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Stoner takes MotoGP title lead with win

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Sunday 12th June, 2011 - 10:50pm

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Casey Stoner has won the British Grand Prix

Casey Stoner has won the British Grand Prix

Casey Stoner has taken the lead of the MotoGP world title by surviving a wet British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

From pole, Stoner dropped to third place on the first lap before picking off Jorge Lorenzo and team-mate Andrea Dovizioso in trying conditions.

It was Stoner’s 27th MotoGP win, and he did it in dominating style.

Dovizioso held on to take second place, while the challengers around him failed.

Lorenzo threw away his title lead with a mistake, soon followed by Marco Simonchelli, who looked certain to score his first MotoGP podium before his crash.

The mistakes of the leading riders allowed Colin Edwards on his Tech 3 Yamaha to take a popular podium place. The Texan’s result is remarkable, given that he is still recovering from recent surgery.

Nicky Hayden (Ducati) was consistent in fourth place ahead of Alvaro Bautista (Suzuki), a recovering Valentino Rossi (Ducati), Karel Abraham (Ducati), Hiroshi Aoyama (Honda), and Loris Capirossi (Ducati).

Lorenzo’s accident was the second exit of the Yamaha factory entries. Just before Lorenzo went down, recently re-signed Ben Spies crashed out of sixth place.

The next round of MotoGP will be held at Assen next week.

Pos. Points Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time/Gap
1 25 27 Casey STONER AUS Repsol Honda Team Honda 147.9 47’53.459
2 20 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Repsol Honda Team Honda 147.1 +15.159
3 16 5 Colin EDWARDS USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 146.8 +21.480
4 13 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 146.5 +26.984
5 11 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki 146.1 +35.569
6 10 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Ducati Team Ducati 144.6 +1’04.526
7 9 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Ducati 143.3 +1’32.650
8 8 24 Toni ELIAS SPA LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 142.3 +1’51.938
9 7 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 142.3 +1’52.350
10 6 65 Loris CAPIROSSI ITA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 141.8 +2’03.312
11 5 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Mapfre Aspar Team MotoGP Ducati 139.7 1 Lap
12 4 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 139.5 1 Lap
Not Classified
58 Marco SIMONCELLI ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 147.1 10 Laps
1 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 146.7 12 Laps
11 Ben SPIES USA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 143.8 13 Laps

 

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