Pedrosa scores back-to-back MotoGP wins

Jorge Lorenzo, Dani Pedrosa and Valentino Rossi celebrate on the podium

Jorge Lorenzo, Dani Pedrosa and Valentino Rossi celebrate on the podium

Repsol Honda rider Dani Pedrosa has taken his first consecutive premier class victories after winning the latest MotoGP race at Misano.

Pedrosa took his fourth win of the season, finishing first ahead of Championship leader and rival Jorge Lorenzo and home-town favourite Valentino Rossi.

Pedrosa set a stunning pace from the start and was almost 1.5s clear of Lorenzo by only the third lap, as he set a lap record early on in the 28-lap contest.

While Pedrosa pulled away and Lorenzo riding a lone race in second position, the real battle was for the final podium spot. Rossi and Casey Stoner fought a great battle with the pair swapped positions a couple of times before the Italian made a move stick. Andrea Dovizioso also passed the Australian shortly after.

Rossi and Dovizioso pulled away as they contended for the honour of highest placing Italian rider, and it was a battle the reigning World Champion eventually won comfortably.

At the end of the race, Pedrosa crossed the finish line 1.9s clear of Lorenzo, with Rossi just over a second behind his Fiat Yamaha team-mate.

Lorenzo’s lead at the top of the standings is now 63 points over Pedrosa, with Rossi moving into fourth overall, nine points behind Dovizioso.

Following Dovizioso and Stoner was the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 pair Ben Spies and Colin Edwards in sixth and seventh respectively, with Álvaro Bautista, Héctor Barberá (Páginas Amarillas Aspar) and Marco Melandri (San Carlo Honda Gresini) completing the top 10.

Melandri’s team-mate Marco Simoncelli crashed but rejoined the race to finish 14th, while Mika Kallio (Pramac Racing) was forced to retire late on.

There were also two early fallers. At turn one, Loris Capirossi (Rizla Suzuki) and Nicky Hayden (Ducati Team) went down together. The American rejoined the race but later had to retire with the Italian suffering the disappointment of a DNF on his 200th premier class start.

Here are the race highlights


Pos Rider Nation Team Bike Time/Gap
1 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda


2 Jorge LORENZO SPA Fiat Yamaha Team Yamaha


3 Valentino ROSSI ITA Fiat Yamaha Team Yamaha


4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Repsol Honda Team Honda


5 Casey STONER AUS Ducati Team Ducati


6 Ben SPIES USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha


7 Colin EDWARDS USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha


8 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki


9 Hector BARBERA SPA Paginas Amarillas Aspar Ducati


10 Marco MELANDRI ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda


11 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Pramac Racing Team Ducati


12 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN Interwetten Honda MotoGP Honda


13 Randy DE PUNIET FRA LCR Honda MotoGP Honda


14 Marco SIMONCELLI ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda


  Mika KALLIO FIN Pramac Racing Team Ducati

11 Laps

  Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati

25 Laps

  Loris CAPIROSSI ITA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki

0 Lap

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