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Rossi stages comeback to claim first season win

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Latest update : 2009-05-04

Reigning Moto GP champion Valentino Rossi came from behind to clinch his first Grand Prix of the season at Jerez in Spain. The Italian moves into first place in the championship race, ahead of Australia's Casey Stoner.

AFP - Italian Valentino Rossi claimed his first victory of the season Sunday in the Moto GP category of the Spanish Grand Prix, the third leg in the world motorcycling championship.
  
Spaniard Dani Pedrosa, on a Honda, and Australian Casey Stoner on a Ducati finished second and third respectively as Rossi, an eight-time world champion, took the lead of the world championship standings.
  
Rossi had a consistent and determined performance to thank for his first win of the season, and impressive 98th of his career, that has given him an 11-point overall lead over Stoner.
  
Rossi now has 65 points, with Stoner, who won the season-opening leg in Qatar, on 54.
  
Starting fourth on the grid behind Spanish teammate Jorge Lorenzo, Pedrosa and Stoner, Rossi overtook the Australian on the sixth of the race's 27 laps before then trying to chip away at Pedrosa's advantage.
  
The Spaniard had led for the first 17 laps of the 4.423km circuit but on the 18th he could only watch as Rossi slipped past him and into the race lead.
  
Behind them, as Lorenzo battled to close the gap to Stoner the Spaniard crashed with three laps to go, dropping precious points in the race for the championship title.
  
Lorenzo, the winner last time out in Japan, is now third on 41 points, with Spanish rival Pedrosa, now in fourth, with the same tally.

Date created : 2009-05-03

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