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DATE News (chronologically)
07/24/11
motogp
Stoner beats Lorenzo at Laguna Seca
Casey Stoner gets air exiting corner
In front of a crowd of over 52,000 passionate fans, the MotoGP field lined under the California sunshine for the start of the Red Bull US Grand Prix. Yamaha Factory rider Lorenzo had a great launch from pole position leading into turn one with the three Repsol Hondas tracking close behind, with Dani Pedrosa heading the trio. Marco Simoncelli (San Carlo Honda Gresini) had a strong start and followed a tight fifth behind the Hondas until he crashed exiting turn 5 on lap seven, ending the race for the Italian.

While Lorenzo led the race, behind him Stoner was picking up steam, first passing his teammate Pedrosa on lap 18 of the 32 lap race, then ticking off fast laps to reel in the race leader. The Australian caught up to the Spaniard and proceeded to pressure him for several laps, finally making his move around the outside of Lorenzo, driving out of the last corner to take the lead with six laps to go. Stoner immediately put down the hammer and pulled away, crossing the finish with a five and a half second lead to take his fifth win of the 2011 season.

Local hero Ben Spies (Yamaha Factory Racing) had a dismal start at his home track, fighting his way past Valentino Rossi (Ducati Team) in the early laps of the race, then scrapping with Andrea Dovizioso (Repsol Honda) to end the race in fourth position, the highest placing American on home turf.

Dovizioso crossed the line in fifth place, ahead of the battle for sixth place between the Ducati Team riders Valentino Rossi and Nicky Hayden. Hayden lost out to the Italian, crossing the line on his GP11 7 tenths behind the GP11.1 of him teammate.

Colin Edwards (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) was unable to improve the feeling of his bike after citing struggles with it after qualifying the day before, ending the race what is sure to be a disappointing eighth place in front of a huge following of loyal fans at the circuit. Hector Barberá (Mapfre Aspar) finished in ninth, one place behind his qualifying position and Hiroshi Aoyama (San Carlo Honda Gresini) met his top ten goal, finishing in tenth. Karel Abraham (Cardion AB Motoracing) finished eleventh, in front of Loris Capirossi (Pramac Racing) who is still struggling with pain from injuries, and Toni Elías (LCR Honda) in thirteenth.

Cal Crutchlow crashed out on lap three, the British rider hugely disappointed after qualifying ahead of his team mate Colin Edwards at the Texan’s home track, followed by Álvaro Bautista (Rizla Suzuki) who fell on lap 13, while Ben Bostrom rode off the track after missing a gear on lap six, decided not to reenter the race and retiring the LCR Honda to the garages.

CASEY STONER – 1st – World Championship Position: 1st with 193 points
"All weekend we've been struggling a little so we weren't too confident that we could run with Jorge and Dani in the race. However, this morning in warm up we found something I was a little happier with. Before the race I felt relaxed, confident and generally calm, we started a little slower to get the tires warm gently but also with a full tank of fuel, the bike didn't feel that great. So I was patient and took my time, staying with Jorge and Dani to control the gap and make sure they didn't get too far away. I felt I had more speed but decided to wait and watch. I saw Dani struggling a bit and he started to drop back from Jorge so I had to attack at this point. Once I caught up to Jorge, I watched to see if he made a mistake and kept the pressure on him, then chose my moment to make the move and was able to slowly open up a gap and bring the race home. It's really fantastic to come from such a difficult weekend and get a great win and I'm very thankful to all my team".

Results

Pos Points Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Time/Gap
1 25 27 Casey STONER AUS Repsol Honda Team Honda 43'52.145
2 20 1 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha +5.634
3 16 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda +9.467
4 13 11 Ben SPIES USA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha +20.562
5 11 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Repsol Honda Team Honda +20.885
6 10 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Ducati Team Ducati +30.351
7 9 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati +31.031
8 8 5 Colin EDWARDS USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha +45.502
9 7 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Mapfre Aspar Team MotoGP Ducati +51.549
10 6 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda +1'08.850
11 5 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Ducati +1'09.132
12 4 65 Loris CAPIROSSI ITA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 1 Lap
13 3 24 Toni ELIAS SPA LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 1 Lap
14 0 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki 19 Laps
15 0 23 Ben BOSTROM USA LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 24 Laps
16 0 58 Marco SIMONCELLI ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 26 Laps
17 0 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 29 Laps

Championship standings

1 Casey Stoner 193 pts AUS HONDA Repsol Honda Team
2 Jorge Lorenzo 173 pts SPA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing Team
3 Andrea Dovizioso 143 pts ITA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
4 Dani Pedrosa 110 pts SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
5 Valentino Rossi 108 pts ITA DUCATI Ducati Marlboro Team
6 Ben Spies 98 pts USA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing Team
7 Nicky Hayden 94 pts USA DUCATI Ducati Marlboro Team
8 Colin Edwards 67 pts USA YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
9 Hiroshi Aoyama 63 pts JPN HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
10 Marco Simoncelli 60 pts ITA HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
11 Hector Barbera 56 pts SPA DUCATI Paginas Amarillas Aspar
12 Karel Abraham 46 pts CZE DUCATI Cardion AB Motoracing
13 Alvaro Bautista 39 pts SPA SUZUKI Rizla Suzuki MotoGP
14 Toni Elias 38 pts SPA HONDA LCR Honda MotoGP
15 Cal Crutchlow 34 pts GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
16 Loris Capirossi 26 pts ITA DUCATI Pramac Racing
17 Randy De Puniet 15 pts FRA DUCATI Pramac Racing
18 John Hopkins 6 pts USA SUZUKI Rizla Suzuki MotoGP
19 Sylvain Guintoli 0 pts FRA DUCATI Pramac Racing

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