Motorsport Wrap for Monday 19th September 2011

STONER EXTENDS CHAMPIONSHIP LEAD

Australia’s Casey Stoner has extended his lead in the MotoGP World Championship after another dominant weekend at the Gran Premio de Aragón in Spain.

Starting from pole position on the harder compound Bridgestone rear tyres, Stoner set a new lap record on just his fourth lap of the race before running away to a comfortable victory over teammate and reigning champion Jorge Lorenzo.

“We knew the tyres warmed up fairly quickly and well so after the first few corners we wanted to get moving as we knew the bike was working well here,” Stoner said.

“I want to thank the team because every time I head to the track this year, we have a good package and good rhythm.”

Throughout the race, tyre management proved very important as wear rate on the surface was relatively high.
 
 “Even though our tyre compound options were the same this time as at Aragon last year, because the track conditions were different this year so was tyre behaviour,” said Masao Azuma – Chief Field Engineer, Bridgestone Motorsport.

“It is a prime illustration of the balance between warm-up performance and durability – warm-up performance was clearly very good in the cool conditions with the top ten fastest riders all setting their best times within the first six laps.

“Conversely, it was also clear that tyre wear was a key factor for some riders towards the end of the race, but this is the trade-off of achieving better warm-up performance that the riders have been asking for this season.”
 
It was Stoner’s eighth victory of the season and now sees him lead Lorenzo by 44 points. The teams now head to Motegi for the Japanese MotoGP.
 

CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS

1. 
Casey Stoner
285
2.
Jorge Lorenzo
240
3.
Andrea Dovizioso
185
4.
Dani Pedrosa
170