Published on 28 Aug 2011 by Toni M.
Casey Stoner continued his domination of the Indianapolis circuit take another fabulous victory and his third consecutive win and his seventh of the season and increase his hold on the championship by 44 points.
Despite being the pole sitter, it was team mate Dani Pedrosa got his usual impressive holeshot followed by Jorge Lorenzo while Stoner dropped to third after running wide. But it didn’t take the Australian very long to regroup and pass Lorenzo on the straight at the end of lap 2 and the hunt down his Repsol Honda team mate and overtake him on lap 7 and from there it was clear sailing for Stoner, who took his first ever win at Indianapolis with a 4.828s advantage over Dani Pedrosa who rode to a lonely second place.
Ben Spies looked like the only rider who could stay with Stoner during this weekend, had a horrible start. He was shoved wide by an aggressive Andrea Dovizioso and dropped down to ninth and he had to begin his long remount to third place, passing first Colin Edwards and Alvaro Bautista and then Nicky Hayden who made the wrong front tire choice and visibly started to fade.
The Texan the set his sights on Andrea Dovizioso and Marco Simoncelli and passed both of them and then caught his team mate Jorge Lorenzo on lap 17, and with no team orders to stop him cruised to the third place on the podium.
Lorenzo managed to finish fourth in a difficult weekend for the reigning World Champion who had front end tire issues, while Andrea Dovizioso came in fifth in front of an impressive Alvaro Bautista who took an excellent sixth for Suzuki.
Colin Edwards came home in seventh with Randy de Puniet in eighth. The Pramac rider was the best Ducati rider in a race that saw all the Ducatisti riders suffer from problems. Hayden ran as high up as fourth and the ended up pitting with his front tire destroyed and changing his GP11.1 to finish 2 laps down. Hector Barbera crashed out out on the last corner of the final lap while trying to keep Hiroshi Aoyama from grabbing 9th. Valentino Rossi not only had tire issues, but he also had gearbox problems that made him run off track twice before rejoining in 17th and seeming on the verge of pitting, instead he recovered to finish 10th after Barbera’s crash awarded him the place.
Other riders who suffered tire issues were Gresini Honda’s Marco Simoncelli who ran as high as third only to slowly fade to a very disappointing 12th. Ducati riders Loris Capirossi and Karel Abraham both retired with tire woes.
MotoGP Indiapolis race results:
01- Casey Stoner – Repsol Honda Team – Honda RC212V – 28 laps in 46’52.786
02- Dani Pedrosa – Repsol Honda Team – Honda RC212V – + 4.828
03- Ben Spies – Yamaha Factory Racing Team – Yamaha YZR M1 – + 10.603
04- Jorge Lorenzo – Yamaha Factory Racing Team – Yamaha YZR M1 – + 16.576
05- Andrea Dovizioso – Repsol Honda Team – Honda RC212V – + 17.202
06- Alvaro Bautista – Rizla Suzuki MotoGP – Suzuki GSV-R – + 30.447
07- Colin Edwards – Monster Yamaha Tech 3 – Yamaha YZR M1 – + 39.690
08- Randy De Puniet – Pramac Racing Team – Ducati Desmosedici GP11 – + 53.416
09- Hiroshi Aoyama – San Carlo Honda Gresini – Honda RC212V – + 53.790
10- Valentino Rossi – Ducati Team – Ducati Desmosedici GP11.1 – + 55.345
11- Cal Crutchlow – Monster Yamaha Tech 3 – Yamaha YZR M1 – + 57.184
12- Marco Simoncelli – San Carlo Honda Gresini – Honda RC212V – + 1’00.141
13- Toni Elias – LCR Honda MotoGP – Honda RC212V – + 1’02.169