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12 April 2010 :: 11:04:58 am 18023

Valentino Rossi Ends Stoners Dominance at Qatar

Reigning MotoGP champion Valentino Rossi successfully ended Australian Casey Stoners dominance at the Losail circuit, winning the opening race of the season to go 25 points clear at the top over his main rival.
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Qatar, the 11th of April 2010 [Pattaya Daily News]: Stoner had previously won the last three meets at Losail, dominating the circuit on his Marlboro Ducati. Early indications looked as if that dominance would continue as he powered into the lead from pole position after getting off to a poor start. An inexplicable crash at the first corner on lap six saw Rossi take the lead and his 104th win ensued.

Spaniard Jorge Lorenzo was second ahead of Italy’s Andrea Dovizioso finishing third after earlier looking like he may challenge Rossi for the top spot on the podium. American and Stoner’s teammate Nicky Hayden finished forth, whilst outstaning debutant Ben Spies made up the top five.

Commenting on his win to open the 2010 MotoGP season Rossi stated; “It was a tough race, very, very difficult. Stoner was incredibly fast and I thought he was going to win so, when I saw him make a mistake, I knew we had to continue to push.

Pre-race speculation was that Rossi’s Yamaha would be slower that his competitors but the champions hard riding on the infield seemingly made up for the struggles he had to compete with on the straights.

Surprisingly there are no British riders in this year MotoGP championships with James Toseland choosing to return to the World Superbikes championship.

Reporter : Harry Roberts   Category : Sports News

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