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Spanish MotoGP
Jerez - 30 March, 2008

Dani Pedrosa
Pedrosa's victory delighted the Spanish fans

Honda rider Dani Pedrosa took the championship lead after powering to victory in front of his home crowd at the Spanish MotoGP in Jerez.

Pedrosa, last year's championship runner-up, took the race lead early from second on the grid and finished ahead of Valentino Rossi.

Britain's James Toseland was pushed back into sixth on the final bend.

Jorge Lorenzo came third, as defending champion Casey Stoner finished 11th after twice running in to the gravel.


Pedrosa passed pole sitter Lorenzo on the first corner and was never seriously challenged in the rest of the race.

Pedrosa's first MotoGP win at Jerez comes less than three months after he broke his hand in a training crash.

"I'm very happy about the performance because it comes after a difficult winter during which we couldn't test so much," he said.

"To score good results in two complicated races and lead the championship is very important.

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Report: Pedrosa wins Spanish MotoGP

"I got a good start - not spectacular like in Qatar but effective - so I was able to take the lead."

Stoner was trying make up ground from the start, having begun the day seventh on the grid.

But his chances of a decent finish took a knock on lap three when he ended up in the gravel and was relegated to the back of the field.

By the end, he had battled his way through to 11th place but another misjudgement as he tried to pass Shinya Nakano and Chris Vermeuelen saw him end up in the gravel again.

It's so frustrating as the bike's been working so well in pre-season

James Toseland

Toseland's performance was all the more impressive as he was suffering from a chest infection, but afterwards he said he was pleased with his day's work.

"I've had easier races, I'm not too good but I want to thank the mobile clinic for pumping everything into me," he told BBC Sport.

"It's so frustrating as the bike's been working so well in pre-season - I was hoping for fifth place, better than in Qatar, but to equal that is great."

Jerez MotoGP result:
1 D Pedrosa (Sp) Honda
2 V Rossi (It) Yamaha
3 J Lorenzo (Sp) Yamaha
4 N Hayden (US) Honda
5 L Capirossi (It) Suzuki
6 J Toseland (GB) Yamaha
7 J Hopkins (US) Kawasaki
8 A Dovizioso (It) Honda

MotoGP championship standings:
1 D Pedrosa 41 pts
2 J Lorenzo 36
3 V Rossi 31
4 C Stoner 30
5 A Dovizioso 21
6 J Toseland 20
7 L Capirossi 19
8 N Hayden 19
9 J Hopkins 13
10 S Nakano 10

MotoGP constructor standings:
1 Honda 41 pts
2 Yamaha 40
3 Ducati 30
4 Suzuki 19
5 Kawasaki 13

250cc race result:
1 M Kallio (Fin) KTM 45 mins 27.908
2 M Pasini (It) Aprilia 45:32.185
3 Y Takahashi (Jpn) Honda 45:32.195

250cc championship standings:
1 M Pasini (It) 45 points
2 M Kallio (Fin) 41
3 H Barbera (Sp) 31

Jerez 125cc race result:
1 S Corsi (It) Aprilia 41 mins 46.100
2 N Terol (Sp) Aprilia 41:49.306
3 B Smith (GB) Aprilia 41:51.086
4 S Bradl (Ger) Aprilia 41:51.122
5 P Nieto (Sp) KTM 41:52.354
7 S Redding (GB) Aprilia 42:08.617
DNF D Webb (GB) Aprilia

125cc championship standings:
1 S Corsi (It) 34 points
2 S Bradl (Ger) 29
3 N Terol (Sp) 26

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see also
MotoGP on the BBC
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Steve Parrish's MotoGP column
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Toseland vows to make challenge
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Toseland happy after MotoGP debut
10 Mar 08 |  Motorbikes
Stoner claims win in Qatar opener
09 Mar 08 |  Motorbikes
Qatar MotoGP - as it happened
09 Mar 08 |  Motorbikes
Smith fades but fellow Brits star
09 Mar 08 |  Motorbikes
Toseland set to take up challenge
06 Mar 08 |  Motorbikes
Toseland confident despite crash
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