Australian MotoGP star Casey Stoner has blasted “stupid moves” by rivals which he claims kept him off the podium at the Spanish Grand Prix.

Stoner was relegated to fifth place at Jerez as multiple world champion Valentino Rossi clinched the second race of the season from the Honda of local hero Dani Pedrosa.

The Italian took the championship lead on 45 points with Stoner on 36 after winning the season-opener at Qatar. Pedrosa joined Stoner on 36 points.

Rossi’s teammate Colin Edwards was third in the race followed by Spain’s Toni Elias on a Honda.

Stoner saw his race chances nosedive as he was elbowed backwards by Honda rivals Marco Melandri and Carlos Checa during a late charge up from ninth place.

“If I hadn’t got held up by Carlos and Marco then I would have been able to mow the others down at the end of the race and battle for a podium rather settle for fifth,” Stoner said.

“There were some stupid moves that cost me time. I wasn’t too happy with that and after I got shoved back I found it really difficult to get back past those riders.

“They were running me wide and then someone else would come up the inside of me. It was just a disaster.


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