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Pedrosas Sachsenring masterclass

Pedrosas Sachsenring masterclass

Repsol Honda rider Dani Pedrosas excellent performance at the Alice Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland on Sunday afternoon saw the diminutive Catalan star answer the critics with his first win since Donington last year - as he took victory by the biggest winning margin in MotoGP this season.

Repsol Honda rider Dani Pedrosas excellent performance at the Alice Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland on Sunday afternoon saw the diminutive Catalan star answer the critics with his first win since Donington last year - as he took victory by the biggest winning margin in MotoGP this season.

It was difficult to predict what sort of race the former 125cc and 250cc World Champion would have following some inconsistent results in free practice and warm-up in Germany.

But with Pedrosa going into the Sachsenring contest having not tasted victory for more than a calendar year his last previous win coming early in July 2006 at last seasons British Grand Prix, ahead of Italians Valentino Rossi and Marco Melandri there were no signs of nerves at the German track as he got off to a flying start.

The 21 year-old took the hole shot from pole man Casey Stoner having started second on the grid and although the Australian fought back in the early stages Pedrosa had built up a plus three second lead by the half way mark an advantage he increased to 13.166s in the latter stages as the battle for podium places ensued behind him.

That gap between winner and second place was the biggest thus far in 2007 in the premier class the rain at Le Mans and Donington producing 12 and 11 second winning margins respectively highlighting the quality of Pedrosas performance and the strength of Michelin-Honda package in Germany.

After the race Pedrosa preferred to concentrate on the race result rather than starting to think about his World title chances, commenting: Weve got back to winning and this for me is the key point of the day. Maybe weve reduced the points a little bit, but for us, for the team, the good thing was just the win.

A recently modified chassis for the RC212V appears to suit Pedrosa and team-mate Nicky Hayden back on the podium for the second successive race in Germany and Repsol Honda have moved up to third in the Team World Championship standings today, with plenty of excitement guaranteed in the second half of the season.

For Pedrosas full motogp.com interview click on the video link on the left.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2007, ALICE MOTORRAD GRAND PRIX DEUTSCHLAND, Dani Pedrosa

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