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Fri Apr 18 15:09:06 SAST 2014

Stoner stretches his lead as he wins at Brno

Reuters | 14 August, 2011 15:29
Honda MotoGP rider Stoner of Australia speeds up ahead of Honda MotoGP rider Dovizioso of Italy during the Czech Grand Prix in Brno
Honda MotoGP rider Casey Stoner (R) of Australia speeds up ahead of Honda MotoGP rider Andrea Dovizioso of Italy during the Czech Grand Prix in Brno August 14, 2011
Image by: PETR JOSEK / REUTERS

Australian Casey Stoner won the Czech motorcycling Grand Prix in Brno on Sunday, extending his lead in the MotoGP championship following his success at the US Grand Prix last month.

Italian Andrea Dovizioso came in second and his compatriot Marco Simoncelli finished third, his first podium finish in MotoGP, completing a clean sweep for Honda.     

    Stoner took an early lead and built up a 6,532 second advantage by the time he crossed the finish line, leaving champion Jorge Lorenzo and the rest of the field to scramble for the second position.      

    Lorenzo, last year’s winner in Brno, finished in fourth spot followed by fellow Yamaha rider Ben Spies of the United States.     

    It was Stoner’s sixth triumph in this season’s 11 races so far. Stoner leads the championship with 218 points, 32 ahead of Lorenzo.     

    Spaniard Dani Pedrosa, who started from pole position, crashed over the front end at a right curve early on, a blow to his chances of challenging in this year’s championship.      

    Lorenzo gained the lead in the first lap but 2007 world champion Stoner soon took over to take the race in dry and sunny conditions at the fast Masaryk Circuit.     

   Earlier, Italian Andrea Iannone took the Moto2 category win ahead of Spaniard Marc Marquez and Germany’s Stefan Bradl.     

    Germany’s Sandro Cortese won the 125cc race, followed by Johann Zarco of France and Spaniard Alberto Moncayo.     

    There are seven more events on the MotoGP Grand Prix calendar this season, with the next race in Indianapolis on Aug. 28.

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