MotoGPU.S.A.August 29, 2010
MotoGP World Championship Grand Prix Round 11
Indianapolis Grand Prix Race Results

Pedrosa Storms The Brickyard

Qualifying >>

Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda RC212V) continued his impressive 2010 season by winning his third MotoGP race of the season for the first time in his career, with today’s win coming in front of nearly 63,000 sun-drenched fans at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Dani PEDROSA (Repsol Honda Team) Andrea DOVIZIOSO (Repsol Honda Team)

Dani PEDROSA (Repsol Honda Team)

Andrea DOVIZIOSO (Repsol Honda Team)

American Ben Spies (Yamaha) finished second in front of Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha), with Valentino Rossi (Yamaha) fourth ahead of Andrea Dovizioso (Repsol Honda RC212V).

The win was worth 25 valuable championship points to second-placed Pedrosa, who took nine back from Lorenzo, the championship leader after 11 of 18 races. But today belonged to Pedrosa.

Starting from the middle of the second row, Pedrosa jetted into fourth on the first lap as he set out to chase Spies, the early race leader in front of a jubilant home crowd.

Pedrosa took over third from Nicky Hayden (Ducati) on the third tour of the 4.216k road course, which was bumpier and, because of the 56C track temperature, greasier than last year, and demanded concentration to avoid the fate of so many riders who crashed on the weekend.

The third began a series of fast laps, each one quicker than the previous. On the fourth lap he passed his team-mate Dovizioso, again with a fastest lap, with Spies one second ahead.

There was another fast lap on the sixth, which set up the pass for the lead. Pedrosa used the power of his Honda RC212V to motor by Spies just as they crossed the famed “Yard of Bricks” at start-finish ending the seventh lap.

Spies tried to stay with the Spaniard, but Pedrosa continued to lower his own fast lap mark on the eighth, ninth, and eleventh laps. The eleventh would be the fastest of the race (1m, 40.896s) and would give Pedrosa a lead of 2.787s.

By the time he took his third checkered flag of the season the gap was 3.575s.

Dovizioso would fall prey to Lorenzo on the twelfth lap. That put him in fourth, and he’d lose one more spot to Rossi on lap 20 of 28. The heat reduced grip levels significantly and Dovizioso couldn’t match his pace from qualifying. Still, he took over third in the championship just behind Pedrosa.

Marco Simoncelli (San Carlo Honda Gresini RC212V) finished seventh in his first MotoGP race at the track known as “The Brickyard.” Simoncelli was the only rider in the top seven to have a real fight on his hands for the second half of the race. The Italian was chased by three riders, then two, and finally just one. Alvaro Bautista (Suzuki) made a run at the stripe, coming up short by .085s.

Simoncelli’s team-mate had less luck. Marco Melandri started the race as the youngest rider ever to reach 200 GP’s, but it wasn’t to be a happy day. Melandri was pushing hard when he lost the front end on the third lap while in a strong seventh position.

The final two Honda riders both rode with injuries to score points. In his return to MotoGP after a more than two month lay-off, Hiroshi Aoyama (Interwetten Honda MotoGP) finished twelfth. Aoyama had broken his back in morning warm-up for the June 20 British Grand Prix. One place came Randy de Puniet (LCR Honda). De Puniet was in his second race after breaking his fibula in the German Grand Prix six weeks earlier. The left-biased layout, and strength-sapping heat, made the race more difficult for de Puniet than Brno, which was run only four weeks after he’d broken his left leg.

Toni Elias (Gresini Racing Moto2, Moriwaki) extended his world championship lead with his fifth win of the season in the red flag-interrupted Moto2 final, despite suffering from a fever and body pains that made the 35C heat unbearable and sapped his strength.

The first attempt to start the race ended with a pair of multi-rider crashes in turn two. The re-start would be 30 minutes later and Elias was ready.

Elias bolted into the lead from sixth on the grid, taking Scott Redding (Marc VDS Racing Team, Suter) and Julian Simon (Mapfre Aspar Team, Suter) with him.

Simon passed Redding on the third lap and set out for Elias, taking him on the draft into turn one on the fifth lap.

Simon held back Elias from the fifth to the twelfth, but the veteran made a smooth pass of Simon entering the first turn on lap 12.

That set up the fight to the finish, as Redding didn’t appear to have the straight line speed of the lead duo. He would finish third, his best in Moto2.

Elias held off Simon to take his fifth win and extend his championship lead to 67 points over Andrea Iannone (Fimmco Speed Up, Speed Up), the fourth place-finishing Italian.

