Meanwhile, pole sitter Nicky Hayden
fought back from an early race slump to take fourth position, while Honda Gresini's Marco Melandri
won a battle with Suzuki's John Hopkins
Carlos Checa was a lonely seventh, while 2006 race winner Toni Elias
produced some exciting slides on his way to a hard fought eighth as he continues to recover from his broken femur.
Stoner's factory Ducati team-mate Loris Capirossi
collected ninth, while Rossi's Fiat Yamaha team-mate Colin Edwards
Portuguese Grand Prix: