30 Apr 2012

Stoner wins MotoGP in Spain

1:46 pm on 30 April 2012

Australia's defending world champion Casey Stoner won his first Spanish MotoGP in Jerez, describing it as the greatest race he's ever ridden.

The Honda rider beat home Spain's 2010 world champion Jorge Lorenzo on a Yamaha while another Spaniard Dani Pedrosa was third on a Honda in his 100th race.

Lorenzo, who was left frustrated in his bid to become the first rider since Valentino Rossi in 2001 to win the first two races, retains his lead in the overall standings after winning the race opener in Qatar where Stoner finished third.

Stoner, though, was ecstatic at his victory on a track which he has said he hates and where he had only previously finished on the podium once.