MotoGP Aragon

Spain's one-two home victory

Spain was the big winner of the Aragon MotoGP round. Whether the Spanish fans were in the Lorenzo camp or were Pedrosa supporters, they had something to cheer about.

Dani Pedrosa won the race after a decisive pass on leader Jorge Lorenzo. The Repsol Honda rider then pulled away to triumph by a healthy 6.4 seconds, the perfect way to celebrate his 27th birthday.

Pedrosa said: “I was calm and well-focused. I started well and was able to stay with Lorenzo and keep the pace. I tried to maintain my rhythm and put some good laps in so I was able to open up a good gap and the bike was working quite well.”

Although Pedrosa cut his countryman’s lead in the championship, Lorenzo’s comfortable, if lonely, second place meant he preserves a healthy advantage overall. Reigning champ Lorenzo was lucky not to drop more points. Two laps after being passed he survived a massive slide which prompted him to settle for second.

“I wanted to follow Dani,” he said. “But his bike had very good pace and I was unable to catch him. So now we have to think about improving the bike a little but we are still in good shape to try and win the championship.”

Most of the thrills were provided by the Tech 3 Yamaha squad with Andrea Dovizioso and team-mate Cal Crutchlow rubbing farings over the last couple of laps as they battled for the final podium position. Crutchlow managed to pass his Italian rival on a couple of occasions but couldn’t make the move stick and ended up coming home fourth.

Dovizioso now sits fourth in the championship, just seven points behind the injured Casey Stoner.

Pivotal moment: Lap six, Turn 12 sees Pedrosa making his move. After stalking Lorenzo from the start he passes his rival and is never headed again

Pitiful moment: Lap four and Stefan Bradl passes Ben Spies for third place only to crash out a few corners later

Next race: October 14, Motegi, Japan. Originally built by Honda as the ultimate test track, Motegi needs to be kind to Pedrosa and punish Lorenzo to keep the championship alive

Results and standings

Moto GP Aragon, September 30 2012

  1. Dani Pedrosa Spain Honda
  2. Jorge Lorenzo Spain Yamaha
  3. Andrea Dovizioso Italy Tech 3 Yamaha
  4. Cal Crutchlow Britain Tech 3 Yamaha
  5. Ben Spies USA Yamaha
  6. Alvaro Bautista Spain Gresini Honda
  7. Jonathan Rea GB Honda
  8. Valentino Rossi Italy Ducati
  9. Karel Abraham Czech Cardion Ducati
  10. Aleix Espargaro Spain Aspar Aprilia
  11. Randy de Puniet France Aspar Aprilia
  12. Hector Barbera Spain Ducati
  13. Yonny Hernandez Columbia Avintia FTR-Kawasaki
  14. James Ellison Britain Paul Bird Aprilia
  15. Michele Pirro Italy Gresini FTR-Honda
  16. Mattia Pasini Italy Speed Master Aprilia
  17. Danilo Petrucci Italy Ioda-Aprilia
  18. Colin Edwards USA Forward Suter-BMW

Retirements:

  • Stefan Bradl Germany LCR Honda
  • David Salom Spain Avintia FTR-Kawasaki
  • Nicky Hayden USA Ducati

Moto GP Championship standings after round 14 of 18

  1. Jorge Lorenzo Spain Yamaha 290
  2. Dani Pedrosa Spain Honda 257
  3. Casey Stoner USA Honda 186
  4. Andrea Dovizioso Italy Tech 3 Yamaha 179
  5. Cal Crutchlow Britain Tech 3 Yamaha 135
  6. Valentino Rossi Italy Ducati 128
  7. Alvaro Bautista Spain Gresini Honda 128
  8. Stefan Bradl Germany LCR Honda 115
  9. Nicky Hayden USA Ducati 93
  10. Ben Spies USA Yamaha 88
  11. Hector Barbera Spain Ducati 64
  12. Randy de Puniet France Aspar Aprilia 53
  13. Aleix Espargaro Spain Aspar Aprilia 51
  14. Karel Abraham Czech Cardion Ducati 32
  15. Yonny Hernandez Columbia Avintia FTR-Kawasaki 28
  16. Michele Pirro Italy Gresini FTR-Honda 25
  17. Colin Edwards USA Forward Suter-BMW 22
  18. James Ellison Britain Paul Bird Aprilia 19
  19. Jonathan Rea Britain Honda 17
  20. Mattia Pasini Italy Speed Master Aprilia 13
  21. Danilo Petrucci Italy Ioda-Aprilia 11
  22. Ivan Silva Spain Avintia FTR-Kawasaki 11
  23. Toni Elias Spain Pramac Ducati 10
  24. Steve Rapp USA Attack Performance Aprilia 2
  25. David Salom Spain Avintia FTR-Kawasaki 1

Article by James Foxall

Posted October 1, 2012.

Tags: MotoGP, MotoGP Aragon

Comments

Will
October 9, 2012

In reply to Phill

What bike is that in your profile bud?
Phill
October 3, 2012
Wish the weather was that nice here...getting soaked every time I ride out!