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Casey Stoner Takes Charge in the First Race of the Season

Repsol Honda new signing Casey Stoner proved he was worth every penny this weekend at Qatar making the weekend his own! Having shown us his potential over the winter testing period, he stormed straight out, and from FP 1 to crossing the finishing line showed us just what he can do when he has the right bike with the right set up.

Although it wasn't just the Australian having it all his own way, with team mates Dani Pedrosa who led for much of the GP until Stoner pulled the pin and finished 3rd as well as Andrea Dovizioso finishing 4th, proving that Honda have potentially the complete package for the season.

Whilst Pedrosa did lead for for much of the first half of the race Stoners smooth handling and throttle action came to the fore in terms of fuel and tyre management allowing him to regain the lead and take control, leaving Pedrosa to contend with the current world champion Jorge Lorenzo on the Yamaha M1 who in strong style reminded everyone why he won the title last year, with excellent corner speed and smooth handling leaving Pedrosa to rue what might have been in third.

Fourth and fifth was also filled by Repsol Honda's Doviziosa and the San Carlo Gresini Honda of Marco Simoncelli which to all intents and purposes is a full factory bike for this year.

Valentino Rossi finished in 7th place after having to contend with a shoulder still recovering from major surgery, the ever unpredictable Ducati and Yamaha Factory Rider Ben Spies who finally managed to get past Rossi to finish in 6th.

Neither of the Pramac Ducati's were able to get any points on the board after an unfortunate race incident in the first lap which left Randy de Puniet on the floor and Loris Capirossi having to retire shortly afterwards.

Nicky Hayden continued to endure a torrid weekend which actually resulted in some very good racing amongst the back group which saw the injured Brit Cal Crutchlow demonstrate his tenacity and desire to perform with a respectable 11th for his first ever Moto GP.

Whichever way you look at it it is shaping up to be an excellent season and finale to the 800cc prototypes.

Race Results

Pos Pts   Rider Nat Team Bike Avg Km/H Time/Gap
1 25 27 Casey STONER AUS Repsol Honda Team Honda 166.5 42'38.569
2 20 1 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 166.3 +3.440
3 16 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 166.2 +5.051
4 13 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Repsol Honda Team Honda 166.2 +5.942
5 11 58 Marco SIMONCELLI ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 166.1 +7.358
6 10 11 Ben SPIES USA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 165.9 +10.468
7 9 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Ducati Team Ducati 165.5 +16.431
8 8 5 Colin EDWARDS USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 164.8 +26.293
9 7 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 164.8 +27.416
10 6 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 164.7 +28.920
11 5 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 164.3 +34.539
12 4 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Mapfre Aspar Team MotoGP Ducati 164.3 +34.829
13 3 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Ducati 164.1 +37.957

Not Classified

24 Toni ELIAS SPA LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 4 Laps
65 Loris CAPIROSSI ITA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 21 Laps
14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 0 Lap

 

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