Result and summary of the MotoGP race at Brno:
Dani Pedrosa has taken his third victory of the season in a breathtaking final-lap battle with Jorge Lorenzo. Pedrosa's victory closes the championship gap to just 13 points, blowing the title chase open once again.
Lorenzo got away from the line first, with Pedrosa quickly on his tail. Cal Crutchlow made good use of his front-row start to slot in behind Pedrosa, while Andrea Dovizoso slipped through into 4th. Valentino Rossi also benefited from his strong qualifying, slipping into 5th as he chased Pedrosa and the Yamahas round the track. A big puff of smoke from Rossi's engine at the start of lap 2 raised worries about his engine, but Rossi pushed on, appearing not to notice.
At first, Crutchlow and Dovizioso could follow Lorenzo and Pedrosa, but the factory men soon started to gap the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha pairing. Lorenzo pushed on, cranking up the pace lap by lap, but he could not shake off Pedrosa. The Repsol Honda man stalked the factory Yamaha, until he was shown a large "OK" on his pit board by his team.
It was a sign to attack, and a couple of laps later, Pedrosa was past Lorenzo going into Turn 13, the first part of the final chicane at Brno. It was the turn of Lorenzo to stalk Pedrosa, and the Factory Yamaha man set about probing for a weakness in Pedrosa's defense. The bottom of the hill into Turn 10 seemed like a good place, Lorenzo carrying much more corner speed than Pedrosa's point-and-shoot style, but there was no way through for the Yamaha man.
As the laps ticked down, the two men cranked up the pressure on each other, until on the final lap, everything came to a boil. Having to defend so hard made Pedrosa run fractionally wide going into T3, and Lorenzo smelled blood for the first time. A couple of corners later and Lorenzo was past, elbowing Pedrosa aside through the stadium section. But Pedrosa was not done yet. He had a sniff of Lorenzo on the way down the hill but it was only on the way up that he finally got a shot. Pedrosa outbraked Lorenzo in the penultimate corner, Lorenzo desperately trying to hang on around the outside. It would not be enough, the Yamaha man running wide and allowing Pedrosa to hold his line. Pedrosa took a thrilling victory, and closed the gap in the championship by 5 points.
Behind the leaders, Cal Crutchlow rode a lonely race to a historic first podium for a British rider for 12 years, since Jeremy McWilliams took 3rd at Donington Park in 2000. Crutchlow could not quite manage the pace of the front runners, but his strong and consistent pace was too much for his teammate Andrea Dovizioso, the Italian forced to settle for 4th. Stefan Bradl came home a strong 5th, the LCR Honda man having worked his way past both Alvaro Bautista and Valentino Rossi. After a good start, Valentino Rossi looked like being on for a strong result, running in 5th for the first part of the race. But a blowout of oil via a breather into the airbox saw oil sprayed all over his boot and footpeg, which caused him to lose time, then a sliding rear tire saw his pace drop off severely, finishing back in 7th. Randy de Puniet won the battle of the CRT bikes to come home in 8th, ahead of Karel Abraham on the Cardion AB Ducati and Aleix Espargaro on the other Power Electronics Aspar ART machine.
|8||14||Randy DE PUNIET||ART||43'55.855||1'04.285|
|22||Ivan SILVA||BQR||18'19.728||13 laps|
|11||Ben SPIES||YAMAHA||15'53.910||14 laps|