Result and summary of the MotoGP race at Donington:
Andrea Dovizioso finally got on the podium at Donington, and he did so in style, taking a well-earned victory in treacherous conditions. The race was declared wet from the beginning, and turned into a tag team battle between the Fiat Yamaha team and the Repsol Honda team in the early laps, with Toni Elias thrown in for good measure. But as the drizzle came and went, the mistakes started to appear.
First to fall was Toni Elias, just touching a kerb, then on lap 9, Jorge Lorenzo crashed out of the lead after touching a white line braking for Goddards. With Lorenzo gone and Pedrosa dropping through the field, the race was left to Valentino Rossi and Andrea Dovizioso. Rossi looked to have the upper hand, though Dovizoso was pushing him hard, until the Fiat Yamaha rider crashed on lap 20, going down at the Fogarty Esses. The Italian rejoined, but got swamped by a group fighting over 7th.
Dovizioso went on to claim victory unchallenged, taking his maiden win in the class. The rest of the podium was decided on an epic battle between Colin Edwards and Randy de Puniet, the Texan finally winning out on the last lap. The race featured a delighted podium.
Valentino Rossi further increased his grip on the championship, fighting his way through the field to take 5th place, while his title rivals scored very badly indeed. Jorge Lorenzo crashed out, and got a DNF, Dani Pedrosa struggled as track conditions got more difficult, dropping to 9th, while Casey Stoner came in 14th, the gamble by Ducati to go out on wet tires in the hope the rain would intensify not paying off.
|3||14||Randy DE PUNIET||HONDA||48'27.867||1.600|
|4||15||Alex DE ANGELIS||HONDA||48'35.225||8.958|
|14||27||Casey STONER||DUCATI||49'25.241||1 lap|
|15||69||Nicky HAYDEN||DUCATI||49'43.835||1 lap|
|99||Jorge LORENZO||YAMAHA||12'33.642||22 laps|
|24||Toni ELIAS||HONDA||11'02.391||23 laps|