Brit on top!

Posted: 26 Aug 2012

Bennetts-supported Cal Crutchlow has scored his first podium place finish in the MotoGP world championship at Brno this weekend – the first rostrum achieved by a British rider in 12 years. Capitalising on his fantastic second place qualifying position, the Yamaha rider finished the race third overall, behind Dani Pedrosa and Jorge Lorenzo.

The two Spaniards played cat and mouse for the majority of the 22-lap race, swapping and changing positions to the delight of the crowd. However, it was Pedrosa who emerged the eventual victor after a dramatic last lap showdown – his third win of the 2012 season. Lorenzo still leads the series overall, but his points advantage has been cut to just 13 with six rounds still to play out.

Although unable to catch the leading two riders, 26-year-old Crutchlow maintained his strong third place position throughout the race, never really feeling any threat from fourth place team-mate Andrea Dovizioso. German Stefan Bradl finished fifth, while Valentino Rossi had another disappointing finish – crossing the line in seventh place.

Race result
1. Dani Pedrosa
2. Jorge Lorenzo
3. Cal Crutchlow
4. Andrea Dovizioiso
5. Stefan Bradl
6. Alvaro Bautista
7. Valentino Rossi
8. Randy de Puniet
9. Karel Abraham
10. Aleix Espargaro

MotoGP championship standings
1. Jorge Lorenzo 245
2. Dani Pedrosa 232
3. Casey Stoner 186
4. Andrea Dovizioso 150
5. Cal Crutchlow 122
6. Stefan Bradl 105
7. Alvaro Bautista 102
8. Valentino Rossi 100
9. Nicky Hayden 84
10. Ben Spies 66

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