It is hard to imagine that Dani Pedrosa is feeling anything other than elation after winning at Sachsenring for the second consecutive year, but he is probably feeling a bit of frustration as well. Frustration over what might have been in 2011 if he had not taken the spill that broke his collarbone for the second time.
On the way to his win, Pedrosa soundly outraced his teammate, and points leader, Casey Stoner. Jorge Lorenzo, last year’s points champion, rounded out the podium with a third place finish. While it was exciting to watch the top three finishers race all day, things seemed to be decided before the last lap. There was one nail biting section of riders vying for ummm…11th place and five points. The micro-contest pitted Hector Barbera, Cal Crutchlow, Karel Abraham and Randy de Puniet in a nail-biter. Only half a second separated the four riders, Barbera held on for the best finish in the group. It was sort of anti-climatic since none of them has championship hopes.
Heading into Laguna Seca, Stoner sits on top of the points board, leading Lorenzo by 15 points, who, in turn, leads Dovizioso by 21. No one beyond the top three is even in contention, but the list includes Valentino Rossi (4th), Pedrosa (5th), Ben Spies and Nicky Hayden (tied for 6th – our favorites here at the Motorcycle Insurance Company). Why mention any more other than to point out that Simoncelli is not in the top tier of racers again? Can’t think of a reason, either.