Dani Pedrosa took the win at his home MotoGP
Catalunya MotoGP: Dani Pedrosa wins home GP
08 June 2008 12:49
Repsol Honda rider Dani Pedrosa has taken the win at his home MotoGP from championship leader Valentino Rossi.
Spaniard Dani Pedrosa led from the start and at one point stretch out a commandin lead of over seven seconds from Valentino Rossi.
Valentino Rossi qualified ninth, but by lap 10 had passed world champion Casey Stoner and was up into seond place, but was too far behind Pedrosa to make an attempt on for the lead.
Britain's James Toseland battled with ex-world champion Nicky Hayden and Chris Vermeulen to eventually finish sixth, behind team-mate Colin Edwards.
Fellow MotoGP rookie Andrea Dovizioso managed to fight his way past Casey Stoner in the opening laps of the race to take second, but finished the lap in ana impressive fourth.
Randy De Puniet was running in sixth position with the race leaders but crashed out on lap 13. Alex De Angelis and Loris Capirossi crashed out of the race on lap 12.
1 D. PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team 43'02.175
2 V. ROSSI ITA Fiat Yamaha Team + 2.806
3 C. STONER AUS Ducati Marlboro Team + 3.343
4 A. DOVIZIOSO ITA JiR Team Scot MotoGP + 10.893
5 C. EDWARDS USA Tech 3 Yamaha + 16.426
6 J. TOSELAND GBR Tech 3 Yamaha + 21.482
7 C. VERMEULEN AUS Rizla Suzuki MotoGP + 21.548
8 N. HAYDEN USA Repsol Honda Team + 22.280
9 S. NAKANO JPN San Carlo Honda Gresini + 22.375
10 J. HOPKINS USA Kawasaki Racing Team + 46.835
11 M. MELANDRI ITA Ducati Marlboro Team + 57.991
12 A. WEST AUS Kawasaki Racing Team + 59.168
13 S. GUINTOLI FRA Alice Team + 1'00.779