Pedrosa takes first win

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Dani Pedrosa has taken his first MotoGP win at the Shanghai circuit in China, having qualified on pole position.

Pedrosa had to come back from a slow start to lead from Repsol Honda team-mate Nicky Hayden, as Colin Edwards took third.

Valentino Rossi failed to finish, having fought back from a low grid position.

Closing on fifth on lap 15 he slowed and came in to the pits to change his rear tyre. But one lap later he was back in again to retire after realising it was the front that was the problem.

The Michelin tyre had chuncked up and debri had flown off to smash the front mudguard.

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There were mixed fortunes for the Rizla Suzuki team as John Hopkins was able to take his best finish of the season in fourth place, but team-mate Chris Vermeulen crashed out of the race. Casey Stoner took fifth, after dropping to tenth at one point after a mistake, and Makoto Tamada came out of a tough battle with the Malboro Ducatis of Loris Capirossi and Sete Gibernau to take sixth. James Ellison finished in 16th place.

In the 250cc race, Hector Barbera took his first win after a hard fought battle with Andrea Dovizioso. The pair were seperated by just two tenths of a second as they crossed the line, with Hiroshi Aoyama taking third. Both Sebastien Porto and Alex De Angelis failed to make the finish.

Mika Kallio took the win in the 125cc race, but only by taking the lead at the end of last lap. The Finnish KTM rider snatched victory by less than a tenth of a second from Mattia Pasini, with Alvaro Bautista in third. Lukas Pesek who actually took the lead on the final corner, ran wide and eventually finished in sixth, behind Julian Simon and Gabor Talmacsi.

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