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MotoGPItalyJune 1, 2008
MotoGP World Championship Grand Prix Round 06
Italy Grand Prix at Mugello

Pedrosa Battles For Third, De Angelis Fourth

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Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda RC212V) rode with steel to score a vital podium as Valentino Rossi (Yamaha) won ahead of second-placed Casey Stoner (Ducati). And this ride keeps him in touch at the top of the points table as his ‘home’ race at Barcelona looms next weekend.

Dani PEDROSA (Repsol Honda Team)

Dani PEDROSA (Repsol Honda Team)

Alex DE ANGELIS (San Carlo Honda Gresini)

Rossi controlled this race and neither Stoner in ‘home’ Ducati territory, nor the reliably rapid Dani, could mount a sustained challenge. But the hugely improved form of Alex de Angelis (San Carlo Honda Gresini RC212V) was an encouraging element of this weekend.

Dani shot to the front of the pack from the off in this 23-lapper and with Stoner on his tail, Loris Capirossi (Suzuki) third and Rossi fourth, only the veteran Italian Suzuki man would not figure on the rostrum.

Andrea Dovizioso (JiR Scot Honda RC212V), who had qualified 13th was already up to seventh and De Angelis, who had started from tenth on the grid, was soon to get into a scorching race rhythm having been quickest during the morning warm-up session.

Stoner took Dani for the lead on lap two as Dovi moved up to sixth past Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha), who would crash on lap seven. One lap later Rossi snatched second from Dani as Nicky Hayden (Repsol Honda RC212V) gamely tried to hold onto fifth from the flying Dovi.

De Angelis had found sustained speed by lap five and would be vying for seventh spot as Hayden laboured in tenth place. Tady Okada meanwhile in Repsol livery was 19th on the debut race outing for the pneumatic-valve-engined RC212V.

Randy de Puniet (LCR Honda RC212V) crashed out on lap six as Dovi and Lorenzo repeated their fierce battles of 250 years for fifth, before Lorenzo overcooked things on the next lap and forfeited a points finish. De Angelis was now up to sixth and flying.

By lap ten the San Marinese rider was fourth while more illustrious Honda men Shinya Nakano (San Carlo Honda Gresini RC212V) and Hayden lay ninth and tenth. Dani, had taken second from Stoner while Rossi pressed on at the front, untroubled. The top three were now more than four seconds ahead of De Angelis.

After Stoner edged back past Dani for second the podium order remained unchanged and the only movement in places of significance was maybe the dogged Dovi’s slide back to eighth after his early attack.

Okada finished 14th to collect two World Championship points on the debut of the latest Honda MotoGP powerplant, a commendable result for the 41-year-old stalwart.

Valentino Rossi leads the World Championship order with 122 points to Dani’s 110. Lorenzo lies third with 94 points while reigning World Champion Casey Stoner has 76 in fourth. Catalunya, the seventh round of this 18-race series is next weekend.

250cc Grand Prix
Marco Simoncelli (Gilera) won his home race and his first ever 250cc Grand Prix with a victory over Alex Debon with Thomas Luthi third (both Aprilia). But the fallers in this 21-lap race are maybe of more significance.

Alvaro Bautista fell and could not rejoin the race on lap six, Lukas Pesek (Gilera) succumbed soon after, Yuki Takahashi (JiR Scot Honda RS250RW) was next, the determined Japanese man visiting the gravel in a bid to hang onto Debon and Luthi who were disputing third place.

But the biggest upset was when Simoncelli led onto the straight for the final lap and felt Barbera clip his machine and tumble behind him. The Italian glanced behind him to see the Spaniard sliding along the tarmac then duly completed the final lap for the win.

Among the benefactors of this attrition were series points leader Mika Kallio (KTM) who retained his overall lead by gradually inheriting fourth place. The points table now shows the Finn on top with 106, Mattia Pasini (Aprilia) who was fifth today second on 88 and Debon third with 79 points to Siomncelli’s 78 for fourth. Despite his no-score race Takahashi holds sixth place with 59 points.

Ratthapark Wilairot (Stop And Go Racing RS250RW) finished tenth from 17th on the grid, his best result so far this season.

125cc Grand Prix
This 20-lap race embodied all that is best about 125cc racing – fierce and frantic action all the way down the field. The victory went to Italian native Simone Corsi with reigning World Champion Gabor Talmacsi (both Aprilia) second. Pol Espargaro (Derbi) was third.

Talmacsi got the holeshot but it was not long before the rest of the field were on his tail and by mid-race distance a 12-rider lead group was covered by just over one second. This race would be tight throughout and the last lap would decide the outcome.

