Dani Pedrosa wins at Indy, Casey Stoner crashes
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).
|1||Dani PEDROSA||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||
|2||Ben SPIES||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||Yamaha||
|3||Jorge LORENZO||Fiat Yamaha Team||Yamaha||
|4||Valentino ROSSI||Fiat Yamaha Team||Yamaha||
|5||Andrea DOVIZIOSO||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||
|6||Nicky HAYDEN||Ducati Team||Ducati||
|7||Marco SIMONCELLI||San Carlo Honda Gresini||Honda||
|8||Alvaro BAUTISTA||Rizla Suzuki MotoGP||Suzuki||
|9||Aleix ESPARGARO||Pramac Racing Team||Ducati||
|10||Hector BARBERA||Paginas Amarillas Aspar||Ducati||
|11||Loris CAPIROSSI||Rizla Suzuki MotoGP||Suzuki||
|12||Hiroshi AOYAMA||Interwetten Honda MotoGP||Honda||
|13||Randy DE PUNIET||LCR Honda MotoGP||Honda||
|Mika KALLIO||Pramac Racing Team||Ducati||
|Colin EDWARDS||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||Yamaha||
|Casey STONER||Ducati Team||Ducati||
|Marco MELANDRI||San Carlo Honda Gresini||Honda||