Motorsport Wrap for Monday the 3rd October 2012
Pedrosa back in Title Fight
Honda's Dani Pedrosa dominated the Aragon MotoGP Grand Prix at the weekend to clinch his fourth win of the season and breathe life back into the championship fight.
It was Jorge Lorenzo who got the better start before Pedrosa took the lead on lap six from where he managed to build a sizeable gap over his compatriot.
Pedrosa eventually crossed the line 6.472 seconds ahead of second-placed Lorenzo, while Yamaha rider Andrea Dovizioso won an exciting battle with teammate Cal Crutchlow to take the final podium place.
"Overall it was a hard weekend after all the problems from the last race and then I had a crash in qualifying where I broke my bike," Pedrosa said.
"In the race I was calm and focused, and though Jorge had a good start I could stay with him and once I got past him I was able to do some quick laps and build a good gap. The bike was working well so thanks to my team, my mechanics and all my family and I dedicate this win to them."
Front tyre choice for the race was influenced by the increased track temperatures, with all but three riders selecting the harder front Bridgestone slick. Rear tyre choice was more straightforward with all riders choosing to stick with the softer rear slick.
"The change in weather today created vastly different conditions to yesterday with track temperatures for the race the highest they were all weekend," said Shinji Aoki - Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport Tyre Development Department.
"Overall I am very satisfied with how the tyres performed during the race as even though Dani just missed out on setting a new circuit lap record, the race time was seven seconds quicker than last year which indicates that grip levels remained predictable throughout the race."
Pedrosa's fourth win of the season reduces the gap to Jorge Lorenzo in the championship standings to thirty-three points with four rounds remaining.