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Stoner wins last race of the 800cc MotoGP era

Pedrosa then dropped away when the rain intensified while Dovizioso later backed off to finish his Honda career with a seventh podium of the year.

Fourth place and victory in the Rookie of the Year contest was hotly contested between Cal Crutchlow and Karel Abraham. Fifth and sixth for most of the race, the pair passed Pedrosa on the last lap .

Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider Crutchlow then sealed his best MotoGP finish and the rookie title by overtaking Abraham, with the Czech rider clipping Crutchlow's rear wheel and running off soon after. Abraham crossed the line eighth.

The incident promoted Pedrosa to fifth, while stand-in riders Katsuyuki Nakasuga (Yamaha) and Josh Hayes (Tech 3) claimed sixth and seventh on their MotoGP race debuts!

Loris Capirossi, making his 328th and last Grand Prix start, rode from twelfth on the grid to ninth, having lost two places in the last two laps. The Italian raced with the #58 on his Pramac Ducati as a tribute to Marco Simoncelli.

Toni Elias also lost ground to finish tenth for LCR Honda, with Hector Barbera (Aspar) and Hiroshi Aoyama (Gresini Honda) the final riders to reach the finish.

All three were making their last appearances for their present teams. Elias' is yet to sign, but Barbera looks set to switch to Pramac and Aoyama is confirmed as riding in World Superbike next season.

A special tribute to Aoyama's team-mate Simoncelli was held at Valencia this morning.

Testing with next year's 1000cc bikes will take place at Valencia on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Valencia Grand Prix:

1. Stoner
2. Spies
3. Dovizioso
4. Crutchlow
5. Pedrosa
6. Nakasuga
7. Hayes
8. Abraham
9. Capirossi
10. Elias
11. Barbera
12. Aoyama



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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.

kneedragon1962

November 06, 2011 2:48 PM
Last Edited 1111 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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