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Sunday 3rd October, 2010 - 5:39pm

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Casey Stoner wins again - this time in Japan

Casey Stoner wins again - this time in Japan

Australia’s Casey Stoner followed up his first win of the season at Aragón (Spain) with a second victory of 2010 in the Grand Prix of Japan this afternoon.

It was another strong win from the Ducati rider as he slowly pulled away from pole-man Andrea Dovizioso throughout the 24-lap race.

The real excitement was drawn from team-mates Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo’s intense battle for the final spot on the podium.

As he did last time out at Aragón, Stoner got a fast start and took the lead on the opening lap. As he settled into his rhythm and consistently posted fast laps, Dovizioso stuck with him for the early stages.

Lorenzo hinted at what was to come as he passed Rossi to assume third, and that was just the start of the duo’s enthralling contest.

Ben Spies (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) and Nicky Hayden (Ducati Team) ran off at turn five together on only the second lap as they dropped down the order, whilst rookie Marco Simoncelli (San Carlo Honda Gresini) and Colin Edwards (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) pitted their wits against one another in the push for fifth.

Stoner began to open up a slender lead over Dovizioso which grew to a second with seven laps remaining, while further down the order Loris Capirossi (Rizla Suzuki) was forced to retire when his bike stalled as he ran wide alongside team-mate Álvaro Bautista in the chase for seventh place.

With Stoner now assured of victory and Dovizioso a return to the podium after an eight-race stint without a top-three finish, Rossi and Lorenzo locked horns. Repeatedly pushing one another the pair touched bikes with two laps to go as they fought side by side in a rousing finale to the race.

Victory for Stoner came by a margin of 3.868s and Dovizioso’s fifth podium of the season (his first since Silverstone) was also confirmed. Rossi managed to hold his own in third place and score a seventh rostrum result of 2010, and in the process ensure that Lorenzo finished outside the top three for the second successive race.

“After the first couple of laps, I saw the lap times I could do and thought we could be in with a chance to win this one but this wasn’t without a fight,” said Stoner.

“Andrea was there the whole way, pushing me and pushing me. Every time I thought I had a small gap just to take a breather, he came back again and then pulled those couple of tenths that I’d given.

“So we just had to keep pushing for the whole race, and it wasn’t until the last lap that we really got to relax. It’s a big victory for us.”

Edwards posted a season’s best result of fifth, with Simoncelli sixth and Bautista seventh. Spies Randy de Puniet (LCR Honda) and Hiroshi Aoyama (Interwetten Honda MotoGP) completed the top ten.

Dani Pedrosa

Dani Pedrosa

Lorenzo’s lead at the top of the Championship was extended to 69 points from the absent Dani Pedrosa. Stoner remains in third, with Dovizioso leapfrogging Rossi into fourth.

Meanwhile, Repsol Honda rider Pedrosa has had a titanium plate inserted to help fix his fractured left collarbone during a successful two-hour operation at midnight in Barcelona. He will now remain in hospital for between 24 and 48 hours.

The only rider who still has a mathematical chance of challenging Lorenzo for the title, Pedrosa fell during free practice.

“Dani had a four-fragment chip fracture of the left collarbone and, together with Doctors (Victor) Marlet and (Ignacio) Ginebreda, we have performed a fixation with a titanium plate, made especially for the collarbone,” said the surgeon in charge, Dr. Xavier Mir.

“We have fixed the two intermediate fragments with two compression screws.”

Pedrosa also sprained his left ankle in the fall.

“Regarding the left ankle, while in surgery, we performed another stress X-ray and saw that we were dealing with a Grade 1 ankle sprain, which will heal in a short space of time,” said Dr. Mir.

“The rider is recently out of surgery and I think we must wait at least 48 hours, after which time, if all goes well, we may begin rehabilitation. At this time, it is not possible to give precise dates for recovery.”

After his crash Pedrosa flew in the evening from Japan to his home city of Barcelona, arriving in the early morning in understandable discomfort following the 18-hour journey via Paris.

Here is the video report

 

Grand Prix of Japan :Results

Pos.

Rider

Nation

Team

Bike

1

Casey Stoner

AUS

Ducati Team

Ducati

2

Andrea Dovizioso

ITA

Repsol Honda Team

Honda

3

Valentino Rossi

ITA

Fiat Yamaha Team

Yamaha

4

Jorge Lorenzo

SPA

Fiat Yamaha Team

Yamaha

5

Colin Edwards

USA

Monster Yamaha Tech 3

Yamaha

6

Marco Simoncelli

ITA

San Carlo Honda Gresini

Honda

7

Alvaro Bautista

SPA

Rizla Suzuki MotoGP

Suzuki

8

Ben Spies

USA

Monster Yamaha Tech 3

Yamaha

9

Randy de Puniet

FRA

LCR Honda MotoGP

Honda

10

Hiroshi Aoyama

JPN

Interwetten Honda MotoGP

Honda

11

Marco Melandri

ITA

San Carlo Honda Gresini

Honda

12

Nicky Hayden

USA

Ducati Team

Ducati

13

Hector Barbera

SPA

Paginas Amarillas Aspar

Ducati

14

Aleix Espargaro

SPA

Pramac Racing Team

Ducati

15

Mika Kallio

FIN

Pramac Racing Team

Ducati

DNF

Loris Capirossi

ITA

Rizla Suzuki MotoGP

Suzuki

DNS

Dani Pedrosa

SPA

Repsol Honda Team

Honda

 

MotoGP Standings after Race 14 of 18

1

Jorge Lorenzo

Yamaha

297

2

Dani Pedrosa

Honda

228

3

Casey Stoner

Ducati

180

4

Andrea Dovizioso

Honda

159

5

Valentino Rossi

Yamaha

156

6

Ben Spies

Yamaha

139

7

Nicky Hayden

Ducati

129

8

Randy de Puniet

Honda

88

9

Marco Simoncelli

Honda

84

10

Colin Edwards

Yamaha

81

11

Marco Melandri

Honda

79

12

Hector Barbera

Ducati

69

13

Alvaro Bautista

Suzuki

58

14

Aleix Esparago

Ducati

52

15

Loris Capirossi

Suzuki

41

16

Hiroshi Aoyama

Honda

35

17

Mika Kallio

Ducati

34

18

Alex De Angelis

Honda

11

19

Roger Lee Hayden

Honda

5

20

Kousuke Akiyoshi

Honda

4

21

Wataru Yoshikawa

Yamaha

1

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