Dani Pedrosa becomes Moto GP's first two-time Indy champ

The 2010 winner of the Indianapolis Grand Prix leads all but a half a lap in cruising to a second win at the Brickyard.

SPEEDWAY - For a second time at the Brickyard, he found a way to dominate a motorcycle race. For that, he get's a unique first.

In just the fifth year of Moto GP racing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the series produced a multiple winner as Dani Pedrosa raced away from the field for victory Sunday afternoon.

That makes it two for the Spanish rider, who also won the 2010 Indianapolis Grand Prix.

"It was a good weekend," said Pedrosa of the win. "The bike was working well. We were spinning all the practice, but we had a good feeling. So, yeah, today for the race I was quite confident."

Like that race-which he also started from the pole-Pedrosa pulled away from the field early and was challenged only briefly. On Lap 4 he briefly lost the lead to American Ben Spies, but he faded after his engine blew on Lap 7.

From there on it was a two-man race with Pedrosa consistently staying 4-5 seconds ahead of second place Jorge Lorenzo. The No. 26 bike encountered no problems in the final laps and came home with his second Moto GP victory of the season. 

"The pace was very high. Everybody was running a high pace. Early in the race I started to open a gap," said Pedrosa. "So it was the end, it was more easy because I think Jorge with the soft rear, he had more problems.

"So I could get more easily my pace. Yeah, the bike was working well. I have to thank to all my team."

Pedrosa joins elite company in the century-old race track as a multiple winner, joining 23 other men who have done so. The Indianapolis 500boasts the most multiple winners with 18, with NASCAR producing four and one for Formula One.

It was Michael Schumacher, however, who delivered the the quickest two-time winners as the driver won his second in the fourth year Formula One was at the track.

Jeff Gordonwas the first two-time winner in NASCAR in the fifth year of the event while the Indy 500 got its first multiple winner when Tommy Milton got his second win in the 11th year of the event.

For Pedrosa now the focus is on the race for the Moto GP title, which trails Lorenzo by 18 points as the season reaches its final stretch.

"I hope I can continue like this until the end of the year and keep strong," said Pedrosa. "It's the case because if you look at the points in the, I think in the last four races, Jorge and I, I did one point more than him.

"So it's going to take, sure, a lot of effort 'til the end. And I have to keep focused all the way."

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