Casey Takes Commanding Win At Aragon
The Aragon Grand Prix was the scene of a very special day for the Repsol Honda Team, as it gathered its 100th victory thanks to the clear dominion shown by Casey Stoner on this round. Wearing the design created by Spanish designer David DelfÃƒÂn for this occasion, the Australian took the first step of the podium accompanied by his team mate Dani Pedrosa, who was second. For Andrea Dovizioso the race did not last a whole lap, as he crashed in the second corner.
The day was to be a big party at the Repsol Honda Team box, specially decorated for the third round of the season taking place in Spain. With the bikes and overalls of Stoner, Pedrosa and Dovizioso showing a spectacular design by Davidelfin, the Repsol riders started from the first row with Pedrosa taking the lead in the first braking point from Stoner, who also saw Spies overtaking him before reaching the second corner. Nevertheless, the Australian surpassed him just a few corners later and took the second place on his way to catch Dani Pedrosa, overtaking him before the end of the first lap.
A first lap that Andrea Dovizioso was not able to finish, as he crashed in the second corner. The Italian started from fifth place and, after the first corner, which is always complicated, Nicky Hayden forced him to take the second corner on the outside. Taking the corner on the dirty part of the track, the steering was blocked and he was not able to avoid the crash.
From that moment on, there were no more troubles in the race for Casey Stoner and Dani Pedrosa, who progressed steadily on their way to another 1-2, the fifth of the season for the Repsol Honda Team riders. Stoner increased his advantage over Pedrosa tenth after tenth and the Spaniard did the same over their rivals, until they crossed the Finish line in the first two positions with a comfortable advantage over the rest. With this result, the Repsol Honda Team reaches the significant number of 100 victories in the Motorcycling World Championship.
A feat that also allows Casey Stoner to increase his lead on top of the overall standings of the Motorcycling World Championship, which is now of 44 points over Jorge Lorenzo. Dani Pedrosa, fourth, reduces to 15 his difference to the third position, which is still for Andrea Dovizioso. The next round of the Continental Circus will be the Japanese Grand Prix, next October 2nd, in Motegi.
“Before the race everyone was a little cautious with the wind picking up after the morning warm up session and conditions being a lot different to those we have seen all weekend. This was on our mind and also warming the hard tyres to makes sure everything was good for the beginning of the race.
Our start was pretty average, I pulled to the left a little on the start and managed to avoid hitting Dani [Pedrosa] but Ben [Spies] came around the outside and I ended up third or fourth going into turn one, but from there we were able to settle down and feel pretty comfortable with the bike. I wanted to get to the front as soon as possible as the bike has been working perfect all weekend and it was our race to lose, so I wanted to try and get out in front and pull a gap.
I passed Dani as soon as I could and tried to pull that gap, Dani kept with me for the first few laps but slowly I was able to push and put in a gap and from there manage the race.
I think everyone was struggling with tyres to some degree but the bike was fantastic and I don’t mind the bike when it slides around a little! A big, big thank you to the whole team and to take this hundredth win for Repsol Honda is something special”.