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Solid Stoner adds to World Championship advantage

Solid Stoner adds to World Championship advantage

Although Ducati Marlboro's Casey Stoner was unable to take full advantage of title rival Valentino Rossi's race-ending crash at Sachsenring this afternoon the young Australian still extended his World Championship lead to 32 points after ten races.

Although Ducati Marlboro's Casey Stoner was unable to take full advantage of title rival Valentino Rossi's race-ending crash at Sachsenring this afternoon the young Australian put in a decent enough performance to cross the line fifth – extending his World Championship lead by another 11 points - to 32 after ten races.

Given that the result equals Stoner's worst result of 2007 - he was also fifth in the second round of the year at Jerez – it speaks volumes for the superb consistency and form he has demonstrated so far in an incredible first season with Ducati.

Had Stoner taken victory after Rossi's fifth lap mishap at the Alice Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland his title advantage would have been 46 points, but the Australian should not be losing too much sleep over today's result.

Having started on pole for the second time in 2007, Stoner will take some time though to review the Bridgestone tyre issues which saw him slip from battling for the lead with eventual race winner Dani Pedrosa in the early stages, to holding off Marco Melandri for fifth place on the final corner - eventually crossing the line more than 30 seconds behind Pedrosa.

The first win in more than a year for the Repsol Honda man only reduces the gap between him and Stoner to 52 points, but the championship leader acknowledged the Spaniard's achievement after the race, commenting: "A lot of people think I'm racing only against Valentino in this class, but as Dani proved today he's very, very fast and when it's his day pretty much nobody can touch him. We rode our own race and unfortunately Valentino crashed which has helped us but I would have liked to have been on the podium again."

To see Stoner's full interview click on the video link on the left.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2007, ALICE MOTORRAD GRAND PRIX DEUTSCHLAND, Casey Stoner

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