Casey Stoner wins Catalunya GP

BARCELONA, Spain -- Casey Stoner has won the Catalunya Grand Prix for his third victory in the MotoGP championship this season and American Ben Spies placed third for his first podium finish this year.

Stoner overtook Jorge Lorenzo on the first lap Sunday and never looked back as the Australian's Honda proved too fast to catch on the 2.9-mile Catalunya circuit.

Lorenzo was second, 2.403 seconds behind.

After five races, defending champion Lorenzo holds a seven-point lead over Stoner, the 2007 world champion.