Stoner Podiums at Round 3 in Spain

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Rossi took his first win of the season, beating Dani Pedrosa to the line in front of a crowd of 123,000 in Andalusia. The rostrum was completed by Casey Stoner, the Oakley rider moving into second place in the championship. It was the Australian’s first podium appearance at the southern Spanish track ever. Oakley’s spanish rider Jorge Lorenzo lost control riding in fourth place with three laps to go, and crashed out, losing ground in the championship race. An excellent performance from Oakley’s Randy de Puniet, saw the Frenchman bring his LCR Honda satellite machine home in fourth place, having qualified in fifth, to give himself a confidence boost ahead of his home GP in two weeks time at Le Mans. Another excellent run from Oakley’s Marco Melandri gave the Italian another good points haul in fifth, the former Ducati and Honda rider improving on his good result from last weekend in Japan for the Kawasaki-equipped Hayate Racing team. Oakley’s Loris Capirossi rode steadily from sixth on the grid, to come home in the same position, meaning five different manufacturers were represented in the top six. Oakley’s Andrea Dovizioso did well to finish eighth in his third ride for the factory Repsol Honda team having run off the track at one stage. Toni Elías was the second best Spaniard in ninth, with the top ten completed by Chris Vermeulen.

Rossi ha conquistato la sua prima vittoria quest’anno battendo Pedrosa davanti ad un publico di ben 123,000 presente al circuito in Andalusia. Il podio completato da Casey Stoner, il pilota Oakley si porta in seconda posizione nella classifica del mondiale. Questo è stato il primo podio di sempre del pilota Australiano su questo circuito. Jorge Lorenzo ha perso controllo del suo mezzo mentre era in quarta posizione perdendo anche punti preziosi per la classifica mondiale. Una gara eccellente per Randy de Puniet, il pilota Francese dopo una bella qualifica al quinto posto si porta a casa un quarto posto in gara. Lo stesso per un altro pilota Oakley di un team privato, Marco Melandri che migliora il suo piazzamento in Giappone (sesto) con un quinto posto in Spagna. Uno sfortunato Andrea Dovizioso a fatto una bellissima rimonta dopo essere uscito di pista mentre lottava per la quinta posizione, finendo la gara ottavo. A completare la top ten Loris Capirossi in sesta posizione, Toni Elias e Chris Vermeulen in nona e decima rispettivamente.

Casey Stoner, 3rd
“It has been a long, long time coming, we have had some difficult races here but fortunately this wasn’t one of them. It was still a very hard race but for us to be in with a shot at the podium was better than we expected beforehand.”

Randy de Puniet, 4th
“It was a perfect weekend for me and the team. When I enjoy the bike I can go really fast and people can see that today.This was the best bike that I have had since I have been riding with Lucio Cecchinello’s team. It was very easy to ride and I had fun. I made a good start and when Dovizioso overtook me I remained concentrated trying to keep my position, and after few laps he made a mistake and I came back to fifth place. Then, at the end, the final result of the race gave me the fourth place overall. I am very satisfied about the work we made during this week end as we struggled a bit here during the pre season test.”

Marco Melandri, 5th
“It was such a nice race for us. We weren’t as good in practice, but we worked really hard for the race. We changed the setup a lot, and we had grip problems like everyone else,I had a nice battle with Colin (Edwards) and Loris (Capirossi), with plenty of clean passes. We tried to catch Randy de Puniet, but I don’t think that he made a single mistake out there.”

Pos. Rider Nation
1 V. ROSSI ITA
2 D. PEDROSA SPA
3 C. STONER AUS oakley
4 R. DE PUNIET FRA oakley
5 M. MELANDRI ITA oakley
6 L. CAPIROSSI ITA oakley
7 C. EDWARDS USA
8 A. DOVIZIOSO ITA oakley
9 T. ELIAS SPA oakley
10 C. VERMEULEN AUS oakley

Author

Giovanni Balestra

Date

May 04, 2009