Pedrosa wins thrilling German Grand Prix
17 July 2011 – Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa claimed victory in a race full of overtaking manoeuvres at the Sachsenring this afternoon, maintaining the gap to his rivals after a late pass for the lead. Jorge Lorenzo stole second at the final corner of the last lap with a brave and well executed move on Casey Stoner, cutting the latter's championship lead by four points.
Stoner’s first lap troubles got worse when team-mate Andrea Dovizioso jumped ahead to take third place, before the Italian rider went on to set the fastest lap of the race and find a way past Pedrosa for second. The fighting continued further down the order, with Valentino Rossi up to tenth from his 16th place grid slot by the end of the third lap.
Just one lap later it was Pedrosa’s turn to move to the fore once again, setting fastest lap times en route to a pair of brilliant moves for second and first respectively. The 2010 runner-up never looked like relinquishing his position from that point onwards, riding to the chequered flag with a relatively comfortable gap back to team-mate Stoner.
The thrilling finish up front seemingly transferred itself to the battles behind, with Dovizioso narrowly holding off Ben Spies and Marco Simoncelli at the line. Gresini’s Simoncelli had been looking at a fourth place finish until being passed by his fellow countryman, with a final corner error then opening the door for Spies.
Álvaro Bautista surged past Nicky Hayden and Valentino Rossi at the end of the race to claim seventh, while Colin Edwards completed the top ten behind both Ducati riders. Stoner now has a rather slender lead of 15 points in the overall championship standings, holding a total of 168 points ahead of back-to-back winner Lorenzo.
Round 10 of the championship takes place at Laguna Seca next weekend