MotoGP Japan 2012: Dani Pedrosa leads the first MotoGP podium made up of Spanish riders
MotoGP Japan 2012: Dani Pedrosa leads the first MotoGP podium made up of Spanish riders

Podium made in Spain

Dani Pedrosa adds another victory after beating Jorge Lorenzo in the Japanese Grand Prix. What's more, Alvaro Bautista had a spectacular fight with Cal Cructchlow for the third position until the end, getting away with it and getting his second podium of the season. With Dani, Jorge and Álvaro on the Motegi podium, the first 100% Spanish podium in MotoGP in history.

The Mallorcan pilot was the one who signed a better start, arriving leading to the first corner of the circuit. Dani had placed first on the straight but gave way under braking. Ben spies, who had been having a good weekend until the race, managed to take third place and make a real sandwich for the Repsol Honda rider.

Soon Jorge, Dani and Ben ran away from the rest forming a terrifying trio if he had stayed until the end. Unfortunately, as has become customary, Spies made a new mistake marking a tremendous straight through the Japanese gravel that I ended up crashing, almost without speed, against the wall - even with a certain comic tone, knowing that nothing happened -.

Cal Crutchlow had managed to lead the pursuing group, consisting of the Briton himself, Bautista, Casey Stoner and Andrea Dovizioso. The Yamaha Tech3 was in the middle of two great battles, Dani and Jorge's in front and Álvaro's with Casey behind. The San Carlo Honda Gresini beat the Australian with a brilliant as well as spectacular handling setting the spotlight on # 35.

With 13 laps to go - hallelujah! No longer need to say 12 + 1! -, Pedrosa went on the attack and passed without much effort to Lorenzo, who later admitted to simply not being able to handle Dani. After several turns the Catalan had put more than a second to his faithful opponent. On the other hand, the talaverano already reached the slipstream of Cal initiating an impressive battle of those that were not seen from Brno. Cal held the hand in hand but Bautista did not surrender keeping his line on the outside. Five laps of tremendous fighting between the satellite bikes that ended with Álvaro distancing himself from Crutchlow on the last lap and which had as its most tense moment the moment in which the rear wheel of the Honda passed millimeters from the front of the Yamaha before the finish line. This one would have occupied fourth place, but mechanical problems left him stranded before going through the finish line.

Thus, it is signed the first podium formed by Spanish riders in the history of the premier class. In addition, Aleix Espargaró was the best CRT. Thank you, and congratulations!

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