Superb win for Stoner and another podium for Pedrosa at Jerez

Casey Stoner

Casey Stoner took his first ever MotoGP victory at the Grand Prix of Spain and Dani Pedrosa, third on his 100th race in MotoGP, joined him on the podium at the Jerez circuit, where the Repsol Honda Team has celebrated the second consecutive double podium of the season.

The current World Champion had a difficult start but quickly recovered proving to have something extra in his pocket to fight for his first victory of the season after a superb race in front of a strong Lorenzo.

Dani Pedrosa had a perfect start again, but he got passed on the second lap and dropped to the fourth position. The Spaniard was quite cautious at the beginning and lost precious time that he was unable to regain in the second half of the race, when he started lapping faster than the leaders.

Dani recovered 3 seconds in the last 13 laps and held off the pressure from Cal Crutchlow to finish third and taste the podium at Jerez for the eighth successive year.

CASEY STONER 1st World Championship Position: 2nd with 41 points

"We didn't get a great start so I tried to stay out of trouble, there were people out braking each other, touching and it was important just to keep out of the way! Then I managed to gain a lot of positions in a short space of time and reached the front. I didn't try to pull a gap, as I knew Jorge and Dani were very fast, but I just wanted to stay in front with them and pull away from the others. Then I saw that Jorge and I had slightly better pace and we could make a gap. I was focusing on where I wanted to go as there were a lot of wet patches and it was easy to make a mistake. We managed the race for the conditions of the circuit and as they improved I pushed a little more, the bike on a whole felt much better than in qualifying. I did get some arm pump again but thankfully not to the extent I had it in Qatar. Considering the weekend in general and how fast Dani and Jorge are at this track, to win here is something very special for me".

Race Result – Round 2

Pos Rider Time/Behind Nat Bike Team
1 Casey Stoner 45'33.897 AUS HONDA Repsol Honda Team
2 Jorge Lorenzo +0.947 SPA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing Team
3 Dani Pedrosa +2.063 SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
4 Cal Crutchlow +2.465 GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
5 Andrea Dovizioso +18.100 ITA YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
6 Alvaro Bautista +21.395 SPA HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
7 Stefan Bradl +28.637 GER HONDA LCR Honda MotoGP
8 Nicky Hayden +28.869 USA DUCATI Ducati Team
9 Valentino Rossi +34.852 ITA DUCATI Ducati Team
10 Hector Barbera +35.103 SPA DUCATI Pramac Racing
11 Ben Spies +38.041 USA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing Team
12 Aleix Espargaro +1'12.728 ESP ART Aspar Team MotoGP
13 Danilo Petrucci +1'18.669 ITA IODA Ioda Racing Project
14 Mattia Pasini +1'29.142 ITA ART Speed Master
15 Ivan Silva +1'32.478 SPA BQR-FTR BQR
16 Colin Edwards +1'40.577 USA SUTER NGM Mobile Forward Racing
17 Karel Abraham +1 lap CZE DUCATI Cardion AB Motoracing
18 Randy De Puniet DNF FRA ART Aspar Team MotoGP
19 James Ellison DNF GBR ART Paul Bird Racing
20 Michelle Pirro DNF ITA HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
21 Yonny Hernandez DNF COL BQR-FTR BQR

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