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2012 MotoGP Championship

Spoiler Alert: 2012 MotoGP Championship results from Estoril, Portugal, listed below

Following a short, one-week break, the 2012 MotoGP Championship continued this weekend at Estoril, Portugal, for Round 3 of 18.

And like it has since joining the MotoGP Championship in 2000, the Portugese circuit just west of Lisbon challenged the 20-rider grid (minus Colin Edwards) with its bumpy straights, long-radius corners and the tricky chicane between turns 8 and 10.

And this challenges shrunk the grid by one rider; the race was minus Edwards due to a hectic crash during Saturday’s qualifying. The NGM Forward Racing CRT rider was involved in a tangle with Power Electronic Aspar’s Randy de Puniet, and broke his left shoulder. Due to the injury, Edwards was forced to miss the round, and will go undergo surgery.

Once things got underway Sunday, though, one rider quickly returned to his normal rhythm -Repsol Honda’s Casey Stoner. The Australian, who also won last week’s round in Jerez, started from the pole, and was in front by the beginning of turn 2.

The two-time MotoGP Champion then went on to lead all 27 laps at Estoril, finishing 1.421 seconds ahead of his rival, the 2010 MotoGP Champion Jorge Lorenzo. Taking the final podium position was Stoner’s teammate, Dani Pedrosa.

The action was intense from the outset; getting off the line first was Pedrosa, followed closely by Lorenzo and Stoner. But Stoner charged to the front at the start of turn 2, rubbing some paint with Pedrosa as he passed. Lorenzo also got pass his fellow compatriot Pedrosa, and these top three remained in their eventual podium finishes for the entire race.

Getting a fourth-place start was Lorenzo’s teammate, Ben Spies. But the Texan ran wide, falling back into seventh where he began a duel with Ducati Team’s Valentino Rossi. As the top three pulled away from the remaining riders, the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 duo of Andrea Dovizioso and Cal Crutchlow began battling for fourth.

By the halfway point, Speed Master rider Mattia Pasini had crashed out after losing the front of his Aprilia-powered CRT, and Avintia Blusen CRT rider IVan Silva retired due to pain from a crash during warm up. With 11 laps remaining, Silva’s teammate also crashed.

The drama continued when Paul Bird Motorsport’s James Ellison (Kawasaki) retired with engine issues with nine laps to go. Cardion AB Racing Ducati’s Karel Abraham then crashed with five laps remaining.

As the top three came to the line, Dovi was able to hold off his teammate for fourth. Taking sixth was San Carlo Honda Gresini’s Alvaro Bautista, followed by Rossi in seventh and Spies in eight. Rounding out the top 10 were LCR hodna’s Stefan Bradl and Pramac Racing Ducati’s Hector Barbera.

Taking the top CRT honors once again was Power Electronic Aspar (Aprilia) rider Aleix Espargaro, who finished 12th ahead of Ducati Team’s Nicky Hayden.

With his win, Stoner has now won a race in the premier class on every single track currently on the MotoGP calendar. Stoner now leads the 2012 MotoGP Championship with 66 points after three of 18 rounds. But just a point behind is Lorenzo, with Pedrosa in third with 52 points.

The 2012 Championship now breaks for two weeks before the French Grand Prix at Le Mans May 18-20.

2012 Estoril MotoGP Results:

Pos.PointsNum.RiderNationTeamBikeKm/hTime/Gap
1251Casey STONERAUSRepsol Honda TeamHonda154.045’37.513
22099Jorge LORENZOSPAYamaha Factory RacingYamaha153.9+1.421
31626Dani PEDROSASPARepsol Honda TeamHonda153.8+3.621
4134Andrea DOVIZIOSOITAMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha153.2+13.846
51135Cal CRUTCHLOWGBRMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha153.1+16.690
61019Alvaro BAUTISTASPASan Carlo Honda GresiniHonda152.8+21.884
7946Valentino ROSSIITADucati TeamDucati152.5+26.797
8811Ben SPIESUSAYamaha Factory RacingYamaha152.1+33.262
976Stefan BRADLGERLCR Honda MotoGPHonda152.0+35.867
1068Hector BARBERASPAPramac Racing TeamDucati151.0+53.363
11569Nicky HAYDENUSADucati TeamDucati150.5+1’02.630
12441Aleix ESPARGAROSPAPower Electronics AsparART149.6+1’20.736
13314Randy DE PUNIETFRAPower Electronics AsparART149.4+1’23.483
14251Michele PIRROITASan Carlo Honda GresiniFTR148.7+1’37.905
1519Danilo PETRUCCIITACame IodaRacing ProjectIoda147.21 Lap
Not Classified
17Karel ABRAHAMCZECardion AB MotoracingDucati144.75 Laps
77James ELLISONGBRPaul Bird MotorsportART146.410 Laps
68Yonny HERNANDEZCOLAvintia BlusensBQR148.712 Laps
54Mattia PASINIITASpeed MasterART148.817 Laps
22Ivan SILVASPAAvintia BlusensBQR144.017 Laps

2012 MotoGP Championship Point Standings (After three of 18 rounds):

Pos.RiderBikeNationPoints

1.Casey STONERHondaAUS66

2.Jorge LORENZOYamahaSPA65

3.Dani PEDROSAHondaSPA52

4.Cal CRUTCHLOWYamahaGBR37

5.Andrea DOVIZIOSOYamahaITA35

6.Alvaro BAUTISTAHondaSPA29

7.Stefan BRADLHondaGER24

8.Nicky HAYDENDucatiUSA23

9.Valentino ROSSIDucatiITA22

10.Hector BARBERADucatiSPA19

11.Ben SPIESYamahaUSA18

12.Aleix ESPARGAROARTSPA9

13.Randy DE PUNIETARTFRA6

14.Colin EDWARDSSuterUSA4

15.Danilo PETRUCCIIodaITA4

16.Michele PIRROFTRITA2

17.Mattia PASINIARTITA2

18.Yonny HERNANDEZBQR-FTRCOL2

19.Ivan SILVABQRSPA1