Pedrosa holds off for another win

Updated: August 26, 2012

Spain’s Honda rider Dani Pedrosa won the Czech MotoGP in Brno on Sunday, beating world championship leader Jorge Lorenzo in a nerve-wracking finish.

Pedrosa, who finished the 22 laps on the 5.4-kilometre (3.4-mile) circuit in 42 minutes 51.570 seconds, has narrowed the gap on Lorenzo in the overall standings to only 13 points with six races to go this season.

Britain’s Cal Crutchlow on a Yamaha came in third for the first podium finish of his MotoGP career, ahead of Italian teammate Andrea Dovizioso.

Lorenzo has 245 points at the top of the overall standings, while Pedrosa is second on 232 – but the leader has things to ponder as the Brno winner has lifted the overall trophy in the five previous seasons.

Stoner remained in third place overall with 186 points despite failing to take part after travelling home to Australia for surgery, admitting that his chances of defending last year’s overall trophy were all but gone.

Having decided to retire at the end of this season, Stoner will be replaced at the Repsol Honda team by Spanish youngster Marc Marquez, who won a thrilling Moto2 race in Brno on Sunday, while Germany’s Jonas Folger took the Moto3 honours.

1. Dani Pedrosa (Spain) Honda
2. Jorge Lorenzo (Spain) Yamaha
3. Cal Crutchlow (Britain) Yamaha
4. Andrea Dovizioso (Italy) Yamaha
5. Stefan Bradl (Germany) Honda
6. Alvaro Bautista (Spain) Honda
7. Valentino Rossi (Italy) Ducati
8. Randy de Puniet (France) Aprilia
9. Karel Abraham (Czech Republic) Ducati
10. Aleix Espargaro (Spain) Aprilia