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Lorenzo takes Misano victory

Local hero Valentino Rossi, outside of the top ten all weekend, delivered a good start and smart first few turns to rise to sixth by the end of the first lap - then passed Spies for fifth on lap two.

But attack quickly turned to defence and the Ducati rider lost out to Simoncelli and then Spies before claiming a lonely seventh at the flag.

Rizla Suzuki's Alvaro Bautista, riding in a special chrome livery, matched his eighth place on the grid at the flag, with Aspar's Hector Barbera just holding off rookie Cal Crutchlow.

Crutchlow's Monster Yamaha Tech 3 team-mate Coin Edwards dropped from seventh on the grid to 13th due to arm pump, with fellow American Nicky Hayden the only faller. The Ducati rider continued his nightmare luck at Misano by lowsiding out on the third lap.

Loris Capirossi's last grand prix on home Italian asphalt ended in disappointment with an early pit-stop due to chain problems being followed by a second and final trip to the pits on lap 10.

Round 14 of the world championship takes place at Aragon, Spain, on September 18.

San Marino Grand Prix:

1. Lorenzo
2. Pedrosa
3. Stoner
4. Simoncelli
5. Dovizioso
6. Spies
7. Rossi
8. Bautista
9. Barbera
10. Crutchlow
11. Aoyama
12. Abraham
13. Edwards
14. de Puniet
15. Elias



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ty - Unregistered

September 04, 2011 2:18 PM

lol. the haters r taking every opportunity to bash stoner. he's on the podium for ffs! but then again, now is the only time u can bash.. cos when he wins the championship u wont even feel like posting..bwhaha

BillAce - Unregistered

September 04, 2011 2:25 PM

Stoner did exactly what JLo did last year at this stage in the season, didn't push when he didn't have it for whatever reason and secured championship points. He would have had a hard time beating JLo today under any circumstances. JLo was perfect and didn't leave any openings. 2nd was the best possible result, good for Dani to grab it and podium is plenty respectable for the champion elect.



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