Finally! Oakley’s Casey Stoner Blazes to Victory in Aragón, Nicky Hayden Takes Third
It was only a matter of time.
Oakley’s Casey Stoner scored his first victory of the 2010 season at the MotoGP stop in Aragón (Spain) on Sunday, converting his pole position at the Spanish circuit into a well-deserved win. The Ducati Team rider finished 5.148s ahead of Dani Pedrosa, with O’s Nicky Hayden rounding out the podium for his first top-three result of the year after a magnificent last-lap overtake on fellow Oakley rider Jorge Lorenzo.
Starting from pole, Stoner held his position going into the first turn, but usual rapid starter Pedrosa dropped to fifth as the riders bunched up in the tight opening curve. The Honda rider fought back in the early stages of the race, however, to climb to second behind Stoner, and the gap between the two fluctuated throughout.
The pair were consistently fast for the duration of the race but Stoner managed to pull away towards the end as he achieved what was eventually a comfortable 25 points, with Pedrosa maintaining his good form in second.
There were battles all the way through the field – but none more entertaining than that between Hayden and Championship leader Lorenzo for the final podium spot. A fearless overtake on Lorenzo by Hayden on the final lap delivered the American the honors and ended the Yamaha rider’s record of having placed on the rostrum at every race so far this season.
Oakley’s Ben Spies notched another impressive result with fifth place as he resisted the challenge of Andrea Dovizioso, who crashed out on the final lap whilst pushing hard in their battle.
Lorenzo’s advantage at the top of the Championship was cut to 56 points and he now stands on 284 points, with Pedrosa holding at 228 in second. Stoner’s victory lifts him to third on 155.
Another super solid MotoGP race for our Team Riders!