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2012 MotoGP – Rnd 14 Aragon – Race

Yamaha Factory Racing rider Jorge Lorenzo took his seventh second place finish of the 2012 season today at the Grand Prix of Aragon. Starting from pole the Mallorcan took the holeshot into turn one and began to try and build a gap to Dani Pedrosa chasing in second. As the race progressed tyre grip dropped, allowing the gap to close until Pedrosa was able to pass on the sixth lap. Lorenzo initially attempted to keep pace with the race leader but after a near high side in turn one he made the decision to slow his pace and secure second at the line. The resulting point score sees him head to the tripleheader overseas races with a 33 point lead in the standings.

Ben Spies made a promising start to the Aragon race, climbing a position off the line to drop into the first corner in third behind Pedrosa and hotly pursued by Stefan Bradl and Yamaha Tech3 riders Andrea Dovizioso and Cal Crutchlow. As the two front runners pulled away, Bradl made a move past Spies and then immediately crashed out of the race. The Texan worked hard to fend of the two satellite riders, eventually conceding his third place to Dovizioso on lap 14 and fourth place to Crutchlow on lap 17 to take his third fifth place finish of the year. Spies heads to Motegi in two weeks time still in tenth place in the Championship, now with 88 points.

Jorge Lorenzo

Position 2nd – Time +6.472

“I was thinking to try for the win at the beginning of the race and if that was not possible then second place was the best possible result for the Championship. Dani had a better pace in the end, I was stronger at the start then little by little I was a bit slower, the tyres were slipping a lot and I couldn’t follow him. I nearly crashed in one corner and decided then to stay in second place and wait for the end of the race.”

Ben Spies

Position 5th – Time +13.786

“I struggled a bit with the front tyre today at the beginning and then in the middle of the race. I tried to keep Dovi and Cal at bay as long as I could. Once they passed me I tried to hold onto the back of them in case they made a mistake. The bike was working well we just didn’t have it working as exactly as we needed to stay with them. We did our best they were just too quick in the end.”

Wilco Zeelenberg – Yamaha Factory Racing Team Manager

“A difficult race, a bit of damage control I think. Jorge tried to escape in the beginning but Dani was able to follow. There was no need to win, the Championship situation allows us to have some second places and still win the title. Jorge kept everything under control and finished second.”

Massimo Meregalli – Yamaha Factory Racing Team Director

“The way to the championship title is proceeding well. We’re leaving Europe for the last three overseas races with a good margin in the standings, that is important and gives us confidence. Second position today was key for this. Unfortunately Ben’s race didn’t go as we expected but we know he is there so we’re sure that before the end of the season he will be on the podium.”

Dovizioso pips Crutchlow to podium after exciting Aragon duel

The Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team celebrated a brilliant return to the MotoGP podium in the Gran Premio Iveco de Aragon today after Andrea Dovizioso came out on top of an exciting race long battle with teammate Cal Crutchlow.

Dovizioso secured his sixth podium of the 2012 World Championship campaign after he showed ice cool nerves to fend off the relentless challenge from hard charging Crutchlow to claim a richly deserved third place. Italian Dovizioso and Crutchlow were barely more than two tenths apart for the duration of the 23-lap race, which took place in sunny but cool conditions at the magnificent Motorland Aragon track.

After Stefan Bradl’s early crash, Dovizioso and Crutchlow were pitched into an entertaining battle for third place with Factory Yamaha rider Ben Spies. Crutchlow led the chase of the Texan until he ran slightly off line exiting the final corner on lap 11 and Dovizioso pounced to grab fourth on the long run to the first corner.

Dovizioso seized third from Spies on lap 15 at the second corner and it was at the same point of the track that Crutchlow also made his move on the American on lap 18. The 26-year-old had brilliantly upped his pace by that stage and he launched a sustained attack on Dovizioso that went right down to the wire. The British rider briefly snatched third with a gutsy move at Turn 15 on the penultimate lap but Dovizioso responded instantly to seize the last podium position back.

Seeking to score his second podium in the last three races, Crutchlow tried the same manoeuvre again on the final lap, but Dovizioso was able to launch an instant counter attack and he held on to score his first rostrum since the Indianapolis round.

Dovizioso’s outstanding ride moved him to within seven-points of Casey Stoner in third place in the World Championship standings, while Crutchlow’s 13-points for fourth proved invaluable in his bid to secure fifth in the rankings. He is now seven-points clear of Valentino Rossi and Alvaro Bautista with only four races remaining heading off on the flyaway tour to Japan, Malaysia and Australia.

