German GP: Ducati Marlboro Team race report

STONER DEDICATES THIRD STRAIGHT WIN TO HIS TEAM AS BAD LUCK STRIKES RESURGENT MELANDRI BODY { font-family : Verdana, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; } Casey Stoner paid tribute to his team after picking up his third ...

STONER DEDICATES THIRD STRAIGHT WIN TO HIS TEAM AS BAD LUCK STRIKES RESURGENT MELANDRI

BODY { font-family : Verdana, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; } Casey Stoner paid tribute to his team after picking up his third consecutive winners' trophy and his fourth of the season at Sachsenring. It was another extraordinary performance from the Australian in torrentially wet conditions, which saw several riders crash, including Marco Melandri. The Italian was in the process of a stunning charge through the field and had made his way up to seventh place from sixteenth on the grid, only to crash moments after setting the fastest lap of the race.

Stoner, who started from pole, was fourth in the first turn but quickly made his way to second after passes on Colin Edwards and Andrea Dovizioso. He then waited patiently until the tyres were up to temperature before stepping up the pace and when race leader Dani Pedrosa crashed, he controlled a comfortable advantage over the field to take the flag by 3.708 seconds from Valentino Rossi. The reigning World Champion, who struggled throughout the race with a stomach upset, has closed the gap to series leader Rossi to 20 points, having trailed by 50 just three races ago, and is only four points behind Pedrosa in second place.

CASEY STONER (Ducati Marlboro Team) - 1st

"I saw Dani ride off into the distance and I thought 'fair play' - there was no way I could keep that pace in those conditions at that time. We definitely needed a bit more time to get the tyres up to temperature and Dani just kept edging away, but then after a few laps I was coming down the main straight and I could see his bike bouncing around in the gravel at turn one. It's a shame for him but even though he crashed he was still very impressive today. From then on it was a case of keeping my concentration but that wasn't easy because I've been a little sick all weekend and I wasn't feeling at all good during the race. Also, we went with quite a hard rear tyre compound and I had quite a few small moments that made me nervous but kept me on my guard. I kept pushing where I could and managed to keep opening out the advantage with every lap, then kept it upright to the end. It's nice to close the championship down a little bit more and once again I owe a huge 'thank you' to the team, who have adapted the bike to virtually any condition here. This win is dedicated to them."

MARCO MELANDRI (Ducati Marlboro Team) - DNF

"This time I feel angry that we didn't get the result we deserved, not disappointed that we haven't been fast, as has been the case on other occasions. The crash was a real shame because even though there's always the chance of making a mistake in the wet I felt good at that time, the tyres were up to temperature, the bike was working well and I was coming through fast. I don't know how many riders I passed but it was a few and I felt fast, happy and positive. The group ahead of me were some distance away but I felt I could keep improving. In fact, we'd made progress with our pace in the dry and we'll see how we go from here in America. It's a nice track and I hope we can start out well."

LIVIO SUPPO (Ducati MotoGP Project Leader)

"Another perfect race from Casey! He knew not to push too hard at the start and then controlled the race impeccably. He's in incredible form and we'll do everything we can to help him keep it going for as long as possible! Marco showed signs of improvement in the wet and in the dry. Only the result was missing today but the most important thing is that he wasn't hurt in the crash. Laguna is just a few days away and I think he can continue to improve there."

-credit: ducati

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Valentino Rossi , Colin Edwards , Marco Melandri , Casey Stoner , Dani Pedrosa