Jul 17

Pedrosa victorious with new lap record on harder slicks

Round 9: German GP – Race

MotoGP - Germany - Repsol Honda Team - Dani PedrosaMotoGP - Germany - Repsol Honda Team - Dani Pedrosa podiumRepsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa took a close-fought victory in Germany today from second grid, setting a new lap record and a new total race time record to open an eventual winning margin of 1.477seconds.

  • Sachsenring Circuit, Sunday 17 July 2011
  • Bridgestone slick compounds available: Front: Hard, Extra Hard. Rear (asymmetric): Medium, Hard

For much of the race though no rider led by more than one second, the top spot changing hands between Casey Stoner who crossed the line in third and Jorge Lorenzo who passed Stoner into the last corner on the final lap. The laptimes throughout were remarkably consistent as the top three set mid-to-low 1m 22s for the entire race.

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. Despite being one step softer in Germany this year, race-distance durability of the rear slicks was very good. Pedrosa’s lap record came at two third race distance on lap 20, though he also set a provisional record on lap 9, and the total race time was over 9seconds faster than the previous benchmark.

Further back the battles raged just as closely around the undulating 3.6km Sachsenring circuit. Andrea Dovizioso, Ben Spies and Marco Simoncelli hotly contested fourth position, all using the harder tyre options, whereas Álvaro Bautista used the softer option front and rear slicks to finish seventh, taking the chequered flag just ahead of Valentino Rossi and Nicky Hayden.

Hiroshi Yamada – Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport Department

“Congratulations to Dani and the Repsol Honda Team for a fantastic win here today in just his second race back from injury. This is clearly a circuit he likes as last year he also set a lap record on his way to victory. That was a very exciting race with so many close battles throughout the field and these are exactly the sorts of races we like to see and that are good for the spectacle of the sport and for the 101,309 fans that attended today which is a fantastic number. Sachsenring is a short circuit so hopefully we’ll have another exciting race like this one at Laguna Seca!”

Hirohide Hamashima – Assistant to Director, Motorsport Tyre Development Division

“I am pleased with tyre performance today as both specs showed good warm-up performance, outright grip and race-distance durability. 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.”

Dani Pedrosa – Repsol Honda Team – Race Winner

“This is an unbelievable feeling. To come back so soon and win so soon is unbelievable and I’m very happy. Even with the front row yesterday I was so happy, but I didn’t expect this. I wasn’t feeling perfect with the bike but as the race went on I was feeling better and had a better rhythm. I knew I would suffer less here than Mugello because it’s more lefts but still I was suffering a lot physically by the end. I’m really satisfied with the victory and I want to thank everyone who’s been with me during this hard time.”

Top ten classification (Sunday 14:00 GMT+2)
Race Time
Front spec
Rear spec
Dani Pedrosa
Repsol Honda Team
Ex. Hard
Jorge Lorenzo
Yamaha Factory Racing
Ex. Hard
Casey Stoner
Repsol Honda Team
Ex. Hard
Andrea Dovizioso
Repsol Honda Team
Ex. Hard
Ben Spies
Yamaha Factory Racing
Ex. Hard
Marco Simoncelli
San Carlo Honda Gresini
Ex. Hard
Alvaro Bautista
Rizla Suzuki MotoGP
Nicky Hayden
Ducati Team
Ex. Hard
Valentino Rossi
Ducati Team
Ex. Hard
Colin Edwards
Monster Yamaha Tech3
Ex. Hard
Weather: Dry. Ambient 23°C; Track 30°C (Bridgestone measurement)

source: Bridgestone Motorsport

Repsol Honda victory and another double podium in Sachsenring

Dani Pedrosa clinching victory
Dani Pedrosa 2011-03-10MotoGP - Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda TeamThe Repsol Honda Team dominated the German Grand with 101,309 spectators at Sachsenring witness to an incredible battle for the win between Pedrosa, Stoner and Lorenzo, with Dani Pedrosa finally clinching victory. An exciting fight for fourth between Dovizioso, Simoncelli and Spies saw Dovizioso coming out on top to finish fourth.It was a great race for Dani Pedrosa who returns to the top step of the podium at only his second race after having missed three races due to an injury to the right shoulder. The Repsol Honda rider today sealed his second win of the 2011 season and his fifth Grand Prix victory at the Sachsenring circuit (three wins in MotoGP class, and two in 250cc). On lap twenty, Dani also broke his own Circuit Record Lap record here at Sachsenring with a 1’21.846.

Championship leader Casey Stoner celebrated a seventh successive podium finish today, a personal record in MotoGP class. He led the race for nine laps but was unable to match the pace of Pedrosa and was robbed of second place at the very last corner by Jorge Lorenzo.

Andrea Dovizioso had an exciting duel with Marco Simoncelli, finally finishing ahead of him in fourth and retaining his third position in the Championship standings.

The Repsol Honda Team will have no time to rest, as they pack all the race equipment tonight and leave for the United States tomorrow. The U.S GP hosted at the fascinating circuit of Laguna Seca will take place next Sunday, July 24th.

Dani Pedrosa:

“It’s an incredible feeling to be back and win a race so early; I didn’t expect it, but this circuit has been always very good for me and I made it happen. I was already surprised yesterday with second position in qualifying and to finish the weekend in this way is amazing, a huge relief for me after a very hard time with injuries.

