Monday, March 21, 2011

Stoner wins season opener in Qatar!!!

Casey Stoner commenced his first season as a factory Honda rider with victory in Qatar - but the result was not the Honda steamroller that was anticipated!!!

Honda did not even manage to deliver a one-two, with world champion Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) battling through to second ahead of Honda's Dani Pedrosa.

Valentino Rossi started his Ducati career with seventh place after a hard-fought race.
Stoner had fallen from pole to third at the start, as Pedrosa moved into the lead for half a lap before the hard-charging Lorenzo slipped ahead.


P. Driver Team Time

1 Casey Stoner Honda HRC 42:38.569
2 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha Factory +03.440
3 Dani Pedrosa Honda HRC +05.051
4 Andrea Dovizioso Honda HRC +05.942
5 Marco Simoncelli Honda Gresini +07.358
6 Ben Spies Yamaha Factory +10.468
7 Valentino Rossi Ducati MotoGP +16.431
8 Colin Edwards Yamaha Tech 3 +26.293
9 Nicky Hayden Ducati MotoGP +27.416
10 Hiroshi Aoyama Honda Gresini +28.920
11 Cal Crutchlow Yamaha Tech 3 +34.539
12 Hector Barbera Ducati Aspar +34.829
13 Karel Abraham Ducati Cardion AB +37.957
14 Toni Elias Honda LCR DNF
15 Loris Capirossi Ducati Pramac DNF
16 Randy de Puniet Ducati Pramac DNF
999 Alvaro Bautista Suzuki MotoGP

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