Spaniard Pedrosa wins German MotoGP

BERLIN, (Reuters) – Spaniard Dani Pedrosa denied  compatriot Jorge Lorenzo a fourth win in a row at the German  MotoGP yesterday while world champion Valentino Rossi narrowly  missed a podium finish on his return from a broken leg.

Honda rider Pedrosa, second in the standings, finished 3.355  seconds ahead of Yamaha’s championship leader Lorenzo, who had  started on pole but had to settle for second place in a  re-started race following a crash on lap nine at the  Sachsenring.

Rossi, returning just six weeks after he broke his leg,  finished fourth after being edged out by Australian Casey Stoner  at the last corner for the final podium place.

With eight races completed and 10 rounds of the championship  to go, Lorenzo leads with 185 points. He has won five races and  finished no worse than second all season.

Pedrosa has 138 and Italian Andrea Dovizioso is third with  102 points.

“He (Pedrosa) had more pace than me and it was impossible  for me to follow him,” Lorenzo told BBC TV. “I’m quite  satisfied… quite happy with second place which is very  positive for the championship.”

Lorenzo led until the race was red-flagged when Frenchman  Randy de Puniet crashed at turn four, his bike bursting into  flames in the middle of the track, and brought down Spaniards  Aleix Espargaro and Alvaro Bautista.

De Puniet, who had also crashed heavily in qualifying,  suffered a broken left leg according to the championship website  (www.motogp.com).

Espargaro, who was not among just 13 riders taking the  re-start, was later diagnosed with a cracked vertebra.  

ROSSI BATTLE

After a 25-minute delay for the track to be cleaned up,  Pedrosa re-grouped after the re-start to claim a lead he never  relinquished while Rossi fought side by side with Stoner for  third place.

“Valentino was taking big chunks of time out of me and, once  he went past, I didn’t think I’d be able to follow,” said  Stoner.

“I tried really hard to stay in there and had a good battle  with a lot of nice passes. We touched at the bottom of the hill,  but it was a good, clean fight and I’m pleased to come away with  a podium.”

Rossi was also satisfied with his early comeback after being  told in June he could be out for up to five months, and said the  battle with Stoner had made him forget the pain from his leg and  shoulder.

“I didn’t expect this. I thought it was maybe possible to  make fourth or fifth place but I thought it would be very  difficult,” said the Italian.

“In the end I was fourth but I had a great battle with Casey  and I was so close to the podium, so this is a fantastic result  after missing four races.

“I need some more kilometres to really recover the feeling  and feel completely okay with the bike again, but I think I did  a great job and this was a very good comeback, better than we  could wish for.”

Spanish riders won all three categories with Toni Elias  taking his third Moto2 win of the season to extend his overall  lead to 42 points over Switzerland’s Thomas Luthi.

In the 125cc class, 17-year-old Marc Marquez’s dominance  continued with his fifth win in a row for a 26-point lead in the  championship.

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