2010 Sachsenring MotoGP Race Result - Drama-Filled Two-Part Race Produces Thrilling Finish

Results and summary of the MotoGP race at the Sachsenring:

Dani Pedrosa has closed the championship gap to Jorge Lorenzo, by taking victory in a drama-filled MotoGP race in Germany. The race was run in two parts, after an incident on lap 10 in which Aleix Espargaro and Randy de Puniet collided, bringing Alvaro Bautista down with them. The crash left bikes and riders lying on the track, causing the race to be red-flagged and restarted. De Puniet was taken off to the Clinica Mobile, where the LCR Honda rider was diagnosed with a fractured tibia and fibula. Espargaro and Bautista were only slightly more lucky, the two Spaniards failing to return to the pit lane in time, and so were not allowed to restart the race. Afterwards, it emerged that Espargaro had fractured a vertebra, and is in doubt

The restart saw a rerun of the the first race, with Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa making a break at the front, while Casey Stoner struggled to get past Andrea Dovizioso, achieving that too late to make an impact on the front runners. But the difference between race 1 and race 2 was Dani Pedrosa. The Repsol Honda rider had been strong in the first race, but Lorenzo appeared to have the situation under control. In race 2, the tables were turned. Pedrosa mounted a stronger challenge, pushing Lorenzo hard for the first half of the 21 remaining laps of race 2, passing Lorenzo into turn 1 at the start of lap 9. That challenge was too hard, however, and Pedrosa ran wide, allowing Lorenzo to take the lead back by sliding underneath Pedrosa.

But Pedrosa still had plenty of fight left in him. He closed on the Fiat Yamaha rider for the rest of the lap, and tried again at the same place at the start of lap 10. This time, he held his line and held off Lorenzo, and stepped up the pace. Pedrosa's times dropped a couple of tenths, cracking into the 1'21s and inching away from Lorenzo. The Fiat Yamaha man had nothing for Pedrosa, and knew he could only match Pedrosa's pace by taking too many risks, not something he was prepared to do with a 52 point lead in the championship. Lorenzo let Pedrosa go, the Repsol Honda rider taking a convincing victory in Germany, his second of the season, and closing the gap to Lorenzo by 5 valuable points.

While the action for the lead was merely interesting, the battle behind was fierce, and fiercely entertaining. Valentino Rossi, having recovered remarkably well from his leg injury, and more importantly, his shoulder injury, had muscled his way forward past Nicky Hayden and Andrea Dovizioso, and had set about catching Casey Stoner. The nine-time world champion took 7 laps to do it, but on lap 13, Rossi was with Stoner, and started to challenge the Marlboro Ducati rider.

He first tried at the bottom of the Waterfall, but ran wide on the way out of Turn 13, allowing Stoner to get back again. He tried again at the same place on lap 15, and this time he made it stick. But only for a lap, when Stoner dived back underneath to take back 3rd. Rossi tried again at Turn 13 a lap later, only to have Stoner pass him in the same place the next lap. Rossi took 3rd back again on the penultimate lap, Stoner losing ground out of Turn 13 and having to close back again.

The pair arrived at the top of the hill on the final lap, with one more chance for Stoner to take back the last podium spot. He was too far back on into Turn 13, but Rossi had to make a choice: The Fiat Yamaha rider elected to defend into the penultimate corner by taking a tighter line, and this opened up a perfect opportunity for Stoner. The Australian used 13 to make a run into the next - and last - corner, and shoved his Marlboro Ducati elegantly up the inside of Rossi's Yamaha, leaving the Italian with no choice but to cede the position, or risk a crash. Knowing he was just back from injury, Rossi chose the safer option of finishing and taking some points.

Behind Stoner and Rossi, Andrea Dovizioso, Marco Simoncelli and Nicky Hayden had been battling over 5th, and Hayden seemed to have the situation under control. But at the start of the last lap, Hayden hooked his gear lever and clicked back into first, running wide into Turn 1 and giving up two positions to Andrea Dovizioso and Marco Simoncelli. The Repsol Honda rider took 5th, while San Carlo Gresini man Simoncelli ended up 6th.

The injuries to Espargaro and De Puniet see a depleted field head to Laguna Seca. While there were 17 riders on the grid at the Sachsenring, there could just be 15 at Laguna.

