Lorenzo Grabs Runner-up at MotoGP in Sachsenring, Germany
Both Valentino Rossi and Oakley’s Lorenzo eked out an advantage to make it a two-way battle to the checkered flag, with a last lap battle reminiscent of the Barcelona round of the series one month ago. Early leader Casey Stoner’s condition lasted longer than he had expected in the dry race, and he was able to mount a serious challenge for the win. With five laps to go, however, he was passed by Pedrosa going into the first turn, and one lap later a sit-up meant that he lost touch of the Spaniard. Toni Elías had a successful salvage operation placing sixth, he was particularly impressive, having started from last place. The only retirees from the race were Oakley’s Randy de Puniet who crashed on the opening lap and Andrea Dovizioso. Andrea fell victim to excessive front tire wear and was forced to call it a day before the end of the Grand Prix.
Jorge Lorenzo 2nd:
“Of course I’m disappointed to lose another very close race, it is always sad but I know that we are capable of fighting with Valentino and considering his experience this is something I must be proud of. A 2nd place is important today as we still have a long way to go in this championship.”
Casey Stoner 4th:
“I was pretty happy with the race to be honest, considering the way things have been going lately. It’s the first time I feel like I have actually been involved in something for a while and if I hadn’t made that problem with the rear I might have been able to dig deep enough to catch Valentino and Jorge.”