Dominating Le Mans: MotoGP Star Casey Stoner Victorious in France, Valentino Rossi Grabs Third
Casey Stoner is officially back on the map.
Oakley’s Aussie MotoGP star tallied his second win of the season at the Grand Prix de France on May 15. Starting at the pole position, Casey pulled away to lead the field by more than 14 seconds to victory – shooting him to a solid No. 2 spot in the Championship standings. Fellow Oakley Rider Valentino Rossi grabbed the third podium spot at 14.564 seconds behind the leader.
A record 88,400 fans lined the French countryside to watch Dani Pedrosa shoot to the lead in Lap 1 – but Oakley’s Australian speedster quickly grabbed the lead in lap 2, engaging in a midrace battle.
But it didn’t last long, as Casey pulled away from the pack when Pedrosa crashed out in Lap 17 after a collision with Marco Simoncelli. Fellow Oakley rider Rossi battled with second place finisher Andrea Dovizioso for the final podium finish.
“We went into the race confident, at the beginning of the race Dani [Pedrosa] was very fast and he was difficult to pass as he as being cautious,” Casey said, rocking his MotoGP Scalpel eyewear. “When I overtook him I thought I might be able to take some advantage but he was able to match my times and follow me for some laps, so I continued to push more than I prefer to and eventually I put a gap between us.”
Rossi, with the solid third finish, may have not been completely satisfied – but the result will certainly provide some positive momentum for his team.
“We’re very pleased with this podium because we’re on the right path, and especially because I had fun today,” Valentino said. “I rode the Desmosedici well, I was fast in the technical parts of the track, I felt good from start to finish and I had good lap times.”
Congratulations to both Casey and Valentino for an amazing race in France!
RESULTS – MOTOGP
1 Casey Stoner (Australia) Honda 44min03.955 (OAKLEY)
2 Andrea Dovizioso (Italy) Honda +14.214sec
3 Valentino Rossi (Italy) Ducati +14.564 (OAKLEY)
4 Jorge Lorenzo (Spain) Yamaha +21.075
5 Marco Simoncelli (Italy) Honda +31.245
6 Ben Spies (US) Yamaha +31.609 (OAKLEY)
7 Nicky Hayden (US) Ducati +35.566 (OAKLEY)