Race, final results:

Pos. No. Rider Manufacturer Time Diff
1 26 Dani PEDROSA HONDA 28'50.476  
2 99 Jorge LORENZO YAMAHA 28'53.831 3.355
3 27 Casey STONER DUCATI 28'55.733 5.257
4 46 Valentino ROSSI YAMAHA 28'56.099 5.623
5 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO HONDA 29'07.634 17.158
6 58 Marco SIMONCELLI HONDA 29'08.233 17.757
7 69 Nicky HAYDEN DUCATI 29'08.411 17.935
8 11 Ben SPIES YAMAHA 29'11.433 20.957
9 40 Hector BARBERA DUCATI 29'12.476 22.000
10 33 Marco MELANDRI HONDA 29'25.693 35.217
11 65 Loris CAPIROSSI SUZUKI 29'35.518 45.042
12 15 Alex DE ANGELIS HONDA 29'35.680 45.204
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Race Part 1 results, after 9 laps: 

Pos. No. Rider Manufacturer Time Diff
1 99 Jorge LORENZO YAMAHA 12'27.482  
2 26 Dani PEDROSA HONDA 12'27.817 0.335
3 27 Casey STONER DUCATI 12'28.721 1.239
4 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO HONDA 12'30.160 2.678
5 46 Valentino ROSSI YAMAHA 12'30.442 2.960
6 69 Nicky HAYDEN DUCATI 12'34.724 7.242
7 58 Marco SIMONCELLI HONDA 12'34.916 7.434
8 40 Hector BARBERA DUCATI 12'37.242 9.760
9 14 Randy DE PUNIET HONDA 12'37.557 10.075
10 33 Marco MELANDRI HONDA 12'38.534 11.052
11 65 Loris CAPIROSSI SUZUKI 12'38.952 11.470
12 41 Aleix ESPARGARO DUCATI 12'39.254 11.772
13 36 Mika KALLIO DUCATI 12'39.426 11.944
14 11 Ben SPIES YAMAHA 12'39.654 12.172
15 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SUZUKI 12'40.222 12.740
16 15 Alex DE ANGELIS HONDA 12'46.866 19.384
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  5 Colin EDWARDS YAMAHA 10'50.871 2 laps
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Disappointed that Spiesus ended up so far back, but there was no shortage of excitement

Pedrosa gets the better of Lorenzo on a battle in Moto GP?
too bad JLo's lead is too big, or else he could be worried with Mini P and Rossi returning.

Nice podium for Stoner, seems that's all the bike has got.
Even better return for Rossi. Rode hard and fast, didn't get afraid of going wheel to wheel.

It was a surprisingly good race.

It's a pity that the astonishing Rossi come back will get most of the hype and Simoncelli strong weekend may get some shade.

I would like to be happy for the unbelievable Doctor performance (I wonder what Stoner thought of being passed by a guy with a 1,5 legs) but more than anything else I am terribly sad for RdP.
Different to Rossi he hadn't left a WC on the ground but still this was his best ever season with some great exciting riding. What a super-unlucky weekend. And it's quite a serious injury. I wish him all the best.

I have to hand it to Pedrosa today because the way he chased down and pressured Jorge doesn't seem like the type of riding he normally does to win. Great first race back for Rossi. And Lorenzo's lead is only another blown engine away from not looking so big maybe with still plenty of racing left. Too bad Hayden didn't have that extra bit to hang on to 5th.

It is nice to see Dani at the top again, in the preseason i read very bad comments about Dani, fortunately results talk for him.

Nice to see to Stoner winning to the strong Valentino.


Though the rules & regulations did state that riders not returning to pit within 5 mins will not be allowed to restart, I feel sorry for Bautista. Race director could had make an exception because he crash into Randy's LCR trying to avoid the actual Randy! Like what Paul Dennings said: "Only 17 bikes on the grid now...."

Sorry for Randy's injury. His racing this year has been spectacular.

Great riding Vale....sparring a fit Stoner for the podium.

Alex running at the back hint at the fact riding these MotoGP bikes is getting complicated with hardly any testing, even for an experienced rider with 2 yrs of 800cc in his resume.

The call punished two riders arbitrarily and while meeting the letter of the rule, met neither its intended purpose nor the overall good of the race.

The fans were punished by a bad and pointless call.

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Pedrosa has done extremely well in taking a bike he could barely ride at the start of the year and turn it into a consistent threat. I think Dani has laid to rest four myths about his riding this year.
1: Lacking development set-up skills.
2: Can only win from the front.
3: Cannot pass and fight
4: Weak on the anchors

Dani is not out of this title fight by any stretch of the imagination. Perhaps Yamaha should instruct Valentino to ride as Jorge's wingman....

