Stoner storms to US GP win

Australian and current championship Casey Stoner took a big win at the US Grand Prix today,beating Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa to the win.

The Start

Lorenzo got away beautifully and led,Pedrosa had got passed Stoner into Turn 1 to take 2nd place with Stoner 3rd,Dovizioso 4th,Simoncelli 5th,Rossi 6th,Spies 7th after a poor getaway caused by a launch control glitch off the line,with Hayden in 8th after lap 1,Spies would soon pass Rossi to get back into 6th place but lost a lot of time behind him.

The Top 5 soon pulled away from the rest.Cal Crutchlow who is having a bad spell,crashed out at Turn 2 on Lap 4 of the race.Then 3 laps later Simoncelli crashed out of yet another race at Turn 6 from 5th place.Ben Bostrom then retired soon after making many mistakes,Bautista would be the last retirement,crashing out at Turn 2 on Lap 14.

Soon Lorenzo,Stoner and Pedrosa pulled away from Dovizioso to battle for the top 3 positions,Lorenzo led from Pedrosa and Stoner for the first half of the race.Edwards got past Barbera at the exit of the corkscrew on Lap 15 to take 8th place after Hector had run wide.Stoner would then make his move,after quickly catching Pedrosa,Stoner bravely passed Pedrosa into the corkscrew to take 2nd place in the race on Lap 18.He then quickly caught Lorenzo and on Lap 27 quite brilliantly and bravely passed Lorenzo round the outside into turn 1.Stoner would then quickly pull away from Lorenzo who of course was not 100%,after the race Pedrosa said he got tired mid race.Spies passed Dovizioso with 3 laps to go into the last corner and would hang on to 4th!

Stoner would go on to win by more than 5 seconds from Lorenzo who finished a very solid 2nd,Pedrosa 3rd,Spies 4th,Dovizioso 5th,Rossi 6th just ahead of teammate Hayden,they had a race long battle,Edwards 8th,Barbera 9th,Aoyama 10th,Abraham 11th,Capirossi in 12th and Elias in 13th were both lapped.Bautista was 14th and Bostrom 15th despite both of them retiring.

Quotes

Stoner:“We felt really good at the end of the race – Really good to come back with a race like this”

Lorenzo:“I’m lucky to be 2nd after the crash yesterday morning,Casey was faster than us in the end and my physical condition wasn’t perfect”

Pedrosa:“I tried my best during the race but in the middle of the race, I was very tired”

Race Rating:7/10

Rider of the day:Casey Stoner

Race Results are here:http://www.motogp.com/en/Results+Statistics

Championship standings:http://www.motogp.com/en/Results+Statistics/2011/GER/MotoGP/World+Standing

Photos from:http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/







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