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10/03/10
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Stoner steals Honda's thunder in Japan  Casey Stoner rode his Italian Ducati bike to victory Sunday in the Japan GP MotoGP race at Motegi, but it was not easy. Repsol Honda rider Andrea Dovizioso, who started from pole took second place in a hard-fought Japanese Grand Prix today. The 24-year-old Italian led into the first corner after securing his first ever MotoGP pole position yesterday, but Casey Stoner was able to sneak up the inside into turn two. For the next sixteen laps Dovizioso shadowed the Australian as the pair pulled away at the front of the field. Matching Stoner lap-for-lap and riding totally flat out, Dovizioso never let the gap grow much beyond half a second, but he couldn’t quite get close enough to mount an attack.

In the last three laps of the 24-lap race, Dovizioso launched his last push for victory, but a near-highside lost him time and gave Stoner a crucial gap. After this, Dovizioso wisely brought his RC212V home for his fifth podium of the season and his first rostrum visit since the British Grand Prix in June. The result means Dovizioso climbs one position in the World Championship by taking fourth place from Valentino Rossi, who finished third after winning a thrilling battle with his team-mate Jorge Lorenzo.

Race Result - Round 14
1 Casey Stoner 43m 12.266 AUS DUCATI Ducati Marlboro Team
2 Andrea Dovizioso +3.868 ITA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
3 Valentino Rossi +5.707 ITA YAMAHA Fiat Yamaha Team
4 Jorge Lorenzo +6.221 SPA YAMAHA Fiat Yamaha Team
5 Colin Edwards +27.092 USA YAMAHA Tech 3 Yamaha
6 Marco Simoncelli +30.021 ITA HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
7 Alvaro Bautista +31.826 SPA SUZUKI Rizla Suzuki MotoGP
8 Ben Spies +35.572 USA YAMAHA Tech 3 Yamaha
9 Randy De Puniet +47.564 FRA HONDA LCR Honda MotoGP
10 Hiroshi Aoyama +49.598 JPN HONDA Interwetten Honda MotoGP
11 Marco Melandri +49.999 ITA HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
12 Nicky Hayden +50.703 USA DUCATI Ducati Marlboro Team
13 Hector Barbera +51.422 SPA DUCATI Paginas Amarillas Aspar
14 Aleix Espargaro +52.843 SPA DUCATI Pramac Racing
15 Mika Kallio +1m 14.668 FIN DUCATI Pramac Racing

Championship standings
1 Jorge Lorenzo 297 pts SPA YAMAHA Fiat Yamaha Team
2 Dani Pedrosa 228 pts SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
3 Casey Stoner 180 pts AUS DUCATI Ducati Marlboro Team
4 Andrea Dovizioso 159 pts ITA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
5 Valentino Rossi 156 pts ITA YAMAHA Fiat Yamaha Team
6 Ben Spies 139 pts USA YAMAHA Tech 3 Yamaha
7 Nicky Hayden 129 pts USA DUCATI Ducati Marlboro Team
8 Randy De Puniet 88 pts FRA HONDA LCR Honda MotoGP
9 Marco Simoncelli 84 pts ITA HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
10 Colin Edwards 81 pts USA YAMAHA Tech 3 Yamaha
11 Marco Melandri 79 pts ITA HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
12 Hector Barbera 69 pts SPA DUCATI Paginas Amarillas Aspar
13 Alvaro Bautista 58 pts SPA SUZUKI Rizla Suzuki MotoGP
14 Aleix Espargaro 52 pts SPA DUCATI Pramac Racing
15 Loris Capirossi 41 pts ITA SUZUKI Rizla Suzuki MotoGP
16 Hiroshi Aoyama 35 pts JPN HONDA Interwetten Honda MotoGP
17 Mika Kallio 34 pts FIN DUCATI Pramac Racing
18 Alex De Angelis 11 pts SM HONDA Interwetten Honda MotoGP
19 Roger Lee Hayden 5 pts USA HONDA LCR Honda MotoGP
20 Kousuke Akiyoshi 4 pts JPN HONDA Interwetten Honda MotoGP
21 Wataru Yoshikawa 1 pts JPN YAMAHA Fiat Yamaha Team

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