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2010 MotoGP Motegi results

Casey Stoner celebrated his second victory in as many races with a dominant performance in the Grand Prix of Japan, leading from the first turn to the last to secure his place amongst the elite riders in MotoGP history. Stoner’s 22nd premier-class success moves him up to joint eighth in the all-time winners list alongside the legendary Geoff Duke, John Surtees and Kenny Roberts Sr.

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However the real battle was taking place, 5 seconds behind Stoner and that too between two teammates, Rossi and Lorenzo and they put on a brilliant show for the Japanese fans at Motegi, fighting it out for the final podium position in a battle that went down to the wire. Rossi just prevailed over his team-mate to take third, his sixth podium of the season, while Lorenzo’s fourth place sets up his first Championship match-point at Sepang next weekend.

The excitement between the pair started at turn one, when Lorenzo pulled an audacious move on Rossi, passing him around the outside and exiting the second corner in third place, with the Italian in fourth. As the eventual-winner and runner-up Casey Stoner and Andrea Dovizioso moved clear in front, Rossi was determined not to let his team-mate escape and stuck close behind, looking for every occasion to pass him. He tried a few times before he was able to make it stick and the reigning World Champion eventually passed the current championship-leader on the sixth lap of 24, going on to set the fastest lap of the race on the next lap.

Rossi and Lorenzo then settled into a rhythm with a gap of a few tenths between them, although they were unable to make much headway on the leaders, who were nearly two seconds ahead of them by that point. As the race sped towards its climax Rossi’s tyres began to slide a little and Lorenzo took the fight to him, making his first move on lap 18 but unable to stay in front. On the penultimate lap an incredible passing sequence led to the pair touching fairings on more than one occasion and the excitement did not end there, as they swapped positions several more times before Rossi just gained the advantage in the final few corners and crossed the line half a second in front.

Lorenzo is now 69 points ahead of the injured Dani Pedrosa and needs to be at least 75 ahead of his fellow Spaniard after the Sepang race to seal the win there. Rossi has slipped back to fifth in the championship but he is only three points off Dovizioso and has fourth firmly in his sights. The MotoGP paddock now packs up and moves straight to Malaysia for the next round in one week’s time at Sepang.

2010 MotoGP Motegi Results

1.Casey Stoner (AUS) Ducati Marlboro Team43’12.266
2.Andrea Dovizioso (ITA) Repsol Honda Team+ 3.868
3.Valentino Rossi (ITA) Fiat Yamaha Team+ 5.707
4.Jorge Lorenzo (SPA) Fiat Yamaha Team+ 6.221
5.Colin Edwards (USA) Monster Yamaha Tech 3+ 27.092
6.Marco Simoncelli (ITA) San Carlo Honda Gresini+ 30.021
7.Alvaro Bautista (SPA) Rizla Suzuki MotoGP+ 31.826
8.Ben Spies (USA) Monster Yamaha Tech 3+ 35.572
9.Randy de Puniet (FRA) LCR Honda MotoGP+ 47.564
10.Hiroshi Aoyama (JPN) Interwetten-Honda MotoGP+ 49.598
11.Marco Melandri (ITA) San Carlo Honda Gresini+ 49.999
12.Nicky Hayden (USA) Ducati Marlboro Team+ 50.703
13.Hector Barbera (SPA) Aspar Team+ 51.422
14.Aleix Espargaro (SPA) Pramac Green Team+ 52.843
15.Mika Kallio (FIN) Pramac Green Team+ 1’14.668
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Dani Pedrosa (SPA) Repsol Honda Team

2010 Motogp Championship Standings

1.Jorge Lorenzo (SPA) Fiat Yamaha Team297
2.Dani Pedrosa (SPA) Repsol Honda Team228
3.Casey Stoner (AUS) Ducati Marlboro Team180
4.Andrea Dovizioso (ITA) Repsol Honda Team159
5.Valentino Rossi (ITA) Fiat Yamaha Team156
6.Ben Spies (USA) Monster Yamaha Tech 3139
7.Nicky Hayden (USA) Ducati Marlboro Team129
8.Randy de Puniet (FRA) LCR Honda MotoGP88
9.Marco Simoncelli (ITA) San Carlo Honda Gresini84
10.Colin Edwards (USA) Monster Yamaha Tech 381
11.Marco Melandri (ITA) San Carlo Honda Gresini79
12.Hector Barbera (SPA) Aspar Team69
13.Alvaro Bautista (SPA) Rizla Suzuki MotoGP58
14.Aleix Espargaro (SPA) Pramac Green Team52
15.Loris Capirossi (ITA) Rizla Suzuki MotoGP41
16.Hiroshi Aoyama (JPN) Interwetten-Honda MotoGP35
17.Mika Kallio (FIN) Pramac Green Team34
18.Alex de Angelis (ITA) Interwetten Honda MotoGP11
19.Kousuke Akiyoshi (JPN) Interwetten Honda MotoGP4
20.Wataru Yoshikawa (JPN) Fiat Yamaha Team1

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