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Pedrosa takes victory at Mugello

The fight for fourth was the only contest to stay alive to the flag, with Marco Melandri, Randy de Puniet and 2009 Mugello winner Casey Stoner trading places for much of the race.

Stoner secured fourth - his best result of the season - with a last lap pass on Melandri's Gresini Honda, while LCR Honda's de Puniet was left to settle for sixth, having led the group on the penultimate lap.

Ben Spies, who ran as high as fourth in the early laps, lost touch with the trio ahead on the final lap, but seventh place was just the kind of solid race he needed after failing to reach the flag in the past two events.

It will also do his chances of being called up to replace Rossi no harm at all, especially since Monster Yamaha Tech 3 tam-mate Colin Edwards - favourite for the temporary promotion - sunk back to 13th in the race.

Rossi is likely to be replaced by Catalunya at the latest, which follows Silverstone and Assen on July 4.

Stoner was the only Ducati rider to finish after team-mate Nicky Hayden suffered his first DNF of the year, the American sliding out of sixth on lap six. Another Desmosedici rider, Mika Kallio, also failed to finish.

Behind Spies, the top ten was completed by Aleix Espargaro, Marco Simoncelli and Suzuki's Loris Capirossi.

Pramac's Espargaro claimed his best MotoGP finish, while Honda Gresini's Simoncelli charged through the field after running off track on the opening lap.

Italian Grand Prix:

1. Pedrosa
2. Lorenzo
3. Dovizioso
4. Stoner
5. Melandri
6. de Puniet
7. Spies
8. Espargaro
9. Simoncelli
10. Capirossi
11. Aoyama
12. Barbera
13. Edwards
14. Bautista



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Stevo - Unregistered

June 06, 2010 2:32 PM

I was sorry to see Nicky Hayden lose the front end of his bike. However, I guess that shows Casey was having to deal with a new Ducati that is just not providing the goods. I hope Ducati can fix this handling issue because I really want to see Nicky and Casey doing well, they are my 2 favorite riders in motogp :)

funnstuff - Unregistered

June 06, 2010 2:43 PM

Well congrats to Pedrosa, a good win. A smart ride by Lorenzo doing points management for the championship. Obviously he could of battled for the win but would of risked crashing. Lorenzo has matured nicely (remember too many crashes last season cost him the title). Stoner and Hayden well, well, well. Now we see it's not Stoner's fault losing the front, the NEW Ducati has lots of problems. Stoner used the old fork and Hayden did not and look who crashed this race, and look who came in fourth.The exact opposite result from earlier races. In preseason I told you guys Ducati changing bikes could be a massive problem. It takes a long time to make a bike competitive at this level, a shame.



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