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Indianapolis MotoGP Weekend Post Race Report

Indianapolis MotoGP Post Race Review: 

#26 Dani Pedrosa

 

Indianapolis marked the 11th round out of 18 this past weekend. The notoriously flat and bumpy track left many GP racers hot and bothered and flat on their faces with uncomfortably hot weather and tyre issues! 

Despite it’s unpopular standing with many of the MotoGP racers, Dorna officially  announced that Indy will be scheduled to once again host the next race for 2011, making it a four year homage for the American fans. 

 Sunday August 29, 2010 Race day: 

Dani Pedrosa upset the apple cart today by claiming his 3rd win of the season at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on his Repsol Honda RC212V. 

With a 5th position start on the grid and relentless summer temperatures topping 95F (35C) with a humid high at 82%, it was enough to melt any of the riders Bridgestones! But, even with Dani’s starting position, he quickly moved into 4th on the first turn, setting the pace for what was to be a victorious result, advancing him to a 68 point lead to the championship. 

Soon after the first lap, Pedrosa started to pick off his contenders, Nicky Hayden on lap 2 and teammate Andrea Dovizioso another 2 laps later. With Ben Spies in the near distance, Pedrosa managed to flawlessly pass the Texan in lap 8, easing him into a comfortable gap of 5.5’s. By setting the fastest lap time at lap 11, it further assisted the Spaniard to control the remainder of the race and come across the finish line in the 3.5’s. 

To quote Dani: 

“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 straits 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 for this win.” 

Just a little FYI, Dani Pedrosa, Colin Edwards and Andrea Dovizioso were three of four riders to choose the extra-hard rear Bridgestone. 

Monster Tech 3 rider Ben Spies had a good day starting from pole for the first time and taking 2nd place on the podium, marking his best result to date and landing him on the podium for the 2nd time this season. 

The icing on the cake for Spies was his confirmation for a factory position with Yamaha in 2011. 

Taking a respectable 3rd on the podium was Jorge Lorenzo who started from 2nd position on the sweltering grid but quickly fell back to 5th soon after the race started. 

Making his way back up the line, passing Andrea Dovizioso, settling into a 3rd spot midway through the mega-bumpy 28 lap race, putting him into an unusual 3rd place. Cruising past the finish line just 3 seconds after Spies, Lorenzo kept his impressive and predictable record in placing 12 consecutive premier podium finishes. 

It was a rough weekend for Valentino Rossi with three low sides over the course of the weekend, but managed to squeeze by with a 4th  place win even after 7th in pole at the start. This was to be Rossi’s highest number of falls in a single MotoGP weekend. He attributed his gravity issues to a combination of high temperatures and lack of fitness, which left him feeling weak. 

Even under the frustrating circumstances, Rossi walked away feeling positive about his rhythm and final placement at the finish line. 

With a smile on his face, Valentino looks forward to a stronger and hopefully, a cooler home race at Misano! 

As for the Ducati boys: Casey Stoner had a rough one as well with several crashes over the course of the weekend. The final blow was at turn eight on race day, which forced the Aussie into a disappointing DNF (Did Not Finish) after all his efforts. Front end issues were to be the blame. 

Nicky Hayden didn’t fare much better even though he did place 6th as a final. It seems he lost his left knee slider on the numerous left hand turns just a few laps into the Indianapolis race on a drain cover of all things! Who knew race tracks had drain covers?? This bizarre event put a big hole in Hayden’s leathers, comprising his overall performance for the day. 

Another Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider, Colin Edwards struggled over the weekend with the disappointment of a DFN on his home turf. Edwards was forced to prematurely end his run after 17 laps because of grip issues on his rear tyre. Oddly enough, Colin was one of 4 riders to start with the extra-hard Bridgestones, but decided to change them out for a softer tyre at lap 11. 

Feeling better about the edge grip, Edwards still continued to have problems and lost his pace. 

Colin also dealt with an emotional blow Sunday morning, after learning of the tragic and untimely death of a young 13-year-old USGPRU racer and friend by the name of Peter Lenz. 

To quote Colin: 

“I was shattered after I heard the news. I have known Peter for a while and am good friends with him and his dad. They were in and out of my motor home this weekend and when I heard the news my heart ached. In the end I decided to race, after a while I knew it was what I had to do,”   

So, to wrap it up; Lorenzo moves into 251 points with Pedrosa now on at 183 points and second in standings. Dovizioso is 3rd with 126 points; Stoner is now 7 points behind coming in 4th. And Rossi remains in 5th while Spies moved up to 6th

Indiana’s MotoGP Race Results Sunday, August 29, 2010

Pos. Rider Team Bike
1 Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda Honda
2 Ben Spies Tech 3 Yamaha Yamaha
3 Jorge Lorenzo Fiat Yamaha Yamaha
4 Valentino Rossi Fiat Yamaha Yamaha
5 Andrea Dovizioso Repsol Honda Honda
6 Nicky Hayden Ducati Marlboro Ducati
7 Marco Simoncelli San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda
8 Alvaro Bautista Rizla Suzuki Suzuki
9 Aleix Espargaro Pramac Racing Ducati
10 Hector Barbera Paginas Amarillas Aspar Ducati
11 Loris Capirossi Rizla Suzuki Suzuki
12 Hiroshi Aoyama Interwetten Honda MotoGP Honda
13 Randy De Puniet LCR Honda Honda

  

Free Practice 2nd Round Saturday, August 28, 2010: 

Today Casey Stoner and Valentino Rossi crashed this morning in the second session of the free practice round, Stoner still managed first place on the grid, despite himself. Both GP riders had low-siders with no sustainable injuries. 

