Pedrosa Loses Grip & Loses Out At Brno
More than 150.000 fans gathered at the Brno Circuit to witness the eleventh round of the MotoGP World Championship, where Casey Stoner achieved his sixth victory of the season. The Repsol Honda Team rider, who leads the overall standings with 32 points over Lorenzo, was accompanied on the podium by his team mate Andrea Dovizioso, who was second. It was a big does of bad luck for Dani Pedrosa, who fell just some corners after taking the lead of the race, in the third lap.
After the red lights went out, the Spaniard had a good start from pole position, followed by Casey Stoner who, after overtaking Lorenzo in the first metres, lost the position again in the second corner and had to fight with the Repsol Honda Team third rider, Andrea Dovizioso, who also managed to overtake him and was in front of him for two laps.
Just one lap later, Dani Pedrosa got rid of Jorge Lorenzo at the end of the straight, while Casey Stoner followed him closely. Nevertheless, the Spaniard’s lead was short, as only a few metres later, in right-hand corner number four, he lost grip on the front tyre of his RC212V and crashed, handing the lead to his team mate. Stoner then started to gain some margin over his rivals and went on to take his sixth win of the season.
The World Championship will resume the action in two week’s time in the United States, this time in the centenarian circuit of Indianapolis.
“It was a shame. I lost the front and I crashed, that was it! I was not even pushing so hard, I just took the lead and, well I may have tilted the bike too much, maybe the tyre was not warm enough, still I don’t know.
The problem is that I’ve wasted an important race that we had prepared for very well. I have to thank the team for the bike they gave me this weekend, it worked really well, and I will tell them I’m sorry for the mistake. It hurts because we were well prepared and finally the race was quite slow compared to the pace we did in practice sessions, but we can not do anything, just think towards the next one and try to get back on top.
Let’s hope that tomorrow we can have at least some hours in the dry to test the 1000cc. I’ve been looking forward to see how the new machine is after missing the Jerez test and I would like to make some good laps tomorrow”.
Source: Repsol Media