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MotoGPGermanyJuly 15, 2007
MotoGP World Championship Grand Prix Round 10
German Grand Prix at Sachsenring

Dani Pedrosa Storms To Victory In Germany And Nicky Hayden Notches Podium

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This MotoGP race re-established Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda RC212V) as a race winner and World Championship contender when he won more than convincingly from Loris Capirossi (Ducati) with a resurgent reigning World Champion Nicky Hayden (Repsol Honda RC212V) third.



Dani PEDROSA (Repsol Honda Team)


Dani PEDROSA (Repsol Honda Team)


Dani, who had qualified second fastest, powered into the lead from Stoner at the start and simply outclassed all-comers at a sun-baked Sachsenring in front of 101,000 fans here on race day. Equally encouraging was the strong showing from Marco Melandri (Gresini Honda RC212V) who finished fifth after running as high as second early on and then third for a large part of this 30-lap race.

In 33-degree heat the luckless Carlos Checa (LCR Honda RC212V) crashed, fortunately without injury, as Dani began to get into a faster rhythm at the front. Valentino Rossi (Yamaha), who set an early fastest lap of the race at 1m 23.529s, lay seventh on lap four, then crashed out of the race on the next lap while trying do dispose of sixth-placed Randy de Puniet (Kawasaki) who retired on the final lap with a machine problem.

This set the stage for a dogged ride from Stoner to hold onto second place from the attentions of Melandri, then Hayden and latterly Colin Edwards (Yamaha) who took fourth place at the flag. As Dani got into the groove of riding this twisty 3.671km track he set a new lap record on lap six of 1m 23.082s as he worked a 0.344 second lead over Stoner.

The order by lap eight was Dani, Casey, Marco and then Loris Capirossi. But by lap nine Dani had proved that no one could live the sheer speed of the 21-year-old Spanish maestro here. His lead that lap over Stoner was by now 1.743 seconds.

Nicky was on a charge from 14th on the grid and had really found a new direction in his set-up and riding to the extent that he picked off rider by rider throughout this race on his way to third to suggest that although he may have lost the first half of his season, he now has the means to recapture lost form again, if not lost points.

Dani was long gone on lap 19 as Melandri and Capirossi closed on Stoner who could not maintain his early pace and on lap 20 his pursuers pounced into and around turn one, Melandri trying to make it past Stoner under braking then Capirossi stealing second from them both with an opportunist move from precisely the right track position to capitalize.

Dani was now more than ten seconds ahead of Capirossi as Melandri now began to suffer a lack of grip succumbed to the advances of first Nicky, then Edwards and finally Stoner to finish sixth ahead of John Hopkins (Suzuki) who was seventh. At the flag Dani cruised to what was a comfortable win – but it was hard won.

The new HRC President Masumi Hamane was here to see the Repsol riders maintain a stark improvement in performance here in Germany and as the series heads to America for next weekend’s race the points table shows Stoner ahead on 196 to Rossi’s 164 (despite a non-score here) and Dani is now a threat with 144 points.

Dani said: “I’m very, very happy with the result today. This is a victory I’d like to dedicate to the Repsol Honda Team and to HRC because they have been working really hard for a long time without getting the results and I’m very happy they’ve kept motivation and put in maximum effort at every race. Now they have some reward. Also I’m pleased for the fans because they’ve given me great support even when I wasn’t winning. The race went very well obviously. I made a good start, pushed hard from the beginning and was able to open up a gap and control things from the front.”

Nicky said: “It’s great to be on the podium after what started as a really tough weekend. The team did a great job overnight and made some big improvements to the machine. I came out in the warm-up and it was a lot quicker so even though I was starting from 14th I still had some confidence for the race. I made a decent start – not as good as the one at Assen – but I made up a few places into the first corner. Then I heard a strange noise from the bike and slowed for a couple of laps trying to figure out if it was a problem. It didn’t seem to make any difference though so I just got my head down and started picking up places. The tyres worked really well today, so a big thanks to Michelin.”

