You did not need a crystal ball to see who would top the podium at the Indianapolis GP. Maybe a little bit of fortune telling was necessary to see third place, but that was all of the prognostication skills needed.
Casey Stoner started on the pole and settled into a comfortable lead early in the race. The championship may not be decided officially, but who is going to catch him this year? Can Lorenzo surge past him to make up a 44 point deficit? How about the chances of Dovizioso jumping 70 points in the standings to overcome his lag? Neither is going to happen as long as Stoner is able to keep his bike upright and cross the finish line the rest of the year.
Back to Indy action. Ben Spies found himself starting in second for the first time this year. He had a chance to disrupt the mastery of the Honda team, but got off to a horrible start and faded quickly. Somehow, he managed to stay close enough to the front runners to claw his way back into a third place finish. Dani Pedrosa, Sunday’s second place rider, managed to lead the race for a short time before being overtaken by Stoner who never looked back. Stoner even set a course record for a single lap at 1’39.552.
The biggest issue for the race was front tire wear. The wear caused a few crashes and a few other drivers pitted to make sure they had enough rubber to finish. While the other riders will not just give up, Stoner is your 2011 MotoGP champion. All that is left is to hand him the trophy.
Here at The Motorcycle Insurance Co, a leading provider of affordable motorcycle insurance services in the US, we were hoping and expecting that our American riders – Spies, Hayden, Edwards – would do better this year, but we are looking forward to seeing our favorite riders aboard next year’s 1000cc machines.