MotoGP action from Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca – Click above for high-res image gallery
We're live from Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca today for the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix, and we just witnessed some awesome racing action. Well, awesome for some riders, less so for others. For instance, we're certain that Factory Honda rider Dani Pedrosa isn't particularly pleased with his result.
After leading the race for the first 11 laps, Pedrosa crashed out at turn five. Yamaha-mounted Jorge Lorenzo, who had positioned himself in second position following Pedrosa, inherited first place. He would not relinquish his grip on the lead for the remainder of the race, earning his sixth win of the 2010 season and his first at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
The rest of the field sorted itself out over the course of the race, with Ducati (for now, at least) rider Casey Stoner finding himself in second place behind Lorenzo by 3.5 seconds. Third position was claimed by Valentino Rossi, who made his second start of the season riding with a broken leg.
Andrea Dovizioso relinquished third position to Rossi with just five laps left to go in the race, and he ended up finishing in fourth place. American riders managed to take the next three slots, with Nicky Hayden edging out Ben Spies and Colin Edwards (in that order) for fifth. Check out our high-res image gallery below and see the full finishing order after the break.
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Photos by Jeremy Korzeniewski / Copyright ©2010 AOL
Mazda Raceway, Sunday, July 25, 2010
|1||25||99||Jorge LORENZO||SPA||Fiat Yamaha Team||Yamaha||157.8||43'54.873|
|2||20||27||Casey STONER||AUS||Ducati Team||Ducati||157.6||+3.517|
|3||16||46||Valentino ROSSI||ITA||Fiat Yamaha Team||Yamaha||157.0||+13.420|
|4||13||4||Andrea DOVIZIOSO||ITA||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||157.0||+14.188|
|5||11||69||Nicky HAYDEN||USA||Ducati Team||Ducati||157.0||+14.601|
|6||10||11||Ben SPIES||USA||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||Yamaha||156.7||+19.037|
|7||9||5||Colin EDWARDS||USA||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||Yamaha||155.4||+40.721|
|8||8||33||Marco MELANDRI||ITA||San Carlo Honda Gresini||Honda||155.1||+47.219|
|9||7||36||Mika KALLIO||FIN||Pramac Racing Team||Ducati||154.7||+52.813|
|10||6||65||Loris CAPIROSSI||ITA||Rizla Suzuki MotoGP||Suzuki||154.7||+52.814|
|11||5||95||Roger Lee HAYDEN||USA||LCR Honda MotoGP||Honda||153.5||+1'14.089|
|12||4||15||Alex DE ANGELIS||RSM||Interwetten Honda MotoGP||Honda||153.5||+1'14.666|
|41||Aleix ESPARGARO||SPA||Pramac Racing Team||Ducati||154.7||4 Laps|
|58||Marco SIMONCELLI||ITA||San Carlo Honda Gresini||Honda||155.4||14 Laps|
|26||Dani PEDROSA||SPA||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||157.6||21 Laps|
|40||Hector BARBERA||SPA||Paginas Amarillas Aspar||Ducati||147.3||29 Laps|
|19||Alvaro BAUTISTA||SPA||Rizla Suzuki MotoGP||Suzuki||146.0||30 Laps|