Lorenzo Climbs Fence in Celebration After Rossi and Pedrosa Fall at Indy

What Happens When Rossi and Pedrosa Fall Off

— Jorge Lorenzo’s choice to stay at Yamaha appeared to be the right one as he won at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  Championship leader and teammate Valentino Rossi fell from second behind Lorenzo after Dani Pedrosa, who had been dominant all weekend, fell while he was leading.  Alex de Angelis was on his first MotoGP podium in second, while Nicky Hayden made his best finish of the season in third.  Lorenzo halved the points gap between himself and Rossi from fifty to twenty-five with this race win.

American FOX coverage of Indy MotoGP left little time for introductions, going straight to the start after a mini-highlight reel and brief hello by Leigh Diffey.  75,000 fans were at the track, on a cloudy but bright Sunday afternoon to see the second MotoGP race at the Brickyard.

Pole sitter Dani Pedrosa had an fantastic start, leading Valentino Rossi and the field into Turn 1.  Colin Edwards moved up one position, while Rossi stayed close to Pedrosa with Jorge Lorenzo by in third.  After just two laps, the top three had pulled out a two second gap over Edwards and Alex de Angelis scrapping for fourth.

Pedrosa slid off at Turn 15, just in front of Rossi with just four laps in, leaving the Yamahas to attempt to dominate the field.  Pedrosa climbed back on and kept going, but was at the back of the field.  The two had nearly a six second lead after six laps, while de Angelis took Edwards on the front straight.  L8 brought Lorenzo the lead at Turn 1.  Nicky Hayden passed fellow American Edwards for fourth at Turn 15 later that lap.

Rossi also crashed on lap nine or so, oddly braking too hard, falling and sliding, but getting back up.  He was then passed by Pedrosa for sixteenth, then parked the bike for the race with something damaged on the right handlebar.  Lorenzo then had a ten second lead on de Angelis in second.  Local Hayden was in his best position of the season, trying to fight with de Angelis for second as Andrea Dovisioso passed Edwards on the front straight for fourth at the midpoint of the race.

With ten laps to go, Lorenzo had a 12.3 second gap back to de Angelis.  Hayden looked to be settling into third, biding his time behind de Angelis.  Meanwhile, Marco Melandri was pushing James Toseland who may or may not be at Tech 3 Yamaha next season (WorldSBK rookie phenom Ben Spies may be taking his spot).  By lap 22, Dovisioso had reeled in Hayden, as de Angelis pulled away with a 2.3 second gap. With three laps left Melandri joined the legions of riders who slid off the track.  On the final lap, Hayden and Dovisioso looked to be an exciting battle, but maintained positions at the end, with this being Hayden’s best finish of the season on a difficult Ducati.  “I was going the limit and then some. I wasn’t sure I was gonna bring it home, but I wasn’t bringing it home without a podium,” said a jubilant Hayden after the race.  Lorenzo climbed the fence on the outside of Turn 1 in celebration.  (photo courtesy of Superbikeplanet.com)

See more awesome MotoGP pics from Nell MacKenzie and the boys at superbikeplanet.com

See more awesome MotoGP pics from Nell MacKenzie and the boys at superbikeplanet.com

Unofficial Results of Indianapolis GP:
1. Lorenzo
2. de Angelis
3. Hayden
4. Dovisioso
5. Edwards
6. Toseland
7. Capirossi
8. Kallio
9. Elias
10. Pedrosa
11. Vermeulen
12. de Puniet
13. Espargaro
14. Talmasci

See Crash.net for updated championship standings after Indianapolis.


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