I have spent a lot of time trying to debunk the first 3 myths about Pedrosa but the 4th cannot be dismissed. Pedrosa struggles on the brakes and is regularly losing the braking battle. You can visibly see the rear coming up on him when the pressure is on.

However, what he did show is that he is willing to force his way in front, making the rider have to brake even earlier than he does. Great riding nonetheless.

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#1 is debunked, all of the others are still true. Dani was much faster than Lorenzo and he controlled the race from the front. There wasn't much fighting just a few failed pass attemtps. Dani was very weak at the bottom of the hill.

The pass finally happened when Dani took a good line up the hill and then used his diminutive stature to drive past on the front straight.

I've got no ill will against Dani, but his weaknesses are just as real as his strengths.

I think that given the past two races (in addition to several races from 2006-07), we can make a pretty good argument that Pedrosa can actually fight and win position.

I was a little under whelmed by Spies and Edwards, but the commentators here in Australia were unsurprised. They point out that Leguna Seca is this weekend, and that's home, so expect fresh engines and updated parts to arrive in time for that.

I don't remember anyone saying Danni was weak on the brakes - that's been one of his key strengths. He doesn't lack setup skills but he's not as good as some others in that area. He has a particular way he likes the bike to work - like a big 250. Fortunately for him, that is the direction m-gp technology seems to be heading. His other weakness is that he has about 4 weekends a year where he's on it, perfect setup, sharp skills, few mistakes, big motivation and commitment - and then he just leaves everyone behind. The rest of the time, he's ever so slightly second string.


I agree completely about Dani's tendency to either win going away or be back a bit in the first pack of riders. I'm wondering with the bigger engine bikes coming back not far away will that maybe change the way certain guys set up their bikes and if someone like Dani will be worse off with a bigger motor?

Pedrosa won't have a single problem with bigger engines. A few rookie crashes (Istambul, Barcelona and Estoril) were all there was between the title and him.

Suppose the rest of the season continues like this and Pedrosa is able to maintain form and utilize Honda reliability to remain at the front for the remainder of the season, wouldn't that be one hell of a dilemma for Rossi?

If Rossi's fresh engines allow him to hunt down Pedrosa, Lorenzo wins the title. If neither Yamaha can match the pace of the Honda, Yamaha will expect Rossi to act as Lorenzo's wing man. This could turn into another interesting 2006 championship race. I doubt the Yamaha's will tangle, but Rossi is going to be in between a rock and a hard place if Pedrosa has the measure of Lorenzo during the second half of the season.

I think with Yamaha knowing how many titles Rossi has brought them and knowing the competitor he is they would expect nothing less of him going for race wins no matter what the situation is. Especially if he knows he'll be on a red bike next year and Jorge won't.

sorry man i had to....that was by far the funniest comment i have ever seen on motomatters...at least i hope that was a joke(note the sarcazm)

Phoenix. Yes Dani used the Honda's superior drive to pull alongside Lorenzo on the inside but he had the balls to grab the picks at the same time. He didn't simply drive past Jorge in the Honda lane. Yes O.K brakes are not his strongest suit and his size does count against him somewhat here. But weak on the anchors he is not.

Did you not see Dani scyth through the pack Rossi style at Catalunya? Well actually none of us saw it on the telly, but it happened. So Dani can pass without hesitation. The pressure he withstood from Casey that day was huge too.

2010 is turning into a landmark year for Dani. Now he's fit and confident and the Honda is starting to work for him he is showing us his true talents. I just hope the Honda isn't as fickle as he says and he can really start to chip away at Lorenzo's lead.

Yes, tongue 'n' cheek for the wingman comment. I'd love to hear the outcry if it happened though. I remember Lawson coming back in 1990 after his injuries and saying he would help Rainey as much as he could to the title. Rather magnanimous of Lawson and he duly did so. I've heard no such murmurrings from Rossi.....

Of course I saw him at Catalunya, but it's hard to say a guy is making passes when he's a half second faster than the rest of the field and he's chopping through the midpack after a mistake. Passing and fighting is something that happens when the bikes are within a few tenths such that racecraft makes more difference than outright pace. The Stoner-Rossi battle is a good example.

