Motorsport Wrap for Monday 7th May 2012


Australia's Casey Stoner has taken the lead in the 2012 MotoGP World Championship after taking out victory in Spain, beating championship rival Jorge Lorenzo for the second time this season.

His win at Jerez means Stoner now has won a MotoGP race at every circuit on the calendar.

Lorenzo put Stoner under pressure throughout the entire race but ultimately could not find a way past the defending champion.

"In general we've been pretty happy this weekend, though for the race I had to keep up the pace as best I could as my pit-board showed that Jorge was always there behind me," Stoner said.

"In the middle of the race I tried a few changes to the map settings and slightly changed the way I rode which helped things and in the end we had enough in the bag to hold on for the win." 

Track conditions for the race were warm so all riders on the grid chose to run the softer rear Bridgestone slick tyre.

 "Race conditions were similar to those we had in qualifying and, as expected, all the riders selected the combination of the softer rear slick and the harder front slick," said Shinji Aoki - Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport Tyre Development Department

"This combination gave riders the best mix of rear grip and front-end feel. I am pleased with the performance of our 2012 specification tyres and, in particular, the positive feedback we have received on our new specification front tyre at the last two races shows it performs very well in a wide range of conditions."

Casey Stoner now leads Lorenzo by one point in the MotoGP standings, with Dani Pedrosa 14 points adrift in third place overall.