MotoGP: Stoner Cruises to 3rd Win of Season

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Casey Stoner took his third victory of the season in Catalunya on Sunday and moved to within seven points of the 2011 MotoGP World Championship lead. The Australian finished 2.4 seconds ahead of defending champion and points leader Jorge Lorenzo, while Lorenzo’s factory Yamaha team-mate Ben Spies followed in third, capturing his first 2011 podium finish. After overtaking Lorenzo at the end of lap one, it looked like Stoner might completely run away with the race, but light rain during the latter half forced Stoner to be somewhat conservative. Stoner’s Repsol Honda team-mate Andrea Dovizioso finished fourth, holding off his fellow countryman Valentino Rossi to a fifth place finish. Pole sitter Marco Simoncelli, who arrived at the track under police protection after receiving death threats for causing local hero Dani Pedrosa to miss the Spanish GP, got off to a bad start and, perhaps chastened by his scolding from Dorna about the Pedrosa incident at Le Mans, relinquished his customary aggressive style and settled for sixth. Pedrosa was not fit to compete at Catalunya after undergoing surgery to repair a broken right collarbone shortly after the Le Mans race. Also missing the from the grid at Catalunya due to a broken collarbone was satellite Yamaha rider Colin Edwards. The Texan’s 141 MotoGP race streak ended after crashing heavily during practice on Friday and undergoing surgery the following day. 

Edwards claims he’ll be back for the next race at Silverstone on June 12, while Pedrosa’s participation at the British Grand Prix is still in question.


2011 Catalunya MotoGP Race Results

1 C Stoner (Aus) Honda 43mins 19.779secs

2 J Lorenzo (Spn) Yamaha 43:22.182

3 B Spies (US) Yamaha 43:24.070

4 A Dovizioso (Ita) Honda 43:25.034

5 V Rossi (Ita) Ducati 43:27.150

6 M Simoncelli (Ita) Honda 43:31.610

7 C Crutchlow (GB) Yamaha 43:46.262

8 N Hayden (US) Ducati 43:53.022

9 L Capirossi (Ita) Ducati 44:02.871

10 K Abraham (Cz) Ducati 44:02.892

11 H Barbera (Spn) Ducati 44:04.003

12 A Bautista (Spn) Suzuki 44:05.018

13 T Elias (Spn) Honda 44:18.047


2011 MotoGP Championship Standings

1 J Lorenzo (Sp) Yamaha 98

2 C Stoner (Aus) Honda 91

3 A Dovizioso (It) Honda 63

4 D Pedrosa (Sp) Honda 61

5 V Rossi (It) Ducati 58

6 N Hayden (US) Ducati 47

7 B Spies (US) Yamaha 36

8 H Aoyama (Jpn) Honda 36

9 M Simoncelli (It) Honda 32

10 C Crutchlow (GB) Yamaha 30

11 H Barbera (Sp) Ducati 26

12 K Abraham (Cze) Ducati 24

13 C Edwards (US) Yamaha 21

14 T Elias (Sp) Honda 20

15 L Capirossi (It) Ducati 16

16 A Bautista (Sp) Suzuki 11

17 R de Puniet (Fr) Ducati 6

18 J Hopkins (US) Suzuki 6




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