2012 Laguna Seca MotoGP | Results

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2012 Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix Results

Spoiler Alert: 2012 MotoGP results from Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca listed below

For the 14th time, the MotoGP Championship got underway at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, the California circuit with the famed corkscrew, a left-right turn that drops four stories within hundredths of a second.

Heading into the race at the shortest circuit on the 2012 MotoGP schedule, Laguna Seca a mere 2.243 miles, Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo was untouchable; the Spaniard not only led the championship by 18 points over Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa, but also set a new circuit record of 1:20.554 while qualifying on the pole.

But though Lorenzo led most of the 32 laps at Laguna Seca, with 11 to go Repsol Honda’s Casey Stoner placed his RC213V with new engine out front. The reigning MotoGP champ wasted now time and immediately opened a gap, eventually finishing 3.429 seconds ahead of Lorenzo. Taking the final podium position was Stoner’s teammate Dani Pedrosa, who finished 7.633 seconds behind Stoner.

When the race began Stoner, who started from second on the grid, fell back to third behind Lorenzo and Pedrosa, respectively. Behind were Yamaha Factory Racing’s Ben Spies, the Monster Tech Yamaha duo of Andrea Dovizioso and Cal Crutchlow, LCR Honda’s Stefan Bradl, San Carlo Honda Gresini’s Alvaro Bautista, and the Ducati Team of Nicky Hayden and Valentino Rossi, respectively.

Drama began on the first lap when San Carlo Honda Gresini’s Michele Pirro crashed out on turn one. On the second lap, Pramac Racing Ducati’s substitute rider for Hector Barbera, 2010 Moto2 Champion Toni Elias, also crashed out. But up front, the action was just beginning when Stoner passed Pedrosa and began chasing down Lorenzo.

Ten laps into the race, and the grid began forming groups. Up front, Lorenzo led Stoner and Pedrosa. Nine seconds behind the top three was another group with Spies leading Dovi and Crutchlow. Further back Bradl led Hayden, with Rossi running alone in ninth.

Heading into lap 11, Stoner outpaced Lorenzo, passing him on the straight heading into turn one. On the same lap, the Texan Spies crashed at the bottom of the corkscrew, ending his chance at finishing fourth.

But the other famed America, Hayden, was slowly creeping up on Bradl. And with five laps to go, Hayden passed Bradl for fifth. But there was no such luck for Hayden’s teammate Rossi. While running in a lonely eighth, the nine-time World Champion crashed on the penultimate lap, suffering his first DNF of the 2012 MotoGP Championship.

Up front, Stoner would take the win, his fourth of the 2012 season, and his second consecutive victory at Laguna Seca. Lorenzo would finish second, followed by Pedrosa.

Dovi held off Crutchlow by 0.177 of second to take fourth, with Hayden in sixth. Rounding out the top 10 were Bradl in seventh, followed by Bautista, Power Electronics CRT’s Aleix Espargaro and Cardion AB Racing Ducati’s Karel Abraham. As for the American Colin Edwards, the Forward Racing NGM BMW Suter rider finished 13th.

With his second-place finish, Lorenzo continues to lead the MotoGP series after 10 of 18 rounds, the 2010 Champion 23 points ahead of Pedrosa. Stoner remains in third, 32 points behind Lorenzo.

The 2012 MotoGP Championship now breaks for three weeks before resuming at Indianapolis for round 11 of 18.

2012 Laguna Seca MotoGP Results:

Pos. Points Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time/Gap
1. 25 1 Casey STONER AUS Repsol Honda Team Honda 158.4 43’45.961
2. 20 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 158.2 +3.429
3. 16 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 157.9 +7.633
4. 13 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 157.3 +18.602
5. 11 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 157.2 +18.779
6. 10 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 156.8 +26.902
7. 9 6 Stefan BRADL GER LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 156.7 +28.393
8. 8 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 155.4 +50.246
9. 7 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Power Electronics Aspar ART 153.7 +1’18.993
10. 6 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Ducati 153.6 +1’22.076
11. 5 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Power Electronics Aspar ART 153.3 1 Lap
12. 4 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ COL Avintia Blusens BQR 152.9 1 Lap
13. 3 5 Colin EDWARDS USA NGM Mobile Forward Racing Suter 151.6 1 Lap
14. 2 22 Ivan SILVA SPA Avintia Blusens BQR 151.4 1 Lap
Not Classified
46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Ducati Team Ducati 156.2 3 Laps
11 Ben SPIES USA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 157.4 11 Laps
77 James ELLISON GBR Paul Bird Motorsport ART 151.9 13 Laps
9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Came IodaRacing Project Ioda 151.4 14 Laps
54 Mattia PASINI ITA Speed Master ART 152.2 21 Laps
24 Toni ELIAS SPA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 134.1 31 Laps
51 Michele PIRRO ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini FTR 0 Lap

2012 MotoGP Point Standings (after 10 of 18 rounds):

Pos. Rider Bike Nation Points
1. Jorge LORENZO Yamaha SPA 205
2. Dani PEDROSA Honda SPA 182
3. Casey STONER Honda AUS 173
4. Andrea DOVIZIOSO Yamaha ITA 121
5. Cal CRUTCHLOW Yamaha GBR 106
6. Stefan BRADL Honda GER 84
7. Nicky HAYDEN Ducati USA 84
8. Valentino ROSSI Ducati ITA 82
9. Alvaro BAUTISTA Honda SPA 81
10. Ben SPIES Yamaha USA 66
11. Hector BARBERA Ducati SPA 60
12. Randy DE PUNIET ART FRA 33
13. Aleix ESPARGARO ART SPA 33
14. Michele PIRRO FTR ITA 16
15. Mattia PASINI ART ITA 13
16. James ELLISON ART GBR 12
17. Colin EDWARDS Suter USA 11
18. Karel ABRAHAM Ducati CZE 10
19. Yonny HERNANDEZ BQR COL 10
20. Danilo PETRUCCI Ioda ITA 9
21. Ivan SILVA BQR SPA 7