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DATE News (chronologically)
05/31/09
motogp
Stoner wins on drying Mugello track  
Casey Stoner
In the second flag-to-flag race in two rounds Casey Stoner ended Valentino Rossi’s Mugello winning streak with a polished performance to give Ducati their first ever victory at the circuit.

Much of the race came down to tactics again in front of the 80,000-strong Italian crowd as the riders once more started on a wet surface and completed the 23 lap contest on slicks, with Stoner this time judging things to perfection.

The Australian retook the championship lead as he crossed the line a second in front of former leader Jorge Lorenzo, who also rode well after the scare of crashing on the sighting lap.

Lorenzo’s Fiat Yamaha colleague Valentino Rossi completed the podium in third place as his seven-year wining run at his beloved home track came to an end, the Italian hero crossing the line two seconds behind Stoner and less than one tenth in front of Repsol Honda’s Andrea Dovizioso.

It was a shame for Dovizioso to miss out on the rostrum on the last lap once again, having held the race lead early on, on wet tires. Likewise, his compatriot Loris Capirossi (Rizla Suzuki) was leading at one stage – later in the race – but he fell away in the final laps to finish fifth.

James Toseland made a brave decision to come in first and change bikes when running towards the back of the field and he just missed out on equaling his best MotoGP result of sixth as he was outdone by his Monster Yamaha Tech 3 team-mate Colin Edwards on the last lap, having also dueled with LCR Honda’s Randy de Puniet who was eventually eighth.

Niccolò Canepa (Pramac Racing) will be delighted to have achieved his best result to date as the second highest Ducati rider in ninth at his home race, with Chris Vermeulen (Rizla Suzuki) completing the top ten behind the young Italian.

Dani Pedrosa hit the deck and crashed out on lap 14 having already damaged his hip earlier in the weekend, the Spaniard stretchered away from trackside. He will face an anxious wait to see if he is fit for his own home race at Barcelona in two weeks. Honda satellite rider Yuki Takahashi also crashed out with 13 laps to go.

Results

Pos.

Rider Nation Team Time/Behind
1 C. STONER AUS Ducati Marlboro Team 45'41.894
2 J. LORENZO SPA Fiat Yamaha Team + 1.001
3 V. ROSSI ITA Fiat Yamaha Team + 2.076
4 A. DOVIZIOSO ITA Repsol Honda Team + 2.129
5 L. CAPIROSSI ITA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP + 3.274
6 C. EDWARDS USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 + 24.451
7 J. TOSELAND GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 + 25.621
8 R. DE PUNIET FRA LCR Honda MotoGP + 26.046
9 N. CANEPA ITA Pramac Racing + 31.815
10 C. VERMEULEN AUS Rizla Suzuki MotoGP + 34.814
11 M. MELANDRI ITA Hayate Racing Team + 35.090
12 N. HAYDEN USA Ducati Marlboro Team + 39.122
13 M. KALLIO FIN Pramac Racing + 52.462
14 T. ELIAS SPA San Carlo Honda Gresini + 52.478
15 A. DE ANGELIS RSM San Carlo Honda Gresini 1 Lap
16 D. PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team 11 Lap
17 Y. TAKAHASHI JPN Scot Racing Team MotoGP 13 Lap

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