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Victory for Stoner, good result for Lorenzo and 100th podium for PedrosaSunday at the Grand Prix of Portugal, Casey Stoner took his second successive victory of the season with team mate Dani Pedrosa again joining him on the podium with a third position, in another strong race for the Repsol Honda Team which is sure to be remembered.
racing equaling the record of Max Biaggi and Tony Mang. After his win in Estoril today, Casey has now won at every circuit on the current GP calendar.
This podium has also been very special for Dani because with this third place finish, he joins an elite club of riders with 100 career podiums to their name. Only six competitors have achieved the milestone before Pedrosa: Valentino Rossi (175 podiums), Giacomo Agostini (159), Ángel Nieto (139), Phil Read (121), Mike Hailwood (112) and Max Biaggi (111). In addition, at just 26 years of age he is the second youngest, after Rossi to reach this milestone.
Casey's victory has given Honda it's seventh win out of thirteen races in the premier class at the Estoril Circuit. The Australian rider attacked hard from the beginning, setting an incredible first lap of 1'42.369 which put a one second gap between him and Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa. The current World Champion led every lap of the 28 lap race and maintained a high pace for the duration with Jorge and Dani also riding consistently in the 1'37's.
The Repsol Honda riders have been on the podium, together with Lorenzo, in all three races held so far this season. Today, Casey also takes the lead in the World Championship standings with 66 points, followed by Lorenzo with 65 and Dani in third with 52 points.
Casey Stoner 1st World Championship Position: 1st with 66 points
"In the end it was another fantastic weekend for us. This morning we were more confident but also a little concerned because yesterday afternoon when we had a very similar setting to FP3 the bike was a little bit worse in the warm conditions. In warm up we didn't have a big problem with chatter but then for the race, under the warmer conditions, we struggled a lot more. This was very difficult to ride with, in the first part of the race I was confident and attacking the track but I closed the front twice due to the chatter. From this point I backed of a little, tried to stay smooth and just wanted to stay in front of Jorge and Dani, but Jorge was coming strong. I had to try and keep my pace and not make too many mistakes, I was changing the mapping to try and reduce the chatter problem. Towards the end of the race I began to understand how to ride around it, this made things smoother and I found some more pace and was able to bring it home for a great race win".
Jorge Lorenzo 2rd World Championship Position: 2rd with 65 points
вЂњIвЂ™m happy with this second position because I was expecting to fight for third or fourth and not the victory. The bike improved a lot from the practices so it was possible. I had two problems, at the start I used a lot of clutch and burnt it so for two or three laps it was burning and I lost a lot of distance from Casey. Also at the end Casey was very strong. After this everything was working well and I made a fastest lap, which is not very common for me. We are just one point behind Casey, hopefully we can improve something on the bike tomorrow and be in front again.вЂќ
Dani Pedrosa 3rd World Championship Position: 3rd with 52 points
"It's been a really tough race from the beginning, the pace was very very high from the first lap to the final one. Casey did a good race, unbelievably strong. I had a big shake in the first braking area, Casey and Jorge overtook me and I lost 1.5 seconds on the first lap. During the race I had some issues in the middle of the corner, I was not fast with corner speed; each lap I tried to get a little better, to try and modify my riding style, the mapping, braking later, I tried everything, I managed to match the lap times but not to close the gap. Three races on the podium is very good overall, but in three races we missed something, so let's try it again in the next one. To reach my 100th podium is amazing and shows how fast the time goes. I'm very happy for that and I want to thank all my teams and sponsors during this time and especially Honda because I've been with them for my whole career".
Race Result - Round 3
1 Casey Stoner 45'37.513 AUS HONDA Repsol Honda Team
2 Jorge Lorenzo +1.421 SPA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing Team
3 Dani Pedrosa +3.621 SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
4 Andrea Dovizioso +13.846 ITA YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
5 Cal Crutchlow +16.690 GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
6 Alvaro Bautista +21.884 SPA HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
7 Valentino Rossi +26.797 ITA DUCATI Ducati Team
8 Ben Spies +33.262 USA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing Team
9 Stefan Bradl +35.867 GER HONDA LCR Honda MotoGP
10 Hector Barbera +53.363 SPA DUCATI Pramac Racing
11 Nicky Hayden +1'02.630 USA DUCATI Ducati Team
12 Aleix Espargaro +1'20.736 ESP ART Aspar Team MotoGP
13 Randy De Puniet +1'23.483 FRA ART Aspar Team MotoGP
14 Michelle Pirro +1'37.905 ITA HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
15 Danilo Petrucci 1 lap ITA IODA Ioda Racing Project
16 Karel Abraham DNF CZE DUCATI Cardion AB Motoracing
17 James Ellison DNF GBR ART Paul Bird Racing
18 Yonny Hernandez DNF COL BQR-FTR BQR
19 Mattia Pasini DNF ITA ART Speed Master
20 Ivan Silva DNF SPA BQR-FTR BQR
21 Colin Edwards DNS USA SUTER NGM Mobile Forward Racing
1 Casey Stoner 66 pts AUS HONDA Repsol Honda Team
2 Jorge Lorenzo 65 pts SPA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing Team
3 Dani Pedrosa 52 pts SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
4 Cal Crutchlow 37 pts GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
5 Andrea Dovizioso 35 pts ITA YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
6 Alvaro Bautista 29 pts SPA HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
7 Stefan Bradl 24 pts GER HONDA LCR Honda MotoGP
8 Nicky Hayden 23 pts USA DUCATI Ducati Team
9 Valentino Rossi 22 pts ITA DUCATI Ducati Team
10 Hector Barbera 19 pts SPA DUCATI Pramac Racing
11 Ben Spies 18 pts USA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing Team
12 Aleix Espargaro 9 pts ESP ART Aspar Team MotoGP
13 Randy De Puniet 6 pts FRA ART Aspar Team MotoGP
14 Danilo Petrucci 4 pts ITA IODA Ioda Racing Project
15 Colin Edwards 4 pts USA SUTER NGM Mobile Forward Racing
16 Mattia Pasini 2 pts ITA ART Speed Master
17 Michelle Pirro 2 pts ITA HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
18 Yonny Hernandez 2 pts COL BQR-FTR BQR
19 Ivan Silva 1 pts SPA BQR-FTR BQR
20 James Ellison 0 pts GBR ART Paul Bird Racing
21 Karel Abraham 0 pts CZE DUCATI Cardion AB Motoracing
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