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Jul 29

Stoner’s soft approach leads to Laguna Seca victory

Round 10: United States Grand Prix – Race

MotoGP logoMotoGP - 2012 Laguna Seca MotoGP Race Winner Casey StonerRepsol Honda’s Casey Stoner once again claimed a come-from-behind win at Laguna Seca to claw back valuable points in the MotoGP™ championship battle.

  • Bridgestone slick compounds available: Front: Soft, Medium, Hard. Rear: Soft, Medium (Asymmetric)
  • Bridgestone wet tyre compounds available: Hard (Main), Soft (Alternative)
  • Weather: Dry. Ambient 17-17°C; Track 43-43°C (Bridgestone measurement)

Unlike his main championship rivals Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo and teammate Dani Pedrosa, Stoner opted for the combination of the softer rear and harder rear slick for today’s race. After trailing Lorenzo for most of the race, Stoner managed his tyres well and was able to exploit the extra rear grip on offer to pass Lorenzo down the main straight on the entry to turn one on lap twenty-two. Lorenzo continued his imperious podium record by placing second, while Pedrosa finished in third place. Power Electronics Aspar’s Aleix Espargaro was the highest placed CRT rider and grabbed a good haul of points by crossing the finish line in ninth place.

Weather conditions today were the same as the previous two days, with cloudy and cool conditions in the morning before becoming warm and clear in the afternoon and track temperatures for the race remained stable at 43°C. Only six of the twenty-one riders on the grid selected the harder compound for the rear, while all but three riders selected the harder front slick for today’s race.

Stoner’s remains in third position in the riders standings, though his fourth victory of the season means he narrows the gap to Lorenzo to thirty-two points and just nine points to Pedrosa.

Hiroshi Yamada – Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport Department

“Congratulations to Casey on his fourth win of the season and Repsol Honda for once again having both riders on the podium. The quick pace we witnessed on Friday and Saturday continued today, with Dani setting a new fastest lap record on lap five and the overall race time was six seconds quicker than last year. It was another good crowd here at Laguna Seca and it is always good to see how much MotoGP is supported in the United States. This is a challenging circuit for riders with its highly variable weather between the morning and afternoon sessions and I am pleased that our tyre allocation helped riders manage the conditions comfortably.”

Masao Azuma – Chief Engineer, Bridgestone Motorsport Tyre Development Department

“Today’s race was held under very similar conditions to Friday and Saturday and with cloud cover once again being heavy this morning, tyre choice, particularly for the rear was not clear for the riders until right before the race as teams monitored track temperatures before making a final decision. In the end, six out of the twenty-one riders selected the harder option rear slick, though both rear tyre compounds worked very well during the race, with Dani setting the fastest lap on the harder rear slick early in the race and Casey winning on the softer rear option.”

Casey Stoner, Repsol Honda – Race Winner

“We knew with the soft tyre we had to be gentle to start with, though I tried to get to the front as soon as possible but Dani and Jorge got in front of me at the start. Jorge was riding well and taking good lines, so I sat back and tried to slowly pick up the pace. Eventually I could get past and the race was surprisingly similar to last year so it was good to get another win here.”

Laguna Seca MotoGP™ Top Ten Race Classification
 
Pos
Rider
Team
Race Time
Gap
Front spec
Rear spec
Tyres
1
Casey STONER
Repsol Honda
43’45.961
 
Hard
Soft
Bridgestone
2
Jorge LORENZO
Yamaha Factory Racing
43’49.390
3.429
Hard
Medium
Bridgestone
3
Dani PEDROSA
Repsol Honda
43’49.594
7.633
Hard
Medium
Bridgestone
4
Andrea DOVIZIOSO
Monster Yamaha Tech 3
44’04.563
18.602
Hard
Medium
Bridgestone
5
Cal CRUTCHLOW
Monster Yamaha Tech 3
44’04.740
18.779
Hard
Medium
Bridgestone
6
Nicky HAYDEN
Ducati Team
44’12.863
26.902
Hard
Soft
Bridgestone
7
Stefan BRADL
LCR Honda
44’14.354
28.393
Hard
Soft
Bridgestone
8
Alvaro BAUTISTA
San Carlo Honda Gresini
44’36.201
50.246
Medium
Soft
Bridgestone
9
Aleix ESPARGARO
Power Electronics Aspar
45’04.954
1’18.993
Hard
Soft
Bridgestone
10
Karel ABRAHAM
Cardion AB Motoracing
45’08.037
1’22.076
Hard
Soft
Bridgestone
 
 

source: bridgestonemotorsport.com, bsmotorsport.com

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