19 Sep 2011

Stoner extends MotoGP lead

8:03 am on 19 September 2011

The Australian rider Casey Stoner has moved a step closer to the MotoGP world title after streaking his way to victory in the Aragon Grand Prix in Spain.

The 2007 champion had started on pole, having set a lap record in qualifying, and after briefly slipping down to third, he hit the front on the second lap before leaving the rest of the field trailing.

Stoner's Repsol Honda team mate, Spaniard Dani Pedrosa, claimed his third consecutive runner-up spot with Yamaha's defending champion, Jorge Lorenzo, in third.

With four races left, championship leader Stoner now has 284 points, 44 ahead of the second-placed Lorenzo.