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Stoner already ahead of Rossis 2001 numbers

Stoner already ahead of Rossis 2001 numbers

If any doubt remained that Ducatis Casey Stoner was in World Championship winning form, a quick glance at the statistics following his seventh win of the season at Brno would soon put them to rest.

If any doubt remained that Ducatis Casey Stoner was in World Championship winning form, a quick glance at the statistics following his seventh win of the season at Brno would soon put them to rest.

The current series leader requires just a ninth place finish to overtake current title holder Nicky Haydens points total from 2006, and is now equal in terms of wins and podium finishes and ahead in terms of points compared with the numbers racked up by Valentino Rossi at the same point (twelve races undertaken) in his maiden World Championship-winning season.

Stoners win and podium record is practically a mirror image of that of Rossis in 2001, with both riders having seven wins and nine podiums to their name after the first dozen rounds. However, Stoner holds the advantage in terms of points, with an additional 21, and a 60 point championship lead over precisely Rossi himself that eclipses the Italians 2001 advantage by 18 points.

The in-form Australian has won the last two races from pole, and a run of three-in-a-row would not only extend Stoners advantage in the quest for his first championship, but would also make him the second youngest winner of three consecutive races, after Freddie Spencer.

The last rider to win from pole more than twice in succession was Rossi back in 2003.

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MotoGP, 2007, GP CINZANO DI SAN MARINO E DELLA RIVIERA DI RIMINI, Valentino Rossi, Casey Stoner

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