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Stoner Takes Over MotoGP Points Lead After Lorenzo Crash

Chaparral Motorsports
June 14, 2011
Stoner Takes Over MotoGP Points Lead After Lorenzo Crash

Cold and rainy weather marred the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, but it was an eventful race that saw Australian Casey Stoner take over the lead in MotoGP.

Stoner has been far and away the strongest rider this year, but an early DNF meant that he trailed Jorge Lorenzo. The Yamaha rider, along with his partner Ben Spies, ultimately crashed out of the race, the first time that Lorenzo has crashed since 2009.

That meant that Stoner won his third race in a row, becoming the first racer since Valentino Rossi in 2003 to win three straight races. Yet it wasn't easy for Stoner, who had to deal with tricky track conditions and terrible weather.

"That was torture," said Stoner. "For the last sort of ten laps, the last seven laps I was counting down and they took too long. My hands were freezing, I couldn't brake properly. I didn't understand what brake pressure I had."

Without Lorenzo to challenge him, Stoner ultimately ended up winning by more than 15 seconds - which is almost an eternity in the world of MotoGP. His Repsol Honda teammate, Andrea Dovizioso, placed second after surviving the crash that took out Lorenzo. Colin Edwards, fresh off of breaking his tailbone last weekend, was able to ride through the pain to take third.

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