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Spaniards are in fine sporting form, the latest success goes to Dani Pedrosa who boosted his world title hopes with victory in the German MotoGP from World championship leader Jorge Lorenzo. Seven-time MotoGP king Valentino Rossi somehow managed to steel the show with fourth place just six weeks after breaking his leg.
Lorenzo was on pole position for race at the Sachsenring. Dani Pedrosa passed Lorenzo for an early advantage with Hector Barbera surging into third. However, Pedrosa ran wide allowing Lorenzo back in front. Rossi dropped back to seventh, but soon passed a slowing Barbera to go into sixth place.
The race had to be stopped at one stage following a nasty incident.
Randy de Puniet slid off his Honda with Alvaro Bautista and Aleix Espargaro unable to avoid the carnage. De Puniet's bike caught fire on the tarmac with the French rider thrown clear. He was taken by ambulance to hospital where he was found to have fractured his left tibia and fibula, ending his hopes of a good title finish.
The rest of the field started in the order they had finished after nine laps with the race reduced to 21 laps.
Pedrosa and Lorenzo swapped positions at the front before the Honda rider was able to stay in front.
Battling for fifth place, Marco Simoncelli passed Dovizioso but dropped back after making a mistake.
Rossi and Stoner were dueling for the last podium place. Stoner pulled off an audacious move on the last corner to get one over his old rival as Pedrosa crossed the finishing line in front. Lorenzo was second with Stoner taking third.
Dani Pedrosa said, "In the first race, I was riding good and Jorge (Lorenzo) was riding very good also. We were both going away from the group, and when they stopped the race, the feeling is like (grimace), oh. And then when we restart, the race for us was about the same, you know, because I start first and then he overtake and by the end I feel I am spinning a lot but I can still go fast so I overtake Jorge and I try to do a little bit faster and finally I get good result here so it's amazing."
|Winner Dani Pedrosa of Spain, right, leads with his Honda motorcycle|
after the start during the Moto GP at the Sachsenring circuit in
Hohenstein-Ernstthal near Chemnitz, Germany, on Sunday, July
18, 2010.(AP Photo/Jens Meyer)