British rider Bradley Smith (Aprilia) led the pack across the line on the final lap but he was overhauled into turn one by his rivals and never got back on terms at the sharp end. In the sprint finish for the line Corsi just got the verdict with the first three riders covered by a mere four thousandths of a second.

The World Championship points table now looks like this after six rounds: Corsi tied with Di Meglio (Aprilia), who was fourth today, on 87 points at the top and Nicolas Terol (Aprilia), who finished seventh here today, third on 75 points.

Honda rider quotes GP Italy, June 1, 2008.

Andrea DOVIZIOSO (JiR Team Scot MotoGP)

Shinya NAKANO (San Carlo Honda Gresini)

Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda: 3rd.
"That was a really tough race because Valentino's pace was very, very fast. I got a good start and the rhythm was really high, at first I was able to go with them, then I had a battle with Casey. I tried to catch him at the end but it was impossible. It was great to be on the podium, it's a good result for the championship, but while consistency is always important, we need to win more races. The engine was good today, our main concern now is tyre consistency during the second part of races. I was losing the front towards the end of today's race, so tyres are what we must focus on. It was very important that Okada finished today, gathering a lot of data which we will examine and discuss tonight. Valentino had his seventh win here today, I hope it will be my turn at Catalunya."

Alex De Angelis, San Carlo Gresini Honda: 4th.
“I am so happy with this result, this has been an unforgettable day for me. I was fastest in the warm-up and then we’ve had this fantastic result in the race. We knew that the bike was running really well but we were a little down on top speed and we weren’t sure we could stick it out with the other riders in the early battle. I made a disastrous start and was down in fourteenth at the first turn but I refused to give in and at one point I even thought I was in with a shout of a podium because Pedrosa had lost touch with Stoner and he was lapping slower than me. Anyway that wasn’t to be and fourth place is a real bonus, especially in front of our home crowd and all the fans who came to support me.”

Andrea Dovizioso, JiR Scot Honda: 8th.
“It was a hard race, not just because of the physical strain, but also because the heat here was very high! I started like a sprinter, and I took a lot of positions and I had a good rhythm, but during the last laps the rear grip was getting less and less. Between yesterday and today we tried two kinds of tyres one hard that didn’t give me good grip feeling and one medium that was better but with the possibility of the grip reducing at the end of the race. We considered our start position and chose the second tyre that after a while it started to give less grip. If I didn’t have to go so quick from the start, maybe I would have chosen the first one, however it’s been a good race and I enjoyed very much the fight with Loris and he is a very good competitor. This morning I was not very well because my shoulder was in pain but after visiting the Clinca Mobile afterwards, during the race it felt very good. I’m satisfied about t! his result but we have to improve. I did a good race and this is important for all the team.”

Shinya Nakano, San Carlo Gresini Honda: 9th.
“It was a difficult race for us today. The start wasn’t bad and I could see the lead group ahead of me so my intention was to try and catch them. Unfortunately I lost too much time behind Nicky Hayden and when you’re fighting like that it’s hard to keep a consistent rhythm. So basically I lost touch with the group ahead of me and lost the opportunity to finish any higher up. I’m disappointed with the result here but confident about the Catalunya GP.”

Nicky Hayden, Repsol Honda: 13th
"This morning we made a nice step, we made a suspension adjustment and the bike felt a lot better, so we had a pretty good pace. We were certainly unlucky in the race. I got an awesome start, felt pretty good, but it was clear from the beginning that we had a problem. Guys started coming past and there was nothing I could do, there was no way to defend. So I just tried to get to the finish and get a couple of points. They're checking the data now to see exactly what happened. Like I said, we were quite unlucky, I knew we didn't have Rossi's pace this morning, but we had enough pace to be in there, to be quite competitive. I don't know yet which engine I'll be using next weekend. To be honest, I've been concentrating on this race, so I haven't thought about it yet."

Tadayuki Okada, San Carlo Gresini Honda: 14th.
"We finished the race and this was the most important thing of all - we have gathered plenty of data which we can now analyse. We still have some issues with edge grip and this is the next step to improve the engine - the bike was sliding today so I couldn't fully use its power. The engine's strong point is its higher rev ceiling which gives an advantage on the straights, but we still need to improve driveability. My thanks to Repsol Honda and to HRC for all their work with this engine. It was very exciting for me to race in a GP again - it felt really amazing when I crossed the finish line!"

Randy De Puniet, LCR Honda: dnf – crash.
“I am very disappointed because I made a very good start, probably the best of this season, and I was in the top ten on the first lap. But I immediately felt a strange feeling in the rear and the bike started to slide and bump. I tried to keep my position but it was not possible and lost some places. Then, on lap six at turn two, I overtook Vermeulen but he probably hit my brake lever and I was not able to control the bike. I crashed and suffered a small injury in my left little finger. It aches a lot now but it will be OK for Barcelona.”

