Stoner Wins Dutch GP


Oakley’s Casey Stoner won the Dutch Moto GP on Saturday after rival Valentino Rossi crashed in the opening lap.

Stoner finished in 42 minutes, 12.337 seconds for Ducati after starting from pole position.

The world champion eased into the lead from the first bend and was rarely threatened after Rossi – a four-time winner at Assen – lost control of the back of his bike and collided with Randy De Puniet.

Rossi returned to the race and finished 11th.

“It has been a difficult season for us but we have gone stronger and stronger,” Stoner said. “I am enjoying it. The bike was easy to ride today.”

It was Stoner’s second consecutive victory and the third this season following his win at the British GP last week.

Dani Pedrosa finished second, 11.310 seconds behind Stoner, and took the lead in the overall standings.

Yamaha rider Colin Edwards beat Nicky Hayden in 42:29.462 after the Honda rider ran out of fuel just meters (yards) from the finishing line.

After nine of 18 races, Rossi dropped to second in the standings with 167 points, four behind Pedrosa. Stoner is third with 142.

Kawasaki’s John Hopkins returned to the United States on Saturday for medical examination after injuring himself during qualifying Friday.

In the 250cc class, Avaro Bautista of Spain won for Aprilia in 40 minutes, 54.117 seconds, ahead of Thomas Luthi of Switzerland and Italy’s Marco Simoncelli.

In the 125cc race, officials called for a restart after nine laps due to heavy rain and Gabor Talmacsi of Hungary won a five-lap extension for Aprilia in 9 minutes, 4.520 seconds. Joan Olive of Spain was second and Simone Corsi of Italy was third.

Dutch Moto GP Results

ASSEN, Netherlands (AP) – Results Saturday from the Dutch Grand Prix on the 5.997-kilometer or 3.73-mile TT Assen track, with rider, country, make of motorcyle, time:


1. Casey Stoner, Australia, Ducati, 42 minutes, 12.337 seconds

2. Dani Pedrosa, Spain, Honda, 42:23.647

3. Colin Edwards, United States, Yamaha, 42:29.462

4. Nicky Hayden, United States, Honda, 42:32.814

5. Andrea Dovizioso, Italy, Honda, 42:39.683

Overall Standings (after nine of 18 races):

1. Dani Pedrosa, Spain, Honda, 171 points

2. Valentino Rossi, Italy, Yamaha, 167

3. Casey Stoner, Australia, Ducati, 142

4. Jorge Lorenzo, Spain, Yamaha, 114

5. Colin Edwards, United States, Yamaha, 98


The Associated Press


July 01, 2008