Casey Stoner wins Indianapolis 500 lap race at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve

Spaniard Jorge Lorenzo had been hotly tipped as a worthy successor to Teamors dans L’Équipe Casey Stoner but MotoGP’s ruling body shunned his ambitions and ended up turning the tables.

Saturday night brought the return of Stoner to the scene of his greatest triumph. It was an occasion for the road racer, and not just because the Australian is a passionate supporter of his old factory, Yamaha. A man who once chose not to race in Malaysia over concerns about MotoGP sanctioning, struggled to maintain his form at Pikes Peak, crashed out at the rally and was seen driving a sports car throughout the 2010 season, now has his eyes on a 10th MotoGP title.

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An unheard of third-place finish last year put Stoner’s fate in his own hands but his season was blighted by various falls and injuries and he made the long, but risky drive from Asia to the US just to race at some point this season. He may have missed the first six races to the new championship which also featured Japanese rider Kazuki Nakajima and Brad Jones of the Championship2 outfit, but it was a dream race for Stoner.

His seventh-place finish was the result of a long weekend with Stoner battling to adjust to the harder bikes, lacking many years of experience in how to navigate the racing elements on both manufacturers’ bikes and it took its toll.

Stoner entered the track ahead of Lorenzo but saw the advantage – and the 6mph difference in bike frame weight – disappear in less than 10 laps. A pretty representative all-around result. He blamed poor mapping but was a bit smarter about qualifying, using the perfect points scheme to put in a lap that will have delighted his family and the fans.

Lorenzo had less trouble and picked up an early win to take his lead in the championship standings to 25 points. The race was run in broad daylight and not in the dark under a huge American flag, where the first-placed riders had less room to maneuver.

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The first qualifying laps were run in a similar fashion but Lorenzo got on the faster bike first and ran away from his competition. After the race Stoner said he was not surprised. “I was expecting Jorge to win it because of the way he was working yesterday,” he said.

“I knew that the stage time between me and Valentino Rossi would be short, because I was quickly up to sixth and gave away a lot of time. If I had the timing I would have finished better and won. It doesn’t matter what I think, or what happens next time because I will learn and move on.”

Reigning champion Marc Marquez was third and championship leader Andrea Dovizioso had to settle for fourth.

Suzuki have a glimmer of hope in their Championship2 plans with Brad Jones finishing runner-up and Rajat Monga third for EJS Racing.

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