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Last-lap Brno win for Pedrosa

2012-08-26 18:00

Brno, Czech Republic - Spain's Dani Pedrosa surged past Jorge Lorenzo in the final turn at the Czech MotoGP on Sunday, winning a dramatic finish in Brno to narrow his compatriot's lead in the riders' championship.

With last year's winner Casey Stoner absent with a fractured ankle, Lorenzo and Pedrosa demonstrated their dominance as they took off and gradually widened the gap on the rest of the pack, gaining more than 12 seconds on Crutchlow in the end.

Pedrosa took the lead from pole-sitter Lorenzo halfway through the race and held on until the last lap, when Lorenzo took it back, but 26-year-old Pedrosa reacted immediately, fighting back to earn his third victory this season.

CRUTCHLOW THIRD

The Honda rider finished in a time of 42min51.570, only 0.178sec ahead of Lorenzo.

Pedrosa is now on 232 points, 13 behind Lorenzo in the standings, with six races remaining.

Crutchlow's third was his first podium spot of the season, easily ahead of Italy's Andrea Dovizioso in fourth.

Results from the 2012 Czech Republic Motorcycle GP
1. Dani Pedrosa (Spain) Honda 42min51.570
2 Jorge Lorenzo (Spain) Yamaha 42min51.748
3 Cal Crutchlow (Britain) Yamaha 43min03.913
4 Andrea Dovizioso (Italy) Yamaha 43min10.161
5 Stefan Bradl (Germany) Honda 43min17.152
6 Alvaro Bautista (Spain) Honda 43min21.021
7 Valentino Rossi (Italy) Ducati 43min26.084
8 Randy de Puniet (France) Aprilia 43min55.855
9 Karel Abraham (Czech Republic) Ducati 43min59.848
10 Aleix Espargaro (Spain) Aprilia 44min01.542
11 Toni Elias (Spain) Ducati 44min01.573
12 Yonny Hernandez (Colombia) Kawasaki 44min15.610
13 Colin Edwards (US) Suter 44min19.468
14 Michele Pirro (Italy) Honda 44min27.735
15 James Ellison (Britain) Aprilia 44:32.135

MotoGP points standings
1 Jorge Lorenzo (Spain) Yamaha - 245
2 Dani Pedrosa (Spain) Honda - 232
3 Casey Stoner (Australia) Honda - 186
4 Andrea Dovizioso (Italy) Yamaha - 150
5 Cal Crutchlow (Britain) Yamaha - 122
6 Stefan Bradl (Germany) Honda - 105
7 Alvaro Bautista (Spain) Honda - 102
8 Valentino Rossi (Italy) Ducati - 100
9 Nicky Hayden (US) Ducati - 84
10 Ben Spies (US) Yamaha - 66
11 Hector Barbera (Spain) Ducati - 60
12 Aleix Espargaro (Spain) Aprilia - 45
13 Randy de Puniet (France) Aprilia - 41
14 Karel Abraham (Czech Republic) Ducati - 25
15 Yonny Hernandez (Colombia) Kawasaki - 21

Moto3
Germany's Kalex KTM rider Jonas Folger won the Moto3 race at the 2012 Czech Grand Prix on Sunday, his first victory of the season.

Folger, who was only 17th in the World championship standings before the race, led most of the way to beat Spain's Kalex KTM rider Luis Salom and Germany's championship leader Sandro Cortese of KTM.

Moto3 result
1 Jonas Folger (Germany) Ioda 43min03.089
2 Luis Salom (Spain) Kalex 43min09.007
3 Sandro Cortese (Germany) KTM 43min09.052
4 Maverick Vinales (Spain) Honda 43min09.180
5 Alex Rins (Spain) Honda 43min09.579
6 Jakub Kornfeil (Czech Republic) Honda 43min09.661
7 Danny Kent (Britain) KTM 43min11.510
8 Romano Fenati (Italy) Honda 43min16.471
9 Miguel Oliveira (Portugal) Honda 43min16.998
10 Alessandro Tonucci (Italy) Honda 43min25.555

Moto3 points standings
1 Sandro Cortese (Germany) KTM - 200
2 Maverick Vinales (Spain) Honda - 168
3 Luis Salom (Spain) Kalex - 149
4 Romano Fenati (Italy) Honda - 104
5 Alex Rins (Spain) Honda - 83
6 Alexis Masbou (France) Honda - 81
7 Zulfahmi Khairuddin (Malaysia) KTM - 76
8 Danny Kent (Britain) KTM - 66
9 Louis Rossi (France) Honda - 59
10 Miguel Oliveira (Portugal) Honda - 59

MOTO2
Spain's Suter rider Marc Marquez won the Moto2 race at the Czech Grand Prix here on Sunday to extend his lead in the World championship.

Marquez edged narrowly Switzerland's Suter rider Thomas Luthi, who led most of the race but was overtaken with three laps to go.

Spain's Pol Espargaro on a Kalex took the third place ahead of Italian Speed Up rider Andrea Iannone as the world championship's top four riders formed a lead group early into the race, showing their dominance.

Moto2 results
1 Marc Marquez (ESP/Suter) 41min19.178
2 Thomas Luthi (SUI/Suter) +0.061
3 Pol Espargaro (ESP/Kalex) +0.440
4 Andrea Iannone (ITA/Speed Up) +0.510
5 Simone Corsi (ITA/FTR) +10.319
6 Alex De Angelis (RSM/FTR) +10.643
7 Johann Zarco (FRA/Motobi) +10.717
8 Bradley Smith (GBR/Tech 3) +10.873
9 Mika Kallio (FIN/Kalex) +11.047
10 Esteve Rabat (ESP/Kalex) +11.517

Moto2 points standings
1 Marc Marquez (ESP/Suter) - 213
2 Pol Espargaro (ESP/Kalex) - 165
3 Thomas Luthi (SUI/Suter) - 154
4 Andrea Iannone (ITA/Speed Up) - 149
5 Scott Redding (GBR/Kalex) - 106
6 Mika Kallio (FIN/Kalex) - 97
7 Bradley Smith (GBR/Tech 3) - 77
8 Claudio Corti (ITA/Kalex) - 65




Reuters