Stoner storms to seventh victory of the season with Pedrosa second and Dovizioso fifth

INDIANAPOLIS GRAND PRIX

**Date **: 28/08/2011
**Weather **: Dry
**Temperature **: Air: 27 degrees, Ground: 51 degrees
**Humidity **: 34%

Casey Stoner completed a perfect weekend today with his victory at the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix, celebrating Honda's second successive win here at the brickyard and marking Honda's third consecutive win on American shores. After recording the a new circuit best lap record yesterday whilst claiming pole position for today's race with a 1'38.850 lap, Stoner also achieved a new fastest race lap record of 1'39.807. This is Stoner's seventh win of the season and third consecutive win in a row after Laguna Seca and Brno.

Dani Pedrosa rode a great race to finish second behind Stoner. Pedrosa made one of his trademark flying starts and took an early lead in the 26 lap race however, Stoner passed him on lap seven and Pedrosa maintained second position comfortably, fending off the Yamaha's.

Andrea Dovizioso was hoping for a podium here in Indianapolis, but he endured some tough laps early in the race after being blocked by Hayden which knocked him down a few positions. Andrea remained focused and recovered these positions to finish the race in fifth position.

Casey Stoner now leads the Championship with 243 points (a 44 point margin over Lorenzo), with Andrea Dovizioso in 3rd position on 174 points and Dani Pedrosa, 4th position on 130 points.

There is no rest for The Repsol Honda Team as they pack up and head back across the pond for the next race in San Marino next Sunday, 4th September.

CASEY STONER - 1st - World Championship Position: 1st with 243 points
"We got an ok start and I should have been a little more aggressive in the first corner. As I entered turn two Dani hit the breaks quite hard and I just had nothing, my brakes weren't warmed up yet and I had trouble stopping, I was lucky to get through the first lap. The race was tough, conditions were very hot and the track surface a little more slippery than practice and qualifying which made things difficult to know how much to push. At one point I closed the front and dropped the bike on my knee, I was pretty much down but managed to pick it back up and not lose too much confidence. From there we started to make our way past Dani, put in a few good lap times and pull an advantage. Under challenging track conditions everything has worked really well this weekend, the crew did a fantastic job and gave me a great bike so a huge thanks to them all!".

DANI PEDROSA - 2nd - World Championship Position: 4th with 130 points
"We are very happy with second place today for several reasons. After yesterday's qualifying session, we had to work hard to reduce the one second gap we had from Casey, it wasn't normal to be so far away from him. To finish second after the crash in Brno is a great feeling. I knew that my race pace wouldn't be as fast as Casey's, but the team did a very good job, helped me to feel more comfortable with the front and I was able to find a good rhythm, just 3-4 tenths slower than Casey. It was a tough race being alone, but I focused on my lap times and I made my best lap at the end, so I'm happy with my performance and the bike. To get 20 points is not so bad after the crash in Brno and I look forward to going to Misano next week to try and take another step forward".

ANDREA DOVIZIOSO - 5th - World Championship Position: 3rd with 174 points
"I can't be happy with today's result because our target was the podium and gaining some points on Lorenzo, but we also have to look at the positives and I'm pleased I managed a 1'40.1 lap time, my fastest of the race on my final lap. Considering the demanding conditions of this track and the hot temperatures, this lap time shows that we were fast even at the end. We had a bad start, Nicky (Hayden) blocked me and then Ben (Spies) and I touched in turn four and I lost valuable time and positions. From that moment I tried to remain focused and lap by lap I found the pace that allowed me to recover positions. We knew that the race would be tough and it really was. It was also a strange race, from the beginning we had no rear grip and especially in the first laps I had the feeling that the front was closing a lot. However, I was able to change my mentality and adapt my riding style to the conditions in order to manage the tyres in the best way and ride consistently. We are competitive and we go to Misano, my home GP very determined and confident of a good result".

Race Result - Round 12

1 Casey Stoner 46'52.786 AUS HONDA Repsol Honda Team
2 Dani Pedrosa + 4.828 SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
3 Ben Spies + 10.603 USA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing Team
4 Jorge Lorenzo + 16.576 SPA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing Team
5 Andrea Dovizioso + 17.202 ITA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
6 Alvaro Bautista + 30.447 SPA SUZUKI Rizla Suzuki MotoGP
7 Colin Edwards + 39.690 USA YAMAHA texMonster Yamaha Tech 3t
8 Randy De Puniet + 53.416 FRA DUCATI Pramac Racing
9 Hiroshi Aoyama + 53.790 JPN HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
10 Valentino Rossi + 55.345 ITA DUCATI Ducati Marlboro Team
11 Cal Crutchlow + 57.184 GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
12 Marco Simoncelli + 1'00.141 ITA HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
13 Toni Elias + 1'02.169 SPA HONDA LCR Honda MotoGP
14 Nicky Hayden + 2 laps USA DUCATI Ducati Marlboro Team
15 Hector Barbera DNF SPA DUCATI Paginas Amarillas Aspar
16 Karel Abraham DNF CZE DUCATI Cardion AB Motoracing
17 Loris Capirossi DNF ITA DUCATI Pramac Racing

Championship standings

1 Casey Stoner 243 pts AUS HONDA Repsol Honda Team
2 Jorge Lorenzo 199 pts SPA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing Team
3 Andrea Dovizioso 174 pts ITA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
4 Dani Pedrosa 130 pts SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
5 Ben Spies 125 pts USA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing Team
6 Valentino Rossi 124 pts ITA DUCATI Ducati Marlboro Team
7 Nicky Hayden 105 pts USA DUCATI Ducati Marlboro Team
8 Colin Edwards 84 pts USA YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
9 Marco Simoncelli 80 pts ITA HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
10 Hiroshi Aoyama 77 pts JPN HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
11 Hector Barbera 62 pts SPA DUCATI Paginas Amarillas Aspar
12 Alvaro Bautista 51 pts SPA SUZUKI Rizla Suzuki MotoGP
13 Karel Abraham 47 pts CZE DUCATI Cardion AB Motoracing
14 Toni Elias 46 pts SPA HONDA LCR Honda MotoGP
15 Cal Crutchlow 39 pts GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
16 Loris Capirossi 29 pts ITA DUCATI Pramac Racing
17 Randy De Puniet 27 pts FRA DUCATI Pramac Racing
18 John Hopkins 6 pts USA Suzuki Rizla Suzuki MotoGP
19 Sylvain Guintoli 0 pts FRA DUCATI Pramac Racing

Circuit information

First race 2008
GPs held 4
Laps 28
Race distance 118.1km / 73.4miles
Track length 4.216km / 2.62miles
Track width 16m
Longest straight 0.644km / 0.4miles
Corners 16 (6 right, 10 left)
Pole position Left

4790 West 16th Street
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Circuit records

Pole position 1m 38.850s (153.541 Km/h) Casey Stoner (Honda, 2011)
Race lap 1m 39.807s (152.069 Km/h) Casey Stoner (Honda, 2011)
Race time 46m 52.786s (149.976 Km/h) Casey Stoner (Honda, 2011)
MotoGP Wins 1 (Valentino Rossi 2008), 1 (Jorge Lorenzo 2009), 1 (Dani Pedrosa 2010), 1 (Casey Stoner 2011)
2010 Winner Dani Pedrosa (Honda)