Dani Pedrosa wins at Indy, Casey Stoner crashes

Dani Pedrosa won the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix

Dani Pedrosa won the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix

Is Dani Pedrosa a real chance of winning the 2010 MotoGP title? Victory at the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix certainly helped, with the Spaniard narrowing the gap to leader Jorge Lorenzo to 68 points with seven rounds remaining.

Pedrosa stormed to the win at the famous Indianapolis circuit, the third win for the season on his Repsol Honda, and the first time he has scored three wins in a season in MotoGP.

Pedrosa led home local hero Ben Spies. The American started from pole – the first of his MotoGP career – and his race result capped off a top weekend which also saw him confirmed as a factory Yamaha rider for 2011.

Championship leader Lorenzo completed the podium after qualifying second but dropped to fifth at the start. Lorenzo battled his way past Andrea Dovizioso and into third just before the midway point, finishing just over three seconds off Spies as his phenomenal record of having placed in the top two in every race this season was finally broken.

For Australian Casey Stoner, the race ended in disappointment when he lost the front end of his Ducati on lap eight. He failed to finish and dropped to fourth in the title.

Valentino Rossi (Fiat Yamaha) ended with the reigning World Champion in fourth, edging out Repsol Honda rider Dovizioso. Nicky Hayden was sixth having started from the front row for the first time in his Ducati career.

Rookies Marco Simoncelli (San Carlo Honda Gresini) and Álvaro Bautista (Rizla Suzuki) took seventh and eight place, ahead of Aleix Espargaró (Pramac Racing) and Héctor Barberá (Páginas Amarillas Aspar).

Pos Rider Team Bike Time/Gap
1 Dani PEDROSA Repsol Honda Team Honda

47’31.615

2 Ben SPIES Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha

+3.575

3 Jorge LORENZO Fiat Yamaha Team Yamaha

+6.812

4 Valentino ROSSI Fiat Yamaha Team Yamaha

+12.633

5 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Repsol Honda Team Honda

+21.885

6 Nicky HAYDEN Ducati Team Ducati

+35.138

7 Marco SIMONCELLI San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda

+36.740

8 Alvaro BAUTISTA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki

+36.825

9 Aleix ESPARGARO Pramac Racing Team Ducati

+44.905

10 Hector BARBERA Paginas Amarillas Aspar Ducati

+51.368

11 Loris CAPIROSSI Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki

+55.386

12 Hiroshi AOYAMA Interwetten Honda MotoGP Honda

+57.903

13 Randy DE PUNIET LCR Honda MotoGP Honda

+1’04.139

Mika KALLIO Pramac Racing Team Ducati

10 Laps

Colin EDWARDS Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha

12 Laps

Casey STONER Ducati Team Ducati

21 Laps

Marco MELANDRI San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda

26 Laps

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