Casey Stoner achieved at the United States his seventh victory of the season –third consecutive– after dominating the race from the sixth lap, when he overtook Dani Pedrosa. The Spaniard was with him on the podium, confirming the fourth 1-2 of the season after the ones achieved in France, England and the Czech Republic. Fifth was Andrea Dovizioso, who after a race where he kept improving, crossed the finish line half a second behind the fourth placed.

Casey Stoner had never achieved a good result in Indianapolis, but this season he is showing a high level of competitiveness that allows him, after the American race, to lead the Championship with an advantage of 44 points. The Repsol rider saw Pedrosa having a fantastic start and was even overtaken by Lorenzo. The Australian recovered the second place in the third lap, although a lap later he was about to fall with no television camera registering it. The front tyre of his Honda RC212V slid in a corner, the steering was blocked and thanks to his left elbow, that connected with the asphalt, he was saved from crashing. After that he was able to catch Pedrosa and, in the sixth lap, he took the lead of the race.

From that moment on, Stoner left no chance for his rivals. Increasing his advantage tenth after tenth, the Repsol rider rode at record pace, and he broke the record in lap 20, when he set the fastest lap of the race. Behind him, Dani Pedrosa also secured the second position of the race, with a wide margin over the third, that was finally Ben Spies, more than ten seconds behind the Repsol Honda Team rider.

The race was much closer for Andrea Dovizioso, who crossed the start/finish line in sixth at the end of the first lap and fought with Nicky Hayden during the first five laps. As laps went by, the American was able to gain some advantage, but keeping a consistent pace, the Repsol rider could reduce the difference and overtake Hayden in the tenth lap. Nevertheless, in that same lap he was overtaken by Ben Spies and found himself again sixth. Riding consistently on 1 minute and 40 seconds, Dovizioso was able to catch Marco Simoncelli, passing him in lap thirteen, and lap after lap he could get closer to Jorge Lorenzo. Faster than the Yamaha rider, Dovizioso reached the finish at his wheel, but was not able to overtake him.

With very little time to rest, the Motorcycling World Championship will return to Europe next weekend for the Grand Prix of San Marino and Rivera di Rímini.

Grand Prix Results of Indianapolis:

Driver Country Team Motorcycle   km  / h   Winning Time    Gap
1 Casey Stoner AUS Repsol Honda Team Honda 151.1 46’52 .786
2 Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda Team Honda 150.8 +4.828
3 Ben Spies U.S. Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 150.5 +10.603
4 Jorge Lorenzo ESP Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 150.2 +16.576
5 Andrea Dovizioso ITA Repsol Honda Team Honda 150.2 +17.202
6 Alvaro Bautista ESP Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki 149.5 +30.447
7 Colin Edwards U.S. Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 149.0 +39.690
8 Randy de Puniet FRA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 148.3 +53.416
9 Hiroshi Aoyama JAP San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 148.3 +53.790
10 Valentino Rossi ITA Ducati Marlboro Team Ducati 148.2 +55.345
11 Cal Crutchlow VBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 148.1 +57.184
12 Marco Simoncelli ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 147.9 +1’00 .141
13 Toni Elias ESP LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 147.8 +1’02 .169
14 Nicky Hayden U.S. Ducati Marlboro Team Ducati 138.0 2 laps

 

Overall standings after twelve races:

Driver Country Motorcycle Points
1 Casey Stoner AUS Honda 243
2 Jorge Lorenzo ESP Yamaha 199
3 Andrea Dovisiozo ITA Honda 174
4 Dani Pedrosa ESP Honda 130
5 Ben Spies U.S. Yamaha 125
6 Valentino Rossi ITA Ducati 124
7 Nicky Hayden U.S. Ducati 105
8 Clin Edwards U.S. Yamaha 84
9 Marco Simoncelli ITA Honda 80
10 Hiroshi Aoyama JAP Honda 77
11 Hector Barbera ESP Ducati 62
12 Alvaro Bautista ESP Suzuki 49
13 Karel Abraham CZE Ducati 46
14 Toni Elias ESP Honda 46
15 Cal Crutchlow VBR Yamaha 39
16 Loris Capirossi ITA Ducati 29
17 Randy de Puniet FRA Ducati 27
18 John Hopkins U.S. Suzuki 6
19 Kousuke Akiyoshi JAP Honda 3