Pedrosa victory at Indianapolis

Posted: 20 Aug 2012

This weekend, it was the turn of iconic USA track Indianapolis to host the MotoGP world championship – the 11th round of the 2012 series. Repsol Honda rider Dani Pedrosa dominated the 28-lap race from lap four, strengthening his title challenge by reducing his points deficit on current series leader Jorge Lorenzo to just 18 points.

Although Ben Spies initially looked like he was on track for podium honours at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, his factory Yamaha experienced technical difficulties on lap seven and he was forced to retire from contention. Meanwhile, and despite a relatively poor start, Lorenzo cruised to a well-deserved second place finish, while Andrea Dovizioso clinched the third step of the podium – albeit more than 17 seconds behind victor Pedrosa.

However, reigning MotoGP Champion Casey Stoner was certainly the hero of the day, after fighting his way to an impressive fourth place finish, despite riding with the fractured right ankle bone and damaged ligaments sustained during a high side during qualifying.

Alvaro Bautista and rookie Stefan Bradl completed the top six placings, the latter rider finishing the race more than 30 seconds behind Pedrosa, while nine-times world champion Valentino Rossi struggled to place seventh. Bennetts-supported Cal Crutchlow failed to complete the race after crashing out of contention on the 19th lap.

1 Dani Pedrosa 46’39.631
2 Jorge Lorenzo +10.823
3 Andrea Dovizioso +17.310
4 Casey Stoner +19.803
5 Alvaro Bautista +22.556
6 Stefan Bradl +30.072
7 Valentino Rossi +57.614
8 Karel Abraham +1'08.442
9 Yonny Hernandez +1'11.106
10 Aleix Espargaro +1'14.079

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