Motorsport Wrap for Monday 15 August 2011

CZECH MATE FOR STONER

It was another dominant weekend for Australia’s Casey Stoner who took his sixth MotoGP win of the season, this time at the Czech Republic Grand Prix at Brno.

After an early battle with teammate Dani Pedrosa and Jorge Lorenzo, the Honda rider took the lead on lap three and never looked back. 

Pedrosa, who had been the pace-setter all weekend, crashed out of the lead on the third lap, leaving the remaining two steps of the podium to be fought over by Andrea Dovizioso, who finished second, and Marco Simoncelli who secured his first podium in the premier class. 

“If we look at points it’s an important win, and it couldn’t work out much better,” Stoner said.

“This weekend has been very tough and I was a little bit worried going into the race as to how competitive we’d be. During the race I put in a heck of a lot more effort and decided to lay it on the line. Once we had the break I just concentrated on consistency." 

Every rider on the grid used the softer option rear Bridgestone tyre for the race, and almost all riders used the harder option front.

"The climate conditions were almost the same as last year and tyre choice was also the same but this year’s race time was six seconds faster than in 2010 which shows the development progress of the teams and their bikes and also the high level of the competition,” said Tohru Ubukata - General Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport Tyre Development Department.

“I am happy with tyre performance today as durability was good and the times were consistent. This weekend the new tyre regulations came into effect and I can say that feedback from riders and teams is positive." 

Round 13 of the MotoGP World Championship will be held at the famous Indianapolis circuit in the USA on August 28th.  

CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS

1. Casey Stoner (Aus) Repsol Honda218 points 
2. Jorge Lorenzo (Spn) Yamaha 186 
3. Andrea Dovizioso (It) Repsol Honda 163 
4. Valentino Rossi (It) Ducati 118