Another great season for Dani - two-times 250cc World Champion
Dani Pedrosa became today 250cc World Champion in the same venue as he did exactly one year ago. Alberto Puig's pupil, despite doing rather average practice sessions due to the physical problems he's been having since the Japanese Grand Prix, made an intelligent race taking only the necessary risks to win the race and the title.
The race started with Stoner, Pedrosa's rival in the fight for the title, starting like a whirlwind at the lead of the pack, trying to open a gap. The Australian was taking a risk lapping on cold tyres, trying to escape and crashed in the fourth lap, thus definitively loosing his chances to be in the fight for the title. Pedrosa stayed in the lead, together with also Repsol rider Sebastián Porto, and only the victory would give him mathematically the title. Any other result would leave the celebrations for Turkey or Valencia.
From the sixth lap, Porto and Pedrosa opened a gap, both knowing that the rest of the race would be a duel between them. In the back, Lorenzo secured the third step of the podium and Dovizioso, Aoyama and Barberá, further in the back, were fighting for the fourth place. Randy De Puniet, again with brake problems, kept himself in a solitary seventh place until the finish line. And in the lead, the laps were passing by without Pedrosa trying to overtake Porto.
In the last lap, Pedrosa took the risk and entered the last corner before the finish line very fast, in the slipstream of the Argentinean, allowing him to pass Porto right under the chequered flag. Three Repsol riders on the podium and victory including championship title for Dani Pedrosa; a perfect weekend in the quarter-of-a-litre class.