Pedrosa charges to second victory of season at Indianapolis2012-08-20 08:01
On a day where all three MotoGP™ classes took to the infamous Brickyard it was Repsol Honda Team’s Dani Pedrosa who recorded an emphatic premier-class victory at the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix in an eventful race ahead of Jorge Lorenzo and Andrea Dovizioso.
It was Pedrosa who got the holeshot, but it was Yamaha Factory Racing’s Ben Spies who led the opening laps after overtaking the Spaniard early on. Yamaha’s Lorenzo, the only prototype rider to opt for the soft option rear tyre, had a less than ideal start, but was soon up into third, forcing his way past Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Andrea Dovizioso. It was heartbreak early on for the Speed Master Team, as Mattia Pasini dropped his bike on the opening lap, escaping unscathed. Meanwhile, Repsol Honda’s Casey Stoner, riding with a pain killing injection due to his fractured right ankle with torn ligaments, forced his way past San Carlo Honda Gresini’s Álvaro Bautista with a strong move. With 24 laps remaining Pedrosa made a move on Spies stick down the home straight to take the lead. A lap later, Stoner was a man on a mission as he also took LCR Honda MotoGP’s Stefan Bradl to go fifth.
It was misery for Spies with 22 laps left as the American’s engine blew down the straight, causing the oil flags to come out, with the Yamaha rider immediately pulling off the racing line. This affected the following group, as Stoner dropped back behind Dovizioso and Bradl. San Carlo’s Michele Pirro and Came IodaRacing Project’s Danilo Petrucci were also robbed of any good luck as then had to retire with technical issues. Three laps later, Tech 3’s British rider Cal Crutchlow lost the front end of his bike in turn 4, unfortunately putting an end to his charge. In the meantime, Stoner had fought his way back past his group into third, while Power Electronics Aspar’s Randy de Puniet had to pull in with a mechanical issue.
With 12 laps to go Pedrosa, who was on record breaking pace, had a big wobble, yet managed to stop himself running onto the grass. This did not stop the Spaniard however, and he soon rediscovered his rhythm. Five laps on, Dovizioso was all over the back of Stoner, who was fighting fearlessly with his injury, and took him for third.
In the end it was Pedrosa whose dominant performance resulted in his second win of the season ahead of Lorenzo and Dovizioso, taking his fifth podium this year. Lorenzo retains his championship lead, though it has been cut to 18 points by his Spanish rival. It was however Casey Stoner that arguably put in the best ride of the day, having gritted his teeth to finish a tremendous fourth despite injury. Bautista came in fifth, ahead of Bradl, Ducati Team’s Valentino Rossi and Cardion AB Racing’s Karel Abraham. Top CRT wet to Avintia Blusens’ Yonny Hernandez in ninth, ahead of De Puniet’s teammate Aleix Espargaró.
At the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix it was Team CatalunyaCaixa Repsol’s Marc Márquez who recorded a dominant win in the Moto2™ race in front of Pol Espargaró and Julian Simón to extend his championship lead.
Speed Master’s Andrea Iannone took the holeshot ahead of Pons 40 HP Tuenti’s Pol Espargaró and Technomag-CIP’s Dominique Aegerter. And it was Aegerter who was fastest in the early laps as he took and held the lead. Márquez, who did not have a good start made his way aggressively past Iannone and Espargaró in the first two laps to hunt down the Swiss rider, whom he overtook with 23 laps left down the home straight.
With 22 laps reaming, Espargaró, who had dropped down the order, went past Blusens Avintia’s Julián Simón, as he looked to claw back space on Márquez at the front. Two laps later Iannone and Espargaró both went past Aegerter, who looked to be slowing, down the home straight. And it was the Spaniard who was soon finding the pace he displayed all weekend as he went past the Italian to take second. Simón took advantage of this to slip into third. On the same lap it was disappointment for QMMF Racing Team’s Elena Rosell, as she crashed out of the race. In the meantime, Iannone looked to be slowing, as he was also passed by Marc VDS Racing Team’s Mika Kallio and Aegerter. With 15 laps remaining S/Master Speed Up’s Alessandro Andreozzi crashed out of the race, though fortunately walked away unscathed.
