Casey Stoner successfully converted his pole position into a win at Aragon by more than five second ahead of Pedrosa.
Although it may have come late in the season, Ducati
Marlboro’s Casey Stoner took his first MotoGP
win of 2010 at Aragon on Sunday. The Aussie managed to convert his second pole of the season into a well-earned victory over Repsol Honda
’s Dani Pedrosa and his own teammate, Nicky Hayden. The top podium step was clenched by a margin of more than five seconds ahead of Pedrosa, and Hayden made it an excellent day for Ducati by bringing home his first top-three result of the season.
After getting an excellent start from first on the grid Stoner held the lead going into Turn 1. Pedrosa failed to get another one of his good starts and was pushed back into fifth-place, but it was only temporary as the Spaniard climbed back to second in the early laps of the race. With Pedrosa directly behind Stoner the two remained close together for much of the race. In the end, however, Stoner turned up the heat in the final laps and managed to pull away from the Honda rider to secure the win.
One of the most tense battles of the contest though was between Hayden and Fiat Yamaha
’s Jorge Lorenzo. Hayden put the moves on the championship leader during the last lap to take the final podium spot. It was an aggressive but successful overtake which delivered the American his first taste of the podium in 2010, as well as crushing the Yamaha rider’s perfect record of rostrum finishes so far this season.
Dani Pedrosa stuck with Casey Stoner for much of the race but couldn't keep up with the Aussie near the end.
"My start was very good, but during the race I struggled a lot with Nicky always behind me, very close," said Lorenzo. "We can't be happy with the result and I am disappointed to finish my podium run, but the most important thing is that we did finish and we still took points for our championship. We have five more races to go and, although this is a complicated moment for us and we have some things to address, I am confident that we can improve again."
Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Ben Spies added another strong result to his record this season after clenching fifth-place in Round 13 of the championship. In the process of pushing hard for the pass on Spies, Dovizioso had an unfortunate crash during the final lap.
Reigning MotoGP champion Valentino Rossi continued struggling at the Aragon circuit, where he finished sixth ahead of rookie Marco Simoncelli and Rizla Suzuki
’s Alvaro Bautista.
"This was a very difficult race for us; we had a lot of problems all weekend and I was very slow today," Rossi said. "I had to try to arrive to the end but I couldn't do better than sixth. All the Yamahas have suffered here but my shoulder problems made it even worse for me and this, combined with the problems with our package at this track, made it extra hard."
“I had some great battles out there with De Puniet, Barbera and some other riders and I really had fun during the race," Bautista said. "At the beginning I had a bit of a problem when I was braking and I felt a lot of moving in the front, so I couldn’t keep up my speed entering the corners. I wasn’t able to push how I wanted, but luckily after a few laps the bike started to work how I wanted it to – it was much more like the bike I had in qualifying so I was able to find a good rhythm."
San Carlo Honda’s Marco Melandri and Pramac Ducati’s Aleix Espargaro rounded out the top-10 finishers in ninth and 10th respectively, while LCR Honda’s Randy de Puniet had a fall on Lap 16 that resulted in no injury.
Lorenzo’s lead in the championship has now been sliced down to 56 points ahead of Pedrosa, while Stoner saw his position improve to third-place ahead of Rossi and Dovizioso.
2010 MotoGP Aragon Results:
1. Casey Stoner (Ducati)
2. Dani Pedrosa (Honda)
Nicky Hayden landed his first podium of the season following an overtake on championship leader Jorge Lorenzo.
3. Nicky Hayden (Ducati)
4. Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha)
5. Ben Spies (Yamaha)
6. Valentino Rossi (Yamaha)
7. Marco Simoncelli (Honda)
8. Alvaro Bautista (Suzuki)
9. Marco Melandri (Honda)
10. Aleix Espargaro (Ducati)
11. Hector Barbera (Ducati)
12. Colin Edwards (Yamaha)
13. Hiroshi Aoyama (Honda)
14. Mika Kallio (Ducati)
DNF Andrea Dovizioso (Honda)
DNF Randy de Puniet (Honda)
2010 MotoGP Championship Points:
1. Jorge Lorenzo, 284
2. Dani Pedrosa, 228
3. Casey Stoner, 155
4. Valentino Rossi, 140
5. Andrea Dovizioso, 139
6. Ben Spies, 131
7. Nicky Hayden, 125
8. Randy de Puniet, 81
9. Marco Melandri, 74
10. Marco Simoncelli, 74
Andrea Iannone took his third win of the '10 season in dominant fashion over Julian SImon and Gabor Talmacsi.
Fimmco Speed Up’s Andrea Iannone stormed to his third Moto 2 win of the 2010 season at Aragon Sunday. The Italian took the win in dominant fashion by more than six seconds ahead of Julian Simon while Iannone’s teammate, Gabor Talmacsi, completed the podium in third.
At the start there was a major pile up in Turn 1 which involved Caretta Technology’s Alex Baldolini, Vector Kiefer Racing’s Mattia Pasini, G22 Holiday Gym’s Fonsi Nieto, Maquinza-SAG Team’s Ricky Cardús and Blusens-STX’s Yonny Hernandez. All riders managed to escape injury, and leading out of the first turn was Iannone who immediately began opening an advantage. JiR Moto2’s Alex de Angelis was near the front of the pack when he crashed out after starting the race from the front row. Afterwards De Angelis’ teammate, Simone Corsi, began battling Talmacsi for the final two podium spots.
Forward Racing’s Jules Cluzel and Marc VDS Racing’s Scott Redding led a group of riders chasing for the lead behind the frontrunners as championship leader Toni Elias survived a difficult start to advance into fifth-place halfway into the contest.
Up front Iannone was riding his own race at a comfortable pace while maintaining a sizeable lead. Nearing the closing laps Iannone was leading by more than eight seconds, and the Italian easily took the win. Simone crossed the finish line able to hold off Talmacsi for second, which was his third consecutive second-place finish. Meanwhile, Talmacsi went home with his first podium of the ’10 season at Aragon.
Elias overcame a tough early race to finish fourth, just shy of the podium. Corsi and Cluzel rounded out the top-six finishers, while Interwetten Moriwaki’s Thomas Luthi overcame a difficult starting position in 20th to take 10th by the close of the race.
2010 Moto 2 Aragon Results:
1. Andrea Iannone (Speed Up)
2. Julian Simon (Suter)
3. Gabor Talmacsi (Speed Up)
4. Toni Elias (Moriwaki)
Championship leader Toni Elias suffered a difficult start but overcame it to finish 10th at Aragon.
5. Simone Corsi (Motobi)
6. Jules Cluzel (Suter)
7. Dominique Aegerter (Suter)
8. Scott Redding (Suter)
9. Stefan Bradl (Suter)
10. Thomas Luthi (Moriwaki)
11. Claudio Corti (Suter)
12. Yuki Takahashi (Tech 3)
13. Mike di Meglio (Suter)
14. Michele Pirro (Moriwaki)
15. Ratthapark Wilairot (Bimota)
2010 Moto 2 Championship Points:
1. Toni Elias, 224
2. Julian Simon, 148
3. Andrea Iannone, 144
4. Thomas Luthi, 130
5. Simone Corsi, 108
6. Gabor Talmacsi, 95
7. Jules Cluzel, 94
8. Shoya Tomizawa, 82
9. Yuki Takahashi, 76
10. Sergio Gadea, 59