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Stoner wins 10th race in Malaysia

Top-3 look heat stricken in godforsaken Malaysia heat

The Polini Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix concluded with Casey Stoner (Ducati Marlboro) winning for the tenth time in a fantastic World Championship season, the 22 year-old Australian securing a 1.701s win ahead of Honda Gresini’s

Marco Melandri, after starting second on the grid. Stoner now has a remarkable 106 point lead at the head of the premier class standings after dominating yet another MotoGP race, whilst Melandri moves up to fourth in the championship. Following Stoner’s 125cc victory in Malaysia in 2004 and his 250cc success in 2005, he becomes the first rider to win in all three classes at the Sepang circuit.

Behind the leading pair today Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa earned his seventh podium of the year, though he may be forced to settle for third in the World Championship with 24 points separating him from the man currently in second position, Valentino Rossi (Fiat Yamaha), with one round remaining. The Doctor finished the Sepang race fifth, behind Kawasaki’s Randy de Puniet in fourth.

A solid performance from Honda Gresini’s Toni Elias saw him take sixth, while Rizla Suzuki’s Chris Vermeulen got the better of team-mate John Hopkins in the battle for seventh. Nicky Hayden did well to come home ninth in the end after an off track excursion mid-race, while his compatriot Colin Edwards rounded out the top-10. 

The MotoGP paddock now jets back to Europe and the scene of Hayden’s dramatic 2006 World Championship victory. The Valencia circuit in Spain hosts the final round of the season in two week’s time on November 4th. 


Rider Team Time
1 Casey Stoner Ducati Marlboro Team 43m 04.405s
2 Marco Melandri Honda Gresini + 1.701s
3 Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda Team + 2.326s
4 Randy De Puniet Kawasaki Racing Team + 3.765s
5 Valentino Rossi Fiat Yamaha Team + 4.773s
6 Toni Elias Honda Gresini + 17.667s
7 Chris Vermeulen Rizla Suzuki MotoGP + 20.950s
8 John Hopkins Rizla Suzuki MotoGP + 22.198s
9 Nicky Hayden Repsol Honda Team + 22.450s
10 Colin Edwards Fiat Yamaha Team + 29.746s
11 Loris Capirossi Ducati Marlboro Team + 34.923s
12 Alex Barros Pramac d'Antin + 35.667s
13 Nobuatsu Aoki Rizla Suzuki MotoGP + 44.113s
14 Carlos Checa Honda LCR + 44.486s
15 Anthony West Kawasaki Racing Team + 49.658s
16 Shinya Nakano Konica Minolta Honda + 51.726s
17 Chaz Davies Pramac d'Antin + 58.905s
18 Makoto Tamada Dunlop Yamaha Tech + 59.596s
19 Sylvain Guintoli Dunlop Yamaha Tech + 1m 23.119s
20 Kurtis Roberts Team Roberts + 1m 50.960s

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