Yet Another Podium For Casey At Misano
The San Marino Grand Prix saw another intense chapter of episode in the fight of the MotoGP World Championship, where Dani Pedrosa and Casey Stoner showed again a very high level. Second and third, respectively, the Repsol Honda Team riders achieved another important podium that keeps the Australian at the top of the overall standings, with 35 points of advantage over Jorge Lorenzo, winner of today’s race. A round where Andrea Dovizioso fought until the very last corner to achieve the final fifth position.
At the start, Jorge Lorenzo took the initiative, with Casey Stoner at his wheel and Dani Pedrosa third, standing the pressure from Ben Spies, who tried to advance him in the second corner without success. Not only that, but before the end of the lap the American was overtaken by a feisty Andrea Dovizioso, confirming a good start in front of his home public.
As laps went by, Lorenzo, Stoner and Pedrosa built some margin over the rest, although from the fifth lap Pedrosa lost some ground. Casey Stoner was comfortably behind Lorenzo’s Yamaha until mid race, when he started to lose ground as he suffered some physical problems due to the terrible heat at the Misano track and to the lack of rest after the Indianapolis Grand Prix a week ago. After losing contact with Lorenzo, he could neither prevent Pedrosa from reducing the distance and, six laps before the end, the Spaniard was able to catch him and then overtake him.
After them, an intense battle was raging for fourth position, since Marco Simoncelli overtook Andrea Dovizioso in lap eight. In a group completed by Ben Spies and Rossi, the kept exchanging position until three laps from the end, when Dovizioso launched an attack and overtook Simoncelli. Hard braking and long skids followed until the Finish line, where finally Simoncelli got the fourth place and Dovizioso the fifth.
After two consecutive weeks competing in two different continents, now it is time for a well-deserved rest of a week and a half. The World Championship will resume Ã¢â‚¬â€again in SpainÃ¢â‚¬â€ in a fortnight at the Motorland AragÃƒÂ³n track, where Casey Stoner will arrive with a 35-point advantage over Jorge Lorenzo.
“At the beginning of the race I was cautious as there were a few spots of rain, once this cleared up I was pretty comfortable behind Jorge [Lorenzo], I didn’t feel the need to push and then the tiredness suddenly hit me.
It was hard to find the braking points and change direction on the bike, there was nothing wrong with the tyres, nothing wrong with the bike, the team did a great job and gave me a fantastic package, I’m just worn out.
After the past few races I’ve had to put in a lot more effort in Laguna and Brno, riding a lot harder than I normally would. This together with the neck injury from Assen which I’ve been struggling to get strong again due to lack of training from the hectic race calendar, has finally caught up with me.
For the second half of the race I was just too tired, simple as that, I’m very grateful to have finished on the podium. All credit to Jorge, he had a fantastic race, hopefully by Aragon I’ll be fully fit and recovered”.