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2012-08-19 21:03

INDY HERO: He finished fourth in the 2012 Indianapolis MotoGP - Dani Pedrosa won - but Casey Stoner rode through the pain of a broken ankle.

Indianapolis, Indiana - He crashed in qualifying, rode in a special boot with damaged ankle ligaments and bone breaks and still Casey Stoney came home fourth in the 2012 Indianapolis MotoGP.

The race was won by Dani Pedrosa on another Honda.

The Honda ace started sixth (on a time from early in quali) but within the first dozen laps has picked off the opposition, one by one, until with 16 laps to go he was running third behind Dani Pedrosa (Honda) and Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) though Ben Spies (Yamaha) dropped out with a blown engine after starting fourth.


With 14 to go it was Pedrosa, Lorenzo, Stoner, Andrea Dovizioso (Yamaha), Alvaro Bautista (Honda) and Stefan Bradl (Honda) - with eight to go the queue was the same. Then a lap later, the pain obviously coming through for Stoner, Dovizioso slipped through on the inside though Stoner stayed right on his tail in fourth.

He was still hanging in there with four to go - was he pacing himself for a push on the closing laps while Pedrosa stayed well clear at the front? Valentino Rossi, by the way, was running a very lonely seventh, nearly half a minute behind.

Three to go and the order was the same at the front with Pedrosa not easing up at all, his rear wheel coming out through the curves and way ahead of Lorenzo.

As the flag dropped after 28 laps and Pedrosa filing the fastest speed of 335km/h it was Pedrosa, followed by Lorenzo, Dovizioso, Stoner (to huge applause from the crowd), Bautista and Bradl with Rossi still a distant seventh.

While the history books will report the order, the subscript will remember the bravery of the guy who came fourth.

The next MotoGP races will be in Brno next weekend.

2012 Indianapolis MotoGP result
1 Dani Pedrosa (ESP/Honda) 46min39.631,
2 Jorge Lorenzo (ESP/Yamaha) +10.823
3 Andrea Dovizioso (ITA/Yamaha) +17.310
4 Casey Stoner (AUS/Honda) +19.803
5 Alvaro Bautista (ESP/Honda) +22.556
6 Stefan Bradl (GER/Honda) +30.072
7 Valentino Rossi (ITA/Ducati) +57.614
8 Karel Abraham (CZE/Ducati) +1:08.442
9 Yonny Hernandez (COL/BQR) +1min11.106
10 Aleix Espargaro (ESP/ART) +1min14.079

Overall points after 11 rounds
1 Jorge Lorenzo (ESP/Yamaha) - 225
2 Dani Pedrosa (ESP/Honda) - 207
3 Casey Stoner (AUS/Honda) - 186
4 Andrea Dovizioso (ITA/Yamaha) - 137
5 Cal Crutchlow (GBR/Yamaha) - 106

Moto2 results
1 Marc Marquez (Spain) Suter 45min13.763
2 Pol Espargaro (Spain) Kalex 45min19.618
3 Julian Simon (Spain) Suter 45min23.157
4 Mika Kallio (Finland) Kalex 45min29.312
5 Thomas Luethi (Switzerland) Suter 45min29.901
6 Scott Redding (Britain) Kalex 45min30.568
7 Dominique Aegerter (Switzerland) Suter 45min35.122
8 Simone Corsi (Italy) FTR 45min35.131
9 Andrea Iannone (Italy) Speed up 45min39.636
10 Claudio Corti (Italy) Kalex 45min40.234
11 Esteve Rabat (Spain) Kalex 45min40.679
12 Johann Zarco (France) Motobi 45min41.037
13 Nicolas Terol (Spain) Suter 45min44.885
14 Anthony West (Australia) Moriwaki 45min49.464
15 Ricard Cardus (Spain) AJR 45min49.691

MotoGP standings
1 Marc Marquez (Spain) Suter - 188
2 Pol Espargaro (Spain) Kalex - 149
3 Andrea Iannone (Italy) Speed up - 136
4 Thomas Luethi (Switzerland) Suter - 134
5 Scott Redding (Britain) Kalex - 106
6 Mika Kallio (Finland) Kalex - 90
7 Bradley Smith (Britain) Tech 3 - 69
8 Claudio Corti (Italy) Kalex - 65
9 Dominique Aegerter (Switzerland) Suter - 61
10 Esteve Rabat (Spain) Kalex - 56
11 Johann Zarco (France) Motobi - 51
12 Alex de Angelis (San Marino) Suter - 48
13 Simone Corsi (Italy) FTR - 48
14 Takaaki Nakagami (Japan) Kalex - 36
15 Toni Elias (Spain) Suter 34

Moto3 results
1 Luis Salom (Spain) Kalex 42min14.300
2 Sandro Cortese (Germany) KTM 42min14.356
3 Jonas Folger (Germany) Ioda 42min17.240
4 Miguel Oliveira (Portugal) Honda 42min17.367
5 Romano Fenati (Italy) Honda 42min17.964
6 Zulfahmi Khairuddin (Malaysia) KTM 42min21.963
7 Alex Rins (Spain) Honda 42min21.997
8 Jakub Kornfeil (Czech Republic) Honda 42min25.503
9 Alberto Moncayo (Spain) Kalex 42min25.542
10 Alexis Masbou (France) Honda 42min27.463
11 Arthur Sissis (Australia) KTM 42min37.662
12 Danny Kent (Britain) KTM 42min38.664
13 Louis Rossi (France) Honda 42min39.301
14 Isaac Vinales (Spain) Honda 42min45.511
15 Alessandro Tonucci (Italy) Honda 42min48.479

Moto3 standings
1 Sandro Cortese (Germany) KTM - 184
2 Maverick Vinales (Spain) Honda - 155
3 Luis Salom (Spain) Kalex - 129
4 Romano Fenati (Italy) Honda - 96
5 Alexis Masbou (France) Honda - 81
6 Zulfahmi Khairuddin (Malaysia) KTM - 76
7 Alex Rins (Spain) Honda - 72
8 Louis Rossi (France) Honda - 59
9 Danny Kent (Britain) KTM - 57
10 Niccolo Antonelli (Italy) Honda - 55
11 Miguel Oliveira (Portugal) Honda - 52
12 Efren Vazquez (Spain) Honda - 50
13 Hector Faubel (Spain) Kalex - 44
14 Alberto Moncayo (Spain) Kalex - 43
15 Arthur Sissis (Australia) KTM - 43

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