Casey Stoner wins in Portugal

Casey Stoner now heads the rider's standings

For the second straight week Casey Stoner has won a MotoGP and for the second straight week he held off Jorge Lorenzo in winning the Portuguese MotoGP.

The victories in Jerez (Spain) and now Estoril has put the Australian into the lead of the championship standings.

The defending world champion led for the whole race and, despite Lorenzo (Yamaha) closing to within a few bike lengths at the halfway point, the Australian was able to win his second successive race.

Repsol Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa was third, with Andrea Dovizioso fourth ahead of Tech 3 Yamaha team-mate Cal Crutchlow.

Stoner now has a one-point lead over Lorenzo in the championship.

“I was under pressure throughout the race,” said Stoner.

“I felt good on the first few laps but then we had severe chattering with the bike.

“In the middle laps I didn’t feel confident and I couldn’t push. I just tried to keep Jorge behind me we were lucky to hold on for the win in the end.”

The win was Stoner’s 35th in MotoGP and means he has now won at every circuit on the current calendar.

Repsol Honda team-mate Pedrosa picked up his 100th grand prix podium in third as Crutchlow – who struggled with braking all weekend – was beaten by team-mate Dovizioso for the first time since his move to the Tech 3 Yamaha team over the winter.

RESULTS : Grande Premio De Portugal – Circuito Estoril

Pos.

Points

Num.

Rider

Nation

Team

Bike

Km/h

Time/Gap

1

25

1

Casey Stoner AUS Repsol Honda Team Honda

154.0

45:37.513

2

20

99

Jorge Lorenzo SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha

153.9

+1.421

3

16

26

Dani Pedrosa SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda

153.8

+3.621

4

13

4

Andrea Dovizioso ITA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha

153.2

+13.846

5

11

35

Cal Crutchlow GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha

153.1

+16.690

6

10

19

Alvaro Bautista SPA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda

152.8

+21.884

7

9

46

Valentino Rossi ITA Ducati Team Ducati

152.5

+26.797

8

8

11

Ben Spies USA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha

152.1

+33.262

9

7

6

Stefan Bradl GER LCR Honda MotoGP Honda

152.0

+35.867

10

6

8

Hector Barbera SPA Pramac Racing Team Ducati

151.0

+53.363

11

5

69

Nicky Hayden USA Ducati Team Ducati

150.5

+1’02.630

12

4

41

Aleix Espargaro SPA Power Electronics Aspar ART

149.6

+1’20.736

13

3

14

Randy de Puniet FRA Power Electronics Aspar ART

149.4

+1’23.483

14

2

51

Michele Pirro ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini FTR

148.7

+1’37.905

15

1

9

Danilo Petrucci ITA Came IodaRacing Project Ioda

147.2

1 Lap
Not Classified
   

17

Karel Abraham CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Ducati

144.7

5 Laps
   

77

James Ellison GBR Paul Bird Motorsport ART

146.4

10 Laps
   

68

Yonny Hernandez COL Avintia Blusens BQR

148.7

12 Laps
   

54

Mattia Pasini ITA Speed Master ART

148.8

17 Laps
   

22

Ivan Silva SPA Avintia Blusens BQR

144.0

17 Laps

 

STANDINGS

Pos.

Rider

Bike

Nation

Points

1 Casey Stoner Honda AUS 66
2 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha SPA 65
3 Dani Pedrosa Honda SPA 52
4 Cal Crutchlow Yamaha GBR 37
5 Andrea Dovizioso Yamaha ITA 35
6 Alvaro Bautista Honda SPA 29
7 Stefan Bradl Honda GER 24
8 Nicky Hayden Ducati USA 23
9 Valentino Rossi Ducati ITA 22
10 Hector Barbera Ducati SPA 19
11 Ben Spies Yamaha USA 18
12 Aleix Espargaro ART SPA 9
13 Randy de Puniet ART FRA 6
14 Colin Edwards Suter USA 4
15 Danilo Petrucci Ioda ITA 4
16 Michele Pirro FTR ITA 2
17 Mattia Pasini ART ITA 2
18 Yonny Hernandez BQR-FTR COL 2
19 Ivan Silva BQR SPA 1

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