MotoGP Germany - Dani Pedrosa / Jorge Lorenzo / Casey Stoner / Valentino Rossi!
Dani Pedrosa (Honda) dominated the field, winning a two-part race after a red flag interrupted the festivities after nine laps. The really big news is clearly Vale’s fighting fourth place, six weeks after a double fracture to the right leg. He narrowly missed the podium, losing third place to Casey Stoner (Ducati) on the last corner of the race.
Pedrosa had burst into the lead at the first start but only stayed there for half a lap before being outbraked by Lorenzo. The Spaniard could not shake off either Pedrosa or Stoner, the lead trio running within a second of each other until the red flag came out on lap 9 after a violent crash involving Randy de Puniet (Honda), who suffered a broken leg, Aleix Espargaro (Ducati) and Alvaro Bautista (Suzuki).
Lorenzo lost out to Pedrosa again (The lightest rider in the field!) on the restart, then passed the Honda rider on lap two, whereupon both Spaniards stayed glued together. Pedrosa made a pass stick a few laps later, then pulled away to a 3 sec lead at the flag, for his second win of 2010.
With the MotoGP world abuzz with rumours of Rossi having signed with Ducati for 2011, the level of interest and excitement during the scrap with Stoner (Gone to Honda for 2011) was at its highest – precisely what MotoGP organizers are looking for over the rest of this season and in 2011.
Until then, will Rossi help Lorenzo and Yamaha win both rider and manufacturer championships this year by finishing ahead of Pedrosa and other Hondas? Yes if you remember that Rossi left Honda in a huff and turned Yamaha into winners in 2004, when they did not show him the respect he expected after winning three world championships in a row on their machines.
Since that jump by Vale to Yamaha, he has won two World Championships (2008, 09) while Honda has won one (Nicki Hayden, 2006).
MotoGP German Grand Prix - Results
Pos Rider Team Time/Gap
1. Dani Pedrosa Honda 28m50.476s
2. Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha + 3.355s
3. Casey Stoner Ducati + 5.257s
4. Valentino Rossi Yamaha + 5.623s
5. Andrea Dovizioso Honda + 17.158s
6. Marco Simoncelli Honda + 17.757s
7. Nicky Hayden Ducati + 17.935s
8. Ben Spies Yamaha + 20.957s
9. Hector Barbera Ducati + 22.000s
10. Marco Melandri Honda + 35.217s
MotoGP Standings – After 8 of 18 rounds
Pos. Rider Points
1. Jorge Lorenzo 185
2. Dani Pedrosa 138
3. Andrea Dovizioso 102
4. Casey Stoner 83
5. Nicky Hayden 78