Rossi gets credit for passing when he's .5 seconds faster than everyone else in the field b/c Rossi stalks people the entire race then passes late in the race to demoralize his opponents and try to get them to ride beyond themselves and crash. Dani doesn't operate that way. At Sachsenring, Dani tried for 5 laps to get by and when he finally succeeded he pulled away as quickly as possible.

#2-4 on your list are still true of Pedrosa. He has trouble passing bikes of similar pace b/c he can't brake let and then park the bike on the apex. He must get in front and then control the pace. All of his ailments are derived from his inability to block pass. I don't know whether it's caused by his stature or if he just hates sloppy racing lines.

the Rossi you describe is the Rossi of the Biaggi/Gibernau era. The tactics of stressing opponents into a crash doesn't work with his current playmates. These days he has to pass them as soon as possible and get rid of them, before they run off.

What has that got to do with Pedrosa's inability to pull off a late block pass?

Rossi was judged by the Golden Era racers who came before him. The new riders are judged by the performances of previous generations as well. None of the new aliens (Pedrosa least of all) are like the aliens of old. It doesn't matter what bikes they are on. If they want to be known as great racers, great passers, and late brakers, they must replicate the performances of the people who came before them.

And for the record, the greatest stalk-and-pass of Rossi's career happened on an 800cc motorcycle. His antics are simply less frequent.

"Rossi stalks people the entire race then passes late in the race to demoralize his opponents and try to get them to ride beyond themselves and crash." I just mentioned this is not how Rossi operates these days (and you are right, neither is Pedrosa), that's all.

Rossi now vs. Rossi then is its own separate conversation.

Why point out that Rossi is a less prolific racer on an 800 than he was when he was younger? It doesn't make Pedrosa look any better compared to the historical archetype of a great racer.

The bar has been set. It doesn't go down.

To me, Pedrosa's main problems are down to technique vs. strength and weight.

When he has a stable bike and clear road ahead he is incredibly accurate and consistent in his lines and he make the best of his light weight, lifting the bike quicky and accelerating hard out of corners. His technique is faultless.

His problem comes when he has to either keep a bike stable under heavy braking or modify his references and trajectories in a dog-fight. Then is where his lack of weight and strength makes it easier for the back to lift or get out of shape as it tries to overtake the front end under braking. (Rossi for example is great at using his lanky frame to brace himself and keep it nice and stable) Or in a dog-fight when he has difficutly to improvise and change the bikes trajectory when he needs to use his body to counteract the bike's inertia.

Much as I admire him, to me this means that he is flawed as an all-round racer and he will always need everything in place to win and that it would appear happens, well about 2-3 times a year in MotoGP. With a bike advantage like Casey had in 2007 he would doubtless win, but Honda still hasn't produces that bike.

I think Rossi will race to win and make the championship more uncomfortable for Jorge, but unless he has a couple of DNFs, he should be able to have it tied up before the last race.

At least the second half is going to be more fun.

Strange that I don't see anyone commenting on Rossi's amazing ride yesterday.
I really didn't expect him to be able to battle like he did. I think he suprised everyone.
But I guess we should expect the unexpected from the Master.
What was up with all these guys saying he shouldn't ride and wait till he is totally healed up? I had felt that if he wanted to ride, he should go for it. And he did!

the only reason Dani looked so poor down the hill was because he was more worried in carrying speed through the last two corners to do the overtaking at turn one?

The corner down the hill seems tricky enough and many lowsides have happened there. And even if he got through it, Lorenzo could still attack and repass him on the following corner, like Stoner did to Rossi. Instead, Dani could have opted for a safer manuvre in which he'd have a longer straight to make use of his speed and a following sequence of corners in which it'd be much harder for Lorenzo to counter attack.

Maybe he planned all this, maybe he didn't. Who knows?

Dani looked fantastic, etc., etc., but did anyone see the epic battle for third???

You know, the one between Stoner and that other guy that--by many accounts--should be on the sofa for another 2 months?? Simply amazing.