Here I suffered less than in Mugello because of the layout, but in the race today I had a strange feeling, something I’ve never had before. At the beginning of the race I wasn’t feeling great on the bike, I was fourth but I didn’t get nervous or worried because I’m still not mathematically out of the Championship battle, but I know it’s almost impossible.

So, I just let the laps pass and in the middle of the race, with less fuel in the tank and when the tyres started sliding, I decided to step it up a little and it worked perfectly. I’m very happy with this victory, I’ve been suffering a lot even though this race track is not physically demanding, because I’m still weak. So a big thanks to my family and doctors that helped me to be back here because they all know how hard it has been. Also to my team and to all my fans that never gave up, they deserve it also.”

Casey Stoner:

“We knew today would be a hard race, we found a good set up yesterday in qualifying but we had an issue with the rear tyre and the temperatures getting too high, with it spinning too much. We took it easy in the early part of the race and thought we’d try to preserve the tyre and warm it up slower than we did in Mugello.

After a few laps I decided to make a move to the front to see what we could do and we were able to pull a small advantage, but too small compared to the effort we were putting in so I backed off on my pace a little and tried to stay as smooth as possible and see what happens. They came past me and Dani was riding so strong and was able to get past Jorge before I got there, he built a small advantage and by the time I got past Jorge and I struggled to chase him down.

I made a few small mistakes and that left just Jorge and I for the last few laps. I tried everything I could, riding the cleanest lap possible and trying to block my line, but Jorge came up on the dirty part of the track and I thought it would be too high a risk but he made it stick and I have to settle for third place. I’m still leading the Championship and I’m thankful for the points here today.”

Andrea Dovizioso:

“It was a tough race because this circuit is small and difficult. Our target was the podium so I’m a little disappointed with fourth position, but if we look at today’s race in a bigger perspective, we took a big step forward in terms of race pace compared to my previous records at this circuit.
We had a good start and tried to stay with the front riders. It was a good battle with Simoncelli and Spies for fourth position and I’m happy we won this battle! We were consistently fast during the whole weekend and even though today we were struggling, we finished fourth. We confirm that we are there and we have retained third position in the Championship, even if we aimed to gain more points on Lorenzo and Casey. My congratulations go to Dani, Casey and Jorge for a great race.”


Pos. Points Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time/Gap
1 25 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 160.4 41’12.482
2 20 1 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 160.3 +1.477
3 16 27 Casey STONER AUS Repsol Honda Team Honda 160.3 +1.568
4 13 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Repsol Honda Team Honda 159.7 +10.513
5 11 11 Ben SPIES USA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 159.7 +10.719
6 10 58 Marco SIMONCELLI ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 159.6 +10.923
7 9 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki 158.6 +27.451
8 8 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 158.6 +27.510
9 7 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Ducati Team Ducati 158.6 +27.576
10 6 5 Colin EDWARDS USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 158.2 +33.491
11 5 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Mapfre Aspar Team MotoGP Ducati 157.9 +38.944
12 4 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Ducati 157.9 +39.148
13 3 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 157.8 +39.415
14 2 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 157.8 +39.477
15 1 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 156.9 +54.516
16   24 Toni ELIAS SPA LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 155.8 +1’12.335
17   50 Sylvain GUINTOLI FRA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 154.0 1 Lap

source: motogp.com 

More points for Mahindra in German GP

The Indian-owned Mahindra team added to its growing tally of World Championship points in a difficult German GP, with both riders overcoming problems to get to the finish of the first race of the day at the challenging 3.671-km Sachsenring circuit.

The one to score was Danny Webb (20). The English rider was forced to dig deep, when pain from the shoulder he fractured two weeks ago in Italy gave him increasingly severe difficulties as the 27 laps wore on. He finished 14th, gaining two points for his pains.

Team-mate Marcel Schrötter (18, from Germany) finished a frustrating 16th, one place out of the points, after a bad start put him near the back, and a lack of engine revs meant it took all his efforts to climb back towards the front. He had qualified 13th, but finished the first lap 27th after getting off the line badly.

The Mahindra is the only machine on the 36-strong grid with both engine and chassis built by the team.

The 125 class now has a break of four weekends, with only the premier MotoGP class attending next week’s US GP. For the riders, it will be a welcome break: for the Italy-based Engines Engineering, a chance to do further development to their exclusive disc-valve engine.

The next race is at Brno in the Czech Republic on August 14.

DANNY WEBB – 14th Position

“I got lucky, gaining places on the last lap when two guys crashed ahead of me – but it’s the first time I’ve had that luck all year. It was a tough race. Halfway through, my shoulder starting hurting badly. That meant I was putting more pressure on my left leg to compensate, and a muscle in my thigh pumped up and I had bad cramp. I struggled to carry on, not wanting to push too hard and maybe crash again and injure my shoulder worse. Now I’m here, in the points, and the results are in black and white. I’ll take it.”

MARCEL SCHRÖTTER – 16th Position

“I got a really bad start, but that was not the real problem. I had quite a good feeling with the bike, and I was able to move forward … but I could have gone faster. For some reason the engine wouldn’t rev past 11,000 – it should be 12,500 rpm or more. It meant I lost a lot of power, and it was really difficult to pass anybody. Looking at the top ten times, I am sure I could have been there.”

source: mahindraracing.com