Casey Stoner enhance its dominance in the Circuit Motorland Aragon with a clear victory over its rivals in the race on Sunday (09.18.11). Australian rider is more than eight seconds ahead of team-mate at Repsol Honda, Dani Pedrosa, who finished at number two.
With this victory, Stoner was getting closer to a second world title in his career in the MotoGP event. Now, he's ahead 44 points over his closest rival from Yamaha, Jorge Lorenzo, who had to settle for finishing in the top three.
Donate 25 points in the series to the 14th of this makes Stoner, who has grabbed eight victories during the 2011 season, collecting a total of 284 points. While Lorenzo is still on the order of two with a total of 240 points.
Meanwhile, Valentino Rossi, who started from the pitlane for a penalty 10 seconds, finishing in the top 10. It's spelled out pretty good results for the Ducati rider, because he had been in caretaker position, and start 10 seconds slower than any other rider.
The race story
Spies started the 23 lap race this well, because when the red light on, he immediately jumped in the forefront. But the Yamaha rider was unable to last long, because before the second lap, Stoner and Pedrosa can pass. Meanwhile, Rossi, who started from the pitlane, is still the gatekeeper, and the third Repsol Honda rider Andrea Dovizioso, immediately leave the arena of the race after an accident.
"I had a little slide to the right, the tires may not heat 100 percent. Front tire has not been hot enough, so was unable to bear my weight. I apologize to the team, because this is really bad. In fact we were third in the standings. This My first mistake this year, although I do it in a bad moment, "said Dovizioso, on returning to the garage.
Entering the third lap, Stoner was unstoppable again. The strongest candidate the 2011 world champion was far ahead with a 0.663 second advantage over Pedrosa, and make distance 1.597 seconds with Spies.
While in fourth, Lorenzo failed to stem the aggressiveness of the Honda Gresini rider Marco Simoncelli. The defending champion, who was already resigned to facing this Aragon GP, should go down one strip to the order of five, and Simoncelli started giving threats to Spies.
Stoner, Pedrosa's dominance does not seem to be dammed. Just bad luck that could hinder the Repsol Honda duo to dominate the podium was 1-2, because until the fourth lap, they are very far away. In fact, Stoner 2.383 seconds ahead of Spies.
This makes the spectacle in front of the sector becomes less attractive, because there was no fierce competition. Precisely duel in the very back of it look more exciting, because it brings Rossi, the world champion seven times premier class.
Rossi, who for the first time using an aluminum chassis, is slowly pushed forward. One by one rider managed to defeat, from De Puniet (Pramac Ducati), Loris Capirossi (Pramac), and Colin Edwards (Yamaha Tech 3), thus entering the sixth lap, "The Doctor" has debuted at No. 12. Just one lap later, the former Honda and Yamaha rider was already in the order of nine, after bulldoze Toni Elias (Honda LCR), Hiroshi Aoyama (Honda Gresini), and Cal Crutchlow (Yamaha Tech 3).
On the ninth lap, Simoncelli was in third position after beating Spies. But "Super Sic" could not face the pressure from the Yamaha duo that was behind it, so that he could be stretched when cornering to the left. This makes Spies and Lorenzo successfully nudged, so the spiky Italian dropped to number five.
Back to the front row, Stoner was too comfortable being in the forefront. As expected, the 2007 world champion was too strong for his rivals, so that nothing can rival it, including Pedrosa, who was 3.425 seconds adrift, when the race entered the lap-11. While Spies, who finished third, 10.301 seconds behind.
On lap-13, Lorenzo made it through the Spies, the advantage of a teammate was a little bit wide when it veered to the left. Lorenzo took from the inside, so that Spies should give space to Lorenzo, who with this position a little to keep up to compete with Stoner in the hunt for the world title.
Yes, before this race 35 points behind Lorenzo from Stoner, who defeated the San Marino Grand Prix two weeks ago. But the fact that Stoner would almost certainly be the winner in this Aragon, then the difference of their points will be widening again. If Stoner wins and Lorenzo finished third, then the difference of their points to 44.
When the race five laps remaining, there is a change in the composition of the back. Crutchlow managed to win the battle with Rossi to fight over the nine positions, as well as Hector Barbera, who can beat Hayden in the exciting battle for seventh position. Barbera had brushed with Hayden, though not to cause accidents. In fourth position was such, after returning Simoncelli beat Spies.
On the last lap, Stoner was more than seven seconds ahead of Pedrosa. The Australian rider was doing standing while touching the finish line, as an expression of his delight at reaching kemenagan Aragon GP. These results Stoner was crowned as penguasai Circuit Motorland, because last year was 2007 world champion is a winner (with Ducati) in the debut of this circuit.
After GP Aragon, the riders will fly to Japan to perform at the Motegi Circuit on October 2. Although it had raised concerns there will be a boycott of the top riders, but there is agreement that Rossi and his friends want to take part in this circuit.
- The Aragon GP
1. Casey Stoner AUS Honda Repsol 42m 17.427s
2. Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda ESP 42m 25.589s
3. Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha ESP Factory Racing 42m 31.636s
4. Marco Simoncelli ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini 42m 38.073s
5. Ben Spies USA Yamaha Factory Racing 42m 45.166s
6. Alvaro Bautista ESP Rizla Suzuki 42m 47.800s
7. Nicky Hayden USA Ducati Marlboro 42m 51.715s
8. Hector Barbera ESP Mapfre Aspar 42m 54.732s
9. Cal Crutchlow GBR Tech 3 Yamaha Monster 42m 57.079s
10. Valentino Rossi ITA Ducati Marlboro 42m 57.259s
11. Hiroshi Aoyama JPN San Carlo Honda Gresini 42m 57.424s
12. Randy de Puniet FRA Pramac Racing 43m 12.144s
13. Colin Edwards USA Tech 3 Yamaha Monster 43m 15.857s
Loris Capirossi ITA Pramac Racing
Toni Elias Honda ESP LCR
Andrea Dovizioso ITA Repsol Honda
Karel Abraham CZE Cardion AB Motoracing