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MotoGPU.K.June 22, 2008
MotoGP World Championship Grand Prix Round 08
British Grand Prix at Donington Park

Dani Pedrosa Third at British Grand Prix

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Dani Pedrosa was third at a windswept Donington Park with the consolation of setting the fastest race lap, behind winner Casey Stoner and Series points leader Valentino Rossi.

Dani PEDROSA (Repsol Honda Team)

Andrea DOVIZIOSO (JiR Team Scot MotoGP)

No one had any answers to Stoner’s speed all weekend and his margin of victory, 5.8 seconds at the flag, was ample evidence of how he dominated proceedings. No matter what the conditions, rain, damp or gusting wind, he had the measure of this track to a far greater extent than any rival.

He powered into the lead from pole into turn one and was never troubled for 30-laps of this 4.023km circuit. Rossi tucked in behind him for the first few laps but when Stoner found his race rhythm, no one could live with it. Andrea Dovizioso (JiR Scot Honda RC212V) tried though, overtaking Rossi for second place on the first lap, but never making any impression on Stoner.

The rookie rider Dovi was full of intent and only Pedrosa matched him for determination in the initial stages of the race, the Spanish ace flying up the order from ninth on the grid to fifth on that opening lap while Nicky Hayden (Repsol Honda RC212V) was circulating in fourth in his first race with the pneumatic-valve engine.

Alex de Angelis (San Carlo Honda Gresini RC212V) fell at the Melbourne Loop hairpin on lap two while domestic hope James Toseland (Yamaha) had already come to grief at turn one on the opening lap. De Angelis would remount to take 15th place, Toseland persevered for the scant reward of 17th.

Stoner meanwhile was carving out early fastest laps and a 1m 29.405s time on lap three was evidence enough of his superiority. By lap four he had nearly a one second advantage over Rossi in second place with Dovi holding third from Pedrosa.

Dani then showed what he could do in the chase by firing his RC212V to a fastest lap of 1m 28.823s as he worked on Dovi for third place. By lap eight he’d disposed of the increasingly rapid Italian and now had Rossi to deal with. Stoner was now ahead of the struggles behind by more than two seconds.

The action was now the fight for second between Rossi and Dani. On lap 14 Dani made the first of a series of attempts to edge past Rossi. But try as he might, Dani couldn’t make any pass stick for more than half a lap. Four times in three laps they swapped places. Stoner was now three seconds ahead.

Rossi and Pedrosa were now seven seconds ahead of Dovi in fourth who in turn was under increasing pressure from Colin Edwards (Yamaha) while Hayden was circulating in sixth place. Edwards was getting stronger as the race ran on and so was Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha).

The Spanish rider snatched sixth place from Nicky four laps from the end and as riders all the way down the field settled for what they’d got after 30 tough laps – there were no more scraps for valuable points.

And the overall points picture has now changed. Rossi still leads, but now with 162 points to Dani’s 151. Stoner has 117 and Lorenzo is still in the picture with 104. These four, but more likely the lead pair, will now dispute the next ten rounds of this World Championship.

250cc Grand Prix
Mika Kallio (KTM) won his fifth 250 race and his 12th Grand Prix from 14th on the grid when he benefited from a spirited tussle between Marco Simoncelli (Gilera) and Alvaro Bautista (Aprilia) who would finish second and third. Kallio was running in third place when, with two laps to go, the lead pair ran wide and let the Finn through to take the flag.

Yuki Takahashi (JiR Scot Honda RS250RW) battled with Simoncelli into turn one from the lights and hopes were high that the determined Japanese rider could be the man to beat here, but he couldn’t maintain his early pace and slid down the field to finish 9th at the flag. Ratthapark Wilairot (Thai Honda PTT SAG RS250RW) was 16th.

The World Championship points table shows Kallio now on 131, Simoncelli with 123 and Alex Debon (Aprilia), who finished seventh today on 108 with ten rounds of the series to go.

125cc Grand Prix
British rider Scott Redding (Aprilia) won his home Grand Prix in fine style from Mike Di Meglio (Derbi) in second and Marc Marquez (KTM) third. He becomes the youngest ever Grand Prix winner and the first British rider to win his home race since 1986.

