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Brno witnesses seventh Stoner victory of the season

Brno witnesses seventh Stoner victory of the season

World Championship leader Casey Stoner was in dominant form at Brno on Sunday afternoon as he earned his seventh win of 2007, riding to victory by a 7.9 second margin to extend his standings lead to 60 points with just six races to go.

World Championship leader Casey Stoner was in dominant form at Brno on Sunday afternoon as he earned his seventh win of 2007, riding to victory by a 7.9 second margin to extend his standings lead to 60 points with just six races to go.

The 21-year old Ducati Marlboro rider repeated his Laguna Seca trick at the historic Czech circuit of Brno, controlling the Cardion ab Grand Prix Ceske republiky race from start to finish - having started on pole for the third round in succession - adding to his championship advantage as Fiat Yamaha's Valentino Rossi could only finish seventh.

There was another great performance from Rizla Suzuki's John Hopkins who crossed the line second to secure his best ever MotoGP result, while third placed World Champion Nicky Hayden continued his recent improvement in form with his third podium in four races.

Hayden's Repsol Honda colleague Dani Pedrosa missed out on a podium finish himself by just under three seconds, while Rizla Suzuki's Chris Vermeulen was fifth and Stoner's Suzuki-bound Ducati colleague Loris Capirossi was sixth.

Behind Rossi, Kawasaki's Randy de Puniet (eighth), Pramac d'Antin's Alex Barros (ninth) and Carlos Checa completed the top ten, while a special mention must go to Toni Elias (Honda Gresini) who bravely finished 11th as he continues his recovery from his femur brake at Assen.

There was disappointment on both sides of the Fiat Yamaha pit box as Colin Edwards retired early in the race due to engine failure.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2007, CARDION AB GRAND PRIX ČESKÉ REPUBLIKY, RAC

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