Stoner steals win from Spies on the line

World Champion Casey Stoner took a great win at an emotional Valencia to complete a fantastic season for him,passing Ben Spies at the line to win,with Andrea Dovizioso 3rd.

The Start

Pedrosa and Stoner got away well with Pedrosa leading into turn 1,Stoner off camera would be back in front immediately.

However there would be drama behind,Dovizioso,who had made a good start,moved slightly across in front of Bautista and Dovi’s rear wheel hit Bautista’s front wheel so Bautista fell whose bike then hit Rossi’s and De Puniet and Hayden would also go down,all 4 men were thankfully ok though.

So the order would be Stoner,Pedrosa,Dovizioso,Spies,Crutchlow and Abraham with just 12 bikes left on track after the Turn 1 incident.

Stoner quickly cruised away from Pedrosa,Dovi and Spies,who were having a great battle for 2nd with Dovi and Pedrosa swapping positions quite a lot,Casey soon built up a 10 second lead over those 3.Crutchlow and Abraham were also having a terrific battle for 5th place,from Capirossi,Elias,Nakasuga,Hayes,Barbera and Aoyama.

Dramatic finish

Then with 8 laps to go it started to rain a bit more and then the action really started.

Spies immediately then passed Pedrosa for 3rd place,Dani then quickly fell away from Ben and Dovi,Ben then passed Dovi and both quickly caught Stoner,who was been very cautious in the worsening weather and was losing 2-3 seconds a lap.

Then on Lap 28,Spies took the lead after Stoner ran very wide at Turn 6,with Dovi just behind them.Then Ben and Casey soon pulled away from Dovi who seemed content to finish 3rd and seal 3rd in the championship.

As the final lap began Spies led from Stoner,Dovizioso,Pedrosa,Crutchlow and Abraham.Crutchlow and Abraham would pass Pedrosa during the final lap,Dani really struggling in the conditions.

Then Abraham tried to pass Crutchlow into the Turn 9 hairpin but hit Crutchlow’s bike and Abraham fell but would get back up.

The real drama happened at the end though,Spies looked like he had it in the bag after leading out of the final corner but Stoner got an amazing exit and passed Spies meters from the line to win by +0.015.

Dovizioso completed the podium positions,Cal Crutchlow finished a fantastic 4th,his best ever Moto GP result and a best result for a brit in the Moto GP modern era.Dani Pedrosa rounded out the top 5.Loris Capirossi in his final ever race finished in 9th.

 

Results

1.Stoner

2.Spies +0.015

3.Dovizioso +5.936

4.Crutchlow +8.718

5.Pedrosa +9.321

6.Nakasuga +23.818

7.Hayes +33.118

8.Abraham +37.952

9.Capirossi +48.953

10.Elias +52.501

11.Barbera +1:06.519

12.Aoyama +1:08.760

Final Championship Standings http://www.motogp.com/en/Results+Statistics/2011/VAL/MotoGP/World+Standing

The 3 World Champions from the 3 classes after all the races,Stefan Bradl(Moto 2),Casey Stoner,Nico Terol(125cc),congratulations to them all

Images © Zimbio,AFP/Getty Images

 

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