Laguna Seca : The race
Dani Pedrosa took his first win of the season, on Sunday afternoon, under a bright Californian sunshine.
The Repsol Honda rider made a lightning start from the second row of the grid to take the lead and set a scorching pace.
Stoner was unable to close on him, as was Valentino Rossi
at least until the very last lap. The Fiat Yamaha rider tried to pass the Spaniard in Turn 11 but couldn't eventually make it and had to settle for second. His teammate Jorge Lorenzo, injured in qualifying, gritted his teeth to take an excellent third place in front of Casey Stoner.
Nicky Hayden was delighted to take fifth.
Only twelve riders crossed the finished line. Talmacsi, Dovizioso and Gibernau crashed out while Capirossi retired in the pits. James Toseland was disqualified, having failed to serve his ride through penalty (jump start) in time.
Laguna Seca Race result :
1. D.Pedrosa Repsol Honda
2. V.Rossi Fiat Yamaha
3. J.Lorenzo Fiat Yamaha
4. C.Stoner Ducati
5. N.Hayden Ducati
6. T.Elias San Carlo Honda Gresini
Edwards Monster Yamaha Tech3
8. C.Vermeulen Rizla Suzuki
9. R.De Puniet LCR Honda
10. M.Melandri Hayate Racing
11. A.De Angelis San Carlo Honda Gresini
12. N.Canepa Pramac Racing