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Spies escapes Italian sandwich for Podium

Red Bull Indianapolis Motor Speedway Post Race Review:

Under party cloudy warm skies, Repsol Honda’s Casey Stoner rewrote his days of old from his past 2 experiences at the Red Bull’s Indianapolis Speedway by scoring another podium win and blowing the lid off the time sheets in the process! The next rider in line for 2nd and the “unique” trophy was teammate, Dani Pedrosa, who reconfirmed his notable status from Brno’s disappointing DFN. The American rookie rider for Yamaha, Ben Spies, fought hard and brilliantly won the third position for the podium.

With Stoner, Spies and Pedrosa to head the first row on the grid, the race got off to a quick start with Pedrosa jumping to the lead right out of the gate, giving the fans the idea that the Spaniard might repeat another win like last season. But, with Jorge Lorenzo and Casey Stoner hot on his tail, he could only hold the first position for 7 laps before being passed by Stoner on the straight away. The untouchable Aussie charged ahead with almost a 5 second lead over Pedrosa after crossing the finish line, breaking lap records as a result. World Champion, Jorge Lorenzo was off to a good start on race day after a frustrating weekend in qualifying. But, soon relinquished his promising position to Stoner and Spies, by just coming off the podium in 4th, handing over a now 44 point lead to Stoner in Standings.

Spies had an unfavorable kickoff from his cushy first row start and somehow ended up in a 9th spot before the first turn. Things went from bad to worse when the talented Texan brushed fairings with Honda’s Andrea Dovizioso into turn one, setting him back even further. But the determined rookie Factory rider did not let it get to him, as he methodically made his way back up to the front and into third position by lap 16, where he remained.

Achieving a personal best this weekend, Repsol Honda’s Andrea Dovizioso played tag with several of the front-runners, vacillating back and forth with Ducati’s Nicky Hayden and Ben Spies for 5th, exchanging paint along the way. The three riders held in a tight formation until Dovizioso made his move in the 9th lap, only to be passed by Spies in the very next pass. Spies, continuing in his path for third, became the meat of the Italian sandwich when he found himself wedged in between San Carlo Honda Grisini’s Marco Simoncelli and Andrea Dovizioso in the 13 lap. Passing Dovizioso and Simoncelli, he plunged past his teammate, Jorge Lorenzo on the next lap and into the straight after capitalizing on an error in judgment by the Mallorcan.

Simoncelli, battled persisting tire issues finalizing him in a discouraging 12th position, compared to his debut on the podium, in third at Brno. The lanky Italian got off to a bad start and poor results in qualifying in the pre race weekend, but managed to pull himself up by his (motorcycle) boot straps and get up to third before falling back to 6th , 8th then his final 12th position.

Hayden drastically dropped off 14 laps later, also due to tire issues with the blistering tarmac. In the final laps of the race, Hayden briefly exited the track and then reentered to collect his 14th position and much-needed points.

It would be fair to say the man to watch lately has been Rizla Suzuki’s Alvaro Bautista, with an impressive performance in sustaining a solitary 6th for most of the race, after attaining 3rd on the grid. The color enhanced Spaniard passed the checkered flag 9 seconds in front of the patriotic Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Colin Edwards, coming in at 7th. Behind the All-American rider, was Pramac’s Randy de Puniet, coming in 8th, achieving his best record for the season.

San Carlo Honda Grisini’s Japanese rider, Hiroshi Aoyama had a nice result this round, just making the top ten and a second and half in front of Ducati’s Valentino Rossi. Rossi, sporting his new designer “Don Johnson” stubble, on the other hand, had one his worst results of the season coming in 10th after exiting the track in the eighth lap from epidemic tire problems, pushing him back to 17th. But the inspirational Italian doesn’t take lightly to being last and began to fly back up the line, picking off his contenders one at a time. Rossi encountered a few obstacles along the way, but placed 10th when it was all said and done, just in front of Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s faltering Cal Crutchlow, in 11th.

In the final 7 laps of the race, the premier riders seemed to drop off like flies in their efforts to stay clear of the marbles collecting on their Bridgestones, due to 123F track temperatures. Unlike Hayden, Simoncelli, Rossi, Pramac’s Loris Capirossi and Cardion ab Motoracing’s Karel Abraham had to claim a DFN.

Despite being in 8th place and the fastest Ducati on the tarmac, Mapfre Aspar’s Hector Barbera surprisingly went down on the final lap in the last turn of the race, becoming the only casualty of the day.

Don’t make any plans just yet, as the GP teams high-tail it back to Europe; returning to the paddocks in less than a week  for the San Marino Grand Prix in Misano this Thursday, September 2nd starting with the first free practice round at 10:10am (GMT+2)

MotoGP World Standing 2011

Pos. Rider Bike Nation Points
1 Casey STONER Honda AUS 243
2 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha SPA 199
3 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Honda ITA 174
4 Dani PEDROSA Honda SPA 130
5 Ben SPIES Yamaha USA 125
6 Valentino ROSSI Ducati ITA 124
7 Nicky HAYDEN Ducati USA 105
8 Colin EDWARDS Yamaha USA 84
9 Marco SIMONCELLI Honda ITA 80
10 Hiroshi AOYAMA Honda JPN 77
11 Hector BARBERA Ducati SPA 62
12 Alvaro BAUTISTA Suzuki SPA 49
13 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati CZE 46
14 Toni ELIAS Honda SPA 46
15 Cal CRUTCHLOW Yamaha GBR 39
16 Loris CAPIROSSI Ducati ITA 29
17 Randy DE PUNIET Ducati FRA 27
18 John HOPKINS Suzuki USA 6
19 Kousuke AKIYOSHI Honda JPN  

Sunday race day,August 28, 2011

Pos. Points Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time/Gap
1 25 27 Casey STONER AUS Repsol Honda Team Honda 151.1 46’52.786
2 20 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 150.8 +4.828
3 16 11 Ben SPIES USA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 150.5 +10.603
4 13 1 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 150.2 +16.576
5 11 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Repsol Honda Team Honda 150.2 +17.202
6 10 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki 149.5 +30.447
7 9 5 Colin EDWARDS USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 149.0 +39.690
8 8 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 148.3 +53.416
9 7 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 148.3 +53.790
10 6 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Ducati Team Ducati 148.2 +55.345
11 5 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 148.1 +57.184
12 4 58 Marco SIMONCELLI ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 147.9 +1’00.141
13 3 24 Toni ELIAS SPA LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 147.8 +1’02.169
14 2 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 138.0 2 Laps
Not Classified
    8 Hector BARBERA SPA Mapfre Aspar Team MotoGP Ducati 148.3 1 Lap
    17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE CardionABMotoracing Ducati 146.2 8 Laps
    65 Loris CAPIROSSI ITA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 145.6 12 Laps
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August 29, 2011 - Posted by | Alvaro Bautista, Andrea Dovizioso, Ben Spies, Brno, Casey Stoner, Colin Edwards, Dani Pedrosa, Ducati, girlracer, Hector Barbera, Indianapolis MotoGP, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Jorge Lorenzo, Loris Capirossi, marco simoncelli, MotoGP, motorcycle racing, motorcycles, Nicky Hayden, Red Bull, Valentino Rossi, Yamaha

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