2012 Aragon MotoGP Race Result: Winner Crushes The Opposition
Results and summary of the MotoGP race at Aragon:
Dani Pedrosa has taken victory at Aragon in utterly dominant style, beating 2nd place man and title rival Jorge Lorenzo by six-and-a-half seconds. Pedrosa claws back 5 precious points in the championship race, but the deficit remains 33 points.
Pedrosa and Lorenzo were the class of the field, the two men getting away from the start and immediately pulling a gap. Lorenzo led from pole, with Pedrosa sitting on his tail for the first six laps, before deciding he had the measure of the Yamaha man. The Repsol Honda rider passed Lorenzo on lap 7, and immediately pulled a gap. Lorenzo tried to follow, but a huge moment in Turn 2 knocked his confidence and saw him drop his pace. Pedrosa was soon lapping over half a second a lap quicker than the rest of the field, and disappeared into the distance. Lorenzo would not see him again until Parc Ferme, Pedrosa taking the win in convincing style.
If the battle for victory was almost non-existent, the fight for 3rd was all the better. Ben Spies had taken 3rd from the start, but the Factory Yamaha man soon had company from the two Monster Tech 3 Yamaha men and found himself coming under attack. In a war of attrition, Spies found himself with a losing hand, seeing first Andrea Dovizioso and then Cal Crutchlow come past him. The two Tech 3 teammates were both hell-bent on a podium, with Crutchlow attacking on the two final laps at Turn 14. Each time Crutchlow attacked, he got past, but Dovizioso immediately had an answer. The Italian held on to the end to take the final podium spot, leaving his teammate Crutchlow to finish in 4th, ahead of the second factory bike of Ben Spies.
Alvaro Bautista - on the verge of renewing with San Carlo Gresini Honda for 2013 - took 6th, but a long way behind Pedrosa, while Jonathan Rea achieved his goal as a replacement rider in cutting the gap to the leaders from the 43 seconds it was in Misano. Valentino Rossi took 8th, after a fight back through the field caused by Rea, who had pushed him wide when Rossi tried to pass on the first lap, Rossi finishing ahead of Karel Abraham. Aleix Espargaro took 10th, and was the first CRT bike across the line.
The race also saw two notable crashes. The first was of Stefan Bradl, who lost the front while engaged in a very strong battle at with Ben Spies for 3rd. But prior to that, Nicky Hayden had a horrific-looking crash when he nearly lost the front, saved it but found himself running on fast across astroturf and gravel, and unable to get the bike stopped. He was unable to get the bike stopped, hit the wall and was tossed over the low retaining wall. Fortunately for the American, he came off reasonably unhurt, and was reported at the medical center to be conscious and with full mobility in all of his limbs.
|11||14||Randy DE PUNIET||ART||43'10.307||59.863|
|18||5||Colin EDWARDS||SUTER||42'52.997||1 lap|
|6||Stefan BRADL||HONDA||7'23.595||19 laps|
|44||David SALOM||BQR||6'04.349||20 laps|
|69||Nicky HAYDEN||DUCATI||1'55.246||22 laps|