“Looking at the Championship and the points it has been a great day, putting race wins together that is what you have to do but it is not easy at all,” explained Stoner. “We struggled all weekend to get the bike close to feeling right and it was only at the end of practice that things started to come together. I was pretty worried going into the race about how competitive we would be.”
“We took a bit of a shot in the dark with the set up for the race and it really wasn't a whole lot better. It was just that I put in a lot more effort than I had through practice. I hadn't had a lot of confidence in the bike all weekend and I just decided to lay it all on the line today and do something. So we managed to get a bit of a gap after Dani crashed otherwise I think he would have been extremely competitive as he has all weekend.”
“That was fortunate for us and once I got the gap I just kept the lap times up and made sure I brought it home. By the end of the race the bike was just fantastic and sure it's a great result for us,” concluded the Australian.
It had been a brilliant start from pole man Pedrosa but Lorenzo took the lead heading downhill for the first time. Going onto lap 3 Lorenzo almost crashed and Pedrosa got back in front only to crash 2 corners later himself.
Stoner had also got past Lorenzo following his incident and had the lead. Lorenzo held 2nd with Andrea Dovizioso a close 3rd well clear of Marco Simoncelli and Ben Spies. Stoner started to extend his lead while Dovizioso pressured Lorenzo for 2nd. With 18 laps to go he took the spot. He lost it again to Lorenzo but eventually prevailed to take 2nd. It was Simoncelli who finally claimed 3rd making it an all Honda podium and helping Stoner's points advantage over 4th placed Lorenzo.
Iannone, Marquez and Bradl in Moto2.
The Moto2 Championship battle between Marc Marquez and Stefan Bradl heated up once again after a boiling Moto2 race where machinery and riders rubbed paint and leathers all the way to the flag.
Andrea Iannone came out the winner but championship contenders Marc Marquez and Stefan Bradl were 2nd and 3rd and as interested in the points as in the race result. The Spanish Red Bull athlete thus closed the gap to 43 with 7 races and plenty of points still to be contested this year.
Zarco still waiting for victory as Cortese takes 125 win.
Sandro Cortese and Johann Zarco were handed the chance of victory and points leader Nicolas Terol stopped with technical problems and the pair fought all the way to the line. Zarco has almost won twice already this year but just missed out again, this time to first time winner Cortese. At least Zarco's points deficit to Terol is closed to just 12.
Rookies thrill again.
Incredible races produced a first time winner, American 14 year old Joe Roberts, on Saturday and a French victory on Sunday for Alan Techer. The points battle swung to Lorenzo Baldassarri by 6 as Arthur Sissis crashed. A single race remains in the season at Misano.