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Nic Ladds 27th Oct 2008 - 20:00

Moto GP Champion Casey Stoner wins in Valencia

Ducati's Casey Stoner won the 18th and final round of the 2008 MotoGP World Championship, in the hot and sunny conditions at Valencia, as Valentino Rossi breaks season point’s record.

Dani Pedrosa started with pace and at the first corner and took the lead from Stoner, but this was the only occasion the Spaniard would see P1 as Stoner dived through turn two to retake the lead and remain unchallenged for the remainder of the race.

Through the early stages of this season's closing race, Pedrosa was able to stay with Stoner and the two advanced with a slight breakaway from Nicky Hayden who was in third, but as the race progressed the champion's Ducati was pulling away unchallenged.

Valentino Rossi clinched third place from tenth on the grid after a poor qualification. The Italian's 16th podium finish in 18 saw him achieve 373 points in the season, breaking the previous best of 367 points.

Valencia Race Results:

Pos     Rider             Bike           Time
1. Casey Stoner    Ducati (B)           46:46.114
2. Dani Pedrosa    Honda (B)          + 3.390
3. Valentino Rossi  Yamaha (B)    + 12.194
4. Andrea Dovizioso Honda (M)  + 24.159
5. Nicky Hayden    Honda (M)      + 26.232
6. Colin Edwards  Yamaha ( M)    + 32.209
7. Shinya Nakano    Honda (B)     + 34.571
8. Jorge Lorenzo     Yamaha (M)  + 35.661
9. Loris Capirossi    Suzuki (B)     + 38.228
10. Alex de Angelis   Honda (B)    + 47.583
11. James Toseland Yamaha (M)  + 52.107
12. Sylvain Guintoli  Ducati (B)     + 52.350
13. Chris Vermeulen  Suzuki (B)  + 52.833
14. John Hopkins   Kawasaki (B)   + 53.227
15. Randy de Puniet  Honda (M)  + 53.411
16. Marco Melandri  Ducati (B)     +1:08.387
17. Anthony West   Kawasaki (B)  +1:11.181
18. Toni Elias           Ducati (B)     +1:37.055

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