Also, with a front row start on the grid, American rider “never say never” Nicky Hayden announced today his renewed contract with the Factory Marlboro Ducati team, signing another 2 year deal. 

To quote Nicky: 

“I’m very proud to be signing with Ducati again. Next year I’ll be teamed with some guy by the name of Rossi who knows a little something about bikes! It’s the start of a new era at Ducati and it is an honour for me to be a part of it.” 

Also, a surprise visit to the infamous flat track by the mid-west states very own governor, Mitchell E. Daniels, talking to the fans about his enthusiasm and passion for the MotoGP sport. 

He arrived on his Harley Davidson with the state flag being displayed proudly on his Low Rider. 

Second Free Practice round results at Indianapolis, Saturday, August 28, 2010:

Pos. Rider Team Bike Time
1 Casey Stoner Ducati Marlboro Ducati 1:40.331
2 Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda Honda 1:40.389
3 Andrea Dovizioso Repsol Honda Honda 1:40.432
4 Jorge Lorenzo Fiat Yamaha Yamaha 1:40.642
5 Nicky Hayden Ducati Marlboro Ducati 1:40.878
6 Ben Spies Tech 3 Yamaha Yamaha 1:41.061
7 Marco Simoncelli San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 1:41.136
8 Colin Edwards II Tech 3 Yamaha Yamaha 1:41.192
9 Valentino Rossi Fiat Yamaha Yamaha 1:41.232
10 Aleix Espargaro Pramac Racing Ducati 1:41.354
11 Hector Barbera Paginas Amarillas Aspar Ducati 1:41.390
12 Alvaro Bautista Rizla Suzuki Suzuki 1:41.715
13 Marco Melandri San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 1:41.783
14 Randy De Puniet LCR Honda Honda 1:41.876
15 Mika Kallio Pramac Racing Ducati 1:41.922
16 Loris Capirossi Rizla Suzuki Suzuki 1:42.975
17 Hiroshi Aoyama Interwetten Honda MotoGP Honda 1:42.517
 

Free Practice 1st Round Friday, August 27, 2010: 

The overly warm temperatures this year compared to last year left several riders scrambling to find their grip action with their Bridgestone tyres on the unusually slick and bumpy tarmac, resulting in an unusual amount of low sides in the unstable tight turns. 

Fiat Yamaha Team riders, Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi finished in 2nd and 5th position with Marlboro Ducati’s Casey Stoner making the fastest time of the day just two tenths ahead of Lorenzo. 

Ducati’s Nicky Hayden and Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Ben Spies fared well even though they crashed out, both alive and well! 

First Free Practice round results at Indianapolis Friday, August 27, 2010:
 

Pos. Rider Team Bike Time
1 Casey Stoner Ducati Marlboro Ducati 1:40.884
2 Jorge Lorenzo Fiat Yamaha Yamaha 1:41.109
3 Nicky Hayden Ducati Marlboro Ducati 1:41.405
4 Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda Honda 1:41.421
5 Valentino Rossi Fiat Yamaha Yamaha 1:41.623
6 Colin Edwards II Tech 3 Yamaha Yamaha 1:41.664
7 Andrea Dovizioso Repsol Honda Honda 1:41.683
8 Ben Spies Tech 3 Yamaha Yamaha 1:41.722
9 Aleix Espargaro Pramac Racing Ducati 1:41.992
10 Marco Melandri San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 1:42.147
11 Marco Simoncelli San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 1:42.268
12 Hector Barbera Paginas Amarillas Aspar Ducati 1:42.368
13 Mika Kallio Pramac Racing Ducati 1:42.600
14 Alvaro Bautista Rizla Suzuki Suzuki 1:42.696
15 Loris Capirossi Rizla Suzuki Suzuki 1:42.790
16 Hiroshi Aoyama Interwetten Honda MotoGP Honda 1:42.874
17 Randy De Puniet LCR Honda Honda 1:42.987
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August 31, 2010 - Posted by | Andrea Dovizioso, Ben Spies, Casey Stoner, Colin Edwards, Dani Pedrosa, Ducati, Indianapolis MotoGP, Jorge Lorenzo, Loris Capirossi, MotoGP, motorcycle racing, motorcycles, Red Bull, Valentino Rossi, Yamaha

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