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Pedrosa wins thriller in Brno

2012-08-26 15:20

Brno - Spain's Dani Pedrosa surged past Jorge Lorenzo in the final turn at the Czech MotoGP on Sunday, winning a dramatic finish in Brno to narrow his compatriot's lead in the riders' championship.

Pedrosa, coming off his second first-place finish of the season the previous weekend at Indianapolis, overtook Lorenzo midway through the race but needed to pass the championship leader at the end after losing his lead in the middle of the last lap.

The Honda rider finished in a time of 42min51.570, only 0.178sec ahead of Lorenzo.

Pedrosa is now on 232 points, 13 behind Lorenzo in the standings, with six races remaining.

Britain's Cal Crutchlow finished third to claim his first podium spot of the season, easily ahead of Italy's Andrea Dovizioso in fourth place.

Results on Sunday from the Czech Grand Prix at the 5.403km Brno circuit (with rider, country, team and time):

MotoGP

1. Dani Pedrosa, Spain, Honda, 42 minutes, 51.570 seconds.
2. Jorge Lorenzo, Spain, Yamaha, 0.178 seconds behind.
3. Cal Crutchlow, Britain, Yamaha, 12.343.
4. Andrea Dovizioso, Italy, Yamaha, 18.591.
5. Stefan Bradl, Germany, Honda, 25.582.
6. Alvaro Bautista, Spain, Honda, 29.451.
7. Valentino Rossi, Italy, Ducati, 34.514.
8. Randy De Puniet, France, ART, 1:04.285.
9. Karel Abraham, Czech Republic, Ducati, 1:08.278.
10. Aleix Espargaro, Spain, ART, 1:09.972.

Overall Standings (After 12 of 18 races)

1. Jorge Lorenzo, Spain, Yamaha, 245 points.
2. Dani Pedrosa, Spain, Honda, 232.
3. Casey Stoner, Australia, Honda, 186.
4. Andrea Dovizioso, Italy, Yamaha, 150.
5. Cal Crutchlow, Britain, Yamaha, 122.

Moto2

1. Marc Marquez, Spain, Suter, 41:19.178.
2. Thomas Luthi, Switzerland, Suter, 0.061.
3. Pol Espargaro, Spain, Kalex, 0.440.
4. Andrea Iannone, Italy, Speed Up, 0.510.
5. Simone Corsi, Italy, FTR, 10.319.
6. Alex De Angelis, San Marino, FTR, 10.643.
7. Johann Zarco, France, Motobi, 10.717.
8. Bradley Smith, Britain, Tech 3, 10.873.
9. Mika Kallio, Finland, Kalex, 11.047.
10. Esteve Rabat, Spain, 11.517.

Overall Standings (After 12 of 18 races)

1. Marc Marquez, Spain, Suter, 213.
2. Pol Espargaro, Spain, Kalex, 165.
3. Thomas Luthi, Switzerland, Suter, 154.
4. Andrea Iannone, Italy, Speed Up, 149.
5. Scott Redding, Britain, Kalex, 106.

Moto3

1. Jonas Folger, Germany, Kalex KTM, 43:03.089.
2. Luis Salom, Spain, Kalex KTM, 5.918.
3. Sandro Cortese, Germany, KTM, 5.963.
4. Maverick Vinales, Spain, FTR Honda, 6.091.
5. Alex Rins, Spain, Suter Honda, 6.490.
6. Jakub Kornfeil, Czech Republic, FTR Honda, 6.572.
7. Danny Kent, Britain, KTM, 8.421.
8. Romano Fenati, Italy, FTR Honda, 13.382.
9. Miguel Oliveira, Portugal, Suter Honda, 13.909.
10. Alessandro Tonucci, Italy, FTR Honda, 22.466.

Overall Standings (After 12 of 18 races)

1. Sandro Cortese, Germany, KTM, 200.
2. Maverick Vinales, Spain, FTR Honda, 168.
3. Luis Salom, Spain, Kalex KTM, 149.
4. Romano Fenati, Italy, FTR Honda, 104.
5. Alex Rins, Spain, Suter Honda, 83.

Reuters