Stoner wins eventful race in Assen
30 June 2012 – Honda’s Casey Stoner took victory ahead of team-mate Dani Pedrosa to move level on points with title rival Jorge Lorenzo, after the championship leader was taken out on the first corner by Álvaro Bautista.
Both Repsol Hondas made strong starts, with Pedrosa leading the way, while Jorge Lorenzo followed close behind. As the trio went into the first corner, Bautista fell whilst trying to move up the order and his momentum took him into the Yamaha rider. Both riders retired instantly, with Lorenzo visibly upset with his fellow countryman.
LCR Honda rider Stefan Bradl was riding in an impressive fourth place before the rookie crashed on lap two, while Ducati’s Nicky Hayden ran wide in the final corner and made a short trip to the gravel trap.
Repsol Honda team-mates battled closely at the front until ten laps from the end, when Stoner passed Pedrosa comfortably and soon pulled a two second gap on his Spanish team-mate.
Cal Crutchlow battled his way back through the field to fifth, after he had to take avoiding action during the first corner collision between Lorenzo and Bautista. The British rider passed both Ducatis of Hayden, Valentino Rossi and Pramac Racing Team’s Héctor Barberá in the closing stages.
Stoner crossed the line ahead of Pedrosa, while Andrea Dovizioso took another podium after passing Ben Spies on the final lap of the race. Lorenzo’s four victories to Stoner’s three means the Spaniard still leads the championship despite the two riders being on identical points.