With 11 laps left, Márquez had pulled out of gap of over six seconds, whilst Iannone had been handed down to tenth. Interwetten-Paddock’s Tom Lüthi was however starting to find some form as he battled with Kallio for fourth. On the same lap, NGM Mobile Forward Racing’s Yuki Takahashi was forced to pit for a new front tyre. Four laps on, Tech 3 Racing’s Xavier Siméon slid into NGM’s Alex de Angelis, taking both out of the race. Six laps before the end, Aegerter’s teammate Roberto Rolfo also had his race ended with a tyre issue and pain in his recently operated knee.
In the final few laps, the Moto2 front runners had spread out significantly, with Márquez keeping his nerve after a faultless ride to extend his championship lead with an emphatic victory, ahead of Espargaró in second and Simón in third. Márquez now holds a 39-point over Espargaró in the championship, while Simón recorded his firs podium since Portugal 2011. Mika Kallio won the battle for fourth, ahead of Lüthi, Marc VDS’ Scott Redding, Aegerter, Came IodaRacing Project’s Simone Corsi, Iannone and Italtrans Racing Team’s Claudio Corti.
In a Moto3™ race with drama until the end at the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix it was RW Racing GP’s Luis Salom who stormed to his first-ever victory ahead of Sandro Cortese and Jonas Folger, as Maverick Viñales crashed out in the final turn.
Red Bull KTM-Ajo’s Danny Kent, RW Racing GP’s Luis Salom and Kent’s teammate Sandro Cortese got off to the best start, leading the pack in the early bends. There was however a big crash early on as JHK Laglisse’s Adrian Martín took out TT Motion Events Racing’s Niklas Ajo, whilst Moto FGR’s Jasper Iwema was collected by San Carlo Honda Gresini’s Niccolò Antonelli. Ajo, who got back on track was black-flagged shortly after for “unsporting behaviour” after confronting Martín after the crash.
With 17 laps to go, Estrella Galicia 0,0’s Alex Rins and Blusens Avintia’s Maverick Viñales were swapping positions in second place, as AirAsia-SIC-Ajo’s Zulfahmi Malaysian Khairuddin tried to pull out a gap at the front. Whilst the scrap at the front was going on, Ambrogio Next Racing’s Alex Márquez crashed out of his first ever Moto3 race. JHK’s Efrén Vázquez, who was in the pursuing group behind the top three, slid off track with 12 laps to go, ending a frustrating weekend for the Spaniard. Salom’s teammate Brad Binder had retired with an engine problem, and with only seven laps remaining Technomag-CIP-TSR’s Alan Techer lost the front of his bike, putting an end to his race.
The last lap was a nail bighting affair with Cortese, Viñales and Salom swapping positions fiercely with fairings touching throughout. Yet it was Salom who judged it perfectly to take his first ever Grand Prix victory ahead of Cortese, while Viñales provided last minute drama by falling in the final turn, unable to get his bike re-started. Folger benefited from this to take his first win of the season on his first race with the Aspar team. This now gives Cortese a 29-point lead at the top of the championship. Rins’ teammate Oliveira was the first non-podium finisher in fourth, in front of Team Italia FMI’s Romano Fenati, Khairuddin, Rins, Redox-Ongetta-Centro Seta’s Jakub Kornfeil, Andalucia JHK Laglisse’s Alberto Moncayo and Caretta Technology’s Alexis Masbou.
Folger’s teammate Hector Faubel was absent from the race due to injuries sustained in a crash yesterday, as was Caretta Technology’s Jack Miller, after breaking his left collarbone for the second time this season yesterday. Mahindra Racing’s Danny Webb was another withdrawal, having fractured his right wrist in qualifying.
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