MotoGP: Pedrosa wins Czech race


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The Independent Online

Dani Pedrosa edged points-leader Jorge Lorenzo in the Czech MotoGP yesterday to reduce the gap in the standings.

The Spanish Honda rider covered 22 laps of the 3.358-mile circuit in 42 minutes 51.570 seconds to win for the third time this season. Pedrosa is seeking his first championship. He reduced Lorenzo's lead to 13 points with six races to go.

Defending champion Casey Stoner missed the race with an ankle injury.

Britain's Cal Crutchlow scored his maiden podium in a distant third on the Tech 3 Yamaha. The result marks the first time a Briton has stood on the podium in a top-class race for 12 years.