Casey Stoner ended more than two bad results that have been gone through with a spectacular victory at Laguna Seca, United States, Sunday (07/24/2011) afternoon or Monday (7/25/2011) early morning hrs. Through a tight battle for 32 laps, Repsol Honda rider beat off rivals from Yamaha, Jorge Lorenzo, to be a winner in the series to 10.
Thus, Stoner could make the perfect revenge after he was painfully conquered in Italy and Germany. At that time, he always led the way race, but ultimately was defeated and had to settle for finishing in third position. In Italy, Stoner being overtake by Lorenzo, while in Germany he gave of his teammate, Dani Pedrosa, who this time finished in third position.
Inquire a perfect points in the United States Grand Prix makes Stoner again widen the distance with Lorenzo in the standings. Now, the 2007 world champions collected a total of 193 or 20 points ahead of Lorenzo, who is his closest rival. The results at Laguna Seca this also makes Stoner fifth win of the season 2011, after winning the series opener in Qatar, as well as three consecutive wins in France, Catalunya, and the UK.
Meanwhile, Valentino Rossi, who decided to continue using the version GP11.1 Ducati, which has been used since the Dutch GP on June 25, enter to finish in sixth. He was one strip in front of the teammate who uses GP11, Nicky Hayden. However, this result makes Rossi had dropped to fifth place standings as Pedrosa slides.
The race story
When the red light goes out, Lorenzo immediately skyrocketed to maintain its position as the holder of the top-position. Meanwhile, a trio of Repsol Honda, Pedrosa, Stoner and Dovizioso, was behind him, followed by Honda Gresini, Marco Simoncelli. Rossi did a good start so that it can shift the Spies who started from fourth place, followed by Nicky Hayden.
On the third lap, Spies passed Rossi on the corner to the left. Meanwhile at the front, Pedrosa continues to pose a threat to Lorenzo after he recorded the fastest lap so his gap with Yamaha rider was just 0.110 seconds. Cal Crutchlow also be out of the race was over thrown from the motorcycle during cornering when the race entered the fourth lap.
Entering the fifth lap, began to form groups of races, with Lorenzo, Pedrosa and Stoner competing to fight the number one position. Meanwhile, Dovizioso in fourth position, free from interference, as well as the Simoncelli and Spies. As for Rossi led the seventh row of the fight over the position because he gets a serious threat from his team mate who rode GP11, Hayden, followed by Hector Barbera and Alvaro Bautista.
Simoncelli had to forget his dream of winning points at Laguna Seca. On the sixth lap, he crashed and failed to continue the race. Thus, Spies automatically go up to fifth position, but left more than 6.5 seconds from team-mate who is still leading the race, Lorenzo. This situation also makes no Dovizioso nearest competitor.
On the ninth lap of any change in the composition of the back, when overtaking Bautista Barbera. Furthermore, the Rizla Suzuki rider was making a threat to Hayden and Rossi. In addition, wild card rider Ben Bostrom also had to swallow the disappointment of having to "drop" into the gravel and out of the race.
Until lap 10, the top ten positions are the leading rider Lorenzo, Pedrosa, Stoner, Dovizioso, Spies, Rossi, Hayden, Bautista and Barbera. Competition remains tight between Lorenzo and Pedrosa. Each of them just more than 0.1 seconds adrift. Meanwhile, Stoner is more than 1 second apart, followed by 5.161 seconds behind Dovizioso and Spies far behind because of 10.180 seconds adrift.
But on lap 13, Bautista Andretti slipped around the corner so that pressure on the Ducati duo that uses different versions of the motor (use GP11.1 Rossi) slightly reduced. Although he was trying to return to the track, the conditions do not allow motor to continue the race. Only one lap later, turn threatening Rossi Colin Edwards and Hayden, after the Tech 3 Yamaha rider was overtaking Barbera.
Gradually, Stoner pushed forward to pass Pedrosa, who started to decline because of his physical condition has not recovered 100 percent of the injured right shoulder. On lap 18, the Australian rider Pedrosa is twisted around the corner "Corkscrew". Stoner now become the latest threat to Lorenzo in the race for number one podium MotoGP 2011 is the tenth series, although they are far enough distance, namely 0.918 seconds.
However, Stoner was quickly cut the gap that much because on lap 21, he was just behind Lorenzo with a coherence time of 0.155 seconds, after making laps in the fastest time. The battle between the league leaders and defending champions are more exciting, while Pedrosa increasingly far behind and it seems just trying to keep the third position from the threat of Dovizioso.
Stoner eventually could overtake Lorenzo when they entered the lap-26. After several times threatening and almost past the former double world champion 250 cc class is in some corner on lap 25, Stoner beat Lorenzo in a straight line into the line start / finish. He immediately shut down the movement of Lorenzo as he entered the curve 11, which is not far from the line start / finish.
Afterwards, Stoner immediately skyrocketed and make gap with Lorenzo, who had suffered a terrible accident on the third free practice at Laguna Seca. His fifth victory in the 2011 season is in the grip, let alone the performance of the bike the more promising with a couple of times to make the fastest lap so that it leads 0.8 seconds.
Meanwhile, the Spies are slowly beginning to make him uneasy because Dovizioso on lap 29, he was directly behind the rider in Italy, before melibasnya in curve 11 on lap 30. This is the only change in composition towards the end so the order of riders entering the finish line was Stoner, Lorenzo, Pedrosa, Spies, Dovizioso, Rossi, Hayden, Edwards, Barbera and Hiroshi Aoyama.
After the race at Laguna Seca, the drivers got a break for two weeks. They will race again on the 11th series in Brno, Czech Republic, on 14 August.
- The United States GP
1. Casey Stoner AUS Honda Repsol 43m 52.145s
2. Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha ESP Factory Racing 43m 57.779s
3. Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda ESP 44m 1.612s
4. Ben Spies USA Yamaha Factory Racing 44m 12.707s
5. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Repsol Honda 44m 13.030s
6. Valentino Rossi ITA Ducati Marlboro 44m 22.496s
7. Nicky Hayden USA Ducati Marlboro 44m 23.176s
8. Colin Edwards USA Tech 3 Yamaha Monster 44m 37.647s
9. Hector Barbera ESP Mapfre Aspar 44m 43.694s
10. Hiroshi Aoyama JPN San Carlo Honda Gresini 45m 0.995s
11. Karel Abraham CZE Cardion AB Motoracing 45m 1.277s
12. Loris Capirossi ITA Pramac Racing 45m 5.129s
13. Toni Elias Honda ESP LCR 44m 29.962s
Alvaro Bautista ESP Rizla Suzuki
LCR Honda's Ben Bostrom USA
Marco Simoncelli ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini
Cal Crutchlow GBR Tech 3 Yamaha Monster
1. Casey Stoner 193
2. Jorge Lorenzo 173
3. Andrea Dovizioso 143
4. Dani Pedrosa 110
5. Valentino Rossi 108
6. Ben Spies 98
7. Nicky Hayden 94
8. Colin Edwards 67
9. Hiroshi Aoyama 63
10. Marco Simoncelli 60
11. Hector Barbera 56
12. Karel Abraham 46
13. Alvaro Bautista 39
14. Toni Elias 38
15. Cal Crutchlow 34
16. Loris Capirossi 26
17. Randy de Puniet 15
18. Johns Hopkins 6
19. Kousuke Akiyoshi 3