MotoGP World Championship leader Casey Stoner took Repsol Honda's 100th win with a crushing performance in Sunday's Aragon Grand Prix.
Starting from pole, Stoner lost out to team-mate Dani Pedrosa and Yamaha's Ben Spies into turn one, but was back ahead by the end of the lap and rode to a 8.162sec victory. It was Stoner's eighth win of the season.
"Our start was pretty average, I pulled to the left a little on the start and managed to avoid hitting Dani but Ben came around the outside and I ended up third or fourth going into turn one, but from there we were able to settle down and feel pretty comfortable with the bike," said Stoner.
"I wanted to get to the front as soon as possible as the bike has been working perfect all weekend and it was our race to lose, so I wanted to try and get out in front and pull a gap.
"I passed Dani as soon as I could and tried to pull that gap, Dani kept with me for the first few laps but slowly I was able to push and put in a gap and from there manage the race. I think everyone was struggling with tyres to some degree but the bike was fantastic and I don't mind the bike when it slides around a little!"
Fellow Australian Mick Doohan took Repsol Honda's first win at Eastern Creek in 1995. "To take this 100th win for Repsol Honda is something special," said Stoner.
Stoner now enjoys a 44 point margin over Jorge Lorenzo, who finished third behind Pedrosa on Sunday.
"We already saw in practice that Casey was very fast here and it was also like this in the race," said Pedrosa. "I was loosing some tenths in the first sector and I was unable to reduce the gap in the other parts of the lap.
"The second half of the race I was sliding all the time and I had some fun, but it was a shame not to be closer to Casey, I had many problems with the rear tyre for the whole race. My priority was to control the gap to Spies and Jorge in the final laps and get another podium."
Pedrosa, who missed three races due to injury this year, is now just 15 points from team-mate and third in the championship Andrea Dovizioso, who crashed on the first lap at Aragon.
“I made a small but fast slide at the first right turn, all the weight went on the front, I wasn't able to control the bike and I immediately lost it as the front tyre was still not at temperature," explained the Italian.
"It's so disappointing to see your race over on turn two of the first lap after all the hard work done during the race weekend. Leaving Aragon without scoring any points is also so bad for the Championship. We are still third with a 15 point advantage over Dani, but now we need to return on the podium and have good results. Last year we had a strong end of the season, especially in Japan and Malaysia, so I look forward to the next GPs”.
Four rounds remain before the end of the 2011 season, starting with the Japanese Grand Prix at Motegi on October 2.