Stoner Storms To Fantastic Victory In Laguna Seca
The young Australian who started from second on the grid, dropped to third place at the start and took his time before launching his attack on Repsol Honda team mate Dani Pedrosa on lap eighteen of thirty two. After passing Pedrosa, who was suffering from fatigue and fitness problems, Stoner chased down Lorenzo for nine laps and wasted no time in passing him around the outside of turn one on lap twenty seven. From this point, he controlled the race comfortably, finishing five and a half seconds ahead of the Spaniard. Stoner has now increased his lead in the World Championship standings to twenty points over Lorenzo.
After being passed by Stoner, Dani Pedrosa retained third position comfortably. He knew his fitness would be tested here, at a track that demands a huge physical effort. He has now moved above Valentino Rossi in the Championship standings to 4th position with 110 points.
Andrea Dovizioso who had a great start, jumping from sixth to fourth, maintained this position for the majority of the race. He struggled to maintain his consistency for the long race in Laguna and with three laps to go was passed by Ben Spies. He remains third in the Championship standings with 143 points.
On this high note, the Repsol Honda Team will now enjoy a well deserved break before the next race in the Czech Republic on August 14.
CASEY STONER – 1st – World Championship Position: 1st with 193 points
"All weekend we've been struggling a little so we weren't too confident that we could run with Jorge and Dani in the race. However, this morning in warm up we found something I was a little happier with. Before the race I felt relaxed, confident and generally calm, we started a little slower to get the tyres warm gently but also with a full tank of fuel, the bike didn't feel that great. So I was patient and took my time, staying with Jorge and Dani to control the gap and make sure they didn't get too far away. I felt I had more speed but decided to wait and watch. I saw Dani struggling a bit and he started to drop back from Jorge so I had to attack at this point. Once I caught up to Jorge, I watched to see if he made a mistake and kept the pressure on him, then chose my moment to make the move and was able to slowly open up a gap and bring the race home. It's really fantastic to come from such a difficult weekend and get a great win and I'm very thankful to all my team".
DANI PEDROSA – 3rd 1'21'385 – World Championship Position: 4th with 110 points
"I'm very happy with another podium, the second after my come back from injury. I could have predicted this result before coming to Laguna because I knew it would be physically very tough for me and it has been great to keep up with the pace of Casey and Jorge in these past two races. Today, by the middle of the race, I was very tired, almost finished, I couldn't get my left arm strong enough and here at this track you don't rest for a moment, so I had to drop. It's been quite difficult to set up the bike this weekend, I had a lack of grip generally, but the team worked very well. Now we have some holidays and it will be good for me to have some days off to rest and relax my muscles and be back training to arrive fully fit in Brno".
ANDREA DOVIZIOSO – 5th – World Championship Position: 3rd with 143 points
“We knew that it was going to be a tough race because this track is short, with very strong braking and it's also very demanding. I made a good start and I was able to move into fourth position. In the first laps I pushed hard to stay with Casey, Dani and Lorenzo. I was loosing a lot in some corners, such as T3 and T11 and to recover I was pushing in the other areas. I used up a lot of energy and I couldn’t be consistent for the 32 laps. I’m disappointed because today we had the speed to fight for a good result, in fact I lapped two tenths behind the fastest lap, but I couldn’t be consistent. I lost the battle with Spies and this is the first time I've lost a battle this year. The good point is that we were able to be fast. Now we have to focus and continue working, we are third in the Championship and we want to keep on fighting. We will take advantage of the three week break to recharge the batteries and return in Brno more determined. My congratulations go to Casey and Dani”.
Race Result - Round 10
1 Casey Stoner 43'52.145 AUS HONDA Repsol Honda Team 2 Jorge Lorenzo + 5.634 SPA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing Team 3 Dani Pedrosa + 9.467 SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team 4 Ben Spies + 20.562 USA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing Team 5 Andrea Dovizioso + 20.885 ITA HONDA Repsol Honda Team 6 Valentino Rossi + 30.351 ITA DUCATI Ducati Marlboro Team 7 Nicky Hayden + 31.031 USA DUCATI Ducati Marlboro Team 8 Colin Edwards + 45.502 USA YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 9 Hector Barbera + 51.549 SPA DUCATI Paginas Amarillas Aspar 10 Hiroshi Aoyama + 1'08.850 JPN HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini 11 Karel Abraham + 1'09.132 CZE DUCATI Cardion AB Motoracing 12 Loris Capirossi + 1 lap ITA DUCATI Pramac Racing 13 Toni Elias + 1 lap SPA HONDA LCR Honda MotoGP 14 Alvaro Bautista DNF SPA SUZUKI Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 15 Ben Bostrom DNF USA HONDA LCR Honda MotoGP 16 Marco Simoncelli DNF ITA HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini 17 Cal Crutchlow DNF GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
1 Casey Stoner 193 pts AUS HONDA Repsol Honda Team 2 Jorge Lorenzo 173 pts SPA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing Team 3 Andrea Dovizioso 143 pts ITA HONDA Repsol Honda Team 4 Dani Pedrosa 110 pts SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team 5 Valentino Rossi 108 pts ITA DUCATI Ducati Marlboro Team 6 Ben Spies 98 pts USA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing Team 7 Nicky Hayden 94 pts USA DUCATI Ducati Marlboro Team 8 Colin Edwards 67 pts USA YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 9 Hiroshi Aoyama 63 pts JPN HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini 10 Marco Simoncelli 60 pts ITA HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini 11 Hector Barbera 56 pts SPA DUCATI Paginas Amarillas Aspar 12 Karel Abraham 46 pts CZE DUCATI Cardion AB Motoracing 13 Alvaro Bautista 39 pts SPA SUZUKI Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 14 Toni Elias 38 pts SPA HONDA LCR Honda MotoGP 15 Cal Crutchlow 34 pts GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 16 Loris Capirossi 26 pts ITA DUCATI Pramac Racing 17 Randy De Puniet 15 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 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