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Stoner takes Motegi victory

Behind the top four, Colin Edwards enjoyed his best race of the season with fifth place for Monster Yamaha Tech 3, after re-passing rookie Marco Simoncelli (Gresini Honda).

Another rookie, Alvaro Bautista, was seventh for Suzuki, having inherited the position when team-mate Loris Capirossi suffered a mechanical failure while just in front of the Spaniard late in the race.

Capirossi was the only non-finisher, although Americans Ben Spies and Nicky Hayden ran off track almost simultaneously on lap two at the end of the back straight.

The incident dropped them both to the back of the 16-rider field. Future factory Yamaha rider Spies then rose back up to eighth for Tech 3 at the flag, while present factory Ducati rider Hayden reached twelfth.

The Japanese Grand Prix had originally been scheduled to take place in April, but had to be postponed due to the Icelandic volcano grounding flights from Europe.

Today's race was attended by just over 40,000 fans - a poor turnout given the huge involvement Japan has in motorcycle sport.

Japanese Grand Prix:

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

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sixtenths - Unregistered

October 03, 2010 8:26 AM

Nice to see the Rossi of old, sticking it to slimy Lorenzo and stealing his show. Pretty full on moves, especially given the Championship position, you could almost say there is no love lost there...... That's racing Jorge !

UPS - Unregistered

October 03, 2010 8:47 AM

As the man himself said, (though with a different emphasis), "THAT's racing!" He really does enjoy a good scrap rather than just racing the stopwatch lap after lap on his own - all the more entertaining for us. Although giving no quarter in the race, Rossi made a point of complimenting Lorenzo aftewards. I think Jorge has the slight edge as a rider at the moment, but I'm still a Rossi supporter, winning or losing. I'm a fan of the sport first and foremost, riders second, but I'm glad to have been able to witness Rossi's career from 125s through to 800s with all the good times and bad in between. The sport will lose something when he retires. I've nothing against Lorenzo and don't like to make judgements about people I've not met, but having seen him talk about reading, "How to win friends and influence people" and his self-aggrandising "Lorenzoland" celebrations, he gives the impression of trying too hard to imitate Rossi instead of just being himself and so alienates people instead.

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