Dani Pedrosa started the Italian GP from pole position and got into an early rhythm to lead the race from start to finish without being challenged once.
Jorge Lorenzo tried to stick with him but was soon dropped and left to fight for second position with Andrea Dovizioso.
Casey Stoner had a tough time fighting for 4th position with Marco Melandri and Randy De Puniet, with all riders putting aggressive overtaking moves on each other. Stoner got the better of them right at the end and claimed 4th position ahead of Melandri, followed by De Puniet.
Nicky Hayden has less luck and lost the front of his Ducati and slid out of the race after 18 laps. Colin Edwards also had a rough time, and despite proclaiming how positive he felt after qualifying he quickly suffered arm fatigue and faded quickly to the back of the pack.
Mika Kallio was once again overshadowed by his team-mate (Espargaro finished in 8th position) and must surely be concerned about his current form, as well as about his job prospects for next season.
1 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 170.4 42’28.066
2 Jorge LORENZO SPA Fiat Yamaha Team Yamaha 170.2 +4.014
3 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Repsol Honda Team Honda 170.0 +6.196
4 Casey STONER AUS Ducati Marlboro Team Ducati 168.7 +25.703
5 Marco MELANDRI ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 168.7 +25.735
6 Randy DE PUNIET FRA LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 168.7 +25.965
7 Ben SPIES USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 168.5 +28.806
8 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 167.8 +40.172
9 Marco SIMONCELLI ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 167.7 +41.394
10 Loris CAPIROSSI ITA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki 167.7 +42.107
11 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN Interwetten Honda MotoGP Honda 167.6 +43.095
12 Hector BARBERA SPA Paginas Amarillas Aspar Ducati 167.6 +43.363
13 Colin EDWARDS USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 165.6 +1’14.393
14 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki 165.0 +1’24.389
36 Mika KALLIO FIN Pramac Racing Team Ducati 166.7 15 Laps
69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Marlboro Team Ducati 167.4 18 Laps
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