Marco Melandri said: “I got a good start and tried to hang on to Stoner without risking too much. The bike was working really well but Pedrosa set an incredibly strong pace. Once I got past Stoner, about ten laps from the end, the tyres were just gone. From then on I tried to keep the pace, manage the race and even tried to get fifth place back off Casey but it was too risky. I’m happy though because we’re competitive again and today I was able to fight for the podium. We’ve taken a big step forward here and I have to say thanks again to Honda for the new material they brought here.”

Michel Fabrizio, riding in place of the injured Toni Elias (Gresini Honda RC212V), ended up a meritorious tenth. He said: “I’m happy with this result – my target was to finish in the top ten and I was close. It was a really tough race, physically very demanding and also because the pace was so fast. It’s been a nice experience for me and a real bonus in what has been a hard year.”

Kurtis Roberts (Roberts KR212V) finished 12th and said: “The thing wasn’t quite as perky on the acceleration as it should have been, I thought. Maybe we had a little bit of a clutch slip problem or something. We just hung in there and did what we could do really and let everyone fall off around us and ended up getting 12th. We got more points for the team and that’s important for these guys. And now I’m really looking forward to Laguna Seca, just because I know the track. It’s just going to be nice to go there and not have to keep learning the track.”

Shinya Nakano (Konica Minolta Honda RC212V), who retired with 11 laps to go, said: “I made a good start and overtook a couple of riders on the first lap. With the hot conditions the pace was not so fast, so I could stay with the group but the problem came after just five laps. It felt like the engine was suffering from a lack of performance and it felt like it locked-up once. The engine was still running so I tried to come back at the riders ahead, but the problem returned. Finally power was dropping off with every lap, so I retired with 11 laps to go.”

Carlos Checa, who crashed, said: “I don’t know what happened, the crash was a surprise. I arrived at turn 12, a little on the inside, and just lost the front-end. Apart from the crash the bike feeling today was not as fluid as in practice but was OK. With this new chassis we have been making a lot of changes, even for the warm-up this morning. It is difficult to understand this situation but now we must stay positive and look ahead to the US Grand Prix next weekend.”

The 250cc race was a thriller with action all the way down the field, but perhaps none more riveting than the struggle between series points leader Jorge Lorenzo (Aprilia) and his assiduous title rival Andrea Dovizioso (Kopron Scot Honda RS250RW). They finished fourth and fifth. Hiro Aoyama (KTM) won the race from his team-mate Mika Kallio who qualified on pole. Aprilia’s Alex de Angelis was third.

Dovizioso led from the lights for two laps but de Angelis was soon on terms and on lap five he stole Dovi’s lead to try and establish a lead for himself. He achieved this, but it was never a substantial enough advantaged for him to secure the victory on the final lap.

He was pressed by Aoyama on the final lap and after suffering once he was passed by Kallio too at the final turn. But his third place was enough to haul him up to second in the World Championship points table. Lorenzo still leads with 191 points, de Angelis is on 171and Dovizioso on 166.

Julian Simon (Repsol Honda RS250RW) fell on lap 13. He could not restart but he was uninjured. Yuki Takahashi (Kopron Scot Honda RS250RW) was eighth while Shuhei Aoyama (Repsol Honda RS250RW) managed 14th.Promising Thai rookie Ratthapark Wilairot (Stop And Go Racing Honda RS250RW), who raced with considerable pain following a heavy crash on Friday, finished 19th.

Dovizioso said: “Today I definitely expected a better result. We were OK after a perfect weekend during which we worked very well. Instead, at about the 10th lap, the rear tyre started to lose traction, it was really strange as during the tests we had no problems, at every step I lost stability. I had to be very careful. Also my engine caused me some problems, and I couldn’t get on the power early enough.”

