Stoner win at Assen

Posted: 02 Jul 2012

Reigning MotoGP Champion Casey Stoner has scored victory at the seventh round of the series at Assen in The Netherlands this weekend.

Despite a nailbiting race-long battle with team-mate Dani Pedrosa, the Australian, who recently announced his retirement from racing after the 2012 season, was able to pass the Spaniard with 12 laps to go, and maintain his position at the front of the pack until the chequered flag.

Meanwhile, Andrea Dovizioso and Ben Spies were locked in a battle for third place, with Spaniard Dovizioso stealing the final position on the rostrum on the final lap. Bennetts-backed Cal Crutchlow had to work hard to clinch a fifth place finish, while former multiple MotoGP champion Valentino Rossi had a terrible race, finishing 13th overall.

Stoner now leads the championship – equal placing with Jorge Lorenzo, who was unable to finish the race due to an incident with Alvaro Bautista.

1 Casey STONER 
2 Dani PEDROSA  +4.965
3 Andrea DOVIZIOSO +11.994
4 Ben SPIES +14.775
5 Cal CRUTCHLOW +22.074
6 Nicky HAYDEN +31.660
7 Hector BARBERA +59.107
8 Randy DE PUNIET +1'04.441
9 Michele PIRRO +1'06.980
10 Mattia PASINI +1'25.087

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