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MotoGP 2008 Valenciana

Casey Stoner took a dominant victory in the final round of the 2008 MotoGP season to secure second place in the Constructors’ World Championship for Ducati. Today’s win, at the circuit where he celebrated his debut success in the 125cc class back in 2003, was also the 150th for Australian riders in all Grand Prix classes.

Not only that, but Stoner’s sixth victory of the season means that the Italian factory have taken 17 wins from 36 races since the start of the 800cc era – an average of almost 50%.

Marco Melandri enjoyed a positive but ultimately unfortunate final race with Ducati, the Italian rider coming through from the very back of the grid to lap in tenth place, only to run off track two laps from the end – returning to finish the race in sixteenth.

Tomorrow the Ducati Marlboro Team will be back on track to begin preparations for next season, with Casey Stoner joined for the first time by his new team-mate Nicky Hayden.

Speaking on the occasion, Stonner said, “We couldn’t really have asked for much more today. To end a difficult season in this way is a fantastic feeling and it’s a nice way to thank everybody at Ducati for their hard work. Once again my crew got it right, finding a good setting for the bike despite limited dry track time. To be honest I was quite worried during qualifying yesterday because I didn’t have a good feeling at all but by the time we put the softer tyres on the bike was already feeling better and then the guys did a fantastic job overnight and in the warm-up this morning to iron out a few more of the problems. This was the first time we’ve ridden in these conditions all weekend so there were still a few question marks before the race, so to go out and set the pace like that was a nice feeling. Now I’m really excited about testing the new bike tomorrow. It felt good the last time I rode it and I’m sure they’ve made it better, so hopefully we can have a good first session and go home for the winter full of optimism about next season.”

MotoGP 2008 Valenciana Results
1. Casey Stoner (AUS) Ducati Marlboro 46’46.114
2. Dani Pedrosa (SPA) Repsol Honda + 3.390
3. Valentino Rossi (ITA) Fiat Yamaha Team + 12.194
4. Andrea Dovizioso (ITA) JiR Team Scot MotoGP + 24.159
5. Nicky Hayden (USA) Repsol Honda + 26.232
6. Colin Edwards (USA) Tech 3 Yamaha + 32.209
7. Shinya Nakano (JPN) San Carlo Honda Gresini + 34.571
8. Jorge Lorenzo (SPA) Fiat Yamaha Team + 35.661
9. Loris Capirossi (ITA) Rizla Suzuki MotoGP + 38.228
10. Alex De Angelis (RSM) San Carlo Honda Gresini + 47.583
11. James Toseland (GBR) Tech 3 Yamaha + 52.107
12. Sylvain Guintoli (FRA) Alice Team + 52.350
13. Chris Vermeulen (AUS) Rizla Suzuki + 52.833
14. John Hopkins (USA) Kawasaki Racing + 53.227
15. Randy De Puniet (FRA) LCR Honda MotoGP + 53.411
16. Marco Melandri (ITA) Ducati Marlboro + 1’08.387
17. Anthony West (AUS) Kawasaki Racing + 1’11.181
18. Toni Elias (SPA) Alice Team + 1’37.055

MotoGP 2008 Championship Standings

1. Valentino Rossi (ITA) Fiat Yamaha Team 373
2. Casey Stoner (AUS) Ducati Marlboro 280
3. Dani Pedrosa (SPA) Repsol Honda 249
4. Jorge Lorenzo (SPA) Fiat Yamaha Team 190
5. Andrea Dovizioso (ITA) JiR Team Scot MotoGP 174
6. Nicky Hayden (USA) Repsol Honda 155
7. Colin Edwards (USA) Tech 3 Yamaha 144
8. Chris Vermeulen (AUS) Rizla Suzuki 128
9. Shinya Nakano (JPN) San Carlo Honda Gresini 126
10. Loris Capirossi (ITA) Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 118
11. James Toseland (GBR) Tech 3 Yamaha 105
12. Toni Elias (SPA) Alice Team 92
13. Sylvain Guintoli (FRA) Alice Team 67
14. Alex De Angelis (RSM) San Carlo Honda Gresini 63
15. Randy De Puniet (FRA) LCR Honda MotoGP 61
16. John Hopkins (USA) Kawasaki Racing 57
17. Marco Melandri (ITA) Ducati Marlboro 51
18. Anthony West (AUS) Kawasaki Racing 50
19. Ben Spies (USA) Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 20
20. Jamie Hacking (USA) Kawasaki Racing Team 5
21. Tadyuki Okada (JPN) Repsol Honda Team 2

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