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Estoril 2005: Stoner takes first 250cc win

Estoril 2005: Stoner takes first 250cc win

Estoril 2005: Stoner takes first 250cc win

MotoGP rookie Casey Stoner took his first victory in the quarter litre class at Estoril last season, after a thrilling battle against Italian rookie Andrea Dovizioso and poleman Randy de Puniet.

The young Australian of the Carrera Sunglasses – LCR team made a blazing start from the third row to join the frontrunners, led by Aprilia Aspar's Sebastian Porto, in the early stages of the race.

As the race got underway, the Argentinean grabbed the pole spot and quickly built a steady lead in tricky conditions – damp patches on the track after the morning's showers.

Behind him, de Puniet, Dani Pedrosa, Dovizioso, Alex de Angelis and Stoner formed the chasing pack. After the first ten laps, with the track continuing to dry, the group closed in on Porto and Pedrosa was at his back by lap 12.

Pedrosa and Dovizioso were the first to pass Porto, who continued to lose ground and eventually took ninth.

At the front, Pedrosa and Dovizioso, two former 125 World Champions, fought for the lead but the Spaniard started to lose positions by lap 18 as he suffered visibility problems relating to his helmet's visor.

The last few laps saw an all-out tussle between De Puniet, Stoner and Dovizioso, while Pedrosa and De Angelis fought for fourth. In the first corner of the last lap, De Puniet took the lead ahead of Stoner and Dovizioso, but the Frenchman made a mistake going into the slow part of the circuit, allowing Stoner and Dovizioso to get through.

250cc, 2006, GRANDE PREMIO DE PORTUGAL, Casey Stoner

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