It was Andrea Iannone (Aprilia) who made the early running until under pressure from the flying Redding, he fell at the notorious Craner Curves with six laps to go handing 15-year-old Redding the win in only his eighth ever Grand Prix.

Louis Rossi (FFM Racing Honda RS125R) finished 23rd and World Championship points leader Di Meglio increased his series lead over second place Simone Corsi, who finished fifth today. Stefan Bradl (Aprilia), who failed to finish today, lies third with 77 points.

Nicky HAYDEN (Repsol Honda Team)

Shinya NAKANO (San Carlo Honda Gresini)

Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda: 3rd.
“This has been a difficult weekend with the weather changing all the time and only one day of dry practice. So, considering that and the effects of my crash during the tests at Barcelona I think that finishing on the podium is a good result for us. I pushed hard today and I really wanted to get second. Unfortunately, starting from the third row at a tight track with a short run to the first corner was never going to be easy. I got a good start, but I got a bit boxed in through the first corner and I lost some time while I was behind Dovizioso. Once I got up with Valentino we had a good battle, made a few passes but I made a couple of mistakes so I lost the possibility to finish second. My Michelin tyres worked well today but I struggled a bit through the direction changes. Anyway, we got some good points for the championship and we can look forward to getting a better result at Assen next weekend.”

Andrea Dovizioso, JiR Scot Honda: 5th.
“This fifth position is an important result for us and I’m happy about it. I made a good start, which allowed me to make a lot of overtaking and for some laps I was there with Valentino Rossi and Dani Pedrosa. In the first part of the race I’m generally faster than other riders and this allows me to gain some positions straight after the start. Then Nicky Hayden and Colin Edwards came back at me quite quickly. I was behind Nicky for a few laps but when I saw Colin arriving I decided to overtake him and improve my rhythm. It went well with Nicky as I passed him, but not so well with Colin who beat me to the chequered flag. I was able to maintain a good pace around 1m 29s but the bike showed the same little problem of balance that we had on Friday. In Assen at the next race it will be crucial and important to produce another good result like this one.”

Nicky Hayden, Repsol Honda: 7th.
“We learned a lot this weekend. We could’ve done with another day in the dry to really understand things. I’m actually pretty positive, we’ll try to put everything we’ve learned to good use at Assen. We didn’t really know what to expect here, everything went smooth until this morning when we had to switch bikes. The first few laps of the race went okay and then about lap nine I had a dash light come on. I didn’t know what it was for, but if a sensor goes bad you realise just how much you use traction control, engine braking control and things like that. It was nothing serious but I lost some confidence for a couple of laps, so my lap times fell and it upset my rhythm while I got my confidence back. The guys are looking into it now. It would’ve been nice to finish higher up, because I’ve got a lot of English guys in the box. The bike was pretty consistent at the end and I got back into the 29s. We learned a lot about fuel, tyre life and so on, we got a lot of information. We knew the first race might not be easy, so I hope we can build from here. Thanks to the team and to HRC for all their hard work.”

Shinya Nakano, San Carlo Gresini Honda: 9th.
“I’m happy with the race because even though I could only make ninth place I managed to get a good start and was able to run with the group immediately ahead of me for most of the race. I actually enjoyed myself on the bike and managed to set some lap times that were faster than we expected, but unfortunately from the 20th lap to the end of the race we started to suffer from chattering on the front end and I could no longer push as hard. Anyway, I’m satisfied with the feeling we found with the bike the engine and the brakes worked really well and that’s something good to take to the next race.”

Randy De Puniet, LCR Honda: 12th.
“It was a difficult race for me. After the start, when Toseland crashed I was behind him and went wide loosing some positions. After that I lost some confidence and was not easy passing the other riders especially in the braking points. On lap 7 I was behind Hopkins and West but could not pass them because the bike was to heavy and could not change directions easily and could not brake as late as I wanted. I struggled for the rest of the race trying to set good lap times without making any mistake. On the last lap some people started to run close to the race track and I lost the concentration for a while so Elias passed me on the straight. This is not a brilliant performance but after the crashes we had in the recent races we are trying to set up the bike in the right way but we still miss something. We will work it out in Assen in the next days”.

