After the morning fog lifted, over 52,000 race fans were treated to some amazing racing in the first of two American legs of the Grand Prix season.
Lorenzo and Stoner
Stoner passed current points leader Jorge Lorenzo on lap 21 of the race and cushioned his victory with solid lap times over the remaining 11 laps around Mazda Raceway. Stoner said about the pass, "Jorge's bike started to slide a bit more. I knew if I could be quite close to him coming out of that turn, I could get a better run than him." He was right, and his tactic paid off.
The podium was rounded out with Lorenzo in second and Dani Pedrosa on the third step.
Because of Stoner’s crash on the last lap of the German MotoGP on July 8, the overall MotoGP standings reflect a different order than the Laguna Seca results. Lorenzo leads the Grand Prix season standings with 205 points and 5 wins. Pedrosa, who has only one season victory, is in second with 182 overall points. Stoner, who has 4 wins in 2012, is in third with 173 points.
- Casey Stoner (1) – Repsol Honda Team – 43.45.961
- Jorge Lorenzo (99) – Yamaha Factory Racing +3.429
- Dani Pedrosa (26) – Repsol Honda Team +7.633
- Andrea Dovizioso (4) – Monster Yamaha Tech 3 +18.602
- Cal Crutchlow (35) – Monster Yamaha Tech 3 +18.799
- Nicky Hayden (69) – Ducati Team +26.902
- Stefan Bradl (6) – LCR Honda MotoGP +28.393
- Alvaro Bautista (19) – San Carlo Honda Gresini +50.246
- Aleix Espargaro (41) – Power Electronics Aspar +1.18.993
- Karel Abraham (17) – Cardion AB Motoracing +1.22.076
- Randy De Puniet (14) – Power Electronics Aspar +1 lap
- Yonny Hernandez (68) – Avintia Blusens +1 lap
- Colin Edwards (5) – NGM Mobile Forward Racing +1 lap
- Ivan Silva (22) – Avintia Blusens +1 lap
The famed Laguna Seca Corkscrew took its toll on two fan favorites. Ben Spies was visibly injured after his mid-race get-off on the big elevation drop of the Corkscrew. Later, with only three laps left, Valentino Rossi also dismounted on the Corkscrew. Rossi was unhurt.
Fans cheered as Nicky Hayden carried his teammate Rossi on the back of his Ducati on the race’s celebratory post-race lap.
AMA Superbike Results
Josh Hayes continued his dominance of the AMA Superbike season with his 8th consecutive win. Despite the impressive string of wins, Hayes said, "I'm focused on winning each race, not on any streak." His start to checkered flag win takes his record to 11 wins in 14 races.
Hayes is the two-time defending AMA Superbike Champion.