Stoner Takes Indianapolis MotoGP Title and Leaps To the Top of the Standings
Casey Stoner is on top of the MotoGP standings once again as he took took the title, his seventh of the season, at the Indianapolis MotoGP and set a new lap record along the way.
The new circuit record, a blistering 1’38.850 lap, was set during qualifying for the priemier US event, and Stoner went on to set the fastest race lap record of 1’39.807.
The win was Stoner’s seventh of the season – and third consecutive win in a row – after the Australian rider took the titles at Laguna Seca and Brno.
The race was tough, conditions were very hot and the track surface a little more slippery than practice and qualifying which made things difficult to know how much to push
– Casey Stoner
Dani Pedrosa finished second behind Stoner and took the early lead in the 26 lap race, but Stoner passed him on lap seven while Pedrosa maintained second position until the finish.
Stoner now leads the MotoGP Championship standings with a total of 243 points and that represents a 44 point margin over Lorenzo), with Andrea Dovizioso in 3rd position on 174 points and Dani Pedrosa, 4th position with 130 points.
“The race was tough, conditions were very hot and the track surface a little more slippery than practice and qualifying which made things difficult to know how much to push,” Stoner said. “At one point, I closed the front and dropped the bike on my knee, I was pretty much down but managed to pick it back up and not lose too much confidence. Under challenging track conditions everything has worked really well this weekend.”
RED BULL INDIANAPOLIS GRAND PRIX
MotoGP Race Classification 2011
Indianapolis, Sunday, August 28, 2011
|1||25||27||Casey STONER||AUS||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||151.1||46’52.786|
|2||20||26||Dani PEDROSA||SPA||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||150.8||+4.828|
|3||16||11||Ben SPIES||USA||Yamaha Factory Racing||Yamaha||150.5||+10.603|
|4||13||1||Jorge LORENZO||SPA||Yamaha Factory Racing||Yamaha||150.2||+16.576|
|5||11||4||Andrea DOVIZIOSO||ITA||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||150.2||+17.202|
|6||10||19||Alvaro BAUTISTA||SPA||Rizla Suzuki MotoGP||Suzuki||149.5||+30.447|
|7||9||5||Colin EDWARDS||USA||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||Yamaha||149.0||+39.690|
|8||8||14||Randy DE PUNIET||FRA||Pramac Racing Team||Ducati||148.3||+53.416|
|9||7||7||Hiroshi AOYAMA||JPN||San Carlo Honda Gresini||Honda||148.3||+53.790|
|10||6||46||Valentino ROSSI||ITA||Ducati Team||Ducati||148.2||+55.345|
|11||5||35||Cal CRUTCHLOW||GBR||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||Yamaha||148.1||+57.184|
|12||4||58||Marco SIMONCELLI||ITA||San Carlo Honda Gresini||Honda||147.9||+1’00.141|
|13||3||24||Toni ELIAS||SPA||LCR Honda MotoGP||Honda||147.8||+1’02.169|
|14||2||69||Nicky HAYDEN||USA||Ducati Team||Ducati||138.0||2 Laps|
|8||Hector BARBERA||SPA||Mapfre Aspar Team MotoGP||Ducati||148.3||1 Lap|
|17||Karel ABRAHAM||CZE||Cardion AB Motoracing||Ducati||146.2||8 Laps|
|65||Loris CAPIROSSI||ITA||Pramac Racing Team||Ducati||145.6||12 Laps|