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MotoGP 2012: Pedrosa wins final race of the 2012 season at Valencia

by Arun Mohan Nadar Photos: DPPI Posted on 12 Nov 2012 1,373 Views

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Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa overcame difficult track conditions to win an incident-packed final race of the 2012 season at Valencia

Starting grid 2012 Valencian GP

 

 

The 2012 MotoGP season came to a thrilling finish at Valencia with Dani Pedrosa clinching victory ahead of Katsuyuki Nakasuga and Casey Stoner, who was later conferred as the 20th MotoGP Legend. It was chaos at the start of the race, despitea dry line being present on the track; it was declared wet by Race Direction. Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo, his teammate Nakasuga, and LCR Honda MotoGP’s Stefan Bradl, gambled with softer option slick tyres whereas the rest of the grid was on hard wets. In an uncanny twist, which wasn’t witnessed the entire season, Pedrosa, Ducati Team’s Nicky Hayden, Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Cal Crutchlow and San Carlo Honda Gresini’s Álvaro Bautista decided to switch to slick tyres equipped bikes and had to start from pit-lane. 

 

 

Aleix Espargaró leading the race

 

As the riders made their way through first corner, it was Power Electronics Aspar’s Aleix Espargaro who was leading the race. But after three laps and the track getting drier Lorenzo was able to take the lead from Espargaro. Pedrosa was also carving his way through the pack after starting from pits, while many other riders including Repsol Honda’s Stoner, Pramac Racing Team’s Hector Barbera, and Tech 3’s Andrea Dovizioso who started on wet’s headed in to the pits to swap their bikes to slicks. Amid all this turmoil, Hayden, Avintia Blusens’ Ivan Silva, and Speed Master’s Roberto Rolfo crashed out of the race. By lap 8, Lorenzo was leading the race followed by Pedrosa, whereas Bradl was running third with Nakasuga and Crutchlow behind him. Bradl lost control of his bike on turn 5 and crashed out disappointingly. Crutchlow who was slowly catching up the Yamaha rider was rewarded for his effort with him overtaking Nakasuga with 18 laps remaining.

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