit information
First race 1987
GPs held 25
Laps 22
Race distance 118.866km / 73.854miles
Track length 5.403km / 3.357miles
Track width 15m
Longest straight 0.636km / 0.395miles
Corners 14 (8 right, 6 left)
Pole position Left

Automotodrom BrnoP.O.Box 1
641 00 Brno
Czech Republic

Website: www.automotodrombrno.cz
General: info@brno-circuit.com
Ticket: ticket@brno-circuit.com

 

[Circuit records
Pole position 1m 55.799s (167.970 km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2012)
Race lap 1m56.274s (167.284Km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2012)
Race time 42m51.570s (166.403Km/h) Dani Pedrosa (Honda, 2012)
MotoGP Wins 5 (Valentino Rossi 2001, 2003, 2005, 2008, 2009)
2011 Winner Casey Stoner (Honda)

 

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