Lorenzo out, hands Dani Valencia
DANI DOES IT! Honda's Dani Pedrosa took the 2012 Spanish MotoGP after Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo crashed out.
Spain - World MotoGP champion Jorge Lorenzo was denied a victorious
season finale on home soil - he crashed while leading an incident-packed
2012 Valencia FP on Sunday.
The tumble handed the win to fellow-Spaniard Dani Pedrosa.
rider Lorenzo, who clinched his second World title two weeks earlier at
Phillip Island in Australia, lost control of his machine with around 17
laps remaining and catapulted off the track to leave Honda's Pedrosa
with a comfortable lead over Briton Cal Crutchlow.
CRUTCHLOW GOES TOO
Lorenzo walked away from the incident and did not appear to have been injured.
crashed with seven laps left and Pedrosa cruised to his seventh win of
the year, one more than Lorenzo, almost 40sec ahead of Japanese Yamaha
pilot Katsuyuki Nakasuga who was substituting for injured American Ben
Pedrosa's Honda team mate Casey Stoner, in the
Australian double World champion's final race before retiring, pipped
Yamaha's Alvaro Bautista to third a further 23sec back.
mechanics paid tribute to Stoner as he crossed the line and hung out a
sign reading "Going fishing" for the 27-year-old, who decided to retire
after falling out of love with the sport.
"There are a lot worse ways to end my career," Stoner said later in an interview with Spanish TV.
Lorenzo is on top of the championship standings with 350 points from 18 races, Pedrosa second on 332 and Stoner third on 254.
Results from the 2012 Valencia MotoGP on Sunday
1 Dani Pedrosa (Spain) Honda 48min23.819
2 Katsuyuki Nakasuga (Japan) Yamaha 49min01.480
3 Casey Stoner (Australia) Honda 49min24.452
4 Alvaro Bautista (Spain) Honda 49min26.630
5 Michele Pirro (Italy) Honda 49min50.427
6 Andrea Dovizioso (Italy) Yamaha 49min54.242
7 Karel Abraham (Czech Republic) Ducati 49min55.608
8 Danilo Petrucci (Italy) Ioda 29 laps
9 James Ellison (Britain) Aprilia 29 laps
10 Valentino Rossi (Italy) Ducati 29 laps
11 Aleix Espargaro (Spain) Aprilia 29 laps
12 Randy de Puniet (France) Aprilia 28 laps
13 Hiroshi Aoyama (Japan) BQR 28 laps
14 Colin Edwards (US) Suter 27 laps
15 Cal Crutchlow (Britain) Yamaha 22 laps
Standings after the Valencia MotoGP on Sunday
1 Jorge Lorenzo (Spain) Yamaha - 350
2 Dani Pedrosa (Spain) Honda - 332
3 Casey Stoner (Australia) Honda - 254
4 Andrea Dovizioso (Italy) Yamaha - 218
5 Alvaro Bautista (Spain) Honda - 178
6 Valentino Rossi (Italy) Ducati - 163
7 Cal Crutchlow (Britain) Yamaha - 151
8 Stefan Bradl (Germany) Honda - 135
9 Nicky Hayden (US) Ducati - 122
10 Ben Spies (U.S.) Yamaha - 88
11 Hector Barbera (Spain) Ducati - 83
12 Aleix Espargaro (Spain) Aprilia - 74
13 Randy de Puniet (France) Aprilia - 62
14 Karel Abraham (Czech Republic) Ducati - 59
15 Michele Pirro (Italy) FTR - 43