Marcel Schrötter (Interwetten Honda 125 Team) had a disappointing day. On his first visit to the Speedway, the young German crashed out of a points-paying position on the ninth lap.

Following the championship’s second trip to the U.S., the paddock quickly packed their gear for the flights back to Europe and next Sunday’s San Marino Grand Prix in Misano, Italy.

Marco SIMONCELLI (San Carlo Honda Gresini) Hiroshi AOYAMA (Interwetten Honda MotoGP)

Marco SIMONCELLI (San Carlo Honda Gresini)

Hiroshi AOYAMA (Interwetten Honda MotoGP)

Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda RC212V): 1st
“I’m really happy with this win and it was an especially tough one because of the heat today. I didn’t make the perfect start but I was quite quick through the first few tight corners and stayed close to the leaders. My rhythm was good today and even though Spies was strong in front I was able to close him down and make the pass. I’m really pleased with the performance of my bike because it was fast on the straights and also was working well in the corners. When I was out in front it was quite hard to stay focused and at the end of the race I was really tired - but I’m very happy because last year I crashed when I could have won and now I have made up for it. There were many crashes this weekend and it would have been easy to make a mistake in the race - you only need to go a little off line and you can be on the ground immediately, especially towards the end of the race when the tyres are worn. I’ve gone past the barrier of two MotoGP race wins in a season so I’m very happy. We are doing a good job and I hope we can maintain this momentum next weekend at Misano. I want to thank the team and all the people around me.”

Andrea Dovizioso (Repsol Honda RC212V): 5th
“I’m disappointed with this result because I expected to do better this afternoon. The conditions today were really critical. It was so hot - the asphalt was more than 50 degrees! - and the track lacked grip because of it. The result was that I was slower than yesterday. I made a good start and for a while we were close to the podium battle but I didn’t have enough speed to fight as the race progressed. Dani was really fast, he was very strong in the middle of the corner and also his style made the difference today. For two thirds of the race I could fight for the podium, then it was difficult for me to stay with the front guys. I think maybe I need to study how I can improve my position on the bike and my riding style. Now I’m just looking forward to going to Misano - which is my home GP - and I’m back into third in the championship so I have a lot of motivation to get a good result there.”

Marco Simoncelli (San Carlo Honda Gresini RC212V): 7th
“It was such a tough race - similar to Malaysia in that if you tried to push like you did in practice you could easily end up on the ground. I am quite happy with the result even though I would have liked to finish higher up, but hopefully that will come soon. I had a good fight with Bautista and was pleased to hold him off in the end. Apart from Spies I finished ahead of the other rookies so that also gives me a lot of satisfaction.”

Hiroshi Aoyama (Interwetten Honda MotoGP RC212V): 12th
“Under the given conditions here at Indy it was quite hard to finish the 28 laps. I had to fight in every single lap. I could stay with the other riders, but didn't want to risk anything. I had to find a compromise not to go too far and over my possibilities and still have a good race. Surely we can be better than that when I am 100% fit again and I am looking forward to that so much.”

Randy de Puniet (LCR Honda RC212V): 13th
“Honestly this was the most tough race for me since the beginning of the year, even more demanding than Brno! This track is heavily biased with ten left hand corners and six right hand corners which make changing direction very punishing. Then the surface is very bumpy and everybody struggled with grip levels. We tried to get the most from our bike and I even tried to change my riding style, but at the end I could not find my pace. I am still holding the 8th position in the classification and I am pretty sure that the next race we will be up there once again as I like Misano layout.”

Marco Melandri (San Carlo Honda Gresini RC212V): DNF
“ I am really disappointed with this race. We improved our pace a little but like always I was struggling so much in braking and couldn't get the bike stopped. I wasn't happy to just settle for the position I was in and wanted to attack Valentino, but lost the front without any warning on the way into the corner. We've spent all season trying to fix the same problem and don't seem able to find a way around it.”

Toni Elias (Gresini Racing Moto2, Moriwaki): 1st
“I'm so tired! Only ourselves and the doctors at the Clinica Mobile know the true shape I was in this weekend. It has been an extremely difficult weekend because I had no strength, my blood pressure was very low and I had a fever and pain all over my body. I just had to try and save as much energy as possible for the race and even though I made a few small mistakes I hung on, held off Simon was able to win. The 25 points we scored today are a real bonus and I have to thank everybody at the Clinica Mobile for helping me so much. I suffered and so did the team and the Moriwaki family, who are here at Indianapolis and are doing a wonderful job.”

