Fun race ends with another second place for Pedrosa
The day was to be a big party at the Repsol Honda Team box, specially decorated for the third round of the season taking place in Spain. With the bikes and leathers of Stoner, Pedrosa and Dovizioso showing a spectacular design by Davidelfin, the Repsol riders started from the first row with Pedrosa taking the lead in the first braking point from Stoner, who also saw Spies overtaking him before reaching the second corner. Nevertheless, the Australian surpassed him just a few corners later and took the second place on his way to catch Dani Pedrosa, overtaking him before the end of the first lap.
From that moment on, there were no more troubles in the race for Casey Stoner and Dani Pedrosa, who progressed steadily on their way to another 1-2, the fifth of the season for the Repsol Honda Team riders. Stoner increased his advantage over Pedrosa tenth after tenth and the Spaniard did the same over their rivals, until they crossed the finish line in the first two positions with a comfortable advantage over the rest. With this result, the Repsol Honda Team reaches the significant number of 100 victories in the Motorcycling World Championship.
Dani Pedrosa reduces the gap to third position in the championship, which is still held by Andrea Dovizioso, to 15 points. The next round of the Continental Circus will be the Japanese Grand Prix, next October 2nd, in Motegi.
Dani Pedrosa 2nd at 8.162 sec.
“We already saw in practice that Casey [Stoner] was very fast here and it was also like this in the race. I was loosing some tenths in the first sector and I was unable to reduce the gap in the other parts of the lap. The second half of the race I was sliding all the time and I had some fun, but it was a shame not to be closer to Casey, I had many problems with the rear tyre for the whole race.
My priority was to control the gap to Spies and Jorge [Lorenzo] in the final laps and get another podium. We’ve been second in the last three races, which is not so bad, but we want to keep improving in the coming races”.
Source: Repsol Media