Dani Pedrosa shows dominant form to win the Indianapolis GP 2012By Team Overdrive
Team Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa showed a dominant form to win the Indianapolis GP credibly, even breaking last year’s lap record, but it was local boy, Yamaha Factory Racing’s Ben Spies who stole the show at the start of his last U.S. GP on a Moto GP bike. He led for few laps, after overtaking the Spaniard at the start, but with 24 laps remaining Pedrosa reclaimed his position on the fast straight, and then went on to win the race without any drama except for a slight wobble in the later part of the race.
Yamaha’s Lorenzo, the only prototype rider to opt for soft compound rear tyre, had a less than exciting race, as he dropped a few places from 2nd on the starting grid at the start, but was soon up into 3rd place, going past Yamaha Tech 3’s Andrea Dovizioso in the process. He soon moved to 2nd position when Spies’s Yamaha engine blew up into smoke, adding another retirement to the already torrid season for the American. Lorenzo went on to finish 2nd, adding valuable 18 points to his championship tally.
Defending champion Stoner, riding with pain killer injections due to his fractured right ankle, rode valiantly to finish 4th , overtaking San Carlo Honda Gresini’s Alvaro Bautista and LCR Honda MotoGP’s Stefan Bradl mid race. A superb passing move on Stoner in the latter part of the race by Dovinsioso, saw him finish on the podium for the fifth time this year.
Among the top CRT riders were Avintia Blusen’s Yonny Hernandez in 9th and Power Electronic Aspar’s Aleix Espargaro in 10th.
Lorenzo still leads the championship with 225 points, with Pedrosa in strong second lagging only by 18 points and Stoner with 186 points in 3rd.
Moto 2 :
Team Catalunya Caixa Repsol’s Marc Marquez took a win, ahead of Pons 40 HP Tuenti’s Pol Espargaro and Blusens Avintia’s Julian Simon.
Marc Marquez lead the championship with 188 points to 149 points for the 2nd placed Pol Espargaro and Andrea Iannone with 136 points in 3rd.
Moto 3 :
It was a nail biting finish to the race with Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Sandro Cortese, Blusens Avintia’s Maverick Vinales and RW Racing GP’s Luis Salom’s hotly contested last lap maneuvers. It was Salom who made the most of it by taking his first ever GP victory ahead of Courtese, while Vinales crashed in the last dice and ended his race. This gave Jonas Folger of the Aspar team the chance to take the 3rd place.
Cortese lead’s the championship with 184 points, Vinales in 2nd with 155 points and Salom 3rd with 129.