Motorsport Wrap for Monday 18th July 2011

PEDROSA TAKES VICTORY AT SACHSENRING

Just two weeks after returning from injury, Dani Predrosa took a thrilling victory in the German MotoGP at Sachsenring – winning a close-fought battle ahead of Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo and Honda teammate Casey Stoner.

Pedrosa German GP 2011

Despite recent surgery to fix a broken collarbone suffered during the French GP, Pedrosa showed no signs of fatigue and completed a perfect race; setting a new lap record and new total race time record in the process.

Pedrosa started from second on the grid and for much of the race no rider led for more than a second – the top spot changing between Stoner, who crossed the line in third, and Lorenzo who passed Stoner on the last corner of the final lap.

“This is an unbelievable feeling. To come back so soon and win so soon is unbelievable and I’m very happy,” Pedrosa said. “I’m really satisfied with the victory and I want to thank everyone who’s been with me during this hard time."

Despite the cloud cover and a slightly reduced track temperature, all the front-runners used Bridgestone’s extra hard compound front tyres and harder option rears.

"I am pleased with tyre performance today as both specs showed good warm-up performance, outright grip and race-distance durability,” said Hirohide Hamashima of Bridgestone’s Motorsport Tyre Development Division.

“I am also satisfied with our revised softer rear tyre compound selection for this race as we saw a good mix of both the harder and softer options, meaning that both were suitable. A new lap record by Dani is a good measure of tyre performance, especially on lap 20 of the race, whilst we can see from the consistency of the laptimes at the front and the new total race time record that durability was also good."

The next round of the 2011 Championship takes place at the Mazda Raceway for the US Grand Prix on July 24th.

CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS

1. Casey Stoner (Australia) Honda 168 
2. Jorge Lorenzo (Spain) Yamaha 153 
3. Andrea Dovizioso (Italy) Honda 132 
4. Valentino Rossi (Italy) Ducati  98