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Pedrosa wins first Portuguese GP

Posted: 01 May 2011 06:32 AM PDT

ESTORIL, Portugal (AP): Spanish rider Dani Pedrosa passed world champion Jorge Lorenzo with four laps to go to win his first Moto GP Portuguese Grand Prix on Sunday.

Pedrosa withstood the pain from his recent shoulder surgery to pass his countryman on the inside and held on to get his first win of the season on the 4.182-kilometer (2.599-mile) Estoril circuit.

Lorenzo started in pole position, but could not shake Pedrosa as he failed to win the race for the fourth straight time.

Italian rider Marco Simoncelli was second off the start line, but crashed on the first lap and could not continue.

Pedrosa's Honda teammate Casey Stoner finished third while five-time winner Valentino Rossi came in fifth.

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Franchitti fastest in warmup for Sao Paulo 300

Posted: 01 May 2011 06:02 AM PDT

SAO PAULO (AP): IndyCar series leader Dario Franchitti was fastest in the final practice session before Sunday's Sao Paulo 300 on the streets of South America's biggest city.

The Scot ran a lap of 1 minute, 22.904 seconds at the 2.5-mile (4-kilometer), 11-turn Anhembi temporary circuit, 0.476 ahead of Englishman Justin Wilson and 0.562 in front of Helio Castroneves of Brazil.

Franchitti, who leads the drivers' standings after three races, will start sixth on the grid in Sao Paulo.

Pole winner Will Power of Australia had only the 14th fastest time in the morning practice session with 1:24.183. American Ryan Hunter-Reay, the other front-row starter, was eighth with 1:23.783.

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