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MotoGP 2008: Donington Results

Casey Stoner took his second victory of the season and the 40th podium of his career on Sunday, with a dominant display at Donington Park.

As a result the reigning MotoGP World Champion moved up a place to third in the championship, closing the gap by five points to series leader Valentino Rossi and by nine to Dani Pedrosa, who finished in second and third place respectively. Saturday’s rain gave way to high winds on Sunday, but the dry conditions suited Stoner perfectly and the youngster produced a faultless display from the first lap.

Casey Stonner at Donington MotoGP 2008

Valentino Rossi finished a worthy runner-up, unable to catch Casey Stoner on this occasion but surviving a mid-race battle with Dani Pedrosa to extend his lead at the top of the championship.

This was Rossi’s 200th Grand Prix and this his 142nd podium since he opened his account with a third place at the 1996 Austrian GP in the 125cc class. It was also a good day for Rossi’s team-mate Jorge Lorenzo, who put his recent injuries and yesterday’s poor qualifying behind him to come through from 17th on the grid to take sixth.

Donington MotoGP 2008 podium, Casey Stoner, Valentino Rossi and Dani Pedrosa

Rossi’s recent work in testing on improving his starts paid off and the Italian held onto his second place at the off. He tried to stay with Stoner but the Australian was too quick in some parts of the track and Rossi knew that second was going to be as good as it got. Midway through the 30-lap race Pedrosa loomed and twice passed Rossi into turn one, but both times the multiple-champion took him back and over the final stages he was able to create a safe cushion from the Spaniard, crossing the line just under six seconds behind Stoner and 2.558 ahead of Pedrosa, who is his closest championship rival.

Donington Park MotoGP Results
1. Casey Stoner (AUS) Ducati Marlboro 44’44.982
2. Valentino Rossi (ITA) Fiat Yamaha Team + 5.789
3. Dani Pedrosa (SPA) Repsol Honda + 8.347
4. Colin Edwards (USA) Tech 3 Yamaha + 12.678
5. Andrea Dovizioso (ITA) JiR Team Scot MotoGP + 14.801
6. Jorge Lorenzo (SPA) Fiat Yamaha Team + 15.690
7. Nicky Hayden (USA) Repsol Honda + 18.196
8. Chris Vermeulen (AUS) Rizla Suzuki + 21.666
9. Shinya Nakano (JPN) San Carlo Honda Gresini + 29.354
10. Anthony West (AUS) Kawasaki Racing + 41.030
11. Toni Elias (SPA) Alice Team + 44.426
12. Randy De Puniet (FRA) LCR Honda MotoGP + 46.199
13. Sylvain Guintoli (FRA) Alice Team + 48.731
14. Ben Spies (USA) Rizla Suzuki MotoGP + 49.591
15. Alex De Angelis (RSM) San Carlo Honda Gresini + 1’22.186
16. Marco Melandri (ITA) Ducati Marlboro + 1’30.021
17. James Toseland (GBR) Tech 3 Yamaha 1 Lap
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John Hopkins (USA) Kawasaki Racing 14 Lap

Championship Standings

1. Valentino Rossi (ITA) Fiat Yamaha Team 162
2. Dani Pedrosa (SPA) Repsol Honda 151
3. Casey Stoner (AUS) Ducati Marlboro 117
4. Jorge Lorenzo (SPA) Fiat Yamaha Team 104
5. Colin Edwards (USA) Tech 3 Yamaha 82
6. Andrea Dovizioso (ITA) JiR Team Scot MotoGP 68
7. Nicky Hayden (USA) Repsol Honda 57
8. James Toseland (GBR) Tech 3 Yamaha 53
9. Loris Capirossi (ITA) Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 51
10. Shinya Nakano (JPN) San Carlo Honda Gresini 49
11. Chris Vermeulen (AUS) Rizla Suzuki 48
12. John Hopkins (USA) Kawasaki Racing 32
13. Marco Melandri (ITA) Ducati Marlboro 29
14. Toni Elias (SPA) Alice Team 29
15. Alex De Angelis (RSM) San Carlo Honda Gresini 25
16. Randy De Puniet (FRA) LCR Honda MotoGP 22
17. Sylvain Guintoli (FRA) Alice Team 18
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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