Ratthapark Wilairot, Thai Honda PTT SAG: 10th
“I got a good start and held my position for the first lap and was cautious in the opening laps. But after a while I found a really good rhythm and my times improved and I gained a few places. I am happy to finish 10th my best result of the season so far but I could have been ninth. With two-three laps to go they were showing the yellow flag and I was watching out for a faller. But for that I think I would have passed Espargaro, I needed another lap. The bike was good today, chassis, suspension everything but on the straights I lacked just a little power and could not pass the faster bikes from the slipstream. ”

Yuki Takahashi, JiR Scot Honda: dnf – crash.
"I'm sad because we knew that on this circuit it was difficult for us but yesterday at the end of practice we were in quite good shape and not afraid of anyone. I did a very good start and took a lot of positions, pushing at maximum to stay with the lead group but always I had to brake hard to stay with the people ahead to recover in the corners what they would take from me on the straight and so it was very difficult to make any overtakes. When I was at half-race distance I started to have less rear grip and this hurt my race. It was impossible to open the throttle delicately when I came out of the corner, but for me it was impossible to go slower as soon the team signalled that the KTMs were catching me up and then just a few laps from the end during braking the front washed away and I fell. At the next race at Barcelona I want to run a good race for the team and get the result for them."

Louis Rossi, FFM Honda: 32nd.
“I am disappointed because I made a good start and for a few laps I fought well with my fellow countryman Alexis Masbou. I even managed to overtake him during a tricky braking. But then I wasn't able to keep up with him and the pack in which I was. I got caught out in the last bends and on the straight. We're going to keep working to try and find solutions for the next Grand Prix in Barcelona next weekend.”

MotoGP World Championship Grand Prix Round 06
Italy Grand Prix at Mugello

1 Valentino ROSSI (Fiat Yamaha Team)
2 Casey STONER (Ducati Marlboro Team)
3 Dani PEDROSA (Repsol Honda Team)
4 Alex DE ANGELIS (San Carlo Honda Gresini)
5 Colin EDWARDS (Tech 3 Yamaha)
6 James TOSELAND (Tech 3 Yamaha)
7 Loris CAPIROSSI (Rizla Suzuki MotoGP)
8 Andrea DOVIZIOSO (JiR Team Scot MotoGP)
9 Shinya NAKANO (San Carlo Honda Gresini)
10 Chris VERMEULEN (Rizla Suzuki MotoGP)
11 Sylvain GUINTOLI (Alice Team)
12 Toni ELIAS (Alice Team)
13 Nicky HAYDEN (Repsol Honda Team)
14 Tadayuki OKADA (Repsol Honda Team)
15 Anthony WEST (Kawasaki Racing Team)
Dani PEDROSA (Repsol Honda Team)

Dani PEDROSA (Repsol Honda Team)
1 Marco SIMONCELLI (Metis Gilera)
2 Alex DEBON (Lotus Aprilia)
3 Thomas LUTHI (Emmi - Caffe Latte)
4 Mika KALLIO (Red Bull KTM 250)
5 Mattia PASINI (Polaris World)
6 Roberto LOCATELLI (Metis Gilera)
7 Karel ABRAHAM (Cardion AB Motoracing)
8 Hiroshi AOYAMA (Red Bull KTM 250)
9 Aleix ESPARGARO (Lotus Aprilia)
10 Ratthapark WILAIROT (Thai Honda PTT SAG)
11 Julian SIMON (Repsol KTM 250cc)
12 Alex BALDOLINI (Matteoni Racing)
13 Eugene LAVERTY (Blusens Aprilia)
14 Fabrizio LAI (Campetella Racing)
15 Imre TOTH (Team Toth Aprilia)
1 Simone CORSI (Jack & Jones WRB)
2 Gabor TALMACSI (Bancaja Aspar Team)
3 Pol ESPARGARO (Belson Derbi)
4 Mike DI MEGLIO (Ajo Motorsport)
5 Bradley SMITH (Polaris World)
6 Sergio GADEA (Bancaja Aspar Team)
7 Nicolas TEROL (Jack & Jones WRB)
8 Sandro CORTESE (Emmi - Caffe Latte)
9 Joan OLIVE (Belson Derbi)
10 Stefan BRADL (Grizzly Gas Kiefer Racing)
11 Stevie BONSEY (Degraaf Grand Prix)
12 Andrea IANNONE (I.C. Team)
13 Raffaele DE ROSA (Onde 2000 KTM)
14 Scott REDDING (Blusens Aprilia Junior)
15 Michael RANSEDER (I.C. Team)

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