MotoGP: Casey Stoner claims second victory for the season

MotoGP, On The Record

Published on: http://www.ontherecord-unisa.com.au/?p=2469

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Australian Casey Stoner has won his second Grand Prix in two weeks for the 2012 MotoGP season in Portugal, beating fellow rider Jorge Lorenzo in a two-rider showdown similar to last week’s Grand Prix in Jerez.

With two MotoGP victories in just two weeks, Stoner now holds the championship lead, snatching the lead away from Yamaha’s Lorenzo with just one point separating them.

Casey Stoner defend his first place position from start to finish, Lorenzo only attempting a challenge towards the very end of the race.

Stoner’s Repsol team mate Dani Pedrosa finished behind Lorenzo in third position, with Andrea Dovisioso in fourth, ahead of his Yamaha team mate Cal Crutchlow who rounded out the top five positions.

Australian Stoner admitted he felt under pressure throughout the race, even though he was the race leader for its duration.

“I felt good on the first few laps but then we had severe chattering from the bike,” Stoner said after the race.

“In the middle laps I didn’t feel confident and I couldn’t push.

“I just tried to keep Jorge behind me we were lucky to hold on for the win in the end.”

This victory is Stoner’s 35th MotoGP win, with the current world champion looking in fantastic form for round four at the world famous Le Man’s Bugatti circuit at the French Grand Prix.

Race Results

Pos.

Points

Num.

Rider

Nation

Team

Bike

Km/h

Time/Gap

1

25

1

Casey Stoner AUS Repsol Honda Team Honda

154.0

45:37.513

2

20

99

Jorge Lorenzo SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha

153.9

+1.421

3

16

26

Dani Pedrosa SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda

153.8

+3.621

4

13

4

Andrea Dovizioso ITA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha

153.2

+13.846

5

11

35

Cal Crutchlow GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha

153.1

+16.690

6

10

19

Alvaro Bautista SPA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda

152.8

+21.884

7

9

46

Valentino Rossi ITA Ducati Team Ducati

152.5

+26.797

8

8

11

Ben Spies USA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha

152.1

+33.262

9

7

6

Stefan Bradl GER LCR Honda MotoGP Honda

152.0

+35.867

10

6

8

Hector Barbera SPA Pramac Racing Team Ducati

151.0

+53.363

11

5

69

Nicky Hayden USA Ducati Team Ducati

150.5

+1’02.630

12

4

41

Aleix Espargaro SPA Power Electronics Aspar ART

149.6

+1’20.736

13

3

14

Randy de Puniet FRA Power Electronics Aspar ART

149.4

+1’23.483

14

2

51

Michele Pirro ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini FTR

148.7

+1’37.905

15

1

9

Danilo Petrucci ITA Came IodaRacing Project Ioda

147.2

1 Lap
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