Casey Stoner took a comfortable victory in the Indianapolis MotoGP, despite an early challenge from Dani Pedrosa who took the lead after one of his trademark strong starts.
Ben Spies settled for third position after he got tangled up at the start, and almost ran off track. Spies lost a handful of places in the incident, and then had spend the majority of the race fighting his way back up to the front of the field – which he did in style. He eventually caught up with his team-mate Lorenzo, and dispelled any rumours of team orders to overtake him and claim third place.
Marco Simoncelli started strong (and looked like a podium contender in the first half of the race) but tyre issues caused him to steadily slide backwards down the field as the race progressed and he had to settle for a 12th place finish.
The factory Ducati team also had a poor race when the early promise of Nicky Hayden was cut short by his choice of soft front tyre that caused him to pull into the pits before going back out again, and Valentino Rossi also looked for a pit-stop mid-race before finally finishing in 10th.
Hector Barbera added to Ducati’s forgettable weekend by crashing on the final turn of the final lap.
MotoGP Race Results from Indianapolis:
1 Casey STONER Repsol Honda Team 46’52.786
2 Dani PEDROSA Repsol Honda Team 4.828
3 Ben SPIES Yamaha Factory Racing 10.603
4 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha Factory Racing 16.576
5 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Repsol Honda Team 17.202
6 Alvaro BAUTISTA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 30.447
7 Colin EDWARDS Monster Yamaha Tech 3 39.69
8 Randy DE PUNIET Pramac Racing Team 53.416
9 Hiroshi AOYAMA San Carlo Honda Gresini 53.79
10 Valentino ROSSI Ducati Team 55.345
11 Cal CRUTCHLOW Monster Yamaha Tech 3 57.184
12 Marco SIMONCELLI San Carlo Honda Gresini +1’00.141
13 Toni ELIAS LCR Honda MotoGP +1’02.169
14 Nicky HAYDEN Ducati Team 2 Laps
8 Hector BARBERA Mapfre Aspar Team MotoGP 1 Lap
17 Karel ABRAHAM Cardion AB Motoracing 8 Laps
65 Loris CAPIROSSI Pramac Racing Team 12 Laps
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