Pedrosa downs Lorenzo in tight race

Pedrosa took a truly great victory at Estoril

Pedrosa took a truly great victory at Estoril

Repsol Honda rider Dani Pedrosa has overcome Jorge Lorenzo to win the Portuguese Grand Prix at Estoril.

Pedrosa stalked his Spanish countryman for the majority of the race, before pulling the winning passing move on the front-straight with just four laps remaining.

Still recovering from shoulder surgery, Pedrosa was visibly in pain after the race.

Casey Stoner took a distant third, while Andrea Dovisioso made it three Repsol Hondas in the top four by edging Valentino Rossi’s Ducati at the finish line.

Colin Edwards, Hiroshi Aoyama, Cal Crutchlow, Nicky Hayden and Randy de Puniet completed the top 10.

Front-row starter Marco Simoncelli walked away from a major high-side on the opening lap – completing an unwanted trifecta for the Italian, having also crashed in practice and qualifying.

Hector Barbera joined Simoncelli on the pavement at Turn 4 – his first race crash since debuting in the premier class at the beginning of last season.

Karel Abraham was another to crash out – falling on Lap 2.

Pedrosa has now closed to within four points of Lorenzo in the title standings, with Stoner holding down third.

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See below for the race result

Pos. Rider Nation Team Bike Time/Gap
1 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 45’51.483
2 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha +3.051
3 Casey STONER AUS Repsol Honda Team Honda +7.658
4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Repsol Honda Team Honda +16.530
5 Valentino ROSSI ITA Ducati Team Ducati +16.555
6 Colin EDWARDS USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha +32.575
7 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda +38.749
8 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha +40.912
9 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati +54.887
10 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Pramac Racing Team Ducati +59.697
11 Toni ELIAS SPA LCR Honda MotoGP Honda +1’00.374
12 Loris CAPIROSSI ITA Pramac Racing Team Ducati +1’01.793
13 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki +1’24.370
DNF Ben SPIES USA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 16 Laps
DNF Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Ducati 27 Laps
DNF Marco SIMONCELLI ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 0 Lap
DNF Hector BARBERA SPA Mapfre Aspar Team MotoGP Ducati 0 Lap


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