Monday, June 06, 2011

Catalunya victory for Casey Stoner

Posted by Admin On 11:39 AM

Casey Stoner congested the gap on Jorge Lorenzo at the top of the MotoGP standings after easing to a persuasive victory in tricky conditions at Sunday's Catalunya Grand Prix. The Repsol Honda rider mastered both his rivals and a damp track to list his third victory in five races this period and move to within seven points of Spaniard Lorenzo, who had to settle for next place in front of his home fans.

Third place went to Ben Spies, the American claim his first dais finish of the year for the factory Yamaha squad. Andrea Dovizioso was fourth for Honda, ahead of Valentino Rossi (Ducati) and Marco Simoncelli, who's Gresini Honda appeared to lack the pace it showed when grab a shock pole location from Stoner's grasp on Saturday.

Britain's Cal Crutchlow took seventh for the Tech 3 Yamaha team. At the start, Stoner got the jump on pole-sitter Simon celli but was still in second place title into turn one after Lorenzo made an even better get away from third on his Yamaha. But Lorenzo's time at the front was brief, and by the end of the gap tour Stoner was lining up a pass which he finished into the first turn on lap two.

Stoner, fastest in all the do sessions prior to being pipped by Simoncelli in meet the criteria, quickly got the hammer down and was rarely in trouble out front as he kept a comfortable gap to Lorenzo. Indeed it was only the weather which in danger to ruin the Australian's day, with light drizzle making life hard for the riders, although it never became heavy enough to require pit stops for wet-weather tyres.

Despite holding station out the front, Stoner admits the leaden clouds and drizzle had made for a scary race at times. He added to the BBC:We made a good start; we tried to get past as soon as we could.We run to pull an advantage and the bike started to work really well.Jorge got off to a good start and I had to wait until the end of the first lap to pass him and then he couldn't stay with me, luckily.

Lorenzo admit that second place was the utmost he could have got from the race, effective the BBC:The race was hard. It was tough to fight with Casey today [Sunday].Hiroshi Aoyama and Randy de Puniet were the races only retirements after a crash at turn one.


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