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GP Week : Issue 161
T it for tat. Jorge Lorenzo got knocked down last week for zero points. Title rival Casey Stoner won the race and took the lead on points, but said of the innocent victim: “I hope Jorge gets his own back.” Eight days later, he gave it to him: a gift of a distant but valuable second place and a return to the championship lead, when he crashed out of the German GP with just two corners to go. Stoner was chasing Repsol Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa, striving to regain a lead he had held for more than half the race. Chasing him in vain. Lap one leader Dani had passed him back on the 19th of 30 laps had set two consecutive fastest laps on the last two laps. Dani was tantalising just out of reach as they plunged down the giddy ‘waterfall’ back straight of the short and intense 3.671-km Sachsenring circuit for the last time. Braking into the corner Stoner ran wide on the entry, hoping to come out tighter and faster for the last corner. But the front wheel tucked under and Dani was on his own. A crowd of 81,360 packing the grandstands gasped as the giant screens showed the crash, and then cut to Dani crossing the line. “It feels good after coming second and third so many times,” the 26-year-old Spaniard crowed. Mainly wet practice left him and others guessing at settings for a dry and sunny race day. “We changed almost everything on the bike, so in the early part Casey was leading quite easily. When I got familiar with the bike I passed, but he stayed close. I knew I had good braking so I was confident for the last lap ... but you never know,” he said. Lorenzo had been trailing the Honda pair at an ever- increasing distance after taking third off Yamaha team-mate Ben Spies on the second lap. He was nursing a painful right foot after his Assen misadventure. He finished alone, almost 15 seconds adrift: “This is not one of our best tracks. It wasn’t possible to win, and I was just controlling the gap to the next riders. I’m a little lucky to be leading the championship because of Casey’s crash, but after the bad luck at Assen ...” 38 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: MOTOGP >>> SACHSENRING