Spanish Fury: MotoGP Championship Leader Jorge Lorenzo Blazes to a Second Place Finish at Sachsenring, Germany
You can call the final stretch a bull run.
The last portion of the eni Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland in Sachsenring had MotoGP Championship leader Jorge Lorenzo chasing fellow Spaniard Dani Pedrosa toward the finish line. But Pedrosa’s near faultless ride pushed Lorenzo into a second place finish over Oakley’s Casey Stoner. The results broke a three race winning streak for Lorenzo and solidified Pedrosa’s second place position for the overall Championship.
The original race was red flagged on lap nine when a crash for Randy de Puniet at turn four brought down both Álvaro Bautista and Aleix Espargaró, neither of whom could avoid the Frenchman’s bike which burst into flames. Randy’s crash resulted in a broken tibia and fibula.
The top five order at that stage was Lorenzo, Pedrosa, Stoner, Andrea Dovizioso and Rossi, and the trio involved in the accident were unable to line-up for the shortened 21-lap new race after failing to return to Pit Lane with their bikes within five minutes of the red flag. De Puniet was physically not able, having sustained fractures in his left tibia and fibula in the incident.
After a 25-minute interval the new shortened version began. The top order was much the same as it had been before the red flag, with Lorenzo holding off Pedrosa, Stoner in third, and Rossi and Dovizioso battling for fourth. The battle between Lorenzo and Pedrosa was developing into a thriller with the two Spaniards swapping the lead as they constantly looked for ways through on one another, and Pedrosa was at his best as he set a new circuit lap record on lap 10 and then again on 12, assuming the race lead and breaking his own record from the previous year and consistently riding in the low 1’22”s. Rossi was defying his precarious physical condition to engage in a great contest with Stoner for third, the two side by side with only a few laps to go and taking their duel to the bitter end.
Pedrosa crossed the line in first position, 3.355s clear of Championship leader Lorenzo thanks to a faultless ride – and Stoner managed to edge Rossi for third with a final corner move. Dovizioso finished fifth, with the American duo of Hayden and Ben Spies seventh and eighth respectively. Lorenzo now has 185 points at the top of the standings, with Pedrosa second on 138 and Dovizioso third on 102. Stoner moves into fourth, 19 points off Dovizioso.
Keep on charging, Jorge!