Results of the Laguna Seca MotoGP race:
Dani Pedrosa won the 2009 Red Bull US Grand Prix race, his first win in over a year. Pedrosa got a rocket start and looked to have the race in the bag by about half way, with a lead of over 3 seconds. With 2 laps to go, the lead was still nearly 2 seconds, but Rossi closed Pedrosa nearly all the way down, and came within a few yards of a successful last corner lunge to take the win. Jorge Lorenzo braved the pain to take 3rd, and came within a whisker of beating his team mate, while Casey Stoner lost strength once again, dropping away from the leaders after halfway, but finishing 4th.
Excellent news for Nicky Hayden fans, as the Kentucky Kid had a strong race to finish 5th, directly behind his team mate. Fellow American Colin Edwards had a more difficult day, finishing 7th. But the race was a real war of attrition, with 4 crashers (Talmacsi, Capirossi, Dovizioso and Gibernau) and a black flag for James Toseland, who failed to come in for a ride through penalty for a jump start.
|9||14||Randy DE PUNIET||HONDA||44'41.905||40.325|
|11||15||Alex DE ANGELIS||HONDA||44'50.390||48.810|
|4||Andrea DOVIZIOSO||HONDA||8'23.703||26 laps|
|59||Sete GIBERNAU||DUCATI||8'32.190||26 laps|
|65||Loris CAPIROSSI||SUZUKI||4'19.395||29 laps|
|41||Gabor TALMACSI||HONDA||4'22.278||29 laps|