Stoner takes a comfortable win in Barcelona

Casey Stoner dominated the Catalan MotoGP after another stunning performance from the Australian in challenging conditions.

Marco Simoncelli, starting from pole position, was insignificant throughout the race. The Italian was clearly not willing to make any overly aggressive moves and had to settle for sixth place at the flag after one of the quietest races of his career.

This was actually a very quiet race for the entire field with Stoner never headed at the front from lap two onwards as he pulled away from the Yamaha teammates Jorge Lorenzo and Ben Spies. The only real fight in the leading group was between Andrea Dovizioso and Valentino Rossi which the Repsol Honda rider won comfortably after an exciting opening five laps that saw the pair change positions regularly.

Rain looked set to spice up the action but ultimately it did not materialise and the riders finished the race in the same order that they spent much of the race.

The main battle on the track was for ninth, behind the impressive Cal Crutchlow and Nicky Hayden. Loris Capirossi eventually won this scrap after holding off Karel Abraham, Hector Barbera and Alvaro Bautista after a race long fight.

Toni Elias, using a 2011 Honda chassis, once more finished last with Randy de Puniet and Hiroshi Aoyama the only retirements from this race.

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