2012 U.S. Grand Prix | Laguna Seca - Race

Casey wins in Laguna with Dani 3rd, marking Repsol Honda's 300th podium

**Date : **29/07/2012
**Weather : **Dry
**Temperature : **Air: 18ºC, Ground: 24ºC
**Humidity : **65%

The Repsol Honda Team leaves Laguna Seca very happy and ready for a well deserved summer break. Casey Stoner [took his fourth win of 2012 and Dani Pedrosa, third, celebrating his ninth podium in ten races, a successful combination that allows the Repsol Honda Team to celebrate the 300th podium in the premier class.

After a difficult weekend trying to make the hard tyre work on his RC213V, Casey took a risky tyre choice just before leaving for the grid, opting for the soft rear, while Dani and Lorenzo took the hard. It was a good move for Casey to increase his confidence at a circuit he likes a lot and where only he and Wayne Rainey have won three times in the top class. Dani was unable to keep up with the pace of Casey and Lorenzo, but still managed to record a new fastest race lap on lap 5 with 1'21.229.

With this victory, Casey celebrates his 37th premier class win equalling Mike Hailwood and is joint 4th in overall premier class victories behind Rossi (79), Agostini (68) and Doohan (54).

Dani remained loyal on his podium visits and with his third place finish at Laguna, equals his longest sequence of successive podiums (5) in the MotoGP class and equals Casey in fifth position in premier class podium finishes with 65.

The Repsol Honda Teams takes now a breath for the summer break with Dani second in the MotoGP World Championship, 23 points behind Lorenzo, and Casey in the third position, 9 points behind Dani.

**CASEY STONER**** ** **1st**** ** **World Championship Standing: 3rd with 173 points**** **

"It's been a difficult weekend for us in general especially trying to make the hard tyre work. So for the race I decided to go with the soft option and be a little more careful with the tyre, keep a little more traction and not spin so much. At the beginning of the race I tried to move to the front but Dani and Jorge were riding very good lines and it was impossible to get past. I decided to slow the lap times a little and try to save the tyres until the end and then we could start to come back. I was confident for the entire race that I had enough pace for the win, we just needed to make sure the tyre would last until the end. When we got to the front we put in some good laps and pulled some small advantage and just continued from there. I'm very, very happy and a big thanks to all the team".

**DANI PEDROSA**** ** **3rd**** ** **World Championship Standing: 2nd with 182 points**** **

"I tried my best in this race and third place was the maximum I could get this time. At the beginning, I was quite [confident and calm when Casey passed me because I knew he was on the soft rear tyre and this was the most risky choice for the race, but finally it worked out perfectly for him. I knew I also had a good pace, but when I caught Casey again and was ready to overtake him I was on the throttle too fast and I had too much momentum there, I almost found myself on the floor. I lost ground with the leaders, but when I started braking harder trying to close the gap again I lost the front many times and I was so close to not finish this race. Anyway, I'm satisfied because I kept pushing until the end, giving one hundred per cent although today it wasn't enough. A small mistake it's just enough to not finish in front. Anyway, we were riding the new bike for the first time here and we took another podium. We know what we can improve to come back stronger in Indianapolis".

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|  Race Result - Round 10  

| 1| Casey Stoner| 43'45.961| AUS| HONDA| Repsol Honda Team|
| 2| Jorge Lorenzo| +3.429| SPA| YAMAHA| Yamaha Factory Racing Team|
| 3| Dani Pedrosa| +7.633| SPA| HONDA| Repsol Honda Team|
| 4| Andrea Dovizioso| +18.602| ITA| YAMAHA| Monster Yamaha Tech 3|
| 5| Cal Crutchlow| +18.779| GBR| YAMAHA| Monster Yamaha Tech 3|
| 6| Nicky Hayden| +26.902| USA| DUCATI| Ducati Team|
| 7| Stefan Bradl| +28.393| GER| HONDA| LCR Honda MotoGP|
| 8| Alvaro Bautista| +50.246| SPA| HONDA| San Carlo Honda Gresini|
| 9| Aleix Espargaro| +1'18.993| ESP| ART| Aspar Team MotoGP|
| 10| Karel Abraham| +1'22.076| CZE| DUCATI| Cardion AB Motoracing|
| 11| Randy De Puniet| +1 lap| FRA| ART| Aspar Team MotoGP|
| 12| Yonny Hernandez| +1 lap| COL| BQR-FTR| BQR|
| 13| Colin Edwards| +1 lap| USA| SUTER| NGM Mobile Forward Racing|
| 14| Ivan Silva| +1 lap| SPA| BQR-FTR| BQR|
| 15| Valentino Rossi| DNF| ITA| DUCATI| Ducati Team|
| 16| Ben Spies| DNF| USA| YAMAHA| Yamaha Factory Racing Team|
| 17| James Ellison| DNF| GBR| ART| Paul Bird Racing|
| 18| Danilo Petrucci| DNF| ITA| IODA| Ioda Racing Project|
| 19| Mattia Pasini| DNF| ITA| ART| Speed Master|
| 20| Toni Elías| DNF| SPA| DUCATI| Pramac Racing|
| 21| Michelle Pirro| DNF| ITA| HONDA| San Carlo Honda Gresini|

