Motorsports Update – July 16, 2012
Grand Premio d’Italia, Mugello
Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo scored a dominant victory ahead of Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda) and Andrea Dovizioso (Monster Yamaha Tech3) this weekend at Mugello.
Pedrosa led into turn one, however Lorenzo got past into the lead within a few bends. Andrea Dovizioso also pushed past Pedrosa, as Nicky Hayden (Ducati Team) and Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda) fought for fourth. Casey Stoner (Repsol Honda), the only rider to use a rear hard tire, did not have a great start and had to fight his way past Hector Barbera (Pramac Racing Team) to make up positions.
Two laps on, Pedrosa was all over the back of Dovizioso, as Lorenzo started to pull out a small gap at the front. Valentino Rossi (Ducati Team) had fought his way up to seventh, much to the delight of the home crowd, yet Cal Crutchlow (Monster Yamaha Tech3) kept looking for a way past him.
With 15 laps remaining Stoner’s tires had come up to temperature and the Australian managed to push his way past Hayden into fifth. A lap later Bradl put in a brave move on Dovizioso in turn one to move into third. This was followed up by big drama as Stoner ran off track into the gravel, managing to keep the bike upright and re-joining in tenth.
With eight laps remaining Crutchlow was still mixing it up with Rossi. A lap later Stoner had caught up to the back of Alvaro Bautista (San Carlo Gresini) and put in an aggressive move, pushing the Spaniard wide and moving up into ninth. The final three laps promised further excitement as Dovizioso went past Bradl on the brakes into third, while Hayden and the pursuing duo of Rossi and Crutchlow closed in on the podium battle. In the final lap Hayden made his way past Bradl, who fought back with a hard move, which pushed the American wide. This let Rossi through into fifth, with Crutchlow also taking advantage to slip into sixth.
Ultimately it was Lorenzo who took the chequered flag for his second successive victory at the track in front of Pedrosa and Dovizioso, who logged his fourth podium of the season. Bradl was recorded his best ever finish in MotoGP in fourth. Fifth spot went to Rossi, followed by Crutchlow, Hayden, Stoner, Barbera, Bautista and Yamaha’s Ben Spies, who was suffering from food poisoning.
Lorenzo now has a 19-point gap at the top of the championship ahead of Pedrosa and 37 ahead of Stoner.
AMA Pro Racing
BuckEye Superbike Weekend at Mid-Ohio
The two Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha riders, Josh Hayes and Josh Herrin, raced in formation, as well as back and forth, in today’s AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Two-time reigning SuperBike Champion and current points leader Josh Hayes notched his 10th SuperBike victory of the season.
After Josh Hayes passed his teammate Josh Herrin for the lead, Roger Lee Hayden got past Herrin and set out for Hayes. Hayden made a couple of passes on Hayes and the lead seesawed, but Hayes ultimately prevailed in one of the most exciting SuperBike races so far this season.
The Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha team will travel back to California and get ready for the next race, the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix, which will be the weekend after next at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on July 27-29 for Round 8 of the AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Championship.
GRAND-AM Road Racing
Next race: The Brickyard Grand Prix, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, July 27
American Le Mans Series
Next race: Mobile 1 presents the Grand Prix of Mosport, July 20-22
Next race: Formula 1 Grosser Preis Santander Von Deutschland 2012, July 22
Next race: Edmonton Indy, July 22
LENOX Industrial Tools 301, New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Kasey Kahne got his second Sprint Cup win of the season. Denny Hamlin and his crew chief had trouble communicating.
Kahne took the lead from Hamlin during a restart on the 240th lap of the 300-lap race at the one-mile New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sunday. The winner was helped by miscommunication between Hamlin, who wanted two tires changed, and crew chief Darian Grubb, who thought he wanted four.
That longer pit stop left Hamlin back in 13th place, but he kept passing cars until only Kahne remained in front. Kahne stayed ahead and won by about 10 car lengths.
It was Kahne’s 14th win of his career and first since May 27 at Charlotte. Clint Bowyer, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Brad Keselowski rounded out the top five.
Next race: Mopar Mile High Nationals, Denver, CO, July 22
Next race: Brno, Czech Republic, July 22
Sources: series websites, press releases and various independent motorsports websites