Casey Stoner’s points lead is officially solid. Oakley’s Australian MotoGP star powered past defending Champ Jorge Lorenzo in the 26th Lap at the Mazda Raceway in Laguna Seca in late July – claiming his fifth season victory and a 20-point advantage at the top of the standings. Despite some less than ideal testing, practices and qualifying, Sunday morning saw the team find their bike. An important factor in trumping Lorenzo, who logged in the fastest times all week and was clearly in form before crashing out on Saturday.
Back on the Map: MotoGP Star Ben Spies Shoots U.S. Back in the Mix Following Assen, Netherlands Victory
The U.S. is back on the MotoGP map. All thanks to Oakley MotoGP Star Ben Spies, who claimed a resounding victory in Assen, The Netherlands, to mark the first win by a American rider since fellow Oakley charger Nicky Hayden took the U.S. Grand Prix back on July 23, 2006 in Laguna Seca. “To do it in front of the Assen fans on Yamaha’s 50th anniversary was great," Ben said, savoring his first MotoGP triumph in his Oakley eyewear. "I had a really good feeling on the warm-up lap, so I wanted to go out as hard as I could at the beginning. Once I saw I had a gap, I tried to keep the gap between Casey (Stoner) and I at three to four seconds. Each time he got closer, I put in a big lap.”