Casey Stoner (Honda) took his fifth win of the year earlier today at Laguna Seca after passing teammate Dani Pedrosa (who eventually finished third), and defending champ Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) to take a convincing win in front of more than 50,000 California fans. Lorenzo eventually finished five seconds behind Stoner in second place.
The American racers lost their best shot at a podium when Ben Spies (Yamaha) got boxed in at the start and then struggled for several laps to pass Ducati’s Valentino Rossi. Spies rode impressively in working his way up to a fourth place finish just ahead of Andrea Dovizioso (Honda). The factory Ducati teammates fought over sixth place with Rossi just nipping Nicky Hayden at the line. Stoner continues to lead Lorenzo in the championship points.
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