Julian Simon (Mapfre Aspar Team, Suter): 2nd
“Yeah, I tried to pass (Elias) in the last part of the race, but he was a little bit better than me and could not take exactly for pass to him. So I'm happy for my effort of this weekend. Not lucky as last year, I don't like, but I make a very good weekend. So I'm happy for this, also for my feeling now on my bike. And, of course, I win some race finally of decision.”

Scott Redding (Marc VDS Racing Team, Suter): 3rd
“We've been on it all weekend. We were at the top of the time sheet for the first two free practices, felt really good in qualifying, real good in warm-up. We were doing consistent laps with 10-lap-old tires. You know, it was all going good this weekend. We had a nice, soft, gentle mentality against it, you know. And we did the best we could. I did 110 percent, as you can see. Yeah, toward the end of the race, it was really tough. I was struggling to get past the humidity. First corner, you know, you sit up and the helmet just stops in your face, and heat off the engine also don't help the situation, but we were just pushing strong as I could, you know. It was the best effort I've ever put in to get on a podium, you know. Yeah, it was really good. We had a bit of trouble with the rear tyre towards the end of the race. But, you know, I guess Simon and Elias were also feeling the heat out there. Elias not well at all, you know, and he did a great job out there today. Admired Julian for pushing on, you know; he was there. I was there and I just, I couldn't stay and did the best I could. Yeah, that's all I can really say.”

Marcel Schrötter (Interwetten Honda 125 Team): 14th
“The race did start well for me. Straight at the start I could catch up many positions and was with Krummenacher and Cortese. Then I went wide and had to ride through the grass and lost the positions again. When I came back I was able to follow Iwema in his slipstream, but unfortunately had the high-side crash and the race was over for me."

MotoGP World Championship Grand Prix Round 11
Indianapolis Grand Prix

1 Dani PEDROSA (Repsol Honda Team)
2 Ben SPIES (Monster Yamaha Tech 3)
3 Jorge LORENZO (Fiat Yamaha Team)
4 Valentino ROSSI (Fiat Yamaha Team)
5 Andrea DOVIZIOSO (Repsol Honda Team)
6 Nicky HAYDEN (Ducati Team)
7 Marco SIMONCELLI (San Carlo Honda Gresini)
8 Alvaro BAUTISTA (Rizla Suzuki MotoGP)
9 Aleix ESPARGARO (Pramac Racing Team)
10 Hector BARBERA (Paginas Amarillas Aspar)
11 Loris CAPIROSSI (Rizla Suzuki MotoGP)
12 Hiroshi AOYAMA (Interwetten Honda MotoGP)
13 Randy DE PUNIET (LCR Honda MotoGP)
Dani PEDROSA (Repsol Honda Team)

Dani PEDROSA (Repsol Honda Team)
1 Toni ELIAS (Gresini Racing Moto2)
2 Julian SIMON (Mapfre Aspar Team)
3 Scott REDDING (Marc VDS Racing Team)
4 Andrea IANNONE (Fimmco Speed Up)
5 Simone CORSI (JIR Moto2)
6 Sergio GADEA (Tenerife 40 Pons)
7 Thomas LUTHI (Interwetten Moriwaki Moto2)
8 Gabor TALMACSI (Fimmco Speed Up)
9 Jason DI SALVO (GP Tech)
10 Anthony WEST (MZ Racing Team)
11 Dominique AEGERTER (Technomag-CIP)
12 Mike DI MEGLIO (Mapfre Aspar Team)
13 Claudio CORTI (Forward Racing)
14 Axel PONS (Tenerife 40 Pons)
15 Yonny HERNANDEZ (Blusens-STX)
1 Nicolas TEROL (Bancaja Aspar Team)
2 Sandro CORTESE (Avant Mitsubishi Ajo)
3 Pol ESPARGARO (Tuenti Racing)
4 Efren VAZQUEZ (Tuenti Racing)
5 Esteve RABAT (Blusens-STX)
6 Danny WEBB (Andalucia Cajasol)
7 Randy KRUMMENACHE (Stipa-Molenaar Racing GP)
8 Alberto MONCAYO (Andalucia Cajasol)
9 Jonas FOLGER (Ongetta Team)
10 Marc MARQUEZ (Red Bull Ajo Motorsport)
11 Jasper IWEMA (CBC Corse)
12 Luis SALOM (Stipa-Molenaar Racing GP)
13 Johann ZARCO (WTR San Marino Team)
14 Jakub KORNFEIL (Racing Team Germany)
15 Lorenzo SAVADORI (Matteoni CP Racing)

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