David, the humble pie is warm out of the oven; cut yourself a nice big slice :-p

Great to see Dani in this form and I'm not surprised by Rossi's comeback performance.
The only doubt I had was about his stamina over full race distance.Sure it was a bad injury,but he's well recovered from it.Perhaps the 2 part race played into his hands slightly.Nevertheless,good on him for rejoining the fray ASAP and ignoring the prophets of doom...'what if he has an off' and blah.Also great job by Casey to not pay mind to the hype and just go for it.I think Casey will remember that pass forever.Thrilling stuff by the pair of them.
Really feel for poor old Randy,Aleix and Alvaro.
Obviously Ben must have had some issues,but all credit to him,he was actually only 3 seconds off the battle for fifth at the end.
Roll on Laguna.I can't help but feel that the only Ducati fighting for podium will again be #27.Nicky as always will give it everything,but with Vale back and Ben in the mix its going to be a tough expectation on him.
Seems as though the GP10 Ducati makes no difference.Only Stoner seems able to deliver consistent podiums with the red bike.IF,BUT...etc. Had he won in Quatar as he should have,not binned in Le Mans and not bogged it at Silverstone,well you do the math regarding the current standings.
Anyway,with HRC contract in hand he can be forgiven for laughing his head off inside his Nolan for the rest of the season.He who laughs last,laughs best no doubt.

I thought it was a brilliant race, and much tighter and exciting than expected. Certainly no place to rest at all for Rossi! He truly is the gnarliest rider ever!

One thing I was wondering about though in the first segment was how was Pedrosa suddenly able to keep pace and battle with Lorenzo? Is the engine limit rule finally taking effect and the Yamaha's showing their fragility whilst the Honda's are steaming along at full power? Certainly would explain why Spies wasn't able to make up any ground at all, and this on a tight track similar to the US tracks he battled with Mladin on with for so many years.

I also wondered if with the restart and shortened race length if the bikes were give full tanks of gas and the power turned up? If so, it would explain why we saw so many good battles for once. Pedrosa/Lorenzo, Rossi/Stoner and Dovizio/Hayden/Simoncelli.

I do wish the commentators would stop wasting airtime on the Rossi to Ducati hype. Focus on the racing please!

And lastly, thankfully Speed rebroadcast the race later in the afternoon, edited to fit an hour! My PVR recording on the 5am broadcast (here on the west coast) stopped with 8 laps to go!! No such luck with the Assen race a few weeks ago. They only broadcast that race once!

Yes if we had four Aliens barrelling into the final turn abreast Dani would be the one to come out last. I've always maintained on a big bike Dani's stature is more hindrance than advantage primarily due to his inability to weight the machine properly fore and aft. And as you point out Phoenix this historically has manifested itself in an inability to stuff it up the inside. Maybe things are changing though. The Honda's settling down, Dani's fit and 'strong' and that thing gets off corners like nothing else.

The point of Catalunya is that he charged through half a dozen riders in a single lap. That is not easy against the calibre of the grid. A moments hesitation is an opportunity lost in racing. As mentioned Rossi'esque. Casey never had the chance to jam it up the inside of Dani either.

This year Dani has shown a lot more aggression. This is good. He's winning and it's not all on the back of lightning acceleration, he can do the other things too. There's more than one way to a skin a cat. Most riders prefer to win going away. Certainly my modus operandi on the track back in my occasional day.

I would expect Dani's diminutive stature to be an advantage on corner entry. Because he has less mass to decelerate, he should be able to brake later than his rivals.

If he has difficulty shifting weight aft under braking, perhaps it's his technique. Look at these pictures. You can tell he is under braking by the way his front suspension is compressed. You can also see that he has not slid back in the saddle and is instead all over his tank.

I don't pretend to know more than the average fan.
I'm just saying that maybe Dani really is sub-par on the brakes.
After all, look at Valentino's technique. Notice how he sits back under braking.

How can you tell where Rossi is sitting by these pictures?

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Considering Dani is sub-par on the brakes, wouldn't 5 years have been enough for him to have noticed and done something about it?

anyone out there think that since casey has his contract for handa next year that he would slow down making the ducati any better for his replacement next year??...just a wild fantasy that went through my head...i know he wants to win no matter what but with the championship pretty much out of reach i do wonder

Astute observation rvm46 - but be careful. I got my professionalism attacked on another site for even suggesting that these early signings might have an affect on how riders may approach the rest of this current seasons racing.

There are many issues that pop up when a rider has switched employers mid season and none of them are an advantage to their current employer, or us fans.

No flames please, just my opinion.

The SV650 is the most practical and functional bike I've owned (my 10th). At this point in my life I can purchase any bike I want but I can't find one any better that has all the attributes I want (lightweight, pretty fast, handling, comfortable ergonomics, shops all over the country, etc). My next bike will be the DL650 version.

Other than a too small tank the SV650 is prefect for me!