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Dani Pedrosa win Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix, MotoGP 2009

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Repsol Honda rider Dani Pedrosa took a dominant win at the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix on Sunday in the Californian sunshine.

Dani Pedrosa at the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix

Rider Motorcycle Team Race time Gap
1 Spain Dani Pedrosa Honda Repsol Honda Team 44′01.580
2 Italy Valentino Rossi Yamaha Fiat Yamaha Team 44′01.924 0.344
3 Spain Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha Fiat Yamaha Team 44′03.506 1.926
4 Australia Casey Stoner Ducati Ducati Marlboro Team 44′14.012 12.432
5 USA Nicky Hayden Ducati Ducati Marlboro Team 44′23.243 21.663
6 Spain Toni Elias Honda San Carlo Honda Gresini 44′23.621 22.041
7 USA Colin Edwards Yamaha Monster Yamaha Tech 3 44′31.781 30.201
8 Australia Chris Vermeulen Suzuki Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 44′34.437 32.857
9 France Randy De Puniet Honda LCR Honda MotoGP 44′41.905 40.325
10 Italy Marco Melandri Kawasaki Hayate Racing Team 44′49.608 48.028
11 San Marino Alex De Angelis Honda San Carlo Honda Gresini 44′50.390 48.810
12 Italy Niccolo Canepa Ducati Pramac Racing 45′20.111 1′18.531
13 Italy Andrea Dovizioso Honda Repsol Honda Team 26 Lap
14 Spain Sete Gibernau Ducati Grupo Francisco Hernando 26 Lap
15 Italy Loris Capirossi Suzuki Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 29 Lap
16 Hungary Gabor Talmacsi Honda Scot Racing Team MotoGP 29 Lap
17 Great Britain James Toseland Yamaha Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Black flag

After more than a year without a victory for Honda, since his own win at Catalunya last season, Dani Pedrosa triumphed at Laguna Seca on Sunday, taking the holeshot from fourth on the grid and not looking back – to cross the finishing line ahead of his closest rival Valentino Rossi.

Following a string of crashes and injury problems Pedrosa was finally back to his very best, lapping at a pace which none of his opponents could match. At one stage he had built up a significant gap at the front and although Rossi chased him down on the final lap there were no mishaps this time.

Pedrosa still has some way to go if he is to challenge at the head of the standings however, as current leader Rossi picked up more good World Championship points in second place, whilst Jorge Lorenzo and Casey Stoner were third and fourth respectively.

Riding with an injured shoulder and foot, Lorenzo had a chance to overtake Rossi for second with four laps to go but got his move wrong and had to settle for the final podium place. Stoner ran with the frontrunners for most of the race but although he tired in the final stages he stayed within touching distance of Fiat Yamaha pair Rossi and Lorenzo at the top of the standings courtesy of his fourth place.

A good ride from Nicky Hayden at his favourite track saw him register his first top five result since joining Ducati, the American rider finishing just ahead of a similarly revitalised Toni Elías (San Carlo Honda Gresini).

Colin Edwards (Monster Yamaha Tech 3), Chris Vermeulen (Rizla Suzuki), Randy de Puniet (LCR Honda) and Marco Melandri (Hayate Racing) completed the top ten.

There was disappointment for Andrea Dovizioso (Repsol Honda) who lost ground in the championship when he crashed out for the second race in succession on lap seven. Indeed only twelve riders completed the race as the likes of Gabor Talmacsi (Scot Racing), Loris Capirossi (Rizla Suzuki), Sete Gibernau (Grupo Francisco Hernando) and James Toseland (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) went home with DNFs to their names.

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