MotoGP »

Rossi wins stunning US GP battle.

Stoner rejoined in a safe second position, while Rossi made a double-take at his pit board when it revealed his now untouchable lead the next lap around.

Rossi officially won his fourth race of the season, and first since Mugello on June 1, by 13.001secs from Stoner, and celebrated by kissing the asphalt at the top of the corkscrew. Rossi's previous best finish at Laguna Seca was third in 2005.

Rossi now leads the 2008 world championship by an enlarged 25 points from Stoner heading into the summer break, with the absent Dani Pedrosa dropping to third.

Stoner, who later criticised some of Rossi's moves, brought his Ducati home 13.608secs in front of third placed Chris Vermeulen.

Vermeulen had indicated his podium potential during free practice, but qualified just eighth on the grid. The Rizla Suzuki rider, third last Sunday in the German rain and something of a Laguna Seca specialist, was up to fifth by the end of the opening lap and eventually levered third place from home hero Nicky Hayden and JiR Honda rider Andrea Dovizioso.

Dovizioso did his hopes of securing Hayden's factory ride for 2009 no harm by taking fourth place from the Repsol Honda rider with eleven laps to go, then holding off the double US GP winner by less than one second at the line - making Dovi the highest placed Michelin rider.

Most Michelin riders had struggled badly with over-conservative tyres during practice, but some faired better than they had feared in the race - despite an all-Bridgestone podium - with Honda LCR's Randy de Puniet completing a Michelin fourth, fifth and sixth in the main event.

Alice's Toni Elias finished as the second best Ducati rider in seventh, but was capable of much more had he not dropped from sixth to tenth on lap six... and then back to twelfth place on lap eight.

Reigning double AMA Superbike champion Ben Spies finished his second MotoGP race in eighth position for Rizla Suzuki, a result he didn't seem too impressed with. James Toseland was also unhappy after slipping from fifth on the grid to ninth for Tech 3 Yamaha, while Shinya Nakano completed the top ten for Gresini Honda.

Kawasaki's replacement rider Jamie Hacking matched AMA rival Spies for much of the race before losing out to Elias and Nakano in the closing stages, costing him his target of a top ten finish by just one position.

Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Stoner runs wide, Rossi, US MotoGP Race 2008
Nicky Hayden - A tribute
Private testing action from Barcelona
Morning (left) and afternoon (right) lap times from Weds at Barcelona test
Marquez fall at private Barcelona test
Barcelona Circuit of Catalunya chicane final sector
New Catalunya chicane during private test
New chicane in use at Catalunya MotoGP test
Pedrosa, Zarco, Vinales, French MotoGP 2017
Vinales, French MotoGP 2017
Crowd, French MotoGP 2017
Baz, French MotoGP 2017
Rossi, Vinales, French MotoGP 2017
Iannone, French MotoGP 2017
Folger, French MotoGP 2017
Crowd, French MotoGP 2017
Dovizioso, Crutchlow, French MotoGP 2017
Vinales, Zarco, Rossi, French MotoGP 2017

Start the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.

© 1999 - 2017 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.