Stoner Takes First Win of the Season at Aragon

Written by Dan Evon, Courtesy of AllAboutBikes.com

motogp_stoner Today was a good day for Ducati. Not only did Casey Stoner take his first win of the 2010 MotoGP season, but his Ducati teammate Nicky Hayden found the podium for the first time as well. The two Ducati men were separated by Dani Pedrosa, who finished second.Stoner rode a flawless race today as he led every lap of the MotoGP race at Aragon from the pole position. Stoner would finish with more than 5 seconds between himself and Pedrosa.

The battle for third was much closer. Jorge Lorenzo held onto the third place position for almost the entire race, but in the closing laps, Nicky Hayden began to charge. It wasn’t until the last lap that Hayden was finally able to get the better of Lorenzo, and crossed the line .08 seconds ahead of the season leader. It is the first time this season that Lorenzo has finished off of the podium.

Ben Spies took another impressive finish with fifth place behind Lorenzo. He was followed by Andrea Dovizioso, and a struggling Valentino Rossi. Rossi never found the groove of the Aragon track, and finished more than 25 seconds behind Stoner.

For the third race in a row, Lorenzo’s lead has dwindled. Lorenzo still has an impressive lead, but it has dropped from more than 80 points, to 56. Lorenzo currently has 284 to Pedrosa’s 228. Stoner is in third with 155, followed by Rossi and Dovizioso.

MotoGP – Aragon – Race Results

Pos. Rider Nation Bike Time/Gap
1 Casey STONER AUS Ducati 42’16.530
2 Dani PEDROSA SPA Honda +5.148
3 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati +9.496
4 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha +9.580
5 Ben SPIES USA Yamaha +13.771
6 Valentino ROSSI ITA Yamaha +27.330
7 Marco SIMONCELLI ITA Honda +28.511
8 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA Suzuki +35.254
9 Marco MELANDRI ITA Honda +35.393
10 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Ducati +35.467

MotoGP: LIVE Race Results From Aragon

Written by Dan Evon, Courtesy of AllAboutBikes.com

The MotoGP race at Aragon is about to begin. The riders are on the track waiting for the green flag.

Casey Stoner, Jorge Lorenzo, and Dani Pedrosa make up the front row of the grid. Lorenzo still holds a big lead over the rest of the MotoGP pack, but Pedrosa has won the last two races, and is slowly eating into Lorenzo’s lead.

Nicky Hayden will lead the second row, followed by rookie Ben Spies and Randy de Puniet. Valentino Rossi will start from the third spot on the rid.

We’re just a few minutes away from the starting flag being flown.

And we’re off.

Casey Stoner gets a good jump off the line and is able to stay out in front of the pack.

Lap 2: The top five riders hold their positions from the starting gate. Stoner is the first rider to put in a lap under 1’50.

Lap 3: Stoner has built up a small lead ahead of Jorge Lorenzo. Both riders are lapping under 1’50, but Stoner has more than a second cushion between himself and the season leader.

Lap 4: Valentino Rossi has dropped down to ninth place. He is more than 7 seconds behind Stoner.

Lap 5: Pedrosa overtakes Lorenzon on lap 5. Stoner, Pedrosa, Lorenzo, Hayden, Spies.

Lap 6: Pedrosa is charging up for the front spot. He is just over a second behind, but has put a second between him and Lorenzo.

Lap 7: No one has given Stoner a serious challenge up at the front yet. The Ducati man holds a 1.5 second lead ahead of the rest of the pack, and is the only rider to be consistently under 1’50.

Lap 8: Valentino Rossi continues to fall back. Rossi is now more than ten seconds from the front.

Lap 9: Stoner and Pedrosa are beginning to seperate. Jorge Lorenzo is next in line, but 4 seconds behind Stoner. Lorenzo is followed by Hayden, Spies, and Dovizioso.

Lap 10: Stoner and Pedrosa now have 5 seconds ahead of the rest of the MotoGP. Pedrosa keeps trying to find his way around Stoner, but Stoner is holding onto the first place spot.

Lap 11: Stoner, Pedrosa, Lorenzo, Hayden, Spies.

Lap 12: Rossi sits in 7th place. He’s moved up from ninth, but is still 16 seconds behind Stoner, and 7 seconds behind the 6th place rider, Andrea Dovizioso.

Lap 14: Casey Stoner has led every lap so far. He has more than a second ahead of Pedrosa, and just 9 more laps to go.

Lap 15: Stoner and Pedrosa are really putting on the speed. There is now an 8 second gap between the front two riders and the rest of the pack.

Nicky Hayden and Ben Spies are hot on the tail of Jorge Lorenzo. Lorenzo’s streak of podiums could be coming to an end today.

Lap 16: Rossi just hasn’t been able to keep the pace. He is now 20 seconds behind Stoner.

The same five riders hold their positions around the track. Stoner, Pedrosa, Lorenzo, Hayden, Spies.

Lap 17: We’re getting down into it now, with just 5 laps remaining. Stoner just put in a blistering fast lap of 1’49.2 to put three seconds between him and Pedrosa.

Lap 18: The top two riders still have a considerable gap ahead of Jorge Lorenzo.

Lap 19: If anyone is going to knock Lorenzo off of the podium, it’s going to be Nicky Hayden, The Ducati rider is nipping at Lorenzo’s wheels, but can’t find away around the season leader.

Lap 20: Stoner, Pedrosa, Lorenzo, Hayden, Spies. Stoner continues to distance himself from the rest of the group. If Pedrosa wants to claim his third consecutive race win, he’s going to have to start making a move now.

Lap 21: With just 3 more laps to go, it looks like Stoner is going to capture the race win at Aragon. The question now is, can Hayden take third from Lorenzo?

