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Stoner secures victory in Aragon MotoGP

Australia's Casey Stoner claimed his first win of the season when coming home first in the Aragon MotoGP.
Australia's Casey Stoner claimed his first win of the season when coming home first in the Aragon MotoGP.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Australia's Casey Stoner notches up Ducati's maiden MotoGP victory of the season
  • He dominates the Aragon Grand Prix from pole position to seal success on Sunday
  • Dani Pedrosa finishes second with Nicky Hayden in third position also for Ducati
  • Jorge Lorenzo finishes in fourth place but retains his lead in the overall standings

(CNN) -- Casey Stoner dominated from pole position to secure his, and Ducati's, first victory of the season in Sunday's Aragon MotoGP in Spain.

The Australian finished over five seconds ahead of Honda rider Dani Pedrosa, who was aiming to secure his third successive MotoGP win of the season.

The second Ducati of American Nicky Hayden overtook world championship leader Jorge Lorenzo on the final lap to snatch third.

Although it was the first time in 14 races that Lorenzo had failed to finish on the podium, the Yamaha rider continues to lead the world championship standings with just five races remaining.

Lorenzo lies on 284 points, 56 points ahead of fellow-Spaniard Pedrosa, with Stoner in third place on 155 points.

It's been too long between wins, that's for sure.
--Casey Stoner
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Six-time world champion Valentino Rossi of Italy finished sixth and is fourth in the standings on 140 points.

Stoner, the 2007 world champion, told reporters that he was delighted to finally claim his first win since Malaysia last October.

"It's been too long between wins, that's for sure. We started out pretty well this weekend, and we got on with the track. We progressed and got better."