Indianapolis MotoGP Results 2011

August 28, 2011
Adam Waheed
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Casey Stoner has his Honda dialed-in well at Indy.
Dani Pedrosa got the holeshot in Sundays MotoGP race at The Brickyard.
Over 60 000 fans visited Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday to watch the MotoGP race.
Rizla Suzuki rider Alvaro Bautista made an aggressive pass on Nicky Hayden in the MotoGP race.
Casey Stoner was dominant at Indy easily pulling off the win.
(Top) Repsol Honda’s Casey Stoner posted his first-ever MotoGP win at The Brickyard to increase his lead in the championship. (Bottom) MotoGP podium from Indianapolis.

As predicted Repsol Honda’s Casey Stoner emerged victorious, winning his first-ever MotoGP race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday. Stoner’s win came with relative ease as the ’07 World Champ achieved nearly a five-second margin of victory over teammate Dani Pedrosa. The final podium position went to American Ben Spies after a spirited ride to make up for his less than stellar start.

At the start of the race it was Pedrosa with the holeshot. Pedrosa and Stoner immediately started pulling away from the field, opening up more than a two-second gap by the fifth lap. Stoner took the lead on Lap 6 with a dive bomb pass into Turn 1. Instantly Stoner began opening up a gap. Meanwhile Valentino Rossi lapped at the back of the pack, riding in visible displeasure.

The battle for fifth was getting vicious with Andrea Dovizioso and Spies all over the back of Hayden’s Ducati. Both riders would make their way past him. Moments later, Spies made a well calculated pass on Dovizioso when the Italian’s Bridgestone rear tire spun-up aggressively on corner exit.

Spies sights were now locked on Simoncelli and he would steal fourth position with an inside overtaking maneuver on the brakes. With 16 laps to go Spies was the fastest man on the track in an effort to reduce the three-second gap from teammate Lorenzo. Further back, Rizla Suzuki’s Alvaro Bautista passed Hayden for seventh position with Hayden steadily went backwards in the field.

With 13 laps to go Spies was right on the back tire of Lorenzo. He tried to make a drafting pass down the front straightaway and then had an inside look into Turn 1, but he wasn’t daring enough to pull the trigger. At the same time Loris Capirossi had to pit early with some sort of front end problem (perhaps tire-related). The next lap Spies went into full maniac mode, drafting past him on the main straightaway. Lorenzo immediately attempted to retaliate on the brakes, but ended up running wide.

Bautista continued to impress, pulling off a pass on Simoncelli for sixth position. With three to go Hayden pulled off into the pits with a front tire problem. His Ducati team quickly mounted a fresh tire and he was back out on track. Meanwhile a four-rider battle for eighth place was underway between Simoncelli, Hector Barbera, Randy de Puniet and Colin Edwards. Barbera looked like he was going to take the position until his front tire lost traction in the final corner/lap, causing him to crash.

Indianapolis MotoGP Results:
1. Casey Stoner (Honda)
2. Dani Pedrosa (Honda)
3. Ben Spies (Yamaha)
4. Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha)
5. Andrea Dovizioso (Honda)
6. Alvaro Bautista (Suzuki)
7. Colin Edwards (Yamaha)
8. Randy De Puniet (Ducati)
9. Hiroshi Aoyama (Honda)
10. Valentino Rossi (Ducati)
11. Cal Cruthlow (Yamaha)
12. Marco Simoncelli (Honda)
13. Toni Elias (Honda)
14. Nicky Hayden (Ducati)

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