Alex De Angelis, San Carlo Gresini Honda: 15th.
“That was a really unlucky race for me because we’ve been fast all weekend in the dry here. I made a good start and quickly got up to speed but I started to notice a chattering problem from the end of the first lap and it was intensifying with every corner. At the end of the second lap it caused me to crash but I decided to get back on and try to finish what was always going to be a tough race for me. Despite the result I’m consoled by the fact it was just a tyre defect that slowed us today. It was the same kind of tyre I used on Friday, when I was really fast in free practice, and in the warm-up this morning so I guess it’s just one of those things.”

Yuki Takahashi, JiR Scot Honda: 9th.
"Today I was ready to make a good race because during practice we had set-up the bike very well. When we got onto the grid for the race I could feel the rear wheel sliding, so we replaced the rear tyre. I made a good start and I felt I could be fast as I was just behind the leader Simoncelli. He was fast too, and tried to pull away. I decided not to attack him immediately, but to follow to try to leave the following group behind. Unfortunately, after a few laps the performance of the bike dropped off a little, but not through any mechanical problem. During the race the tyres and suspension worked well and I regret not having been able to fight for the podium that we all wanted to achieve.”

Ratthapark Wilairot, Thai Honda PTT SAG: 16th.
“My start was not good but I had a good rhythm and was recovering positions and I got up to 13th place. Unfortunately the rear tyre was defective an d this caused me to be cautious, I could not accelerate out of right hand corners for over half the race. If I had opened the throttle as I wanted to I would have crashed. I feel very bad because we could have achieved a better result today.”

Louis Rossi, FFM Honda: 23rd.
“The strong wind made this race extremely difficult. I made a good start but the first laps were heated with a pack of six riders all fighting each other. We stuck together not conceding anything, and I was able to keep up with the German Lasser and the Spaniard Tutusaus. I am both satisfied and disappointed. Satisfied, because I finished ahead of Muresan, Van den Berg and Lacalendola, who all normally finish ahead of me. Disappointed because I would have liked to have kept up with the other riders. I know I am not using enough of an angle with my Honda, which requires me to keep my knee even more in.”

MotoGP World Championship Grand Prix Round 08
British Grand Prix at Donington Park

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

Dani PEDROSA (Repsol Honda Team)
1 Mika KALLIO (Red Bull KTM 250)
2 Marco SIMONCELLI (Metis Gilera)
3 Alvaro BAUTISTA (Mapfre Aspar Team)
4 Hector BARBERA (Team Toth Aprilia)
5 Thomas LUTHI (Emmi - Caffe Latte)
6 Hiroshi AOYAMA (Red Bull KTM 250)
7 Alex DEBON (Lotus Aprilia)
8 Julian SIMON (Repsol KTM 250cc)
9 Yuki TAKAHASHI (JiR Team Scot 250)
10 Aleix ESPARGARO (Lotus Aprilia)
11 Roberto LOCATELLI (Metis Gilera)
12 Karel ABRAHAM (Cardion AB Motoracing)
13 Lukas PESEK (Auto Kelly - CP)
14 Manuel POGGIALI (Campetella Racing)
15 Hector FAUBEL (Mapfre Aspar Team)
1 Scott REDDING (Blusens Aprilia Junior)
2 Mike DI MEGLIO (Ajo Motorsport)
3 Marc MARQUEZ (Repsol KTM 125cc)
4 Sergio GADEA (Bancaja Aspar Team)
5 Simone CORSI (Jack & Jones WRB)
6 Tomoyoshi KOYAMA (ISPA KTM Aran)
7 Joan OLIVE (Belson Derbi)
8 Takaaki NAKAGAMI (I.C. Team)
9 Sandro CORTESE (Emmi - Caffe Latte)
10 Bradley SMITH (Polaris World)
11 Esteve RABAT (Repsol KTM 125cc)
12 Michael RANSEDER (I.C. Team)
13 Randy KRUMMENACHE (Red Bull KTM 125)
14 Raffaele DE ROSA (Onde 2000 KTM)
15 Lorenzo ZANETTI (ISPA KTM Aran)

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