Controversial changes to the legendary Assen circuit might have left riders bemoaning its loss of character, but Rossi fans were treated to the kind of performance that made the Italian a legend. For the sixth year in succession, Rossi climbed onto the top step at the Italian Grand Prix to the delight of almost 86, adoring fans. In a lap recap of his stellar season, Stoner delighted Aussie fans and crossed the line 6. Stoner was asked during the post-race press conference whether the point buffer was enough to start riding tactically with just six races and points left for the taking. The season-opener was fascinating.
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However, first time out on the GP7 Desmosedici and on series newcomer Bridgestone tyres, Stoner scored a jaw-dropping win over Rossi, reducing the race time by 20 seconds and slashing almost eight-tenths of a second off the lap record in the process. The Bulldogs take on Carlton at Docklands to kick off Easter Sunday football Notre Dame’s bees keep on buzzing after surviving fire photos ‘It beats working’: It was also the first time that Stoner and his Ducati had struggled to find a set-up that suited the Bridgestone tyres and, despite starting from pole, he finished the race more than 30 seconds behind Pedrosa in fifth place.
It was hard to understand that winning the championship had happened to me so quickly, in just my second season in MotoGP, but it certainly started to hit deeper standing on the podium with all the Aussies singing the national anthem. If you have inside knowledge of a topic in the news, contact the ABC.
Another rookie that year was multiple and world champion Dani Pedrosa, who racked up a whopping eight podiums in his maiden MotoGP season, including two wins. There was more good news for Aussies, too, because Ant West inked a deal at the Italian round to ride the Kawasaki ZX-RR full time in the season after turning in some strong performances filling in for the retired Olivier Jacque.
Pedrosa started from the front row 2nd and took his first win of the season, beating Loris Capirossi to the line by the biggest winning margin of the modern GP era, The trio went wheel-to-wheel throughout, Pedrosa eager to win at home and the Italian desperate to keep the Aussie within his clutches.
It was also the first time in 12 rounds of the season that the polesitter converted his first-place start to a first-place finish, and it was Stoner who broke the trend. He scored his worst qualifying position of the season with ninth — 1. There was now just one thing left to do….
With self-belief and determination, it took the plucky Aussie just seven more years to loft the most coveted prize in two-wheeled motorcycle sport. The Michelin-shod Rossi was back on the fourth row in 11th — he could see the championship slipping away. Read about our editorial guiding principles and the enforceable standard our journalists follow.
One week later at the Malaysian GP, Casey Stoner cemented his dominant season with yet another start-to-finish victory, this time 1. Updated May 11, It would be the first time that three Aussies would be racing in three different factory-backed squads. And work out it did.
Stoner celebrates win with a wheelie – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
He then carved his way through to the front of the field and took the flag acsey two seconds clear of Stoner. Got a news tip? In a Doohan-like display, Stoner crossed the line almost 12 seconds clear of Colin Edwards. It was effectively a two-man race between the Ducati and Yamaha riders. Updated May 25, He was never headed. They overtook 17 times and it was a big fight to the last metre of the ccasey.
Despite the all-Michelin front row, with Stoner heading the second row in fourth, the first six finishers were all on Bridgestones. The gods once again smiled on the young Australian and Rossi, who thought his front slick felt flat, pitted again after just one lap on slicks.
Stoner celebrates win with a wheelie
The race started wet but a dry line soon formed. Casey Stoner was a MotoGP rookie that caey, yet had pulled out a stunning pole position in just his second premier-class GP and finished on the podium in just his third. The German Grand Prix presented a couple of firsts for the season. Rossi eventually beat Pedrosa to the flag by just two-tenths of a second, while Stoner, despite his gearbox issues, rode around his problems to bring the Ducati GP7 home third. Title rival Rossi finished 16 seconds behind Stoner down in 10th place, handing the Aussie the championship lead stojer a point buffer.
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Stoner led the opening laps but slipped back and was eventually pipped to a podium place by Alex Barros on his satellite Pramac machine.
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