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Indianapolis MotoGP Results 2011

Sunday, August 28, 2011
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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bradvanhorn   September 8, 2011 05:31 AM
Ducati appears to be doing a fine job of making great riders into mediocre riders. With few exceptions, Stoner and Hayden couldn't do much with the Duc, and now Rossi is falling victim as well. Even the Suzuki looks more promising.
screamer69   August 30, 2011 05:45 AM
nobody can handle the ducati u genius..
Ryanlondon   August 29, 2011 11:48 PM
Hayden makes me sick! He cannot handle the Ducati and never will!
luv2spd   August 29, 2011 04:59 PM
Stoner is the real deal, make no mistake about it. Even Valentino Rossi makes him look like a million bucks race after race.
GhostRider11   August 29, 2011 10:05 AM
Casey Stoner?! He's on fire and nobody will be able to put him out... this year at least! Not even his team-mates, sorry Dani! it will take some serious DNFs to keep the title out of Stoner's hands for 2011! Spies is slowly becoming a very serious threat to the remaining aliens. Jorge better dig deeper... Spies is coming hard especially when wearing the red/white/black livery!
RaptorFA   August 29, 2011 08:04 AM
Great race for Ben Spies after a pretty rough start. Had he not gotten hung out there he would had a chance to challenge for the win. Hard to figure what Stoner and team have found in that Repsol Honda. The man is just a machine! Very clever and makes absolutely no mistakes. Nice to see Bautista and the Suzuki finding their form as well. All in all a very good race!
AnthonyD   August 28, 2011 04:01 PM
USA on the podium w00t!