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.||25||26||Dani PEDROSA||SPA||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||151.8||46’39.631|
|2.||20||99||Jorge LORENZO||SPA||Yamaha Factory Racing||Yamaha||151.2||+10.823|
|3.||16||4||Andrea DOVIZIOSO||ITA||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||Yamaha||150.9||+17.310|
|4.||13||1||Casey STONER||AUS||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||150.7||+19.803|
|5.||11||19||Alvaro BAUTISTA||SPA||San Carlo Honda Gresini||Honda||150.6||+22.556|
|6.||10||6||Stefan BRADL||GER||LCR Honda MotoGP||Honda||150.2||+30.072|
|7.||9||46||Valentino ROSSI||ITA||Ducati Team||Ducati||148.7||+57.614|
|8.||8||17||Karel ABRAHAM||CZE||Cardion AB Motoracing||Ducati||148.2||+1’08.442|
|9.||7||68||Yonny HERNANDEZ||COL||Avintia Blusens||BQR||148.0||+1’11.106|
|10.||6||41||Aleix ESPARGARO||SPA||Power Electronics Aspar||ART||147.9||+1’14.079|
|11.||5||24||Toni ELIAS||SPA||Pramac Racing Team||Ducati||147.3||+1’26.305|
|12.||4||22||Ivan SILVA||SPA||Avintia Blusens||BQR||146.5||+1’40.274|
|13.||3||5||Colin EDWARDS||USA||NGM Mobile Forward Racing||Suter||146.0||1 Lap|
|14.||2||15||Steve RAPP||USA||Attack Performance||APR||145.3||1 Lap|
|15.||1||77||James ELLISON||GBR||Paul Bird Motorsport||ART||145.5||1 Lap|
|16.||20||Aaron YATES||USA||GPTech||BCL||142.5||1 Lap|
|35||Cal CRUTCHLOW||GBR||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||Yamaha||149.7||19 Laps|
|14||Randy DE PUNIET||FRA||Power Electronics Aspar||ART||147.0||20 Laps|
|11||Ben SPIES||USA||Yamaha Factory Racing||Yamaha||150.7||22 Laps|
|51||Michele PIRRO||ITA||San Carlo Honda Gresini||FTR||135.6||27 Laps|
|54||Mattia PASINI||ITA||Speed Master||ART||0 Lap|
|9||Danilo PETRUCCI||ITA||Came IodaRacing Project||Ioda||0 Lap|