VICTORY FOR STONER! 1. Casey Stoner (Australia) Honda / 2. Jorge Lorenzo (Spain) Yamaha / 3. Dani Pedrosa (Spain) Honda / 4. Ben Spies (U.S.) Yamaha / 5. Andrea Dovizioso (Italy) Honda / 6. Valentino Rossi (Italy) Ducati / 7. Nicky Hayden (U.S.) Ducati / 8. Colin Edwards (U.S.) Yamaha
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Rossi continues to hold off Hayden, that's the only battle left on the final lap.
Spies takes fourth with a pass into 11 on Dovi.
Spies is within 0.234 seconds of the Italian, he has three laps to move into fourth and give the home fans something to cheer.
Assuming the chequered flag would be around the next corner, Stoner would go into the break with just a 10-point lead and Dani would be fourth.
Spies challenging Dovizioso for fourth now as Stoner leads by over a second.
Stoner pulls away immediately and looks good to increase his Championship lead over Lorenzo.
STONER LEADS! Unbelievable pass by Stoner! Around the outside of Lorenzo on the "pit straight" and into the Andretti corner!
Championship leader vs reigning Champion, this should make for an exciting finale!
Stoner is still lapping faster and is right on the back wheel of Lorenzo.
Pedrosa marooned nearly two seconds back in third, Dovizioso a further 11 seconds back and with two seconds on Spies then Rossi and Hayden are battling for sixth.
Stoner is chipping away, shaving 0.155 seconds off Lorenzo's lead.
And behind those two it is unchanged: 3. Dani Pedrosa (Spain) Honda / 4. Andrea Dovizioso (Italy) Honda / 5. Ben Spies (U.S.) Yamaha / 6. Valentino Rossi (Italy) Ducati / 7. Nicky Hayden (U.S.) Ducati / 8. Colin Edwards (U.S.) Yamaha
Lorenzo leads Stoner by 0.918 seconds.
Stoner passes Pedrosa down the inside at the corkscrew, a great move and now he is after Lorenzo.
Lorenzo puts the hammer down and opens up another couple of tenths as we enter the second half of the race.
Only 7 of the 13 riders are still on the same lap as Lorenzo.
Stoner back under 1:22 and closes the gap on the two Spaniards.
Colin Edwards is past Hector Barbera for eighth.
Alvaro Bautista has had an off at the Andretti corner. He's tried to restart it, but unable to. His race is run.
The two Spaniards are consistently lapping in the 1:21s while Stoner is in the 1:22s now and over a second behind the leader.
Hector Barbera and Colin Edwards round out the top 10 at the moment, only 14 men left in the race.
The gap is 0.4 seconds to Pedrosa with Stoner a further 0.6 seconds behind.
Wild card Ben Bostrom is out of the race, looks like a front brake problem.
The 'corkscrew' at Laguna Seca is amazing to watch! Lorenzo still leads Pedrosa and Stoner who has dropped back a touch.
The order - 1. Jorge Lorenzo (Spain) Yamaha / 2. Dani Pedrosa (Spain) Honda / 3. Casey Stoner (Australia) Honda / 4. Andrea Dovizioso (Italy) Honda / 5. Ben Spies (U.S.) Yamaha / 6. Valentino Rossi (Italy) Ducati / 7. Nicky Hayden (U.S.) Ducati / 8. Alvaro Bautista (Spain) Suzuki
Marco Simoncelli goes out yet again, he's on his feet and look to be ok but ended in the gravel.
The order - 1. Jorge Lorenzo (Spain) Yamaha / 2. Dani Pedrosa (Spain) Honda / 3. Casey Stoner (Australia) Honda / 4. Andrea Dovizioso (Italy) Honda / 5. Marco Simoncelli (Italy) Honda / 6. Ben Spies (U.S.) Yamaha / 7. Valentino Rossi (Italy) Ducati / 8. Nicky Hayden (U.S.) Ducati
Cal Crutchlow down and out at turn 3, rider walking away but a big disappointment for the Brit.
Stoner with a 1:21.673 lap but is a second down on Lorenzo.
Pedrosa sets the fastest lap and is well ahead of Stoner now in second. Rossi seems to be struggling for grip and is passed by Spies for sixth.
Storming start from Lorenzo and he has opened up a gap at the end of the first lap. Stoner is second with Dovizioso fourth behind Pedrosa.
The top six on the grid, apart from Ben Spies, have gone for the harder compound tyre and we are underway!
The riders are ready to tackle 32 laps of the testing Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The current racetrack is 2.238 miles (3.602km) in length with a 300 foot (91m) elevation change. It has 11 turns including the famous "Corkscrew" at Turns 8 and 8A. It is a glorious sunny afternoon near Monterey in California.
And how we start: 1. Jorge Lorenzo (Spain) Yamaha 1:21.202 2. Casey Stoner (Australia) Honda 1:21.274 3. Dani Pedrosa (Spain) Honda 1:21.385 4. Ben Spies (U.S.) Yamaha 1:21.578 5. Marco Simoncelli (Italy) Honda 1:21.696 6. Andrea Dovizioso (Italy) Honda 1:21.731 7. Valentino Rossi (Italy) Ducati 1:22.235 8. Hector Barbera (Spain) Ducati 1:22.238 9. Nicky Hayden (U.S.) Ducati 1:22.271 10. Cal Crutchlow (Britain) Yamaha 1:22.385
Warm-Up Standings: 1.Stoner 2.Lorenzo 3.Dovizioso 4.Spies 5.Simoncelli 6.Hayden 7.Rossi 8.Pedrosa 9.Crutchlow 10.Bautista
Last year Lorenzo won with Stoner in second. Can he win again and close the gap in the championship standings? The gap is currently 15 points.
There will still be a 17-bike field after Randy de Puniet's withdrawal, due to the extra LCR Honda entry for America's Ben Bostrom this weekend. The Frenchman had hoped to run in the warm-up at Laguna Seca this morning before making a final decision about his participation in the race, but ultimately opted to pull out. De Puniet had sustained fractures to two bones in his back and a suspected crack to a bone in his hip when he fell at Turn 5 yesterday.
Yamaha's MotoGP world champion Jorge Lorenzo starts on pole position at the US Grand Prix with Australian Casey Stoner also on the front row for Honda.