Ducati's Casey Stoner had a good start and took the victory by 3.868 seconds ahead of Andrea Dovizioso.
man Casey Stoner managed back-to-back MotoGP
victories with a solid win at the Motegi circuit on Sunday. The Australian beat out Repsol Honda
’s Andrea Dovizioso and Fiat Yamaha
’s Valentino Rossi, pulling away gradually throughout the 24-lap contest to secure his second win of the 2010 season.
“This win feels great," said Stoner. "I could have never imagined when I began my first season in Grand Prix at 16 years of age that I would reach this level and all I can say is that it is an honor to be alongside such great names. I have taken all my MotoGP wins with Ducati and it is down to their fantastic support, hard work and above all their belief in me that this has been possible.”
The major excitement of the race, however, came from behind as Rossi and his teammate, Jorge Lorenzo, engaged in a brilliant duel for the final podium spot. This is now the second straight race that Lorenzo has been bumped off the podium.
"This was a big battle between Valentino and I, two warriors with the killer instinct," said Lorenzo. "I have to say that at some points I do not think he was completely fair, we were both on the limit but some of his moves were maybe a bit too much and he touched me and pushed me wide when I don't think it was right."
Honda's Andrea Dovizioso finished second and moved ahead of Valentino Rossi in the championship standings.
Stoner began the event by taking a great start from third on the grid and led by the end of the opening lap. He settled into an early rhythm and began putting in solid laps while Dovizioso stuck to his rear wheel. Meanwhile, Lorenzo made a pass on Rossi to secure third-place, but it was only just beginning between the two teammates.
Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Ben Spies and American Nicky Hayden suffered a run-off at Turn 5 together, while San Carlo Honda’s Marco Simoncelli and Yamaha's Colin Edwards battled with each other for fifth.
As the race progressed Stoner opened a small advantage over Dovizioso, who was trailing the leader with less than seven laps remaining. Bad luck struck Rizla Suzuki
’s Loris Capirossi and he was forced to retire after his bike stalled when he ran wide.
By a margin of 3.868 seconds Stoner took the checkers, with Dovizioso following for his fifth podium finish of the season.
Jorge Lorenzo (#99) and Valentino Rossi (#46) had a race-long battle for third-place, and it became incredibly tense in the final three laps when Rossi and Lorenzo touched fairings.
“At the beginning, Casey was really fast when the tires weren’t fully up to temperature and at that moment I knew it was going to be a hard fight with him," said Dovizioso. "I don’t know what Casey did to up his pace today but his speed was amazing."
The terrific battle between Rossi and Lorenzo ended with The Doctor eventually regaining third-place and fending off the championship leader in the final laps. It was a memorable race for Edwards as he took his best result of the season in fifth, followed by Simoncelli in sixth and Suzuki’s Alvaro Bautista in seventh.
“In terms of the result I'm really happy because it is my first top-six finish of the year and I think it was deserved after all the hard work the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team and me have been putting in to improve our results," said Edwards. "And it is always good to get a result in Japan with the race being so important for Yamaha and the Tech 3 Team."
Completing the top-10 were Spies, LCR Honda’s Randy de Puniet and Interwetten Honda’s Hiroshi Aoyama.
As a result of Honda’s Dani Pedrosa being absent from Round 14, Lorenzo’s lead in the championship has increased to 69 points. Stoner remains in third after his win, while Dovizioso has advanced into fourth ahead of Rossi.
2010 MotoGP Motegi Results:
1. Casey Stoner (Ducati)
2. Andrea Dovizioso (Honda)
3. Valentino Rossi (Yamaha)
Colin Edwards had his highest finish of the season after he took fifth behind championship leader Jorge Lorenzo.
4. Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha)
5. Colin Edwards (Yamaha)
6. Marco Simoncelli (Honda)
7. Alvaro Bautista (Suzuki)
8. Ben Spies (Yamaha)
9. Randy de Puniet (Honda)
10. Hiroshi Aoyama (Honda)
11. Marco Melandri (Honda)
12. Nicky Hayden (Ducati)
13. Hector Barbera (Ducati)
14. Aleix Espargaro (Ducati)
15. Mika Kallio (Ducati)
DNF Loris Capirossi (Suzuki)
2010 MotoGP Championship Points:
1. Jorge Lorenzo, 297
2. Dani Pedrosa, 228
3. Casey Stoner, 180
4. Andrea Dovizioso, 159
5. Valentino Rossi, 156
6. Ben Spies, 139
7. Nicky Hayden, 129
8. Randy de Puniet, 88
9. Marco Simoncelli, 84
10. Colin Edwards, 81
Toni Elias is one step closer to clenching the 2010 Moto 2 Championship after winning at Motegi ahead of Julian Simon.
Championship leader Toni Elias returned to his winning form in Japan on Sunday after taking his seventh win of the 2010 season at the Motegi circuit. The Spaniard held off a determined Julian Simon, crossing the line 0.315 seconds ahead of the Mapfre Aspar rider and edging closer to becoming the first ever Moto 2 champion.
Simon and Elias were both at the front early and swapping the lead back and forth. They gradually became separated from the rest of the field as they chased each other, while another battle for the podium played out behind them.
FCC TSR’s Yusuke Teshima was the first crasher of the race with Caretta Technology Race Dept.’s Alex Baldolini and G22 Holiday Gym’s Fonsi Nieto also going down. Meanwhile, Fimmco Speed Up’s Andrea Iannone pushed desperately through the field after starting from 10th on the grid.
In the end Elias held firmly onto the lead and refused to give Simon any openings. Elias took the win, and with it he has stretched his lead in the championship to 81 points ahead of Simon, who finished second for the fourth time in a row. Abraham was all smiles as he earned his first world championship podium finish in third, followed by Alex de Angelis in fourth and more than 10 seconds off the pace of Elias.
2010 Moto 2 Motegi Results:
1. Toni Elias (Moriwaki)
2. Julian Simon (Suter)
3. Karel Abraham (FTR)
4. Alex de Angelis (Motobi)
5. Scott Redding (Suter)
The 2010 Moto 2 Podium at Motegi (from left to right): Julian Simon, Toni Elias and Karel Abraham.
6. Yuki Takahashi (Tech 3)
7. Stefan Bradl (Suter)
8. Thomas Luthi (Moriwaki)
9. Roberto Rolfo (Suter)
10. Alex Debon (FTR)
11. Simone Corsi (Motobi)
12. Dominique Aegerter (Suter)
13. Andrea Iannone (Speed Up)
14. Claudio Corti (Suter)
15. Raffaele de Rosa (Tech 3)
2010 Moto 2 Championship Points:
1. Toni Elias, 249
2. Julian Simon, 168
3. Andrea Iannone, 147
4. Thomas Luthi, 138
5. Simone Corsi, 113
6. Gabor Talmacsi, 95
7. Jules Cluzel, 94
8. Yuki Takahashi, 86
9. Shoya Tomizawa, 82
10. Sergio Gadea, 59