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Stoner wins last race of the 800cc MotoGP era

Casey Stoner wins the season-ending Valencia MotoGP by 0.015sec, four riders down at turn one.
MotoGP world champion Casey Stoner saw a ten-second lead vanish at Valencia, but re-passed Ben Spies for victory just centimetres from the finish line.

The last race of the 800cc era saw spots of rain falling throughout and began with a turn one accident that left four riders in the gravel.

Contact between Alvaro Bautista and Andrea Dovizioso resulted in Bautista losing the front of his Suzuki, then bringing down factory Ducati team-mates Valentino Rossi and Nicky Hayden, plus Pramac Ducati's Randy de Puniet.

The accident was especially frustrating for the Ducati riders, since their bike had performed well in damp conditions throughout the weekend.

Up front, pole sitter Stoner was soon disappearing, riding to a ten-second lead until the rain spots intensified with six of the 30 laps remaining. The Repsol Honda rider almost instantly lost all of his advantage as Ben Spies and Dovizioso homed-in on the #27.

With three laps to go Stoner's RCV got out of shape on the brakes, forcing him wide and allowing Spies into the lead.

The Factory Yamaha rider, who took his first win in similar damp conditions earlier this year at Assen, then looked to have contained Stoner.

But a fast exit from the very final turn allowed the double world champion to snatch victory back from Spies by just 0.015sec.

"I got fantastic drive out of the final turn... sorry to Ben!" smiled Stoner. It was Stoner's tenth victory of the year.

Joining them on the podium was Dovizioso, who needed to finish ahead of Repsol Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa to secure third in the world championship, behind Stoner and the absent Jorge Lorenzo.

Dovizioso, who has been moved by the loss of great rival Marco Simoncelli, seemed to ride with a Simoncelli-like attitude on Sunday, attacking Pedrosa and Spies at every opportunity to hold second for most of the race.

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Sparky62 - Unregistered

November 06, 2011 3:04 PM

Yes Wardo, a dominant bike let him gap the field by a second in qualifying. Two bad those two other world champions on the same dominant bike made it look less dominant. When he is a second ahead in the 1000cc test later this week you can start another season of ignoring the huge talent he is and claiming some unfair advantage of the bike.


November 06, 2011 2:48 PM
Last Edited 355 days ago

As a Stoner fan - you little ripper! As a Spies fan - we was robbed! LOL. Seriously, congrats to Ben for a great ride. Thanks to Dovi and Pedders as well, for keeping me on the edge of my seat for the first half. I really enjoyed that. In fact - great effort from everybody. Big thanks to Loris Cappirossi for 22 years of service, and having the hottest wife in the paddock for most of that time. Thanks to Westy for getting his elbows out and having a blinder. Great event all around.

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