Second Win a Row for Pedrosa
Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa came out on top at the Czech Republic MotoGP race at Brno after a nail biting last lap battle with Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo saw him score his second consecutive MotoGP victory, closing the gap in the championship standings.
The round 12 race started at a fierce pace with Lorenzo and Pedrosa leading early. Lorenzo was in front for the first half of the race, with the two Spaniards pushing each other to set a new circuit lap record on six consecutive laps.
Eventually Pedrosa squeezed his way to the front, getting the better drive to the line on the last lap and claiming victory by a margin of just 0.178 seconds.
Rain the night before the race caused less than ideal grip levels on the circuit and the cooler racing conditions resulted in every rider selecting Bridgestone's softer rear tyres and a harder front slicks.
The unanimous tyre selection offered the perfect combination of rear edge grip and front-end stability.
Pedrosa was thankful for a win after a tough head-to-head battle with his compatriot.
"It was a difficult last lap because I knew Jorge was very fast in the middle of the corner and I could hear his bike right behind me," said Pedrosa.
"I knew a small opening would be enough for him to come past and going through a corner I opened the door a little more than normal and he was able to overtake me. Going into the last corner I was head to head with him but I kept my line and managed to win the race.
"I am so happy to get this win for all my team as well as my dad as it is his birthday."
At 23°C, track conditions were cooler than previous races and the undivided decision to select a softer rear tyre and a harder front slick paid off for the riders.
"This tyre selection worked very well today as despite track conditions being less than ideal, riders could still effectively get the power of the 1000cc engines to the ground," said Shinji Aoki, Manager of Bridgestone Motorsport Tyre Development Department.
"With a new circuit record lap being set and the overall race time being twenty five seconds quicker than last year, it's a good indication riders made the right choice in tyre selection."
Pedrosa's win has kept him in second place, only 18 points behind championship leader Jorge Lorenzo, with Casey Stoner remaining in third position on 186 points.
1. Jorge Lorenzo: 225 points
2. Dani Pedrosa: 207 points
3. Casey Stoner: 186 points
4. Andrea Dovizioso: 137 points