2012 Indy MotoGP | Results

2012 Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix

Spoiler Alert: MotoGP results from Indianapolis Motor Speedway listed below

For the fifth consecutive year, the MotoGP Championship headed to Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix.

And this year’s event started with much drama during qualifying. During Saturday’s qualifying, Repsol Honda’s Casey Stoner suffered a huge high side, the Australian tearing a ligament in his right foot.

His start was questionable, but the reigning MotoGP Champion was able to start Sunday’s race. But there wasn’t much luck for another rider who crashed during qualifying – Ducati Team’s Nicky Hayden.

The home favorite not only suffered two broken bones in his right hand, he also had a concussion. Due this head injury, Hayden was ruled out of Sunday’s GP.

But things were much different for Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa. The Spaniard immediately set the pace on Friday, and was dominate on Saturday, taking the pole. Pedrosa kept this rhythm going Sunday, taking his second win this season (the other at Sachsenring). He also made history at the famed Brickyard, becoming the first rider to take two wins at Indy.

Joining Pedrosa on the podium was Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo and Monster Tech 3 Yamaha’s Andrea Dovizioso.

When the race began, Pedrosa got his usual holeshot start, but it was Yamaha Factory Racing’s Ben Spies who led the opening laps after overtaking the Spaniard early on.

Lorenzo, the only prototype rider to opt for the soft option rear tire, had a less than ideal start, but was soon up into third, forcing his way past Dovizioso. It was heartbreak early on for the Speed Master Team, as Mattia Pasini dropped his bike on the opening lap, escaping unscathed.

Meanwhile Stoner, riding with a pain killing injection due to his fractured right ankle with torn ligaments, forced his way past San Carlo Honda Gresini’s Álvaro Bautista with a strong move. With 24 laps remaining Pedrosa made a move on Spies stick down the home straight to take the lead. A lap later, Stoner was a man on a mission as he also took LCR Honda MotoGP’s Stefan Bradl to go fifth.

It was misery for Spies with 22 laps left as the American’s engine blew down the straight, causing the oil flags to come out, with the Yamaha rider immediately pulling off the racing line. This affected the following group, as Stoner dropped back behind Dovizioso and Bradl.

San Carlo’s Michele Pirro and Came IodaRacing Project’s Danilo Petrucci were also robbed of any good luck as then had to retire with technical issues. Three laps later, Tech 3’s British rider Cal Crutchlow lost the front end of his bike in turn 4, unfortunately putting an end to his charge. In the meantime, Stoner had fought his way back past his group into third, while Power Electronics Aspar’s Randy de Puniet had to pull in with a mechanical issue.

With 12 laps to go Pedrosa, who was on record breaking pace, had a big wobble, yet managed to stop himself running onto the grass. This did not stop the Spaniard however, and he soon rediscovered his rhythm. Five laps on, Dovizioso was all over the back of Stoner, who was fighting fearlessly with his injury, and took him for third.

In the end it was Pedrosa whose dominant performance resulted in his second win of the season ahead of Lorenzo and Dovizioso, taking his fifth podium this year. Lorenzo retains his championship lead, though it has been cut to 18 points by his Spanish rival. It was however Casey Stoner that arguably put in the best ride of the day, having gritted his teeth to finish a tremendous fourth despite injury. Bautista came in fifth, ahead of Bradl, Ducati Team’s Valentino Rossi and Cardion AB Racing’s Karel Abraham. Top CRT wet to Avintia Blusens’ Yonny Hernandez in ninth, ahead of De Puniet’s teammate Aleix Espargaró.

Photos by Ara Ashjian

2012 Indy MotoGP Results:

1.2526Dani PEDROSASPARepsol Honda TeamHonda151.846’39.631
2.2099Jorge LORENZOSPAYamaha Factory RacingYamaha151.2+10.823
3.164Andrea DOVIZIOSOITAMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha150.9+17.310
4.131Casey STONERAUSRepsol Honda TeamHonda150.7+19.803
5.1119Alvaro BAUTISTASPASan Carlo Honda GresiniHonda150.6+22.556
6.106Stefan BRADLGERLCR Honda MotoGPHonda150.2+30.072
7.946Valentino ROSSIITADucati TeamDucati148.7+57.614
8.817Karel ABRAHAMCZECardion AB MotoracingDucati148.2+1’08.442
9.768Yonny HERNANDEZCOLAvintia BlusensBQR148.0+1’11.106
10.641Aleix ESPARGAROSPAPower Electronics AsparART147.9+1’14.079
11.524Toni ELIASSPAPramac Racing TeamDucati147.3+1’26.305
12.422Ivan SILVASPAAvintia BlusensBQR146.5+1’40.274
13.35Colin EDWARDSUSANGM Mobile Forward RacingSuter146.01 Lap
14.215Steve RAPPUSAAttack PerformanceAPR145.31 Lap
15.177James ELLISONGBRPaul Bird MotorsportART145.51 Lap
16.20Aaron YATESUSAGPTechBCL142.51 Lap
Not Classified
35Cal CRUTCHLOWGBRMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha149.719 Laps
14Randy DE PUNIETFRAPower Electronics AsparART147.020 Laps
11Ben SPIESUSAYamaha Factory RacingYamaha150.722 Laps
51Michele PIRROITASan Carlo Honda GresiniFTR135.627 Laps
54Mattia PASINIITASpeed MasterART0 Lap
9Danilo PETRUCCIITACame IodaRacing ProjectIoda0 Lap

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One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007 and is currently Editor at Large at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of 365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).