PEDROSA GOES BACK-TO-BACK
Spain's Dani Pedrosa has continued to put the pressure on MotoGP championship leader Jorge Lorenzo with victory at San Marino for his second win in succession.
The Spaniard capitalised on the momentum from his win last weekend at Indianapolis to take a commanding start-to-finish victory, his fourth of the year. The Honda rider dominated the weekend with pole position and a new lap record in the race.
Lorenzo took second ahead of Yamaha teammate Valentino Rossi. Australia's Casey Stoner finished fifth.
Dry conditions saw all riders opt for the softer Bridgestone tyre compound for the rear of their bikes, with the harder front compound providing better stability under braking.
However the race was overshadowed by the death of Japanese rider Shoya Tomizawa in the preceding Moto2 event.
"I am pleased with the tyre performance this weekend as Dani set a new lap record, the top four riders were all faster than the existing record and the total race time was ten seconds faster than the previous best," said Tohru Ubukata, Manager of Bridgestone's Motorcycle Tyre Development Department.
"But I am deeply saddened, as are we all, about the passing of the young and talented Tomizawa-san today. It was a terrible accident and a tragic loss of life and our hearts go out to those who knew him and loved him."
|1. ||Jorge Lorenzo (Sp) ||Yamaha ||271 points |
|2. ||Dani Pedrosa (Sp) ||Honda ||208 |
|3. ||Andrea Dovizioso (Italy) ||Honda ||139 |
|4. ||Valentino Rossi (Italy) ||Yamaha ||130 |
|5. ||Casey Stoner (Aus) ||Ducati ||130 |