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Spain's Dani Pedrosa seals Indianapolis MotoGP victory

Dani Pedrosa

Pedrosa 'destroyed' after Indy MotoGP win

Spain's Dani Pedrosa sealed his third win of the season with an impressive victory in the Indianapolis MotoGP.

Pedrosa, who fell while leading at the Brickyard 12 months ago, started fifth but had moved up to second by lap four.

He then got ahead of pole-sitter and home favourite Ben Spies on lap eight before gradually extending his lead.

He finished 3.575 seconds clear of Spies, who earned his best-ever finish, with championship leader Jorge Lorenzo third and Valentino Rossi fourth.

It was Lorenzo's worst result of the season, but he still leads the standings by 68 points from Pedrosa, with seven rounds to go.

Dani Pedrosa
Once Pedrosa took the lead, he controlled the race

"I shouldn't be disappointed with third place but at the same time I'm not happy with my race," Lorenzo said. "I didn't ride as well as I could have and I didn't get a good start."

Pedrosa said: "It was an especially tough one because of the heat.

"I didn't make the perfect start but I was quite quick through the first few tight corners and stayed close to the leaders.

"When I was out in front it was quite hard to stay focused and at the end of the race I was really tired but I'm very happy because last year I crashed when I could have won and now I have made up for it."

World champion Rossi finished fourth, despite crashing in morning practice, and remains fifth overall, one place ahead of Spies.

Pedrosa's other wins this season have come in Italy and Germany.

The next race on the calendar is next Sunday in San Marino.

Earlier, Toni Elias of Spain claimed his third consecutive Moto2 victory in a race that was reduced to just 17 laps following an eight-rider crash on the opening lap.

Spain's Nicolas Terol took advantage of pole-sitter Marc Marquez's crash on the eighth of 23 laps to take the lead and win the 125cc race.

Marquez, who went into the race with a 15-point lead over fellow Spainard Pol Espargaro in the championship standings, got back on his Derbi in 14th place and finished in 10th place.

However, the day's racing was overshadowed by the death of 13-year-old Peter Lenz after he crashed and was run over by another motorcycle during the warm-up for the first race of the day - a US Grand Prix Racers Union event ahead of the MotoGP events.


Indianapolis MotoGP result:

1. Dani Pedrosa (Spn) Honda 47:31.615
2. Ben Spies (US) Yamaha 47:35.190
3. Jorge Lorenzo (Spn) Yamaha 47:38.427
4. Valentino Rossi (Ita) Yamaha 47:44.248
5. Andrea Dovizioso (Ita) Honda 47:53.500
6. Nicky Hayden (US) Ducati 48:06.753
7. Marco Simoncelli (Ita) Honda 48:08.355
8. Alvaro Bautista (Spn) Suzuki 48:08.440
9. Aleix Espargaro (Spn) Ducati 48:16.520
10. Hector Barbera (Spn) Ducati 48:22.983
11. Loris Capirossi (Ita) Ducati 48:27.001
12. Hiroshi Aoyama (Jpn) Honda 48:29.518
13. Randy de Puniet (Fra) Honda 48:35.754

MotoGP rider standings (after 11 of 18 races):

1. Jorge Lorenzo (Spn) Yamaha 251 points
2. Dani Pedrosa (Spn) Honda 183
3. Andrea Dovizioso (Ita) Honda 126
4. Casey Stoner (AUS/Ducati) 119
5. Valentino Rossi (ITA/Yahama) 114
6. Ben Spies (US/Yamaha) 110
7. Nicky Hayden (US/Ducati) 109
8. Randy de Puniet (Fra/Honda) 78
9. Marco Simoncelli (Ita/Honda)
10. Marco Melandri (Ita/Honda) 61

250cc result:

1. Toni Elias (Spa) Moriwaki 30:27.480
2. Julian Simon (Spa) Suter 30:27.885
3. Scott Redding (Gbr) Suter 30:31.707,

125cc result:

1. Nicolas Terol (Spa) Aprilia 42:19.223
2. Sandro Cortese (Ger) Derbi 42:24.218
3. Pol Espargaro (Spa) Derbi 42:30.079



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see also
MotoGP standings
31 Oct 10 |  MotoGP
Spies clinches Indianapolis pole
28 Aug 10 |  MotoGP
Steve Parrish's MotoGP column
26 Aug 10 |  MotoGP
Spies recruited to replace Rossi
27 Aug 10 |  MotoGP
Lorenzo claims Czech Grand Prix
15 Aug 10 |  MotoGP


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