Sunday, August 26, 2012
Dani Pedrosa wins Czech MotoGP
BRNO, Czech Republic -- Dani Pedrosa edged points-leader Jorge Lorenzo in the Czech MotoGP on Sunday to reduce the gap in the overall standings.
Coming off a win at the Indianapolis Grand Prix last weekend, the Spanish Honda rider covered 22 laps of the 3.358-mile circuit in 42 minutes and 51.570 seconds to win for the third time this season.
Pedrosa is seeking his first championship. He reduced Lorenzo's lead to 13 points with six races to go.
Defending champion Casey Stoner missed the race with an ankle injury.
Starting third on the grid, Pedrosa overtook Lorenzo, who went ahead from pole, midway through the race. The lead changed hands several times on the final lap. Pedrosa made the decisive pass on the last turn and finished 0.178 seconds ahead of his Spanish compatriot.
Cal Crutchlow of Britain finished third, 12.343 seconds behind for his first career MotoGP podium while another Yamaha rider, Andrea Dovizioso of Italy, was fourth, 18.591 off the pace.
In the Moto2 category, Marc Marquez finished in front of Thomas Luthi for his sixth victory of the season to stretch his overall lead to 48 points.
Jonas Folger dominated the Moto3 class to claim his first victory in this new category.