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MotoGP Brno: Crutchlow takes debut podium; Pedrosa wins

Britain's Cal Crutchlow has finally lived up to his potential and taken his debut MotoGP podium this afternoon at Brno.

The Monster Yamaha man converted his front-row starting position into third place after a lonely race which had Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa 12 seconds ahead and team-mate Andrea Dovizioso six seconds behind. It is the first time a British rider has stood on the premier-class podium since Jeremy McWilliams at Donington Park in the year 2000.

Crutchlow kept his head and consistently lapped faster than Dovizoso, himself nine seconds ahead of rookie Stefan Bradl, with the Briton rewarding his team boss Herve Poncharal for signing him to the Tech3 squad for a further year in 2013.

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At the front, Lorenzo led off the line but Pedrosa took advantage of a rare mistake from the Yamaha man to nip up the inside for the lead. He had to contend with chatter for the whole race and Lorenzo took advantage on the last lap, sliding inside his fellow Spaniard.

Pedrosa was having none of it however, outduking the Yamaha through the final corners and forcing Lorenzo wide into the last turn to win by less than two tenths off the second. Pedrosa reduces the championship gap to 13 points over the Majorcan rider.

Bradl held on to fifth place while Alvaro Bautista got the better of Valentino Rossi for sixth place. Randy De Puniet was the first CRT man home in eighth with team-mate Aleix Espargaro following Karel Abraham home in tenth.

Britain's James Ellison took the final championship point in 15th with Colin Edwards two places ahead.

Factory Yamaha's Ben Spies had his third mechanical fault in a row and retired with a slipping clutch after going from fourth to 14th in the space of one lap at the start.

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