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Shock end to German MotoGP

2012-07-08 13:56



Sachsenring, Germany - Honda's Casey Stoner was on pole for the 2012 German MotoGP but team mate Dani Pedrosa swept right on by at the start and the pair disappeared into the distance.

Their ding-dong batle went on, nose-to-tail, with Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) holding a distant third and followed by Andrea Dovizioso on (Tech 3 Yamaha). Lorenzo wasn't even in camera view as the two Hondas reached the end of the pits straight.

CLOSE MOVE

Cal Crutchlow (Tech 3 Yamaha) was running fifith on yet another Yamaha with nine laps to go while the rain that dogged Saturday's qualifying stayed away. Then Crutchlow went way wide and into the gravel on lap 5 - as the two leaders started to go past the back-markers - and fell way back to 11th.

Then Stoner, having bided his time for almost all the race, almost got by Pedrosa with three laps to go.  Two laps to go and the two were still just metres apart and into the last lap and Dani Pedrosa set the fastest lap of the race with Stoner right up his tail pipes.

They plunged down the last hill and Stoner lost it - and fell, sliding in a shower of sparks - as Pedrosa took the flag, perhaps because light rain had started to fall. What a race! And Lorenzo came home second.

Stoner got up quickly but was too slow to restart successfully, leaving Pedrosa to enjoy his third consecutive German MotoGP win.

2012 German MotoGP result
1 Dani Pedrosa (Honda) 41min28.396
2 Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) +14.996
3 Andrea Dovizioso (Yamaha) +20.669
4 Ben Spies (Yamaha) ++20.740
5 Stefan Bradl (Honda) +27.893
6 Valentino Rossi (Ducati) +28.050
7 Alvaro Bautista (Honda) +28.246
8 Cal Crutchlow (Yamaha) +28.447
9 Hector Barbera (Pramac) +29.053
10 Nicky Hayden (Ducati) +29.226
11 Rndy de Puniet (ART) +53.176
12 Coloin Edwards  (Suter) +58.204
13 Aleix Espargaro (ART) +1min04.654
14 Yonny Hernandez (BQR) +1min13.543
15 James Ellison (ART) +1min30.318
16 Franco Bataini (Ducati) 1 lap
17 Danio Petrucci (Ioda) 1 lap
18 Ivan Silva (BQR) 1 lap

2012 MotoGP points standings
1 Jorge Lorenzo (Spain) Yamaha - 160
2 Dani Pedrosa (Spain) Honda - 146
3 Casey Stoner (Australia) Honda - 140
4 Andrea Dovizioso (Italy) Yamaha - 92
5 Cal Crutchlow (Britain) Yamaha - 85
6 Valentino Rossi (Italy) Ducati - 71
7 Alvaro Bautista (Spain) Honda - 67
8 Nicky Hayden (US) Ducati - 65
9 Stefan Bradl (Germany) Honda - 62
10 Ben Spies (US) Yamaha - 61
11 Hector Barbera (Spain) Ducati - 53
12 Randy de Puniet (France) Aprilia - 24
13 Aleix Espargaro (Spain) Aprilia - 23
14 Michele Pirro (Italy) FTR - 16
15 Mattia Pasini (Italy) Aprilia - 12

2012 German Grand Prix Moto2 results
1 Marc Marquez (Spain) Suter 41min32.467
2 Mika Kallio (Finland) Kalex 41min34.560
3 Alex de Angelis (San Marino) Suter 41min35.034
4 Pol Espargaro (Spain) Kalex 41min38.457
5 Thomas Luethi (Switzerland) Suter 41min38.606
6 Simone Corsi (Italy) FTR 41min43.518
7 Bradley Smith (Britain) Tech 3 41min43.876
8 Xavier Simeon (Belgium) Tech 3 41min47.275
9 Claudio Corti (Italy) Kalex 41min53.236
10 Dominique Aegerter (Switzerland) Suter 41min57.608
11 Johann Zarco (France) Motobi 41min59.934
12 Esteve Rabat (Spain) Kalex 41min59.942
13 Ricard Cardus (Spain) AJR 42min01.057
14 Nicolas Terol (Spain) Suter 42min01.180
15 Julian Simon (Spain) Suter

Moto2 points standings
1 Marc Marquez (Spain) Suter 152
2 Pol Espargaro (Spain) Kalex 109
3 Thomas Luethi (Switzerland) Suter 107
4 Andrea Iannone (Italy) Speed up 104
5 Scott Redding (Britain) Kalex 86
6 Mika Kallio (Finland) Kalex 72
7 Bradley Smith (Britain) Tech 3 56
8 Claudio Corti (Italy) Kalex 52
9 Esteve Rabat (Spain) Kalex 51
10 Alex de Angelis (San Marino) Suter 48
11 Dominique Aegerter (Switzerland) Suter 44
12 Johann Zarco (France) Motobi 41
13 Simone Corsi (Italy) FTR 40
14 Toni Elias (Spain) Suter 34
15 Takaaki Nakagami (Japan) Kalex

Moto 3 result from the German Grand Prix
1 Sandro Cortese (Germany) KTM 45min36.868
2 Alexis Masbou (France) Honda 45min37.503
3 Luis Salom (Spain) Kalex 45min40.866
4 Jack Miller (Australia) Honda 45min40.919
5 Efren Vazquez (Spain) Honda 45min48.987
6 Zulfahmi Khairuddin (Malaysia) KTM 46min02.042
7 Hector Faubel (Spain) Kalex 46min02.367
8 Luca Gruenwald (Germany) Honda 46min02.955
9 Arthur Sissis (Australia) KTM 46min06.543
10 Jakub Kornfeil (Czech Republic) Honda 46min06.759
11 Toni Finsterbusch (Germany) Honda 46min10.046
12 Niccolo Antonelli (Italy) Honda 46min19.726
13 Alan Techer (France) Honda 46min39.521
14 Niklas Ajo (Finland) KTM 46min47.121
15 Simone Grotzkyj (Italy) Oral 46min47.315

Moto 3 points after the German Grand Prix
Grand Prix Moto3 on Sunday
1 Sandro Cortese (Germany) KTM - 148
2 Maverick Vinales (Spain) Honda - 130
3 Luis Salom (Spain) Kalex - 104
4 Alexis Masbou (France) Honda - 71
5 Romano Fenati (Italy) Honda - 65
6 Zulfahmi Khairuddin (Malaysia) KTM - 59
7 Louis Rossi (France) Honda - 56
8 Alex Rins (Spain) Honda - 54
9 Danny Kent (Britain) KTM - 42
10 Niccolo Antonelli (Italy) Honda - 42
11 Efren Vazquez (Spain) Honda - 40
12 Miguel Oliveira (Portugal) Honda - 39
13 Arthur Sissis (Australia) KTM - 38
14 Hector Faubel (Spain) Kalex - 38
15 Alberto Moncayo (Spain) Kalex - 36