And Casey Stoner wins the US Grand Prix from Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa to narrow the championship standings by five points albeit still 32 behind. Thanks for joining us!
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Big gap now for Stoner and he surely has it won now on his final lap.
And Valentino Rossi is out! A big accident before the corkscrew but he is okay.
Crutchlow all over the back of Dovizioso.
Stoner has the hammer down and has extended his lead to over a second.
Stoner still on the faster wearing tyre and the Yamaha looks happier. Not over yet folks.
It’s a lonely fight for the chequered flag out front, Lorenzo still hot on Stoner’s tail.
After the retirement of Spies, Dovizioso is now fourth from Crutchlow.
Nine laps remaining and Stoner really has the bit between his teeth. Is Lorenzo just biding his time?
Another accident and it’s home favourite Ben Spies who flies off, his suspension totally broken.
And Stoner is past and into the lead with 11 laps to go! Brilliant stuff by the Aussie.
There is a rider down and is is James Ellison who locked up his front end.
The problem Stoner has, just like Raikkonen earlier today in Hungary, is trying to pass.
Stoner is now really close to Pedrosa and it looks like it’s now between those two. Great finish in store.
Exactly half race distance and Lorenzo still leads from Stoner and Pedrosa. Spies fourth from Dovizioso, Crutchlow and Bradl. Two-time winner Nicky Hayden is eighth ahead of Valentino Rossi.
There are 17 laps remaining and it could still be any of the top three. Under two seconds covers Lorenzo from third placed Pedrosa.
Pedrosa has gone for the harder of the two options but Stoner is hoping that his softer compound will last the distance.
A bit of a wobble from Pedrosa who gets all crossed up but he recovers and is still third. Lorenzo still looks good up front.
With 22 laps to go, Lorenzo is still sitting pretty from Stoner, Pedrosa and Spies. Dovizioso still heads Crutchlow.
For all you Rossi fans, he currently lies ninth behind Nicky Hayden.
Stoner was not happy yesterday and he is really gunning for Lorenzo now.
Both Hondas hot on the pursuit of Lorenzo and Stoner is very close now.
The front three are pulling away. Spies fourth from Dovizioso and Crutchlow. Bradl seventh.
De Puniet and Pirro contacted on the opening lap, both bikes sliding out.
Lorenzo leads from Pedrosa and Stoner.
Brilliant start for Lorenzo and Pedrosa leads Stoner and Spies.
The bikes are out for their final warm-up lap and we’ll be underway in a minute’s time. It’s a warm day with track temperature at 73 degrees Fahrenheit.
There was a red flag out because Pedrosa has gone out too early although the timing screen said the pit lane was open for the bikes to go onto the grid. No real dramas though and all the bikes are now assembled on the grid. Lorenzo has a 19 point lead in the championship over Pedrosa. Not long to go now.
In this morning’s final warm-up, Stoner posted the quickest time ahead of Lorenzo and Pedrosa. Andrea Dovizioso and Cal Crutchlow rounded out the top five.
Championship leader Jorge Lorenzo starts from pole position after pipping defending champion Casey stoner in the dying moments of qualifying. Dani Pedrosa starts third from home favourite Ben Spies with Britain’s Cal Crutchlow fifth.
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