Brno: Casey Wins & Dovi Completes Team 1-2 On The Podium
More than 150.000 fans gathered today at the Brno Circuit to witness the eleventh round of the MotoGP World Championship, where Casey Stoner achieved his sixth victory of the season. The Repsol Honda Team rider, who leads the overall standings with 32 points over Lorenzo, was accompanied on the podium by his team mate Andrea Dovizioso, who was second. Bad luck for Dani Pedrosa, who fell just some corners after taking the lead of the race, in the third lap.
After the red lights went out, the Spaniard had a good start from pole position, followed by Casey Stoner who, after overtaking Lorenzo in the first metres, lost the position again in the second corner and had to fight with the Repsol Honda Team third rider, Andrea Dovizioso, who also managed to overtake him and was in front of him for two laps.
Just one lap later, Dani Pedrosa got rid of Jorge Lorenzo at the end of the straight, while Casey Stoner followed him closely. Nevertheless, the Spaniard’s lead was short, as only a few metres later, in right-hand corner number four, he lost grip on the front tyre of his RC212V and crashed, handing the lead to his team mate. Stoner then started to gain some margin over his rivals and went on to take his sixth win of the season.
With this result, the Repsol rider leads the overall standing with an advantage of 32 points over Lorenzo, while the Spaniard has Andrea Dovizioso only 23 points behind him. The Italian of the Repsol Honda Team achieved a well-deserved second position at the Czech track, after overtaking the Yamaha of the Spanish rider in the ninth lap and resist the attack of his countryman Simoncelli, who despite being at his wheel most of the race, finished more than one second behind Dovizioso.
The World Championship will resume the action in two week’s time in the United States, this time in the centenarian circuit of Indianapolis.
“We knew we could make a strong podium challenge today but we didn’t really expect the race win. As soon as the race got underway I was having a good battle with Andrea but this cost me a little time and I was afraid that Jorge and Dani would stretch away from me but when I got past I found I had plenty of speed to catch up and the bike felt great.
I passed Jorge and then Dani sadly crashed out so I pushed to see if I could pull a gap and I was able to do so quite quickly, then from this point it was a matter of managing the race. I’m very sorry for Dani, he would have been hard to beat today.
After such a hard weekend it’s fantastic to come out with a comfortable win, a big thanks to my team who never give up, they always support me so a huge thanks to them. Tomorrow we’ll be back on the 1000 for another day of testing, so I hope the weather stays dry for us!”.