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Spain's Dani Pedrosa wins Portuguese MotoGP in Estoril

Dani Pedrosa celebrates in Portugal

Highlights - Pedrosa wins Portugal MotoGP (UK users only)

Spain's Dani Pedrosa sent a warning shot to his rivals with a fine tactical ride to win the Portuguese MotoGP.

Pedrosa stayed on pole-sitter Jorge Lorenzo's tail until four laps from the end, when he passed the reigning champion and took a commanding lead.

Pedrosa's Honda team-mate Casey Stoner finished third, seven-time champion Valentino Rossi was fifth and Britain's Cal Crutchlow was eighth.

Lorenzo leads the standings with 65 points, Pedrosa is second with 61.

"It has been very difficult for me lately so to be here after such an inconvenience is incredible," said the 25-year-old, referring to his recent shoulder operation.

"The race was very tough, Jorge had amazing pace all the time. But at the end I was there with him and I didn't want to be second again.

He deserved the win, the important thing was to finish the race and get some points for the championship

Jorge Lorenzo on Dani Pedrosa

"I'm in a lot of pain now but I just want to thank all the doctors who have helped me to be here."

Lorenzo, 23, said: "I didn't let him pass, he was just a little bit faster. He was behind me all the race and maybe I was more tired physically because I was pushing and pushing and he was just following me.

"He deserved the win, the important thing was to finish the race and get some points for the championship."

The Estoril race got off to a dramatic start when Italy's Marco Simoncelli, criticised by Lorenzo this week for his aggressive style, failed to complete the first lap as he high-sided his Gresini Honda on the exit of turn four.

Rossi took advantage of his compatriot's accident to move up from ninth to fourth on the grid as Lorenzo and Pedrosa made a break from the rest of the pack.

Lorenzo's team-mate Ben Spies had already left the circuit once when he ditched his Yamaha into a gravel trap at the midway point as the front two increased their lead over Stoner.

Pedrosa overcomes pain to win

Pedrosa was showing no ill effects from that recent operation, which removed a steel plate from his shoulder, and continued to pursue Yamaha's Lorenzo, who had won all three of his previous MotoGP visits to Estoril from pole position.

Finally, Pedrosa made his move with four laps remaining as he raced up the inside and he had opened up a three-second lead by the chequered flag.

There was further drama at the finishing line as Andrea Dovizioso, the third and final Repsol Honda team member, pipped Rossi to fourth place by only 0.2 seconds.

Crutchlow's performance was all the more impressive because it was his first visit to the circuit and he had surgery on his right arm only weeks ago.


Moto GP result:

1 D Pedrosa (Spn) Honda 45 minutes 51.483 seconds
2 J Lorenzo (Spn) Yamaha 45:54.534
3 C Stoner (Aus) Honda 45:59.141
4 A Dovizioso (Ita) Honda 46:08.013
5 V Rossi (Ita) Ducati 46:08.038
6 C Edwards (US) Yamaha 46:24.058
7 H Aoyama (Jpn) Honda 46:30.232
8 C Crutchlow (GB) Yamaha 46:32.395
9 N Hayden (US) Ducati 46:46.370
10 R de Puniet (Fra) Ducati 46:51.180

Overall standings:

1 J Lorenzo 65 points
2 D Pedrosa 61
3 C Stoner 41
4 V Rossi 31
5 N Hayden 30
6 A Dovizioso 30
7 H Aoyama 28
8 C Crutchlow 21
9 C Edwards 18
10 H Barbera 14
11 K Abraham 12
12 T Elias 12
13 M Simoncelli 11
14 B Spies 10
15 L Capirossi 9


Moto 2 result:

1 S Bradl (Ger) Kalex 44 minutes 40.765 seconds
2 J Simon (Spn) Suter 44:40.912
3 Y Yakahashi (Jpn) Moriwaki 44:46.953

Others:

25 S Redding (GB) 46:06.955
29 B Smith (GB) 2 laps

Championship standings:

1 S Bradl (Ger) 61 pts
2 A Iannone (Ita) 48
3 S Corsi (Ita) 37

8 B Smith (GB) 20
16 K Coghlan (GB) 8


125cc result:

1 N Terol (Spn) Aprilia 41 minutes 21.986 seconds
2 S Cortese (Ger) Aprilia 41:25.657
3 J Zarco (Fra) Derbi 41:26.452
4 M Vinales (Spn) Aprilia 41:26.454
5 J Folger (Ger) Derbi 41:34.126

Others:

15 D Kent (GB) Aprilia 42:35.738
16 D Webb (GB) Mahindra 42:37.343

Championship standings:

1 N Terol (Spn) Aprilia 75 pts
2 S Cortese (Ger) Aprilia 50
3 J Zarco (Fra) Derbi 42

Others:

8 D Kent (GB) Aprilia 17
12 T Mackenzie (GB) Aprilia 11



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