Andrea Dovizioso

Position 3rd – Time +11.047

“It was a very good race and I am very happy to be back on the podium. It has been a difficult weekend with the weather but the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team did a fantastic job and the bike was very strong in the race. It was a very strategic race for me because right from the start I was quite slow in a few corners so I had to work very hard to stay in front of Ben and Cal. I knew Cal would be pushing very hard at the end of the race because a few times we have battled together like this and I have beaten him, so I knew he would not be giving up without a fight. He tried in the same place on the last two laps but at that point he couldn’t stop the bike and I had a better exit speed to immediately take the third position back. And I know I am very strong on the brakes, so going to the last corner I was confident I could keep him behind me. It is great to be back on the podium, so I want to say a big thanks to my crew for doing such a wonderful job again.”

Cal Crutchlow

Position 4th – Time +11.184

“Obviously it would have been great to be back on the podium after the disappointment of Misano but credit to Andrea because he did a great job as always and I’m taking nothing away from him. I did my best in those last two laps to take third but I knew he had a little better exit speed than me coming out of Turn 15 and that’s how it turned out. It was impossible for me to try again at the last corner but I am happy with fourth because this result once again shows the huge step I have ma de from last season. Today I was close to the podium and last year struggling to be in the top 10. It was a good result for the Championship too because I pulled a small gap on Valentino and Alvaro. I can go into the last four races with a lot of confidence and hopefully enjoy some more good battles with Andrea. I tried my best to beat him today and didn’t quite manage it, so hopefully next time we are in a fight like that it will be me that comes out on top.”

Hervé Poncharal – Monster Yamaha Tech3 Team Manager

“I don’t think anybody can say that Andrea and Cal didn’t put on a fantastic show for the crowd today. I have to congratulate both of them because they have been very fast and really close to each other but at all times they treated each other with the utmost respect. They were very professional because they were very aggressive but without ever stepping over the limit. It was clearly the best battle of the whole race and it could have gone either way. Cal could not have done anything else to get back on the podium but on this occasion he couldn’t quite get the better of Andrea. We know Andrea is fantastic on the brakes and he has a lot of experience, and he needed to dig really deep to keep Cal behind him and get another brilliant podium. They are both so evenly matched and so is the performance of the YZR-M1 that it is always going to be a close battle and hopefully we will see more of that in the last four races. I’m sure the fans won’t be complaining and once again I think the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team put on a brilliant display.”

2012 MotoGP Spain

Motorland Aragon 30/09/2012 23 Laps

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1 Daniel Pedrosa Honda ESP 42’10.444
2 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha ESP 0’06.472
3 Andrea Dovizioso Yamaha ITA 0’11.047
4 Cal Crutchlow Yamaha GBR 0’11.184
5 Ben Spies Yamaha USA 0’13.786
6 Alvaro Bautista Honda ESP 0’28.166
7 Jonathan Rea Honda GBR 0’32.290
8 Valentino Rossi Ducati ITA 0’44.432
9 Karel Abraham Ducati CZE 0’57.417
10 Aleix Espargaro ART ESP 0’58.525
11 Randy De Puniet ART FRA 0’59.863
12 Hector Barbera Ducati ESP 1’14.561
13 Yonny Hernandez BQR-FTR COL 1’16.159
14 James Ellison ART GBR 1’16.580
15 Michele Pirro FTR ITA 1’25.815

MotoGP World Standing

Rider Standings After Race 14 of 18

1. Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha ESP 290
2. Daniel Pedrosa Honda ESP 257
3. Casey Stoner Honda AUS 186
4. Andrea Dovizioso Yamaha ITA 179
5. Cal Crutchlow Yamaha GBR 135
6. Alvaro Bautista Honda ESP 128
7. Valentino Rossi Ducati ITA 128
8. Stefan Bradl Honda GER 115
9. Nicky Hayden Ducati USA 93
10. Ben Spies Yamaha USA 88
11. Hector Barbera Ducati ESP 64
12. Randy De Puniet ART FRA 53
13. Aleix Espargaro ART ESP 51
14. Karel Abraham Ducati CZE 32
15. Yonny Hernandez BQR-FTR COL 28
16. Michele Pirro FTR ITA 25

Circuit Length:
5345

Temp:
18

Weather:
Dry

Fastest Lap Ever:
1’48.451
(Casey Stoner, 9/18/2011)

Last Years Winner:
Casey Stoner

Manufacturer Standings

30/09/2012

1 Honda 312
2 Yamaha 306
3 Ducati 152
4 ART 75
5 BQR 31
6 FTR 25
7 Suter 22
8 Ioda 11
10 Kawasaki 2
11 BQR-FTR 5

Team Standings

30/09/2012

1. Repsol Honda Team 460
2. Yamaha Factory Racing MotoGP Team 378
3. Monster Yamaha Tech3 314
4. Ducati Marlboro Team 221
5. San Carlo Honda Gresini 153
6. LCR Honda MotoGP 115
7. Power Electronics Aspar 104
8. Pramac Racing Team 74
9. Avintia Blusens 40
10. Cardion AB Motoracing 32
11. NGM Mobile Forward Racing 22
12. Paul Bird Motorsport 19
13. Speed Master 13
14. Came Ioda Racing Project 11