Lap 22: Stoner has a 4 and a half second lead. Hayden cuts within .3 seconds of Lorenzo.

The final lap: No one can catch Stoner. But someone can catch Lorenzo. Nicky Hayden has moved into third place.

Stoner wins with ease and Nicky Hayden has finally ended Lorenzo’s streak of podiums. Hayden beat out Lorenzo by .08 seconds.

Final: Casey Stoner rode a flawless race from the pole position to the finish line Stoner led each of the 23 laps, and crossed the line more than 5 seconds between the second place rider, Dani Pedrosa. Jorge Lorenzo held onto third until the bitter end, but a determined Nicky Hayden took the last spot on the podium with a fantastic finish.

Stoner, Pedrosa, Hayden, Lorenzo, Spies, Rossi, Simoncelli, Bautista, Melandri, Espargaro.

Iannone Captures 3rd Win of the Season

Written by Dan Evon, Courtesy of AllAboutBikes.com

moto2_iannone Andrea Iannone took his third win of the Moto2 season today, and he did it with ease. Iannone started from the pole position and led every lap of the Moto2 race at Aragon. Iannone would finish the race with more than a 6 second lead ahead of Julian Simon, Gabor Talmacsi, and Toni Elias.

The Moto2 race started with a crash at lap one that took out Alex Baldolini, Mattia Pasini, Fonsi Nieto, Ricky Cardus, and Yonny Hernandez. All the riders were uninjured. The field was cut down even further when Alex de Angelis took a disappointing crash.

Season leader Toni Elias, who started in 20th, was able to use the opening crash to his advantage and quickly moved himself up in the standings. By the midway point, Elias was in 10th place.

Julain Simon and Gabor Talmacsi were never able to get close to Iannone, but the battle for second was intense. Talmasci charged late in the race, but wasn’t able to pass up Simon.

Elias continued to gain on the rest of the pack, and had an impressive finish in 4th.

Elias still holds 76 points ahead of Simon. Iannone moves into third, ahead of Tomas Luthi, and is just 4 points out of second.

Moto2 – Aragon – Race Results

Pos. Rider Nation Bike Km/h
1 Andrea IANNONE ITA Speed Up 157.8
2 Julian SIMON SPA Suter 157.4
3 Gabor TALMACSI HUN Speed Up 157.4
4 Toni ELIAS SPA Moriwaki 157.3
5 Simone CORSI ITA Motobi 157.2
6 Jules CLUZEL FRA Suter 156.9
7 Dominique AEGERTER SWI Suter 156.9
8 Scott REDDING GBR Suter 156.6
9 Stefan BRADL GER Suter 156.4
10 Thomas LUTHI SWI Moriwaki 156.4

Iannone Takes FP1, Pasini Excels in the Rain

Written by Dan Evon, Courtesy of AllAboutBikes.com

moto2_pasini After the first day of free practice at the Aragon track in Spain, the Moto2 riders got a good taste of what the Motorland track can offer. The Moto2 riders got in one good dry session in the morning, before the rain came down during the second free practice session.

With the weather dry, and the track in good shape, Andrea Iannone led the Moto2 riders around the track. Iannone was the fastest during the unofficial test in July, and finished today’s session .06 seconds ahead of Julian Simon.

Simon, who is battling Iannone for second place in the overall standings behind Toni Elias, led the FP1 briefly at the beginning of the 45 minute session. Simon dropped in the rankings, but put in a final lap to move him back up into second.

Claudio Corti took third, ahead of wild card entry Kev Coghlan and Elias.

Before the rain fell during the second free practice session, Mattia Pasini was able to put in one quick lap. Passini, who is riding as a replacement for Michael Ranseder, took the second session by .03 seconds ahead of Alex de Angelis. Scott Redding finished third in FP2.

Pasini’s FP2 time was the third fastest for the day, as he didn’t get much of a challenge from the Moto2 riders once the rain started to fall. FP1 winner Andrea Iannone dropped down to 8th during FP2, and season leader Toni Elias finished in 20th.

Pedrosa Sets the Pace, Stoner Fastest in Wet at Aragon

Written by Dan Evon, Courtesy of AllAboutBikes.com

motogp_pedrosa_aragon The first day at Aragon gave the MotoGP a sampling of the weather conditions that Spain has to offer. The afternoon started sunny and dry, but by the second free practice session, rain had begun to fall on the Motorland track.

On the dry track, during the first free practice session, Dani Pedrosa showed the MotoGP paddock that he means business, and intends to take his third victory in a row. Pedrosa was .4 seconds ahead of Nicky Hayden, who was just another hundredth of second ahead of season leader Jorge Lorenzo.

“The track is quite technical; it has some difficult turns and you really have to find a good line and also to set up the gearbox properly to be able to make a good lap time,” Pedrosa said. “The grip from the track surface feels good and the Bridgestone tyres are also working well so far. I hope we can continue in this positive way tomorrow.”

Casey Stoner, who was fourth during the first free practice session, outpaced the rest of the pack on a wet Aragon track. The rain wet track was a big factor during FP2 which saw times drop by more than 10 seconds from FP1.

Behind Stoner was Lorenzo who fared just as good in the rain as he did in dry conditions. Nicky Hayden also had a successful day, staying in the top three during both free practice sessions.

Valentino Rossi took fourth during the second free practice session, but was pleased overall with his performance.

“We gathered a lot of information; this morning in the dry I was sixth but this afternoon in the wet I was fourth and I was very pleased because it’s a long time since I tried the bike in the rain,” said Rossi. “We need to improve our setting because we’re not at the maximum but I am happy about this start.”

The riders will have one more free practice session tomorrow before the qualifying.