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MotoGP 2008: Assen Results

Casey Stoner took his second consecutive victory and his third of the season at Assen, to complete a clean sweep after taking pole position and setting the fastest lap of the race. The Australian dominated the race from start to finish, closing the gap to new series leader Dani Pedrosa to 29 points and bringing himself to within 25 points of Valentino Rossi in second place.

On a day of typically changeable weather in Holland, Stoner started out well with the fastest time in a wet warm-up before carrying his dominance into the race. After briefly conceding the lead to Dani Pedrosa on the first lap he quickly reasserted himself and opened out an advantage that eventually stretched to 11.310 seconds over the Spaniard.

Stoner leading at Motogp 2008 Assen

Meanwhile a rare mistake from Valentino Rossi resulted in a first-lap crash for the Fiat Yamaha Team rider today. Rossi had slipped back some places when he made his mistake at turn five and slid into the gravel, unfortunately taking Randy de Puniet with him. Points were still a possibility however and he re-joined the race, despite the damage to his bike and a gap of 24 seconds to Marco Melandri, the next rider. He then embarked on a heroic ride, consistently lapping as fast as the leading riders and closing the gap lap by lap until he finally came within sight of Melandri, eventually passing him on lap 19 of 26. Four laps later he passed Toni Elias to take 11th and five championship points, finishing 46 seconds behind race-winner Casey Stoner.

Casey Stonner with his team at Assen Motogp

MotoGP Assen Results
1. Casey Stoner (AUS) Ducati Marlboro 42’12.337
2. Dani Pedrosa (SPA) Repsol Honda + 11.310
3. Colin Edwards (USA) Tech 3 Yamaha + 17.125
4. Nicky Hayden (USA) Repsol Honda + 20.477
5. Andrea Dovizioso (ITA) JiR Team Scot MotoGP + 27.346
6. Jorge Lorenzo (SPA) Fiat Yamaha Team + 28.608
7. Chris Vermeulen (AUS) Rizla Suzuki + 32.330
8. Shinya Nakano (JPN) San Carlo Honda Gresini + 34.892
9. James Toseland (GBR) Tech 3 Yamaha + 38.566
10. Sylvain Guintoli (FRA) Alice Team + 38.817
11. Valentino Rossi (ITA) Fiat Yamaha Team + 46.025
12. Toni Elias (SPA) Alice Team + 48.213
13. Marco Melandri (ITA) Ducati Marlboro + 59.594
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Anthony West (AUS) Kawasaki Racing 19 Lap
Randy De Puniet (FRA) LCR Honda MotoGP 26 Lap
Alex De Angelis (RSM) San Carlo Honda Gresini 26 Lap

Championship Standings
1. Dani Pedrosa (SPA) Repsol Honda 171
2. Valentino Rossi (ITA) Fiat Yamaha Team 167
3. Casey Stoner (AUS) Ducati Marlboro 142
4. Jorge Lorenzo (SPA) Fiat Yamaha Team 114
5. Colin Edwards (USA) Tech 3 Yamaha 98
6. Andrea Dovizioso (ITA) JiR Team Scot MotoGP 79
7. Nicky Hayden (USA) Repsol Honda 70
8. James Toseland (GBR) Tech 3 Yamaha 60
9. Shinya Nakano (JPN) San Carlo Honda Gresini 57
10. Chris Vermeulen (AUS) Rizla Suzuki 57
11. Loris Capirossi (ITA) Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 51
12. Toni Elias (SPA) Alice Team 33
13. Marco Melandri (ITA) Ducati Marlboro 32
14. John Hopkins (USA) Kawasaki Racing 32
15. Alex De Angelis (RSM) San Carlo Honda Gresini 25
16. Sylvain Guintoli (FRA) Alice Team 24
17. Randy De Puniet (FRA) LCR Honda MotoGP 22
18. Anthony West (AUS) Kawasaki Racing 16
19. Tadyuki Okada (JPN) Repsol Honda Team 2
20. Ben Spies (USA) Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 2

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