Valentino Rossi wins a record-equalling 68th premier-class grand prix in front of his home fans after reigning world champion Casey Stoner falls from the lead for the second race in succession.

Nicky Hayden withdrew from the event on Sunday morning, his recent heel injury having got progressively worse throughout the weekend...

1. Valentino Rossi ITA Fiat Yamaha Team (B) 44min 41.884 secs
2. Jorge Lorenzo SPA Fiat Yamaha Team (M) 44min 45.047 secs
3. Toni Elias SPA Alice Team (B) 44min 53.589 secs
4. Dani Pedrosa SPA Repsol Honda Team (M) 44min 59.354 secs
5. Chris Vermeulen AUS Rizla Suzuki MotoGP (B) 45min 5.293 secs
6. James Toseland GBR Tech 3 Yamaha (M) 45min 8.092 secs
7. Loris Capirossi ITA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP (B) 45min 8.708 secs
8. Andrea Dovizioso ITA JiR Team Scot MotoGP (M) 45min 9.475 secs
9. Marco Melandri ITA Ducati Marlboro Team (B) 45min 15.053 secs
10. Colin Edwards USA Tech 3 Yamaha (M) 45min 18.413 secs
11. Sylvain Guintoli FRA Alice Team (B) 45min 23.965 secs
12. Shinya Nakano JPN San Carlo Honda Gresini (B) 45min 25.692 secs
13. Anthony West AUS Kawasaki Racing Team (B) 45min 36.758 secs
14. John Hopkins USA Kawasaki Racing Team (B) 45min 37.038 secs
DNF: Casey Stoner AUS Ducati Marlboro Team (B) 11min 11.968 secs Alex de Angelis RSM San Carlo Honda Gresini (B) 1min 46.395 secs Randy de Puniet FRA LCR Honda MotoGP (M) lap 1


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like Qatar, Laguna and Donnington that Stoner was faster than Rossi, races that they have the same pace (Brno, Misano, Germany) and races where Rossi has been faster (Le Mans, China, Mugello, Catalunya). So, in race day, when it counts, I think Rossi has been faster in more circuits than Stoner. Just my opinion...

Stoner always does that stratospheric laps where he is 1 second faster than everybody else in stints of 4-5 laps in practice. Maybe he has very few fuel in the tank and very soft tyres on. In race day everybody is much close to him, and pushing like he does for 28 laps it´s very, very difficult not to crash. Last year he would push for 5 or 6 laps and then just laid back because he would gain 7 or 8 seconds of advantage. But now, Rossi can run the same pace of Stoner, so he keeps pushing until somebody cracks, and that somebody it has been him. I don´t think he is the fastest ryder, he simply has another way to work for the race than Valentino. In race day, this year there have been races