His team-mate Takahashi said: “It’s been a hard race, because of the high level of the riders and because of the high temperature. The race was not bad, I made a good start and I’ve always been near to the riders in front of me, even though, at about the middle of the race, I couldn’t try to gain positions because the rear tyre started sliding. Now we have a month of holidays, I’ll go on with training to be perfect at Brno.”

Gabor Talmacsi (Aprilia) won the 125cc race from Tommy Koyama (KTM) in second with Hector Faubel (Aprilia) third. Talmacsi now leads the World Championship points table with 156 to Faubel’s 154 with Koyama now on 118 points to Lukas Pesek (Derbi) who has 113 in fourth overall.

Talmacsi, who qualified on pole, was in charge from the off, carving out a 2.3 second lead from Faubel as early as lap two. Pesek was keeping pace with Faubel until Simone Corsi (Derbi) overhauled Faubel for second with Talmacsi way out of reach by lap 4 with a 3.2 second advantage.

Britain’s Bradley Smith (Repsol Honda RS125R) finished a very creditable eighth, despite not being fully fit after his Assen injuries. His team-mate Esteve Rabat (Repsol Honda RS125R) finished 12th with Mike di Meglio (Scot Honda RS125R).

Smith said: “That was a very hard race. I guess I’m going to be sore later tonight. Normally we race on right-handed tracks but this place is a left-hander and it didn’t help my injured foot by working it so hard. I was struggling to get the bike to change direction in the opening laps while I had a full fuel load and I lost time. But when the fuel load went down I managed to get to the front of the group I was racing with and was setting the same lap times as the riders in fourth to seventh places. So I have to be happy with my performance. Now we get five weeks off and I can work on regaining my fitness ready for he second part of the season.”

Rabat said: “I had a problem with the clutch off the start. When I lined up on the grid I could not select neutral so I had to keep the bike still with the front brake. I did not make a good start and almost got involved with the Pasini crash. But I made it through the first corner. I had some front end chatter then the rear started sliding I could not hold my lines – but sliding was the same for all of us. I need to learn to control the bike better when I have these problems.”



Nicky HAYDEN (Repsol Honda Team)


Marco MELANDRI (Team Honda Gresini)


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Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda: 1st.
"I'm very, very happy with the result today. This is a victory I'd like to dedicate to the Repsol Honda Team and to HRC because they have been working really hard for a long time without getting the results and I'm very happy they've kept motivation and put in maximum effort at every race. Now they have some reward. Also I'm pleased for the fans because they've given me great support even when I wasn't winning. The race went very well obviously. I made a good start, pushed hard from the beginning and was able to open up a gap and control things from the front. The tyres were really good today and Michelin did a very good job, especially as some riders were having difficulties. Towards the end of the race the gap was big so I could take it relatively easy, which I was grateful for because it was very hot out there. The result closes the gap slightly in the championship which is good, but the really important thing about today is that we are winning again. Hopefully we can move on from this result and continue getting stronger."

Nicky Hayden, Repsol Honda: 3rd.
"It's great to be on the podium after what started as a really tough weekend. The team did a great job overnight and made some big improvements to the machine. I came out in the warm-up and it was a lot quicker so even though I was starting from 14th I still had some confidence for the race. I made a decent start - not as good as the one at Assen - but I made up a few places into the first corner. Then I heard a strange noise from the bike and slowed for a couple of laps trying to figure out if it was a problem. It didn't seem to make any difference though so I just got my head down and started picking up places. The tyres worked really well today, so a big thanks to Michelin. It's a good result ahead of Laguna but I need to put the whole weekend together on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. We lost almost all of Friday with problems and Saturday didn't go much better which cost us a lot. Dani rode really well to win the race and two riders on the podium is a really good result for the Repsol Honda Team. Now I'm just going to go home to the U.S. GP, enjoy the race and try to have some fun at Laguna."

