STONER CLAIMS VICTORY AT ARAGON
Australia's Casey Stoner claimed the Ducati team's maiden victory in the 2010 MotoGP season with a decisive win at the weekend's Aragon Grand Prix in Spain.
The 2007 world champion had control of the race from pole to the chequered flag, resisting an early challenge from Jorge Lorenzo to run away from the pack and finish more than five seconds clear of Spaniard Dani Pedrosa.
American Nicky Haden made it a day to remember for Ducati when he trumped Lorenzo on the final lap to claim the final podium standing.
"It was a big relief to be honest! It's been too long between wins," Stoner said.
"The track got better with more rubber and we got better and better. I tried to stay consistent and smooth to keep the tyres as good as possible until the end."
The high track temperature saw all riders opt for the harder Bridgestone tyre compound for the rear of their bikes, with the harder front compound also preferred by most of the riders.
"Today the conditions were the warmest of the weekend and after the 125cc and Moto2 races the track was much cleaner, both of which helped the performance of the harder rear tyre," said Tohru Ubukata, Manager, Bridgestone Motorcycle Tyre Development.
"Race pace was reasonably consistent, and the fastest lap was just 0.6 seconds from the pole time, set by Casey on a grippier softer option rear slick, so this illustrates that conditions were better today. Overall, I'm happy about our tyre compound choice for this new circuit."
With five races remaining in the 2010 season, Lorenzo has 284 points, with Pedrosa on 228 and Stoner on 155.
|1. ||Jorge Lorenzo (Sp) ||Yamaha ||284 points |
|2. ||Dani Pedrosa (Sp) ||Honda ||228 |
|3. ||Casey Stoner (Aus) ||Ducati ||155 |