This victory for Casey was a confidence boost after his last two difficult races. Achieving a strong second place was also a good result for Jorge, who constantly stands on the podium and continues to deliver the results which keep him in the lead in the overall rankings. With Lorenzo taking pole and Stoner second, the result could have easily reflected the qualifying session as Lorenzo started well and went into the lead immediately. After 3 laps Stoner moved into second position where he remained until 6 laps from the end of the race then overtook Lorenzo and went on to take his fourth win of the season with Lorenzo finishing second. Jorge leads the overall standings while Stoner is third. Next race on Aug. 19th in Indianapolis.
Our rider's declarations.
Casey Stoner, Nolan X-802.
"It's been a difficult weekend for us in general, especially trying to make the hard tyre work. So for the race I decided to go with the soft option and be a little more careful with the tyre, keep a little more traction and not to spin so much. At the beginning of the race I tried to move to the front, but Dani and Jorge were riding very good lines and it was impossible to get past. I decided to slow the lap times a little and try to save the tyres until the end and then we could start to come back. I was confident for the entire race that I had enough pace for the win, we just needed to make sure the tyre would last until the end. When we got to the front we put in some good laps and pulled some small advantage and just continued from there. I'm very, very happy and a big thanks to all the team."
Jorge Lorenzo, X-lite X-802.
"I tried my best at the beginning to open a gap and I managed it but then in the corkscrew I almost crashed. For Casey maybe that was a motivation and he caught me in one lap. After that I couldn’t keep the pace I had in the beginning, maybe the soft tyre was the best option for this race. Without a doubt Casey was riding in an excellent form today and it wasn’t possible to beat him."