MotoGP: Last-Lap Thriller at the Czech GP

08/26/2012 @ 6:38 pm, by Jensen Beeler7 COMMENTS

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With the signing of Cal Crutchlow for another year with the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 squad, before the Czech GP even got started it was turning the page on another chapter of the MotoGP silly season. The racing too would prove to be pivotal to the Championship. A mix of good and bad weather during the week, Brno would prove to be a dry race, despite hosting a wet warm-up session.

With Dani Pedrosa on form all through Free Practice, the Spaniard’s off in qualifying took him off a step, as he had to ride his “B” bike, which suffered from more chatter. Despite Cal Crutchlow placing second on the grid for the race, the Brit noted what everyone already knew: Sunday’s race would be between Pedrosa and Lorenzo — and he was right.

Separating from the pack early-on, Sunday’s race was defined by an on-the-track game of chess, as Pedrosa stalked Lorenzo in the early part of the race until he made his move. With 11 laps to go in the race, Pedrosa easily passed his rival, but Lorenzo answered. Getting a chance to see Pedrosa’s pace, both riders seemed ready for a duel to the finish, which finally came to a head in the final lap. A miracle pace by Lorenzo, and perfect setup by Pedrosa — answer and respond — the race came down to the final turns, with Pedrosa capitalizing on Lorenzo’s desperate final maneuvers.

The race may only mean five points lost by Jorge Lorenzo, but it also signals the gathering of steam of Dani Pedrosa. Leading only by 13 points now, Lorenzo’s Championship bid is certain to come down to the final race at Valencia, with the only x-factor being the return of Casey Stoner at some point.

With the rest of the race being mostly a procession, the big news was the crash from Ben Spies. Overheating his clutch at the start, Spies relinquished his fourth place position, as he came off the racing line and looked down at his bike. Getting things back together on the second lap, the factory Yamaha rider had to make his way thru the CRT bikes to get back up to the satellite prototypes. Once free with open track in front of him, Spies laid down the hammer, but over-estimated his pace as he low-sided himself out of another race.

Also struggling during the day was Valentino Rossi, whose bike was spewing oil through the exhaust and onto its foot controls. Hampering the nine-time World Champion, Rossi said he could have contended with the satellite Hondas better, had the oil issue not happened, though with his tires going off rather quickly into the race, seventh was likely as best as the Ducati-rider could achieve.

MotoGP takes three weeks off, and returns September 16th to race at Misano for the San Marino GP.

Race Results from the Czech GP at Brno, Czech Republic:

Pos.RiderNationTeamBikeTime
1Dani PEDROSASPARepsol Honda TeamHonda42’51.570
2Jorge LORENZOSPAYamaha Factory RacingYamaha+0.178
3Cal CRUTCHLOWGBRMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha+12.343
4Andrea DOVIZIOSOITAMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha+18.591
5Stefan BRADLGERLCR Honda MotoGPHonda+25.582
6Alvaro BAUTISTASPASan Carlo Honda GresiniHonda+29.451
7Valentino ROSSIITADucati TeamDucati+34.514
8Randy DE PUNIETFRAPower Electronics AsparART+1’04.285
9Karel ABRAHAMCZECardion AB MotoracingDucati+1’08.278
10Aleix ESPARGAROSPAPower Electronics AsparART+1’09.972
11Toni ELIASSPAPramac Racing TeamDucati+1’10.003
12Yonny HERNANDEZCOLAvintia BlusensBQR+1’24.040
13Colin EDWARDSUSANGM Mobile Forward RacingSuter+1’27.898
14Michele PIRROITASan Carlo Honda GresiniFTR+1’36.165
15James ELLISONGBRPaul Bird MotorsportART+1’40.565
16Mattia PASINIITASpeed MasterART+1’41.226
17Danilo PETRUCCIITACame IodaRacing ProjectIoda1 Lap
Not Classified
Ivan SILVASPAAvintia BlusensBQR13 Laps
Ben SPIESUSAYamaha Factory RacingYamaha14 Laps

Source: MotoGP; Photo: Honda

Comment:

  1. JW says:

    Beautiful Dani

  2. bemer2six says:

    We made a small mistake rest assured that wont happen again. we’ll be on the top step next time. BTW This was a good read Jensen to the point no bull shit!!

  3. Damo says:

    Nice to see an exciting MotoGP race for a change, last lap passes don’t seem to happen too much anymore.

  4. David says:

    I sure hope BS sits out the rest of the season before he hurts himself. He just isn’t MotoGp caliber.

    Reminds me of when Michael Andretti tried to race Formula One. He was in way over his head also.

  5. Damo says:

    @David

    Pretty ignorant statement on your part. Spies isn’t MotoGP caliber, but say Bautista, Elias, Hernandez, etc are? You talking rubbish.

    Spies looked the part when he took Assen by a margin Stoner couldn’t close last season. Ben has six MotoGP podiums (including the win at Assen to his name), that is quite a bit ahead of several other riders on the grid.

    I agreed he is having a conspicuously bad season, but to say the man isn’t MotoGP material is just plain daft.

  6. Deanna says:

    @David – “in way over his head” – if Ben was in way over his head, why has he been able to qualify so well all year and why was he able to win at this level?

    talk about b.s.

  7. cpsmith58 says:

    Yeah, all Ben ever did was win 3 c’ships against that punk-ass bitch Mat Mladin and run away and hide in his first ever WSBK season, even after numerous bike issues.