Casey Stoner has put one hand on his second MotoGP crown with a dominant victory in Brno.
The Australian factory Honda secured the win when Dani Pedrosa fell out on lap three when he made a mistake at turn four.
The win was Stoner’s 29th career win and now sits 32 points ahead of Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo in the title fight.
Stoner’s last win in Brno was in 2007 – his maiden MotoGP championship-winning season.
Second place went to Stoner’s Honda team-mate Andrea Dovizioso. The Italian rode a sensible race, taking advantage when others fell by the way side.
After showing lots of promise but always finding different ways to falter, Marco Simoncelli secured his first MotoGP podium, taking third place on his Gresini Honda.
Fourth was reigning world champion Jorge Lorenzo took a disappointing fourth – outpaced by his rivals after a wrong soft tyre choice.
Ben Spies (Yamaha), Valentino Rossi (Ducati), Nicky Hayden (Ducati), Colin Edwards (Tech 3 Yamaha) and Hiroshi Aoyama (Gresini Honda) rounded out the top 10.
The next MotoGP event will be held at the famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway in two weeks time.
|1||25||27||Casey STONER||AUS||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||164.8||43’16.796|
|2||20||4||Andrea DOVIZIOSO||ITA||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||164.4||+6.532|
|3||16||58||Marco SIMONCELLI||ITA||San Carlo Honda Gresini||Honda||164.3||+7.792|
|4||13||1||Jorge LORENZO||SPA||Yamaha Factory Racing||Yamaha||164.2||+8.513|
|5||11||11||Ben SPIES||USA||Yamaha Factory Racing||Yamaha||164.1||+10.186|
|6||10||46||Valentino ROSSI||ITA||Ducati Team||Ducati||164.0||+12.632|
|7||9||69||Nicky HAYDEN||USA||Ducati Team||Ducati||163.3||+23.037|
|8||8||5||Colin EDWARDS||USA||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||Yamaha||163.3||+24.189|
|9||7||7||Hiroshi AOYAMA||JPN||San Carlo Honda Gresini||Honda||163.2||+25.202|
|10||6||8||Hector BARBERA||SPA||Mapfre Aspar Team MotoGP||Ducati||162.5||+36.566|
|11||5||24||Toni ELIAS||SPA||LCR Honda MotoGP||Honda||162.5||+36.679|
|12||4||14||Randy DE PUNIET||FRA||Pramac Racing Team||Ducati||162.5||+37.109|
|13||3||65||Loris CAPIROSSI||ITA||Pramac Racing Team||Ducati||161.7||+48.911|
|19||Alvaro BAUTISTA||SPA||Rizla Suzuki MotoGP||Suzuki||159.3||6 Laps|
|17||Karel ABRAHAM||CZE||Cardion AB Motoracing||Ducati||148.8||10 Laps|
|35||Cal CRUTCHLOW||GBR||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||Yamaha||161.8||16 Laps|
|26||Dani PEDROSA||SPA||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||161.0||20 Laps|