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Second win in a row for Repsol Honda

Second win in a row for Repsol Honda

Second win in a row for Repsol Honda

Repsol Honda star Dani Pedrosa was untouchable in British Grand Prix, sweeping to a brilliant victory that had looked on the cards all weekend. After taking the lead on lap 11 of the 30-lap race, none of his rivals could cope with the devastating pace of the 20-year-old Spaniard as he took his second victory of his debut MotoGP season.

From pole position, Pedrosa was second into the first corner and immediately began look for a way past early leader Marco Melandri on the Fortuna Honda. On lap five the reigning 250cc world champion dived down the inside of the Italian at the Melbourne hairpin, only to run wide. Having settled back into his rhythm he took the lead with an elegant move into McLeans corner six laps later and quickly opened up a comfortable seven-second gap which he controlled to the end of the race. In a display of total dominance this weekend, Pedrosa repeated his performance from the Grand Prix of China earlier in the season by taking pole position, fastest lap and the race win.

His team mate, Nicky Hayden fought to a solid seventh place to maintain his lead in the riders' world championship. The 24-year-old American had a tricky weekend trying to find the best settings for his evolution RC211V at the 4.023km (2.500 miles) Donington circuit. He was fastest in the wet warm-up session this morning and had moved up to seventh place from his starting of position of 11th when he ran on at the Fogarty Esses. Again he showed characteristic determination to fight back to seventh at the finish and now holds a 26-point lead in the riders' World Championship over Pedrosa.

Dani Pedrosa
`I'm happy because this was almost the perfect weekend the team did a great job in every session. My start was good and then I pushed really hard and tried to get past Marco but it was not so easy. When I tried to overtake I braked but I couldn't stop the machine so I was getting closer and closer to him and he was about to turn in. I was saying, "please leave room!" and luckily he did. Then I was able to get back in front. I didn't know at that point if I could open up a gap because this class is really close, but at the end I slowed down a little bit to be careful. I'm really pleased with the win and I think the English crowd enjoyed the race too, and this British weather is really good! I'm not looking at the championship position because that's not my target this year. My focus is still on getting the best performance from myself and taking profit from my opportunities´.

Nicky Hayden
`It's been quite a tough weekend and things didn't quite go for us here. This morning, being fastest in the warm-up in the wet was quite positive and had me hoping for rain in the race, though really we needed that 20 minutes to try a few more things out. We used a quite lot of time on Friday testing some new parts and yesterday we made some progress, though we had a little electrical problem in the afternoon. That's all excuses though and the bottom line is that we didn't get it done this weekend. I was coming through the field and making up some places when I made a mistake, got into the chicane bit hot and went straight on. That hurt, but I got back on the track, put my head down and clawed back a few places. We'll regroup now, think about what didn't go so well this weekend and try to do better in Sachsenring. Everyone in the team worked really hard this weekend we'll come back strong at the next race´

MotoGP, 2006, GAS BRITISH GRAND PRIX, Repsol Honda Team

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