MotoGP: Stoner takes the crown at Laguna Seca

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Casey Stoner managed to overtake pole position starter Jorge Lorenzo to take the top podium spot at Laguna Seca. Lorenzo led the race, with Stoner behind team-mate Pedrosa and gathering speed with every lap. He passed Pedrosa on lap 18, and went past the race leader in the 26th lap.

There was no looking back for Stoner after that, and the gap between the Repsol Honda and Yamaha factory rider kept on getting wider and wider. The Aussie managed a five and a half second lead over the Spaniard as he crossed the finish line. Dani Pedrosa finished in third position.

Ben Spies from Yamaha Factory Racing overtook Valentino Rossi and Andrea Dovizioso to finish in fourth position at his home track. Andrea Dovizioso managed a place ahead of Valentino Rossi, and finished fifth.

Valentino Rossi is having one of the worst MotoGP seasons in years, and the situation doesn’t seem to be improving much. The doctor was overtaken at Laguna Seca, and finished in sixth, ahead of team-mate Nicky Hayden.

Here’s the final classification

classification laguna seca

World Championship standings

1              STONER Casey                   AUS       193

2              LORENZO Jorge                 SPA        173

3              DOVIZIOSO Andrea         ITA         143

4              PEDROSA Dani                   SPA        110

5              ROSSI Valentino               ITA         108

6              SPIES Ben                            USA       98

7              HAYDEN Nicky                   USA       94

8              EDWARDS Colin                USA       67

9              AOYAMA Hiroshi              JPN        63

10           SIMONCELLI Marco         ITA         60

11           BARBERA Hector              SPA        56

12           ABRAHAM Karel               CZE         46

13           BAUTISTA Alvaro              SPA        39

14           ELIAS Toni                           SPA        38

15           CRUTCHLOW Cal               GBR       34

16           CAPIROSSI Loris                ITA         26

17           DE PUNIET Randy             FRA        15

18           HOPKINS John                   USA       6

19           AKIYOSHI Kousuke          JPN        3

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