Motorcycling: Rossi's Italian reign ends as Stoner rules in the rain
Monday 01 June 2009
Casey Stoner took the honours in the Italian MotoGP Grand Prix yesterday to move top of the standings and end Valentino Rossi's long reign at his home race.
The Australian Ducati rider, who started second on the grid, held his nerve on the 23 laps after riders had to switch bikes when rainy skies cleared and new tyres were needed. "It was a difficult race. I thought more than once that the chance to win had gone," Stoner said.
Previous championship leader Jorge Lorenzo, who fell in practice and made a terrible start from pole position, recovered to finish second on his Yamaha and now trails Stoner by four points.
World champion Rossi, who had been bidding for an eighth straight win in Italy, came in third after changing to hard tyres with 13 laps to go rather than softs like many rivals. "I'd won seven in a row so that's OK," he said.
- 1 Woman 'suffocates newborn baby in plastic bag and puts it in her desk minutes after giving birth'
- 3 Company breaks open Apple Watch to discover what it says is 'planned obsolescence'
- 5 Chinese student carries disabled friend to school every day for three years
General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
The sickening truth about food banks that the Tories don't want you to know
Migrant boat disaster: Ukip candidate mocks victims in sickening Twitter post
Nigel Farage wants the BBC to stop making programmes like Doctor Who, Strictly Come Dancing, and Top Gear
Global warming: Scientists say temperatures could rise by 6C by 2100 and call for action ahead of UN meeting in Paris
General Election 2015: Britain would become a 'communist dictatorship' under Ed Miliband and Nicola Sturgeon, claims wife of Michael Gove