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MotoGP 2010 USA: Live action from Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca [Spoilers]

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

Pos. Points Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time/Gap
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
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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

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