2012 Indianapolis MotoGP Race Result: Unstoppable Winner Controls Race From Beginning
Results and summary of the MotoGP race at Indianapolis:
Dani Pedrosa has taken an impressive second win of the season, leaving the rest of the field for dead after the first few laps of the MotoGP race at Indianapolis. Pedrosa's victory opens the championship up again, cutting Jorge Lorenzo's lead to just 18 points over Pedrosa.
Pedrosa got the drop when the lights went out, but a strong charge by Ben Spies saw the Texan enter Turn 1 right behind Pedrosa, before barging through to take the lead at the next corner. Andrea Dovizioso edged Jorge Lorenzo to take 3rd, while Stefan Bradl slotted in behind Lorenzo in 5th. Spies was in no mood to tarry, however, and quickly pushed to open a gap at the front, Pedrosa chasing hard to follow the Texan.
The Repsol Honda chased the Yamaha man for a couple of laps, Pedrosa using his speed advantage along the front straight, but Spies holding him off bravely on the brakes. A lap later, Pedrosa got a better drive down the front straight, getting far enough ahead to hold off Spies' surge on the brakes into Turn 1. Once Pedrosa was past, he opened a gap to Spies, quickly taking over a second from the Texan. Just as Spies looked set to stabilize the gap, disaster struck Spies once again, his M1 engine letting go in a massive cloud of smoke along the front straight. After the collapsed suspension at the last race in Laguna Seca, and a cracked subframe at Qatar, Spies' run of bad luck is starting to look statistically improbable. The fact that the engine that blew up was the engine he had crashed during QP will only add fuel to that particular fire.
Though Spies pulled over quickly, the masses of smoke still caused some following riders problems. Casey Stoner - at that point battling for 6th with Stefan Bradl - was completely unsighted by the smoke, and as he was riding with a badly injured ankle from a massive highside during qualifying, hesitated a moment, losing a lot of time in the process. Pedrosa, too, trod gingerly for a few laps in Turn 1, uncertain of the conditions in the corner where Spies had pulled over.
With Spies out of the race, Pedrosa was free and clear, and posting laps half a second quicker than anyone could follow. Pedrosa went on to take victory uncontested, with a massive margin over Jorge Lorenzo. Lorenzo, who had inherited 2nd after Spies blew up his engine, limited the damage to Pedrosa to a minimum, at a racetrack he had struggled at all weekend. Lorenzo was hampered badly by Steve Rapp on the Attack Kawasaki CRT bike, losing 3 seconds in the process of getting past the veteran American, but it made no difference to the final result. Andrea Dovizioso took the third spot on the podium, after battling with Casey Stoner for most of the race. The fight took its toll on a courageous Stoner at the end, the Australian having to let Dovizioso go, but still limiting the loss of points in what could have been a disastrous weekend. Dovizioso's recent results have been impressive, his 3rd place at Indianapolis making it four podiums in five races.
Alvaro Bautista crossed the line in 5th, ahead of Stefan Bradl, who had lost out after a strong early few laps. Valentino Rossi ended the race in 7th, but at nearly a minute behind Pedrosa, it was a disastrous weekend. Karel Abraham shook off a challenge from an outstanding Yonny Hernandez to take 8th, while Hernandez was first CRT bike in 9th, after an impressive race. Aleix Espargaro finished in 10th, retaining the lead in the CRT standings after Randy de Puniet was forced to pull out with a broken clutch.
|13||5||Colin EDWARDS||SUTER||46'46.893||1 lap|
|14||77||James ELLISON||ART||46'55.629||1 lap|
|15||15||Steve RAPP||APR||47'00.909||1 lap|
|16||20||Aaron YATES||BCL||47'54.994||1 lap|
|35||Cal CRUTCHLOW||YAMAHA||15'12.245||19 laps|
|14||Randy DE PUNIET||ART||13'45.971||20 laps|
|11||Ben SPIES||YAMAHA||10'04.406||22 laps|
|51||Michele PIRRO||FTR||1'51.921||27 laps|