Oakley Places 3 In The Top 5 at Laguna Seca
Dani Pedrosa triumphed at Laguna Seca on Sunday, taking the holeshot from fourth on the grid and not looking back – to cross the finishing line ahead of his closest rival Valentino Rossi. Riding with an injured shoulder and foot, Lorenzo had a chance to overtake Rossi for second with four laps to go but got his move wrong and had to settle for the final podium place.
Stoner ran with the frontrunners for most of the race but although he tired in the final stages he stayed within touching distance of Yamaha pair Rossi and Lorenzo at the top of the standings courtesy of his fourth place.
A good ride from Nicky Hayden at his favorite track saw him register his first top five result since joining Ducati. Chris Vermeulen, Randy de Puniet and Marco Melandri completed the top ten for Oakley. There was disappointment for Andrea Dovizioso who lost ground in the championship when he crashed out for the second race in succession on lap seven.
Jorge Lorenzo 3rd:
“When I crashed yesterday, I thought that it was all over for the weekend, thanks to the work done by the doctors I was able to race, and we did well today. Finishing the race was a happy ending for us, I could have taken second place, but made a mistake when overtaking Valentino on the last corner. However, third place isn’t something to be sad about here, it’s something to be happy about.”
Casey Stoner 4th:
“I can’t be happy with fourth place, even though I know that we have performed some damage limitation in terms of the overall standings. It’s a weekend to forget, today I didn’t feel as bad at the end of the race as I have done in the last two, but I’m still not right. I found it really difficult to keep my concentration over the last few laps and I was in a bit of a daze by the end. My left arm was feeling really tired by the end because of the fact there are so many left-handers here and my left wrist still doesn’t have the full range of movement after my operation in the winter. Now we’ll focus on trying to find out the root of the problem because racing in this condition is not much fun.”
Nicky Hayden 5th:
“It was certainly a lot better than my other races so far this year. I have some great memories from here so it’s hard to get too excited by fifth place but I’m happy. I’ve had a tough season, on Friday I was at the bottom and feeling miserable, just thinking it would break my heart to ride like that all weekend. We changed some stuff on the bike and just kept working our way forward, and in the end we got into the top five. Now we need to try and build on this. We have to enjoy this moment and then see what Sachsenring brings. We’ve made a lot of changes on the bike so this has been a big adjustment for me. The team is just working as hard as ever and I am happy with my guys and the support they give me so if we can get some momentum that is all I can ask for.”