Motorsport Wrap for Monday 29th August 2011

STONER EXTENDS HIS LEAD

Australia’s Casey Stoner rode away from the pack at the Indianapolis MotoGP on the weekend for his third consecutive victory and seventh overall this year.

The Honda rider, who started from the pole, finished 4.8 seconds ahead of defending champion Dani Pedrosa of Spain and American Ben Spies.

“I’m very happy to win here at the Brickyard,” Stoner said.

“We struggled a bit in the first few laps but once we got going we managed to do the lap times we thought we could get to. The heat made the race very hard and it was a lot of hard work out front, trying to stay consistent and trying not to run wide onto that greasy part of the track.”

Conditions were tricky because of the combination of high temperatures and new tarmac on the Indianapolis circuit and almost every rider opted for the same combination of Bridgestone tyres - the softer option rears and the harder option front slicks.

 “What we saw in the race is a clear example of just how important machine setup is in maximising tyre performance,” said Hirohide Hamashima from Bridgestone’s Motorsport Tyre Development Division.

“We saw some riders suffer from tyre wear especially in the front, but by contrast those at the front were remarkably consistent and the lap times show good durability.

“Casey’s total race time was over 20 seconds faster than the previous best set in 2009 and he also set a new lap record on lap 20 of 28.”

Stoner's victory extended his lead in the season title chase from 32 to 44 points with six races remaining in the Championship.


CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS

1.
 Casey Stoner
218
2.
 Jorge Lorenzo
186
3.
 Andrea Dovizioso
163
4.
 Valentino Rossi
118