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Sunday, July 24, 2011

Stoner storms to victory at Laguna Seca

The MotoGP circuit lined up under the California sunshine for the beginning of the Red Bull US Grand Prix. Yamaha Factory rider Lorenzo had a great launch from pole position leading into turn one with the 3 Repsol Hondas tracking close behind, with Dani Pedrosa heading the trio. Marco Simoncelli (San Carlo Honda Gresini) had a heavy start and followed a tight 5th behind the Hondas until he crashed exiting turn 5 on lap 7, finishing the race for the Italian.

While Lorenzo led the race, behind him Stoner was picking up steam, first passing his team mate Pedrosa on lap 18 of the 32 lap race, then ticking off fast laps to reel in the race leader. The Australian caught up to the Spaniard and proceeded to force him for several laps, finally making his move around the outside of Lorenzo, driving out of the last corner to take the lead with 6 laps to go. Stoner immediately put down the hammer and pulled away, crossing the finish with a 5 and a half second lead to take his 5th win of the 2011 season.

Local hero Ben Spies (Yamaha Factory Racing) had a poor start at his home track, fighting his way past Valentino Rossi (Ducati Team) in the early laps of the race, then scrapping with Andrea Dovizioso (Repsol Honda) to end the race in 4th position, the highest placing American on home turf.

Dovizioso crossed the line in 5th place, ahead of the battle for 6th between the Ducati Team riders Valentino Rossi and Nicky Hayden. Hayden lost out to the Italian, crossing the line on his GP11 seven tenths behind the GP11.1 of his teammate.

Colin Edwards (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) was unable to improve the feeling of his bike after citing struggles with it after qualifying the day before, ending the race what is sure to be a unsatisfying 8th place in front of a huge following of loyal fans at the circuit. Héctor Barberá (Mapfre Aspar) finished in 9th, one place behind his qualifying position and Hiroshi Aoyama (San Carlo Honda Gresini) met his top ten goal, finishing in tenth. Karel Abraham (Cardion AB Motoracing) finished 11th, in front of Loris Capirossi (Pramac Racing) who is still struggling with pain from wounds, and Toni Elías (LCR Honda) in 13th.

Cal Crutchlow crashed out on lap 3, the British rider enormously disappointed after qualifying ahead of his team mate Colin Edwards at the Texan’s home track, followed by Álvaro Bautista (Rizla Suzuki) who fell on lap 13, while Ben Bostrom rode off the track after missing a gear on lap six, decided not to re-enter the race and retiring the LCR Honda to the garages.

Stoner storms to victory at Laguna Seca Rating: 4.5 Diposkan Oleh: Admin


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