|  Championship standings  

| 1| Jorge Lorenzo| 205 pts| SPA| YAMAHA| Yamaha Factory Racing Team|
| 2| Dani Pedrosa| 182 pts| SPA| HONDA| Repsol Honda Team|
| 3| Casey Stoner| 173 pts| AUS| HONDA| Repsol Honda Team|
| 4| Andrea Dovizioso| 121 pts| ITA| YAMAHA| Monster Yamaha Tech 3|
| 5| Cal Crutchlow| 106 pts| GBR| YAMAHA| Monster Yamaha Tech 3|
| 6| Nicky Hayden| 84 pts| USA| DUCATI| Ducati Team|
| 7| Stefan Bradl| 84 pts| GER| HONDA| LCR Honda MotoGP|
| 8| Valentino Rossi| 82 pts| ITA| DUCATI| Ducati Team|
| 9| Alvaro Bautista| 81 pts| SPA| HONDA| San Carlo Honda Gresini|
| 10| Ben Spies| 66 pts| USA| YAMAHA| Yamaha Factory Racing Team|
| 11| Hector Barbera| 60 pts| SPA| DUCATI| Pramac Racing|
| 12| Aleix Espargaro| 33 pts| ESP| ART| Aspar Team MotoGP|
| 13| Randy De Puniet| 33 pts| FRA| ART| Aspar Team MotoGP|
| 14| Michelle Pirro| 16 pts| ITA| HONDA| San Carlo Honda Gresini|
| 15| Mattia Pasini| 13 pts| ITA| ART| Speed Master|
| 16| James Ellison| 12 pts| GBR| ART| Paul Bird Racing|
| 17| Colin Edwards| 11 pts| USA| SUTER| NGM Mobile Forward Racing|
| 18| Yonny Hernandez| 10 pts| COL| BQR-FTR| BQR|
| 19| Karel Abraham| 10 pts| CZE| DUCATI| Cardion AB Motoracing|
| 20| Danilo Petrucci| 9 pts| ITA| IODA| Ioda Racing Project|
| 21| Ivan Silva| 7 pts| SPA| BQR-FTR| BQR|
| 22| Franco Battaini| 0 pts| ITA| DUCATI| Ducati Team|
| 23| Chris Vermeulen| 0 pts| AUS| SUTER| NGM Mobile Forward Racing|

|  Circuit information  

| First race| 1988 (Modified 1996)|
| GPs held| 13|
| Laps| 32|
| Race distance| 115.520km / 71.776miles|
| Track length| 3.610km / 2.243miles|
| Track width| 15m|
| Longest straight| 0.966km / 0.6miles|
| Corners| 11 (4 right, 7 left)|
| Pole position| Right|

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Website: http://www.mazdaraceway.com

|  Circuit records  

| Pole position| 1m20.554s (161.332Km/h) Jorge Lorenz (Yamaha, 2012)|
| Race lap| 1m21.229s (159.992Km/h) Dani Pedrosa (Ducati, 2012)|
| Race time| 43m45.961s (158.369Km/h) Casey Stoner (Honda, 2012)|
| Premier Class Wins| 3 (Casey Stoner 2007, 2011, 2012), 3 (Wayne Rainey 1989, 1990, 1991)|
| 2010 Winner| Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha)|
| 2011 Winner| Casey Stoner (Honda)|