Marco Melandri, Gresini Honda: 6th.
"I got a good start and tried to hang on to Stoner without risking too much. The bike was working really well but Pedrosa set an incredibly strong pace. Once I got past Stoner, about ten laps from the end, the tyres were just gone. From then on I tried to keep the pace, manage the race and even tried to get fifth place back off Casey but it was too risky. I'm happy though because we're competitive again and today I was able to fight for the podium. We've taken a big step forward here and I have to say thanks again to Honda for the new material they brought here. The engine is much sweeter and I can manage the throttle in a way that suits my style much more. I like the idea of racing again next weekend and I can't wait to get back on the bike at Laguna Seca – a track I'm sure will suit the bike and the Bridgestone tyres really well."

Michel Fabrizio, replacement rider for Toni Elias, Gresini Honda: 10th.

"I'm happy with this result - my target was to finish in the top ten and I was close. It was a really tough race, physically very demanding and also because the pace was so fast. It's been a nice experience for me and a real bonus in what has been a hard year."

Kurtis Roberts, KR212V: 12th.
"The thing wasn't quite as perky on the acceleration as it should have been, I thought. Maybe we had a little bit of a clutch slip problem or something. We just hung in there and did what we could do really and let everyone fall off around us and ended up getting 12th. We got more points for the team and that's important for these guys. And now I'm really looking forward to Laguna Seca, just because I know the track. It's just going to be nice to go there and not have to keep learning the track. At least I know the lines, which is something these other riders have every weekend that I don't. And I'm excited about the new bike and the progress the team's making. We're limited right now by something on this bike and hopefully the new chassis will fix that and we can start earning a lot more positions, a lot higher up in the finishing order. Because I know I can ride with these guys. I know Honda's capable of building the best four-strokes in the world, and I know my dad's team can build a great chassis, and I know Michelin makes the best tires. So now we just need to get the whole package to work and I think it'll be a lot more like last year to us. "

Chuck Aksland, Team Manager Team Roberts.
"I think he's been in the points more times than he hasn't. It was a strange race really. It was more of a tire attrition and bike attrition race, than a full-on race. Kurtis's times were consistent during the whole race. We need to get another second, second and a half out of the bike and maybe with some of the improvements we have coming, it'll get closer. We've made some progress and gained more information over the past few races. It will be interesting to see what he can on a track that he already knows. He'll be a step further ahead and hopefully the new chassis will work better. Could be a really interesting race for us. "

Carlos Checa, LCR Honda: 14th.
“I don’t know what happened, the crash was a surprise. I arrived at turn 12, a little on the inside, and just lost the front-end. Apart from the crash the bike feeling today was not as fluid as in practice but was OK. With this new chassis we have been making a lot of changes, even for the warm-up this morning. It is difficult to understand this situation but now we must stay positive and look ahead to the USGP next weekend.”

Shinya Nakano, Konica Minolta Honda: dnf – electronic problem.
“I made a good start and overtook a couple of riders on the first lap. With the hot conditions the pace was not so fast, so I could stay with the group but the problem came after just five laps. It felt like the engine was suffering from a lack of performance and it felt like it locked-up once. The engine was still running so I tried to come back at the riders ahead, but the problem returned. Finally power was dropping off with every lap, so I retired with 11 laps to go. It’s a big shame as our tyre choice was good so we have been unlucky. I’m hoping that we will finally get the result we deserve at Laguna next week.”


250cc:

Andrea Dovizioso, Kopron Scot Honda: 5th.

“I felt very good before the race I had no front tyre problems in qualifying but after only four laps of the race the front started to slide badly especially in the left corners. I could not b as aggressive as I wanted to be so I had no chance to fight for the win today. My engine was also overheating today robbing me of a little power. It was a pity because after qualifying I felt I could have won the race. The result is not so bad for the championship positions because Lorenzo only finished one placeahead of me. Now w go to Brno after the summer break and that’s a fast track which might not suit us as well as Sachsenring.”

Yuki Takahashi, Kopron Scot Honda: 10th.
“My start was good and I could follow the top group from the beginning of the race. Then I pushed very hard but I had a big problem with sliding. I ad a big slide in turn one and lost the tow with the group and I slowly went backwards. The condition of the tyres changed with the increased temperature today. I am not so happy with this result, I thought I would do better today. Now I go back to Japan for a rest and physiotherapy and will come back to Brno in better shape.”

