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Stoner takes lead with second win

Just one week after the Spanish GP, Casey Stoner went from pole here in Portugal to take his second win of the season, pursued to the line by Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) and team mate Dani Pedrosa. Like the Spanish GP, free practice this time began with unsettled weather, but brightened for Saturday and Sunday. Stoner made best time in both warm up and qualifying, and kept up this pace to pull off a fine win. Honda was able to achieve consistently better times in this race, although many issues remain to be fixed. The Honda team were really not sure they could pull off a second successive win, and were immensely grateful to Casey Stoner for his superb ride, showing all the strengths of a true champion.

After the Spanish GP, HRC Team Principal Shuhei Nakamoto commented "It was Casey who won this one for us." Here in Portugal, he had much the same to say "To tell the truth, we hardly helped at all. It was all Casey. I hope we can start doing our part soon and fix his issues with the bike." Dani Pedrosa, in 3rd place, could only salute the inspiring turn of speed displayed by his team mate. Under less than ideal conditions, the Repsol Honda team won their second out of three races, continuing their run of two riders on the podium each time. Team Principal Nakamoto talks to us about the Honda team's second successive win of the season.

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