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06/30/12
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Stoner and Pedrosa dominate in Assen  
Casey Stoner
The legendary Assen circuit was the setting of another brilliant performance by the Repsol Honda Team. The 90,248 spectators occupying the grandstands at the 'Cathedral' enjoyed a two-man battle between Casey Stoner and Dani Pedrosa, who led from start to finish, with no rivals to challenge them.

Casey celebrated his sixth consecutive podium in Assen with another victory, his third of the season, and Dani crossed the line behind him to complete the team's fifth double podium of the 2012 MotoGP World Championship. This result, combined with Jorge Lorenzo's unfortunate crash, places Casey in the joint championship lead with 140 points and Dani, 19 points behind them consolidating third position.

Pedrosa took the race lead from the start, with Casey close behind. They were matching times, lap by lap, separated by mere milliseconds and increased the gap to the rest of the pack by more than eight seconds. Dani set the circuit record on lap fifteen (1'34.548) but couldn't pull away from Casey, who overtook him with nine laps to go and led until the end.

The Repsol Honda Team couldn't ask for a better start to the most demanding period of the season, with three races back to back. Next up is Germany's Sachsenring followed by Italy's Mugello Circuit.

CASEY STONER 1st World Championship Position: 2nd with 140 points

"To take pole position and now the win is really incredible, a big thanks to my whole team who never gave up. My plan was to get a better start than I actually did, take some advantage and use the energy I had to try and make a gap and try to hold on to the end. We also knew that which ever position we were in, we had to preserve the rear tire. Choosing the softer tire, there was a big chance that we would destroy it and have nothing left for the end of the race. When I saw Dani was running at a reasonable pace and we were pulling away from the others, I decided to stay there and watch him to save the tires and my energy as much as I could. With a few laps remaining, I knew we wouldn't suffer a big drop in tire performance, I still felt good so I decided to pass him and see if I could pull a gap. It was a tough race, I had a lot of arm pump as I had to compensate for my injuries from the crash yesterday, but my fitness was good and the bike was working well in general. I'm sorry for Jorge, nobody wants to take points over a competitor in this manner, but as we can see, one race can change everything".

DANI PEDROSA 2nd World Championship Position: 3rd with 121 points

"Looking at the lap times we did during the weekend, I knew I had better rhythm than Casey, so I made a good start and tried to pull away from the first laps. Casey stayed behind me all the time and by the second half of the race, I believe he took profit of extra energy he saved during the first part of the race to overtake me. Our pace was very good in the race, the bike worked very well but maybe I just chose the wrong strategy this time. At the end of the race, the bike felt heavy with change of direction due to tiredness and it was enough to slow me down from 1'35 to 1'36 for just two laps, and I lost ground, but this is racing. I hope to do a better strategy next week in Germany".

Race Result - Round 7

Pos Rider Time/Behind Nat Bike Team
1 Casey Stoner 41'19.855 AUS HONDA Repsol Honda Team
2 Dani Pedrosa +4.965 SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
3 Andrea Dovizioso +11.994 ITA YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
4 Ben Spies +14.775 USA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing Team
5 Cal Crutchlow +22.074 GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
6 Nicky Hayden +31.660 USA DUCATI Ducati Team
7 Hector Barbera +59.107 SPA DUCATI Pramac Racing
8 Randy De Puniet +1'04.441 FRA ART Aspar Team MotoGP
9 Michelle Pirro +1'06.980 ITA HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
10 Mattia Pasini +1'25.087 ITA ART Speed Master
11 Danilo Petrucci +1'32.103 ITA IODA Ioda Racing Project
12 Ivan Silva +1'33.797 SPA BQR-FTR BQR
13 Valentino Rossi +1 lap ITA DUCATI Ducati Team
14 James Ellison +1 lap GBR ART Paul Bird Racing
15 Aleix Espargaro DNF ESP ART Aspar Team MotoGP
16 Colin Edwards DNF USA SUTER NGM Mobile Forward Racing
17 Yonny Hernandez DNF COL BQR-FTR BQR
18 Stefan Bradl DNF GER HONDA LCR Honda MotoGP
19 Jorge Lorenzo DNF SPA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing Team
20 Alvaro Bautista DNF SPA HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
21 Karel Abraham DNS CZE DUCATI Cardion AB Motoracing


Championship standings

Pos Rider Points Nat Bike Team
1 Jorge Lorenzo 140 pts SPA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing Team
2 Casey Stoner 140 pts AUS HONDA Repsol Honda Team
3 Dani Pedrosa 121 pts SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
4 Cal Crutchlow 77 pts GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
5 Andrea Dovizioso 76 pts ITA YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
6 Valentino Rossi 61 pts ITA DUCATI Ducati Team
7 Nicky Hayden 59 pts USA DUCATI Ducati Team
8 Alvaro Bautista 58 pts SPA HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
9 Stefan Bradl 51 pts GER HONDA LCR Honda MotoGP
10 Ben Spies 48 pts USA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing Team
11 Hector Barbera 46 pts SPA DUCATI Pramac Racing
12 Aleix Espargaro 20 pts ESP ART Aspar Team MotoGP
13 Randy De Puniet 19 pts FRA ART Aspar Team MotoGP
14 Michelle Pirro 16 pts ITA HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
15 Mattia Pasini 12 pts ITA ART Speed Master
16 Danilo Petrucci 9 pts ITA IODA Ioda Racing Project
17 James Ellison 9 pts GBR ART Paul Bird Racing
18 Ivan Silva 5 pts SPA BQR-FTR BQR
19 Yonny Hernandez 4 pts COL BQR-FTR BQR
20 Colin Edwards 4 pts USA SUTER NGM Mobile Forward Racing
21 Karel Abraham 4 pts CZE DUCATI Cardion AB Motoracing
22 Chris Vermeulen 0 pts AUS SUTER NGM Mobile Forward Racing

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