Shuhei Aoyama, Repsol Honda: 12th.
“This has been a difficult weekend for me. On the Friday I had sensations that were totally different from those I had had before and I lost the whole day, so on the Saturday I had to start from scratch. With just one day to take work I was not able to get a set up on the whole bike that worked well. Today in the race I had a better feeling, but I was not able to keep up with the leading group. The start was not bad, but the rhythm during the whole race was too slow. We now have to change something because I cannot ride comfortably. I want to congratulate my brother on his victory.”

Ratthapark Wilairot, Thai Honda PTT-SAG: 19th.
"I had a really tough day riding today. When braking hard, my shoulder was really hurting and I couldn't move around the bike the way I would have liked. I gave everything I had but I simply wasn't fit enough and I wasn't able to score points."

Julian Simon, Repsol Honda: dnf – crash.
“The start was a normal one, not good really. But starting in the the fourth lap I began to fight to pass the others in front of me. I overtook two and I was in the leading group feeling quite good. I had a few problems with the tyres, front and rear, but the engine was working well. Then on a curve I came across a lapped rider who was on the outside and he came across me just when I was passing I leaned the bike over and I fell. It was a pity, but these things happen when racing, and so we now have to think about Brno.”

Ratthapark Wilairot, Thai Honda PTT-SAG: 19th.
"I had a really tough day riding today. When braking hard, my shoulder was really hurting and I couldn't move around the bike the way I would have liked. I gave everything I had but I simply wasn't fit enough and I wasn't able to score points."

Eugene Laverty, LCR Honda: dnf – crash.
“There were some positives from a difficult weekend, I had a good start and my lap times were consistent and we now have a set-up that keeps the rear tyre in good shape. At turn 12 the I hit the bumps and bike jumped out of gear and I lost the front-end.”


125cc:

Bradley Smith, Repsol Honda: 8th.
“That was a very hard race body has not been put under such stress for over three weeks – I guess I am going to be sore later tonight. Normally we race on right handed tracks but this place is a left hander and it didn’t help my injured foot by working so hard. I was struggling to get the bike to change direction in the opening laps while I had a full fuel load and I lost time. But when the fuel load went down I managed to get to the front of the group I was racing with and was setting the same lap times as the riders in fourth to seventh places – So I have to be happy with my performance. Now we get five weeks off and I can work on regaining my fitness ready for he second part of the season.”

Tito Rabat, Repsol Honda: 12th.
“I had a problem with the clutch off the start. When I lined up on the grid I could not select neutral so I had to keep the bike still with the front brake. I did not make a good start and almost got involved with the Pasini crash. But I made it through the first corner. I had some front end chatter then the rear started sliding I could not hold my lines – but sliding was the same for all of us. I need to learn to control the bike better when I have these problems.”

Mike Di Meglio, Kopron Scot Honda: 15th.
“Because of my fifth gar crash yesterday I was struggling for confidence in the warm up and the opening laps of the race. But after a few laps I was fighting for a points scoring finish and that gave me confidence. I got a point because Gadea crashed at the last corner but if I had not crashed yesterday it would have been a completely different race for me.”

Alexis Masbou, FFM Honda: 19th.
“I had a good start and was able to stay with a good group of riders until the halfway point. But after that I made a couple of small mistakes and the other riders pulled away. Even if I was able to reconcentrate myself in the closing stages of the race, I was unable to close the gap on my opponents. I did some quite good lap times because in the race it's easier to gain a few tenths of a second through slipstreaming. I must clearly improve on my lap times in qualifying, in order to have a better grid position. The summer break is clearly welcome. There is almost a month before the Czech Republic Grand Prix and I will question myself, work out mentally and physically in order to reach the next race with more confidence and calm.”

