Lorenzo beats Stoner to US MotoGP win

Jorge Lorenzo won the Red Bull US Grand Prix

Jorge Lorenzo won the Red Bull US Grand Prix

Fiat Yamaha rider Jorge Lorenzo has taken another MotoGP victory, although he didn’t have it all his own way at Laguna Seca in the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix.

Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa made one of his trademark lightening starts, and the Spaniard appeared to be making a similar break for victory as he had done in the previous round.

Pedrosa’s race came to a crashing end, though, on Lap 11 when he came unstuck at turn five, leaving his fellow Spaniard to take his Yamaha M1 to a sixth win of the season – his first at the Californian circuit.

Australian Casey Stoner finished in second place, 3.517s behind Lorenzo. It is Stoner’s best result of the year and his fourth podium in a row.

Stoner finished comfortably ahead of Valentino Rossi, who took his first podium since his return to racing after breaking his leg just a few weeks ago.

Rossi had to work for the podium, chasing down fellow Italian Andrea Dovizioso (Repsol Honda).

The battle for top American went to Nicky Hayden (Ducati), who edged out Ben Spies (Monster Yamaha Tech3) for fifth place. Spies’ experienced team-mate Colin Edwards finished seventh. The top 10 was completed by Marco Melandri (San Carlo Honda Gresini Team), Mika Kallio (Pramac Racing) and Loris Capirossi (Rizla Suzuki).

Pos Rider Team Bike Time/Gap
1 Jorge LORENZO Fiat Yamaha Team Yamaha

43’54.873

2 Casey STONER Ducati Team Ducati

+3.517

3 Valentino ROSSI Fiat Yamaha Team Yamaha

+13.420

4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Repsol Honda Team Honda

+14.188

5 Nicky HAYDEN Ducati Team Ducati

+14.601

6 Ben SPIES Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha

+19.037

7 Colin EDWARDS Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha

+40.721

8 Marco MELANDRI San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda

+47.219

9 Mika KALLIO Pramac Racing Team Ducati

+52.813

10 Loris CAPIROSSI Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki

+52.814

11 Roger Lee HAYDEN LCR Honda MotoGP Honda

+1’14.089

12 Alex DE ANGELIS Interwetten Honda MotoGP Honda

+1’14.666

  Aleix ESPARGARO Pramac Racing Team Ducati

4 Laps

  Marco SIMONCELLI San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda

14 Laps

  Dani PEDROSA Repsol Honda Team Honda

21 Laps

  Hector BARBERA Paginas Amarillas Aspar Ducati

29 Laps

  Alvaro BAUTISTA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki

30 Laps

MotoGP standings

Pos. Rider Bike Points
1 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha

210

2 Dani PEDROSA Honda

138

3 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Honda

115

4 Casey STONER Ducati

103

5 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha

90

6 Nicky HAYDEN Ducati

89

7 Ben SPIES Yamaha

77

8 Randy DE PUNIET Honda

69

9 Marco MELANDRI Honda

53

10 Marco SIMONCELLI Honda

49

11 Colin EDWARDS Yamaha

48

12 Hector BARBERA Ducati

41

13 Loris CAPIROSSI Suzuki

36

14 Mika KALLIO Ducati

31

15 Aleix ESPARGARO Ducati

28

16 Alvaro BAUTISTA Suzuki

25

17 Hiroshi AOYAMA Honda

18

18 Alex DE ANGELIS Honda

8

19 Roger Lee HAYDEN Honda

5

20 Kousuke AKIYOSHI Honda

4

21 Wataru YOSHIKAWA Yamaha

1

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