Ducati is definitely back in the competition, winning the Spanish leg of the 2010 MotoGP season. And they did it with an additional bonus too, bagging third place in the race. The race was held at the Motorland Aragon circuit in Aragon, Spain on September 19th.
Australian rider Casey Stoner was the hero of the hour for the Italian motorcycle manufacturer, beating hometown hero Dani Pedrosa to the checkered flag. Pedrosa came in a full five seconds behind Stoner in the finish. Completing the victory for Ducati is American Nicky Hayden, who came in third.
With the win, Stoner cut down Ducati’s losing streak in the current MotoGP season. Prior to his win, Ducati was able to get a second place finish at the United States Grand Prix held at Laguna Seca in Monterey, California. The second place finish also came courtesy of Stoner. However, Ducati still remains third in the manufacturer’s standings with 105 points.
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Stoner started in pole position for the race and fended off attempts made by current world championship scoring leader Jorge Lorenzo in the early laps before commanding a good lead from the pack. In later laps he was then challenged by Pedrosa for first place. However, he was able to outgun the Spanish rider and maintain his lead. It was Stoner’s best race of the season. He was able to secure pole position in the opening Qatar Grand Prix, but had to retire from the race due to an accident.
For his part, Lorenzo was forced to drop to fourth after he was unable to fend off the challenge made by Stoner’s teammate Hayden. Hayden managed to outsmart him in a turn in the last lap to snatch third place and break Lorenzo’s unblemished podium record. However, despite this, Lorenzo stills holds the top spot in the overall standings.