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GP Week : Issue 161
Stoner was frustrated, explaining he had planned his “win or bin” effort for the next corner. “I felt confident I could pull Dani back, and I got onto him exactly where I wanted, and planned to make my overtake into the last corner. As I eased off the brakes I guess the weight came off the front, and down I went.” There was an almighty battle for the last rostrum spot, with at one stage seven riders jostling nose to tail. By half distance three Yamahas had broken free, dropping to two as Cal Crutchlow ran off at the first corner, rejoining at the back of the next gang. This left his Monster Yamaha team- mate Andrea Dovizioso and second factory rider Ben Spies battling as at Assen the weekend before. That went to Dovi when Spies’s rear tyre failed. It went his way again in a straight fight to the line. The Italian was glowing; Spies downcast, after he waited too long in a waiting game dictated by a shortage of edge grip and acceleration. “I had a good pace, but not enough to outbrake him,” he said. Another seven seconds down Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda) led a fighting gang, now six-strong and covered by 1.4 seconds. The German had been in front throughout, with the others see-sawing behind him. At the end Valentino Rossi (Marlboro Ducati) had come through while Alvaro Bautista (San Carlo Honda) had caught up from his back-row start, getting ahead of Crutchlow, Hector Barbera (Pramac Ducati) and Nicky Hayden (Marlboro Ducati). Randy de Puniet (Power Electronics ART) was easily best of the CRT bikes, 25 seconds behind. Lorenzo left Germany with 160 points while Pedrosa moved to second on 146, to Stoner’s 140. Dovizioso has 92, 39 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: MOTOGP >>> SACHSENRING