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26/08/2012 AFTER BRNO

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by Nico Cereghini

Finally, the duel we've all been waiting for. Pedrosa against Lorenzo and MotoGP re-discovers what's been missing for a while. It was an all Spanish affair. Lorenzo started as favourite from pole then Pedrosa surprised everyone when he took the lead at mid race distance. The fight that followed was only decided at the last corner when Jorge forged ahead to take the win. This new decisive Pedrosa took his third win of the season and Daniel is now just 13 points behind Lorenzo in the fight for the title.

Carl Crutchlow marked his maiden podium in the series when he finished third ahead of his team mate Dovizioso who was followed by Stefan Bradl. The German rider's usual steady performance saw him cross the line ahead of Bautista and Valentino. Rossi started well from sixth place on the grid and even though he likes Brno and it suits the Ducati, an oil leak held him back. Pasini and Petrucci were relegated to finishing last due to the poor pace of their CRT machines.

The Moto2 race was full of action with Marquez coming home first to further extend his lead in the race for the title. The race was a four-way fight with Luthi finishing ahead of Espargaro and Iannone. These four riders are clearly the best in the category but the Spaniard Marc Marquez obviously also has that something extra in terms of bike performance. Simone Corsi rode well to finish fifth while Alex De Angelis was sixth, both of them ten seconds after Marquez.

In Moto3, the German rider Jonas Folger dominated in the damp weather conditions though the race behind him for the two remaining podium places was a hard-fought affair. In the end, just like at Indy, Luis Salom came home ahead of Cortese and Vinales. Fenati and Tonucci finished eighth and tenth making a good fight back that lasted the whole race.