Stoner Takes Australian Victory

Written by Dan Evon, Courtesy of AllAboutBikes.com

motogp_stoner3 On the Australian track at Phillip Island, it’s nearly impossible to beat Casey Stoner. For the fourth straight year, Stoner has won the MotoGP race at Phillip Island. Stoner beat out Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi for his third win in the 2010 MotoGP season.Stoner started from the pole position, his third this season, and led for the entirety of the race. Stoner crossed the line nearly nine seconds ahead of the MotoGP champion, Lorenzo.

Lorenzo also had a significant amount of space before the third place finisher, Valentino Rossi. Rossi finished nearly 10 seconds behind Lorenzo, and 19 seconds ahead of the race winner.

The battle for third came down to the wire, however, as Rossi was only able to edge out Nicky Hayden by .038 seconds.

Ben Spies took fifth place, and was followed by rookie Marco Simoncelli and teammate Colin Edwards.

MotoGP – Phillip Island – Race Results

Rider Nation Bike Time/Gap
Casey STONER AUS Ducati 41’09.128
Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha +8.598
Valentino ROSSI ITA Yamaha +17.997
Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati +18.035
Ben SPIES USA Yamaha +22.211
Marco SIMONCELLI ITA Honda +25.017
Colin EDWARDS USA Yamaha +35.168
Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Ducati +46.194
Marco MELANDRI ITA Honda +46.294
Randy DE PUNIET FRA Honda +59.63

Two in a Row for Stoner

Written by Dan Evon, Courtesy of AllAboutBikes.com

motogp_stoner3 Casey Stoner has stood on the top of the podium for two consecutive races. Stoner took the victory at Imola, and beat out Andrea Dovizioso and Valentino Rossi today for the MotoGP race win today at Motegi.

Stoner backed up his first 2010 MotoGP victory at Imola with another solid performance today. Stoner was able to jump in front of pole sitter Iannone and take the lead by the end of lap 1. Dovizioso stuck with Stoner for much of the race, as Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo would enter into an epic battle for third place.

At the midway point, Stoner was beginning to put some time between himself and Dovizioso. With 7 laps remaining, Stoner had opened up a 1 second gap. Dovizioso kept the pressure on Stoner, but never became a threat, as the two cruised into 1st and second place with three seconds between them.

The battle for third was not nearly as cordial. With Lorenzo fighting for the MotoGP championship, you might expect his teammate Rossi to play it safe. But that isn’t what Rossi, or Lorenzo, is all about. The competitiveness of these two great racers truly came out as they locked horns around the Motegi track.

The two swapped positions numerous times, and even bumped into each other around the turns. Lorenzo would express his displeasure with Rossi after the race for being dangerous on the track, but Rossi’s moves did earn him the third place spot, and forced Lorenzo to sit off the podium for the second race in a row.

With Dani Pedrosa sitting out the Motegi race with an injury, Lorenzo’s fourth place finish puts him within inches of the MotoGP championship. Lorenzo needs to claim 7 points at the next round to clinch the title.

MotoGP – Motegi – Race Results

Rider Nation Bike Time/Gap
Casey STONER AUS Ducati 43’12.266
Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Honda +3.868
Valentino ROSSI ITA Yamaha +5.707
Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha +6.221
Colin EDWARDS USA Yamaha +27.092
Marco SIMONCELLI ITA Honda +30.021
Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA Suzuki +31.826
Ben SPIES USA Yamaha +35.572
Randy DE PUNIET FRA Honda +47.564
Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN Honda +49.598

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

Stoner Secures Second Pole Position

Written by Dan Evon, Courtesy of AllAboutBikes.com

motogp_stoner_aragon Casey Stoner was in fantastic form during the MotoGP qualifying session at Aragon. Stoner was able to secure his second pole position of the season, his first since the opening round, ahead of season leader Jorge Lorenzo, and an unstoppable Dani Pedrosa.

Stoner raised the bar for the MotoGp riders, by being the first and only rider to finish under the 1’49 mark. Stoner scored his 1’48.942 time on the penultimate lap, to take the top spot on the time sheet away from Lorenzo.

Lorenzo didn’t earn the pole position, but he did earn his 15th consecutive front row start. Lorenzo has made it a habit of finishing in the top 3, and has yet to finish a race this year off of the podium.

Dani Pedrosa will take the third spot on the grid. Pedrosa has taken race wins at the last two events, but hasn’t been able to chip away too much at Lorenzo’s lead. Pedrosa has been in top form this weekend, and should finish toward the top tomorrow, but he’ll need a rare screw-up from Lorenzo if he wants to challenge for the Championship.

Nicky Hayden had another solid finish, coming in just .16 seconds behind his Ducati teammate. Hayden will lead the second row of the grid, ahead of Ben Spies and Randy de Puniet.

Valentino Rossi finished more than a second behind Stoner for 7th place. Rossi will be joined by Andrea Dovizioso and Marco Simoncelli on the third row.

MotoGP – Aragon – Qualifying Results

Rider Nation Bike Time
Casey STONER AUS Ducati 1’48.942
Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha 1’49.251
Dani PEDROSA SPA Honda 1’49.343
Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati 1’49.506
Ben SPIES USA Yamaha 1’49.565
Randy DE PUNIET FRA Honda 1’49.952
Valentino ROSSI ITA Yamaha 1’50.017
Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Honda 1’50.046
Marco SIMONCELLI ITA Honda 1’50.088
Hector BARBERA SPA Ducati 1’50.323