Danny Webb, Molenaar Honda: 27th.
“I got a good start from 34th on the grid and was 27th at the end of the first lap and got in the group with Sandi and Bonsey and we were catching the group ahead of us. Then on lap seven or eight I almost high-sided when I got on the gas too hard coming out of turn 2. I got back onto the track but I could only run the same times as the group ahead of me. Still, my lap times were not so bad compared to qualifying but for the near high side I could have finished in 22nd – 23rd place.”

Joey Litjens, Molenaar Honda: dnf – engine detonation problem.
“Not very happy because I am sure I could have scored my best ever GP finish today. I got a good start and gained eight places on the first lap and was fighting in a group that was racing for points. I was running good lap times three tenths of a second better than qualifying. Then with five laps to go the engine started to slow and I dropped back. I thought it was detonation and with two laps to go the almost stopped so I had to pull in. Pity because that was my best GP performance.”

Dino Lombardi, Kopron Scot Honda: did not start due to illness.

MotoGP World Championship Grand Prix Round 10
German Grand Prix at Sachsenring


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MotoGP
1 Dani PEDROSA (Repsol Honda Team)
2 Loris CAPIROSSI (Ducati Marlboro Team)
3 Nicky HAYDEN (Repsol Honda Team)
4 Colin EDWARDS (Fiat Yamaha Team)
5 Casey STONER (Ducati Marlboro Team)
6 Marco MELANDRI (Honda Gresini)
7 John HOPKINS (Rizla Suzuki MotoGP)
8 Anthony WEST (Kawasaki Racing Team)
9 Alex HOFMANN (Pramac d'Antin)
10 Michel FABRIZIO (Honda Gresini)
11 Chris VERMEULEN (Rizla Suzuki MotoGP)
12 Kurtis ROBERTS (Team Roberts)
13 Makoto TAMADA (Dunlop Yamaha Tech 3)
14 Carlos CHECA (Honda LCR)



Dani PEDROSA (Repsol Honda Team) & Nicky HAYDEN(Repsol Honda Team)
250cc
1 Hiroshi AOYAMA (Red Bull KTM 250)
2 Mika KALLIO (Red Bull KTM 250)
3 Alex DE ANGELIS (Master - Mapfre Aspar)
4 Jorge LORENZO (Fortuna Aprilia)
5 Andrea DOVIZIOSO (Kopron Team Scot)
6 Hector BARBERA (Team Toth Aprilia)
7 Marco SIMONCELLI (Metis Gilera)
8 Yuki TAKAHASHI (Kopron Team Scot)
9 Thomas LUTHI (Emmi - Caffe Latte Aprilia
10 Roberto LOCATELLI (Metis Gilera)
11 Aleix ESPARGARO (Blusens Aprilia)
12 Shuhei AOYAMA (Repsol Honda 250cc)
13 Dirk HEIDOLF (Kiefer - Bos - Sotin Racing)
14 Alex BALDOLINI (Kiefer - Bos - Sotin Racing)
15 Jules CLUZEL (Angaia Racing)
 
125cc
1 Gabor TALMACSI (Bancaja Aspar)
2 Tomoyoshi KOYAMA (Red Bull KTM 125)
3 Hector FAUBEL (Bancaja Aspar)
4 Simone CORSI (Skilled Racing Team)
5 Randy KRUMMENACHE (Red Bull KTM 125)
6 Lukas PESEK (Valsir Seedorf Derbi)
7 Sandro CORTESE (Emmi - Caffe Latte Aprilia)
8 Bradley SMITH (Repsol Honda 125cc)
9 Pablo NIETO (Blusens Aprilia)
10 Michael RANSEDER (Ajo Motorsport)
11 Joan OLIVE (Polaris World)
12 Esteve RABAT (Repsol Honda 125cc)
13 Stefan BRADL (Blusens Aprilia)
14 Georg FROEHLICH (Abbink Bos Racing)
15 Mike DI MEGLIO (Kopron Team Scot)
 


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