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The Pedrosa´s victory at Sachsenring

The Pedrosa´s victory at Sachsenring

The Pedrosa´s victory at Sachsenring

One of the key victories in Dani Pedrosa's march to the 250 title in 2005 came at the German GP where the Honda rider was involved in a memorable, if controversial clash with Jorge Lorenzo that created a lot of friction between the two Spaniards. However, Pedrosa survived the incident, which saw his exhaust pipe come loose, to take a major step towards the quarter-litre class crown.

That win was the 20th of his career and allowed him to extend his lead at the top of the championship to 50 points over closest rival Casey Stoner, and to 57 over third-placed Andrea Dovizioso.

In the race itself, Lorenzo made a fantastic start, opening up a gap over Japanese rider Hiroshi Aoyama. However, his rivals soon reacted and Lorenzo lost his lead. The Mallorcan rider then tried to snatch it back with an impetuous overtaking manoeuvre on Pedrosa which saw the two riders come together. Lorenzo was forced off the track and had to retire while Pedrosa saw his exhaust pipe dislodged to the extent it was almost scraping along the ground.

After a couple of seconds of uncertainty, Pedrosa got his focus back on the race and put any potential power-loss problems to the back of his mind. Despite the artificial damage to his bike, the Spaniard was able to push on and reclaim first place, taking the chequered flag to ensure he entered the final third of the season in a commanding position.

250cc, 2006

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