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For the riders, the MotoGP summer break now gets underway. Round 10 will be held at Indianapolis in mid-August.
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That’s it from us. Full results and reaction will be available soon on Crash.net.
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Rossi: "I’m so happy with this podium because we suffer with the Yamaha here compared to the Hondas. I did a great start but couldn’t stay with Marc and Stefan. I had a big moment and picked the bike up with the elbow!"
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Bradl: "It’s a great result for us. Expectations were high after pole yesterday. I tried to push from the start. Everything went well, then when Marc caught me he had some more edge grip and could open a gap."
23:11
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Marquez: "I’m very, very happy. New circuit and we get 25 points. It’s great to go to the holidays with that result."
23:06
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Marquez, Bradl and Rossi do not spray champagne on the US MotoGP podium, out of respect for Andrea Antonelli
23:01
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The Laguna Seca podium ceremony is now underway, with Bradl on the rostrum for the first time in MotoGP
22:59
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Marquez says he was inspired by Rossi's Corkscrew pass on Stoner in 2008
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Valentino Rossi jokingly attacks Marc Marquez in parc ferme - before giving the 20-year-old a big hug. No hard feelings for that Corkscrew pass obviously!
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Injured Pedrosa (5th) and Lorenzo (6th) are greeted like heroes by their teams upon returning to the pits
22:49
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Rookie Marquez waves to the fans on the slow down lap. He has now extended his #MotoGP Championship lead to 16 points over Pedrosa.
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US #MotoGP Race Results: Marquez, Bradl, Rossi, Bautista, Pedrosa, Lorenzo, Crutchlow, Hayden, Dovizioso, Barbera, de Angelis, Edwards, Petrucci, Abraham, Hernandez, Aoyama, Staring, Pesek.
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Marquez wins the US MotoGP at Laguna Seca. His 3rd win of the year. Bradl takes his first podium with 2nd. Rossi holds 3rd by 0.059s
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Last lap - Marquez and Bradl are safe in 1st and 2nd, all eyes on Rossi and Bautista
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Hayden overtakes Dovizioso into the Corkscrew and this time Dovi cannot repass
22:45
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Further back Barbera, de Angelis and Edwards are in a close fight for 10th
22:44
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Into the final laps and the main battles are Rossi v Bautista for 3rd and Dovizioso v Hayden for 8th
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But Rossi is slightly held up while lapping backmarkers and Bautista is back within reach!
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Rossi has rebuilt his advantage over Bautista to 0.8s. The Doctor might have done enough to defend 3rd.
22:39
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7 laps to go and Marquez is working his way through the backmarkers. His lead is currently 1.5s over Bradl.
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Ducati team-mates Hayden and Dovizioso look anything but as they bang handlebars over 8th place
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Bautista is still in Rossi's wheeltracks - the fight for the final podium place is far from over
22:34
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10 laps to go and Marquez is leading by 0.9s from Bradl.
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13 laps to go and Bradl will have to work hard to stay in touch with Marquez
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Marquez takes the US MotoGP race lead with a neat inside pass on Bradl into the tight final turn
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Rossi was worried that the Yamaha uses the edge of the tyre more than the Hondas and that he will struggle for grip later in the race
22:26
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Valentino Rossi is 3.5s from Marquez in 3rd, but has now shaken off all but Bautista, who is 0.7s behind him.
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Marquez is now close enough to pass Bradl, but where? The German is not making any mistakes
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Lap 16 - Halfway: Bradl, Marquez, Rossi, Bautista, Pedrosa, Lorenzo, Crutchlow, Dovizioso, Hayden, de Angelis, Edwards, Barbera, Petrucci, Abraham, Staring, Hernandez, Aoyama, Pesek.
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Dani Pedrosa has overtaken Jorge Lorenzo for 5th place
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Stefan Bradl is doing a great job up front. Remember he's never taken a MotoGP podium, let alone led a race for this long.
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Marquez is now almost within reach of US MotoGP race leader Bradl
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Bradley Smith is out with a technical problem on his Tech 3 Yamaha
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Lap 8 of 32 and Marquez is now within 1 second of Bradl. Rossi is 2.2s from Marquez, with Bautista, Lorenzo, Pedrosa and Crutchlow right behind him.
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Espargaro has fallen at the final turn, shortly after team-mate de Puniet was forced to park with a technical problem
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Marquez is eating into Bradl's lead, while Pedrosa is now right behind 5th place Lorenzo
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Marquez now has a 1.8s gap to close to catch race leader Bradl
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Wow! Marquez rides around the outside of Rossi on entry to the Corkscrew! The Spaniard runs over the kerb on the downhill plunge and onto the gravel but makes the pass!
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Rossi is now under pressure from Marquez for 2nd place in the US #MotoGP
22:07
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The top three riders - Bradl, Rossi and Marquez - are starting to edge away from the rest of the field, led by Bautista
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Lap 3 and Bradl is looking confident up front, building a 0.5s lead over Rossi
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Bautista passes Lorenzo for 4th
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End of lap 1: Bradl, Rossi, Marquez, Lorenzo, Bautista, Pedrosa, Crutchlow, Dovizioso, Hayden, Espargaro.
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Race order: Bradl, Rossi, Marquez, Lorenzo, Bautista, Pedrosa
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The green lights are out and Rossi makes a great start to slot into second behind Marquez
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The warm-up lap is underway, with the riders making their way over the fast turn one kink, which is followed by the tight Turn 2 hairpin
21:59
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The grid is now clearing ahead of the warm-up lap for the US MotoGP at Laguna Seca
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The US national anthem is now being played by guitar legend Joe Satriani
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RIP Andrea Antonelli
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A minute's silence is about to start in memory of Andrea Antonelli, who died in an accident at the Russian round of the World Supersport Championship earlier today.
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Jorge Lorenzo has just walked back onto the US MotoGP grid. Lorenzo and Pedrosa are both expected to have painkilling injections to help them in the race.
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Temperatures at Laguna Seca are warmer than they have been for most of the weekend: Air 23 degrees and track 49 degrees.
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The riders are now leaving the pits and heading to the grid #USMotoGP
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The privateer CRT riders have also all gone for the harder front, but most have chosen the extra-soft rear (only available to the CRTs). Only Abraham, Edwards and Corti will not use the extra-soft rear.
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The Bridgestone tyre sheet has just arrived. All of the factory and satellite riders (Honda/Yamaha/Ducati) have gone for the harder front and softer rear.
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The riders are still in their team garages and yet to make their way to the US #MotoGP grid.
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But Lorenzo, who has had surgery twice in three weeks, was an impressive third in morning warm-up and certainly has the speed to fight in the early laps.
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However Pedrosa and Lorenzo are both carrying collarbone fractures from last weekend in Germany and face a major battle to overcome the pain for 32 laps this afternoon.
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Rookie Marc Marquez currently leads the standings by 2 points from team-mate Dani Pedrosa with Yamaha’s reigning champion Jorge Lorenzo 11 points from the top in third.
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Grid order: Row 1: Bradl, Marquez, Bautista.  Row 2: Rossi, Crutchlow, Lorenzo. Row 3: Pedrosa, Dovizioso, Smith. Row 4: Hayden, Espargaro, de Puniet.
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The race, round 9 of 18, gets underway in 30 minutes. Stefan Bradl will start from his very first MotoGP pole, with Marc Marquez and Alvaro Bautista joining him on the front row.
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Hello and welcome to Crash.net’s live coverage of the US MotoGP at Laguna Seca.

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