Stoner takes win in Jerez

Casey stoner (photo by MotoGP)Casey Stoner took his first win of the season by beating home favourite Jorge Lorenzo.

Having led for most part of the race Stoner was able to keep Lorenzo at bay,  But in the final few laps Stoner started to fall back into Lorenzo's path, With Spanish fans willing on Lorenzo as the Spaniard was right on the tail of the current world champion but with two laps to go Stoner was able to put the hammer down and pull out a lead which Lorenzo was unable to follow.
Stoner took his first ever premier class victory at the Jerez circuit even though yet again he was suffering with arm pump which luckily left him with two laps to go to take the win.
Taking third place was Stoner's Repsol Honda team mate Dani Pedrosa who after finishing the race said "he played it too careful at the start of the race" which allowed Stoner and Lorenzo to pull out too much of a gap that Pedrosa was unable to chase down, Pedrosa had his own battle to deal with however with Monster Tech3 rider Cal Crutchlow, With Pedrosa taking the final place on the podium Cal took a fantastic fourth place, also Crutchlow beat his own team mate Dovizioso who followed behind in fifth.
San Carlo Honda Gresini rider Alvaro Bautista took sixth, With German Stefan Bradl again impressing with only his second outing as a MotoGP rider by beating the more experienced rider Nicky Hayden for seventh place.
Valentino Rossi held off the Pramac Team rider Hector Barbera for ninth, Which left Spaniard in tenth.
Randy De Puniet suffered mechanical issues with his Power Electronics Aspar bike leaving his Team mate Aleix Espargaro with top CRT honours. 
Due to his second podium of the year so far, Jorge Lorenzo leads the MotoGP championship with a total of 45 points.   By Laura Turner

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