Casey Stoner wins British MotoGP

Casey Stoner secured his fourth race win of the season and the lead in the MotoGP World Championship after his main rival Jorge Lorenzo crashed out in the rain at Silverstone.

Stoner, the Respol Honda rider, produced an almost faultless race from pole position to take his third successive win and now leads the defending champion Lorenzo by 18 points in the standings.

Stoner was beaten into the first corner by Lorenzo but the factory Yamaha rider was passed by both the Australian and his team-mate Andrea Dovizioso on the first lap.

Lorenzo also lost a place to the San Carlo Gresini Honda rider Marco Simoncelli but gained that back when the Italian went wide and dropped to fourth.

Lorenzo was running between Dovizioso and Simoncelli as the three battled for second place when the Spaniard’s race came to an end as he was thrown over the handlebars.

Stoner was setting up a commanding lead and left Dovizioso and Simoncelli to battle for second spot. The latter failed in that battle when he lost control of the front end of his Honda and also slid out of the race.

Simoncelli’s demise promoted Colin Edwards to third just over a week after the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha rider had surgery to repair a broken collarbone, the same injury suffered by Edwards’ British team-mate Cal Crutchlow when he crashed in Saturday’s qualifying session at Silverstone. Fourth place went to the factory Ducati of Nicky Hayden and fifth to Rizla Suzuki’s Alvaro Bautista.

The bad luck of other riders worked in favour of the multiple world champion Valentino Rossi, who struggled to a lowly 13th in qualifying. Rossi used the conditions to his advantage as he climbed his way through the pack to finish sixth on the other factory Ducati.


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