Motegi MotoGP: Results

Motegi MotoGP Results

Casey Stoner followed up his first win of the season at Aragón with a second victory at the Grand Prix of Japan today, with pole-sitter Andrea Dovizioso second and Valentino Rossi in third.

It was another strong performance from the Ducati rider, who many felt would be unable to challenge at the front today.

Stoner took the lead in turn two after having started the race from third on the grid and then coolly managed a half-second gap to Dovizioso throughout the majority of the 24-lap race.

The real excitement in the Grand Prix however was drawn from Fiat Yamaha team-mates Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo’s intense battle for the final spot on the podium, which after swapping paint as they jostled for position ended with the reigning World Champion finishing ahead of the champion-elect.

As at Aragón, Stoner got a fast start and took the lead on the opening lap and quickly settled into a rhythm much higher than he had shown in practice.

He traded fast laps in the early stages with Dovizioso, who had from pole for the first time in the premier class and stuck with him for the early stages.

Lorenzo hinted at what was to come as he passed Rossi to assume third, but that was just the start of the duo’s enthralling contest.

Ben Spies (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) and Nicky Hayden (Ducati Team) ran off at turn five together on only the second lap as they dropped down the order, whilst rookie Marco Simoncelli (San Carlo Honda Gresini) and Colin Edwards (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) pitted their wits against one another in the push for fifth.

Stoner began to open up a slender lead over Dovizioso which eventually became a full second with just seven laps remaining, while further down the order Loris Capirossi (Rizla Suzuki) was forced to retire when his bike seemingly stalled as he ran wide alongside team-mate Álvaro Bautista in the chase for seventh place.

With Stoner assured of victory and Dovizioso returning to the podium after an eight-race stint without a top-three finish, Rossi and Lorenzo locked horns in the kind of battle that demonstrates there is little in the way of team orders at Yamaha.

Repeatedly pushing one another the pair clashed bikes with two laps to go as they fought side-by-side in a rousing finale to the race.

Victory for Stoner came by a margin of 3.868s and Dovizioso’s fifth podium of the season – his first since Silverstone – was also confirmed.

Rossi managed to hold his own in third place and score a seventh rostrum result of 2010, and in the process ensure that Lorenzo finished outside the top three for the second successive race.

In the absence of the injured Dani Pedrosa, Lorenzo’s lead at the top of the Championship was extended to 69 points and if Pedrosa fails to make the Malaysian round, Lorenzo needs just a tenth place finish to assure himself of his maiden MotoGP crown.

Edwards won his personal scrap with Simoncelli to post a season’s best result of fifth, with the Italian sixth and Bautista seventh.

Ben Spies, Randy de Puniet (LCR Honda) and Hiroshi Aoyama (Interwetten Honda MotoGP) completed the top ten.

Motegi MotoGP Results | Sunday, October 03, 2010

12527Casey STONERAUSDucati TeamDucati160.043’12.266
2204Andrea DOVIZIOSOITARepsol Honda TeamHonda159.8+3.868
31646Valentino ROSSIITAFiat Yamaha TeamYamaha159.7+5.707
41399Jorge LORENZOSPAFiat Yamaha TeamYamaha159.6+6.221
5115Colin EDWARDSUSAMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha158.4+27.092
61058Marco SIMONCELLIITASan Carlo Honda GresiniHonda158.2+30.021
7919Alvaro BAUTISTASPARizla Suzuki MotoGPSuzuki158.1+31.826
8811Ben SPIESUSAMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha157.9+35.572
9714Randy DE PUNIETFRALCR Honda MotoGPHonda157.1+47.564
1067Hiroshi AOYAMAJPNInterwetten Honda MotoGPHonda157.0+49.598
11533Marco MELANDRIITASan Carlo Honda GresiniHonda157.0+49.999
12469Nicky HAYDENUSADucati TeamDucati156.9+50.703
13340Hector BARBERASPAPaginas Amarillas AsparDucati156.9+51.422
14241Aleix ESPARGAROSPAPramac Racing TeamDucati156.8+52.843
15136Mika KALLIOFINPramac Racing TeamDucati155.5+1’14.668
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65Loris CAPIROSSIITARizla Suzuki MotoGPSuzuki158.03 Lap

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One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007 and is currently Editor at Large at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of 365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).