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MotoGP Round-10 USAGP

Stefan Bradl finished in 7th position at his first ride in Laguna Seca!
Alvaro Bautista finished in 8th position!

MotoGP Round.10(27/07/12 - 29/07/12, at Laguna Seca Circuit)

The Grand Prix of USA, the 10th round of the season, which is the half time of the season, has taken place at the Laguna Seca circuit at the east coast of the US. The American Grand Prix has been attended only by the MotoGP class. Instead of the Moto2 and the Moto3, the AMA was held at this race. The 3,610 meters long track, which has a 453 meter long strait, is the shortest track among the 18 races tracks. The layout of the track consists of many uphills and downhills which is very different compared of to the European tracks, furthermore it  consists various thrilling corners. Especially the "Cork Screw" corner, the highest blind corner with a very sleep slope, is a speciality of this track. The track consists of four right corners and seven left corners. The second corner and the last corner requirer hard braking so that the breaks, so for this track the break consumption is more important than controllability. The US Grand Prix consists of 32 laps, which is the most laps per race for such a short race track.

Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda MotoGP/HONDA) put up a good fight at the 32 laps race on Sunday. Bradl started from the ninth position on the grid and pushed hard from the begging at one of the most difficult courses of the MotoGP calendar. Bradl followed the second group and was able to set an equally high average lap time at the race. At the end of the race, Bradl managed to finish race his own and finished in seventh position and adds nine points. Now Bradl is on the sixth position in the World Championship.

Alvaro Bautista(San Carlo Honda Gresini/HONDA), who could not finish the Laguna Seca race in past 2 years, flanged to finish in eighth position at checkered flag despite of front end issues. Bautista adds nine points to his championship standing and is holding the ninth position of the Championship standings. CRT rider, Michele Pirro(San Carlo Honda Gresini/FTR) crashed in the sighting lap and retired.



Stefan Bradl-LCR Honda MotoGP-7th

“Actually it was a positive debut for us in Laguna. I am quite happy about this 7th final place. In general it was a pretty difficult weekend for us because we mainly started to work on the bike Saturday afternoon as on Friday I had to learn the track. Basically in the beginning of the race I was quite comfortable on the bike because we had full fuel on board but after ten laps I started to lose confidence compared to Dovi and Crutchlow due to the front end issues that we already had yesterday. From that moment it was too dangerous for me entering the corners with the same speed. Then I tried to keep Nicky behind him but I could see he was faster than me so I preferred to maintain my position scoring further points in the classification. I think we have done our best and we keep this experience for next season”.


Alvaro Bautista-San Carlo Gresini-8th

 “I'm not sure why but today the bike felt really unstable on the front. Maybe we made the wrong decision by going with the soft tyre. I tried to push it at the start but I couldn't brake hard and I was really struggling in corner entry. It's strange because we had good race pace with this tyre yesterday but today it didn't work. It hasn't been a good weekend for us. Despite the positive signs yesterday it proved to be a difficult race today.



[race result]

Weather-dry Track-24℃ Temperature-18℃

Winner Casey STONER(Repsol Honda Team)/HONDA 43'45.961

2nd Jorge LORENZO(Yamaha Factory Racing)/YAMAHA +3.429

2nd Dani PEDROSA(Repsol Honda Team)/HONDA +7.633


7th Stefan BRADL(LCR Honda MotoGP)/HONDA +28.393

8th Alvaro BAUTISTA(San Carlo Honda Gresini)/HONDA +50.246

reitred Michele PIRRO(San Carlo Honda Gresini)/FTR 

[point standings]

J.LORENZO  205pt(1st)

D.PEDROSA  182pt(2nd)

C.STONER  173pt(2nd)


S.BRADL  84pt(6th)

A.BAUTISTA  81pt(9th)

M.PIRRO  16pt(14th) 

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