Stoner Defended His World Champion Title in Portugal

May 06, 2012 View Comments by

It has only been one week since the race in Jerez, Spain and the excitement continues on the Iberian peninsula. The Estoril Circuit in Portugal presented the third round of the 2012 MotoGP series.

Casey Stoner (Repsol Honda) qualified for pole position in Sunday’s race, followed by Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda) and Cal Crutchlow (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) with Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha Factory Racing) leading second row in fourth place.

In the first two turns of the race, Stoner battled Pedrosa for pole position and after a great passing maneuver by the Australian and Lorenzo, Pedrosa moved back to third position.

Stoner quickly built up an over one second lead and remained in pole position until he crossed the finish line at the end of the 28th lap. Half way through the race, Lorenzo briefly reduced the gap to Stoner, but remained in second place until the end. In lap three, the Spaniard set a new circuit record lap at 1’36.909.

Pedrosa finished third, and he stuck with the two leading riders for the entirety of the race.

Further back, the saga of the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 battle continues, though this time Andrea Dovizioso (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) beats team mate Crutchlow for fourth place. Shortly behind them, Álvaro Bautista (San Carlo Honda Gresini) finished sixth.

Valentino Rossi (Ducati) seems to get used to the new twin-spar aluminum frame of his bike, or the technicians have worked out some of the kinks that made Rossi’s performance suffer in the past two races. Probably some of both, as the Italian finished at a season’s best in seventh position.

Ben Spies (Yamaha) had a great race with a back and forth with Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda MotoGP). However, when the German went wide in a turn with only two laps to go, Spies secured the eighth place in a great passing maneuver.

The next race in France will not be until two weeks from now. This means this coming weekend we’ll all be out riding in search for exciting and scenic roads.

Estoril, Sunday, May 06, 2012

Pos. Points Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time/Gap
1 25 1 Casey STONER AUS Repsol Honda Team Honda 154.0 45’37.513
2 20 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 153.9 +1.421
3 16 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 153.8 +3.621
4 13 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 153.2 +13.846
5 11 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 153.1 +16.690
6 10 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 152.8 +21.884
7 9 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Ducati Team Ducati 152.5 +26.797
8 8 11 Ben SPIES USA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 152.1 +33.262
9 7 6 Stefan BRADL GER LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 152.0 +35.867
10 6 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 151.0 +53.363
11 5 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 150.5 +1’02.630
12 4 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Power Electronics Aspar ART 149.6 +1’20.736
13 3 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Power Electronics Aspar ART 149.4 +1’23.483
14 2 51 Michele PIRRO ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini FTR 148.7 +1’37.905
15 1 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Came IodaRacing Project Ioda 147.2 1 Lap
Not Classified
17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Ducati 144.7 5 Laps
77 James ELLISON GBR Paul Bird Motorsport ART 146.4 10 Laps
68 Yonny HERNANDEZ COL Avintia Blusens BQR 148.7 12 Laps
54 Mattia PASINI ITA Speed Master ART 148.8 17 Laps
22 Ivan SILVA SPA Avintia Blusens BQR 144.0 17 Laps

Photograph source: www.motogp.com

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