MotoGP race held in Istanbul

Monday, April 23 2007 @ 12:43 am UTC

Istanbulpark track hosted MotoGP races for the third time on Sunday. Casey Stoner has taken overall lead in the championship. Australia's Casey Stoner blew away his rivals to win the Turkish MotoGP race on Sunday to take the overall lead in the championship.

Spaniard Toni Elias finished second for Honda, edging out
Stoner's Ducati team mate Loris Capirossi of Italy who finished
more than eight seconds behind the winner.

Stoner, who led for most of the race and finished 6.2
seconds ahead of Elias, capitalised on a first lap error by
five-time Italian world champion Valentino Rossi, who began on
pole.
The former champion rode wide into the grass on a turn early
on, re-entering the race in fifth place. He finished tenth after
recovering to second place.

"It was a little strange because I managed to get past
Valentino quite early, from then on I didn't make any mistakes,"
Stoner told a news conference.

Ducati's strong finish in Istanbul puts the team in first
place after the third race of the season.

Rossi, who won at the second race of the season in Jerez, is
second overall with 51 points, 10 behind Stoner.

While the first lap saw Rossi riding off the blacktop and
into the green, Colin Edwards and Dani Pedrosa, second and third
on the starting grid, walked off the track after a tangle took
them out of the race in the first lap.

Italy's Andrea Dovizisio put Honda at the top of the podium
in the 250cc grand prix, coming from third in the last kilometre
to elbow out Spanish Aprilia team mates Jorge Lorenzo and Alvaro
Bautisto.

Bautista took third place in his third race on a 250cc
motorcycle, crossing the line 0.318 seconds behind Dovizisio.
Italy's Simone Corsi claimed his first victory in the 125cc
race, edging out Joan Olive of Spain in the final turn to claim
his first career victory in the class.

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